The captain of the Brazil-bound Air France plane that crashed in the Atlantic in 2009 was not at the controls when the plane began to plunge, according to the first formal report from France's Air accident investigation bureau.
The flight recorders recovered from the crash, which killed all 228 people on board, show that the captain was out of the cockpit for a routine rest period when the jetliner started to descend at a sharp angle from 38,000 feet.
As they pledged $40 billion to help countries that make reforms during this "Arab Spring" in North Africa and the Middle East, President Obama and the other leaders of the world's most powerful nations also issued a warning to "autocratic regimes in the Arab world" and to Iran.
As the news broke on Friday that President Obama signed the Patriot Act extension from France via autopen, you could almost hear thousands of Americans asking in unison, "What's an autopen?"
Well, it's a device that's often used by rock stars or sports heroes and yes, the President of the United States, usually to sign letters. This is the first time we know of that an autopen has signed a bill into law, though its use was carefully considered by the Justice Department in the George W. Bush administration.
In a decision that drew both groans and applause, Danville City Commission voted to hire longtime mayor John W.D. Bowling as interim city manager Thursday night. Bowling, who served three terms as Danville mayor, will be paid $6,000 a month beginning June 1 when the employment contract goes into effect. Bridgette Milby, acting interim city manager since shortly after Paul Stansbury was suspended, will return to her position as head of codes enforcement.
Alcohol abuse helped drive Tina Anderson into amassing a criminal record, but Warren County Drug Court has given her a new lease on life. A 45-year-old Bowling Green resident, Anderson was one of 37 people recognized Thursday during the drug court graduation ceremony in Bowling Green. Speaking during the ceremony, Anderson talked about how drug court gave her the structure she needed when she was ordered to enter the program in July 2009.
Syrian security forces opened fire on anti-government demonstrations Friday, killing at least eight people as thousands took to the streets despite the near-certainty they would face gunfire, tear gas and stun guns, human rights activists and witnesses said.
The casualties included three people in Qatana, a suburb of the capital, and four in the southern village of Dael, according to the Local Coordination Committees in Syria, which help organize the protests. One person also was reported killed near the border with Lebanon.
When James E. Keown joined the United States Air Force in 1948, he couldn’t have known that his four younger brothers would all decide to follow in his footsteps and serve in the military, but they did. “It was just like a chain reaction,” said Donald Keown. In total, the Keown brothers have 53 years of service to their credit and they all now have bricks in the Veterans Memorial Garden at Bowling Green's Old Courthouse.
The cancellation of Richie Farmer’s divorce hearing is either a sign he and his wife want to settle privately or don't have issues that warrant a judge's attention, attorneys and others say. Farmer and his wife, Rebecca, had been scheduled to appear before Franklin Family Court Judge Squire Williams III on Thursday, but a one-sentence document in the case said the hearing had been canceled by mutual agreement.
A team of scientists says a new analysis of magma trapped in lunar crystals collected during the Apollo 17 mission shows that the Moon's interior may have 100 times more water than earlier measurements indicated. Geochemist Erik Hauri explains the team's latest findings.