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Death toll climbs in Nepal... Suspect in custody after shooting of NYPD officer...Growing drug violence in Mexico

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 2, 2015 at 7:42 p.m.



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PAUWATHOK, Nepal (AP) — Officials in Nepal say the death toll from the massive earthquake a week ago has now passed 7,000. Meanwhile, the spread of disease is becoming a major concern for international aid groups trying to help the victims. Aid workers say medical supplies, tents and water are needed along with more helicopters to get those items to isolated mountain villages.

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a suspect is in custody in the shooting of a plainclothes New York City police officer who was critically wounded this evening in Queens. A police spokeswoman says a preliminary investigation shows the suspect fired at least two rounds into the unmarked car the on-duty officer was riding in. The mayor is at the hospital where the officer is being treated.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Political analysts say the increasingly powerful Mexican drug cartel known as Jalisco New Generation is behind a spasm of violence that has killed seven people and forced down a military helicopter in western Mexico. Jalisco state is relatively calm today. But on Friday, gunmen set fire to vehicles, banks and gas stations and traded gunfire with police and soldiers.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission says she's largely given up hope of reining in abuses in raising and spending money in the 2016 presidential campaign and says she instead plans to concentrate on getting information out publicly. In an interview with The New York Times, Ann M. Ravel describes the FEC as "worse than dysfunctional."

MOSCOW (AP) — One of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century whose career at the Bolshoi Theater spanned more than 35 years has died. Maya Plisetskaya was 89. Bolshoi's director tells Russia's state news agency Tass that she died in Germany of a heart attack on Saturday. On Facebook, Mikhail Baryshnikov calls her "one of the greatest dancers of our time ... beautiful and graceful."

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