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KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Authorities in Nepal expect the death toll to rise, in the aftermath of the second strong earthquake to hit the country in less than three weeks. Today's quake struck in a remote mountain region, killing at least 37 people in Nepal, according to the latest figures from the country's Home Ministry. Additional deaths are reported in neighboring parts of India and Tibet.

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — A lawyer for a man involved in a shooting with George Zimmerman in Florida says his client acted in self-defense. The attorney says Matthew Apperson didn't break any laws because he was acting in self-defense during his encounter yesterday with the former neighborhood watch leader who was acquitted two years ago in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Police say Zimmerman and Apperson had also been involved in a road rage incident last September in an Orlando suburb. Apperson's lawyer says he doesn't know of any ongoing feud between the two.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former volunteer sheriff's deputy in Oklahoma who is charged with fatally shooting a restrained man has canceled his Bahamas vacation. His lawyer says it's because he was "ridiculed in the national press." He says Robert Bates had been looking forward to the vacation with his grandchildren, which was planned before the April 2 shooting. Bates has pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter in Eric Harris' killing. He says he confused his stun gun and handgun after Harris ran from a sting involving gun sales.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is proposing cuts in income and corporate tax rates. It's part of an economic policy plan he's laying out today in a speech in the early-voting state of New Hampshire. He's expected to suggest simplifying the tax code by reducing the number of income tax rates. That will include proposals to reduce the top rate to 28 percent and cut the corporate tax rate from the current 35 percent down to 25 percent. He's also expected to stress the need to provide more economic opportunities for middle-class families.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who saved a dog from a hot car has been arrested for smashing a window to free the animal. News reports say Michael Hammons of Athens was charged with criminal trespassing after freeing a small Pomeranian mix in distress from a hot car outside a store. Witnesses say while a group of shoppers waited for police to arrive to free the dog, the Army veteran smashed the window. Deputies say the car's owner insisted he be arrested. The woman was cited for leaving the dog in the hot car. Georgia state law allows an individual to break a window to save a child in distress but not a pet.

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