The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved. Margie Mason and Robin McDowell
Italy's supreme court late Friday invalidated the convictions of U.S. citizen Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, in the 2007 killing of British student Meredith Kercher, ending a seven-year legal saga.Alvise Armellini
Despite an outcry from businesses and organizations, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act,' which critics say discriminates against gay Hoosiers and those visiting the state.Brad Knickerbocker
The Arab-led, U.S.-supported coalition seeking to rout Houthi rebels in Yemen includes a man indicted on charges of war crimes and vilified by Washington for more than a decade: President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan.Somini Sengupta
Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity's national administration, the university's president said Friday. Sean Murphy
Documents show that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who is believed to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings jet into the French Alps on Tuesday, had a medical condition that he hid from his employer, prosecutors said on Friday.MELISSA EDDY, DAN BILEFSKY and NICOLA CLARK
Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Oleg Kozhemyako as the acting governor of the petroleum-rich Sakhalin island region in Russia’s Far East after dismissing Alexander Khoroshavin, who was arrested earlier this month and accused of taking $5.6 million suspicion of bribery.Alaska Dispatch News
Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday.Frank Jordans and David McHugh
Sen. Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats since 2005, will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a three-decade congressional career that culminated with his push of President Barack Obama’s ambitious agenda against fierce Republican resistance.Carl Hulse
What goes through the mind of a pilot as he turns the nose of an airliner toward the ground and prepares for death, taking 149 other people with him?Erica Goode
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