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Italy’s highest court on Friday vacated the murder conviction against American Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend, bringing to a definitive end the long-running, high-profile case. Associated Press (2011)

Court clears Amanda Knox of all charges in 2007 killing

ROME — Italy's highest court overturned the murder convictions of Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend on Friday, throwing out all charges and ending a long-running courtroom drama over the killing of a British student in 2007. The ruling in favor of Knox, a 27-year-old former exchange student from Seattle, …

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  1. U.S. officials: One dead after car tries to ram Fort Meade gate (w/video)

    Nation

    FORT MEADE, Md. — A firefight erupted Monday when two people in a car tried to ram a National Security Agency gate at Fort Meade, killing at least one person, according to preliminary reports cited by two U.S. officials.

    In this image made from video and released by WJLA-TV, authorities investigate the scene of a accident Monday near a gate to Fort Meade, Md. A spokesman at Fort Meade says two people are being treated for injuries at one of the gates of the sprawling Army installation near Baltimore. [Associated Press]
  2. Prosecutors: Germanwings crash co-pilot was treated for suicidal tendencies

    World

    DUESSELDORF, Germany — The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 that crashed into the French Alps last week had received treatment for suicidal tendencies several years ago, prosecutors said Monday.

    A view of the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, on Monday. European investigators are focusing on the psychological state of a 27-year-old German co-pilot who prosecutors say deliberately flew a Germanwings plane carrying 150 people into a mountain, a French police official said Monday. [Associated Press]
  3. Iran nuclear talks reach crunch time; differences remain

    World

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program entered a critical phase on Monday with substantial differences still remaining less than two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, second right, waits with U.S. Undersecretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, left, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, second left, and others before a Monday meeting with Russia, China, France, Germany, European Union and Iranian officials at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, during Iran nuclear talks. Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program are entering a critical phase, with differences still remaining just two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement. [Associated Press]
  4. New hepatitis C drugs cost Medicare $4.5B last year

    Nation

    Medicare spent $4.5 billion last year on new, pricey medications that cure the liver disease hepatitis C — more than 15 times what it spent the year before on older treatments for the disease, previously undisclosed federal data shows.

  5. Investigators face complex task with inquiry into co-pilot of German plane

    World

    DUSSELDORF, Germany — As aviation experts in the French Alps piece together the shattered fragments of the Germanwings jetliner that crashed there Tuesday, investigators here are engaged in a task that is at least as challenging: trying to understand what drove Andreas Lubitz, who was at the controls, to the …

    A ceremony honoring the victims of the Germanwings jetliner crash was held Sunday in Le Vernet, France, near the French Alps area where 150 people were killed.