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Pentagon: US commandos kill key Islamic State figure...FBI looks into whether object struck Amtrak train



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BEIRUT (AP) — The Pentagon says U.S. commandos have mounted a rare raid in eastern Syria, killing the Islamic State commander in charge of oil fields in a firefight and capturing his wife. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the raid Saturday, identifying the militant as Abu Sayyaf. He said no U.S. forces were killed or injured.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal investigators who have spoken with the engineer of the Amtrak train that derailed on Tuesday say he's cooperative, but can't recall anything. His lawyer says the operator suffered a concussion. Meanwhile, the FBI will look into the possibility that an object of some type struck the locomotive's windshield. The lead investigator declined to speculate about the exact significance of a projectile.

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's army says searchers have recovered all eight bodies from the crash of a U.S. Marine helicopter that crashed this week during an earthquake relief mission. The wreckage was found on Friday. The helicopter carried six Marines and two Nepali soldiers. It disappeared several days ago.

BAGHDAD (AP) — The battle for Ramadi is getting reinforcements from Baghdad. An Iraqi military spokesman says more troops are being dispatched to the capital of Anbar province. The city is now largely held by the Islamic State group. Officials also say the U.S. is launching air strikes in support of the Iraqi operation.

SWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) — It's a bittersweet ending to the academic year at Sweet Briar College, a tiny women's school on the eastern slope of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Today's commencement will mark the closure of the school amid anger and finger-pointing over the state of Sweet Briar's finances. The school sites declining enrollment, rising tuition, debt and an endowment that is largely restricted.

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