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KATHMANDU, NEPAL >> A top Nepalese official says at least 688 people have died in the massive earthquake that struck outside Kathmandu. Home Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal says that the death toll is almost certain to rise following Saturday's quake. Another 20 were killed in India, six in Tibet and two in Bangladesh.   Full Story
 
MANCHESTER >> Future projects under the Junction Improvement Fund, local property tax and the Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance were among the topics of discussion at Tuesday's selectboard meeting. Just three town residents attended the meeting. The board was also scheduled to present Manchester's audit of the 2014 fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2014, but this was pushed to the   Full Story
 
NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast is dropping its $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable after heavy regulatory pushback. The combined company would have put nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband subscribers under one roof, which would give the resulting behemoth unprecedented power over what Americans watch and download.   Full Story
 
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SANAA, YEMEN >> Al-Qaida's Yemen branch routed government forces from a large weapons depot in the country's east on Friday, seizing dozens of tanks, Katyusha rocket launchers and small arms, security officials said, as airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition intensified in the capital, Sanaa, and also in Yemen's second-largest city.   Full Story
 
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CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. (AP) >> The SpaceX supply ship arrived at the International Space Station on Friday morning, delivering the world's first espresso machine designed exclusively for astronauts. Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti captured the Dragon capsule, which arrived three days after its Florida launch, with the help of a giant robot arm.   Full Story
 
MONTPELIER >> The Shumlin administration has reversed its position on H.361, the education reform bill. The legislation, which passed the House last month, was originally supported by the Vermont Agency of Education. On Friday, Bill Talbott, the deputy secretary, told lawmakers that the agency wanted to back away from mandatory components of H.   Full Story
 
MONTPELIER (AP) >> A Vermont House committee has reversed itself on the standard of proof a person once deemed mentally ill must show before regaining the right to possess firearms. The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday stiffened the burden of proof from a preponderance — a slight balance of evidence in favor — to a higher "clear and convincing" standard of proof.   Full Story
 
BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — Capt. Richard Phillips, who stood up to Somali pirates, is doing his part to stand up to Lyme disease. Phillips, who lives in Vermont and whose ordeal as a hostage of pirates in 2009 was the subject of the 2013 movie "Captain Phillips," is scheduled to talk about his ordeal, as well as leadership and motivation, at a fundraiser for a Cape Cod Lyme disease wellness   Full Story
 
MONTPELIER (AP) >> The commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forests Parks and Recreation says that — for the first time in a century — Vermont is losing forest land, with large tracts being divided up and losing some of their value as wildlife habitats. Commissioner Michael Snyder is releasing a report Thursday outlining those changes during a meeting at the Statehouse with   Full Story
 
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (AP) >> A Florida postal worker who piloted a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol lawn to call attention to his belief that campaign finance laws are too weak is "a patriot" who first came up with the idea about a year ago, a friend said. Doug Hughes, 61, called his friend Mike Shanahan on Wednesday and said he was in the D.   Full Story
 
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WASHINGTON (AP) >> Michelle Obama is launching an interactive online map to encourage Americans to join their local "Let's Move" programs. The first lady announced the chart Wednesday as school children joined her in planting spinach, broccoli, lettuce, radish and bok choy in the White House Kitchen Garden.   Full Story
 
WASHINGTON (AP) >> A majority of lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee said Wednesday that they have lost confidence in the Drug Enforcement Administration's chief amid allegations that agents attended sex parties with prostitutes while stationed overseas. Twenty-two of the committee's 43 members signed a statement expressing no confidence in DEA head Michele Leonhart.   Full Story
 
NEW YORK (AP) >> The fight to redefine a McJob is heating up. Protests for pay of $15 an hour and a union for fast-food and other low-wage workers are set to take place around the country Wednesday, marking the biggest effort yet in an ongoing campaign by labor organizers. The push comes just two weeks after McDonald's announced a pay bump for workers at its company-owned stores,   Full Story
 
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JINDO, SOUTH KOREA (AP) >> A solemn crowd of relatives of some of the 304 people, mostly schoolchildren, who died in a ferry sinking gathered at a small South Korean port Wednesday on the eve of the anniversary of one of the country's deadliest disasters. Under hazy skies, the group in yellow windbreakers left Paengmok on ships to visit the site of the sinking off the southwestern coast.   Full Story
 
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TEHRAN, IRAN (AP) >> Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has dismissed pressure from the U.S. Congress over a preliminary deal on Iran's nuclear program, saying that Tehran is dealing with world powers — not American lawmakers. Rouhani spoke Wednesday in the northern city of Rasht, saying that Iran is pursuing a "dignified" agreement with the six-member group — the U.   Full Story