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US transport aircraft were due to make "an immediate difference" to the aid effort in Nepal Monday, shuttling supplies and rescue teams to remote areas devastated by an earthquake that killed more than 7,300 people. Nine days after a 7.8-magnitude quake brought death and destruction to the Himalayan nation, a United States Air Force C-17 aircraft and four tilt-rotor Ospreys were set to give relief operations a much-needed shot in the arm. They'll be delivering relief supplies, they might do some rescues, they'll also do assessments," US ambassador to Nepal Peter W. Bodde told reporters after the aircraft arrived in Kathmandu Sunday. "They are also assisting any casualties in mostly the eastern side of Nepal... places worst hit like Sindhupalchowk, Gorkha area," Suraya Prasad Silwal, the home ministry secretary, told AFP.
Life is starting to return to normal in Baltimore after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake lifted a city-wide curfew that was in effect for five nights. The curfew followed the riots and looting after the funeral last week of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died after he was injured while in police custody. Early Monday, there were no reports of confrontations between protesters and police as there had been on previous nights.