Andreas Lubitz runs the Airportrace half marathon in Hamburg in this September 13, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Foto-Team-Mueller

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 

U.S. economic growth slows in fourth quarter; corporate profits fall 11:33am EDT

WASHINGTON - U.S. economic growth cooled in the fourth quarter as previously reported and after-tax corporate profits took a hit from a strong dollar, which could undermine future business spending.

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 

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 

People watch a vehicle which belonged to Shi'ite Muslim rebels burn during clashes in Aden March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Nabeel Quaiti

Saudis break from U.S. in Yemen strikes

WASHINGTON - Saudi Arabia kept some key details of its military action in Yemen from Washington until the last moment, U.S. officials said, as the kingdom takes a more assertive regional role to compensate for perceived U.S. disengagement.  Full Article 

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 17, 2015.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Top Senate Democrat Harry Reid to retire in '16

WASHINGTON - Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid will not seek re-election next year, leaving Congress after 30 years and complicating Democrats' efforts to retake control of the Senate in 2016.  Full Article 

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 

Breakingviews: Univision's telenovela

The $14 bln buyout of the U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster has had more strange turns than a soap opera. Breakingviews editors discuss what the latest plot twist, an IPO, will bring.