iStock/Thinkstock(OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso) — Air Algerie lost contact with one of its aircraft over northwestern Africa, the airline reported Thursday.

Air navigation services lost track of the plane about 50 minutes after it took off from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, according to Agence France Presse.

Flight AH5017 was flying to Algiers with 110 passengers and six crew members on board.

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(NEW YORK) — Russell Simmons is set to honor his ex-wife, Kimora Lee Simmons, among others at the 15th annual Art for Life Benefit in Bridgehampton, New York, on July 26, which will benefit his Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Although it may raise eyebrows for some, the rap and media mogul tells ABC News Radio that in fact, Kimora and her husband, investment banker Tim Leissner, are huge supporters of the foundation and are expected to announce a “huge number” donation that evening, marking the “biggest donation we ever received.”

So how do the two exes remain friends after splitting in 2009? “How is that possible that you could love somebody so much and then create something so beautiful as your children and not share that bond and appreciate the process?” Simmons asks rhetorically.

“No matter what your differences are you should have something much greater than those differences in your children,” he adds. “And I think it seems to me elementary but, you know, surprising to some other people.”

Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons are parent to two daughters, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee. Kimora also has a son, Kenzo, with her ex-boyfriend, actor Djimon Hounsou.

With the help of Kimora’s donation, the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation will continue to expose the arts to inner city youth in New York City. Russell said he started the foundation with his brothers, rapper/minister Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons and Danny Simmons, because it was instilled in them at an early age that arts and creativity were important.

“My mother was a painter. My father was a poet. My brother is a painter. My other brother is a poet. I’m a producer of creative projects and a writer of creative projects. And so I realized that the outward expression and everything you do is informed by some creativity, some imagination,” Simmons explains. “It’s very important to cultivate the imagination.”

Music lovers may want to check out the “Art for Life” auction on Charitybuzz, in which proceeds will also go to the foundation. The auction includes the opportunity to meet LL Cool J, meet Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and attend their September 13 concert in Las Vegas, hang out with John Legend while he’s on the road or meet Will Smith and attend the red carpet premiere of his upcoming film, Focus, in 2015. Bidding is open for those prizes until August 7.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — House Republicans unveiled a plan Wednesday to address the southern border crisis, recommending that the National Guard assist in humanitarian care of the influx of minors entering the country.

House Speaker John Boehner has already called on President Obama to implement the reserve military force, while Texas Gov. Rick Perry already made the decision on his own.

Both Boehner and Perry have not been shy about blaming the president’s policies for inviting the influx of illegal immigrants, and both have stressed how the crisis has taxed both the U.S. Border Patrol and local municipalities that have been dealing with the tens of thousands of people coming across the border.

Following prompting, the president sent a team to Texas to evaluate whether deploying the National Guard would tackle the immigration issues, White House officials confirmed.

Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-Texas), chairwoman of the House Working Group, announced the committee’s solutions Wednesday.

“Our focus has been to ensure the safety of the children and it has remained a top priority throughout this process,” Granger said in a statement. “In our personal meetings with the Presidents of Honduras and Guatemala they both stated that they wanted their children back, and we believe that is in the best interest of all the countries involved in this crisis. We look forward to working with these countries as they prepare to receive their children back.”

In addition to deploying the National Guard, the group suggested establishing an independent third-party commission to develop border security metrics, along with the creation of repatriation centers in other countries to secure the return of families and unaccompanied minors. Lawmakers also called for tougher penalties for individuals participating in the smuggling of children.

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Federal Aviation Administration announced the lifting of restrictions on U.S. airline flights into and out of Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday.

“Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation,” the agency said in a statement.

The notice comes after an earlier decision in which the agency renewed a ban on travel to or from Tel Aviv and prohibited air travel to the region for another 24 hours.

Initially, the FAA banned flights Tuesday following a rocket strike that landed nearly a mile from the airport.

“The agency will continue to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport and will take additional actions, as necessary,” the FAA added.

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Federal Aviation Administration announced the lifting of restrictions on U.S. airline flights into and out of Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday.

“Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation,” the agency said in a statement.

The notice comes after an earlier decision in which the agency renewed a ban on travel to or from Tel Aviv and prohibited air travel to the region for another 24 hours.

Initially, the FAA banned flights Tuesday following a rocket strike that landed nearly a mile from the airport.

“The agency will continue to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport and will take additional actions, as necessary,” the FAA added.

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(NEW YORK) — Restricted free agent winger Chris Kreider has avoided arbitration and agreed on a two-year contract with the New York Rangers.

