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US commandos kill senior IS commander in Syria...Iraq bolsters forces in Ramadi after IS advance

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 16, 2015 at 9:01 a.m.



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BEIRUT (AP) — A defense official says U.S. commandos met stiff resistance as they conducted a raid in Syria last night that killed a senior Islamic State commander and about a dozen other militants. The official says the raid was conducted by a team of Army Delta commandos who flew from Iraq into eastern Syria aboard V-22 Osprey aircraft and Blackhawk helicopters. The Americans returned safely to their base and officials say no civilians were killed in the raid.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's military has dispatched reinforcements to help its battered forces in Ramadi, a day after Islamic State militants gained control of most of the city. An Iraqi military spokesman told Iraqi state television that the U.S.-led coalition was supporting Iraqi troops with airstrikes since late yesterday. He didn't give details on the ongoing battles.

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has been sentenced to death, but his execution is likely to be years away as the case winds through the appeals process. A federal jury swept aside arguments he was just a "kid" who fell under the influence of his fanatical older brother. In weighing the arguments for and against death, the jurors decided among other things that Tsarnaev showed a lack of remorse.

UNDATED (AP) — A tax on health insurers is helping pay for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, but it's proving costly to state governments. The burden on states could add up to $13 billion in less than a decade — thanks to the private sector's growing role in Medicaid. The Health Insurance Providers Fee was aimed at insurance companies. Insurers raised prices for individuals and small businesses to cover the new tax. And they're raising their prices to state Medicaid programs, too.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has squared off in the boxiong ring with five-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield. Romney, who's 68, sparred -- sort of -- with the 52-year-old Holyfield last night in a charity fight night event in Salt Lake City. During two short rounds, the two mainly danced around, occasionally lightly jabbing each other in the midsection. The lighthearted bout took place amid several other fights by professional boxers and an auction.

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