News Wrap: Two earthquake survivors rescued as Nepal death toll grows

In our news wrap Thursday, two survivors were pulled from rubble in Nepal, five days after the deadly earthquake. Officials say the overall death toll has passed 5,900, with no end in sight. Also, Baltimore police finished their investigation into the death of Freddie Gray. Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said the findings have been turned over to prosecutors and the inquiry is not over.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    Baltimore police today finished their investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, the case that has roiled the city for days. Officers arrested the 25-year-old Gray on April 12th and hauled him into a police van. He died a week later after suffering severe spinal injuries.

    Police Commissioner Anthony Batts would not discuss the findings today. He said they've been turned over to prosecutors, and that the inquiry is not over.

  • ANTHONY BATTS, Baltimore Police Commissioner:

    If new evidence is found, we will follow it. If new direction is given by the state's attorney, we will obey it and we will follow through with the investigation. Also know that getting to the right answer is more important than speed, making sure that we look and overturn every rock is more important than just coming forth and giving a document.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Police did reveal that the van made four stops en route to a police station. That's one more stop than was previously known. They had no comment on a Washington Post report that said a prisoner in a separate part of the van heard Gray banging around, and thought he was "trying to injure himself".

    Meanwhile, more than half of the 200 people arrested during Monday's riots have been released without being charged.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Demonstrations over Freddie Gray's death have also spread to other cities. Hundreds of people turned out in New York Wednesday evening. Police said they arrested at least 60, mostly for disorderly conduct. Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown died last summer, also saw a second night of protests and some looting.

    And in Milwaukee, relatives of Dontre Hamilton marched in his memory this afternoon. He was killed one year ago, by a police officer who shot him 14 times. The officer was fired over the incident.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    In Nepal, fleeting glimmers of good news emerged today from the earthquake devastation. In Kathmandu, a 23-year-old woman was pulled from the rubble where she'd been trapped five days. Hours earlier, a teen-age boy was rescued.

    Jonathan Rugman of Independent Television News has that story.

  • JONATHAN RUGMAN, ITN:

    Filmed from the air, these are the ruins of a seven-story hotel. Nepalese police, backed up by American experts, have been digging for five hours after a voice was heard crying out from below.

  • MAN:

    He's trapped by a piece of corrugated roofing material that's on him. He's in a void. He's got space. He's free enough. He doesn't have any weight on him.

  • JONATHAN RUGMAN:

    Eventually, a 15-year-old boy emerges, conscious but frightened of so much noise and sudden daylight. His name is Pemba Tamang, and he's been trapped beneath the rubble for five days.

    And suddenly a country mourning thousands of dead has a story to celebrate and a new hero in the policeman who crawled into a gap to reach the boy who was hiding behind a motorbike in a precious pocket of air.

    In an Israeli army field hospital, the boy is eating food from a tin can but physically unscathed.

  • PEMBA TAMANG (through interpreter):

    I just slept and I found some butter, and that is what I ate. And there was some wet paper that I squeezed to get water.

  • JONATHAN RUGMAN:

    And this is the calamity he survived, though almost 6,000 did not. A tourist filmed Hindu temples mere the capital on Saturday. At the moment they collapsed. Far from these once-revered ruins, in Nepal's remotest corners, aid is beginning to arrive.

    This is the Gorkha District, only reachable by helicopter when the weather allows and when there are enough helicopters to go around. The U.N. delivered rice, oil and sugar today, but the U.N. reckons around 600,000 homes have been damaged and destroyed across this country. And the remarkable tale of one survivor is one moment of joy when joy, like so much else here, is in short supply.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    In spite of the occasional stories of survival, the number of reported casualties continues to climb. Officials said the overall death toll has now passed 5,900, with no end in sight. And, at least 2.8 million people have been driven from their homes.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    In Pakistan, 10 men were jailed today for 25 years each, in the 2012 attack on Malala Yousafzai. The teenage activist was shot in the head by Taliban members after she campaigned in favor of girls' education. She survived, moved to England and won the Nobel Peace Prize. The actual gunmen were never caught. Those sentenced today were found guilty of involvement in the plot.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Police in Pakistan have withdrawn a criminal complaint against a former CIA station chief over a U.S. drone strike. The 2009 attack killed two people in a tribal region. Police originally filed the case in Islamabad, but they now say they don't have jurisdiction.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Back in this country, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is now officially in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, in 2016. The 73-year-old Sanders pledged today to fight for income equality, tax code overhauls and campaign finance reform. He spoke outside the U.S. Capitol.

    SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I), Vermont: If you raise the issues that are on the hearts and minds of the American people, if you try to put together a movement which says we have got to stand together as a people and say that this Capitol, this beautiful Capitol, our country belongs to all of us and not the billionaire class, that's not raising an issue, that is winning elections. That's where the American people are.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Sanders is the first major challenger to Hillary Clinton, who is heavily favored in the Democratic contest.

  • GWEN IFLL:

    The Pentagon put out word today that U.S. Navy ships will start shadowing American-flagged commercial vessels in and out of the Persian Gulf. That's after Iranian forces detained a cargo ship from the Marshall Islands this week. The Iranians say they'll release the ship once its Danish owner pays a long-standing debt.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Low-income American children will soon have access to millions of free e-books. President Obama launched the initiative today with the help of major publishers. He made the announcement at a public library in Washington.

  • PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

    We're going to provide millions of e-books online so that they're available for young people who maybe don't have as many books at home, don't always have access to a full stock of reading materials. They're going to be able to get about $250 million worth of books.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The e-book initiative is part of a broader program to provide Internet access to 99 percent of U.S. students by 2018.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    A selling binge hit Wall Street today, after disappointing earnings reports. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 195 points to close back near 17,800. The NASDAQ fell 80, and the S&P 500 slipped 20.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And the only manmade object ever to orbit the planet Mercury ended its mission today. NASA's Messenger spacecraft slammed into the surface, as planned, after running out of fuel. Messenger spent four years circling the innermost planet of the solar system, more than 4,000 times

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