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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

Confederate flag license plate at center of free speech case

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Texas commemorates the Confederacy in many ways, from an annual celebration of Confederate Heroes Day each January to monuments on the grounds of the state Capitol in Austin. Among the memorials is one that has stood … 0

More cash-strapped Americans are turning to tax refund advances

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are … 0

Cruz to launch White House bid today

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will announce his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination today, starting an uphill quest for a young newcomer to elective politics with a knack for picking high-profile battles but a short … 0

Starbucks nixes ‘Race Together’ idea

Sunday, March 22, 2015

SEATTLE — The cup-writing phase of the Starbucks “Race Together” campaign ended Sunday, but the coffee giant said it will continue with other aspects of its widely criticized bid to heal race relations in the U.S. In a … 0

Drone on

Sunday, March 22, 2015

FARGO, N.D. — The roar of mammoth Air Force bombers and tanker planes has long been silenced at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, but backers of the nation’s first unmanned aircraft business park say the drones are … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Monday, March 23, 2015

Singapore founder dies at 91 SINGAPORE — Lee Kuan Yew, who founded modern Singapore and was both feared for his authoritarian tactics and admired for turning the city-state into one of the world’s richest nations, died today, the … 0

Bombings in Yemeni mosques kill more than 130

Friday, March 20, 2015

ADEN, Yemen — Suicide bombers attacked a pair of mosques Friday in the Yemeni capital, unleashing monstrous blasts that ripped through worshippers and killed 137 people in the deadliest assault yet targeting Shiite rebels who have taken over … 0

Ring of light: Total eclipse over Svalbard islands in Arctic

Friday, March 20, 2015

LONGYEARBYEN, Norway — Sky-gazers looked up in awe Friday as the moon blocked the sun in a total solar eclipse that momentarily darkened a slice of northern Europe. The most spectacular viewing came on Norway’s Svalbard islands near … 0

Wild life

Monday, March 23, 2015

By STEVE JOHNSON Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — When red pandas go on exhibit for the first time at Brookfield Zoo in July, they’ll be housed around a broad tree that looks like a giant bonsai and has magical … 0

Operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State stalls

Monday, March 23, 2015

ISTANBUL — The much ballyhooed Iraqi government operation to capture the central city of Tikrit from the Islamic State has stalled three weeks after it began, amid widespread reports that Shiite Muslim militias and the government are badly … 0