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Expensive Winter...Nepal says foreign rescuers can go home...Criticism of military sex abuse response

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 4, 2015 at 3:00 a.m.



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BOSTON (AP) — The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials says 23 states combined to spend a billion dollars to keep the roads open last winter. The first of its kind survey finds that states used 6 million tons of salt, huge quantities of brine and other liquid deicing chemicals. Plowing and road treatment from October to March consumed 8 million work hours.

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal officials say they can take it from here in urban center earthquake work. The government says foreign rescuers should go home or to rural areas. Meanwhile Sherpa guides say they won't be digging out and re-establishing part of the trail up Mount Everest destroyed by an earthquake-triggered avalanche. Climbers can't climb without the Sherpas' assistance.

WASHINGTON (AP) — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says the issue of sex crimes in the military is being seriously understated by the Defense Department. She's issued a scathing critique that accuses the Pentagon of refusing to provide her information about sexual assaults at several major bases. The Senator says spouses of service members and civilian women who live or work near military facilities aren't counted in Defense Department sexual assault surveys.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is in Kenya to set the stage for President Barack Obama's visit this summer. In addition to commemorating past attacks, he's offering U.S. support in the fight against the terror threat from Somalia, which some say is more dangerous. U.S. relations with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta have improved but tensions remain. The U.S. believes Kenyatta should do more to improve human rights.

MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — Police in Wisconsin are investigating the shooting deaths of four people on a bridge in the eastern part of the state. Police say the shooter is among the dead and another person is wounded in what appears to be a "random act."

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