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German co-pilot was once treated for suicidal tendencies

Germanwings co-pilot was treated for suicidal tendencies before receiving his pilot's license
Frank Jordans And Christoph Noelting, The Associated Press

DUESSELDORF, Germany - How could someone once diagnosed with suicidal tendencies get a job as a commercial pilot, entrusted with the lives of hundreds of people? That's the question being asked after officials confirmed Monday that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz received lengthy psychotherapy before receiving his pilot's license.

Church van crashes into canal, killing 8 and injuring 10

Church van crashes in canal, killing 8 and injuring 10; survivor: 'I just know there is a God'
Kyle Hightower And Matt Sedensky, The Associated Press

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service.

Alexis described how he frantically tried to check who was alive after their overloaded church van crashed in the darkness in rural southwest Florida.

Turkish flight diverted to Casablanca in bomb threat hoax

Turkish Airlines flight diverted to Casablanca after note with word 'bomb' is found in toilet
The Associated Press

ISTANBUL - Turkish Airlines said it diverted an Istanbul-to-Sao Paulo flight with 256 people aboard to Morocco after finding a note with the word "bomb" in the toilet.

The airline later declared Monday's incident on Flight TK15 a hoax after the Boeing 777 was searched in Casablanca. It said the passengers would be returned to the plane, which would continue to Sao Paulo.

Turkish Airlines says it is standard procedure to make an emergency landing under such circumstances.

Official: 2 found dead in rubble believed to be missing men

Authorities: 2 bodies found in rubble believe to be 2 men missing since NYC explosion
Meghan Barr, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Two bodies were found Sunday amid rubble from the Manhattan apartment building collapse three days earlier and authorities said everyone was accounted for since the apparent gas explosion that caused a massive fire and altogether levelled three buildings and damaged a fourth.

Hometown pastor says community stands by co-pilot, family

Pastor in co-pilot's German hometown says co-pilot, family 'belong to our community'
Dorothee Thiesing, The Associated Press

MONTABAUR, Germany - The pastor of the Lutheran church in Andreas Lubitz's hometown said Sunday that the community stands by him and his family, despite the fact that prosecutors blame the 27-year-old co-pilot for causing the plane crash that killed 150 people in southern France.

The town of Montabaur has been rattled by the revelation that Lubitz, who first learned to fly at a nearby glider club, may have intentionally caused Tuesday's crash of Germanwings Flight 9525.

Painstaking search continues after NYC blast, but hope dims

Painstaking search for missing 2 continues after NYC blast, but hope of their survival is dim
Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Searching with hands and dogs through scoops of rubble from three apartment buildings levelled in an apparent gas explosion, emergency workers painstakingly looked for signs of two missing people Saturday, though authorities acknowledged the chances were slim.

Meanwhile, investigators worked to piece together exactly what caused the blast that injured 22 people in Manhattan's East Village.

Officials estimated it could take a week of 24-hour-a-day work to sift through the heap of loose brick, wood and debris.

Hope dims as rescue workers search for 2 in NYC blast

Hope dims as rescue workers search for at least 2 missing after NYC blast levelled 3 buildings
Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Hope dimmed as emergency workers continued their search Saturday for two people still missing after an apparent gas explosion levelled three Manhattan apartment buildings and investigators worked to piece together what exactly caused the blast that injured 22.

Co-pilot appeared healthy, but may have hidden illness

Co-pilot appeared healthy, but may have hidden illness, torn-up sick notes for day of crash
Geir Moulson And David McHugh, The Associated Press

MONTABAUR, Germany - Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers — including a torn-up doctor's note that would have kept him off work the day authorities say he crashed Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountainside.

German airline could face 'unlimited' damages for Alps crash

German airline could face 'unlimited' damages for crash blamed on co-pilot
Karl Ritter, The Associated Press

STOCKHOLM - 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.

Under a treaty governing deaths and injuries aboard international flights, airlines are required to compensate relatives of victims for proven damages of up to a limit currently set at about $157,000 — regardless of what caused the crash.

2 missing after NYC blast; 6 others might be missing, too

2 people unaccounted for after NYC blast; polices say 6 others might be missing, too
Jonathan Lemire And Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Firefighters used high-powered water towers Friday to extinguish pockets of fire at the site of an apparent gas explosion in Manhattan's trendy East Village as authorities reported that two people were missing and six others might be, too.

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