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HONORING THOSE WHO SERVED: U.S. Marines hoist the U.S. flag on the summit of Mt. Suribachi, near the site of a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, now known as Ioto, Japan, Saturday, March 21. The battle is one of WWII's bloodiest and most iconic battles. Photo: Associated Press/Eugene Hoshiko

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, center, hugs students at a local high school that she visited with Bun Rany, the first lady of Cambodia, second right, Saturday, March 21, on the outskirts of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Mrs. Obama is in Cambodia to promote the education initiative “Let Girls Learn,” which was launched to lift barriers that block more than 62 million girls around the world from attending school. (Wong Maye-E)
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An Afghan Shiite man kisses the holy mace for blessings during celebrations of Nowruz, the Persian new year, at the Kart-e-Sakhi shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, March 21. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for “new year,” is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring in countries including Afghanistan and Iran. (Rahmat Gul)
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Pope Francis waves from the pope mobile as he arrives for a meeting with residents of Scampia, suburb of Naples, Italy, Saturday, March 21. Pope Francis made an impassioned defense of the unemployed during a speech to people in the poor Neapolitan neighborhood of Scampia Saturday. (Andrew Medichini)
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Mourners gather during funeral services for the seven siblings killed in a house fire, Sunday, March 22, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The siblings, ages 5 to 16, died early Saturday when flames engulfed the Sassoon family home in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn. Investigators believe a hot plate left on a kitchen counter set off the fire that trapped the children and badly injured their mother and another sibling. (Julio Cortez)
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Three couples enjoy the spring equinox sunset over Turnagain Arm from Beluga Point on Saturday, March 21, in Anchorage, Alaska. The high temperature Saturday reached a high of 42 degrees, 7 degrees above the normal high, according to the National Weather Service. (Dan Joling)
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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas is seen through an American flag after announcing his campaign for president, Monday, March 23, at Liberty University, founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, in Lynchburg, Va. Cruz, who announced his candidacy on Twitter in the early morning hours, is the first major candidate in the 2016 race for president. (Andrew Harnik)
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Secretary of State John Kerry, center, speaks before the start of meetings at the Camp David Presidential retreat, Monday, March 23, in Camp David, Md. The pace of U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan will headline Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Washington, yet America’s exit from the war remains tightly hinged to the abilities of the Afghan forces that face a tough fight against insurgents this spring. From left are, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani, Kerry, Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, and Defense Secretary Ash Carter. (Evan Vucci)
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A farewell message to former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at the hospital where he passed away, Monday, March 23, in Singapore. Singaporeans wept and world leaders paid tribute Monday as the Southeast Asian city-state mourned the death of its founding father Lee Kuan Yew. The government announced that Lee “passed away peacefully” several hours before dawn at Singapore General Hospital. He was 91. (Joseph Nair)
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A woman walks with an umbrella during a snowstorm, Monday, March 23, in Niles, Ill. Spring snow hit just in time for the commute and could bring as much as 5 inches of snow in some parts of the Chicago area. (Nam Y. Huh)
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Tourists visit the Hamel Alley as a Cuban woman smokes a cigar in the background, in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, March 22. Tourism to Cuba is up sharply in the months since Washington and Havana announced in December that they would move toward a historic rapprochement. Where foreigners see charming, historic architecture, bright 1950s-era American cars and vast stretches of white-sand beaches, locals see decaying buildings in need of repair, new vehicles priced beyond their reach and a lack of economic opportunity. (Desmond Boylan)
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The shoes of Browns Mill Elementary School fourth-grader Sydney Robinson peek out from under a sign she holds during a rally against Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposal to take over schools dubbed “chronically failing” at the Capitol, Monday, March 23, in Atlanta. A key House committee is expected to vote on Gov. Deal’s proposal Monday afternoon. The Senate already has passed the constitutional amendment and accompanying legislation but the Republican governor could face a tougher fight in the House. (David Goldman)
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Sahil Doshi, 14, of Pittsburgh shows his carbon-dioxide powered battery idea to President Barack Obama during the president’s tour of the White House Science Fair, Monday, March 23, at the White House in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin)
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The One World Trade Center building, second from right, is reflected in the windows of the 9/11 Museum, in New York, Monday, March 23. The first stair-climb benefit will be held at One World Trade Center in May to raise money for military veterans, two foundations, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Captain Billy Burke Foundation, formed after the 9/11 attacks announced Monday. (Richard Drew)
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Imam Ali Brigades, members of of an Iraqi Shiite militant group, launch rockets against Islamic State extremist positions during clashes in Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, March 24. (Khalid Mohammed)
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Rescue workers and gendarme gather in Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps, Tuesday, March 24, as search-and-rescue teams struggle to reach the remote crash site of Germanwings passenger plane. A Germanwings passenger jet carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in the French Alps as it flew from Spain’s Barcelona airport to Duesseldorf in Germany, authorities said.(Claude Paris)
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State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, left, celebrates with Kristi Baggarly, holding her daughter Kimber, 1, as they walk through the Capitol after the Senate approved Peake’s medical marijuana bill Tuesday, March 24, in Atlanta. The bill will legalize possession of cannabis oil for treatment of certain medical conditions, like for Baggarly’s other daughter Kendle, who suffers from seizures. (David Goldman)
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D.J. Strother, foreground, is comforted by Louisiana National Guard Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, during a deplaning ceremony for the casket of his father, Chief Warrant Officer George David Strother, at Louisiana Air National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility #2 at Esler Field in Pineville, La., Tuesday, March 24. The father and son served in the Guard together. Strother was killed along with three other Guardsmen and seven Marines in a helicopter crash during a training exercise off the coast of Florida March 10. (Gerald Herbert)
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Men inspect a school bus that crashed into a home Tuesday morning, March 24, in Blue Bell, Pa. Officials say nine students from St. Helena School were aboard, but none were injured, when the bus slammed into the suburban Philadelphia home around 7:45 a.m. Officials say the bus driver was taken to Abington Hospital. People inside the home were not hurt. (Matt Rourke)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, French President Francois Hollande, right, and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pay respect to victims in front of the mountain where a Germanwings jetliner crashed Tuesday, in Le Vernet, France, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. French investigators cracked open the badly damaged black box of a German jetliner on Wednesday and sealed off the rugged Alpine crash site where 150 people died when their plane on a flight from Barcelona, Spain to Duesseldorf slammed into a mountain. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, French President Francois Hollande, right, and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pay respect to victims in front of the mountain where a Germanwings jetliner crashed Tuesday, in Le Vernet, France, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. French investigators cracked open the badly damaged black box of a German jetliner on Wednesday and sealed off the rugged Alpine crash site where 150 people died when their plane on a flight from Barcelona, Spain to Duesseldorf slammed into a mountain. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)

