Germanwings pilot rehearsed crash on outbound flight

PARIS - The Germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a jet in the French Alps rehearsed the fatal maneuver on the morning of the disaster, and had twice been refused medical papers needed to fly, investigators said on Wednesday. | Video

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U.S. probing Islamic State claims it was behind Texas cartoon attack

WASHINGTON - U.S. investigators were looking into claims by the Islamic State that it was behind a failed attack on a Texas exhibit of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in which two gunmen were killed, but officials said on Tuesday they doubted the militant group's direct involvement. | Video

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Father of Texas shooter says someone pushed him into crime: newspaper

AUSTIN, Texas - The father of one of the two men killed after opening fire in a failed attack on a Texas exhibit of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad said someone coerced his son into committing the crime, the Dallas Morning News reported on Wednesday.

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British rivals still tied in last hours of election campaign

LONDON - A late burst of opinion polls suggested on Wednesday that Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour challenger Ed Miliband had fought each other to a standstill on the eve of Britain's most unpredictable election in a generation. | Video

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Over 120 die in Yemen as Houthis take key Aden district

ADEN/CAIRO - Yemen's Houthi militia battled its way into Aden's Tawahi district on Wednesday despite Saudi-led air strikes, strengthening its hold on the city whose fate is seen as crucial to determining the country's civil war.

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Boston bomber volunteered as family fell apart, jurors told

BOSTON - Lawyers seeking to spare convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the death penalty called witnesses on Wednesday who described his volunteer work with disabled children, his respect for his older brother, and his father's mental illness in the years before the attack.

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Bill Clinton says tough '90s crime bill went too far

WASHINGTON - Former President Bill Clinton acknowledged on Wednesday that an anti-crime crackdown he pushed in 1994 went too far, and said he now supports his wife Hillary's plans to reverse some of those justice policies.


Netanyahu clinches deal to form new Israeli government

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinched a deal to form a new government on Wednesday, just before a deadline was to expire, but the coalition will rule by only the slimmest of majorities in Israel's turbulent parliament.