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Bodies found at helicopter wreck site...House defense vote...More US-Cuba talks scheduled

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 15, 2015 at 2:40 a.m.



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KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Three bodies have been found at the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared earlier this week while on a relief mission in Nepal. The helicopter carried was carrying six Marines and two Nepalese army soldiers. Nepalese rescuers found the wreckage after days of intense searching.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Today's scheduled House vote on a defense policy bill doesn't come with the usual bipartisan fanfare. Instead, the $612 billion measure has drawn a presidential veto threat. President Barack Obama objects to a host of provisions and some House Democrats say the measure tries to skirt automatic spending caps by dumping money into the war fighting fund. And Muqtada al-Sadr, a noted Shiite cleric in Iraq, is angry over a provision to give money directly to Kurdish fighters.

HAVANA (AP) — Diplomatic talks will continue between the U.S. and Cuba. The two countries say the next round will be next Thursday in an attempt to remove barriers to the reopening of embassies in Washington and Havana. In separate announcements, the State Department and Cuba's Foreign Ministry say the talks will be held in Washington.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The influx of migrants to Indonesia and Thailand continues despite a wall of resistance mounted by Southeast Asian countries which have made it clear the boat people are not welcome. Authorities say more than 800 migrants have landed on the shores of Indonesia and Thailand after being adrift at sea for weeks. But thousands of refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar — fleeing either poverty or persecution — are believed to still be adrift in a spiraling humanitarian crisis.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — His music brought him from Mississippi's dirt roads to black-tie meetings with world leaders. He gave a guitar to Pope John Paul II, and had President Barack Obama singing to his "Sweet Home Chicago." B.B. King believed anyone could play the blues, and that "as long as people have problems, the blues can never die." King died Thursday in Las Vegas, where he had been in hospice care. He was 89.

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