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Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 at 12:22 AM

Southwest Flight Diverts to Denver After "Pressurization Issue"

Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 at 10:20 PM

Over 1,900 Dead in Nepal Quake: Reports

The death toll continued to rise after a violent 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, destroying ancient temples and triggering an avalanche on Mt. Everest, NBC News reported. A Nepalese police official said at least 1,910 people were killed in that country and about 4,700 people were injured, The Associated Press reported. At least 51 were killed in India, 17 in Tibet and two in Bangladesh, and two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border, according to the AP. A senior trekking guide said 17 climbers and guides are believed to have died in an avalanche on Mount Everest triggered by the earthquake, the AP reported. It is believed to be the deadliest day in the mountain's history. Hospitals were overflowing with injured people, homes were damaged, phone lines were jammed and roads had gaping cracks running along them. Climbers on Mount Everest were sent running for their lives when the earthquake set off at least one avalanche. The epicenter of the earthquake was about 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Secretary of State John Kerry said he asked U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Peter Bodde to release an initial $1 million for humanitarian assistance. Read »
Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 11:49 PM

Wildfires Threaten $269 Billion in Home Damage: Experts

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 6:11 PM

Hawaii May Be First State to Raise Smoking Age to 21

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 3:18 PM

Indiana HIV Outbreak May Be Attributable to Opioid Drug Users

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 10:25 PM

Kentucky Distillery Bursts Into Flames, Injures 2

A Kentucky distillery exploded on Friday, injuring two workers, officials said. Silver Trail Distillery burst into flames for reasons that were not immediately known, according toNBC affiliate WPSD. "It erupted in flames, and the distillery is a total loss," Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Byars said. The two injured employees were flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and the extent of their injuries wasn't clear. Read »
Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 2:24 PM

8 Terror Charges Against French Man in Alleged Church Plot

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 2:01 PM

Face-Transplant Patient: "I Accept What I Am"

Jerome Hamon received the world's first full face transplants in 2010, when he was simply known as "Jerome." Now Hamon has gone public with his full name and wants the world to know of the surgery that completely changed his life. "I told myself right away— this is my new face," the 40-year-old told the France 2 television station. "(There was) total acceptance immediately." A rare disease known as neurofibromatosis severely deformed Hamon's face leading him to undergo a nearly day-long operation. Hamon — who has written a book about his experiences — said he is finally at peace with himself "because now I accept what I am." Read »
Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Boy, 14, Hatched ISIS-Inspired Beheading Plot: Cops

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 12:03 PM

Huge American Flag Protest Shuts Down Georgia College

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 8:31 AM

Transgender Teen Wins Overhaul of DMV Photo Policy

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 8:08 AM

Sounds of Silence: GOP 2016 Hopefuls Mum on Drone

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 7:46 AM

Train Strikes, Kills 14 Migrants Trying to Reach EU

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 4:05 AM

Hubble at 25: A Landmark Chapter in Space Exploration

On April 24, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched aboard the space shuttle Discovery, beginning a new chapter in space exploration. Though it was named for pioneering astronomer Edwin Hubble, the telescope was the brainchild of astrophysicist Lyman Spitzer, who lobbied for decades to build the Hubble program. Unbound by clouds and light pollution, the Hubble has beamed brilliant photos of galaxies and nebulae back to "the pale blue dot," revolutionizing humankind's understanding of our place in the universe. Read »
Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 4:17 AM

After Migrant Deaths, Europe to Triple Rescue Funds