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Ex-NY Assembly speaker slated to enter plea to indictment

Monday, April 27, 2015 10:05pm

File-This March 3, 2015, file photo shows former State Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver joining a coalition of elected officials and civic leaders at a press conference outside City Hall in New York. The former New York state Assembly Speaker is scheduled to enter a plea to the latest version of a criminal indictment that led him to step down from his powerful post.The Democrat is set to enter a plea Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Manhattan federal court. Last week, prosecutors boosted charges against Silver, saying he did “certain official” favors for an investor who gave him access to high-yield investment opportunities. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is scheduled to enter a plea to the latest version of a criminal indictment that led him to step down from his powerful post.


Enola Gay co-pilot's flight logs, Hiroshima plans for sale

Monday, April 27, 2015 10:01pm

This undated photo provided by Bonhams shows personal flight logs of the co-pilot of the U.S. B-29 Superfortress that dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Japan that will be put up for auction in New York this week. The logs are part of an 11-lot archive of Capt. Robert Lewis’ documents from his service during World War II. (Courtesy of Bonhams via AP)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Of the 12 men who flew aboard the Enola Gay the day the U.S. B-29 Superfortress dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima 70 years ago this summer, none knew the four-engine bomber better than Capt. Robert Lewis.


In quake-hit Nepal, rescuers struggle to recover the dead

Monday, April 27, 2015 9:55pm

In this April 27, 2015 photo, Nepalese and Indian rescue teams remove a body from the collapsed Sitapyla church in Kathmandu, Nepal. A strong earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley on Saturday. The catastrophe has overwhelmed Nepal’s government, with the challenge expected to worsen as the death toll climbs as rescuers reach vulnerable mountain villages that were hit hard. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — For hours after Nepal was shaken by one of the most intense earthquakes here in nearly a century, 12-year-old Neha Chumda screamed for help.


Nepal troops ready aid for remote quake-hit villages

Monday, April 27, 2015 9:51pm

Nepalese soldiers carry a wounded woman to a waiting Indian air force helicopter as they evacuate victims of Saturday’s earthquake from Trishuli Bazar to Kathmandu airport in Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. The death toll from Nepal's earthquake is expected to rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)GORKHA, Nepal (AP) — Preparing to make a push into the most isolated parts of quake-devastated Nepal, soldiers on Tuesday were readying food, water and other emergency supplies to be loaded onto helicopters in this small town near the earthquake's epicenter.


Nine await execution in Indonesia, as foreign hopes for reprieve fade

Monday, April 27, 2015 9:50pm

Indonesian policemen stand guard in front of ambulances at Wijayapura port near the prison island of Nusa Kambangan in CilacapBy Kanupriya Kapoor CILACAP, Indonesia (Reuters) - Nine drug traffickers were being held in isolation cells at an Indonesian maximum security prison on Tuesday awaiting execution by firing squad, after Indonesian authorities notified them they had no hope of reprieve. "We're hoping for a miracle," Marites Veloso, the sister of death-row inmate Mary Jane Veloso of the Philippines, told reporters as she entered the prison for a final visit. In chaotic scenes outside the jail, Australian family members, some weeping, arrived early to offer their final goodbyes to Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan. Rebuffing last-minute appeals from Australia and the Philippines to spare their nationals, Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo told Reuters late on Monday that the nine had been given notice and had been placed in isolation cells.


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