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Attorney general bids farewell after 6-year tenure

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 9:34am
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 that they helped produce a "golden age" in the department's history. (...)
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After drone killings, pressure for a new hostage strategy

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 9:20am
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. (...)
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Obama defends US intelligence after hostage deaths

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 8:31am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after revealing an intelligence failure that cost the lives of two al-Qaida hostages, President Barack Obama on Friday praised his spying operations as the most capable in the world while promising a review aimed at preventing future mistakes. (...)
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Obama: Intel officers determined to protect innocent lives

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 8:11am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling members of the U.S. intelligence community that he appreciates their service and understands they don't take their work lightly. (...)
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No trade breakthrough expected with Japan during Abe visit

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 7:43am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House does not expect President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) to announce a final agreement next week on trade talks between the two nations. (...)
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After drone killings, pressure for a new hostage strategy

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 7:37am
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. (...)
Categories: Politics

Attorney general to bid farewell after 6-year tenure

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 7:19am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder was bidding farewell to the Justice Department on Friday after six years as the nation's top law enforcement official. (...)
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Pentagon cites de-escalation of tensions over Iranian ships

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:49am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The prospect of a U.S.-Iranian confrontation over the potential delivery of Iranian weapons to rebels in Yemen has receded, Pentagon officials said Friday. (...)
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Attorney general to bid farewell after 6-year tenure

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:39am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder bids farewell to the Justice Department after six years as the nation's top law enforcement official. (...)
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Lynch to be sworn in as attorney general on Monday

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:37am
WASHINGTON (AP) — As attorney general Loretta Lynch assumes a portfolio that includes fighting terrorism, preventing cyberattacks and dealing with police and race — issues strikingly similar to what she's dealt with as top federal prosecutor for much of New York City and its eastern suburbs. (...)
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White House seeks to smooth information for hostage families

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 6:11am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is looking at streamlining information given to families of terror hostages. That's in response to complaints about how the government has kept relatives of kidnapped Americans apprised about their status. (...)
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Pentagon cites de-escalation of tensions over Iranian ships

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 5:38am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon official says tension has abated over the prospect of Iranian cargo ships delivering advanced weaponry to Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Iranian convoy is now headed back in the direction of Iran. (...)
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Hostage deaths a reminder of risk of 'deadly mistakes'

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:57am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. investigators took months to piece together evidence that led to the conclusion that drone strikes had killed two Western hostages and two Americans who worked for al-Qaida, U.S. officials said Friday. (...)
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Attorney general to bid farewell after 6-year tenure

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:35am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder bids farewell to the Justice Department after six years as the nation's top law enforcement official. (...)
Categories: Politics

Hostage deaths a reminder of risk of 'deadly mistakes'

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:10am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. investigators took months to piece together evidence that led to the conclusion that a drone strike had killed two Western hostages and two Americans who worked for al-Qaida, U.S. officials said Friday. (...)
Categories: Politics