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  • Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs
    Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the avalanche deaths of 16 of their colleagues exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits.

  • One dead as violent protests erupt in Rio
    One dead as violent protests erupt in Rio

    One person was shot dead as violent protests erupted Tuesday near Rio's famed Copacabana beach after a dancer was killed allegedly by police, less than two months before the World Cup in Brazil. After waves of street protests last year over poor living conditions, the latest unrest was yet another embarrassment for Brazil as the Latin American giant prepares to stage the World Cup in June and the Summer Olympics in 2016.

  • The face of hemp in Washington
    The face of hemp in Washington

    Yahoo News spends a day with Ben Droz, Capitol Hill's hemp lobbyist.

  • Did you miss last week’s blood moon? Check out this awesome time-lapse photo
    Did you miss last week’s blood moon? Check out this awesome time-lapse photo

    Last week’s rare blood moon eclipse was amazing, but it also took place in the middle of the night so most people in the U.S. probably missed it. But there is no need to fret, of course — that’s why Al Gore invented the Internet. We have all undoubtedly seen photos of the blood moon eclipse that took place in the wee hours of the morning on April 15th. It was the first of four coming eclipses where the moon will glow red in the sky, so three more opportunities to catch one are coming. Those who don’t feel like waiting for October to see the next blood moon are in luck though, because Wired posted a great little GIF on

  • British stars say farewell to Peaches Geldof at private funeral
    British stars say farewell to Peaches Geldof at private funeral

    Celebrities from Britain's television and music worlds attended the funeral on Monday of Peaches Geldof, the 25-year-old daughter of Band Aid founder Bob Geldof whose death two weeks ago remains unexplained. Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, model Kate Moss and Sarah Ferguson, the ex-wife of Prince Andrew, were among the mourners gathered to pay tribute to Geldof, whose coffin arrived painted with blue sky, clouds, flowers, and a portrait of her family. Geldof, a media and fashion personality in her own right and mother of two boys aged 23 months and 11 months, was found dead at her home in Wrotham, Kent, in southern England, on April 7. Her father was expected to deliver the eulogy at the private funeral held at the same church in Davington, Kent, where Peaches married musician Thomas Cohen in 2012 and near where she grew up.

  • Deadly Texas fertilizer warehouse blast preventable: U.S
    Deadly Texas fertilizer warehouse blast preventable: U.S

    By Erwin Seba DALLAS (Reuters) - A deadly 2013 fertilizer warehouse explosion in Texas that claimed at least 14 lives could have been prevented, U.S. safety investigators said on Tuesday. Between 40 and 60 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded 22 minutes after a fire broke out at the West Fertilizer Co warehouse on April 17, 2013, leveling a neighborhood in the town of West, 70 miles southwest of Dallas. The ammonium nitrate, which the company supplied to farmers to use as fertilizer in the region, was stored in wooden bins within a wooden building that did not have a sprinkler system, said Rafael Moure-Eraso, chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board.

  • 7 Days, 4 Countries, 5 Things to Watch As Obama Returns to Asia
    7 Days, 4 Countries, 5 Things to Watch As Obama Returns to Asia

    With Eye on China, Obama to Reaffirm Ties With Asian Allies

  • Everest guides abandon climbing season after deadly avalanche
    Everest guides abandon climbing season after deadly avalanche

    Kathmandu (AFP) - Nepalese guides on Mount Everest said Tuesday they would abandon this year's climbing season to honour 16 colleagues killed in an avalanche last week, throwing hundreds of mountaineers' plans into chaos.

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