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Earthquake survivor prayed, huddled under beam
Journalist Sunir Pandey was visiting relatives with Nepal's 7.8 magnitude quake struck and worried sick he rushed to find his parents. AVALANCHES |MAJOR AFTERSHOCK |GOOGLE EXEC KILLED ON EVEREST | SCIENTISTS EXPECTED QUAKE | CNN ON THE GROUND| HINDUISM AND BUDDHISM

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Why are more women dying from childbirth in the U.S. than in Saudi Arabia or the UK?

Lifestyle During Pregnancy

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ALISON STEWART: The number of women in the U.S. who die in childbirth is nearing the highest rate in a quarter-century. An estimated 18.5 mothers died for every 100,000 births in 2013, compared with 7.2 in 1987.

The Post reports that this translates to, quote, “a woman giving birth here is twice as likely to die than in Saudi Arabia and three times as likely than in the United Kingdom.”

“Washington Post” reporter Danielle Paquette, who wrote the story, joins us.

Danielle, in your piece, there is a startling line, and I am just going read it. It says, “the United States is the only advanced economy in the world with a rising maternal mortality rate.”

What is going on in this country as opposed to other advanced economies that is causing this problem?

DANIELLE PAQUETTE, REPORTER, “THE WASHINGTON POST”: Well, Alison, this problem confounds a lot in the medical community. There is not one thing driving the problem.

Experts I have spoken to tell me that certain parts of the country there is — there are gaps in health insurance coverage, especially in the South. For example, Mississippi has one of the highest maternal mortality rates, that the state did not expand Medicaid.

There’s something like 100,000 people who don’t have access to any healthcare. And many of them are women. We have in Mississippi 160 doctors for every 100,000 residents. That drives part of this problem.

ALISON STEWART: One of the interesting things in your piece is that the problems are described as preventable. So what’s stopping people from preventing them?

DANIELLE PAQUETTE: Well, some doctors say it is something as simple as getting a routine checkup. So many women lack access to healthcare, especially in the South. And so maybe just something as simple going to that doctor and saying, hey, something doesn’t feel right. Help me out.

Another thing is a social reason. Oftentimes doctors will see women, women might say something feels off, something is not right. And a physician might write that off as stress or perhaps just paranoia.

And that – that same women (ph), some nurses say may go home and then she may enter premature labor and she may start bleeding. If she would have been at the hospital at the time of this, you know, that could possibly have saved her life.

ALISON STEWART: This makes me think that this is just a very stark example of the bigger issue of that certain populations in this country, based on whether it is race or based on economic standing, have better access to better healthcare.

DANIELLE PAQUETTE: It is incredible to see the numbers. Risk varies drastically by race. In some parts of the country, African-American women are nearly twice as likely to die of pregnancy-related complications.

ALISON STEWART: Danielle Paquette from “The Washington Post,” thank you for sharing your reporting.

DANIELLE PAQUETTE: Thank you, Alison.

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Protests in Baltimore turn violent in overnight clashes with police

A demonstrator raises his arms as he faces law enforcement officers near Baltimore Police Department Western District during a protest against the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, in Baltimore

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ALISON STEWART, PBS ANCHOR: In Baltimore, a demonstration over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray started peacefully but turned violent last night when protesters clashed with police.

Authorities arrested 34 people; six officers suffered minor injuries. Fans attending the Baltimore Orioles game were told to stay in place because of safety concerns.

I’m joined now once again by Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater.

Luke, do you know why things turned violent?

LUKE BROADWATER, THE BALTIMORE SUN REPORTER: We don’t know exactly why things turned violent.

Up until mid-afternoon, it had had been a very peaceful protest. Twelve hundred people has descended on the city hall and people were expressing themselves, and the police were letting them do that.

Then the march went down to Camden Yards where the Orioles play, and things really got out of control.

I would say less than 100 people were involved in the violence and the rioting and looting, so it was a small minority of the protesters. But they did a lot of property damage, and some people did get injured.

They smashed the windows of police cars and some civilian cars, the windows of property — of businesses in the area. There were some (INAUDIBLE), and there were some assaults. So it was not a pretty sight last night in Baltimore.

ALISON STEWART: Can you describe the level of the police force? There have been a lot of discussions about the militarization of the police. How many police officers were there? Were they in combat gear?

LUKE BROADWATER: Yes. They did not start out in combat gear, but they did acquire it as the night went on. There were, by our estimation, over 1,000, — sorry, over 1,000 police officers.

Probably about 1,300 from the police force. The state troopers did come in as well and some from the county police force as well.

They had shields, they had their batons out. They had their helmets, and they did engage in some crowd control tactics that, you know, looked like military operations in terms of pushing the crowd back with the shields.

They had the police chopper shouting orders to disperse, and then threatened those who did not with arrest.

ALISON STEWART: The mayor and the commissioner are making a differentiation between the protesters and people they are calling agitators. To whom are they referring?

LUKE BROADWATER: Yes. You are right. Even before the protests started, the mayor and the police commissioner and faith leaders in Baltimore expressed a lot of concern about outside groups coming in.

They didn’t mention anyone by name. I believe they were referring to, though, Mr. Shabazz, the former head of the New Black Panthers. They were worried about his influence and others’ influence and the protest potentially turning violent.

We had had a week of nonviolent protests in Baltimore, and last night was the first real violence that we saw.

ALISON STEWART: Luke Broadwater from “The Baltimore Sun.” Thanks, Luke.


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Comedian in Chief? See Obama’s zingers from the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

U.S. President Barack Obama arrives at the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

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ALISON STEWART: Reporters, politicians and celebrities all gathered last night at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an event that honors Washington journalists for their work. But it’s become better known as the night when the Commander in Chief tries to become the Comedian in Chief.

Saturday Night Live’s Cecily Strong hosted the event.

CECILY STRONG: Hillary’s campaign slogan is ‘It’s your time,’ which I assume is what she says into a mirror as she’s deadlifting 200 pounds

Rand Paul has announced that’s taking over the family’s Not Being President business. And yes that’s Rand, as in, he didn’t get elected, but at least he ran-d.

ALISON STEWART: And keeping with traditions, Strong made fun of presidential problems.

CECILY STRONG: And I bet that when the president walked in and saw all those bellhops, he though, finally some decent security.

ALISON STEWART: The president spared no one, including himself,  spared no one, including himself with jokes on his executive actions to foreign relations.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I look so old, John Boehner has already invited President Netanyahu to speak at my funeral.

I still have to fix a broken immigration system, issue veto threats, negotiate with Iran, all while finding time to pray five times a day.

ALISON STEWART: The president came out swinging at Republicans.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: A few weeks ago, Dick Cheney says he thinks I’m the worst president of his lifetime, which is interesting, because I think Dick Cheney is the worst President of my lifetime.

ALISON STEWART: But he didn’t let Democrats off the hook.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Today, thanks to Obamacare, you no longer have to worry about losing your insurance if you lose your job. You’re welcome, Senate Democrats.

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