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Death toll continues to rise in Nepal...EU wants UN resolution soon on migrant smuggling...Verizon to buy AOL



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KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The death toll from today's powerful earthquake in Nepal is now at least 42. Nepal's Home Ministry also says more than 1,100 people have been injured. The magnitude-7.3 quake hit hardest in remote mountain districts northeast of the capital Kathmandu, terrifying a nation that just lost more than 8,000 people and entire villages in last month's quake. Officials and aid workers expect today's death toll to rise.

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is pushing for a U.N. Security Council resolution within days to allow aggressive action to hunt down people-smugglers in the Mediterranean and destroy their boats. A senior EU official says some 10 countries have signaled their interest in taking part. Britain, France, Poland and Spain are likely to provide ships or planes, while Slovenia has also expressed interest. But Russia and Libya — the jumping-off points for many people fleeing conflict and poverty for better lives in Europe — are expressing concerns about the plan. More than 170,000 illegal border crossings were recorded through the Mediterranean last year.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate plans today to take a vote on whether to start debate on a fast-track trade bill. President Barack Obama wants to be able to present Congress with proposed trade agreements it can either ratify or reject, but not change. If successful, Obama's likely to ask Congress to approve a long-negotiated Pacific Rim trade accord with 11 other nations. The Senate needs 60 votes to merely start a full-blown debate on the legislation.

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is buying AOL for about $4.4 billion. AOL owns The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Engadget, MAKERS and AOL.com. The acquisition will give Verizon an entryway into the increasingly competitive online video space.

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — The Subway restaurant chain has fired an employee in Laurel, Mississippi after she posted a photo on Facebook that appeared to show her celebrating over the shooting deaths of two police officers in Hattiesburg. Multiple news outlets are reporting that Sierra McCurdy wrote "GOT EM" in her post, which also included emojis of a handgun over a photo of herself in her Subway uniform. Subway says McCurdy's behavior does not represent company values.

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