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'Absolute Chaos': Rescuers Claw to Find Nepalese Quake Survivors
Amid rubble and landslides, rescue crews were digging with their bare hands to find survivors from the weekend's devastating earthquakes in Nepal.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/45c2e245/sc/11/mf.gif'...

Two Dead, Five Missing After Storm Hits Alabama Regatta
Coast Guard crews were scouring the waters near Mobile Bay on Sunday for five sailors who were missing after a number of boats capsized in a storm.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/45bfe92a/sc/16/mf.gif'...

Loved Ones Mourn Freddie Gray After Night of Protest
Mourners filed quietly in and out of Vaughn Greene East Funeral Home to honor Freddie Gray, who died April 19, a week after his arrest.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/45c21b13/sc/7/mf.gif'...

Anonymous Donor Pays Oso Mudslide Victim's Mortgage
Tim Ward lost his wife, his home and his pets in a landslide. One person who saw his story reached out to help him.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/45c2c700/sc/7/mf.gif' border='0'/><br...

Major Aftershock Hits Nepal as Quake Death Toll Reaches 2,500
The U.S. Geological Survey said the tremor registered an initial 6.7 magnitude - compared with the day earlier's 7.8-magnitude quake.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/45be87b4/sc/11/mf.gif'...

Israel Says It Launched Airstrike at Syrian Border
The Israeli military said it launched airstrikes and "neutralized" an imminent attack by bomb-carrying militants along the Israeli-Syrian border.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/45c21fcb/sc/7/mf.gif'...

Clinton Foundation Admits 'Mistakes' in Tax Returns
The acting CEO of the Clinton Foundation said Sunday there were mistakes on its tax returns but says its total revenue was accurately reported.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/45c20f0c/sc/7/mf.gif'...

Flying High: Man Arrested at Airport With 18 Pounds of Pot: Cops
A Bronx man was arrested at LaGuardia Airport for attempting to board a flight with 18 pounds of marijuana in his luggage, police said.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/45c21fcd/sc/16/mf.gif'...

Rescue Choppers Pluck the Badly Wounded Off Everest
Choppers arrived on Sunday to take out the first of the injured, according to mountaineers and climbers.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/45bf2e1a/sc/11/mf.gif' border='0'/><br...

25 Dead in Pakistan Windstorm, Hundreds Injured
At least 25 people died and many more injured when a powerful windstorm, coupled with rain and hail, ripped through Peshawar in northwest Pakistan.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/45c20336/sc/11/mf.gif'...

'Heartbroken': 3 Americans Killed in Nepal Quake
Eve Girawong was killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest triggered by the 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/45bf835f/sc/11/mf.gif' border='0'/><br...

Sisters Survive 2 Weeks on Girl Scout Cookies, Cheese Puffs
Two sisters whose SUV got stranded in a remote part of Michigan spent two weeks surviving on melted snow, Girl Scout cookies and cheese puffs.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/45c176ee/sc/26/mf.gif'...

'Nightmare Waiting to Happen': Quake Experts Gathered in Nepal a Week Ago
Just a week ago, about 50 earthquake and social scientists from around the world came to Kathmandu, Nepal, to figure out how to get this poor, congested, overdeveloped, shoddily built area to prepare better for the big one, a repeat of the 1934 temblor...

Kathmandu's Historic Dharahara Tower Destroyed
The nine-story Dharahara Tower was built by Nepal's royal rulers as a watchtower in the 1800s and a UNESCO-recognized historical monument.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/45c19557/sc/11/mf.gif'...

Remains Found at Construction Site IDed as Missing Woman
Officials in Monroe County announced Saturday that human remains found on a construction site have been positively identified as Chelsea Bruck.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/45c10f29/sc/32/mf.gif'...

Hospitals Swamped as Quake Toll Rises, Aftershocks Rattle
Overwhelmed doctors moved hundreds of patients onto the streets of Nepal's capital on Sunday when aftershocks rattled already damaged hospitals.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/45c13169/sc/6/mf.gif'...

