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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning. That's according to a White House official. Holder has been attorney general since the start of President Barack Obama's first term. Holder was the first black attorney general and has been the fourth-longest person to hold the job. He plans to remain at the Justice Department until his successor is in place.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul have publicly killed a rights lawyer -- after their self-styled Islamic court convicted her of abandoning Islam. That word comes from the U.N. mission in Iraq. It says the militants seized the woman (Samira Salih al-Muaimi) from her home last week after she allegedly posted messages on Facebook that criticized the militants' destruction of religious sites in Mosul. The U.N. mission says she was tortured for five days before the militants sentenced her to "public execution."

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A senior diplomat in the United Arab Emirates diplomat says the Gulf federation's first female air force pilot helped carry out airstrikes against Islamic State militants earlier this week. Rumors had swirled on social media that Maj. Mariam al-Mansouri was involved in the airstrikes, but officials had not previously confirmed that was the case. The Gulf federation is one of five Arab countries that have joined the U.S.-led coalition carrying out the airstrikes in Syria.

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian forces have expanded their search through a mountainous region where an extremist group beheaded a French hostage. Algeria has vowed to find those behind the killing, and it's promising to protect foreign citizens on its soil. The extremist group claims allegiance to the Islamic State militants. It had called on France to stop taking part in airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq.

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies are leading a broad decline in U.S. stocks that has pulled the Dow Jones industrial average down 200 points. Apple sank 3 percent after the company pulled a software update for its iPhones late yesterday as users complained that they weren't able to make calls.

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