US sending disaster response team to Nepal: official

Members of Virginia Task Force 1 pack and prep their gear on April 25, 2015 at their Chantilly, Virginia, headquarters, before deploying to conduct search and rescue operations in NepalThe United States is sending a disaster response team to earthquake-hit Nepal and has authorized an initial $1 million to address immediate needs. A White House official said Saturday that President Barack Obama was briefed on the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake believed to have killed more than 1,200 people in Nepal and dozens more in neighboring China and India. US Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States was working closely with the government of Nepal to provide assistance and support. "To the people in Nepal and the region affected by this tragedy we send our heartfelt sympathies," he said.

Sens. Warren, Brown counter Obama on trade
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the Democratic Party's most vocal opponents of strengthening President Barack Obama's hand in trade deals are taking issue with his recent criticism and are calling on him to make public the draft text of a still incomplete deal with 11 other Pacific rim nations.

Native youth kick off Generation Indigenous challenge
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Janay Jumping Eagle is on a mission to curb teen suicide in her hometown on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Angst about Iran deal at GOP Jewish meeting
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republican luminaries and presidential hopefuls reiterated their support for Israel and skepticism about President Obama's proposed nuclear deal with Iran as an influential group of Republican Jews gathered Saturday at the casino of GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.

Marathon bomber trial casts focus on Boston Muslims

Muslim men gather early before "a call to prayers" in the mosque at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center Friday, April 24, 2015, in Boston. On Friday, the Boston mosque held an open house themed "Still Boston Strong." Organizers stressed that Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev and other convicted terrorists are not representative of their faith communities.(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON (AP) — Boston's Muslim community has been once again thrust into the spotlight as the death penalty trial of convicted marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev nears its conclusion amid rising concerns of terrorist recruitment in America.

The Latest on GOP's 2016 hopefuls: Perry calls for strong US

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition spring leadership meeting Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Las Vegas. Concerns about President Barack Obama's diplomatic efforts to curb Iran's nuclear program are dominating the group's meeting in Las Vegas on Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher)11:00 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT)

US unveils 6-year-old report on NSA surveillance
WASHINGTON (AP) — With debate gearing up over the coming expiration of the Patriot Act surveillance law, the Obama administration on Saturday unveiled a 6-year-old report examining the once-secret program to collect information on Americans' calls and emails.

Chokehold case questions follow NY congressional candidate

FILE- In this March 22, 2015 file photo, Richmond County District Attorney Daniel Donovan speaks with supporters while opening Staten Island campaign office in New York. Donovan, the district attorney who conducted the grand jury that heard the Eric Garner choke-hold case, is seeking former Rep. Michael Grimm’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Even if Dan Donovan prefers to talk about Iran, immigration or taxes, there's another topic the Republican congressional hopeful can't avoid: the death of Eric Garner at the hands of a police officer.

History trailing Japanese leader on his upcoming US visit

FILE - In this April 24, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as they arrive to participate in a bilateral meeting at the Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo. Seventy years after the end of World War II, Japan wants to look to the future but can't shake off its past. When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the U.S. next week, he will be promoting a regional free trade pact and stronger defense ties with America as his government loosens the shackles of Japan's pacifist constitution. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — History will be trailing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit to the United States.

As theater shooting trial opens, gun debate dwindles

FILE - In this April 18, 2013 file photo, community gun safety advocates and members of the public hold signs during a rally and vigil to honor victims of gun violence, sponsored by Colorado Ceasefire, on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol, in Denver. When a gunman opened fire inside a packed movie theater in July of 2012, killing 12, it helped revive the national debate over gun control. But, as the trial of theater shooter James Holmes is scheduled to begin Monday, April 27, 2015, Colorado’s gun debate has quieted down. “It’s in a sort of gridlock,” said nonpartisan Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)DENVER (AP) — When a gunman opened fire inside a packed movie theater in July 2012, killing 12 and injuring 70, it did more than spread fear and heartbreak across the Denver suburbs. It helped revive the national debate over gun control.

Political barbs, celebrity-gazing main course at DC dinner

FILE - In this May 3, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama laughs as actor and comedian Joel McHale speaks during the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington. Get ready for a healthy dose of political barbs and celebrity-gazing in the nation’ capital. If it’s spring in Washington, it’s time for the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner. President Barack Obama had it marked on his Saturday night schedule, so expect some verbal jabs aimed at his political rivals and the reporters who cover him. And maybe even a few at his own expense. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Get ready for a healthy dose of political barbs and celebrity-gazing in the nation' capital.

As contributions fall, House GOP rebels blame party leaders

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, administers the House oath during a mock swearing in ceremony for Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., right, with his wife Rhonda Massie, on Capitol Hill in Washington. As he began his first re-election run in early 2013, Massis had no trouble raising money from the business community. Through March, he reported $46,000 rolling in from tobacco, trucking, health care and other business groups. And then came 2015. For the first three months of this year, that figure is down to zero. The sole donation he listed from political action committees _ organizations representing business, labor or ideological interests _ is $1,000 from the conservative Eagle Forum. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — As he began his first re-election run in early 2013, tea party Rep. Thomas Massie had no trouble raising money from business interests.

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