Top Headlines for April 3, 2015

03 Apr 2015 /
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Officials have found the second black box in the tragic Germanwings crash, which they say will help give them more clues as to how the plane went down. They also found searches on co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’s computer about cockpit door security, as well as ways to carry out suicide. Officials have not found a suicide note but sat that the searches on his computer suggest a degree of premeditation. He is believed to have intentionally crashed the plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 on board.

147 people were killed in an attack yesterday at a University in the city of Garissa. The Al-Qaeda- affiliated terror group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, and the four gunmen responsible were all killed by the time the seige was over. The violence started yesterday morning as students were getting ready for morning prayers at the University and lasted 13 hours. Reports say the terrorists were separating people by religion, killing anyone who identified themselves as Christian. Witnesses also say that the gunmen strapped themselves with explosives and when they were shot, they blew up. Al-Shabaab is the terror group behind the deadly Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya in 2013 that killed 67 people. More recently, the group posted a video online threatening the Mall of America here in the U.S.

After eight straight days of talks between various world powers, a tentative nuclear agreement has been reached with Iran. Here are a couple of the main points of the deal: Iran has agreed to reduce its stockpile of Uranium and not make any more for at least 15 years. They will also increase the time needed to make material for a nuclear weapon from three-months to a year. In return, the U.S. and some European Union countries will lift sanctions. Naturally, there are fierce opponents to this deal on both sides of the aisle back home, so the President’s toughest sell may be on our own Congress. The deadline for an inked deal is June 30th.

Federal authorities have arrested two women in New York City for allegedly planning a bombing somewhere in the United States. The two women were inspired by ISIS and one of them appeared to be Facebook friends with the U.S. Air Force veteran who was indicted two weeks ago for his own ISIS inspired plans. Authorities say they had been tracking the two for awhile and the public was never in any danger.

Airbnb, the popular online vacation rental service, is expanding to Cuba. The service will now allow American travelers to book lodging on the island. There are about a thousand properties on the island to rent, nearly all in touristy areas like the capital city of Havana. Cuba has been capitalizing on these types of rentals for years and Airbnb just wants to get in on the game there. But before you hop online to book, you should know you can only do so if you are traveling under one of the 12 approved categories, which range from research to religion.

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