Five things to know for Wednesday, April 23

A community says goodbye to the hundreds of South Korean students lost in the ferry sinking. The United States plays a role in fighting al Qaeda in Yemen. And an American climber tells how his Sherpa saved his life on Mount Everest.

It's Wednesday, and here are the 5 things to know for your "New Day."

SOUTH KOREAN FERRY

Student memorial:

Hundreds of people paid their respects today to the students lost in last week's ferry sinking off the South Korean coastline. No survivors have been found since 174 people were rescued on the day the ship went down. More than two-thirds of those on board were students from Danwon High School in Ansan. They were on a field trip. The death toll is up to 150. About the same number of people are still missing.

MISSING PLANE

Debris, or not debris?

Officials are looking at an "object of interest" that washed up on the coast of Western Australia. Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan says it appeared to be sheet metal with rivets in it, but he warns that "the more we look at it, the less excited we get." The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is nearly seven weeks old, and up to this point, no physical evidence linked to the jetliner has been found. The hunt continues in the Indian Ocean.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

No special treatment:

The U.S. Supreme Court says Michigan can keep its law banning the use of race in college admissions. In a 6-2 vote, the justices decided that a lower court did not have the authority to set aside the measure approved in a 2006 referendum supported by 58% of voters. It bars publicly funded colleges from granting "preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin."

YEMEN OPERATION

Uncle Sam chips in:

The United States provided lots of help during raids against suspected al Qaeda members in Yemen over the weekend. American forces ferried Yemeni commandos in Russian-made helicopters to remote locations to engage the militants, a U.S. official said. The operation resulted in the deaths of at least 65 suspected terrorists. No American forces took part in the fighting, we're told.

MOUNT EVEREST

Saved by his Sherpa:

American climber Jon Reiter is alive today because his Sherpa saved his life, pushing him out of the way of an oncoming avalanche on Mount Everest. The event, the deadliest single day in the mountain's history, killed at least 13 Sherpas. Three others are missing and feared dead. The deadliest year on Everest was 1996, when 15 people died.

Bonus: PLANE STOWAWAY

Beating the odds:

That 15-year-old boy who survived a flight from California to Hawaii by hitching a ride inside a plane's wheel well says he was just trying to get to Somalia to see his mother, a law enforcement official told CNN. He didn't get anywhere close to Africa, but the teen should consider himself lucky after surviving the nearly five-hour flight in subzero temperatures with little oxygen at heights up to 38,000 feet.

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