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7:59 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Pilot Who Downed Airliner Vowed 'To Do Something' To Be Remembered

A German police investigator carries a box after searching an apartment believed to belong to the crashed Germanwings flight 4U 9524 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in Duesseldorf, on Thursday.
Wolfgang Rattay Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 2:53 pm

Updated at 11:05 a.m. ET

The co-pilot who deliberately downed an airliner over the French Alps this week, killing all 150 aboard, had told a girlfriend sometime last year that he would "do something" that would make people remember his name, a German newspaper reports.

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Europe
7:39 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Safety Experts Question Mental Screenings For Pilots

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 10:56 am

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Animals
7:39 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Birder Finds Panama Packed With Species, But No Harpy Eagles

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 10:56 am

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Time now for some talking birds.

(SOUNDBITE OF RADIO SHOW, "RAY BROWN'S TALKIN' BIRDS")

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER: Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds.

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The Two-Way
7:39 am
Sat March 28, 2015

A Day's A Day The World Around — But Shorter On Saturn

Saturn has a rocky surface, but it's deep beneath the clouds. That makes it hard to tell exactly how long the day is.
NASA

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 2:56 pm

Researchers have answered a question that has been nagging them for years: Exactly how long is a day on the planet Saturn? The result (10 hours and 32 minutes or so) was published this week in the journal Nature, and could teach scientists more about the giant, ringed planet.

A day is simply how long it takes a planet to spin all the way around. On Earth, one rotation takes 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds — though earthlings round up to 24 hours even.

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Shots - Health News
7:39 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Indiana's HIV Spike Prompts New Calls For Needle Exchanges Statewide

Needle exchange programs, like this one in Portland, Maine, offer free, sterile syringes and needles to drug users. The programs save money and lives, health officials say, by curtailing the spread of bloodborne infections, such as hepatitis and HIV.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 10:56 am

Shane Avery practices family medicine in Scott County, Ind. In December, a patient came to his office who was pregnant, and an injection drug user.

After running some routine tests, Avery found out that she was positive for HIV. She was the second case he had seen in just a few weeks.

"Right then, I kind of realized, 'Wow, are we on the tip of something?' " Avery says. "But you just put it away. ... It's statistically an oddity when you're just one little doctor, you know?"

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The Salt
7:39 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Making Cheese In The Land Of The Bible: Add Myrrh And A Leap Of Faith

A Palestinian Bedouin girl milks a sheep in her family's makeshift camp in the West Bank. Herders live close to their animals, their main source of income.
Emily Harris NPR

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 10:56 am

In spring, West Bank almond trees bloom white. Dry brown hills turn temporarily green and are dotted with bright wildflowers. The ewes and nanny goats of Bedouin herders that wander the West Bank eat well this time of year.

It's cheese season.

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Middle East
7:39 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Expert: Iranians In Favor Of Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 10:56 am

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Africa
7:39 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Nigerians Vote In Tight Presidential Election

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 10:56 am

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Europe
7:38 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Germanwings Pilot Had Extensive Medical History

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Middle East
7:38 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Ex-Ambassador: Rebels In Yemen Exploited A Vacuum

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 10:56 am

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