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BALTIMORE (AP) — Community members are being credited with clearing a Baltimore intersection at curfew Wednesday night. Maryland state Sen. Catherine Pugh says residents' action allowed police officers to hang back. Pugh says: "I think we showed the nation that Baltimore can protect the peace." The intersection was the scene of rioting Monday. Pugh is also urging the community to be patient with the Freddie Gray investigation. Police are scheduled to provide a report to the state's attorney on Friday.

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters have returned to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports several dozen people marched down West Florissant Avenue Wednesday night, protesting the death of a 25-year-old Baltimore man who died after sustaining unexplained injuries while in police custody. Demonstrations in Ferguson Tuesday night were marred when looting, fires and gunfire erupted. Three people were shot and five people were arrested for looting.

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Police in Nepal say the death toll from Saturday's earthquake has topped 5,500. More than 11,000 people were injured in the magnitude 7.8 quake, which was centered just outside the capital, Kathmandu. The quake also triggered an avalanche that killed at least 19 people at the Mount Everest base camp. Another 61 people were killed in neighboring India and Bangladesh, and China's official Xinhua (shihn-wah) News Agency reported 25 dead in Tibet.

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials say three villagers have been killed in an area near the North Korean border. The Helong city government says provincial police are investigating. North Korean border guards in the area have been accused of crossing the border to commit thefts and murders in the past. Saturday's killings took place not far from where at least seven villagers were reported killed last year by border guards.

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources says nearly half of the coral reef sites off Kauai are being affected by black band disease. The disease is found globally around the tropics, but researcher Christina Runyon says this is the first outbreak in Hawaii. Runyon says the disease appears to be more prevalent when temperatures are warm, which is a concern because sea surface temperatures are forecast to be higher this year than last year.

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