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    Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask why

    PARIS (AP) — Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.

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  • Russian superhighway could connect London to New York

    Russia has unveiled ambitious plans to build a superhighway that, in theory, could make it possible to drive from London on one end to New York on the other. According to a report by The Siberian Times, the head of Russian Railways is asking the government to seriously consider his project dubbed…

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  • Sacked 'Top Gear' star Clarkson defends attack victim

    The outspoken former presenter of hit car show "Top Gear" Jeremy Clarkson on Thursday defended the co-worker he attacked in a fracas that led to his sacking by Britain's BBC. Clarkson's contract was not renewed after an internal BBC investigation found he physically attacked a "Top Gear" producer,…

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  • Man kills self in Colorado after eating pot candies: coroner

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A 22-year-old Oklahoma man committed suicide by shooting himself in the head at a Colorado ski resort after witnesses said he ate "a large amount" of marijuana-infused edibles, the local coroner said on Thursday. Luke Gregory Goodman died from a self-inflicted…

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  • Germanwings pilot ordered jet down to 100 feet, trackers say

    The autopilot on the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday was switched to descend to 100 feet, its lowest possible setting, before it began its fatal plunge, according to data from a specialist aviation tracking service. French prosecutors say 28-year-old German…

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    Building collapse in New York City's East Village (35 photos)

    A building on fire near New York University collapsed on Thursday, and at least two people were critically injured, firefighters said. Orange flames and black smoke billowed from the facade and roof of the five-story building in Manhattan, near several NYU buildings and the Washington Square Park…

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  • Saudi Arabia: the Gulf's best-equipped army

    Saudi Arabia has the best equipped armed forces in the Gulf region, while counting on its Western partners to guarantee its security, the International Institute for Strategic Studies says. Some 16,000 personnel are committed to air defences, 2,500 responsible for strategic missiles and 100,000 man…

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  • Ohio mom of decapitated baby faces aggravated murder charge

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A woman accused of decapitating her 3-month-old daughter with a chef's knife was indicted Wednesday on a charge of aggravated murder.

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  • Russia's Putin to Iran: Immediate ceasefire needed in Yemen

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's President Vladimir Putin called for an "immediate cessation of military activities" in Yemen in phone conversations with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, the Kremlin said in a statement on Thursday. Iranian-backed Shi'ite Muslim Houthi militias have seized large parts of…

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  • Royals, Cumberbatch help bury comeback King Richard III

    LEICESTER, England (AP) — A maligned monarch found under a parking lot was buried in pomp Thursday, as Britain embraced comeback King Richard III, a long-reviled ruler who is experiencing a remarkable posthumous renaissance.

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  • Amish boy, 10, dies, two injured when buggy struck in Missouri

    (Reuters) - A 10-year-old Amish boy driving a buggy on a rural northwest Missouri highway died and two children were injured on Thursday when an SUV struck their rig from behind, authorities said. Impaired vision due to the rising sun may have contributed to the collision, which happened on…

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  • One killed, several injured in Texas highway beam collapse

    At least one person was killed and several others injured when a truck hit a beam on a highway bridge under construction above Interstate 35 in central Texas, causing a collapse that rained debris on vehicles, officials said. The accident took place in Salado, about 50 miles (80 km) north of…

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    Icelandic whaling (16 photos)

    In 1986, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned commercial whaling and most whaling nations destroyed or repurposed their related vessels, but Japan and Norway persisted. The Icelandic Hvalur whaling company picked up the practice again in 2006 and is the sole company that targets the…

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  • Pakistan says it will respond to any threat to Saudi Arabia

    Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's office said on Thursday any threat to Saudi Arabia would "evoke a strong response" from Islamabad. Sharif chaired a "high-level meeting" in which he said Pakistan enjoyed close and brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council…

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  • Lawyer: 2 Nevada inmates handcuffed when guard shot them

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada prison inmate was handcuffed when was shot and killed by a guard last November, according to a lawyer who said Wednesday that her client was wounded in the same shooting but survived.

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  • Indiana governor to declare disaster for county hit by HIV outbreak

    By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Indiana Governor Mike Pence said on Wednesday he will declare a public health disaster in a small southern Indiana county that has seen a drastic increase in HIV cases tied to intravenous prescription drug abuse since December. "This is a public…

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  • US 'hijacking' victory in Iraq's Tikrit: militia groups

    Iraqi Shiite militias accused Washington Thursday of hijacking the operation to retake Tikrit, threatening a mass pullout even as regular government forces pressed a final assault. The US-led coalition against the Islamic State group launched its first air strikes on Tikrit late Wednesday, in what…

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