WASHINGTON

Missile intercept successful

The Pentagon scored an important success Tuesday in a test of its oft-criticized missile defense program, destroying a mock warhead over the Pacific Ocean with an interceptor that is key to protecting U.S. territory from a North Korean attack. Vice Adm. Jim Syring, director of the Pentagon agency in charge of developing the missile defense system, called the test result “an incredible accomplishment” and a critical milestone for a program hampered by setbacks over the years. Despite the success, the $244 million test didn’t confirm that under wartime conditions the U.S. could intercept an intercontinental-range missile fired by North Korea. Pyongyang could develop decoys sophisticated enough to trick an interceptor into missing a real warhead.

Search for FBI chief widens

President Donald Trump is widening his search for FBI director, meeting with two additional candidates to replace ousted director James Comey. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump was meeting Tuesday with two contenders to lead the agency: former Transportation Security Administration head John Pistole and Chris Wray, a former top Justice Department official who has served as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s personal lawyer.

CHICAGO

Holiday weekend less violent

Chicago police say five people were killed and 44 were hurt in shootings over the Memorial Day weekend, which has become one of the deadliest times of the year in the city. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Tuesday morning that the statistics run from 6 p.m. Friday through midnight Monday. There were 33 shooting incidents during that time. The numbers this year are lower than last Memorial Day weekend, when Guglielmi says seven people were killed and 61 injured in 47 shooting incidents.

SEATTLE

Letourneau separation sought

The man who married his former sixth-grade teacher after she was jailed for raping him has filed for legal separation from her. King County court records show 33-year-old Vili Fualaau asked the court for a legal separation from 55-year-old Mary Kay Letourneau on May 9. Letourneau is a former suburban Seattle teacher who became tabloid fodder when she was convicted in 1997 of raping the then 12-year-old Fualaau. She was 34 and a married mother of four when the relationship began. The couple married on May 20, 2005, after she served a 7½-year prison term for child rape.

Compiled from wire reports