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AirAsia flight black box found, more bodies identified

Air Aaasia black boxAuthorities have discovered the location of the black box of crashed AirAsia flight 8501 and it will be recovered on Monday.

The divers who discovered the flight recorder failed to retrieve it immediately because it was underneath debris. AirAsia Indonesia flight 8501 crashed into the Java Sea one hour after departing Surabaya, Indonesia, on its way to Singapore.


Arsonists attack German paper that published French cartoons

arsonists attack German magazinePolice in Germany say they have detained two men suspected of an arson attack against a newspaper that republished the cartoons of French weekly Charlie Hebdo.

The newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost said on its website the overnight arson attack destroyed several files in its archive, but didn't injure anyone.

Hamburg police said it had detained the two young men near the newspaper building.

Spokeswoman Karina Sadowsky didn't give any details about the men and said police were still investigating the incident.


Dozens die in bus crash near Pakistani city of Karachi

Bus and tanker collide in PakistanMore than 50 people have been killed and more injured after a bus collided with an oil tanker near the Pakistani city of Karachi, doctors say.

The tanker was reportedly speeding and travelling on the wrong side of the road when it hit the bus head-on. Both vehicles burst into flames.

Some passengers travelling on the roof of the bus were able to jump to safety but many of those inside were trapped.


Female Suspect Fled France Before Attacks, Said to Be in Syria

hayat BoumeddieneThe fourth suspect linked to this week’s Paris terror attacks left France days before the assault on Charlie Hebdo magazine and has made her way to Syria, according to a French police official.

Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, believed to be the wife of Amady Coulibaly -- the man killed after taking hostages in a kosher grocery in eastern Paris on Jan. 9 -- flew to Istanbul from Madrid on Jan. 2 and crossed the border to Syria on Jan. 8, the official said. Her path was earlier reported by Le Parisien.


Department of Energy challenges $54M in fines over nuke dump

waste isolation fineThe U.S. Department of Energy is contesting more than $54 million in fines, the largest penalty levied by New Mexico for numerous violations that resulted in the indefinite closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository.

The Energy Department and the contractors paid to operate the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Los Alamos National Laboratory said Friday that they want a hearing on the matter, according to a statement.


Seven killed in suicide bombing at Lebanese cafe

Seven kkilled in Tripoli cafeA suicide bombing struck a coffee shop Saturday night in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 30, security officials and the Red Cross said.

Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front claimed responsibility on Twitter for the blast in Tripoli's predominantly Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen, saying it was a twin suicide attack.


Muslim Employee At Kosher Market, Saved Several People During Paris Hostage Situation

Lassana BathillyLassana Bathily, a Muslim employee at Paris Kosher grocery store Hyper Cacher, saved several people by hiding them in a walk-in freezer when a gunman laid siege to his workplace on Friday.

Amedy Coulibaly burst into the market and opened fire, killing 4 people. He took several shoppers hostage and threatened to kill them if police stormed the printing shop where Cherif and Said Kouachi, who killed 12 people in an attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier in the week, were holed up in a village to the north.


SpaceX Suffers Hard Landing on Barge

space xSpace rocketeers at SpaceX just missed a catch on Saturday, failing in a bold first attempt to recycle a used rocket engine by landing it on a ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

"Close, but no cigar this time. Bodes well for the future," said SpaceX chief Elon Musk on Twitter. The touchdown would have been a first for ocean landings.

The landing attempt was made shortly after a flawless 4:47 a.m. (EST) launch of the resupply spacecraft from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.


Republicans Introduce Five Anti-Abortion Bills In First Days Of New Congress

Trent FranksEmboldened by a new Senate majority, Republicans in Congress introduced five abortion restrictions in the first three days of the new legislative session that would severely limit women's access to the procedure.

Reps. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Monday reintroduced a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, which the GOP-controlled House already passed once in 2013. And Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) introduced four bills on Wednesday that would bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal family planning funds, require all abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, ban abortions performed on the basis of gender, and allow hospitals, doctors and nurses to refuse to provide or participate in abortion care for women, even in cases of emergency.


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