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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 …

Antarctica Tourists: Expect the Unexpected

Sunday, March 29, 2015

King George Island, Antarctica — They trekked snow-covered mountains, gasped at seals flopping along the coastline and oohed at penguins waddling along on the ice, and even took in the spectacle of a humpback whale flapping its tail …

Consumer Confidential: Credit Card Issuers Shouldn’t Bully Customers Into Arbitration Clauses

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Credit card companies say you can’t sue them and you can’t join other customers in suing them, and if you don’t like it, tough. Federal regulators finally have reached the obvious conclusion: That’s not fair. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has released a study showing that so-called arbitration …

Yellen Touts Slow, Steady Approach

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Washington — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that any increase in rock-bottom interest rates to “more normal” levels would be gradual and that rates would remain low “for some time” while the economy continues to recover. …

Markets End a Tough Week Lower

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New York — A tough week on the stock market ended quietly Friday. Major indexes notched modest gains, not nearly enough to make up for the four previous days of losses. It wound up being the second-worst week for the market so far this year. The Dow Jones …

Recession, Interest Rates Reduce Local Bank Ranks

Sunday, March 29, 2015

It used to be easy to start a local bank: Find investors. Get a charter. Hire staff and appoint a board of directors. Off you go. Not anymore. A confluence of factors spawned by the Great Recession have combined to decimate the number of bank start-ups. Regulatory compliance …

Two Still Missing After NYC Building Collapse

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New York — Emergency workers continued searching Saturday for at least two people still missing after an apparent gas line explosion leveled three Manhattan apartment buildings while investigators piece together what exactly caused the blast that injured 22. …

Indiana Rally Protests Law

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Indianapolis — Hundreds of people gathered outside of the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, some carrying “no hate in our state” signs, to rally against a new law that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gay people. The law’s …

Roger Mayer, Key Player in Film Preservation, Dies at 88

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Los Angeles — Roger Mayer, a movie executive who became a forceful advocate for film preservation after inspecting storehouses packed with decaying negatives on an MGM lot, has died. He was 88. Mayer, who held top positions at MGM and at Turner Entertainment, had a heart attack Tuesday …

Clinton Deleted All Emails

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Washington — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton advised a House Select Committee on Friday that she permanently deleted all emails from the private server she used to conduct official business, apparently after she was first asked by the State Department to turn them over, the panel’s chairman …

Doctors’ Notes: Co-Pilot Was Too Sick to Fly

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Montabaur, Germany — One year before he made the cut for Lufthansa’s elite flying school, Andreas Lubitz worked at a Burger King behind a car wash, flipping Whoppers and frying fries and talking to co-workers about his dream. …