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PARIS (AP) — A report on the Germanwings crash into the French Alps suggests the co-pilot may have practiced beforehand. French air accident investigators say Andreas Lubitz set the plane into descent mode repeatedly, then brought it back up on the previous flight that morning to Barcelona. The report says the crew and passengers might not have noticed any change. The report says the pilot appeared to have left the cockpit during that flight as well.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore is forging a new partnership with the Justice Department and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will present details today. The announcement comes a day after a visit by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who pledged to improve the police department following the death of Freddie Gray and the riots and looting that followed. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is expected to address the state of emergency today.

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian offensive against the Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM') extremist group has resulted in another rescue of children and women. The military says Nigerian troops rescued 25 people from Boko Haram as they continued to attack and destroy the extremists' camps in a forest stronghold. An army spokesman says many militants were killed, along with one soldier.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to beat a deadline that could cost him his office. Netanyahu is holding furious consultations with the hawkish Jewish Home Party in order to secure a narrow 61-seat majority in parliament. If he fails by the end of the day, President Reuven Rivlin must appoint someone else to try to form a coalition.

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is making moves to help its technology companies compete with the dominant U.S. firms. The goal is to unify the continent's digital sector. The EU will also open an antitrust inquiry into the e-commerce sector. EU Commissioner Andrus Ansip says the EU is still far too fragmented and needs more common rules to be competitive inside Europe and around the globe.

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