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Sunday - 4/14/2013, 3:20pm  ET



1 dead, 1 missing in avalanches east of Seattle

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. (AP) -- Authorities in Washington state say one woman has died and one man is still missing after a pair of spring avalanches struck separate groups hiking in the mountains east of Seattle.

King County Sgt. Katie Larson said rescuers carried a female snowshoer off of Red Mountain in blizzard-like conditions early Sunday. The woman was confirmed dead at the rescue base. She had been hiking with her dog near a group of a dozen other people when an avalanche hit Saturday.

A separate avalanche at Granite Mountain swept a group of three snowshoers more than 1,200 feet. Two men emerged, but a 60-year-old hiker from Kent, Wash., was still missing Sunday morning.

Larson said Sunday the search for that hiker has been suspended indefinitely due to the poor weather conditions.

The avalanches occurred as heavy snow fell near Snoqualmie Pass about 50 miles from Seattle.


NEW: Blizzard dumps new snow in Colorado mountains

GUNNISON, Colo. (AP) -- An overnight blizzard has left parts of the Colorado mountains covered in new snow.

Whiteout conditions prompted the Colorado Department of Transportation to close U.S. 6 over Loveland Pass around just after midnight, and gusts up to 93 mph were recorded in southwest Colorado.

Accidents temporarily closed various stretches of Interstate 70 this morning. The Colorado State Patrol was investigating a crash that killed three people early this morning on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, where up to 4 inches of snow were reported.

The National Weather Service if forecasting snow through Wednesday. Most of the state's ski resorts are shutting down for the season, but among those still open all, Beaver Creek was reporting 15 inches.


Close vote seen on background checks on gun buyers

The sponsors of a Senate proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers say a vote is likely this week and it's too close to call.

There was a hopeful sign Sunday: Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who has a B+ rating from the National Rifle Association, says he's leaning toward supporting it.

The proposal is from Republican Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and they say it's shaping up as a close call.

The plan would require background checks for people buying guns at gun shows and online. Background checks currently apply only to transactions handled by the country's 55,000 licensed gun dealers.

Toomey says a vote could come as early as Wednesday.

They appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" and CBS' "Face the Nation." McCain was on CNN.


Rubio says immigration law not 'amnesty'

Sen. Marco Rubio says a proposed immigration bill expected to be introduced this week won't offer amnesty to those who entered the U.S. illegally.

The Florida Republican, who appeared on five news shows Sunday, says "there will be consequences for having violated the laws."

Rubio's proposal would require people to pass a "rigorous background check" and pay fines and application fees to receive a permit that would allow them to "work, travel and pay taxes." After 10 years they would be able to apply for legal immigration status and an eventual path to citizenship.

Under the proposal, the applicants would not be eligible for any federal benefits such as health care.


UPDATE: North Korea rejects South Korea's calls for talks

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea has rebuffed South Korea's proposal to resolve rising tensions through dialogue.

North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea says Pyongyang has no intention of talking with Seoul unless it abandons its confrontational posture and dismisses the call for talks a "crafty trick."

South Korea calls the response "very regrettable."

Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry and his Japanese counterpart say North Korea will find "ready partners" for dialogue if it ratchets back the warlike rhetoric and follows through on previous agreements regarding it nuclear and missile programs. On a visit to Tokyo, Kerry says the key question is what steps need to be taken to guard against "repeating the cycle of past years" in which North Korea has negotiated agreements only to violate them and ramp up the rhetoric again.


Officials: Suspected US drone kills 4 in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Two Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed four people in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border.

The officials say the drone fired three missiles into a house on Sunday in Datta Khel town of North Waziristan.

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