Germany hunts for co-pilot motive amid reports of depression
MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) — Police searched the homes of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in two German cities for an explanation of why he crashed a passenger plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board, as an aviation official revealed that his pilot's license referenced a physical or mentalhealth condition.
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Little vetting of pilots for mental health, US experts say
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite U.S. and international regulations requiring that airline pilots be screened for mental health problems, little effective, real-world checking takes place, pilots and safety experts say.
Saudi airstrikes in Yemen target rebel stronghold in north
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi Arabia bombed the northern stronghold of Yemen's Shiite rebels and key military installations on Friday as a coalition led by the Gulf kingdom carried out airstrikes for a second day. The strikes hit at least six provinces, including an eastern area rich in oil and gas.
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Senate OKs Republican balanced-budget plan, following House
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law.
Arabs inch closer to old dream of joint Arab force
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Arab leaders meeting this weekend in this Egyptian Red Sea resort are moving closer than ever to creating a joint Arab military force, a sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether againt Islamic militants or spreading Iranian power.
Utility: Inspectors found faulty work before NYC blast
NEW YORK (AP) — An hour before an apparent gas explosion sent flames soaring and debris flying at a Manhattan apartment building, injuring 19 people, utility company inspectors decided the work being done there was faulty.
Critters found in Antarctic ice shows how tenacious life is
DECEPTION ISLAND, Antarctica (AP) — Deep below the ice, far from the playful penguins and other animals that bring tourists to Antarctica, is a cold and barren world that by all indications should be completely void of life.
From new logos to New Coke: when corporations make mistakes
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a tempest in a coffee cup.
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