Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has made his first 2011 campaign swing into Iowa, site of the first presidential caucuses next year.
He got off to a less than picture-perfect start, though, trying to focus on economic issues but facing questions about his commitment to competing in the state where he spent heavily but finished second to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2008.
Alain Bouillard of France's air incident investigation bureau, held a news conference on May 12 near Paris. The agency, known as the BEA, released its first formal statement on the crash of Air France 447 on Friday.
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The captain of the Brazil-bound Air France plane that crashed in the Atlantic in 2009 was not at the controls when the plane began to plunge, according to the first formal report from France's Air accident investigation bureau.
The flight recorders recovered from the crash, which killed all 228 people on board, show that the captain was out of the cockpit for a routine rest period when the jetliner started to descend at a sharp angle from 38,000 feet.
President Obama (center, back to camera) and leaders earlier today at the G8 summit in Deauville, France.
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As they pledged $40 billion to help countries that make reforms during this "Arab Spring" in North Africa and the Middle East, President Obama and the other leaders of the world's most powerful nations also issued a warning to "autocratic regimes in the Arab world" and to Iran.
As the news broke on Friday that President Obama signed the Patriot Act extension from France via autopen, you could almost hear thousands of Americans asking in unison, "What's an autopen?"
Well, it's a device that's often used by rock stars or sports heroes and yes, the President of the United States, usually to sign letters. This is the first time we know of that an autopen has signed a bill into law, though its use was carefully considered by the Justice Department in the George W. Bush administration.