Body Found in Burning Car at Maryland Golf Course
A joint investigation has been launched into the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the unidentified person's death.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/45c0dca5/sc/38/mf.gif' border='0'/><br...

Will LSU Have to Declare 'Bankruptcy'?
Louisiana's public colleges are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst as they face a drop in state funding of up to 82 percent.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/45c06193/sc/7/mf.gif'...

Richard Engel Reports on Aftershocks in Nepal
NBC's Richard Engel reports live from Nepal, where many earthquake survivors are sleeping in open, uncovered areas, as aftershocks continue to roll through.<img width='1' height='1'...

It Looks Like China Has a New Bestie
China wooed Pakistan with sweet words and hard cash this week, part of a lovefest less about mutual investment than Beijing's deepening ambitions.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/45bfa777/sc/24/mf.gif'...


Entertainment News


RUSSELL CROWE CONSIDERED SCIENTOLOGY AFTER MEETING TOM CRUISE
Russell Crowe admits that he considered the idea of Scientology after spending time with Tom Cruise. The Oscar winner opens up about the experience in the new issue of People.

He tells the magazine, "From a young kid, I was quite interested in religion. When I met Tom Cruise when he was married to Nicole Kidman, we were spending a bit of time together so I thought I'd find out a little bit about what he was into. I found a video in the video store about Scientology and I watched it. It wasn't that informative. But I brought it up with Tom and I thought he was really cool. He didn't try to sell me a pair of shoes. He just said, 'If it's something that interests you, you'll pursue it.' And I think that happens with any kind of religion if you come to it by your own discovery." Russell continues, "I never ended up putting my two cents down on anybody's table. I've never graced Scientology's doorway."


JEREMY RENNER AND CHRIS EVANS APOLOGIZE FOR CALLING BLACK WIDOW A SLUT AND WHORE
Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner are attempting to do some damage control after giving an interview where they referred to the character of Black Widow as a "slut" and a "whore." The actors made the comments after being asked about Scarlett Johansson's character hooking up with the Hulk in the Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Chris released a statement on Thursday (April 23rd) saying, "Yesterday we were asked about the rumors that Black Widow wanted to be in a relationship with both Hawkeye and Captain America. We answered in a very juvenile and offensive way that rightfully angered some fans. I regret it and sincerely apologize."

  • Jeremy also addressed the situation saying, "I am sorry that this tasteless joke about a fictional character offended anyone. It was not meant to be serious in any way. Just poking fun during an exhausting and tedious press tour."
  • Their original comments were attacked on social media for being offensive and misogynistic.

THREE MORE WOMEN ACCUSE BILL COSBY SEXUAL ASSAULT
Three more women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. According to The Huffington Post, the three women are being represented by Gloria Allred. Allred held a press conference yesterday (April 23rd) with Janice Baker Kinney, Marchella Tate and Autumn Burns.

Kinney has claimed that Cosby assaulted her in May 1982 when she was 24 and working as a bartender at Harrah's Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada. She has claimed that Cosby invited her to a party, but when she got there, there were only three people in attendance. She claimed that after the game of backgammon, Cosby gave her two pills and she passed out. When she came to, she was on a couch with her jeans unzipped and blouse opened and Cosby put his hand in her blouse. She woke up again the next morning naked in Cosby's bed and he allegedly told her, "This is between me and you."

Tate has claimed that Cosby assaulted her in 1975 while she was working as a model in Chicago. They met through a mutual friend at a club and one day she agreed to pick him up from the airport and drop him of at the Playboy mansion. He invited her inside and offered her a glass of wine. The next thing she remembers is waking up in bed with Cosby, who was naked. She said in a statement, "I knew that I was in a sexual situation. I never intended to be in that situation...but because I was barely conscious and felt drugged, I was unable to do anything to get out of it."

