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Obama ribs those jockeying to succeed him at White House correspondents' dinner

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama took aim the emerging 2016 presidential field at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on Saturday even as he joked about his own waning time in office.

The president often gets good laughs at the annual event that brings together politicians, journalists, and celebrities, and this year he sent ...Read more

On social media, survivors describe terror of quake-generated avalanches

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He thought it was a joke.

Lying down at his camp on one of the approaches to Mount Everest, Dutch mountaineer Eric Arnold assumed his friend was shaking the tent. A prank. But then the ground trembled.

"When I zip open my tent, I see avalanches coming down on three sides," Arnold would write later on his blog.

A cloud stirred by the racing ...Read more

Nepal quake kills more than 1,800, turns Kathmandu into tent city

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KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The most powerful earthquake to hit Nepal in more than eight decades roared across the impoverished mountain kingdom just before noon Saturday, killing more than 1,800 people, some as far away as India and Bangladesh, and devastating a crowded base camp at Mount Everest.

Signature buildings collapsed in the ancient Old ...Read more

Kathmandu's poorly constructed buildings worsen quake outcome

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An exploding urban population that led to taller and often poorly constructed buildings, along with an unusually hazardous combination of geological conditions, had prompted years of warnings from scientists that the Kathmandu region of Nepal was a seismic time bomb waiting to go off.

Saturday morning, it did.

The magnitude 7.8 earthquake and ...Read more

Violence breaks out near Camden Yards during Freddie Gray protests

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BALTIMORE--A day of mostly peaceful demonstrations against the death of Freddie Gray turned confrontational as dark fell over Baltimore Saturday evening, as protesters blocked traffic near the Inner Harbor, smashed police car windows and shouted, "Killers!" at officers in riot gear.

More than 100 officers -- wearing helmets, gloves and vests ...Read more

Nepal quake: California Google employee killed hiking Mount Everest

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A California man who described himself as an "inventor" and "adventurer" and was a longtime member of Google's privacy team died while climbing Mount Everest after a powerful earthquake in Nepal triggered an avalanche, his colleagues and family confirmed.

Bay Area resident Dan Fredinburg, a Google X project manager, died early Saturday morning ...Read more

More airstrikes hit Yemeni capital as street battles ramp up in Aden

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SANAA, Yemen -- Street battles raged Saturday in the Yemeni port city of Aden as the capital, Sanaa, was hit by bombardment for the first time since Saudi Arabia declared an easing of its air offensive four days earlier.

The Saudi-led coalition's air war, now entering its second month, has failed to dislodge Shiite Muslim Houthi rebels from ...Read more

Three dead in possible firebombing in South El Monte

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LOS ANGELES--Three people were found dead in a tire shop in South El Monte on Saturday morning after a fire that may have been started by a Molotov cocktail, fire officials said.

At least one of the victims was alive when rescuers arrived just before dawn at Cheque Tires, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Grace ...Read more

GOP presidential hopefuls court Jewish donors with vow to stand by Israel

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LAS VEGAS -- The mission on Saturday was simple: Appeal to some of the wealthiest Republican Jewish donors in the country. The method was direct: Heap lavish praise on Israel, with an ample serving of disparagement for President Barack Obama.

And so they did -- two GOP presidential hopefuls, a third possible White House contender and an Ohio ...Read more

Devastating earthquake strikes Nepal

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KATHMANDU, Nepal --A magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday, collapsing historic buildings in the capital, Kathmandu, fracturing highways and triggering avalanches on Mount Everest. By evening, authorities said, said, at least 1,457 people had died.

Residents reported seeing trails of destruction -- collapsed walls, broken windows and ...Read more

Attorney General Gonzales misled Congress about NSA spying, documents show

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WASHINGTON -- Alberto Gonzales, a U.S. attorney general in the George W. Bush administration, misled Congress by downplaying a dispute the White House and the Justice Department over the legality of the National Security Agency's warrantless spying program, according to previously classified documents.

The documents –– released Saturday in ...Read more

Potential Clinton challengers make their cases in South Carolina

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COLUMBIA, S.C. –– South Carolina Democrats talked Saturday about whether anyone can beat Hillary Rodham Clinton in South Carolina, even though she wasn't at the party's convention in Columbia this weekend.

South Carolina holds the first presidential primary in the South on Feb. 20.

Attendees heard from potential Clinton challengers for the...Read more

Devastating earthquake strikes Nepal

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KATMANDU, Nepal --A magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday, collapsing historic buildings in the capital, Katmandu, fracturing highways and triggering avalanches on Mount Everest. By evening, authorities said, said, at least 1,457 people had died.

Residents reported seeing trails of destruction -- collapsed walls, broken windows and ...Read more

Nepal earthquake triggers deadly avalanche on Mount Everest

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The powerful earthquake in Nepal Saturday triggered an avalanche above the most popular Mount Everest base camp at the height of climbing season, killing at least 10 people and stranding others at the perilous Khumbu Icefall, Nepalese officials and climbers reported.

"Running for life from my tent," Romanian climber Alex Gavan said via Twitter,...Read more

Street battles, airstrikes rock Yemen again

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SANAA, Yemen--Street battles raged Saturday in the Yemeni port city of Aden as the capital, Sanaa, was bombarded for the first time since Saudi Arabia declared an easing of its air offensive four days earlier.

The Saudi-led coalition's air war, now entering its second month, has failed to dislodge Shiite Muslim Houthi rebels from Aden, the ...Read more

U.S.-backed rebels team with Islamists to capture strategic Syrian city

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ISTANBUL -- Rebels, including members of U.S.-backed groups and al-Qaida's Nusra Front, captured the strategic town of Jisr al Shughur in northwest Syria on Saturday. It was the second major setback for the government of President Bashar Assad in Idlib province in a month.

The loss of Jisr al Shugur all but closes the government's land supply ...Read more

Devastating earthquake strikes Nepal

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A magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday, collapsing historic buildings in the capital, Katmandu, fracturing highways and triggering avalanches on Mount Everest. By evening, police said, at least 1,130 people were dead, the Associated Press reported.

Home Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal said the death toll was almost certain to rise.

...Read more

Comcast's failed Time Warner acquisition is a victory for Al Franken

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WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress use hearings and letters to wield influence over corporate mergers -- and that wascertainly the case with Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and the failed Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal.

In attacking the proposal, no lawmaker was a bigger player than Franken, who sent three letters to regulators and caught a Comcast ...Read more

Under microscope for gyrocopter, Capitol Police stretched thin

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WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress agreed Doug Hughes is lucky to be alive after his dangerous stunt, based on what they learned about the April 15 gyrocopter landing during closed-door briefings from Capitol law enforcement. But big questions remain unanswered.

Police had multiple weapons trained on the small gyrocopter, but decided not to ...Read more

Analysis: Lynch's biggest challenge as Holder successor is ticking clock

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WASHINGTON -- When Loretta Lynch is sworn in next week, one challenge will loom larger than the rest: a ticking clock.

As the new U.S. attorney general, who will combat corporate crime and prosecute terrorists, she will have just 21 months to leave her imprint on the Justice Department before her boss, President Barack Obama, steps down.

"She ...Read more