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India’s river waters cleanse spirits at Hindu festival

NASIK, India (AP) — It’s just water. But to the millions of Hindus expected at the Kumbh Mela festival, held this year along the Godavari, touching that water is reverential. It’s a way to cleanse themselves of sin, to come close to God, to immerse themselves in a tradition that dates to antiquity. They have …

Thousands spend night outdoors as death toll rises in Nepal

View image | gettyimages.com CHAUTARA, Nepal — Thousands of fear-stricken people spent the night outdoors after a new earthquake killed dozens of people and spread more misery in Nepal, which is still reeling from a devastating quake that killed more than 8,000 people nearly three weeks ago. A U.S. Marine Corps helicopter carrying six Marines …

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