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  • 'Co-pilot's personality not the only lead'

    Andreas Lubitz father told the mayor of Prads-Haute-Bléone, a town located close to the crash site, that he carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. Mayor Bernard Bartolini, who met the father at a local vigil held for victims, told French media that the father was a broken man. Meanwhile, investigators say the personality is a "serious lead" in the inquiry but not the only one.

    AFP
  • Ryan Phillippe's daughter embarrassed

    Ryan Phillippe's daughter gets embarrassed when people think he is her brother. The 40-year-old actor - who has 15-year-old Ava with his former spouse Reese Witherspoon - has admitted he regularly gets mistaken for being much younger than he is. Meanwhile, Ryan - who also has Deacon, 10, from his marriage to the 'Wild' star and two-year-old daughter Kai with former girlfriend Alexis Knapp - previously admitted he felt as though his "greatest achievement" was becoming a father.

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  • French pilots suing over leaks in German jet crash probe

    France's leading pilots union said Friday it is filing a lawsuit over leaks about the investigation into the crash of a German jet into the French Alps. After leaks in the media about the crash, a prosecutor announced that cockpit recordings indicate the co-pilot of the Germanwings A320 jet intentionally flew the plane into a mountain. Guillaume Schmid of France's SNPL union told The Associated Press on Friday that the lawsuit is over violating a French law on keeping information about investigations secret while they are ongoing.

    Associated Press
  • Australia need 184 to win World Cup

    Australia dismissed New Zealand for a paltry 183 from 45 overs in the cricket World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday after Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum was bowled for a duck in Mitchell Starc's opening over. Only Pakistan, who succumbed for 132 against Australia at Lord's in 1999, have scored fewer runs in the first innings of a 50 overs World Cup. The Australian pace attack, adroitly handled by Michael Clarke playing in his last one-day international, bowled with sustained accuracy and hostility and only Grant Elliott with a composed 83 offered any serious resistance.

    Reuters
  • Duchess of Cambridge makes final public appearances before giving birth

    Britain's Duchess of Cambridge is making her final public appearances today (27.03.15) before giving birth. The 33-year-old royal has travelled with her husband the Duke of Cambridge to south London, where her final three engagements are planned to take place. The Duchess - who was known as Kate Middleton prior to her marriage to Prince William in 2011 - visited the Stephen Lawrence Centre in south London, where she was introduced to Doreen Lawrence, whose son was murdered in a racist attack in 1993.

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  • Boko Haram fighters told to 'kill wives' as troops take its 'HQ'

    Nigeria's military on Friday announced that troops had retaken the town of Gwoza from Boko Haram, from which the group declared their caliphate last year. Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade told a news conference in the capital, Abuja, that the recapture came after "concerted and well-coordinated land and air operations". "A lot of arms and ammunition have been recovered and the administrative headquarters (of Boko Haram) completely destroyed," he said.

    AFP
  • Amanda Knox acquitted of murder by Italy's top court

    Italy's top court on Friday annulled the conviction of American Amanda Knox for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher and, in a surprise verdict, acquitted her of the charge. Kercher's family said Meredith, who died aged 21, risked being forgotten. The Court of Cassation threw out the second guilty verdict to have been passed on Knox and her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the lethal stabbing, saying there was insufficient evidence to convict either of them.

    Reuters
  • From new logos to New Coke: when corporations make mistakes

    Mega coffee chain Starbucks wanted to spark a conversation about race when it asked baristas to write "Race Together" on customers' cups as part of a broader effort, but people standing in line for their morning java were not amused. Many voiced complaints on social media and elsewhere that they didn't want a debate with their brew and Starbucks ended the campaign Sunday, although they said the campaign was always meant to be brief. Corporations spend millions to make sure their products, logos, and branding and marketing are top of mind for consumers in a positive way.

    Associated Press
  • Deaths of hospital CEO and wife in fire ruled murder-suicide

    A hospital executive who spent decades as an important figure in New Jersey politics and policy killed his wife, set their house ablaze, then killed himself, a prosecutor ruled Friday, finally giving an explanation six months later of the mysterious deaths. The four grown sons of John and Joyce Sheridan released a statement expressing doubt about the findings released by Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano. The sons, including Mark Sheridan, a prominent Republican election law lawyer, said they would be suing under a New Jersey statute that allows next of kin to challenge findings on death certificates.

    Associated Press
  • Bruce Jenner in tears after will bombshell

    Bruce Jenner was left in tears when Kris Jenner told him he was no longer the executor of her will. The 65-year-old star is seen getting teary in a clip from an upcoming episode of 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' as his ex-wife reveals she has put her eldest daughter Kourtney Kardashian, 35, in charge of her affairs should anything happen to her. Speaking on Sunday's (29.03.15) 'KUWTK' episode, Kris says: "For my entire marriage with Bruce he has always been listed as the executor on my living will.

