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IS claims TX attack ... Iraqi troops rush to refinery fight ... Big military drill in Jordan

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CAIRO (AP) — For the first time, the Islamic State extremist group is claiming responsibility for an attack in the U.S. An audio statement on the extremist group's Al Bayan radio station says that "two soldiers of the caliphate" carried out Sunday's attack at a center near Dallas, Texas, that was exhibiting cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. It's unclear whether Islamic State group is just being opportunistic.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's largest refinery is under siege by Islamic State group extremists and Baghdad is hustling reinforcements to Beiji, in the northern part of the country. Iraqi officials say there's heavy fighting at the facility which IS has been trying to capture for months. Iraq denies IS already controls part of the facility.

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is hosting the "Eager Lion" military drill for the fifth year, but circumstances are very different these days amid the backdrop of the Islamic State group, which controls much of neighboring Iraq and Syria. The two-week military exercise includes some 10,000 participants from 18 countries, including many members of a U.S.-led military coalition against IS.

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — A lawsuit is about to be filed in a deadly vehicle-train accident. The family of the SUV driver killed in the crash has filed a notice of claim that names the Metro-North commuter railroad, the MTA, Westchester County, the town of Mount Pleasant and the state as defendants. Ellen Brody died when a train struck her SUV at a grade crossing in Valhalla, New York. Five train passengers also died. Brody's family says the crossing was badly designed with poor sight lines.

ZHARI, Afghanistan (AP) — Many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall this year from the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan — the country's opium cultivation. They're getting ready to harvest opium from a new variety of seeds said to boost the yield of the resin that produces heroin. The plants also grow bigger, faster and use less water. No one seems to know the seeds' origin.

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