Bombardier Inc will not deliver its first CSeries jet until 2016, missing a longstanding target, Bloomberg reported on Friday, citing the company's new chief executive. Chief Executive Alain Bellemare said last month that while Bombardier was committed to having the plane certified by the end of 2015, its entry into service could be in 2016 depending on decisions made by customers. Bombardier had long said it was targeting entry into service in the second half of 2015. More »Bombardier CSeries delivery pushed to 2016: report
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Senator Cruz (R) of Texas, who recently announced he plans to run for president in 2016, provoked a swift and snarky reaction online to his comments made in an interview with The Texas Tribune Tuesday, where he compared "global warming alarmists" to flat-Earthers, then implying that his position was comparable to that of Galileo Galilei during the same time period. "Today, the global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers. Cruz went on to say that "there has been no significant warming whatsoever for 17 years," referencing an often misunderstood theory of a recent "hiatus" in global warming. More »Ted Cruz compares himself to Galileo: new language for climate change skeptics?
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A former Alabama police officer has been charged with violating the civil rights of an Indian grandfather whom he allegedly flung to the ground. Eric Sloan Parker, 26, is accused of using unreasonable force that left Sureshbhai Patel in hospital. Mr Patel, 57, was on his morning walk on 6 February while visiting his son when police were called by a neighbour suspicious of the stranger. After the family sued, Madison Police apologised to the Patel family, fired Parker and charged him with assault. More »Civil Rights Charge For Cop 'Who Floored Tourist'
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For example, a bakery, florist, or photographer could refuse on religious grounds to provide their services for a same-sex wedding, which is legal in Indiana. “Faith and religion are important values to millions of Hoosiers and with the passage of this legislation we ensure that Indiana will continue to be a place where we respect freedom of religion and make certain that government action will always be subject to the highest level of scrutiny that respects the religious beliefs of every Hoosier of every faith,” Gov. Pence said in a statement accompanying the bill signing. More »Indiana religious freedom act: how big a backlash?
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The NCAA investigation at his former school lingered over Donnie Tyndall before he ever coached a game for Tennessee, and now his unethical actions at Southern Mississippi have led to his firing after only one season. More »Tennessee fires men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall
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They have size (they’re the tallest team in college basketball, and even taller than all NBA teams, except the Minnesota Timberwolves), athleticism, and great coaching. West Virginia (25-10) made only six baskets in nearly thirty minutes of play on the way to being routed by the Wildcats, 78-39, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. West Virginia only scored two points in nearly nine minutes of action in the first half, piling up fouls all the way. One media outlet was moved to describe them as “… a helpless, poor pile of laundry that was once a talented West Virginia Mountaineers team.” By halftime, they had made just five of 25 shots, while Kentucky was shooting a gaudy 61 percent from the floor. More »NCAA 'Sweet 16': Kentucky, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Arizona advance
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By Tom Käckenhoff DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - German authorities said on Friday they had found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy. French prosecutors believe Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked himself alone in the cockpit of the Germanwings Airbus A320 on Tuesday and deliberately steered it into a mountain, killing all 150 people on board. "Documents with medical contents were confiscated that point towards an existing illness and corresponding treatment by doctors," said the prosecutors' office in Duesseldorf, where the co-pilot lived and where the doomed flight from Barcelona was heading. Germanwings said Lubitz had not submitted any sick note that would have grounded him on Tuesday, March 24, the day of the crash. More »Torn-up sick notes show crash pilot should have been grounded
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