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High-Altitude Rescue Underway On Everest

Following a powerful quake that has killed more than 2,000 people in Nepal, a high-altitude effort is underway on the slopes of the world's highest peak to rescue trapped climbers and recover the bodies of those killed when the temblor triggered a massive avalanche that swept base camp.At least 17 people were killed and more than 60 injured when a wall of snow and ice shook loose from the mountain and smashed through the tent city that is Everest Base Camp — a staging area on the south ...
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Vermont Senate Passes Bill Banning Revenge Porn

Senate lawmakers in Vermont have passed a house bill that would create criminal penalties for "revenge porn" — the sharing of explicit images of a person without consent.
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Goodwill Zwelithini is the influential king of South Africa's Zulu nation. Comments that he made last month — when he reportedly said head lice should be squashed and foreigners should pack their belongings and leave the country — have been blamed for igniting attacks on foreigners, resulting in at least seven deaths. But Zwelithini denies inciting the violence.

Forty years ago this month, North Vietnamese troops captured Saigon. The long war in Vietnam was coming to an end.

In the midst of the political fallout, the U.S. government announced an unusual plan to get thousands of displaced Vietnamese children out of the country. President Ford directed that money from a special foreign aid children's fund be made available to fly 2,000 South Vietnamese orphans to the United States.

(Airs 4/26 & 4/27) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC's Alan Chartock, University at Albany Professor and Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao, and Poughkeepsie Journal Executive Editor Stu Shinske. On this week's show they talk about the Pulitzers, the F word, your letters, and much more.

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This week, the bodies of 24 unidentified migrants were laid to rest in Malta, the European island nation in the Mediterranean Sea. They were among more than 800 people who lost their lives last weekend off the coast of Libya when their ship capsized as they were trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach a better life.

Lieutenant Keith Caruana of the Armed Forces of Malta spoke with NPR's Arun Rath about the situation in the Mediterranean — and the toll it has taken on rescuers after more than a decade of trying to save the lives of desperate people seeking safety.

What kind of parent are you if you let your child walk home alone? What if you won't let your kids out of your sight?

..::Photo via AP | Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) (April 2009)::..

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says every eligible voter in the United States should be able to register to vote online.

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