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Senior IS commander killed in US raid in Syria...Morsi gets death sentence...Notre Dame senior dies in fall



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BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. officials say a senior Islamic State commander has been killed in a firefight with American commandos in eastern Syria. Officials say about a dozen militant fighters were killed but the commandos all returned safely to their base in Iraq. The National Security Council identifies the commander who was killed as Abu Sayyaf, who had a senior role in overseeing the Islamic State group's oil and gas operations. It says his wife was captured in the raid and a Yazidi woman being held as a slave was rescued.

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced former President Mohammed Morsi and over 100 others to death over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. In what may be a reaction to today's sentences, security officials say three judges were gunned down by suspected Islamic militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected leader, was ousted by the military in July 2013 and his Muslim Brotherhood group is now outlawed.

POTISKUM, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian officials say a teenage suicide bomber blew herself up and killed seven other people today outside a bustling bus station in northeastern Nigeria. Some 33 people were seriously injured. A medical official says most of the victims are women and children who were selling smoked fish and packets of water at the bus staiton's exit gate.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A 21-year-old Notre Dame student who was to graduate this weekend has died after falling from the roof of the school's sports arena. The South Bend Tribune reports that a group of students climbed up on the roof of the Joyce Center early this morning. According to the university, the roof was wet and one of the students fell.

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City council member wants to make the city lights a bit less bright. A bill introduced by Donovan Richards Jr. calls for lights to be turned off at night in empty office buildings as a way to cut energy costs and help migratory birds. Critics say it could make the city less safe and diminish its signature sparkle. The bill exempts landmarks such as the Empire State and Chrysler buildings.

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