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PARIS (AP) — French investigators say the co-pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps in March appears to have practiced on another flight, just two hours before killing himself and 149 others aboard. Aviation investigators say on an earlier Germanwings flight on March 24, co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have waited for the pilot to leave the cockpit before he repeatedly tested setting the plane on controlled descent. Investigators say no one aboard the earlier flight may have noticed because the plane never descended sharply.

CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — Italian crews have rescued dozens of migrants who say they were at sea for 12 days. The 98 passengers — a third of them women and three of them pregnant — are the latest as waves of migrants try to reach Europe aboard smugglers' boats. The Italian border patrol police say one of its ships intercepted the migrant boat about 200 miles off Sicily. Meanwhile, the European's foreign minister is expected on Monday to brief the U.N. Security Council on the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

BERLIN (AP) — A rare tornado has ripped through a town in northeastern Germany, tearing off a church roof and covering streets with debris. Storms hit much of the country last night after an unusually hot day. Farther west, police in Hamburg say a 26-year-old man was killed when he was hit by a roof swept off by gusts of wind. A pregnant woman with him was seriously injured.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The California company SpaceX will be testing a launch escape system as it works toward a goal of sending American astronauts to the International Space Station as early as 2017. But no humans will be on board the mock-up capsule for today's 90-second flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida, just a dummy. The Dragon capsule will be fired from a test stand and should soar close to a mile high before parachuting into the Atlantic about a mile offshore. Eight rocket engines on the capsule will give it thrust.

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman who told police she dug up her father's grave in search of his "real will" has been sentenced to as long as three years in prison. Melanie Nash didn't speak during her sentencing yesterday. She told police last year that she dug up the grave "with respect" and her father "would be okay with it." She didn't find a will, only vodka and cigarettes. The 53-year-old woman was one of four people accused in the plan to open Eddie Nash's vault, then rifle through his casket. Two people pleaded guilty and one was acquitted.

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