Heavy Rain, Strong T-Storms Likely Tuesday and Wednesday

A strong storm system will sweep across the state Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing with it multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could even become severe and produce wind damage, hail, or isolated tornadoes. The greatest risk for severe storms will be across portions of central Florida and the panhandle Tuesday, then across the rest of the peninsula (minus the panhandle) Wednesday. In addition to the severe thunderstorm risk, localized flooding will be possible...
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Nepal Death Toll Tops 5,000; At Least 1.4 Million Need Food Aid

Updated at 8:55 a.m. ETMore than 5,000 people are confirmed dead from Saturday's earthquake just outside Kathmandu, Nepal. Nearly 11,000 more were injured, according to Nepal's National Emergency Operation Center.From Kathmandu, NPR's Kirk Siegler reports that strong tremors are continuing:"We had an official bulletin last night, telling people that it was OK for them to return home and sleep indoors tonight. Shortly after that bulletin went out, we had a 4.8 aftershock. So, things still very...
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Find Great Ways To Explore SWFL At WGCU's 'Curious Kids' Website

Looking for fun, educational ways to explore SWFL with your kids? Start with the WGCU Curious Kids website to get excited about some great adventures that await all over our region. WGCU has produced 13 Curious Kids programs featuring more than 130 segments highlighting My Self… healthy eating, exercise and self-esteem; My Backyard.. the world of Southwest Florida from and environmental and historical perspective; and My World… exploring the people, places and ecology of Southwest Florida and discovering characteristics shared with countries across the world. Under the direction of international children’s educator /singer/songwriter, Rosie Emery, dozens of kids from Southwest Florida have starred in this award-winning program.
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The National Football League says it's ending its tax-exempt status, calling it a "distraction."

Patrick Pezzati walks briskly through downtown Turners Falls in western Massachusetts with a hard plastic bottle in one pocket of his shorts and a pair of latex gloves in the other.

He stops to peer down steps leading to a basement. Later, he peers under a chunk of carpet lying outside.

The local record store owner is scouring the back alleys of this picturesque former mill town for used needles.

David Simon, creator of The Wire, the HBO show that chronicled the story of Baltimore's police department and its gangs, has appealed for calm in the wake of violence following the funeral Monday of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died April 19 after he suffered a serious spine injury while in police custody.

President Obama is condemning the unrest in Baltimore, saying that a handful of "criminals" are taking advantage of the situation following the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a serious spine injury while in police custody.

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Tuesday about whether states have the power to ban same-sex marriage. A dozen couples are challenging the bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.

When a major earthquake pummeled Kobe, Japan, in 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed, many buried as their traditional wooden homes collapsed under the weight of heavy, unstable tile roofs.

The quake's power was extraordinary and demonstrated Japan wasn't as prepared as it thought it was. Still, it was no match for Japanese resilience.

"With everything that we've been through, ain't no way you can sit here and be silent in the face of injustice." — Rev. Jamal H. Bryant's eulogy for Freddie Gray at the New Shiloh Baptist Church

UPDATED 3:15 PM:

Hundreds of National Guard troops were positioned across parts of Baltimore a day after riots that left at least 20 police officers injured and more than a dozen buildings damaged, destroyed or looted. One of the police officers is in critical condition from injuries sustained in a fire, says Captain John Kowalczyk with the Baltimore Police.

Thousands of police officers have been deployed to "hot spots" in the city, according to Kowalczyk. He added that the National Guard are positioned in "strategic areas".

When the earthquake hit, my son, Lucas, and I were in the car and he was trying to find "The Piano Guys" on my iPhone to blast through the car speakers. He didn't realize anything was amiss until the car jolted violently up on two wheels then slammed back down. I stepped on the brake and yelled, "Earthquake!"

Lucas knew from his school, his parents and of course YouTube to "drop, cover, and hold." And so he immediately did what he calls the airplane brace position: forehead on knees and hands on top of your head.

A version of this story was first published on April 5, 2015. It has been updated.

The majority of Americans now live in cities and have very little to do with the production of their food.

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