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Nepal quake: Nearly 1,400 dead, Everest shaken

Tens of thousands of people prepared to spend the night in the open under a chilly and thundery sky after a powerful earthquake shook Nepal on Saturday, killing more than 1,180 people, collapsing modern houses and centuries-old temples, and triggering a landslide on the slopes of Mount Everest. Officials said the death toll will rise as more reports from far-flung areas come in.

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Military vets plan to summit peak in Memorial Day tribute

Four military veterans are aiming to summit North America's tallest mountain on Memorial Day, armed with the names of hundreds of Americans who have died while serving their country. The Mission Memorial Day team is collecting the names of fallen veterans to be inscribed on flags the climbers plan to carry May 25 to the top of Alaska's 20,320-foot Mount McKinley.

 

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