The Brief

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz..File by his facebook profile.
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History of Suicidal Thoughts

Prosecutors say the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps had received treatment for suicidal tendencies. Andreas Lubitz received psychotherapy "with a note about suicidal tendencies" for several years before becoming a pilot

Iran Nuclear Deal John Kerry

Crunch Time for Iran Talks

Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program entered a critical phase with differences still remaining less than two days before a key deadline

An aerial view of a shooting scene at the National Security Agency at Fort Meade in Maryland is pictured in this still image take from video, March 30, 2015.

1 Dead in NSA HQ Incident

A shootout ensued after a vehicle attempted to ram the gates near the NSA buildings in Fort Meade; the FBI said terrorism not believed to be the cause

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

A rabbi plays the 'shofar', a trumpet made of a goat's horn, at a synagogue in Madrid, Spain, in 2013.

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

Martin O'Malley

Martin O'Malley Takes On Hillary Clinton

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley seems ready for the first time to put up a real fight for the 2016 Democratic nomination, portraying himself as the party's true progressive warrior and slamming Clinton, albeit with glancing blows, for being next-in-line for the royal presidency

Tiger Woods during the Farmers Insurance Open Pro Am in San Diego on Feb. 4, 2015.

Tiger Woods Tumbles Out of Golf's Top 100 Rankings

Woods spent 683 weeks in total at the top of the list during his career, and has not been outside the list's top 100 since Sept. 29, 1996, when he was ranked No. 225 and had only been a professional for one month

Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., listens during a Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations hearing in Washington, D.C., in 2013.

Apple CEO Warns of Discriminatory Laws Sweeping U.S.

Apple boss Tim Cook decried what he called discriminatory legislation proposed in more than 20 states, following a controversial law signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence that appears to allow business owners to refuse service to same-sex couples


Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Have Become Airborne

A worrying new study says significant amounts of both antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant bacteria from cattle yards in Texas and other parts of the southern High Plains have become airborne on winds whipping through the area

An Atlanta Falcons' helmet sits on the turf before a game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. on Nov. 16, 2014.

Atlanta Falcons Piped In Crowd Noise During Games

The NFL is expected to suspend Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay from the league’s competition committee and strip a draft pick from the team for using artificial crowd noise at home games — reportedly while opponents tried to call a play