Monday, May 4, 2015

International

Police: 2 men who fired at guard outside Muhammad cartoon contest killed; bomb squad on scene

GARLAND, Texas — Two gunmen were killed after opening fire on a security officer outside a contest for cartoon depictions of Prophet Muhammad in Texas and a bomb squad was called in to search their vehicle as a precaution, authorities said.

With rescue near, Nigerian girls, women stoned to death by Boko Haram, 3 blown up by land mine

YOLA, Nigeria — Even with the crackle of gunfire signalling rescuers were near, the horrors did not end: Boko Haram fighters stoned captives to death, some girls and women were crushed by an armoured car and three died when a land mine exploded as they walked to freedom.

Baltimore prosecutor charges police van driver with murder, 5 other officers also charged

BALTIMORE — Baltimore’s top prosecutor announced criminal charges Friday against all six officers suspended after a man suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody, saying “no one is above the law.”
“Mr. Gray’s death was a homicide,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby declared. His arrest was illegal and his treatment in custody amounted to murder and manslaughter, she said.

Activists work to change South Dakota sites named after men whose acts harmed Native Americans

WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. — South Dakota’s Shannon County will now be Oglala Lakota County, removing the name of a man who Oglala Sioux Tribe activists say helped with negotiations that were a precursor for the breakup of tribal lands.
The change becomes official Friday. More than 80 per cent of the county’s voters approved it in November.

2 rescued from wreckage in Nepal’s capital 5 days after quake, bringing some moments of joy

KATMANDU, Nepal — The 15-year-old boy had been buried alive for five days, listening to bulldozers clearing mountains of debris, fearful the incessant aftershocks might collapse the darkened crevice he was trapped in.

Smoke from burnt macaroni and cheese forces evacuation at Iowa Capitol

DES MOINES, Iowa — A burnt bowl of macaroni and cheese forced a brief evacuation at the Iowa Capitol.
Iowa Department of Administrative Services spokesman Caleb Hunter says somebody’s lunch burned in a microwave Monday behind the Senate Chambers on the second floor of the Capitol. He says the smoke prompted a short evacuation of the entire building during the morning.

China now has more vineyard land than France, wine body says; France is No. 1 producer

PARIS — China now boasts more land dedicated to wine-making vineyards than France, but France has beaten out Italy to regain the title of world’s No. 1 wine producer.
This is according to figures released Monday by the Paris-based International Organization of Vine and Wine.

Helicopters ferry injured from remote Nepalese villages near earthquake’s epicenter

GORKHA, Nepal — Helicopters crisscrossed the mountains above a remote district Tuesday near the epicenter of the weekend earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 4,400, ferrying the injured to clinics and taking emergency supplies back to villages cut off by landslides.

Quake-aid need acute in Nepal capital, more so in villages near epicenter; toll tops 3,700

KATMANDU, Nepal — Shelter, fuel, food, medicine, power, news, workers — Nepal’s earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families’ needs. In much of the countryside, it was worse, though how much worse was only beginning to become apparent.

China bans climbing on Everest’s northern routes; medical teams dispatched to Nepal to assist

5:45 p.m. (1200 GMT)
All mountaineering on the Chinese side of Mount Everest was cancelled after Saturday’s earthquake.
China’s official Xinhua News Agency says more than 400 climbers from 20-plus countries were on the northern side of the world’s highest mountain and were reported safe after they descended to lower elevations.

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