French officials said on Thursday that the Germanwings Flight 9525 plane crash that killed all 150 people on board was deliberately carried out, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locking himself in the cockpit with the intention to "destroy the plane."
"The most plausible interpretation is that the co-pilot, through a voluntary act, had refused to open the cabin door to let the captain in. He pushed the button to trigger the aircraft to lose altitude. He operated this button for a reason we don't know yet, but it appears that the reason was to destroy this plane," Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said.
Rescuers in the remote French Alps have set out on their second day of searching for answers in the Germanwings Flight 9525 mystery, with authorities confirming that all 150 people on board, including two Americans, are likely dead. Searchers will be attempting to start retrieving the bodies of the victims, which have reportedly been "strewn for hundreds of meters."
Germanwings' chief executive Thomas Winklelmann told reporters in Cologne on Wednesday that the dead also "included 72 Germans and 35 Spaniards. There were two victims each from Australia, Argentina, Iran and Venezuela. One each came from Britain, the Netherlands, Colombia, Mexico, Japan, Denmark, Belgium and Israel," USA Today reports.
CNN reported on Wednesday that the near vertical mountain slopes and the tiny pieces of debris from the plane, which was almost completely destroyed in the crash on Tuesday, are further obstacles adding to the snow forecast for the area. more >>
As the unmarried homeless couple stood on a street corner in northern California with their four children holding up a sign that read "Family Needs Help God Bless," little did they know that within 10 years they would be living comfortably in their own house overlooking Lake Elsinore and living their lives by "God's design."
In a recently released book called From The Curb To A Castle, author Robert Wessely recounted how he and his homeless family were saved by a "perfect stranger," who picked them up off the streets and let them live in his home for seven months, leading them to God and helping them eliminate all drug and alcohol addictions.
In interviews with The Christian Post, Robert and Melissa Wessely admitted that their lives were in a dark place in the winter of 2004-2005, when they were living night-by-night out of motel rooms, and spent the days begging for money on the streets of Eureka so that they could afford the next night's room. more >>
As a number of states are considering right-to-die legislation, a retired Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl champion linebacker, who is now battling the debilitating and fatal disease known as ALS, decried a Maryland physician-assisted suicide bill, saying it would rob society of "God given" life.
Forty-five-year-old O.J. Brigance, who won a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens in 2000, testified last Tuesday before the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing on the state's new "death with dignity" bill. The bill would make it legal for patients prognosed with six months or less left to live, who are mentally competent, to ask their doctor for life-ending medication.
"Every day, every hour, every minute, every second is God given and valuable," Brigance told lawmakers. "To enact this legislation would [risk] lives and possible future contributions of Marylanders." more >>
Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse nonprofit organization is rushing in to help in the archipelago of Vanuatu, which on Saturday was hit by the 185 mph gusts of cyclone Pam, destroying or damaging 90 percent of the buildings in the capital of Port Vila. Eleven people have been reported dead so far.
"Samaritan's Purse is there with our disaster response team and our chartered cargo flight will arrive soon with supplies, including bottled water, plastic shelter material, and hygiene kits," Graham said in a message on Facebook.
"We are also sending a medical team to set up a mobile clinic for outpatient care for the many injured. Pray for all those affected, that they will know that 'God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.'" more >>
A socially conservative African-American organization commended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore for his court's order halting gay marriages in the state.
The Moore court issued a ruling Tuesday demanding that probate judges halt giving marriage licenses to gay couples following a judge's recent ruling declaring Alabama's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Moore recused himself but supported the ruling.