  • The third victim, Burns said that she was assaulted by Cosby in 1970 when she was 20. She was working as a model and a game started at the Sahara hotel in Las Vegas. After spending some time with Bill, he offered to help her to find acting and modeling work. One night, he invited her back to his room and gave her a drink -- and asked her to come to the bedroom.
  • She said in a statement, "I started feeling woozy and not in control. ... He told me to sit on the edge of the bed. When I did he grabbed me by the back of my neck and stuck his erect penis down my throat. I remember my head was being pounded up and down and then he lifted me on top of him and had sex with me. When he was done I knew I had to leave the room and get home. I felt like everyone on the casino floor was staring at me and had known what happened."
  • This brings the total number of women accusing Cosby of sexual assault to 38.

KIM RICHARDS STORMED OUT OF HER DR. PHIL INTERVIEW
Kim Richards was apparently not ready to face down her demons while taping her interview with Dr. Phil. Daily Mail is reporting that the reality star stormed out of their chat at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills when she felt it was turning into an intervention.

Kim allegedly had enough of the interview when the topic of rehab came up and fled the room yelling, "You can forget this whole thing, here's your microphone I'm done, I'm leaving, I wanna talk to my family." She had three of her children with her -- 29-year-old Brooke, 22-year-old Chad, and 20-year-old Kimberly. A witness reportedly overheard Chad reveal that his mother is struggling with pills and pot on top of her relapse with alcohol. Another witness revealed, "The children urged their mom to return to the interview, but she wouldn't budge. Kim was furious. She had a complete melt down."

  • She is adamant that she not miss Brooke's wedding next month and kept having excuses for why she didn't need treatment.
  • Kim ultimately returned to the interview and said she would consider the idea of rehab after speaking to her life-coach and doctor.
  • Her sister, Kathy Hilton, was also there for support.
  • The interview airs on Tuesday (April 28th.)

REPORT: KERRY WASHINGTON IS HAVING MARRIAGE PROBLEMS
Kerry Washington is reportedly having issues in her marriage to former NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha.

A source revealed to Radar Online, "The root of the problem is that Nnamdi feels threatened by Kerry's success. Nnamdi's bitter because he feels he should be the breadwinner." Another insider told the website, "Kerry's close friends with Gwyneth Paltrow. She's urged Kerry and Nnamdi to tackle their issues head on. She's hoping couples counseling can help them overcome their problems before things reach the point of no return."

  • Kerry and Nnamdi married back in 2013. They have one daughter named Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha who was born in April 2014.

CELEBRITY GOSSIP
GEORGE CLOONEY SIGNS HIS EMAILS AS BATMAN: The WikiLeaks reposting of Sony's hacked emails revealed that George Clooney uses Batman and other roles he has played as email pseudonyms. A source explained the habit to Us Weekly saying, "He signs emails to friends with a simple 'Danny Ocean' and he loves leaving voicemails saying, 'This is Batman.' George gets a kick out of the fact that he played Batman. He's so proud of all his movies" The insider also revealed that Clooney was late to get on the email bandwagon because he didn't trust that it would stay private.

ADAM SANDLER NETFLIX FILM SLAMMED AS OFFENSIVE TO NATIVE AMERICANS: Some of the Native American actors who were hired to work on Adam Sandler's new western comedy, Ridiculous 6, have publicly slammed the project for being offensive to their community. Actor Loren Anthony told the Native & American Indian News, "I was asked a long time ago to do some work on this and I wasn't down for it. Then they told me it was going to be a comedy, but it would not be racist. So I agreed to it, but on Monday things started getting weird on the set. We were supposed to be Apache, but it was really stereotypical and we did not look Apache at all. We looked more like Comanche. One thing that really offended a lot of people was that there was a female character called Beaver's Breath. One character says, 'Hey, Beaver's Breath.' And the Native woman says, 'How did you know my name?' They just treated us as if we should just be on the side. When we did speak with the main director, he was trying to say the disrespect was not intentional and this was a comedy." Netflix responded with their own statement which read, "The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous. It is a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularized, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of -- but in on -- the joke."

