Prosecutors: Evidence Germanwings co-pilot hid illness

Investigators carry boxes from the apartment of Germanwings airliner jet co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, in Duesseldorf, Germany, Thursday March 26, 2015. On Thursday, French prosecutors said Lubitz, the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, "intentionally" crashed the jet into the side of a mountain Tuesday in the French Alps. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Police have searched the homes of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in two cities.



Senate's Harry Reid announces he won't seek re-election

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. adjusts his glasses as he speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, following a policy luncheon. Reid is wearing special glasses as part of his recovery from injuries suffered in an exercise accident in January. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is announcing he will not seek re-election to another term.



Inside the elaborate, often unglamorous world of presidential hotel stays

President Barack Obama has visited scores of foreign countries in his six years in the White House, conducting high-stakes diplomacy amid high-priced luxury at some of the world’s poshest destinations.



Senate OKs Republican balanced-budget plan, following House

FILE - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., accompanied by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this March 24, 2015 file photo. Senators worked into Friday's pre-dawn hours March 27, 2015 on a stack of amendments to the balanced-budget plan, which closely follows a blueprint the House passed Wednesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law.



New York buildings collapse in possible gas blast, 19 hurt
By Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four apartment buildings in New York's East Village neighborhood caught fire from an apparent gas explosion on Thursday and three collapsed, causing 19 injuries, authorities said. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference that preliminary evidence indicated it was a gas-related explosion. A Fire Department spokesman said late on Thursday that three of the four buildings had collapsed or partially collapsed. The seven-alarm blaze in the neighborhood of small businesses, restaurants and apartments involved more than 250 Fire Department personnel.

Woman charged with scamming Boston bombing victims fund
(Reuters) - A Boston woman has been indicted with fraudulently obtaining $8,000 from the fund set up for victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and thousands more from other fundraising, officials said on Thursday. Investigators found that Joanna Leigh, 41, was at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 when two bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring more than 260, but they argued that she was not injured, the Boston Police Department said in a statement. Leigh was indicted earlier this month by a Suffolk County grand jury on five larceny counts and a charge of making a false claim to the government, the police department said. It said Leigh received $8,000 from The One Fund Boston, which raised nearly $80 million in the aftermath of the attack.

White supremacist to be arraigned in Kansas Jewish center killings

Frazier Glenn Cross appears in court on murder charges in Olathe, KansasBy Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Reuters) - A Missouri white supremacist is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday afternoon on charges that he fatally shot three people outside two Jewish centers in a Kansas City suburb last April. Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 74, is expected to enter a plea to three charges of capital murder and three charges of attempted murder in a shooting spree April 13 in Overland Park, Kansas. Cross, a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan who had expressed a hatred for Jews, could face the death penalty if convicted on the capital murder charges.



Is Moore, Okla., the ‘tornado alley of tornado alley’?

This May 21, 2013 file photo shows an aerial view of Plaza Towers Elementary School which was damaged during a May 20, 2013 tornado, in Moore, Oklahoma. For the second time since a tornado ravaged Moore, killing 24 people including seven students at Plaza Towers Elementary School, organizers plan to circulate an initiative petition calling for a statewide vote to fund the construction of school storm shelters. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)Residents are wondering why their community has been a frequent target of twisters.



Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask why

In this undated photo provided by the French Interior Ministry, French emergency rescue services work at the site of the Germanwings jet that crashed on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 near Seyne-les-Alpes, France. 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. (AP Photo/French Interior Ministry, Francis Pellier)PARIS (AP) — Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.



Photos: Building collapse in New York City's East Village
Photos: Building collapse in New York City's East VillageA building burns after an explosion on 2nd Avenue on March 26, 2015 in New York City. The seven alarm fire drew firefighters from across the city. A number of injuries have been reported. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Icelandic whaling: Conservationists split over efficacy of Obama’s sanctions

Icelandic whaling: Conservationists split over efficacy of Obamaâs sanctions, E.U. protestThe Icelandic Hvalur whaling company’s killing of endangered fin whales has been denounced by the United States and the European Union. Is it time for greater action?



Explosion rocks NYC neighborhood

Building collapse in New York City's East VillageThe blast causes a fire and partial collapse at an apartment building in Manhattan.



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