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The crash site of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps. Evidence from the flight data recorder shows the co-pilot accelerated as the airliner headed toward the mountainside, French investigators say.
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 05:54

France's aviation safety agency says co-pilot Andreas Lubitz "changed the automatic pilot settings to increase the speed of the airplane in its descent" before last week's deadly crash.

Opponents of an Arkansas religious objection measure chant outside the Arkansas state Capitol on Wednesday.
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 05:03

The party and its leading 2016 contenders are finding themselves between a rock and hard place because of Indiana's and Arkansas' recently amended laws.

The times, they may be changing — but the cast of AMC's <em>Mad Men</em> find it difficult to change with them.
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 04:07

AMC's award-winning drama Mad Men returns for its final season Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says these last seven installments explore how little people change, even in tumultuous times.

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 02:44

Over the past year, the economy had added more than 200,000 jobs each month. That streak broke in the most recent report, as growth dipped to just 126,000 jobs — less than economists had anticipated.

Refugees from different cities of the Donetsk region controlled by pro-Russia separatists stay March 12 in a center for refugees in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. The cease-fire in eastern Ukraine between Kiev's forces and pro-Russian rebels has been tenuous at best, and residents of the region continue to flee; 1.2 million have been displaced by the fighting.
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 19:05

People fleeing the fighting in the separatist cities of Donetsk and Luhansk are big burden for Ukraine's financially strained government, but Kharkiv residents are stepping up to help.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 18:50

Prosecutors said the two women intended to use a homemade bomb for an attack. One of the women once wrote a poem published in an al-Qaida magazine.

The health workers of Sierra Leone — like Dr. Komba Songu M'Briwah (on the phone) — were dedicated to fighting Ebola. But they had a huge handicap. A government report reveals that some of the money allocated went to pay "ghost workers."
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 17:17

Funds allocated to fight Ebola have vanished into thin air. That kind of funny money business happens all too often when disaster strikes and donations roll in.

President Richard Nixon's California home, seen in 1969, is back on the market for $75 million. The 10-room Spanish-style adobe is located in San Clemente.
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 17:16

Hom Sotheby's International has listed the 5.45-acre oceanfront estate for $75 million. President Nixon bought the property early in his presidency, and lived there after resigning from office.

A rabbi (center) supervises the production of Passover matzos at the Streit's factory on New York's Lower East Side, circa 1960s. This Passover will be Streit's last one at the landmark location.
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 17:00

It's the end of an era: After nearly a century, the Streit's matzo factory is leaving Manhattan's Lower East Side. This Passover will be its last there. Streit's plans to move to a new factory.

President Obama about to walk out into the Rose Garden at the White House to announce the framework of a nuclear deal with Iran.
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 16:57

President Obama said "solid majorities support a diplomatic resolution" with Iran. That's true to an extent. When you scratch beneath the surface, it's more complicated.

<em>Shigella</em> is a huge problem around the world. The bacteria infect about 100 million people each year and kill about 600,000.
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 15:52

Travelers are bringing a nasty bacterial disease to the U.S. and spreading it to others. The bacteria cause bad diarrhea and are tough to treat because they're resistant to the top antibiotic.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, speaking in Tehran in February, has spoken out in favor of nuclear negotiations and opening Iran to the world. But he has faced criticism from hard-liners at home.
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 15:47

President Obama has sought a less hostile relationship with Iran since entering. The nuclear framework agreement points to the possibility of broader cooperation that could reorder the Middle East.

A photo made available by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Anthony Ray Hinton. Hinton, who spent nearly 30 years on death row, will go free Friday, after prosecutors told a court that there is not enough evidence to link him to the 1985 murders he was convicted of committing.
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 15:42

Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted in the 1985 murders of two fast-food employees based almost exclusively on ballistics evidence that has since been deemed unreliable.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 15:29

The public reaction so far in the Iranian capital to the preliminary agreement Iran and six world powers have reached on the Islamic republic's nuclear program has been positive.

"Let Diplomacy Work" was spelled out near the Capitol by liberal, anti-war group MoveOn.org earlier this week.
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 15:16

President Obama says he welcomes a "robust debate" on the Iran framework from Congress and the American people. He's already getting one.

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