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  • The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz, apparently deliberately crashed the plane, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said Wednesday. (Image: CNN)

    Who was Andreas Lubitz, Germanwings co-pilot blamed for crash?

    MONTABAUR, Germany (CNN) — Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’s voice isn’t heard in a recording of the final moments of Germanwings Flight 9525. But investigators say he was the one at the controls inside the cockpit, deliberately locking out the plane’s captain and setting the plane on a crash course for the French Alps. The only sound the recorder picked up from Lubitz as the Airbus A320 went down, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said, was the co-pilot’s steady breathing. Authorities didn’t mince […]

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    Blast collapses building in New York’s East Village causing at least a dozen injuries

    NEW YORK (CNN) — An explosion rocked a heavily traveled section of Manhattan’s East Village on Thursday, injuring at least a dozen people and leveling parts of a building, authorities said. At least three of the injured in the seven-alarm fire were in critical condition, a fire department spokesman said. Some people may be trapped in the blaze, a law enforcement source said. Several law enforcement sources told CNN that there is no indication that this was related to terrorism […]

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    7 big changes coming to Facebook

    NEW YORK — Get ready for more big changes to Facebook. The social media company announced several new products and features that will launch on its platform soon — all are designed to make it easier for you to communicate with people and businesses. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives debuted the slew of platform enhancements during F8, the company’s developer conference, on Wednesday. Here’s what’s coming: 1. Spherical videos on your News Feed and Oculus VR headset (if […]

  • Mike Pence, (R) Indiana, is Governor of the state of Indiana. He assumed office on Jan. 14, 2013.

    Indiana governor signs bill allowing businesses to reject gay customers

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law on Thursday a measure that allows businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of “religious freedom.” The bill has sparked an uproar among gamers and church groups that hold their conventions in Indianapolis and businesses that are threatening to pull out of the city. Even the NCAA — which is less than two weeks from hosting its men’s basketball Final Four in Indianapolis — was critical, saying […]

  • Prosecutor: Co-pilot 'wanted to destroy' Germanwings plane

    There was a ‘deliberate attempt to destroy’ Germanwings flight, co-pilot ‘accelerated’ descent

    Audio from the mangled voice recorder of Germanwings Flight 9525 reveals the captain was locked out of the cockpit while the co-pilot appeared to make a deliberate attempt to destroy the plane, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said Thursday. The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight “accelerated the descent” of the plane when he was alone in the cockpit, Robin said. That can only be done deliberately, he said.Robin said the co-pilot was a German national and not on any terrorism […]

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    Disturbing video shows men beheading goat with machete

    NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana SPCA is assisting Tulane University with their investigation of a goat beheading that was filmed and posted on YouTube. It’s the second beheading of a goat in New Orleans this year. The 12-second video shows a group of about five men standing in a circle around a plastic swimming pool where a goat is being held from a tree. “One man then beheads the goat while the other men cheer in the background,” the Louisiana SPCA […]

  • 1 person killed when tornadoes hit Oklahoma

    (CNN) — One person was killed Wednesday when severe weather ripped through the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas. In the Facebook video (below) a group of Oklahoma men came extremely close to the Moore tornado on I-35.  The one death was reported in Sand Springs, a suburb of Tulsa, after the storm system ravaged a mobile home park, said Maj. Shannon Clark with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. “Right now, rescue efforts are continuing and officers are aiding the injured […]

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    13-year-old boy shoots brothers, kills himself after food fight

    PASCO COUNTY, Fla.– A 13-year-old Florida boy killed his 6-year-old brother and wounded an older sibling following a food disagreement — then committed suicide with the same gun, authorities said. “This is a nightmare when you hear about the ages of these boys,” said Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco. “A 6-year-old that was probably playing in his room, an argument over food, and he lost his life.” The incident took place Wednesday at a mobile home park in Hudson that […]

  • Levi Pettit, 20, is the former University of Oklahoma fraternity member accused of leading a racially-charged chant. He, along with members of the Oklahoma Black Caucus and other lawmakers spoke at a press conference on March 25, 2015 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo: KFOR)

    Levi Pettit, expelled Oklahoma fraternity student, apologizes for racist chant

    (CNN) — Levi Pettit, who was expelled from the University of Oklahoma for spouting a racist chant at a fraternity activity, says he’s “deeply sorry.” “Although I don’t deserve it, I want to ask for your forgiveness,” Pettit said as he read from a prepared statement at a news conference on Wednesday. “There are no excuses for my behavior. I never thought of myself as a racist. I never considered it a possibility. But the bottom line is that the […]

  • A photograph of the cockpit voice recorder (located inside the box) brought to the BEA on the morning of the March 25, 2015.

    Germanwings crash: Mother, daughter from Virginia among the victims

    (CNN) — They are being remembered as people who “meant so much to so many.” Yvonne Selke and her daughter, Emily, were aboard the Germanwings Barcelona-to-Dusseldorf flight that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday. They, along with the other 148 people on board that flight, are presumed dead. “Our entire family is deeply saddened by the losses of Yvonne and Emily Selke. Two wonderful, caring, amazing people who meant so much to so many. At this difficult time we […]

  • Denise Louise Huskins, 30, was abducted from a male acquaintance's residence in the San Francisco area and is being held for ransom, police said Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (Photo: KTXL)

    Missing California woman’s father: She’s been found safe

    (CNN) — Denise Huskins, who police said this week went missing in Vallejo, California, has been found safe, her father, Michael Huskins said Wednesday. She had vanished from her boyfriend’s home in the Bay Area on early Monday morning, authorities said, and kidnappers had asked for a ransom. Earlier, the father, Michael Huskins, had made an emotional appeal through CNN affiliate KGO-TV in San Francisco directed at the kidnappers: Don’t hurt her, please don’t hurt her.” Michael Huskins. “The biggest […]

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    Conditions in Alps not ideal for recovery of 150 victims, including 2 Americans

    FRANCE — For a second day, rescuers will fan out over harsh terrain in a remote corner of the French Alps looking for the remains of 150 people. So far, no one has been able to retrieve any bodies from Germanwings Flight 9525. And conditions for recovery efforts Wednesday are not ideal. Although forecast snow now looks likely to fall higher in the mountains, low cloud and winds in the area where the plane went down a day earlier may […]