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Photos from the ground: Devastating earthquake hits NepalAngels, Rangers talk about reports of Josh Hamilton trade (Yahoo Sports)

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 photos from the ground and live updates on the death toll and damages as the story develops.


FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2014, file photo,Los Angeles Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton, left, talks to manager Mike Scioscia during spring training baseball practice in Tempe, Ariz. Reports that troubled Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton might be traded to the Texas Rangers dominated the chatter before the game between the teams Friday night April 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Reports that troubled Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton might be traded to the Texas Rangers dominated the chatter before the game between the teams Friday night. When asked about the reports from media outlets that the move could happen in the next few days, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he has had no discussions that Hamilton's status had changed. He said Tuesday that the left fielder was expected to be evaluated at the Angels complex this week when he was expected to report for extended spring training. Also, an arbitrator has ruled that Hamilton cannot be disciplined under Major League Baseball's drug agreement for his self-reported relapse into alcohol and cocaine use.


Nepal quake: Over 1,000 dead, history razed, Everest shaken7 players from Royals, White Sox punished by MLB for brawl (Yahoo Sports)

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.


Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox players fight during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Chicago. The Royals won 3-2 in 13 innings. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

Four members of the Royals and three from the White Sox were punished for their roles in a series-opening brawl and six of the players drew suspensions. Major League Baseball placed the blame for the fighting squarely on both teams. Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was handed a seven-game suspension, fellow starter Edinson Volquez given five games and outfielder Lorenzo Cain and reliever Kelvin Herrera got two games apiece. White Sox pitchers Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija were suspended five games each, while catcher Tyler Flowers escaped suspension but joined the others in getting an undisclosed fine.


Day of protests planned in Baltimore after black man's deathHarden, Howard lead Rockets to 130-128 win, 3-0 lead on Mavs (Yahoo Sports)

Protesters arrested during otherwise peaceful rally in BalitmoreWaves of demonstrators were expected to descend on Baltimore on Saturday to protest the unexplained death of a black man after he was taken into custody, a day after the city's police chief said officers had failed to give him timely medical attention for a spinal injury. Both were due to start at the place where Freddie Gray, 25, was detained on April 12 for carrying a switchblade knife and placed inside a police transport van.


DALLAS, TX - APRIL 24: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks during Game Three of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 24, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

James Harden deferred to Dwight Howard and his role players when Houston swept two games at home to open a first-round series against Dallas. The MVP candidate took over in the game that put the Rockets on the verge of Harden's first postseason series victory with Howard in their second season together - even interrupting his big man on a question about the best rebounding game of the center's playoff career. Harden scored a playoff career-high 42 points, Howard had his postseason best with 26 rebounds and the Rockets beat the Mavericks 130-128 on Friday night for a 3-0 lead in their first-round series. I was OK with that,'' Howard said, although he did have seven of his 13 points to help Houston hold on in the fourth quarter.


10 dead as quake and avalanche sweep Mount Everest regionRangers head to 2nd round, await Capitals or Islanders (Yahoo Sports)

In this photo provided by Azim Afif a man approaches the scene after an avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Everest Base Camp, Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Afif and his team of four others from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) all survived the avalanche. (Azim Afif via AP)KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Nepal's Mount Everest region on Saturday, killing at least 10 climbers and guides, slamming into a section of the mountaineering base camp, and leaving an unknown number of people injured and missing, officials said.


New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, celebrates after Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Friday, April 24, 2015, in New York. The Rangers won 2-1 to advance to the second round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The New York Rangers aren't accustomed to this. Now, after four straight 2-1 victories - the clincher in Game 5 Friday night against Pittsburgh on Carl Hagelin's overtime goal - they actually get some time to, as coach Alain Vigneault put it, ''heal some bumps and bruises.'' New York will face the winner of the Capitals-Islanders series, which Washington led 3-2 heading into Saturday's game at Nassau Coliseum. Rather than look ahead to a potential next opponent, the Rangers looked forward to some rest. ''We will take the next couple of days here to recuperate and recover and we'll get right back to strategizing for the next series and getting ready.'' One of the injuries came in the first period to forward Mats Zuccarello.


Olympian Bruce Jenner makes transgender history by identifying as a womanPierce, Wall get Wiz past Raptors 106-99 for 3-0 series lead (Yahoo Sports)

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.


WASHINGTON, DC -  APRIL 24: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards celebrates a victory against the Toronto Raptors in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2015 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

After hitting a 3-pointer to double the Washington Wizards' lead with 16.3 seconds left, Paul Pierce turned to the stands with arms aloft, nodded and yelled, ''That's why I'm here!'' Yes, the Wizards wanted the 37-year-old Pierce for his leadership and his past postseason success. John Wall drew choruses of ''M-V-P!'' from the crowd by producing 19 points and 15 assists, but it was Pierce who hit two key 3s late as part of an 18-point performance, and the Wizards closed in on a first-round playoff sweep by beating the Toronto Raptors 106-99 on Friday night. ''You're not playing against chopped liver,'' Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.




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Why U.S. Engagement Policy Is The Correct One

Invariably, when one thinks of the efficacy of a nation’s military, the mind’s eye is drawn to the ability of that country to deliver a \"warhead onto the forehead\" of their enemies. Indeed, owing to the Pentagon’s slick packaging of the First Gulf War, modern conflict, in the American mind, became synonymous with high-tech toys, grainy videos of successful missile shots, and a quick resolution of hostilities.

Living Wages Are A Global Problem

The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

Ukraine: Not What It Seems

After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.

In a Five to Four Decision, Voting Just Got Harder

In a five to four decision along party lines, the Supreme Court ruled on the controversial Shelby County v. Holder case. The ruling, believed by many sets the nation back decades in Civil Rights, while others see it as the fault of Congress dropping the ball on updating the act when it should have years ago.

Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

 

 
 
 
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