Germanwings Plane Crash: What We Know So Far
Mar24

Germanwings Plane Crash: What We Know So Far

ABC News An Airbus A320 operated by Germanwings crashed today in a remote part of the Alps in southern France, near the town of Digne. The plane was carrying 144 passengers — including 2 babies — and six crew members, Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann said at a news conference. There were “apparently no survivors,” said French President Francois Hollande. The plane was en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, according to the airline. Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images PHOTO:French emergency services workers and members of the French gendarmerie gather in Seyne, near the site where a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps, March 24, 2015. Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters PHOTO: French firefighters prepare to take-off in Digne-les-Bains for the crash site of an Airbus A320, in the French Alps, March 24, 2015. Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images PHOTO: A helicopter of the French civil security services flies near Seyne, south-eastern France, March 24, 2015. What caused the crash? The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, the Germanwings CEO said. The plane was flying at 38,000 feet — its normal cruising altitude — when it started to lose altitude and descended for 8 minutes, according to Germanwings. When the plane was at 6,000 feet, it lost contact with French radar. The pilot had 6,000 hours of flight experience and more than 10 years of experience withLufthansa and Germanwings, the Germanwings CEO said. Earlier in the day, the plane flew from Dusseldorf to Barcelona, where it arrived on time, according to Germanwings. The plane had been checked on March 23 in Dusseldorf. ABC News PHOTO: A Germanwings passenger plane crashed in southern France killing all on board. Martin Meissner/AP Photo PHOTO: In this Oct. 16, 2014 file photo a counter is seen of German airline Germanwings at the airport in Cologne, Germany. Who was on board? The passengers were German, Spanish and Turkish, said Spanish King Felipe IV, who is in France for a pre-scheduled meeting with Hollande. The King had planned to stay in France for three days but now said he is returning to Madrid to launch a crisis center. Germanwings’ CEO said it is believed 56 Germans were on board, but “that figure may change.” Sixteen students and two teachers from a school in Haltern, Germany, were on the flight, a spokesperson for the city of Haltern said. The students had been returning from an exchange trip in Barcelona. The list of nationalities of the casualties will be released as soon as the airline is certain, Winkelmann said, adding that the victims’ families will be informed before a list of names will be released. ‘There is no indication of a nexus to...

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Former Jehovah’s Witness Accuses Church of Hiding Child Abusers From Congregations
Mar13

Former Jehovah’s Witness Accuses Church of Hiding Child Abusers From Congregations

ABC News A former member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is taking on the leadership of this wealthy, secretive religion, who she says failed to protect her from a predatory pedophile. She blames what she says is the church’s policy of silence on child abusers. Candace Conti, now 28, was just 9 years old when she says she was abused by a well-liked member of her small congregation in Fremont, California, named Jonathan Kendrick. While doing door-to-door evangelizing, which Conti said she would often do without her parents, she said Kendrick would take her to his house and molest her. “He’s just a big person… I found him very scary,” Conti said. As a child, Conti said she didn’t think she could tell anyone about the abuse. But years later, she testified during a trial against the church that Kendrick abused her several times a month for what she says felt like two years. “I never thought I could [talk about it],” she said. “Bringing that up just would demolish my family– the only people that I knew… I think I was scared to.” Conti had nowhere else to turn, she said, because of her beliefs, and she grew up isolated from the outside world. Like all Jehovah’s Witnesses, Conti says she was taught that Armageddon was imminent, and that only the true believers would survive and live in a heaven on Earth. She says she was taught that, “everybody outside of the Jehovah’s Witnesses are pretty much walking dead … and could be used as a tool by Satan to mislead you, to pull your away from your Christian family.” It was only years later, after Conti had grown up and left the church, that she found Jonathan Kendrick on a sex offender registry. He had served seven months in jail for sexually abusing his wife’s 7-year-old granddaughter. After seeing him on the registry, Conti decided to come forward with her case. She said she “felt really guilty for not doing anything that this wouldn’t have happened to somebody else.” Conti said she went to local church leaders, known as elders, and told them her story. But Conti said the elders refused to believe her unless she could prove the abuse happened by providing two witnesses to the alleged abuse. According to the religion’s internal system of justice, it is believed that the Bible requires there to be two witnesses in order for a crime to be punishable. So Conti went to the police instead. They began an investigation, but with Kendrick denying the abuse, the authorities have not brought charges — although the investigation continues. Conti’s next move was to sue...

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Here Are The Top 10 Billionaires Of 2015
Mar03

Here Are The Top 10 Billionaires Of 2015

The Huffington Post On Monday, Forbes released its annual list of the world’s billionaires for 2015. There were some surprises: Michael Jordan made the list! — but when it comes to the richest people on earth, some things don’t change much. Here are the top 10 billionaires of 2015, listed with the source of their wealth and estimated net worth according to Forbes: 10. Liliane Bettencourt, L’Oreal, $40.1 billion 9. Jim Walton, Walmart, $40.6 billion 8. Christy Walton, Walmart, $41.7 billion 7. David Koch, Koch Industries, $42.9 billion 6. Charles Koch, Koch Industries $42.9 billion 5. Larry Ellison, Oracle, $54.3 billion 4. Amancio Ortega, Zara, $64.5 billion 3. Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, $72.7 billion 2. Carlos Slim Helu, telecom, $77.1 billion 1. Bill Gates, Microsoft, $79.2 billion This year’s list is pretty similar to 2014’s — Gates and Slim Helu were ranked numbers one and two last year, as well — but there was a bit of shuffling, including Loreal heiress Lillian Bettencourt rising one spot to reach the rarified air of the top 10. In fact, it was a good year for women overall, Forbes reports. Though men make up an overwhelming majority of the full list, this year women accounted for 197 out of the 1,826 billionaires — up from 172 the year before. For the full list of 2015 billionaires, head over to...