LINDSAY LOHAN INSISTS THE BAD ARABIC TRANSLATION WAS A JOKE: Lindsay Lohan was mocked on Wednesday (April 22nd) for attempting to post an inspirational message in Arabic which actually translated as "You're a donkey" but the actress claims it was all just a joke. She deleted the post once it started getting attention but attempted to explain it on Instagram on Thursday (April 23rd) by writing, "FYI -- The funny thing is -- the Arabic photo I posted was an inside joke w/friend to test my Arabic w/out Google translation. So, was already known what it was." Many commenters did not believe her and some even called her out for "never owning up to anything."

MARIO BATALI SAYS GWYNETH PALTROW PROBABLY WON'T MARRY AGAIN: Gwyneth Paltrow's pal Mario Batali revealed to the New York Daily News that he doesn't think she will marry again. The chef said at an event earlier this week, "She tried marriage once and I think that's it. She got everything she likes, and she and Chris still probably have a great relationship." Mario was also asked about Gwyneth's rumored new beau, Brad Falchuk, but denied knowing anything about him.

JOHN OLIVER SAYS PEOPLE IN THE UK CARE LESS ABOUT THE ROYAL BABY THAN THE WORLD: Kate Middleton's upcoming baby is apparently not such a huge deal in the U.K. Last Week Tonight host John Oliver claims that other countries tend to make a bigger deal about royal babies than they do in England. He explained to Page Six, "I don't care. I think people around the world care more about royal babies than British people do. It's one of the only things we produce of international value anymore. It shows how far our empire has collapsed that people tend to look at us whenever members of the royal family are born, die or get married."


INDUSTRY NEWS
REESE WITHERSPOON TO NARRATE NEW HARPER LEE BOOK: Reese Witherspoon's next role will be to narrate Harper Lee's upcoming novel, Go Set a Watchman. The Wild star will be heard on the audio version of the book. She reacted to the news to USA Today saying, "As a Southerner, it is an honor and a privilege to give voice to the Southern characters who inspired a childhood love of reading, Scout and Atticus Finch. I'm eager for readers to be transported to a pivotal time in American history in the manner that only Lee's gorgeous prose can deliver." The novel and audiobook will be released on July 14th.

TYLER PERRY ADDED TO 'NINJA TURTLES 2': Tyler Perry has been cast as scientist Baxter Stockman in the sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Baxter is an enemy of the turtles who eventually becomes a cyborg. Tyler joins the previously cast Stephen Amell who will be playing Casey Jones and returning cast members Will Arnett and Megan Fox.

RAY ROMANO TO HOST DAVID LETTERMAN TRIBUTE: Ray Romano has been tapped to host a 90-minute special celebrating David Letterman. David Letterman: A Life on Television will air on May 4th and take viewers on a look back on the comedian's life and career. Letterman's final episode as host of Late Show will air on May 20th.

MARTHA STEWART-INSPIRED CHARACTER HEADING TO 'ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK': A character similar to Martha Stewart will be appearing on the new season of Orange is the New Black. Creator Jenji Kohan broke the news to Time that it is one of the new changes to expect in season three. The episodes debut on Netflix on June 12th.

NBC ANNOUNCES FINAL THREE 'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE' HOSTS FOR THE SEASON: Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, and Louis C.K. have been tapped to be the final three hosts for Saturday Night Live for this season. Scarlett will have Wiz Khalifa as her musical guest on May 2nd. Reese will host on May 9th alongside Florence + the Machine. Louis C.K. will close out the year on May 16th with Rihanna.


SANDRA BULLOCK ISN'T LOOKING TO EXPAND HER FAMILY JUST YET
Sandra Bullock isn't ready for another kid just yet. The Oscar winner discusses the idea of growing her family in the new issue of People magazine where she has been dubbed the "world's most beautiful woman."

Sandra tells the magazine, "I've always said that I could have a house full of kids. But at this time the only kids in my house, other than Louis, are the ones whose parents want them back at the end of the playdate. But if these drumbeaters know something that I don't, I'd appreciate a heads-up on the details so I can pick up some supplies. I'm wickedly unprepared if Louis is getting a sibling this week."

  • Sandra adopted her five-year-old son Louis back in 2010.




 

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