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Co-pilot was ‘very happy’ with Germanwings job

Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot’s job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany.

MIT expert: US rules make chances of cockpit takeover slim

U.S. flight regulations make it unlikely that a single jetliner pilot could barricade himself or herself inside the cockpit like French prosecutors say the Germanwings co-pilot did before crashing his airliner into the French Alps, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology aviation analyst said Thursday.

House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill; fate up to Senate

In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.

Guardsman, cousin planned US terrorist attack

An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring “the flames of war to the heart” of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged he could kill up to 150 people in a terrorist attack in the U.S., federal prosecutors said Thursday in announcing the men’s arrests. Both are also accused of hatching a plot to attack a U.S. military facility.

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Royals, Cumberbatch help bury comeback King Richard III

A maligned monarch found under a parking lot was buried in pomp Thursday, as Britain embraced comeback King Richard III, a long-reviled ruler who is experiencing a remarkable posthumous renaissance.

US probes effectiveness of 2 Nissan air bag sensor recalls

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that two Nissan recalls didn’t go far enough to fix a problem with front-seat air bag seat sensors.

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Turmoil in Yemen escalates as Saudi Arabia bombs rebels

The turmoil in Yemen grew into a regional conflict Thursday, with Saudi Arabia and its allies bombing Shiite rebels allied with Iran, while Egyptian officials said a ground assault will follow the airstrikes.

Man charged after allegedly punching ex-Cardinal Ford

Prosecutors say a white St. Louis-area man was driven by racism when he allegedly punched former Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford.

Authorities go after crooked car deals in national crackdown

A nationwide crackdown on auto dealers has turned up widespread evidence of false ads, deceptive loans and fake odometer readings, the government said Thursday.

Diet sodas fall in US; Pepsi takes back No. 2 spot

Americans bought less soda for the tenth straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.

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Michigan man retraces Daniel Boone’s trip into Kentucky

Keeping up a quick pace to the finish line, Curtis Penix didn’t look like someone who had walked nearly 240 miles in the footsteps of frontiersman Daniel Boone, an arduous trip through the Appalachian terrain that was inspired by his own family’s pioneering roots in the Kentucky wilderness.

Labor leaders, developers resolve dispute surrounding Kroenke’s proposed stadium

Labor leaders said they have resolved a dispute with developers that threatened to delay construction of a proposed stadium near Los Angeles that could become home for an NFL team.

Florida's Frazier to NBA

A person with familiar with the decision said Florida guard Michael Frazier II is leaving school early and entering the NBA draft.

Postseason streak comes to close for Missouri women

Fall to Michigan in WNIT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Three road games was one too many for the Missouri women’s basketball team.

Missouri cuts ties with Fuller

Speculation became official Thursday when the Missouri basketball program announced associate head coach Tim Fuller will no longer coach at the school.

Columbia College may split into schools

The Columbia College Board of Trustees will vote in April on a proposal to split the college into separate schools.

NASA details plans to pluck rock off asteroid, explore it

NASA is aiming to launch a rocket to an asteroid in five years and grab a boulder off of it — a stepping stone and training mission for an eventual trip sending humans to Mars.

Thursday's NHL Capsules

Games played on March 26, 2015

NHL ROUNDUP: Anze Kopitar scored with 4:23 left, defenseman Alec Martinez had two assists, and the Los Angeles Kings won their third straight on their road trip by beating the slumping New York Islanders 3-2 on Thursday night.

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What to pack for a year in space?

What’s one thing astronaut Scott Kelly can’t do without when he moves into space this week for a year? A belt.

Jury: Life for grandma in running death of girl

A jury is recommending life without parole for an Alabama woman convicted of capital murder in her granddaughter’s running death.

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