French prosecutor blames co-pilot in chilling scenario

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

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      Egypt said it would “send ground forces if necessary” in what has become a showdown between the region’s powers.

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        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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        Seeding the District’s era of legal pot: Hundreds turn out for giveaway

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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

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        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.

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        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.

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        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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        8 things to do this weekend

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

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        Kentucky wins big again as West Virginia gets led to the slaughter

        Kentucky wins big again as West Virginia gets led to the slaughter

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