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  • 19 hurt as blast, then fire, bring down New York buildings

    Nineteen people were hurt when three New York buildings collapsed and a blaze tore through another in what preliminary indications suggested was a gas-related explosion. Four people were critically injured after the blast ripped through a commercial and residential building in the popular East Village and then partly collapsed, triggering the collapse of the next-door building, the partial collapse of another and a huge blaze. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the initial impact appeared to have been caused by plumbing and gas work at the site.

    AFP
  • German airline could face 'unlimited' damages for Alps crash

    Lufthansa could face "unlimited" compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the French alps and it would be difficult, even counterproductive, for the German carrier to try to avoid liability, experts said Friday. To avoid liability, a carrier has to prove that the crash wasn't due to "negligence or other wrongful act" by its employees, according to Article 21 of the 1999 Montreal Convention. Germanwings is a subsidiary of Lufthansa.

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  • Authorities: Woman who posed as lawyer almost became partner

    A woman used forged documents to pretend to be a lawyer for a decade and was in line to be named partner when her fraud was discovered late last year, according to charges filed by the state attorney general's office. Kimberly Kitchen, 45, of James Creek, was charged Thursday with forgery and unauthorized practice of law. State prosecutors contend Kitchen fooled BMZ Law by forging a law license, bar exam results, an email showing she attended Duquesne University law school and a check for a state attorney registration fee.

    Associated Press
  • NZ take first step to defending Hong Kong sevens title

    Defending champions New Zealand strode past Scotland as the Hong Kong Sevens kicked off on Friday evening, with competition fierce for an Olympic place. The All Blacks took a 26-7 victory in front of a packed Hong Kong Stadium in their first match of the three-day tournament. New Zealand currently lie second in the Sevens World Series standings behind South Africa, who trounced Argentina 24-0 in their first game.

    AFP
  • Chechnya threatens to arm Mexico against US

    The Russian satellite state of Chechnya has threatened to supply weapons to Mexican rebels to aid a conflict against the United States, in a move that has been quickly quashed by the Russian Kremlin. Dukuvakha Abdurakhmanov, the speaker for the Chechen parliament, reacted angrily this week to the U.S. Congress which on Monday agreed to a non-binding resolution that called on U.S. President Barack Obama to supply lethal aid to Ukraine . Abdurakhmanov said that the U.S. had no right to urge Russia to behave in a certain way to its near neighbors and questioned the legal status of territories like California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.

    CNBC
  • JetBlue pilot who yelled during flight sues airline for $16M

    A JetBlue Airways pilot who scared passengers by yelling about Jesus and al-Qaida during a 2012 trip from New York to Las Vegas sued the airline for more than $16 million Friday, saying it jeopardized the flight by failing to recognize he was ill. Clayton Osbon's lawsuit in Manhattan federal court was filed exactly three years after his March 27, 2012, flight, hours before the statute of limitations would have expired. The lawsuit said Osbon, 52, was a flight standards captain who primarily flew Airbus planes and helped JetBlue develop and maintain safety procedures before he suffered a seizure traced to the effects of a childhood traumatic head injury that damaged his brain.

    Associated Press
  • Hulk: Wrestlemania 1,000 bigger than Super Bowl!

    More than 70,000 fans are expected to fill Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, this weekend and maybe a million more will tune in on TV for the WWE (WWE)'s biggest event of the year-Wrestlemania. Hulk Hogan, arguably the sports most recognizable name, told CNBC the industry he helped build is faring better than ever. There's big business behind WWE's flagship event that Hogan says is like "the Super Bowl, but times 1,000." Last year, more than a million people paid to access WWE's Wrestlemania via pay-per-view and the WWE's new digital network.

    CNBC
  • About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands

    The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved. Many are migrant workers abandoned by their boat captains after the government passed a moratorium on foreign fishing five months ago, according to the International Organization for Migration, which released the figure Friday.

    Associated Press
  • Carnival orders 9 cruise ships as earnings rise

    Cruise giant Carnival Friday reported better earnings on lower fuel costs as it ordered nine new cruise ships from shipbuilders in Germany and Italy. Carnival, the world's largest cruise company, ordered five ships from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and four ships from Germany's Meyer Werft. The new ships will be delivered from 2019-2022 and are intended to serve established cruise markets in North America and Europe as well as newer venues such as China, Carnival said.

    AFP
  • Bobby Brown believes daughter will recover

    Bobby Brown believes prayers can save his daughter's life. The 46-year-old star, who has maintained a vigil at Bobbi Kristina Brown's hospital bedside since she was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home near Atlanta on January 31, reportedly hasn't given up hope even though the 22-year-old aspiring actress has shown no signs of improvement since being moved to DeKalb Medical earlier this week, which is renowned as the best long-term acute care facility in the area. The starlet's maternal grandmother Cissy Houston, 81, recently admitted she is preparing for the fact that Bobbi Kristina might have to be taken off life support in the future.

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