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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

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, right, and European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini wait for the start of a meeting on Iran's nuclear program In Lausanne, Switzerland, March 31, 2015

Stalemate in Iran Nuke Talks

Diplomats scrambled Tuesday to reach consensus on the outline of an Iran nuclear deal just hours ahead of a self-imposed deadline to produce an agreement

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Gay Marriage

Fight Over Religious-Objection Proposals Shifts to Arkansas

The fight over "religious freedom" proposals facing increasing criticism from advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians has shifted toward Arkansas, which was poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure

Taking The San Francisco Bay Ferry to AT&T Park

America's Largest Death Row Is Nearly Full

California’s death row has not seen an execution for nearly a decade and, with an anticipated 20 new arrivals per year, the largest execution system in the U.S. has almost run out of room, with 708 out of 715 death-row cells at San Quentin now occupied

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"

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

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

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


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


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