Alone at controls, co-pilot 'intentionally' destroyed plane
PARIS (AP) — 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 door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday.
Co-pilot was 'very happy' with Germanwings job
MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) — Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany.
AP Exclusive: Iran may run centrifuges at fortified site
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press.
House OKs bipartisan Medicare doc bill; fate up to Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) — In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.
Bergdahl charged despite torture, attempts to escape Taliban
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured repeatedly in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban: beaten with a copper cable, chained, held in a cage and threatened with execution after trying to escape.
Saudi Arabia, allies open air campaign against Yemen rebels
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations in Yemen on Thursday, leading a regional coalition in a campaign against Shiite rebels who have taken over much of the country and drove out the president. The dramatic military assault turns impoverished, fragmented Yemen into a ne front in the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
After US airstrikes, Iraq troops start final push for Tikrit
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops started the final phase of an offensive to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit on Thursday, a military official said, just hours after the United States launched airstrikes on the Islamic State-held city.
Uncle denounces police claim that California kidnap was hoax
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — The uncle of a California woman who was reported kidnapped says police were reckless and overzealous in calling the ordeal a hoax after she turned up safe.
World's huddled masses use 4 key land, sea routes to Europe
DUBLIN (AP) — Most migrants who live illegally in the European Union fly to the 28-nation bloc on valid visas and simply overstay their welcome. But for the poorest and most desperate travelers of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the journey often takes months by sea or land, with payments to traficking gangs.
'Downton Abbey' to end after upcoming 6th season
NEW YORK (AP) — A grand manor will close its doors to millions of weekly guests after "Downton Abbey" concludes next year.
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