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** FILE ** Female soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division train on a firing range while testing new body armor in Fort Campbell, Ky., in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

8 women remain in Army Ranger course

- The Washington Times

Of the 19 women who began the first integrated Ranger Course on Sunday, eight have survived the Ranger Assessment Phase and are continuing through one of the Army’s most elite training programs.

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2015. The president took full responsibility for deaths of American, Italian hostages, expresses apologies. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Fatal U.S. drone strike on hostages raises questions about policy

- The Washington Times

President Obama was forced to concede Thursday that the U.S. killed two innocent hostages, including an American, in a drone strike targeting an al Qaeda compound in Pakistan in January, raising fresh questions about the administration’s drone policy and its efforts to rescue captives held by terrorists.

The North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un does not appear interested in holding sincere talks on giving up his nuclear arms. (Associated Press)

Kim Jong-un stirs Chinese controversy over name of mountain he claims to have scaled

The story Monday of North Korea’s obese leader, Kim Jong-un, scaling a 9,000-foot mountain — in leather shoes and neat dress coat, on a pair of legs that had undergone operation and needed a walking cane only a couple of months ago — has stirred up a firestorm on China’s Internet, the world’s largest closed cyber community with over 600 million users known as Netizens.

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Court: Family of teen shot across border can't sue in US

- Associated Press

A U.S. Border Patrol agent who killed a teenager when he fired across the border from Texas into Mexico cannot be sued in U.S. courts by the Mexican teen's family, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

Attorney General Eric Holder waves to Justice Department during a farewell gathering at the Justice Department in Washington, Friday, April 24, 2015. Holder was bidding farewell to the Justice Department on Friday after six years as the nation's top law enforcement official. Holder was addressing employees at an afternoon ceremony one day after his chosen successor, Loretta Lynch, was confirmed by the Senate following a months-long delay.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Attorney general bids farewell after 6-year tenure

- Associated Press

Attorney General Eric Holder bid farewell to the Justice Department on Friday after six years, outlining what he said were his major accomplishments and telling staffers they helped produce a "golden age" in the department's history.

2 nuke launch officers face illegal drug charges

- Associated Press

Two more Air Force nuclear missile launch officers have been charged with illegal drug use in cases stemming from an investigation that led to the disclosure last year of a separate exam-cheating scandal, the Air Force said Friday.

After drone killings, pressure for a new hostage strategy

- Associated Press

The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism - and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families.

Iraqi general, 3 officers killed in Islamic State ambush

- Associated Press

Fighters from the Islamic State group ambushed an Iraqi army convoy on Friday with a bulldozer packed with explosives, killing the commander of the Iraqi 1st Division and three of his staff officers north of Fallujah, said military officials.

Ex-CIA man convicted of Iran leak seeks lenient sentence

- Associated Press

Lawyers for a former CIA officer convicted of leaking details of a secret mission to derail Iran's nuclear ambitions argued Friday that he deserves a light sentence similar to that just handed down to ex-CIA director David Petraeus.

Italy seeks info from US in drone strike hostage death

- Associated Press

Italy said Friday it wanted more information from the United States about how an Italian aid worker was killed in a U.S. drone strike on the Afghan-Pakistan border as officials sought to explain why it took three months to be told about the "tragic error."

In this picture taken on April 26, 2005, the former head of the Syrian political security branch Maj. Gen. Rostom Ghazali, center,  who also was a former Syrian intelligence chief in Lebanon, escorted by his supporters as he looks to an Arabic placard that reads:"Thanks Syria," after he get out from his car on his way cross the Lebanese border point of Masnaa in the Bekaa Valley, east of Beirut, Lebanon. Ghazali the powerful Syrian general who once the most powerful man in Lebanon and suspected of involvement in the 2005 assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister Rafik, has died in a hospital in the capital Damascus, a Syrian activist and local media are reporting Friday, April 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Powerful former Syrian army general dies in hospital

- Associated Press

Rostom Ghazali, the Syrian general once considered the most powerful man in Lebanon and a key suspect in the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, has died in a hospital in the capital Damascus, a Syrian activist and local media reported on Friday.

FILE - Cesar Chavez, civil rights advocate and United Farm Workers founder, is shown in this June 29, 1989 file photo. On Thursday April 23, 2015, the 22nd anniversary of his death, Chavez will get full graveside honors from the U.S. Navy at his memorial in California. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Correction: Cesar Chavez-Military Honors story

- Associated Press

In a story April 23 about military honors at Cesar Chavez's gravesite, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of Chavez's sister. Her name is Rita Chavez Medina, not Rita Chavez Martin.