A stele and flowers laid in memory of the victims are placed in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France, Friday, March 27, 2015. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain, which killed all 150 people aboard, 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 Tuesday from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.

A stele and flowers laid in memory of the victims are placed in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France, Friday, March 27, 2015. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain, which killed all 150 people aboard, 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 Tuesday from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

In this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 photo Andreas Lubitz competes at the Airportrun in Hamburg, northern Germany. Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday, March 27, 2015. The evidence came from the search of Lubitz's homes in two German cities for an explanation of why he crashed the Airbus A320 into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.

In this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 photo Andreas Lubitz competes at the Airportrun in Hamburg, northern Germany. Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday, March 27, 2015. The evidence came from the search of Lubitz’s homes in two German cities for an explanation of why he crashed the Airbus A320 into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. (AP Photo/Michael Mueller)

Kentucky's Marcus Lee, right, blocks a shot by West Virginia's Jonathan Holton during the first half of a college basketball game in the NCAA men's tournament regional semifinals, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Cleveland.

Kentucky’s Marcus Lee, right, blocks a shot by West Virginia’s Jonathan Holton during the first half of a college basketball game in the NCAA men’s tournament regional semifinals, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Raffaele Sollecito, right, leaves Italy's highest court building, in Rome, Friday, March 27, 2015. American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Sollecito expect to learn their fate Friday when Italy's highest court hears their appeal of their guilty verdicts in the brutal 2007 murder of Knox's British roommate Meredith Kercher.

Raffaele Sollecito, right, leaves Italy’s highest court building, in Rome, Friday, March 27, 2015. American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Sollecito expect to learn their fate Friday when Italy’s highest court hears their appeal of their guilty verdicts in the brutal 2007 murder of Knox’s British roommate Meredith Kercher. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca )

A pile of debris remains at the site of a building explosion in the East Village neighborhood of New York, Friday, March 27, 2015. Nineteen people were injured, four critically, after the powerful blast and fire sent flames soaring and debris flying Thursday afternoon. Preliminary evidence suggested that a gas explosion amid plumbing and gas work inside the building was to blame.

A pile of debris remains at the site of a building explosion in the East Village neighborhood of New York, Friday, March 27, 2015. Nineteen people were injured, four critically, after the powerful blast and fire sent flames soaring and debris flying Thursday afternoon. Preliminary evidence suggested that a gas explosion amid plumbing and gas work inside the building was to blame. (AP/The New York Times, Nancy Borowick, Pool)

Iraqi security forces launch rockets against Islamic State extremist positions during clashes in Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, March 27, 2015. On the ground, the Iraqi troops pressed their push in Tikrit on Friday as fighter planes pounded IS targets from above. Militants holed up in the center of Tikrit fired mortars at the military, slowing its progress despite the new aerial campaign. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iraqi security forces launch rockets against Islamic State extremist positions during clashes in Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, March 27, 2015. On the ground, the Iraqi troops pressed their push in Tikrit on Friday as fighter planes pounded IS targets from above. Militants holed up in the center of Tikrit fired mortars at the military, slowing its progress despite the new aerial campaign (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

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