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Passengers watch candles and flowers for the victims of the plane crash at the airport in Dusseldorf , Germany, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. One week ago 150 people died in the Germanwings airliner crash in the French alps from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Airline Knew About Pilot’s Depression

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Berlin — Lufthansa knew six years ago that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from a “serious depressive episode,” the German airline said Tuesday. The airline said that as part of its internal research, it found emails that Andreas Lubitz sent to the Lufthansa flight school in Bremen when he …

After U.S. Airstrikes, Iraqi Troops Seize Key Points in Tikrit

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Irbil, Iraq — Iraqi security forces backed by Sunni and Shiite Muslim militias cautiously pushed Tuesday into the center of the besieged city of Tikrit, taking control of key government buildings on the southeastern edge of the town from Islamic State militants who have controlled the city for nearly a year. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that the city’s western and southern …

Nigerian President Concedes

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Kano, Nigeria — In a historic breakthrough for Nigerian democracy, President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat Tuesday in a hard-fought presidential election, signaling that he will peacefully turn over power to his victorious rival, Muhammadu Buhari. Jonathan, 57, the first sitting leader to be defeated at the ballot box, was hailed as a hero …

Iran Talks Push Past Deadline

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lausanne, Switzerland — With stubborn disputes unresolved, nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers went past a self-imposed deadline and into overtime as negotiators renewed efforts to hammer out the outline of an agreement. Enough progress had been made to warrant the extension past midnight Tuesday, State …

Obama Ends Hold on Aid To Egypt

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Washington — The United States will resume suspended military aid to Egypt, the White House said Tuesday, signaling the Obama administration’s eagerness to help a key Middle Eastern ally confront militant threats despite concerns about its repressive stance on human rights. Following a lengthy internal review, the Obama …

Supreme Court Challenges North Carolina’s Sex Offender Law

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Washington — A North Carolina program of monitoring sex offenders by GPS needs closer judicial scrutiny, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. In an unsigned and unanimous decision that could rattle a number of states, the court rejected North Carolina’s arguments and concluded the ankle-bracelet monitoring program amounts to …

Deadly Exits Kill Hundreds of Truckers in Highway Rollovers

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Atlanta — It was almost midnight when Walter Price eased his 18-wheeler into the right lane on Interstate 75 near Atlanta. As he began to bank onto the exit ramp he’d been taking for the past 10 years, …

UnitedHealth Worried Over Drug Costs

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealth, will muscle up for its fight against rising prescription drug costs by spending more than $12 billion to buy pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp. Pharmacy benefits managers, or PBMs, help negotiate the prices that customers pay for prescription drugs. They are seen …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Hampshire Senator Resurrects Kids’ Hawk Bill After Flap Concord — This bird’s best friend may just be a cat. The highly-publicized and unsuccessful bill brought by a group of New Hampshire fourth-graders’ to name the red-tailed hawk as the state’s official raptor will be added to a …

Iranian Talks Come Down To Deadline

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Lausanne, Switzerland — As the White House said that talks on Iran’s nuclear program would go “down to the wire,” negotiators struggled to bridge their remaining differences in the hours before a deadline today. With the clock ticking, diplomats from the six world powers conducting the negotiations with …

Pilot Once Seen for Suicidal Tendencies

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Duesseldorf, Germany — How could someone once diagnosed with suicidal tendencies get a job as a commercial pilot, entrusted with the lives of hundreds of people? That’s the question being asked after officials confirmed Monday that Germanwings co-pilot …

Refugee Camp in Yemen Hit by Apparent Airstrike

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sanaa, Yemen — An airstrike killed dozens of people on Monday at a camp for displaced people in northern Yemen, in what appeared to be the single most deadly attack since a Saudi Arabia-led coalition sent warplanes to …

Obama Plans Visit to Kenya

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

When Barack Obama visited his father’s homeland of Kenya in 2006, thousands flocked to the streets to see the fast-rising U.S. senator whom many embraced as if he were a native son. Now, Obama is preparing to make his first visit to Kenya as U.S. president for a …