A French Gendarmerie rescue helicopter winches rescue workers over the debris of the Airbus A320 at the site of the crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Notes show co-pilot should have been grounded

DUESSELDORF, Germany - German authorities found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him.  Full Article 

Fed's Yellen sees gradual rate hikes starting this year 6:03pm EDT

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled that the U.S. central bank will likely start raising borrowing costs later this year, even before inflation and wages have returned to health, but emphasized the return to normal interest rates will be gradual.

Ellen Pao leaves San Francisco Superior Court Civic Center Courthouse during a lunch break in San Francisco, California March 25, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Jury verdict rejected in Silicon Valley bias case

SAN FRANCISCO - The judge in a high profile gender discrimination lawsuit in California has rejected the jury's verdict on one of four claims brought by former Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers partner Ellen Pao against the venture capital firm.  Full Article 

People sit on ammunition boxes they took from army depots in Yemen's southern port city of Aden March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Anees Manousr

Houthi rebels advance despite Saudi air strikes

ADEN - Yemen's Houthi rebels made broad gains in the country's south and east despite a second day of Saudi-led air strikes meant to check the Iranian-backed militia's efforts to overthrow President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.  Full Article 

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (R) kisses House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), as he holds the gavel after being re-elected speaker on the House floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Medicare vote breaks through gridlock

WASHINGTON - After scores of private conversations and hard bargaining, America's political odd couple bore a House vote to overhaul the Medicare program that delivers healthcare for the elderly and disabled.  Full Article 

Shi’ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa, Yemen, March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

How Yemen got dragged into a regional war

With direct Saudi military intervention, Yemen has now been dragged into a regional proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. This series of battles in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Bahrain have defined the Middle East since the United States invaded Iraq.  Commentary 

Floats like a butterfly - no sting


Robotic engineers have modeled a two-legged robot to be fast and agile - and able to withstand physical abuse meted out by its creators.  Video 

Pope Francis meets homeless on private visit to Sistine Chapel

The Vatican offers 150 homeless people a tour and dinner in the Vatican museums, with Pope Francis personally welcoming them in the Sistine Chapel where he was made pope just over two years ago. Nathan Frandino reports.