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Another Nepal quake; 4 dead...Senate trade vote today...Refugee ship in distress



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KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — At least four people have been killed in another major earthquake in Nepal, less than three weeks after a temblor that killed more than 8,100. The latest, magnitude 7.3 quake hit a remote region near the Chinese border. A spokesman with the International Organization for Migration says several buildings collapsed in an isolated town that's now a hub for humanitarian aid since the April quake.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate vote today is seen as an important test of President Barack Obama's trade agenda. Supporters need 60 votes just to begin debate on the bill to give Obama "fast track" authority. That would let him present Congress with proposed trade agreements it can ratify or reject, but not amend. Much of the opposition comes from his fellow Democrats who worry more jobs will be shipped overseas.

LANGKAWI, Malaysia (AP) — There's another report of a ship in distress carrying hundreds of Rohingya (ROH'-hin-GAH') Muslims, most from a troubled state in Myanmar. A monitoring group says the boat with some 350 people on board was abandoned by its captain without fuel and that there's no food or water. The group says the boat's precise location is uncertain.

BAGHDAD (AP) — There are new accusations against the Islamic state group claiming videos of the destruction of ancient Iraqi antiquities is just a cover up for the looting of valuable items that are later sold. One of Iraq's top antiquities officials calls it the systematic looting of the country's cultural heritage. Satellite photos and anecdotal evidence seem to confirm widespread plundering. Egypt holds a conference tomorrow on ways to halt such antiquities theft.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell get their chance today to convince a federal appeals court to throw out his conviction on corruption charges. Prosecutors will get equal time to argue that a jury correctly found McDonnell guilty of 11 counts last September. The case is being heard by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. McDonnell remains free on bond.

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