The Associated Press
PARIS >> The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and "intentionally" rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. In a split second, he killed all 150 people aboard the plane.   Full Story
 
LONDON (AP) >> Airlines and officials around the world on Thursday began requiring two crew members to always be present in the cockpit, after details emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 had apparently locked himself in the cockpit and deliberated crashed the plane into the mountains below.   Full Story
 
HUDSON, FLA. (AP) >> A 13-year-old Florida boy shot his brothers during an argument over food, killing a 6-year-old and wounding a 16-year-old before fatally shooting himself inside their mobile home north of Tampa. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco says the Wednesday evening shooting occurred while their mother was at work and an 18-year-old brother was not at the Sugar Lane Mobile Home   Full Story
 
TUNIS, TUNISIA (AP) >> Tunisia's top security official says 23 people have been arrested from the group suspected of being behind the museum attack that killed 21 people, but two Moroccan and one Algerian suspects are still at large. Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli said Thursday the arrests included a woman and the group was connected to the al-Qaida-linked Oqba Ibn Nafaa brigade.   Full Story
 
CHICAGO (AP) >> The Rev. Jesse Jackson says his son, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., has been released from an Alabama prison after serving a year and a half for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds. Rev. Jackson confirmed around 5:30 a.m. Thursday that his son has been released from the Montgomery, Alabama, facility, calling it a "joyous reunion.   Full Story
 
PARIS (AP) >> The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and "intentionally" rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. In a split second, he killed all 150 people aboard the plane.   Full Story
 
Andrew McKeever
MANCHESTER >> Much like most people after what seems like an unusually long cold winter, the sap that flows from maple trees is ready for warmer weather too. Up until now though, the somewhat below-normal temperatures have made gathering the raw ingredient that eventually turns into maple syrup something of a challenge, but there's cause for optimism, several area sugarmakers say, noting   Full Story
 
1:15 p.m. (1215 GMT, 8:15 a.m. EDT) Three generations of one family — a schoolgirl, her mother and grandmother — were on the Germanwings plane that crashed, according to a town outside Barcelona. A statement from Sant Cugat del Valles town hall didn't provide their names. The girl was a student of a middle school for children aged 10 to 11 at Santa Isabel school in Sant Cugat.   Full Story
 
NEW YORK (AP) >> Christie's auction house has announced it will offer a 1955 masterpiece by Pablo Picasso for an estimated $140 million. "Women of Algiers (Version O)" will hit the auction block on May 11. The vibrantly colorful work features a scantily attired female amid smaller nudes. It is part of a 15-work series Picasso created between 1954 and 1955.   Full Story
 
NEW YORK (AP) >> Amazon.com's video game streaming platform Twitch informed users that their accounts may have been hacked. Twitch told users that it had taken steps to accelerate the expiration of their passwords and stream keys as a precaution, while disconnecting accounts from Twitter and YouTube.   Full Story
 
PARIS (AP) >> The French newspaper La Provence says an Airbus plane with at least 142 passengers, two pilots and four flight attendants on board has crashed in the Alps region. The regional paper cited French civil aviation authorities for the number of people. According to the paper, the plane crashed between Digne et Barcelonnette.   Full Story
 
LYNCHBURG, VA. (AP) >> Lest there be any doubts that Sen. Ted Cruz will be aggressively courting cultural conservatives, look at where the Republican chose to begin his 2016 presidential campaign Monday: the flagship campus of the nation's largest Christian university. Cruz announced his White House bid early in the morning, on Twitter, hours before his kickoff speech at Liberty University,   Full Story
 
NEW ORLEANS (AP) >> Millionaire Robert Durst is going back to court in New Orleans after nearly a week in a prison mental ward 70 miles away. At Monday's preliminary hearing on weapons charges, his lawyers planned to argue that the 71-year-old Houston man should be released because he was illegally arrested on those charges and a Los Angeles County warrant accusing him of murdering a female   Full Story
 
WASHINGTON (AP) >> President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math. At the White House Science Fair on Monday, Obama will announce more than $240 million in pledges to boost the study of those fields, known as STEM.   Full Story
 
PHILADELPHIA >> The Catholic archdiocese of Philadelphia announced plans to demolish a church that dates to the late 19th century despite efforts by neighbors and former parishioners to save the building. The archdiocese said it would cost nearly $3.5 million to repair and restore Saint Laurentius church, including rebuilding its soaring towers, and that would "seriously jeopardize the   Full Story