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Co-Pilot Had Been Suicidal

Prosecutors say the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps had received treatment for suicidal tendencies. Officials confirmed on Monday that Andreas Lubitz received lengthy psychotherapy before receiving his pilot's license

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence holds a news conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Thursday, March 26, 2015.

Pence Gets Pinched

An uproar over a new law meant to protect religious freedom has put Indiana Governor Mike Pence on the defensive against business leaders

Iran Nuclear Deal John Kerry

Iran Talks Near Deadline

Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program reached a critical phase with diplomats struggling to overcome substantial differences just a day before a deadline


Spain to Offer Citizenship to 2.2 Million Jews

It may have taken more than half a millennia, but Madrid is finally about to make amends for forcing Spain's Jewish community to convert to Catholicism or leave the country by offering citizenship to the estimated 2.2 million descendants of those expelled

Britain's Queen Elizabeth on March 26, 2015 in Folkestone, England.

The Queen of England Is Facing a Staff Revolt

For the first time in history, the Queen of England's household staff may take industrial action on Tuesday. They are frustrated by paltry wages, and will cast ballots to determine if they will continue with certain services they currently perform without pay

Trevor Noah

Meet the New Host of The Daily Show

South Africans bequeathed yet another star to the international pantheon of household names with the news that Soweto-born comedian Trevor Noah is to take over The Daily Show when host Jon Stewart steps down later this year

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in announcing that Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association joined the Partnership for a Healthier America in a two-year agreement to help promote healthy foods to children on Oct. 30, 2013 in Washington.

New Book Explores Role of Race for First Lady

Author paints the First Lady as the President's rock, notes the impact her background would have on her future as the nation's first black First Lady. "If Barack was a helium balloon," author Peter Slevin writes, "Michelle was the one holding the string"

Eloi Vazquez

UC Berkeley Soccer Player Found Dead Near L.A. Freeway

The body of a missing University of California, Berkeley, soccer player was found by police near a Los Angeles freeway on Saturday. Eloi Vasquez, 19, was reportedly hit by a car on California's Interstate-10 after he attended a fraternity party

Chicago Mayoral Candidates Campaign One Day Before Election

Chicago Mayor's Race Reverberates Nationally

As Jesus "Chuy" Garcia emerges to challenge Rahm Emanuel, the progressive left is looking to Chicago for inspiration — and a workable model — on how to challenge Hillary Clinton for the national Democratic nomination in 2016


An Apple a Day Keeps the Pharmacist Away, Study Says

Researchers who set out to see if "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" say it's a bit more complicated. People who consumed apples daily weren't less likely to stay a night at a hospital, but they were likely to use fewer prescription meds

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial in Boston on March 5, 2015.

Prosecution Rests Case Against Boston Marathon Bomber

Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the injuries suffered by the three people who died in the 2013 attack