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Hail, Wind and Lightning Hit The South

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Germanwings Crash: Should Pilots Surrender Medical Records?

The apparently deliberate crashing of a packed Germanwings jet by a pilot who had previously experienced suicidal tendencies has triggered debate about whether airlines should get access to the medical history of their employees. Andreas Lubitz, 27, who suffered episodes of severe depression during his brief career, had been excused from work by doctors for an unspecified illness on the day he plowed Flight 4U9525 into the French Alps — a fact he concealed from the airline, according to prosecutors. Pilots face regular physical testing but are often expected to self-declare illnesses such as addiction or depression. German lawmaker Dick Fischer, transport spokesman for Angela Merkel's CDU party, is calling for airlines to have mandatory access to the medical records of all pilots. Read »
Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 at 12:13 AM

World's Oldest Person Dies at 117 in Japan

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 10:20 PM

Ex-Dictator Elected Nigerian President in Historic Vote

Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari was elected president of Nigeria on Tuesday, becoming the first opposition candidate to win a presidential election in Africa's most populous nation, NBC News reported. President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat after a five-year presidential term, marking a peaceful transfer of power in a nation with a political history marred by violence. "Nobody's ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian," Jonathan said in a statement, according to The Associated Press. "I promised the country free and fair elections. I have kept my word." The 72-year-old Buhari — who seized power in a military coup and ruled for 18 months in the 1980s — has a checkered human-rights record, but gained popular appeal by campaigning to crack down on the country's rampant corruption and fight the spread of the terrorist group Boko Haram. Read »
Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 10:19 PM

Iraqi Troops Liberated Heart of Tikrit From ISIS: PM

Iraq's prime minister said Tuesday that Iraqi troops had reclaimed the heart of Tikrit from ISIS militants, NBC News and The Associated Press reported. In a statement released on Twitter, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi hailed the "liberation of Tikrit" as a "historic milestone," although an official statement from his office said the troops are still advancing in an effort to control the entire city. Urban combat raged throughout the afternoon in Saddam Hussein's home city, as Iraqi army soldiers fought house-to-house to remove explosives and oust entrenched ISIS troops, The Associated Press reported. Read »
Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 8:46 PM

Rottweiler Runs Again, Thanks to Prosthetic Paws

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 8:51 PM

Amazon Promises One-Button Shopping With "Dash"

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 7:22 PM

10 Years After Terri Schiavo, Death Debates Still Divides

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 6:25 PM

Woman Stabs Boyfriend for "Eating All of the Salsa": Cops

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 5:17 PM

School Shooter's Father Charged With Buying Gun

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 8:11 PM

Woman Sentenced to 20 Years for Feticide

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Arkansas Legislature Approves Religious Freedom Bill

The Arkansas state legislature on Tuesday passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, legislation similar to an Indiana law that has sparked a storm of criticism over fears it could be used as a cover for discrimination, NBC News reported. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson told NBC affiliate KARK that the bill is meant to strike a balance between religious freedom and equal protection of the law. His office did not immediately respond to the bill's passing, but has previously said Hutchinson would sign it into law. Sexual orientation is not covered by anti-discrimination laws in Arkansas, and legal experts have said the measure could open the door to the discrimination of gays and lesbians. Wal-Mart, which is headquartered in Arkansas, said in a statement that the bill "sends the wrong message about Arkansas" and runs counter to the company's belief in "respecting differences and being inclusive of all people." Read »
Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 6:30 PM

More Pool Restrictions in California Amid Drought

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 10:42 AM

Prosecutor Held Captive in Turkey

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 6:50 AM

Carter: US Would Support Regional Arab Military Force

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