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Nepal on "War Footing" as Death Toll Tops 5,000

The death toll from Saturday's magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Nepal topped 5,000 on Tuesday, as the government pushed back against criticism over a slow response and as a landslide near a trekking route left hundreds more people missing. Rescuers were still digging bodies out of the rubble in the capital Kathmandu, centuries-old buildings were flattened by Saturday’s quake and many were sleeping outside in vast tent cities for fear of being buried in further aftershocks. "The government is doing all it can for rescue and relief on a war footing," the prime minister told Reuters. "It is a challenge and a very difficult hour for Nepal." Some 8 million people have been affected — with 1.4 million in urgent need of food supplies, according to the United Nations. Further complicating the relief effort, a heavy rainstorm broke out in Kathmandu on Tuesday, and on Tuesday, an avalanche hit a village near a trekking route. Up to 250 people were missing afterward. Read »
Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 at 2:32 AM

WATCH: Cecily Strong's Best Jokes at Correspondents' Dinner

"Saturday Night Live" cast member Cecily Strong levied her characteristically biting humor during her stint as celebrity host of the the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday night, earning laughs for digs at journalists, the Secret Service and even President Obama himself. "The Washington Hilton is great," the one-time "Weekend Update" host said. "I bet when the president walked in and saw all those bellhops he thought, 'Finally, some decent security.'" Read »
Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 at 1:34 AM

Nepal Earthquake May Have Caused Mt. Everest's Deadliest Day

Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 at 6:48 AM

New Violence Spurs Fears of ISIS's Expansion

Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 at 5:56 AM

Japanese Police Arrest Suspect in Drone Landing

Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 at 3:22 AM

Southwest Flight Diverts to Denver After "Pressurization Issue"

Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 at 1:20 AM

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 »
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 at 2:49 AM

Wildfires Threaten $269 Billion in Home Damage: Experts

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 9:11 PM

Hawaii May Be First State to Raise Smoking Age to 21

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 6:18 PM

Indiana HIV Outbreak May Be Attributable to Opioid Drug Users

Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 at 1:25 AM

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 5:24 PM

8 Terror Charges Against French Man in Alleged Church Plot

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 5:01 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 1:00 PM

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

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 3:03 PM

Huge American Flag Protest Shuts Down Georgia College