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May 3 2015 2:30 PM

101-Year-Old Man Saved After Surviving an Astonishing Seven Days Buried by Nepal Earthquake

The devastating earthquake in Nepal has taken thousands of lives so far. Now, a week after the 7.8 magnitude quake, the outlook for finding survivors gets grimmer by the day. The Nepali government, on Saturday, effectively ruled out the possibility of finding any more survivors in Kathmandu and has faced criticism for its handling of the relief effort. On Sunday, however, local authorities had some uplifting news to report when they announced that a 101-year-old man was pulled from the rubble an astonishing seven days after the earthquake rattled the country.

Agence France-Presse has the story:

Funchu Tamang was rescued on Saturday with only minor injuries and airlifted to a district hospital, local police officer Arun Kumar Singh told AFP. “He was brought to the district hospital in a helicopter. His condition is stable,” said Singh in Nuwakot district around 80 kilometres (50 miles) northwest of Kathmandu. “He has injuries on his left ankle and hand. His family is with him.”
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May 3 2015 12:56 PM

Pacquiao Fought Mayweather With Injured Shoulder, Was Denied Shot Hours Before the Bout

The Mayweather–Pacquiao fight came in like a lion on Saturday night, but despite the billing, the action in the ring didn’t exactly scintillate. There are a number of potential explanations for the lack of style points—from age to boxing styles—but Manny Pacquiao offered up another reason post-match: The 36-year-old was fighting hurt.

Pacquiao’s camp revealed after Mayweather’s victory that he sustained a torn rotator cuff in the lead-up to the fight and was denied an anti-inflammatory shot by Nevada boxing officials just hours before the bout. “Pacquiao, trainer Freddie Roach and promoter Bob Arum were vague on the details of the injury but confirmed they considered postponing the bout a few weeks ago,” ESPN reports. “Arum said Pacquiao's camp thought he would be allowed to have an anti-inflammatory shot because he had similar treatment during training. The shots also had been approved by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. But Arum said Top Rank filed incorrect paperwork about the injury, and the Nevada commission ruled against the request for a shot.”


“It's part of the game,” Pacquiao said of the injury. “I don't want to make alibis or complain or anything ... [but] it’s hard to fight one-handed.” When asked why the fight wasn’t delayed due to Pacquiao’s shoulder, promoter Bob Arum responded: “Athletes always fight hurt … We felt that the work that was done on the shoulder would give him the opportunity to use the right hand. We were disappointed when in the third round, the injury kicked up again.”

The injury, along with the mysteriously misfiled paperwork, will certainly continue the debate over whether the Mayweather–Pacquiao rivalry is, in fact, settled. It might also pique interest in a rematch of last night’s bout, from which Mayweather is expected to take home $180 million, and Pacquiao $120 million.

May 3 2015 11:25 AM

Mayor Lifts Baltimore Curfew Effective Immediately

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced on Sunday morning the end of the curfew imposed on the city in the wake of violence following the funeral of Freddie Gray. The curfew was first implemented on Tuesday night and required people to be off the streets of Baltimore from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., except for special circumstances, like individuals traveling to or from work.

When Rawlings-Blake announced the curfew on Monday, it was scheduled to be in place until May 4. After the initial night of rioting last Monday, besides spasms of violence, the protests continued largely peacefully while largely respecting the curfew. On Friday, charges filed against the officers lifted the mood, and rallies in the city on Saturday struck a celebratory tone. While the curfew was in effect, businesses and workers complained that it forced employers to shut down early, which took a bit out of employees’ wages, and that it was disproportionately enforced in black communities in the city.

May 3 2015 10:01 AM

3,700 Migrants Rescued in a Single Day From Smuggler Boats Crossing the Mediterranean

The humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean continues unabated. Italian authorities intercepted, and rescued, nearly 3,700 migrants trying to cross over in smugglers’ boats on Saturday, the Italian Coast Guard said on Sunday. “The [Coast Guard] said 17 different rescue operations were carried out Saturday after smugglers took advantage of calm seas and warm weather to move the migrants out of Africa on motorized rubber dinghies and fishing boats,” the Associated Press reports.

