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PARIS (AP) — The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 appeared to have practiced a controlled descent on his flight into Barcelona just two hours before he intentionally crashed the A320 jet into a mountainside on the return flight to Dusseldorf, air accident investigators said Wednesday.
The United States is concerned about the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen and will discuss a possible pause in fighting with Saudi officials on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said. "The situation is getting more dire by the day and we are concerned about that and we have urged all sides to comply with humanitarian law to take every precaution to keep civilians out of the line of fire," Kerry told a news conference. Kerry pledged $68 million in aid for humanitarian groups working in Yemen during a visit to Djibouti on Wednesday. A Saudi-led Arab coalition began air strikes in Yemen on March 26 against Iran-allied Houthi fighters, backed by forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who seized control of parts of the country, including the capital Sanaa.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies hired in April at the slowest pace in nearly a year and a half, as a strong dollar dragged down overseas sales and energy companies cut back on spending in the face of lower oil prices.