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April 27, 2015 - 4:18am
41 min 25 sec ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — Thousands, including an aide to President Barack Obama, are expected at the funeral of a man who died after sustaining serious spinal injuries in the custody of Baltimore police.

Funeral services are planned Monday for Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died April 19 after an encounter several days earlier with police had left him with grave spinal injuries.

Pastor Jamal Bryant, who will give Gray's eulogy, said he expected...

April 27, 2015 - 3:15am
41 min 25 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate plunges into a high-stakes debate this week over empowering Congress to review and possibly reject any nuclear deal with Iran. It will offer Republican presidential candidates a chance to prove their hawkishness toward Iran and support for Israel.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida wants to add a provision requiring the Obama administration to certify that Iran's leaders have publicly accepted Israel's right to exist, a nearly impossible mandate....

April 27, 2015 - 3:11am
41 min 25 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Truck drivers who haul goods from the nation's busiest port complex in Los Angeles and Long Beach could stay home this week in a long-running labor dispute.

Officials say the results of a weekend vote from Teamsters are set to be revealed Monday and could lead to a partial work stoppage at the ports.

About 16,000 drivers work at the ports, most of them independent contractors for trucking companies.

The...

April 27, 2015 - 3:06am
41 min 24 sec ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) — When two handcuffed inmates at one of Nevada's toughest prisons brawled in a hallway, one ended up dead from several shotgun blasts. The other was declared guilty of murder, even though he never touched a gun.

Prison officials acknowledged the death in November with only a short statement, and for months they never mentioned that a weapon was involved or that it had been fired by a trainee guard.

Since then, the mystery of the...

April 27, 2015 - 2:55am
41 min 24 sec ago

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The key to understanding the death penalty trial of James Holmes, the man who killed 12 people and wounded 70 more at a packed Batman movie premiere, will be to learn what was going on inside his mind at the time.

Opening statements start Monday in the long-awaited trial of the 27-year-old, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His July 20, 2012, attack in suburban Denver was among the deadliest in American history....

April 27, 2015 - 2:15am
1 hour 21 min ago

BOSTON (AP) — Japan's prime minister begins his second day of a U.S. visit with a stop at the Boston Marathon finish line.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife will visit the site Monday morning with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh as a gesture of respect for the victims of the 2013 bombings that killed three people.

Abe then visits Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab. At each he will meet...

April 27, 2015 - 2:07am
1 hour 21 min ago

The death toll climbed above 3,300 on Monday, two days after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal and surrounding regions.

Key information known at this time:

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CASUALTIES AND DAMAGE

How much higher the death toll would rise depends on the state of remote Himalayan villages that rescue workers were still trying to reach. Many of the roads are believed to be cut off by landslides, making it likely...

April 27, 2015 - 1:26am
1 hour 31 min ago

HONOLULU (AP) — An apparent cyberattack Sunday temporarily disrupted the main website of Thirty Meter Telescope, the organization trying to construct one of the world's largest telescopes near the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island.

Thirty Meter Telescope spokeswoman Caroline Witherspoon confirmed that the company's website suffered a disruption, but could not say who was responsible for the attack. She says the site was unavailable for about two hours....

April 27, 2015 - 1:11am
1 hour 41 min ago

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv's) are returning to federal court to make their case that he should be spared the death penalty.

Tsarnaev's defense team is set to begin presenting witnesses Monday in the penalty phase of his trial — the stage that will determine whether he is executed or spends the rest of his life behind bars.

Tsarnaev already has been convicted of 30 federal charges in...

April 27, 2015 - 12:40am
41 min 25 sec ago

2.30 p.m. (0845 GMT)

A respected consultancy services says the long-term cost of reconstruction in Nepal after Saturday's earthquake could be more than $5 billion, or about 20 percent of Nepal's GDP.

Rajiv Biswas, Asia-Pacific Chief Economist for the Colorado-based consultancy services IHS, says Nepal has extremely limited capacity to finance relief efforts and reconstruction from its own resources.

"The total long-term cost of...

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