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Nepal quake: US rescuers pull woman from building; no survivors likely in Marine chopper crash

Nepalese army men search for the missing U.S. Marine helicopter in the earthquake affected Dolakha District, Nepal, Thursday, May 14, 2015. The helicopter carrying six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers disappeared Tuesday while delivering aid in the country's northeast and later
Nepalese army men search for the missing U.S. Marine helicopter in the earthquake affected Dolakha District, Nepal, Thursday, May 14, 2015. The helicopter carrying six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers disappeared Tuesday while delivering aid in the country's northeast and later "was found in pieces," making it unlikely anyone survived, officials said.
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12:22 p.m.: US rescuers pull woman from collapsed 4-story building

U.S. rescuers from California and Virginia helped pull a 41-year-old woman from a four-story building that collapsed in this week's 7.3 earthquake in Nepal.

Tuesday's temblor was an aftershock to the April 25 earthquake that's killed more than 8,000 people.

A USAID spokeswoman says its Disaster Assistance Response Team included 57 urban rescuers each from Los Angeles County and Fairfax County, Virginia.

They flew into Singati, a mountain village in the shadow of Mt. Everest, to help immediately after the massive aftershock.

Overnight they set fires to keep people warm and provided medical aid. On Wednesday, the woman and 11 other injured people were flown out and taken to a field hospital.

The teams also helped rescue a boy from the rubble five days after the main quake.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is expressing condolences to the families of six Marines and two Nepalese army soldiers who were in a helicopter that crashed during a relief mission in an earthquake-ravaged region of Nepal.

Obama says the Marines "represent a truth that guides our work around the world: When our friends are in need, America helps."

Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of the Marine helicopter. The craft had disappeared earlier this week, and officials said it was unlikely there were any survivors from the crash.

Obama addressed the crash victims during remarks at the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service outside the U.S. Capitol.

7:27 a.m.: Rescuers find 3 bodies near crashed US Marine chopper

Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared earlier this week while on a relief mission in the earthquake-hit Himalayan nation, and officials said it was unlikely there were any survivors from the crash.

"The wreckage of the helicopter was found in pieces and there are no chances of any survivors," Nepal's Defense Secretary Iswori Poudyal said. He gave no details about the nationalities of the three victims, only saying their remains were charred.

The helicopter was carrying six Marines and two Nepalese army soldiers.

A separate team sent by the U.S. Marines also said they identified the wreckage as the missing helicopter, the UH-1 "Huey."

"The assessment of the site is ongoing and a thorough investigation will be conducted," a statement from the Marine-led joint task force said.

The wreckage was found about 24 kilometers (15 miles) from the town of Charikot, near where the aircraft had gone missing on Tuesday while delivering humanitarian aid to villages hit by two deadly earthquakes, according to the U.S. military joint task force in Okinawa, Japan.

The area is near Gothali village in the district of Dolakha, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Nepal's capital Kathmandu.

The discovery of the wreckage, first spotted by Nepalese ground troops and two army helicopters Friday, followed days of intense search involving U.S. and Nepalese aircraft and even U.S. satellites.

The U.S. relief mission was deployed soon after a magnitude-7.8 quake hit April 25, killing more than 8,200 people. It was followed by another magnitude-7.3 quake on Tuesday that killed 117 people and injured 2,800.

The helicopter had been delivering rice and tarps in Charikot, the area worst hit by Tuesday's quake. It had dropped off supplies in one location and was en route to a second site when contact was lost.

U.S. military officials said earlier this week that an Indian helicopter in the air nearby had heard radio chatter from the Huey aircraft about a possible fuel problem.

A total of 300 U.S. military personnel have been supporting the aid mission in Nepal, which includes three Hueys, four Marine MV-22B Ospreys, two KC-130 Hercules and four Air Force C-17 Globemaster heavy-lift aircraft.

The Huey helicopter that crashed was from Marine Light Attack Helicopter squadron 469 based at Camp Pendleton, California.

Associated Press writer Ken Moritsugu in Tokyo and Tami Abdollah contributed to this report.

This story has been updated.