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Federation investigates death threat against runner Kipsiro

Death threat against Commonwealth Games champion Moses Kipsiro being investigated
The Associated Press

KAMPALA, Uganda - The Uganda Athletics Federation is investigating claims by Commonwealth Games 10,000-meter champion Moses Kipsiro that he received a death threat from a coach, while police said Wednesday they had arrested a relative of the runner on suspicion of setting the coach's house on fire.

Lufthansa: Co-pilot told flight school of depressive episode

Lufthansa says co-pilot informed flight school in 2009 he had a 'serious depressive episode'
Geir Moulson And Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press

BERLIN - Lufthansa knew six years ago that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from a "serious depressive episode," the German airline said Tuesday.

The airline said that as part of its internal research it found emails that Andreas Lubitz sent to the Lufthansa flight school in Bremen when he resumed his training there in 2009 after an interruption of several months.

Questions remain in officer-involved shooting at NSA

Questions remain in officer-involved shooting at NSA; 1 man dead, officer, 1 other man hurt
Meredith Somers, The Associated Press

FORT MEADE, Md. - The warnings are strong and security is always tight, but most drivers are versed in the daily routine as thousands of employees and contractors stream through the closely guarded entrance to the National Security Agency.

The Latest: Mass held in Barcelona for plane crash victims

The Latest: Mass held in Barcelona for Germanwings plane crash victims; 3 generations killed
The Associated Press

8:55 p.m. (1955 GMT, 3:55 a.m. EDT)

Hundreds of mourners have shown up for a Mass in a Barcelona suburb for three generations of one family who died in the Germanwings plane crash.

A 12-year-old girl, her mother and the girl's grandmother were together on the jet that crashed Tuesday in the French Alps as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.

A-Rod cousin pleads guilty in Florida steroids case

A-Rod's cousin, last remaining defendant, pleads guilty in Florida steroids case
Curt Anderson, The Associated Press

MIAMI - A cousin of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez who was the star's longtime personal assistant pleaded guilty Friday to a federal drug charge, the last remaining defendant in the probe into steroids illegally provided to athletes through a South Florida clinic.

Trooper's killer had been convicted in supremacist brawl

Wisconsin trooper's killer had been convicted in white supremacist brawl nearly 20 years ago
Todd Richmond, The Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. - A Michigan man killed in a shootout that also left a rookie Wisconsin state trooper dead was part of a group of skinheads who attacked black and Hispanic people nearly 20 years ago, court records show.

Steven Timothy Snyder was convicted in 1996 of disorderly conduct in Fond du Lac, the same city where he killed Trooper Trevor Casper on Tuesday. A third person was also found dead, but police have not said who was responsible.

The Latest: US identifies 3rd American plane crash victim

The Latest: US identifies 3rd American victim of Germanwings crash
The Associated Press

9:15 p.m. (2015 GMT, 4:15 p.m. EDT)

In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke identified Robert Oliver as the third American citizen killed in the crash.

He provided no further details Thursday, but Oliver's parents told Spain's La Sexta television channel their son lived in Barcelona and worked for the Desigual clothing company based in Spain's second-largest city.

Vietnam orders quick probe after scaffolding fall kills 13

Vietnam orders quick probe after 13 workers die in scaffolding collapse in economic zone
Minh V. Tran, The Associated Press

HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnam's prime minister on Thursday ordered a swift investigation into a scaffolding collapse that killed 13 workers and injured dozens, while a unit of South Korea's Samsung Group involved in the construction project offered initial assistance to victims' families.

All the victims were Vietnamese subcontractors working on a seaport breakwater project in the Vung Ang economic zone in central Vietnam, about 400 kilometres (248 miles) south of the capital, Hanoi.

Panetta assures Afghans of full probe into video

US assures Afghans of full probe of Marines video amid condemnation and fear of strained ties
Pauline Jelinek,Robert Burns, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Pentagon leaders scrambled Thursday to contain damage from an Internet video that purports to show four Marines urinating on Taliban corpses, an act that would appear to violate international laws of warfare and further strains U.S.-Afghan relations.

UK spies will face criminal inquiry over Libya

UK spies will face criminal inquiry into claims that intelligence shared with Gadhafi regime
Paisley Dodds, The Associated Press

LONDON - Britain's spy agencies will face a criminal investigation into claims that intelligence shared with Moammar Gadhafi's regime led to the torture or rendition of two Libyan men and their families, authorities announced Thursday.

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