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As the death toll from Saturday's Nepal earthquake exceeds 4,000 people, the American Red Cross is urging those who want to help to donate money instead of items. Meanwhile, a group formed Sunday in Vermont is also trying to help.

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At a time when protests against police are springing up across the country, a forum tonight at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will focus on how communities respond to racial unrest. Two students from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education will present their case study on August’s shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The New York State Assembly has voted unanimously to close loopholes in the law guaranteeing equal pay for women. The measure already passed in the Senate.

It's among several women's rights bills backed by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo in a package that stalled previously amid Republican opposition to a bill codifying abortion rights.

New York law prohibits gender-based pay differentials, with exceptions for seniority and merit systems, productivity and "any other factor other than sex."

  Democrats in the State Senate are attempting to close a loophole in the state’s campaign finance laws, while a new poll finds New Yorkers want lawmakers to take more steps to quell corruption.

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A 17-year-old Connecticut girl forced by the courts to undergo chemotherapy for her cancer has finished treatment and been released from a hospital.

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A New York congressman wants to make the use of chokeholds by police officers a federal crime.

Brooklyn Democrat Hakeem Jeffries said on Monday that he's sponsoring a bill that would amend civil rights laws that deal with excessive force. The measure would define chokeholds as a deprivation of rights under the color of law.

Hakeem made the announcement outside NYPD headquarters, joined by the mother of Eric Garner, the unarmed man killed in a police chokehold last year on Staten Island.

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The Albany County Health Department has a new commissioner...

County Executive Dan McCoy today says Dr. Elizabeth Whalen has been appointed to serve as Commissioner of the Albany County Department of Health on behalf of the more than 300,000 residents of the county.

Dr. Whalen is a public health physician with dual board certification in Internal Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine. 

She succeeds Dr. James Crucetti who resigned in January after 25 years with the Health Department — 22 of them as the county's top doctor.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York will be the first state to offer English-language lessons to Spanish speakers over their mobile phones.  Cuomo announced the pilot program Monday.

It's designed to help immigrants who don't have the time or means to get traditional language lessons.

The service uses audio and texts and is free — aside from typical fees for minutes and texts.

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A Boston-based travel risk and crisis management firm says about 50 of its clients are still unaccounted for after an earthquake hit Nepal.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, April 27, 2015.

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