Photos from the ground: Devastating earthquake hits Nepal

An man walks past damage caused by an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha)A 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal Saturday, causing an avalanche on Mount Everest and crumbling buildings in Katmandu, the capital. Nepal’s Home Ministry announced an initial death toll of 686, a number that is continuing to rise. We are collecting stories and from the ground and live updates on the death toll and damages as the story develops.



Hundreds die as earthquake rocks Nepal

People wait at a school after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck, in Kathmandu, NepalRescue workers search for survivors amid toppled walls and collapsed buildings.



8 dead, more missing in quake-triggered avalanche on Everest

FILE - This Oct. 21, 2005 file photo shows Mount Everest from an aerial view taken over Nepal. Senior mountaineering guide, Ang Tshering, said an avalanche swept the face of Mt. Everest after the massive earthquake, Saturday April 25, 2015 while government officials say at least 30 people have been injured on the mountain. (AP Photo/Jody Kurash, File)KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake in Nepal smashed into a base camp at the foothills of Mount Everest on Saturday, killing at least eight climbers and guides, injuring many and leaving an unknown number missing near the mountain's most dangerous spot, officials said.



Olympian Bruce Jenner makes transgender history by identifying as a woman

Bruce Jenner arrives at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las VegasBy Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner said on Friday that he identifies as a woman, becoming the most high-profile American to come out as transgender. The 65-year-old Jenner made the declaration in a wide-ranging interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, nearly 40 years after his record-breaking Olympic gold-medal win in the decathlon that gave him the unofficial title of "World's Greatest Athlete." At the outset of the taped interview, Sawyer asked "Are you a woman?" and Jenner responded, "Yes, for all intents and purposes I am a woman." "People look at me differently," Jenner added.



Gaps remain in probe of Baltimore man's death in police custody

Workers rally at a union protest Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Carson City, Nev. The workers are opposing Republican-sponsored bills in the Nevada Legislature that would restrict collective bargaining and alter public employee pensions. (AP Photo/Michelle Rindels)By Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - An investigation into the death of a black man in Baltimore police custody is still trying to figure out what happened, the police commissioner said on Friday as the city braced for a major protest over the incident. Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said police would release surveillance camera photos involving the death of Freddie Gray, 25, who died on Sunday a week after being arrested. More than 1,000 protesters are expected in Baltimore for a march from the site of his arrest to City Hall on Saturday, police said. Batts said Gray was put in a police van for transport to a police station and he was not buckled in at any time, as regulations required.



Indiana university cleared after report of armed person
(Reuters) - An Indiana university gave the all clear early on Saturday after being locked down for several hours over a reported armed person, possibly with explosives, near the school's administration building, officials said. Manchester University spokeswoman Anne Gregory said in an email that police had swept all the buildings and residence halls on its North Manchester campus and found no credible threats or injuries.

Southwest Airlines flight diverted to Denver over "pressurization": media
(Reuters) - A Southwest Airlines flight en route to Milwaukee from Las Vegas had to divert to Denver on Friday night due to a "pressurization issue," local broadcaster FOX31 reported. The airline said in a statement to FOX31 that the plane, which was carrying 175 passengers and six crew members, landed safely at Denver International Airport around 8:30 p.m. local time. One person was injured after falling during the deplaning process, FOX31 said. The diversion was blamed on a "pressurization issue," though the statement did not elaborate on the problem.

Witnesses: Some buildings collapse in Nepal capital after 7.7 quake

Nepalese devotees climb on the chariot to prepare it on the first day of Rato Machindranath chariot festival in Bungmati, Lalitpur, Nepal, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Members of Nepal’s Newar community believe celebrating this festival brings rain, good crop and prosperity. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)By Gopal Sharma and Ross Adkin KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake struck Nepal and sent tremors through northern India on Saturday, killing hundreds of people, toppling a 19th-century tower in the capital Kathmandu and touching off a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. There were reports of devastation in outlying, isolated mountainous areas after the midday quake of magnitude 7.9, Nepal's worst in 81 years, centered 50 miles (80 km) east of the second city, Pokhara. A police official said the death toll in Nepal alone had reached 876, more than half of them in the Kathmandu Valley. A further 34 fatalities were reported in northern India and one in Bangladesh.



Obama: ‘We all bleed when we lose an American life’

President Barack Obama holds up a jar full of paper clips while speaking at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's (ODNI) 10th anniversary at ODNI headquarters in McLean, Va., Friday, April 24, 2015. Obama was making a joke about Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper and used the jar to help illustrated the point. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)The president defends U.S. spying operations a day after two al-Qaida hostages were killed by drone strikes.



Hawaii poised to become 1st state to raise smoking age to 21

Hawaii poised to become 1st state to raise smoking age to 21A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor. The bill would prevent adolescents from smoking, buying ...



Police: Gray should've received medical care before ride

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks in front of local faith leaders at a news conference regarding the death of Freddie Gray, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Freddie Gray should have received medical attention at the spot where he was arrested — before he was put inside a police van, authorities said Friday.



Why U.S. won't recognize 'forgotten genocide'

Demonstrators hold candles and pictures of Armenian victims during a commemoration for the victims of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks, in IstanbulKatie Couric examines the controversy over the massacre of Armenians 100 years ago.



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