Monster El Nino may be brewing, experts say

NBC News: Researchers are keeping a close eye on a giant pool of abnormally warm water in the Pacific Ocean that some think could trigger another El Niño of epic proportions if it rises to the surface.

"Given the drought that California is in the middle of right now, that is really where the heightened interest is," said Mike Halpert, acting director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center in College Park, Md. "It turns out that the odds increase for California to be wet the stronger the event is."

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Photo: Sea surface height and temperature anomalies in the Pacific Ocean during an El Nino event in Nov. 1997, and during a La Nina the following year in Nov. 1998. (NASA via NBCNews.com)

Researchers in Scotland claim that satellite image has revealed Nessie

A strange shadowy form spotted using Apple’s satellite map app has Loch Ness Monster believers convinced that the sea monster has been found.

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Saudi Arabia to build world’s tallest tower

Standing at over 1,000 meters (3,280 feet), the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia is set to become the world’s tallest tower, beating its closest rival Burj Khalifa in Dubai by nearly 600 feet.

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SpaceX launches cargo delivery mission to ISS

NBC NewsSpaceX launched a cargo mission to supply the International Space Station with the Falcon 9 rocket today.

The Dragon cargo capsule, carrying 5,000 pounds of supplies and equipment, is set to arrive at the space station on Sunday morning.

The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canveral, Fla., today after a series of delays due to contamination concerns, radar outage and a helium leak. 

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Photo credit: NASA TV

US State Department delays review of Keystone pipeline

Associated Press The U.S. State Department says it is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline before deciding whether to issue a permit.

The review could push the decision about the controversial pipeline until after midterm elections in November.

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Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico City
Reuters: A powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running out into the street, although there were no early reports of major damage.
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Photo: People on the streets after a strong earthquake rattled Mexico City on April 18, 2014. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images via NBCNews.com)

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico City

Reuters: A powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running out into the street, although there were no early reports of major damage.

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Photo: People on the streets after a strong earthquake rattled Mexico City on April 18, 2014. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images via NBCNews.com)

Update: At least 13 sherpas dead as avalanche sweeps Mount Everest

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NBC News: At least 13 sherpas dead as Everest’s ‘most deadly’ avalanche sweeps down mountain.

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Avalanche sweeps Everest; 6 killed and 9 missing

Associated Press: A Nepalese tourism official says six local guides have been killed and nine more are missing after an avalanche swept a route used to ascend the world’s highest peak.

Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal says the avalanche hit just below Mount Everest Camp 2 around 6:30 a.m. Friday.

Michaels says 3 million cards impacted by security breach

NBC News: Arts and crafts retailer Michaels confirmed Thursday that about 3 million credit and debit cards were affected by a security breach at its stores. 

The retailer said the breach affected approximately 2.6 million cards at its namesake stores between May 8 and Jan. 27 and another 400,000 at its subsidiary Aaron Brothers between June 26 and Feb. 27. The company says it has received “limited” reports of fraud.

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Photo: Michaels Stores has confirmed it was the target of a data breach. (Sam Hodgson / Reuters)

AP: Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87, source says

The Associated Press reports that a source close to the family confirms Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died at age 87.

Garcia Marquez was hospitalized in the last month for infections in his lungs and urinary tract.

The Colombian author’s 1967 novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” sold more than 50 million copies in more than 25 languages.

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Photo: Gabriel Garcia Marquez outside his house on his 87th birthday in Mexico City on March 6, 2014. (Edgard Garrido / Reuters)

Deal reached to ease Ukraine tensions

APUS Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced a deal on Thursday to calm tensions over Ukraine between Russia and the Western world.

The deal, reached after seven hours of negotiations in Geneva, calls for the disarmament of illegally armed groups and for separatist groups occupying buildings in eastern Ukraine to give up their claims. Protesters who comply with the demands will also be given amnesty, according to the deal.

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Portland reservoir to be drained after teen urinates in water

NBC News: Portland, Ore., officials plan to drain millions of gallons of treated drinking water from a city reservoir after a teenager was caught on surveillance cameras urinating into it.

The unnamed 19-year-old was captured urinating through the iron fence at the Mount Tabor Reservoir just after 1 a.m. Wednesday, water bureau officials said. Two others with him, ages 18 and 19, were also caught trying to scale a fence.

Video via pdxwater on YouTube

Severe weather affecting ferry search operation

BBC News:Search and rescue efforts at the site of the South Korean ferry disaster have been hampered by severe weather, murky water and strong currents as divers from South Korea’s Navy and Coast Guard attempt to reach cabins in the vessel.

Photo: Aerial view of the site of the ferry sinking (Reuters)

South Korean officials: 9 confirmed dead, 287 missing in ferry sinking
AP: The coast guard said it found two more bodies off the southern coast of South Korea, bringing the confirmed death toll to nine after a ferry flipped on its side on Wednesday.
Many expect the number to rise as rescuers search for 287 passengers still missing. Strong currents and bad visibility have hampered rescuers Thursday. 
The ferry had more than 450 people on board, mostly high school students, when it sank. 
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Photo: South Korean Coast Guard officers try to rescue missing passengers from a sunken ferry in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Yonhap)

South Korean officials: 9 confirmed dead, 287 missing in ferry sinking

APThe coast guard said it found two more bodies off the southern coast of South Korea, bringing the confirmed death toll to nine after a ferry flipped on its side on Wednesday.

Many expect the number to rise as rescuers search for 287 passengers still missing. Strong currents and bad visibility have hampered rescuers Thursday. 

The ferry had more than 450 people on board, mostly high school students, when it sank. 

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Photo: South Korean Coast Guard officers try to rescue missing passengers from a sunken ferry in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Yonhap)