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Rescue workers work on debris of the Germanwings jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, Thursday, March 26, 2015. The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and “intentionally” rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain’s frantic pounding on the cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. In a split second, he killed all 150 people aboard the plane. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

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

Thursday, March 26, 2015

PARIS — 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. The account Thursday of the final moments of Germanwings Flight 9525 prompted some airlines to immediately impose stricter cockpit rules — and … 0

Crisis in Yemen

Thursday, March 26, 2015

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The collapse of Yemen’s government in the face of a rebel offensive leaves Saudi Arabia with no easy way of fulfilling a pledge to stand by its ally. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies started bombing Shiite Houthi targets in Yemen Thursday. They launched “the military operations in … 0

Indiana HIV outbreak

Thursday, March 26, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence authorized a short-term needle-exchange program and other steps Thursday to help contain the spread of HIV in a county tied to 79 new infections since January, all of them linked to intravenous drug use. Pence issued an executive order declaring a public health emergency in Scott County, … 0

US engagement in Mideast conflicts may complicate Iran nuclear talks

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The U.S. air assault in Iraq and American support for the Gulf Arab states’ attacks in Yemen are threatening to upend Washington’s difficult relationship with Iran at an especially difficult moment. With a deal to limit Iran’s controversial nuclear program possibly in view, Tehran’s cooperation is essential to … 0

Study: Antarctic ice melting 70% faster in last decade

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The frozen fringes of western Antarctica have been melting 70 percent faster in the last decade, raising concern that an important buttress keeping land-based ice sheets from flowing to the sea could collapse or vanish in coming decades, … 0

Navy jets with extra fuel can’t be launched off new US carrier

Thursday, March 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy’s top warplanes can’t be launched off its newest aircraft carrier if they’re carrying fuel tanks needed to extend their flight range because the ship’s high-tech catapults cause too much wear. Military weapons testers … 0

Is the fish you buy caught by slaves?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Editor’s note: The Associated Press notified the International Organization for Migration about men in this story, who were then moved out of Benjina by police for their safety. Hundreds of slaves remain on the island and five other … 0

Report: France jet audio shows pilot was locked out of cockpit

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — The first half of Germanwings Flight 9525 was chilling in its normalcy. It took off from Barcelona en route to Duesseldorf, climbing up over the Mediterranean and turning over France. The last communication was a … 0

‘Vote-a-rama’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senators from Kansas and Missouri are preparing to pull a possible all-nighter today to vote on dozens of budget amendments ranging from a call to arm Ukrainian troops against the Russians, to a bid to cover … 0

Supreme Court divided over EPA’s powers

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Some environmental protections could face a hazier future after a Supreme Court argument Wednesday in an important clean-air case that’s already divided states and leading energy companies. Justices, too, appear split over whether the Environmental Protection … 0

Feds outline proposal for payday loan rules

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators today will outline a proposal to place limits on high-interest, short-term loans — the first step in the government’s efforts to curb payday debt traps. The long-awaited rules drafted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would cover payday loans, vehicle title loans and high-cost … 0

Doctor shortage

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CHICAGO — Weary mothers with toddlers, weathered laborers and elderly folks hunched over walkers all jostled for position, filling almost every available seat in the nondescript waiting room at the Erie Family Health Center in West Town. It … 0

Fraternities lobby against campus rape investigations

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

College fraternities and sororities, concerned that students accused of sexual assault are treated unfairly, are pushing Congress to make it harder for universities to investigate rape allegations. The groups’ political arm plans to bring scores of students to Capitol Hill on April 29 to lobby for a requirement … 0