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Chile Volcano Eruption Sends Lava Shooting Into the Sky
Mar03

Chile Volcano Eruption Sends Lava Shooting Into the Sky

ABC News Chile’s Villarrica volcano erupted overnight, sending lava shooting into the night sky. The amazing display was visible from miles away. Aton Chile/AP Photo PHOTO: The Villarica volcano erupts near Pucon, Chile, March 3, 2015. The volcano erupted at about 3 a.m. local time, according to the National Emergency Office, which issued a red alert and ordered evacuations. Credit: Instagram/fernardtoro Villarrica is one of Chile’s most active volcanoes, with increased activity reported in the past month. Twitter/@NGalloR PHOTO: Chile’s Villarrica volcano can be seen erupting, March 3, 2015. The 9,000-foot volcano is located in Chile’s central valley about 400 miles south of...

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This Is The Number One Source Of Stress In America
Feb18

This Is The Number One Source Of Stress In America

ABC News Money is the top source of stress in our lives, beating out work, family responsibilities, and health concerns. That’s according to the new Stress In America survey, conducted by Harris Poll for the American Psychological Association. This news isn’t super shocking—money has been the top stressor since the APA started conducting its annual survey in 2007. But this year’s results show that our money worries could also be harming our health. One in five say they’ve skipped or considered skipping a visit to the doctor when they needed health care in the past year because of financial factors. And almost a third (32%) say that lack of money prevents them from living a healthy lifestyle. Parents, younger adults (millennials and Gen Xers), and those in lower-income households are especially feeling the strain. Folks with children under 18 at home have higher levels of stress about money than non-parents. While average American stress levels are trending downward, 34% of parents say their overall stress has increased in the past year. Millennials and Gen Xers are also more stressed about money than older generations. And, not surprisingly, folks with incomes under $50,000 also report greater stress over their finances. Like parents, these groups also say their overall stress levels have gone up in the last year. Women tend to have higher levels of stress in general, and money stress is no exception: 49% of women say that paying for essentials is a major source of stress, compared with 38% of men. And women are more likely than men to say they feel stress about money all or most of the time. That said, “Young or old, rich or poor, no group is immune to stress over money,” noted Norman Anderson, PhD, CEO and Executive Vice President of the APA, in a briefing, pointing out that 64% of Americans overall say that money is a significant source of stress in their lives. Unfortunately, the survey results also show that folks with higher money stress are also more likely to turn to unhealthy ways of coping with their stress, including watching TV for more than two hours a day, surfing the Internet, eating, drinking alcohol, or smoking. In addition to finding healthy ways to beat stress (including exercise, of course), it’s important to seek out emotional support. “Be proactive,” Anderson said. “To build social relationships, you have to make an effort. Reach out to others—if you’re there for others, they’ll be more likely to be there for...

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Magna Carta Found In Scrapbook May Be Worth Millions

CNN Just days after four Magna Cartas were united for the first time in 800 years at the British Library in London, another ancient version of the document has been discovered by chance in a medieval coastal town in England. Mark Bateson, an archivist in Sandwich, southern England, found the previously unknown version of the Magna Carta — which established the principle that everybody, including the king, was subject to the law — after historian Nicholas Vincent had asked him to look for a separate document dealing with a local forest that he was researching. After rummaging through a scrapbook of council archives, Bateson found the Forest Charter, a document issued by King Henry III in 1217, as well as a tattered page that he thought looked like the Magna Carta. Making of the Magna Carta 01:18 PLAY VIDEO 800 years old, the Magna Carta rings as true as ever 01:05 PLAY VIDEO Magna Carta: Manuscripts united to mark 800th anniversary 8 photos EXPAND GALLERY “He wasn’t really aware of the fact that they were either rare or that this one was indeed what it purported to be. I think, from his point of view, it was all a bit of a shock,” said Vincent, professor of medieval history at the University of East Anglia. But he says there is no doubt that this is a version of the Magna Carta, or “The Great Charter,” that was published in 1300 under the reign of King Edward I. The original document was issued by England’s King John in 1215. The document is badly damaged, with a third of its text and the royal seal of Edward I missing and the back of it firmly stuck down. But despite its deformities, Vincent said it could fetch millions. “It [the damage] probably would interfere with the value of it if someone were foolish enough to sell it,” he said. “But I think there’s no question of that. “This one is in nothing like the condition of the one that went for sale in New York [in 2007, for $21.3 million] but I would say it’s certainly worth in the millions rather than in the tens and hundreds of thousands. And as a pair, they are all the more desirable.” And other discoveries have been made as well. “The fact that they [Magna Carta and Forest Charter] are both there in Sandwich is particularly interesting because there is no royal forest in Kent. That really tells us something that we really didn’t know before about the way that the document was published,” Vincent said. “And given that this is the most important document in English history, people make such a fuss about...

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