ESPN reports Kreider will make an average of $2.475 million annually.

Kreider was selected by the Rangers with the 19th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. Last season, the 23-year-old scored 17 goals and dished out 20 assists in 66 regular season games for the Blue Shirts.

The Rangers and Kreider came to terms just before their arbitration hearing that was scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS (NEW YORK) — The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – the successor to the Late Show with David Letterman will stay in New York and continue its broadcast from the Ed Sullivan Theatre, officials announced Wednesday.

The decision is in line with a commitment by CBS for approximately 200 local jobs to support the daily program’s schedule.

“New York has long been an international entertainment leader, and with this commitment from CBS we are beginning the next chapter in that proud history,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Wednesday.

David Letterman is set to pass down the show to Colbert in 2015 after a 21-year run. The late-night host announced his retirement during an April 3 broadcast.

“David Letterman has graced this hall and city with comedy and entertainment that defined a generation,” said Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation. “When Dave decides to pass the baton next year, we look forward to welcoming Stephen Colbert, one of the most innovative and respected forces on TV, to this storied television theater. I would also like to applaud Gov. Cuomo for all that he has done to keep New York a vibrant and attractive location for all forms of television production. We’re excited to be here in late night for many years to come.”

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Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS (NEW YORK) — The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – the successor to the Late Show with David Letterman will stay in New York and continue its broadcast from the Ed Sullivan Theatre, officials announced Wednesday.

The decision is in line with a commitment by CBS for approximately 200 local jobs to support the daily program’s schedule.

“New York has long been an international entertainment leader, and with this commitment from CBS we are beginning the next chapter in that proud history,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Wednesday.

David Letterman is set to pass down the show to Colbert in 2015 after a 21-year run. The late-night host announced his retirement during an April 3 broadcast.

“David Letterman has graced this hall and city with comedy and entertainment that defined a generation,” said Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation. “When Dave decides to pass the baton next year, we look forward to welcoming Stephen Colbert, one of the most innovative and respected forces on TV, to this storied television theater. I would also like to applaud Gov. Cuomo for all that he has done to keep New York a vibrant and attractive location for all forms of television production. We’re excited to be here in late night for many years to come.”

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General Motors(DETROIT) — Automaker General Motors announced another round of recalls Wednesday for more than 700,000 vehicles in the United States.

Newer models of Chevrolets and Buicks are affected, with the company citing them for safety issues. Many concerns include loose nuts and bolts, or welding on the seats.

“These recalls signify how we’ve enhanced our approach to safety,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president of Global Vehicle Safety. “We are bringing greater rigor and discipline to our analysis and decision making. If we identify an issue – large or small – that might affect the safety of our customers, we will act decisively.”

The recent addition of recalls comes on the heels of criticism over faulty ignition switches in numerous cars from the company — defects blamed for dozens of deaths. The automaker reportedly knew about the defects for years before they acted upon them. In light of this, the spotlight remains on GM, said Edmunds analyst Jessica Caldwell, prompting them to recall vehicles over the smallest of issues.

“I think it just shows that GM is really looking at everything with a fine tooth comb and if there’s any issue whatsoever, they’re going to recall it,” Caldwell added. “So they’re looking just really closely at anything that could go wrong, because they’re really not in a position to be flippant about anything.”

The list of affected models can be found on the GM website.

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General Motors(DETROIT) — Automaker General Motors announced another round of recalls Wednesday for more than 700,000 vehicles in the United States.

Newer models of Chevrolets and Buicks are affected, with the company citing them for safety issues. Many concerns include loose nuts and bolts, or welding on the seats.

“These recalls signify how we’ve enhanced our approach to safety,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president of Global Vehicle Safety. “We are bringing greater rigor and discipline to our analysis and decision making. If we identify an issue – large or small – that might affect the safety of our customers, we will act decisively.”

The recent addition of recalls comes on the heels of criticism over faulty ignition switches in numerous cars from the company — defects blamed for dozens of deaths. The automaker reportedly knew about the defects for years before they acted upon them. In light of this, the spotlight remains on GM, said Edmunds analyst Jessica Caldwell, prompting them to recall vehicles over the smallest of issues.

“I think it just shows that GM is really looking at everything with a fine tooth comb and if there’s any issue whatsoever, they’re going to recall it,” Caldwell added. “So they’re looking just really closely at anything that could go wrong, because they’re really not in a position to be flippant about anything.”

The list of affected models can be found on the GM website.

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