• Co-pilot 'intentionally' destroyed plane, prosecutor says

    PARIS (AP) — Ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the door, the co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself inside the cockpit and deliberately rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps as passengers screamed in terror, a prosecutor said Thursday.

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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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  • Florida teen kills brother, shoots other sibling, then kills himself

    A 13-year-old boy in Florida fatally shot his 6-year-old brother, wounded his 16-year-old brother and then killed himself on Wednesday during an argument over food, authorities said. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office received a call about the shooting at 6:19 p.m. local time in the city of Hudson,…

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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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  • Obama praises payday lender rules, vows veto of limitations

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Embracing proposed new rules aimed at payday lenders, President Barack Obama on Thursday warned Republicans that he would veto attempts to unravel regulations that govern the financial industry.

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  • One killed, several injured in Texas highway bridge collapse

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Palestinian rockets killed more Gazans in 2014 war: Amnesty

    Amnesty International said Thursday Palestinian rocket fire during the 2014 summer war in Gaza had killed more civilians in the Gaza Strip than in Israel. Such deadly attacks on civilians on both sides constituted "a war crime," it said. The damning report urged armed Palestinian groups to end…

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  • Knox defense calls conviction grave error

    ROME (AP) — Amanda Knox's defense lawyer urged Italy's highest court on Wednesday to overturn the American's conviction in the 2007 murder of her British roommate, calling it a "grave judicial error."

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  • Lufthansa CEO stunned that co-pilot apparently crashed plane

    Lufthansa's chief executive said on Thursday he was stunned by the assumption that the co-pilot of a Germanwings jet deliberately crashed it into a mountain in the Alps. A French prosecutor said 28-year-old German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared to have brought down the Airbus A320 with the intent…

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  • Stepmother, father arrested after Florida three-year-old found dead in box

    TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida police on Wednesday arrested the stepmother and father of a 3-year-old child, initially reported missing, whose dead body was found inside a box in their home's laundry room. Police said Ahizya Osceola suffered extensive injuries. He was found in an 8-inch-wide box,…

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  • Police in California make arrests in death of weeks-old baby

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A California woman staged a sinister plot to snatch two babies from their mothers and pass them off as her own — a scheme that ended with the murder of a 3-week-old girl and the shooting and beating of both childrens' mothers, police said Wednesday.

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  • Why some Germanwings crew members refused to fly today

    Following the as yet unexplained crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525 in the French Alps with 150 people on board, several of the airlines' pilots and cabin crews have refused to fly. Citing, "occasional flight disruptions" the airline announced Wednesday that 24 flights had been canceled on Tuesday…

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  • Putin says Russia will stand firm in standoff with West

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday voiced confidence that Russia will come out as a winner in its standoff with the West if it firmly stands its ground.

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  • California woman killed by gravel dumped on her car in driveway

    By Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A San Francisco-area woman was crushed to death in her driveway by a load of gravel that spilled accidentally from a dump truck onto her car as she was about to move the vehicle at the request of construction workers, authorities said on Tuesday. The tragedy…

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