Unrest in northern Africa, including increasing lawlessness in fast-deteriorating Libya, along with mild weather is propelling a surge in migrants trying to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe. Italian authorities are expecting 200,000 immigrants to arrive in the country this year. The relentless wave of migrants has caused alarm among European leaders, who have beefed up patrols and rescue operations in the area and appealed for greater cooperation in rooting out people traffickers. So far this year, at least 1,750 people have died trying to make it across the Mediterranean to Europe—20 times the number during the same period last year, according to the BBC.

May 3 2015 2:57 AM

Floyd Mayweather Beats Manny Pacquiao in a Very Boring “Fight of the Century”

So much for the “Fight of the Century.” Saturday’s bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, which was more than five years in the making, was more of a waltz or series of very tense hugs than the fistic master class that many hoped it would be. After a tame 12 rounds, Mayweather claimed a unanimous victory, inching up his all-time record to 48-0 and cementing his status as the best pound-for-pound boxer alive.

May 2 2015 9:19 PM

Baltimore Rally Turns Into Celebration, but Curfew Remains in Place

Thousands gathered at Baltimore City Hall on Saturday for a march that often felt more like a celebratory rally than the mass protest that had been originally planned. Many had been expecting unrest, but the crowd was smaller than expected and “decidedly more upbeat” than previous rallies, notes the Washington Post. Coming a day after six police officers were charged in the killing of Freddie Gray, protesters danced and sang in a scene that served as a direct contrast to the angry rallies and riots that had engulfed the city in previous days.

Despite the positive atmosphere, it wasn’t all about celebrating, as many protesters looked back on the week and came to the conclusion that the charges would have never been brought against the police officers “if not for a riot Monday night—striking fear into the heart of the city establishment,” notes the Baltimore Sun. “Had it not been for the youth burning that CVS, we would not have had charges yesterday,” said organizer Kwame Rose.

A man dances in front of National Guard as protesters congregate at City Hall a day after Baltimore authorities released a report on the death of Freddie Gray on May 2, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Despite the improved atmosphere though, Baltimore police insisted the curfew would stay in place Saturday night. “Tonight, we see some of the same people in Baltimore that were here last Monday. We recognize the concerns over the curfew. For tonight, for everyone's safety, we’re going to keep the curfew in place. We thank everyone for their patience and cooperation for the last four nights of peace and stabilization within our city,” Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said, according to USA Today.

There was lots of praise for State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby on Saturday and several protesters even carried signs that sang her praises:

Legal experts, however, warn that getting a jury to convict the police officers of murder and manslaughter will be an uphill struggle, reports the Associated Press. To make the murder charge stick, for example, prosecutors will have to convince the jury that the driver of the van where Freddie Gray died knew his actions could result in him being killed. Others, however, say that any lengthy conviction should be seen as a victory, even if the more shocking charges do not end up sticking.

Protesters march from City Hall to the Sandtown neighborhood on May 2, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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May 2 2015 7:17 PM

American Pharoah Wins the 2015 Kentucky Derby

Speedy bay colt American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, fighting off a stretch sprint by Firing Line to claim the roses. The victory marks the third consecutive time the odds-on favorite has won at Churchill Downs, as well as the second consecutive Derby win for jockey Victor Espinoza, who last year rode California Chrome to the winner’s circle.

Both American Pharoah and Dortmund, who finished third, were saddled by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, whose steeds have now claimed four Derby titles. American Pharoah will head to the Preakness Stakes in two weeks in hopes of conquering the second leg of the ever-elusive Triple Crown, a prize last claimed by Affirmed in 1978. Watch the Derby below.

May 2 2015 3:39 PM

Two Female Journalists Say Mayweather Banned Them From Fight, but Mayweather PR Firm Denies

Two of the biggest names in sports journalism say Floyd Mayweather’s team banned them from the Mayweather–Manny Pacquiao fight on Saturday. ESPN and HBO’s Michelle Beadle and CNN reporter Rachel Nichols both took to Twitter to say that Maywheather’s people had axed them from the MGM Grand Arena for the so-called “Fight of the Century.” One key thing both Beadle and Nichols have in common? They’ve both spoken up about Mayweather’s history of domestic violence.

