French prosecutor blames co-pilot in chilling scenario

The account described the plane dropping at a steep, steady rate that did not seem to startle passengers at first: “The screams are not heard until the very last moments.”

How can airlines prevent crashes like this in future?

The Germanwings disaster has raised questions about how pilots are evaluated and the procedures that govern the security of airplane cockpit doors.

    How the pilot was locked out of the cockpit

    GRAPHIC | A safeguard allows access to the cockpit in case those inside are incapacitated. A prosecutor said the co-pilot overrode it.

    A Houthi rebel stands over rubble after an airstrike in Sanaa. (EPA)

      Egypt warships steam toward Yemen coast

      Saudi Arabia continued it’s bombardment as Egypt prepared to join the Arab-led offensive against Shiite rebels in Yemen.

        Officials: Saudi-led action relied on U.S. intelligence

        The Obama administration was told days in advance about the Saudi plan.

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        Sen. Rubio, Rep. Jordan propose repealing D.C. gun control laws

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        A damp Friday as winter returns

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        How U-Va. engineered a tuition cut for some with a price hike for others

        How U-Va. engineered a tuition cut for some with a price hike for others

        For Virginians in need, the school just approved a cut of up to $10,000 in the price of a bachelor’s degree.

        Metro employees say the transit agency ignores safety concerns

        Metro employees say the transit agency ignores safety concerns

        They alleged that an internal culture exists to discourage operators from reporting problems and hazards.

        A teacher dubbed her ‘not very smart.’ Now she’s a college junior — at 17.

        A teacher dubbed her ‘not very smart.’ Now she’s a college junior — at 17.

        COLUMN | A curse of American education: troubled kids get attention while smart, quiet ones are ignored.

        Who is Lionel Messi? His bus-chasing, fence-jumping fans will tell you.

        Who is Lionel Messi? His bus-chasing, fence-jumping fans will tell you.

        The soccer superstar’s D.C. visit has fans ditching work and lining up to catch a glimpse of No. 10.

        New Jersey forces overtime, but Capitals escape with a victory

        New Jersey forces overtime, but Capitals escape with a victory

        After the Caps gave up a goal late in regulation, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Matt Niskanen fueled the response.

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        U.S. airstrikes anger Iranian-backed militias fighting Islamic State in Tikrit

        U.S. airstrikes anger Iranian-backed militias fighting Islamic State in Tikrit

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        As White House stay runs out, Obama declares victory — on his own terms

        As White House stay runs out, Obama declares victory — on his own terms

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        Twins Scott and Mark Kelly will be making history, in space and on land

        Twins Scott and Mark Kelly will be making history, in space and on land

        One leaves Friday for a year while his twin stays on Earth, allowing for study of the changes between them.

        NCAA  TOURNAMENT

        For UCLA coach and his two sons, March Madness is a family affair

        For UCLA coach and his two sons, March Madness is a family affair

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        Federal Government

        Loretta Lynch to lead pack — going three White Houses back — of waiters

        Loretta Lynch to lead pack — going three White Houses back — of waiters

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