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Quake-aid need acute in Nepal capital, more so in villages
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Shelter, fuel, food, medicine, power, news, workers - Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families' needs. In much of the countryside, it was worse, though how much worse was only beginning to become apparent. The official death toll soared past 4,000, even without a full accounting from vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster.

AP PHOTOS: Quake in Nepal leaves more than 4,000 dead
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Nepal's worst earthquake in more than 80 years has so far claimed more than 4,000 lives, even without a full accounting from vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. The desperate effort to save lives intensified Monday as aid flights arrived carrying emergency medical teams, search-and-rescue equipment and tarps for shelter. Lila Mani Poudyal, the government's chief secretary and the rescue coordinator, said Nepal needed more help. He said the recovery was also being slowed because many workers - water tanker drivers, electricity company employees and laborers needed to clear debris - "are all gone to their families and staying with them, refusing to work."

Kerry, Zarif set for nuke talks in NY as Senate weighs move
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration moved on two fronts Monday to advance its nuclear diplomacy with Iran, with talks between top U.S. and Iranian diplomats and an aggressive effort to sell the emerging deal to skeptical American lawmakers and constituencies. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif were to meet Monday in New York for the first time since world powers and Iran sealed a framework agreement on April 2 that would limit Iran's ability to build a nuclear weapon. They now have little more than two months to meet their own deadline of June 30 for a comprehensive accord.

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Jury instructions begin in trial of Colorado theater shooter
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Colorado theater shooter James Holmes appeared calm as his judge instructed jurors Monday at the opening of a trial to determine if he'll be executed, spend his life in prison, or be committed to an institution as criminally insane. His clown-like red hair grew out long ago, and the bushy beard he wore awaiting trial was gone, too. Discreetly, so that others can't see, Holmes was being restrained: Under his blue dress shirt was a harness, cabled through the leg of his khaki pants to the courtroom floor.

The Latest: People at Holmes' hearing disperse during recess
11 a.m. (MDT) Many of the people who attended a morning hearing in the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes have dispersed while court is in recess, including Holmes' parents.

Boston Marathon bomber's lawyer urges jury to spare his life
BOSTON (AP) - A lawyer for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev urged a jury Monday to spare the young man's life, portraying him as "a good kid" who was led astray by his radicalized and belligerent older brother. David Bruck delivered the defense's opening statement in the penalty phase of Tsarnaev's trial, saying there is no punishment Tsarnaev can get that would be equal to the suffering of the victims.

Court weighs excessive force against inmates awaiting trial
WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid a growing national debate over police use of force, the Supreme Court struggled Monday with a related question of claims of excessive force against jail officials by people who are accused but not yet convicted of crimes. The case involves Michael Kingsley, a Wisconsin man who was in jail pending a trial on drug charges. Kingsley claims that two jail officers used excessive force when they transferred him to another cell after he refused to remove a piece of paper covering the light over his bed.

Loretta Lynch sworn in as new US attorney general
WASHINGTON (AP) - Loretta Lynch was sworn in Monday as the 83rd U.S. attorney general, the first African-American woman to serve as the nation's top law enforcement official. Speaking before family members, Justice Department lawyers and supporters, Lynch said her confirmation as attorney general showed that "we can do anything" and pledged that the agency would "use justice as our compass" in confronting terrorism, cyberattacks and other threats facing the country.

Thousands attend funeral for Freddie Gray in Baltimore
BALTIMORE (AP) - The six Baltimore police officers suspended after a man suffered serious spinal injuries while in custody should tell the public what happened, an attorney for the man's family said at his funeral Monday. Bill Murphy's remarks about the officers drew a standing ovation at the funeral of Freddie Gray. Gray died April 19, days after his encounter with police. The 2,500-capacity New Shiloh Baptist church was filled with mourners, many of whom filed past Gray's casket before the service began.

US lowers fluoride in water; too much causing splotchy teeth
NEW YORK (AP) - The government is lowering the recommended amount of fluoride added to drinking water for the first time in more than 50 years. Some people are getting too much fluoride because it is also now put in toothpaste, mouthwash and other products, health officials said Monday in announcing the change.

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