This is what they wrote on Twitter:


Kelly Swanson, who is responsible for Mayweather’s public relations, vehemently denied the accusations, writing on Twitter that neither of the reporters were banned from the event.  

Later, Beadle said HBO was able to sort out the situation, but she had already gone home after hearing she wouldn’t be able to attend the fight.

Nichols reminded her Twitter followers that she grilled Mayweather about his domestic violence in a much-discussed interview in September.

May 2 2015 2:30 PM

It’s a Girl! Kate Middleton Gives Birth to First Princess of Cambridge in More Than 180 Years

UPDATE: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge presented the newest royal baby to the world Saturday afternoon, when they left the hospital to head back to Kensington Palace. The princess appeared to be fast asleep in her mother’s arms during her first public appearance.

“It all happened rather quickly in the end,” writes the BBC’s Daniela Relph. “Within 12 hours of arriving at the hospital in the early stages of labor, the duchess had left St Mary's with her new baby in her arms and her husband at her side.”

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds her newly-born daughter, her second child with Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, as they show her to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015.

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Original post on May 2 at 11 a.m.: The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a daughter, and both mother and baby are doing well. The girl still does not have a name, but we do know that at 8 pounds, 3 ounces, she is three ounces lighter than her older brother Prince George. And she may not be the firstborn, but the new baby is the first Princess of Cambridge to be born for more than 180 years, notes the Guardian. The new baby is fourth in line to the throne and the Queen Elizabeth II’s fifth great-grandchild.

A royal bulletin announcing that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William’s wife, has given birth to a baby girl, the Princess of Cambridge, stands on an easel on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London on May 2, 2015.

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Royal fans have been gathered outside the hospital for days and were delighted by the news, chanting, “Princess! Princess!” and “Hip, hip, hooray!” The birth took place less than three hours after Kate was admitted to the hospital. Prince William was present for the birth, which was announced with lots of pomp and circumstance; a town crier wearing an elaborate costume shouted the news from the hospital door, details the Associated Press. “May our princess be long-lived, happy and glorious,” he said.

The birth also made lots of people a bit of cash, considering that for weeks all the betting had highly favored the prediction that the baby would be a girl. The big question now will be the name. and so far the betting favorites are Alice, Charlotte, and Elizabeth, notes the Washington Post. The royal couple are reportedly set to hire a temporary nanny to help them out in the first weeks of their new baby’s life, according to the Telegraph.

A chalkboard displays the latest betting odds on the name of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William’s second child outside the entrance to the Lindo wing at St. Mary’s hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015.

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May 2 2015 1:52 PM

Cops Charged in Freddie Gray’s Death Receive Lower Bails Than Teen Rioter

When Baltimore’s chief prosecutor charged one police officer with murder and five others with separate crimes related to the death of Freddie Gray, many cheered the decision. But the injustice of the justice system quickly became evident after they were arrested and received lower bails than a Baltimore teenager who turned himself in after he was photographed smashing a police car window with a traffic cone. Allen Bullock, 18, voluntarily turned himself into authorities at the urging of his parents and was held on $500,000 bail, according to the Guardian. The accused officers, meanwhile, all received bails of between $250,000 and $350,000, according to the Baltimore Sun.

All six police officers charged in the death were quickly released Friday night after posting bail. Bullock, meanwhile, remains in jail, and his parents told the Guardian the amount was completely out of reach for them. “It is just so much money,” Bullock’s mother, Bobbi Smallwood, said. “Who could afford to pay that?” His stepfather, Maurice Hawkins, who was allegedly the one who pushed Bullock to turn himself in said the police “are making an example of him and it is not right.”


The high bail amounts for those arrested while protesting is just one of the reasons why tensions between the community and police officers are likely to continue. “I think that that goes to continuing strained police-community relations,” F. Michael Higginbotham, a law professor at the University of Baltimore, told local NBC affiliate WBAL. “We need to take a step back and say, OK, how do we go forward from here? What is the way to improve police-community relations, not exacerbate it?” he said. “I think these high bail amounts will exacerbate it.”