Tuesday, April 28
Baltimore in chaos
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Mayor says "thugs" are trying to "tear down what so many have fought for."
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has imposed a curfew, to begin tonight, and Maryland's governor has declared a state of emergency, calling in the National Guard to restore order to the city.
Hours after the funeral for a black man who was injured while in police custody, rioters torched buildings and police cars and threw bricks at officers, injuring 15 of them.
Baltimore residents say their hearts ache
BALTIMORE (AP) — Many Baltimore residents say their hearts are aching as peaceful protests over the death of a man injured while in police custody have been replaced by rioting by what Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake calls "thugs."
Resident Kevin Johnson says his "heart is broken" because a community center for the elderly that was still under construction burned to the ground.
The violence started Monday just as high school let out. Young people began looting a local mall and a liquor store.
UN: More than 1.4 million need food in Nepal
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) —The death toll following Nepal's major earthquake is at least 4,400, but rescue workers still have not reached some remote communities.
Across central Nepal, hundreds of thousands of people are still living in the open without clean water or sanitation.
At Kathmandu's small airport, the onslaught of relief flights has created major backups on the tarmac.
A U.N. spokesman says 8 million people have been affected by the quake, and more than 1.4 million need food.
Senate takes up bill on congressional approval of Iran deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate begins debate today over legislation empowering Congress to review and possibly reject any nuclear pact the Obama administration develops with Iran.
The bill approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has gained the tacit approval of Obama, and proponents are trying to discourage any changes. They recognize that politically driven amendments could undermine Democratic support and sink the carefully crafted measure.
The legislation would block Obama from waiving congressional sanctions for at least 30 days while lawmakers weigh in. And it would stipulate that if senators disapprove the deal, Obama would lose authority to waive certain economic penalties — an event that would certainly prompt a presidential veto.
Captain of doomed ferry sentenced to life in prison
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean appellate court has handed down a sentence of life in prison to the captain of a ferry that sank last year, killing more than 300 people.
Today's sentencing is harsher than a November verdict by a district court that sentenced Lee Joon-seok to 36 years in prison for negligence and abandoning passengers in need.
A court spokesman says that in addition to giving Lee life, 14 other navigation crew members were sentenced from 18 months to 12 years in prison.
He says Lee's sentence was increased because the court convicted him on homicide charges. In the November ruling, Lee was acquitted of homicide.
Most of the victims are teenagers traveling to a southern island for a school trip.
Afghan army sends more troops to fight Taliban in north
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the military has sent reinforcements to a northern province to fight Taliban insurgents closing in on the provincial capital.
Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi says a major operation is underway in Kunduz province, where fighting continued for the fourth day Tuesday.
He says a Taliban commander and 27 of his fighters were killed Monday night in the province's Imam Sahib district, near the capital, also called Kunduz.
The fighting began over the weekend, when a large number of insurgents attacked police and army check points around Kunduz city. The Taliban launched their spring offensive on Friday.
President Ashraf Ghani delayed a state visit to India by several hours on Monday to consult with U.S. Gen. John Campbell, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, on the matter.
Australia can't do more for death row prisoners in Indonesia
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's foreign minister has defended Prime Minister Tony Abbott against online criticism that he has not done enough to save the lives of two Australians on death row in Indonesia.
The two Australians are among nine drug traffickers who were given 72-hour notices over the weekend that they will be executed by a firing squad.
Australian celebrity actors including Geoffrey Rush and Guy Pearce have launched an online video calling for Indonesia to show mercy to the two Australians. Some urge Abbott to go to Jakarta.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told Nine Network television on Tuesday that she and Abbott would have gone to Indonesia, if that would have helped.
Texas inmate asks US Supreme Court to block execution
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate scheduled to be executed this evening for fatally stabbing a corrections officer is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop his lethal injection.
Attorneys for 35-year-old Robert Lynn Pruett have several appeals before the high court.
Lawyers argue Pruett is innocent in the December 1999 killing at the McConnell Unit prison in South Texas and that advances in DNA testing will eventually show that.
Shooting outside NYC church kills 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Police in New York City say there've been no arrests in a fatal shooting outside a church in Brooklyn.
A funeral was going on inside the Emmanuel Church of God Monday night when police say someone opened fire, killing two people and wounding three others.
Police say a sixth person was found shot nearby, but they're not sure if that person was connected to the church shooting.
The wounded are in stable condition.
SEAFOOD WORKER COOKED
Tuna company, 2 managers charged in death of worker in oven
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bumble Bee Foods and two managers have been charged in Los Angeles with violating safety regulations in the death of a worker who was cooked in an industrial oven with tons of tuna.
Jose Melena was performing maintenance in a 35-foot-long oven at the company's Santa Fe Springs in Oct. 2012, when a co-worker, who mistakenly believed Melena was in the bathroom, filled the pressure cooker with 12,000 pounds of canned tuna and turned the oven on.
His body was found two hours later.
Corinthian Colleges students to meet for help after shutdown
INDUSTRY, Calif. (AP) — Students who attended the now-closed Corinthian Colleges are meeting with California officials for help getting reimbursed for tuition and obtaining transcripts.
The Santa Ana, California-based company closed all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, displacing 16,000 students on Monday.
Less than weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Education said it was fining the institution $30 million for misrepresentation.
CAPITOL HILL BUZZ-SENATE WORKERS' PAY
Capitol Hill Buzz: Dems push higher pay for Senate workers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois says contracted services on Capitol Hill should be given to companies that pay their employees a living wage, fair health insurance and benefits.
Durbin's letter to the Senate Rules Committee, which oversees Senate services, comes following reports in the Washington Post and CNN that profiled a Senate cafeteria janitor.
Sixty-three-year-old Charles Gladden, who has diabetes, says he makes so little that he has no home and sleeps outside a Metro station.
Entrepreneurs hatch hen-rental idea for fans of fresh eggs
MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — Want farm-fresh eggs without the commitment of owning chickens? Try renting them.
Poultry leases are a growing business for companies nationwide as people seek to live more sustainably through local food sources. Rentals allow customers to get eggs from humanely raised hens without the commitment of ownership.
Companies like Pennsylvania-based Rent The Chicken offer packages that include hens, a coop, supplies and support with any questions or problems.
Seasonal rentals generally cost a few hundred dollars and last about six months, though shorter and cheaper deals are available.
The concept has become popular in urban, suburban and rural locations.
Participation in the online community BackyardChickens.com has exploded in recent years — from 50 members in 2007 to more than 325,000 today.