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The headquarters of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt. Germany's largest bank has been hit with a $2.5 billion fine for manipulating a key interest rate. Seven other banks in various countries have also been fined in the far-reaching scandal.

Germany's Largest Bank Fined Record $2.5 Billion In Rate-Fixing Scandal

Deutsche Bank, Germany's largest bank, has been fined $2.5 billion dollars by U.S. and U.K. regulators for trying to manipulate the so-called Libor rate, a benchmark for inter-bank loans, which in turn is used to set interest rates on everything from credit card debt to mortgages.

The German bank is one of eight financial institutions, including Swiss-based UBS and the Royal Bank of Scotland, that were caught up in the scandal, which involved dozens of traders and managers,and spanned a four-year period from 2005-2009.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho bust some moves at the 2015 Skoll World Forum.

Feeling Blue? Share A Laugh With Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The term "living legend" is tossed around so much that it really doesn't have much sway.

But when I had the privilege of hearing Archbishop Desmond Tutu speak at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England, last week, I knew I was in the presence of ... a living legend. Dressed in a dark suit, white cleric's collar and purple sweater, with a large shining silver cross around his neck, Tutu radiated goodness and good humor from the moment he came onstage.

President Obama expresses his condolences today to the families of the American and Italian aid workers killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January.

U.S. Operations Killed Two Hostages Held By Al-Qaida, Including An American

Updated at 12:53 a.m. ET

President Obama offered his "grief and condolences" to the families of the American and Italian aid workers killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January. Both men were held hostage by al-Qaida.

"I take full responsibility for a U.S. government counterterrorism operation that killed two innocent hostages held by al-Qaida," Obama said.

In this photo made available Thursday, April 23, 2015, migrants crowd and inflatable dinghy as the Italian Coast Guard approaches them, off the Libyan coast, on Wednesday.

EU Leaders Close To Agreement To Deal With Influx Of Migrants

The European Union appears close to an agreement to would step up efforts to rescue migrants trying to reach EU countries by crossing the Mediterranean. The measures would include capturing and destroying human traffickers' vessels. The move comes days after as many as 900 drowned when a single boat capsized off the Libyan coast.

Chile's Calbuco volcano is seen from the town of Puerto Montt on Wednesday, as it spews a high column of ash and lava.

Watch A Time-Lapse Video Of The Calbuco Volcano Erupting In Chile

The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile erupted this week for the first time in four decades. Quiet since 1972, it's blown twice since Wednesday, generating striking images and concerns over the effects of both the lava and a mammoth cloud of ash.

That column of ejected ash measures nearly 7 miles, says Chile's National Mining and Geology Service, citing a "flyby" that was made early Thursday. In its latest update, the agency says volcanic activity is finally diminishing but that a state of emergency remains for a 12-mile area.

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To Get More Students Through College, Give Them Fewer Choices

How many different flavors of jam do you need to be happy?

In 2000, a famous experiment showed that when people were presented with a supermarket sampler of 24 exotic fruit flavors, they were more attracted to the display. But, when the sample included only six flavors, they were 10 times more likely to actually buy.

At a hearing in a federal courthouse Thursday, former CIA director and retired Gen. David Petraeus is expected to be sentenced to two years' probation for the unauthorized removal and retention of classified material.

Gen. David Petraeus Will Be Sentenced Thursday Over Secret Notebooks

In a federal courthouse in Charlotte, former CIA Director and retired Gen. David Petraeus will be sentenced today for the unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, in the form of notebooks he shared with his lover.

Supporters of the Shiite Houthi movement brandish weapons as they take part in a demonstration in Yemen's capital of Sanaa on Thursday, protesting the Saudi-led military "Decisive Storm" air campaign.

Saudi Airstrikes Target Houthi Forces In Yemen, Despite Talks Of Peace

Despite Saudi Arabia's announcement earlier this week that a coalition would wind down the nearly month-old military campaign it has been waging in Yemen, warplanes have been hitting areas under Houthi control Thursday. It's now very unclear when peace talks that were mentioned earlier this week might occur.

From Riyadh, NPR's Leila Fadel reports for our Newscast unit:

"The Saudis had said that although strikes were ending, they would use force against Houthi movements inside the poor Gulf country.

Michael Brown's Family Will Sue Ferguson Over Police Shooting Death

The parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed man whom a Ferguson, Mo., police officer shot and killed last August, are filing a civil lawsuit against the city. It's not yet known whether the lawsuit will include Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown, 18.

The lawsuit will be filed at the St. Louis County Courthouse this morning, the family says. We'll follow the accompanying news conference for any updates.

From St. Louis Public Radio:

More Whistleblowers Say Health Plans Are Gouging Medicare

Privately run Medicare plans, fresh off a lobbying victory that reversed proposed budget cuts, face new scrutiny from government investigators and whistleblowers who allege that plans have overcharged the government for years.

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