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Updated: March 26, 2015, 8:51 AM

PARIS (AP) — As a frantic pilot pounded on the cockpit door and passengers screamed in panic, the Germanwingsco-pilot "intentionally" sent Flight 9525 straight into the side of a mountain in the French Alps, a prosecutor said Thursday.

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Updated: March 26, 2015, 10:15 AM

PARIS (AP) — The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and "intentionally" sent the plane full speed into a mountain in the French Alps, ignoring the pilot's frantic pounding on the door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday.

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday night said that the Army's decision to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion was an "acute embarrassment for President Obama."

O'Reilly, who questioned the prisoner swap that brought Bergdahl back to the U.S. after he was held by the Taliban for five years, warned viewers that the five Taliban members released will soon be "free to return to the Afghan battlefield and free to kill Americans if they can."

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After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) sent a letter to governors telling them not to comply with new climate change rules from the Environmental Protection agency, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) responded on Wednesday with a short letter calling out McConnell's climate change denial.

"I disagree. Climate change is real. It’s a threat to humanity. We should be working harder to address it, not rolling back efforts to do so," Shumlin wrote, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Huffington Post. "I fully support the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan."

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WASHINGTON — The budget debate that kicked off on Capitol Hill this week forces difficult decisions on the four Republican senators eying a run for president in 2016.

Their votes could be critical to avoiding an embarrassing failure for the party, which needs 51 of its 54 senators to pass the budget resolution. It poses an early test for the four White House hopefuls by forcing them to reconcile the tough choices required to govern with their competing agendas and the lofty promises they're making to voters at an early stage in the race.

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On Ash Wednesday this year, which fell on February 18, a friend of mine posted on her Facebook page about how people were asking her what she was giving up for Lent. She’s not Christian, and she didn’t plan on celebrating it. “I don't want to make a mockery of your religion for my own purposes,” she wrote. When I asked her about it recently, she said celebrating it would give credence to something she doesn’t believe, and would be insulting to true believers.

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