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More than 2,200 confirmed dead in Nepal earthquakeWarriors complete sweep with 109-98 win over Pelicans (Yahoo Sports)

Indian soldiers, left, on rescue mission to Nepal rush to board an Indian Air Force aircraft near New Delhi, India, Sunday, April 26, 2015. A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said.(AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)An aftershock adds chaos to an already devastated region.


NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 25: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts as time expires during Game Four in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on April 25, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Stephen Curry wasn't about to say that shooting over Anthony Davis was easy. The Warriors' prolific scorer was just crafty enough to make it look that way sometimes. Equally devastating from long range and on drives to the hoop, Curry scored 39 points, and the Golden State Warriors took a 109-98 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night, completing a sweep of their first-round playoff series.


Obama turns 2016 hopefuls into comic fodder for media dinnerBayless' layup at buzzer gives Bucks 92-90 win over Bulls (Yahoo Sports)

President Barack Obama laughs at a joke during the White House Correspondents' Association dinner at the Washington Hilton on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — A presidential election just getting into gear provided President Barack Obama plenty of new material to work with on the night he describes as Washington celebrating itself.


MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 25: Jerryd Bayless #19 of the Milwaukee Bucks shoots the game winning layup against the Chicago Bulls in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2015 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, February. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jerryd Bayless cut right along the baseline, leaving Derrick Rose a couple of steps behind. It was just the sliver of an opening Bayless needed to put up a game-winning layup at the buzzer. Bayless' basket gave Milwaukee a rousing 92-90 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, drawing the upstart Bucks within 3-1 in their Eastern Conference playoff series. We found ourselves with a 'W,''' coach Jason Kidd said.


Baltimore protests turn violent after death of suspectKeith scores, Blackhawks eliminate Predators with 4-3 win (Yahoo Sports)
BALTIMORE (AP) — A protest over the death of Freddie Gray, who was critically injured in police custody, started peacefully with thousands marching through downtown streets before the demonstration turned violent and volatile.

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith, left, celebrates with goalie Corey Crawford after scoring his goal against the Nashville Predators during the third period in Game 6 of an NHL Western Conference hockey playoff series Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Duncan Keith waited and waited for just the right moment, and then unloaded. Another big goal for Chicago's top defenseman moved the Blackhawks into the second round of the playoffs. Keith scored at 16:12 of the third, and Chicago overcame a brutal start on its way to a clinching 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of their tight postseason series. ''Certainly our guys, when the games are on the line, the stakes are higher, they just love that challenge and like to meet it and rise to it.'' Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.


Top U.S. court appears on cusp of declaring right to gay marriageIslanders beat Capitals 3-1 to force Game 7 (Yahoo Sports)

A participant wears a rainbow tie during the annual Pride March on Christopher Street in Manhattan, New YorkBy Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's arguments on Tuesday over same-sex marriage will cap more than two decades of litigation and a transformation in public attitudes. Based on the court's actions during the past two years, a sense of inevitability is in the air: That a majority is on the verge of declaring gay marriage legal nationwide. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court's pivotal member on gay rights, has been marching in this direction with opinions dating to 1996. In his most recent gay rights decision for the court in 2013, rejecting a legal definition of marriage limited to a man and woman for purposes of federal benefits, Kennedy deplored that U.S. law for making gay marriages "unequal." That 5-4 decision did not address a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, but lower court judges interpreted the ruling as an endorsement of it and began invalidating state bans.


The New York Islanders celebrate at center ice after beating the Washington Capitals 3-1 in Game 6 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Islanders captain John Tavares was still attempting to gather his bearings after being leveled in the corner, when he heard the familiar - and welcome - roar go up inside the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for what could be the last time. Sparked by Tavares' rush, Nikolay Kulemin scored the go-ahead goal with 9:27 left in a 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday that forced a seventh game in the first-round playoff series. Now the two Metropolitan Division rivals who finished the season with 101 points each will meet Monday night in Washington to decide who advances to face the Presidents' Trophy-winning New York Rangers. The next objective is to advance to the second round and deliver at least two more home games before the Islanders make the 28-mile-move west to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn next season.


Oklahoma lethal injection drug faces U.S. Supreme Court testKlitschko outpoints Jennings to defend heavyweight titles (Yahoo Sports)

A police officer walks up the steps of the Supreme Court in WashingtonThe U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments this week on whether a drug used in Oklahoma's lethal injection mix should be banned in a case that comes as a shortage of execution chemicals has sent some states scrambling for alternatives. The main question before the nine justices in the case brought by three death row inmates that will be heard on Wednesday is whether the use of the sedative midazolam violates constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. The case does not address the constitutionality of the death penalty in general, but brings fresh attention to the debate over whether executions should continue in the United States. Opponents say midazolam is not approved for use in painful surgeries and should not be used in the death chamber because it cannot maintain a coma-like unconsciousness, potentially leaving inmates in intense pain from lethal injection drugs that halt breathing and stop the heart.


Wladimir Klitschko, of Ukraine, poses for fans after a heavyweight boxing match against Bryant Jennings, early Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Klitschko won the fight by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko easily outpointed a game-but-outclassed Bryant Jennings in the champion's first fight in the United States in seven years, defending his heavyweight titles with a unanimous decision Saturday night. ''It is great to come back to Madison Square Garden, to be home here and fight here,'' Klitschko said. His jab and straight right hands kept Jennings from getting inside, and the unbeaten American had little chance of winning from distance. Yet, with Jennings still standing in the middle rounds and beginning to land some punches, the Americans in the crowd began shouting ''U-S-A! U-S-A!'' But the Philadelphian never really had a chance and was outpunched 545-376, with 144 landing for Klitschko, 110 for the challenger.




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Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

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