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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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Texas attack shows evolution of 'lone wolf' militants -U.S. officials

WASHINGTON/AUSTIN, Texas - U.S. investigators believe two men killed after opening fire on a Texas event that offered a prize for cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad represent an evolving model of “lone wolf” militants who are radicalized partly by themselves and partly through long-distance engagement with organized militants.

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British rivals still tied in last hours of election campaign

LONDON - A late burst of opinion polls on Wednesday suggested 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. | Video

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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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U.S. aims to make Iran nuclear deal immune to Russian, Chinese veto

UNITED NATIONS - Washington wants to be certain that any nuclear deal between Iran and major powers includes the possibility of restoring U.N. sanctions if Tehran breaks the agreement without risking Russian and Chinese vetoes, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.