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LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the evidence coming in from one study after another, scientists are now more certain than ever that oil and gas drilling is causing hundreds upon hundreds of earthquakes across the U.S.

So far, the quakes have been mostly small and have done little damage beyond cracking plaster, toppling bricks and rattling nerves. But seismologists warn that the shaking can dramatically increase the chances of bigger, more dangerous quakes.

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NEW YORK (AP) — For Democratic politicians, same-sex marriage has become an easy issue: They're for it. Many Republican VIPs — notably the presidential hopefuls — face a far more complicated landscape.

Looming ahead for these contenders are early contests in states such as Iowa and South Carolina, where a major role will be played by conservative Christian voters firmly opposed to same-sex marriage. Further down the road is the 2016 general election, where the nominee will likely need backing from independents and moderate Republicans who support gay unions.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is sending a disaster response team and $1 million in aid to Nepal following a devastating earthquake felt in neighboring countries.

The White House and Secretary of State John Kerry are offering condolences along with pledging the support.

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In an ongoing feud over a trade deal the U.S. is negotiating with Pacific nations, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Saturday criticized President Obama's recent statements about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

On Friday, Obama criticized Democrats for spreading "misinformation" about the TPP, alluding to Warren, who sent an email to supporters on Wednesday suggesting that the White House does not want the public to see the trade agreement. Obama said that criticizing the deal as "secret" was "dishonest."

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The interim city manager in Ferguson is stepping down to work for another city in St. Louis County.

Pam Hylton was assistant city manager before becoming interim city manager in March, following the resignation of John Shaw. She is taking a job as assistant city manager in nearby Richmond Heights. Her last day in Ferguson will be May 15.

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The NBC team investigating instances in which NBC anchor Brian Williams may have lied about his reporting have reportedly uncovered a new case in which Williams may have embellished tales about his experiences, according to the New York Times.

Unnamed sources told the Times that NBC has investigated a few times when Williams may have fabricated the facts about his reporting, including a previously unreported embellishment about events in Cairo's Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring.

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Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), who is openly gay, on Friday introduced a bill to keep Rep. Steve King (R-IA) from legislating in response to a bill introduced by King related to gay marriage.

King on Wednesday introduced the "Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act of 2015," a bill aimed at keeping federal judges from weighing in on gay marriage.

And so Polis wrote up the "Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act," which would block King from introducing legislation related to judicial authority, the Huffington Post reported.

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A powerful earthquake struck the Nepal region on Saturday, causing widespread casualties and triggering an avalanche on Mount Everest.

The key information known at this time:

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HOW BAD IS THE DAMAGE?

It's too early to tell, but early indications suggest the early figure of 906 people killed in four countries is likely to rise substantially in the coming days. The magnitude-7.8 quake was the worst to hit Nepal in eight decades and caused damage and fatalities in neighboring countries as well. In addition to the hundreds of deaths in Nepal, some 20 people were killed in India, six in Tibet, and two in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border.

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President Obama and Bill Nye criticized members of Congress who deny that human activity has contributed to climate change during a Friday interview in the Florida Everglades about the environment and science education.

Obama lamented "members of Congress being part of the climate-denier clubs and basically stiff-arming what we know are facts, and not rebutting them with other facts, but rebutting them with anecdote or just being dismissive."

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