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Prosecutor: Germanwings Co-Pilot Deemed “Unfit To Work”
A German prosecutor says the co-pilot accused of causing a deadly plane crash in the French Alps had been declared “unfit to work.”  Police found a letter containing that statement by a medical doctor in the trash at Andreas Lubitz’s apartment in Dusseldorf.  Investigators also discovered medical leave notes for a period time that included the day of the Germanwings disaster.  Authorities believe Lubitz deliberately locked the captain of Flight 9525 out of the cockpit Tuesday before crashing the plane into a mountainside.

All-Clear Given After Pentagon City Bomb Threat

Arlington County police are giving an all-clear at the Fashion Center at Pentagon City, after receiving a bomb threat earlier today.  The shopping mall was evacuated while authorities brought in bomb-sniffing dogs to examine the building and surrounding area.  The search was touched off following what police now describe as a “non-specific threat” that was phoned in around 12:30 this afternoon.  All businesses and nearby roads have reopened since police completed their search.

Senator Reid Won’t Seek Re-Election In 2016

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is ending a three-decade career in Congress.  The Nevada Democrat announced his morning that he used his “down time” recovering from injuries from a New Year’s Eve exercise accident to, quote, “ponder and to think” about the future.  Reid says he won’t seek re-election in 2016, but will focus on helping Democrats retake control of the Senate.  The 75-year-old lawmaker says he has “really tried” his hardest to represent the people of Nevada.

MoCo And Prince George’s County Schools To Receive Funds

Schools in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties are among five Maryland school districts that would qualify to receive 20-million dollars in additional school construction funds this year, under a bill that received approval from two legislative committees today.  Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Howard counties also qualify for the additional funds.  The state capital budget includes 300-million dollars for school construction throughout the state.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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