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Asiana Crash Trip Was Pilot's First As Instructor, NTSB Says

Of three experienced pilots in the cockpit of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, the pilot landing the plane had never before flown with the instructor pilot. And the trip was the instructor's first in that capacity. When the plane crashed, two flight attendants were ejected from the rear of the cabin.

Congress Still Squabbling Over Student Loan Rate Increase

Congressional inaction let the interest rate for some student loans double at the start of the month, even though lawmakers' preferred solutions don't seem that far apart. The Senate is planning to vote Wednesday on a proposal that would bring rates back down for one year.

After Asiana Crash, Pilot Training Gets New Scrutiny

Speculation about Saturday's plane crash has focused on the Asiana pilot, who had only 43 hours of Boeing 777 flying experience. But industry experts say pilot training regimes for major airlines rigorously prepare pilots to fly different plane models — and to work as members of a team in the cockpit.

Gays And Lesbians Turn Fight To Workplace Discrimination Ban

With new momentum for same-sex marriage from the Supreme Court, gays and lesbians are hoping for progress in another sphere — the workplace. In 29 states, it's still legal to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Congress is again considering legislation to ban that.

One Trayvon Martin Case, But Two Very Different Trials

The trial of George Zimmerman has been about big social issues in the nation, like race, politics and gun laws. But those issues have been sidelined in the courtroom.

Possible U.S. Troop Withdrawal Plan Worries Afghan Officials

The U.S. and Afghanistan have spent months discussing a long-term security pact that would keep as many as 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan for years to come. But the New York Times and Reuters are reporting that President Obama is now considering removing all troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year. Afghan parliamentarians and officials are reacting with anger — mostly towards President Hamid Karzai. Officials say Afghanistan needs U.S. troops to stay beyond 2014 to prevent the collapse of a fragile security situation, and they blame Karzai for playing games and pushing Obama to the brink.

FBI Confirmation Hearing Reopens Debate Over Surveillance

James Comey, the president's choice for FBI director, had a relatively easy time fielding questions Tuesday at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Lawmakers wanted to know about surveillance, waterboarding and other controversial issues, but they posed their questions gently.

Former FISA Judge Questions Court's Approval Of Surveillance

A former judge for the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court raised questions about the court's approval of government data collection programs on Tuesday. He was testifying before the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent agency considering recently uncovered surveillance efforts.

Questions Remain In Deaths Of 19 Wildland Firefighters

A public memorial service was held in Prescott, Ariz., on Tuesday for the 19 firefighters killed battling the Yarnell Hill Fire.

Dollar-Euro Exchange Rate Can Reveal Pulse Of Global Economy

We examine how the exchange rate between the Euro and the U.S. dollar reflects the health of the global economy.