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File-This March 6, 2015, file photo shows Defense Secretary Ash Carter, speaking during a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the Pentagon.  Carter is considering easing some military enlistment standards as part of a broader set of initiatives to better attract and keep quality service members and civilians across the Defense Department. While there are few details yet, Carter is exploring whether to adjust some of the requirements for certain military jobs, such as those involving cyber or high-tech expertise.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

“Are we able to compete, are we able to keep up?” he asked the division soldiers, some of whom are preparing to deploy to southern Afghanistan. He also announced for the first time that some of division soldiers will deploy to Iraq later this summer. About 1,250 will go.

In this Monday, March 23, 2015 photo, a bust of the late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, right, rests on a mantel in a replica of the U.S. Senate office once belonging to his brother, the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, in Boston. The $79 million institute is scheduled to be dedicated on Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

“What if we carried ourselves more like Ted Kennedy? What if we were to follow his example a little bit harder?” the president asked a crowd of family, former aides and political dignitaries of both parties under a tent in raw weather just outside the doors of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute.

A Maryland State Police cruiser sits at a blocked southbound entrance on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway that accesses the National Security Agency, Monday, March 30, 2015, in Fort Meade, Md. A spokeswoman at Fort Meade says two people have been injured near a gate to the NSA. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Mary Phelan, a spokeswoman for the Howard County Police Department, says the car involved in the NSA shooting was stolen Monday morning from a hotel in Jessup, Maryland. She declined to name the hotel, citing the ongoing investigation, or release any further details, referring all questions to the FBI.

Flags representing differents nations  are deployed during  ceremony with  family  members of victims in front of  a stele,  a stone slab erected as a monument, set up in memory of the victims  in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France, Sunday, March 29, 2015. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain Tuesday killed all 150 people aboard, and has raised questions about the mental state of the co-pilot. Authorities believe the 27-year-old German deliberately sought to destroy the Airbus A320 as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

“The German Federal Aviation Office isn’t directly responsible for assessing the air-medical fitness of pilots,” said Cornelia Cramer, a spokeswoman for the agency, which is in charge of granting pilots’ licenses.

Mideast Yemen

According to officials, the combined force of Houthis and Saleh loyalists is positioned about 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Aden, near the southern city of Zinjibar. The rebels have used artillery barrages to target pro-Hadi militias known as the Popular Committees.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, gestures as he takes a walk during a break of the new round of talks on Iran's nuclear program, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone, Jean-Christophe Bott)

“But we do not shut our eyes, and we will continue to act against any threat,” he said — an allusion to Israeli warnings that it will use force as a last resort against Tehran’s nuclear program.