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Aviation club member Peter Ruecker with a glider flown by Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in Montabaur, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Aviation club member Peter Ruecker with a glider flown by Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in Montabaur, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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Co-pilot described as ‘very happy’ with Germanwings job

MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) -- Andreas Lubitz never showed any sign he was anything but thrilled to have landed a job with Germanwings, according to those who taught him the trade as a teenager in this town in the woody hills of Western Germany.

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan at the time of his release. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan at the time of his release. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)
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Bergdahl, charged with desertion, cites torture by his Taliban captors

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban, beaten with a copper cable as he spent months blindfolded and chained spread-eagle to a bed.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, at a press conference last November. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, at a press conference last November. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Obamacare, safety net programs targeted in House GOP budget

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans are using their new congressional majorities to push strikingly conservative budgets through the House and Senate, aiming to eliminate deficits by overturning President Barack Obama's health care law and slashing safety net programs for the poor.

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Wreckage from the crashed Germanwings flight is seen in the Southern French Alps.
Wreckage from the crashed Germanwings flight is seen in the Southern French Alps. (AP Photo via French Interior Ministry)
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Co-pilot ‘deliberately’ crashed Germanwings airliner plane with pilot locked out of cockpit, officials say

PARIS (AP) -- 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 cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday.

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Amy's Garden Vegetable Lasagne is among the items in the recall.
Amy's Garden Vegetable Lasagne is among the items in the recall.
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Amy’s Kitchen, Wegmans recalling organic products over listeria fears

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Three organic food companies that use spinach in their food have recalled hundreds of thousands of items over listeria concerns.

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A funnel cloud in part of a storm in Sand Springs, Okla
A funnel cloud in part of a storm in Sand Springs, Okla (AP Photo/Brenton Leete)
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Tornadoes in Oklahoma, Arkansas leave 1 dead

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- The first batch of severe weather in this year's tornado season has devastated an Oklahoma mobile home park, and storms across the area damaged buildings, tore off roofs and left debris strewn across roads. One person was killed and several were injured.

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Hummelstown, Pa., Police officer Lisa Mearkle walks in for her preliminary arraignment in connection with the shooting death of David Kassick. (AP Photo/PennLive.com, Mark Pynes)
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Recording video grows in use as feature of police stun guns

Footage from police vehicle dashboard cameras has long been broadcast on television and posted online, and there has been much debate about the use of body cameras for police since the fatal shooting last year of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, French President Francois Hollande, left, and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pay respect to victims at the makeshift morgue prepared for the 150 victims who died in a Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps, in Seyne-les-Alpes, France
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, French President Francois Hollande, left, and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pay respect to victims at the makeshift morgue prepared for the 150 victims who died in a Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps, in Seyne-les-Alpes, France (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)
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Germanwings crash – 2 of 3 American victims identified

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three Americans were presumed dead in the plane crash in the southern French Alps, including a U.S. government contractor and her daughter, the State Department said Wednesday.

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Wreckage from the crashed Germanwings flight in the French Alps .
Wreckage from the crashed Germanwings flight in the French Alps . (AP Photo via French Interior Ministry)
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Damaged black box, 2 minutes key clues in Alpine jet crash

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) -- French investigators cracked open the mangled black box of a German jetliner on Wednesday and sealed off the rugged Alpine crash site where 150 people died when their plane slammed into a mountain.

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How safe are you with your smartphone?

In a time when we hear regularly about security breaches and personal data being exposed, it may come as a surprise that smartphone users are not as safe as they may think they are.

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