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PARIS (AP) — Authorities now have even more evidence that a Germanwings co-pilot deliberately crashed a plane into the French Alps in March. They're finding that evidence in the flight data recorder from the plane -- but it's from a different flight, earlier in the day. Investigators say Andreas Lubitz, during the earlier flight, appears to have practiced putting the plane into a controlled descent, just two hours before the crash on the plane's return flight from Spain to Germany.

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an indication today that Friday's jobs report could be a bleak one. The payroll processor ADP says companies hired in April at the slowest pace in nearly a year. The slowdown came as the strong dollar dragged down sales overseas, and as energy companies cut back on spending in the face of lower oil prices.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stronger earnings from several U.S. companies are sending stock prices higher in early trading. Energy companies rose far more than the rest of the market as the price of crude oil continued its climb above $60 a barrel. Oil prices have gained nearly a dollar and a-half a barrel today.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — There could be some violent weather today in the Great Plains. Forecasters say there's a slight chance that storms carrying large hail and tornadoes could hit areas from Nebraska through Kansas, Oklahoma and North Texas. Richard Thompson of the Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma says the storms will probably be spaced far apart, and it's too soon to tell just where they could hit.

LONDON (AP) — Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have packed up their newborn princess and their 21-month-old son Prince George for a stay at their country home. Kensington Palace officials say the family is headed to Anmer Hall, their restored country mansion on Queen Elizabeth's Sandringham estate. They are expected to stay there for several weeks as they get used to taking care of a toddler and an infant. Princess Charlotte was born four days ago. She has already met close family members including her great-grandmother, the queen.

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