For the first time, two female Marines are among those training to see if they have what it takes to be battlefield leaders. They're part of a test to see if women can lead Marines in ground combat — jobs that are closed to them now. The training is so difficult that about 20 percent of participants fail.
After a two-year investigation, a Senate report released Wednesday criticizes the Department of Homeland Security's "fusion centers" as ineffective, expensive, and encroaching on civil liberties. The centers were created after Sept. 11 to improve communication between federal counter-terrorism agents and state and local law enforcement. A department spokesman called the report flawed.
The investigation continues into Tuesday's fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent near the Arizona-Mexico border. He was one of three agents responding to a ground sensor activated just north of the border. A second agent was wounded in the attack.
Two weeks after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, there remain many competing accounts of how it began. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. Should security should have been better, and what role did al-Qaida play, if any?
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