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Germanwings Pilot Practiced Descent

French air accident investigators say that the co-pilot on doomed Germanwings Flight 4525 tried a controlled descent on another flight that morning

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Uber Pulls Out of Kansas

The ride-hailing service halted its operations after state lawmakers overrode the governor's veto of a bill that would impose stricter rules

Floyd Mayweather Jr. exchange punches with Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight unification championship bout, May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Manny Pacquiao Is Facing a $5 Million Class-Action Lawsuit

Manny Pacquiao has been named in a $5 million class-action lawsuit filed on Tuesday claiming the boxer had failed to disclose his shoulder injury to the Nevada Athletic Commission prior to his May 2 match against Floyd Mayweather Jr., as required by law

Kaleo Ramos, left, and Rebecca Copeland, right, react outside a legislative hearing room on April 30, 2015, in Honolulu.

Hawaii Bill for Birth-Certificate Gender Change Passes

The Hawaii legislature passed a bill that could make it a lot easier for transgender people to change gender on their birth certificates, joining a growing number of states to make the change. "This really is the beginning for trans equality," said a transgender man

Gerard Biard (L), editor-in-chief of the Paris-based satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, speaks before critic Jean-Baptiste Thoret (R) during the annual PEN American Center Literary Gala May 5, 2015 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

PEN Gala Honors Charlie Hebdo Amid Uproar

The PEN American Center recognized Charlie Hebdo with the 2015 Freedom of Expression Courage Award on Tuesday night, despite more than 200 writers signing a letter of protest against the decision. Six writers set to host tables at the ceremony pulled out last month

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U.S. Ranks Worst Developed Country for Maternal Health

A woman in the U.S. faces a 1 in 1,800 risk of maternal death, according to a new report, the worst of any developed country. The U.S. ranked No. 42 on children's well-being, No. 61 on maternal health and No. 89 for political status

Senator Barbara Boxer speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing on U.S. and Cuban relations in Washington on Feb\.3, 2015.

U.S. Flooded With Campus Sexual-Assault Complaints

Data sought by California Senator Barbara Boxer and others revealed complaints of sexual violence on college campuses to the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights have grown from just nine in 2009 to over 100 in 2014

A Sunni fighter who has joined Shi'ite militia groups known collectively as Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilization), allied with Iraqi forces against the Islamic State, looks at an Islamic State flag and ammunition displayed in al-Alam Salahuddin province, March 15, 2015.

Experts Doubtful ISIS Was Mastermind of Texas Shooting

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria claimed that the gunmen at a Texas cartoon exhibition were “soldiers of the caliphate,” but experts say that it’s still unclear if and what ties really existed. “What proof has ISIS offered?” said one longtime member of the CIA

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Bollywood Star Gets 5 Years in Hit-and-Run Case

Indian actor Salman Khan was convicted of culpable homicide on Wednesday, almost 13 years after he killed a man sleeping on a sidewalk in Mumbai and injured four others by running them over with his SUV

Officer Edward Nero poses for a mug shot on May 1, 2015 in Baltimore.

Baltimore Cop Says Arrest of Freddie Gray Was Legal

Policeman Edward Nero, among six officers charged in Freddie Gray's death, said the knife found in Gray's pocket was illegal, making the April 12 arrest warranted. Last week, the city's top prosecutor said in charging the officers that the knife was legal

Mountain bike team member hands out tarpaulin in villages in need of relief after the Nepal earthquake of April 25, 2015

Nepal's Cyclists Reach Inaccessible Villages

With an expert knowledge of mountain tracks and the stamina to make it through the mountains, Nepal's small mountain-biking community is proving to be an invaluable source of relief, bringing food and supplies to villages cut off by the recent earthquake