• Lufthansa chief visits crash area as 'cabin video' emerges

    The heads of Lufthansa and Germanwings paid their respects Wednesday near the crash site of the plane that slammed into the French Alps, following reports that a video has emerged showing the final terrifying seconds in the cabin. Descriptions of the chilling mobile phone footage in French and…

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  • IS enters Palestinian camp in Damascus; Jordan closes border

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Islamic State militants infiltrated a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus on Wednesday and were clashing with a Palestinian group, the deepest foray yet by the extremist group into the Syrian capital, seat of President Bashar Assad's power, according to opposition activists…

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  • Porsche blames driver in crash that killed actor Paul Walker

    By Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - The driver was to blame in the fiery crash of a Porsche sports car that killed actor Paul Walker in California in 2013, not design defects with the car, attorneys for the German automaker said this week. Walker was a passenger in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven…

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    Arkansas lawmakers pass a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (13 photos)

    Arkansas lawmakers passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Tuesday that critics said would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians, drawing a swift demand from Wal-Mart Stores Inc for the governor to veto the bill. Arkansas followed Indiana, which passed a similar act last…

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  • Illinois convicted killer overpowers guard, escapes

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A convicted murderer awaiting sentencing in Illinois overpowered a jail guard early Wednesday, took his keys and uniform and fled in his SUV, authorities said. Kamron Taylor, 23, escaped the Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee, about 60 miles south of Chicago,…

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  • Coroner: Death of Andrew Getty appears natural or accident

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The death at a Hollywood Hills home Tuesday of Andrew Getty, one of the heirs to the fortune of one of the wealthiest and best-known families in American history, was most likely from natural causes or an accident, authorities and family members said.

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  • Colorado teen found in suitcase suffered drug overdose: coroner

    By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A teenage Colorado girl whose remains were found dumped in a suitcase in a remote park area last month died from a drug overdose, the local coroner's office said on Tuesday. Kelly Mae Myers, 18, was reported missing in the mountain town of Grand Junction in…

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  • Report of plane passenger video overshadows exec visit to crash site

    BERLIN/LE VERNET, France (Reuters) - A video of the final seconds aboard the Germanwings plane that crashed in France last week has been discovered, reports said on Wednesday, just hours before executives visiting the crash site dodged questions about the mental health of the pilot. The video was…

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  • Tiger plays 18 but unsure of Masters

    Tiger Woods played an 18-hole practice round at Augusta National but remains uncertain if he will compete in next week's Masters, according to reports. ESPN and USA Today, citing comments from Woods agent Mark Steinberg, reported that Woods continues to work on his game but is undecided if he will…

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    2 dead in Downtown Fresno medical office shooting

    Fresno Police have confirmed that a man and woman are dead after a domestic incident at a medical office near Mariposa and S Street in Downtown Fresno. The shooter was an estranged boyfriend or husband of the female victim.

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  • Israel expects hundreds of civilian casualties in next war with Hezbollah

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel could suffer hundreds of civilian dead and damage to its vital infrastructure from Hezbollah rockets if it fights another war with the Iranian-backed Lebanese guerrilla group, according to Israeli military assessments. The scenario, published by Israeli…

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  • Prison Serves Up Piping Hot Plates of Garbage

    Prison food is notoriously unappealing, but one Michigan prison kitchen hit a new low when it served meat from the garbage to inmates. Employees of private food vendor Aramark removed food from the trash, rinsed it off, and reheated it before serving it to inmates at Saginaw Correctional Facility,…

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  • Jeremy Brown, Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts guitarist, dies

    NEW YORK (AP) — Musician Jeremy Brown, a guitarist for Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, died a day before the release of the band's debut album. He was 34 years old.

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  • Class act: Mexicans fume over sexist, elitist student video

    A group of high school seniors from a privileged Catholic school in Mexico City released a slick graduation video that’s come under fire for its portrayal of women and its snooty message, as well as its use of an endangered jaguar cub. Critics say the video treats women as props – and sends the…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Nigeria's Buhari says to 'spare no effort' in squashing Boko Haram

    By Alexis Akwagyiram ABUJA (Reuters) - A day after becoming the first politician in Nigerian history to succeed a sitting leader by ballot, president-elect Muhammadu Buhari promised on Wednesday to "spare no effort" to defeat Islamist militant group Boko Haram. "Boko Haram will soon know the…

    Reuters
  • Python owner charged in Canadian boys' deaths

    Canadian federal police on Tuesday charged the owner of a python in the deaths of two young boys who were asphyxiated by the snake while they slept in 2013. Jean Claude Savoie, 38, was accused of criminal negligence causing the deaths of the brothers. Police initially said the reptile had slithered…

    AFP
  • Hamster decapitation video prompts Mississippi university student to leave school

    By Therese Apel JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - The family of a University of Mississippi student withdrew him from the school on Tuesday after a video appearing to show him biting the head off a hamster while on spring break this month was posted online. Brady Eaves, 18, appears in the video to snap…

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