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BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. officials say a senior Islamic State commander has been killed and his wife captured in the first known U.S. ground operation against IS militants in Syria. A U.S. defense official says an Army Delta commando team engaged a group of militants in a gunfight and hand-to-hand combat. The U.S. says about a dozen militants were killed but no Americans were hurt.

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Islamic State fighters have pushed into the Syrian town of Palmyra, home to famed 2,000-year-old ruins. The activists say the militants are clashing with government troops in the northern part of the town. The extremists have seized a gas field northeast of Palmyra and nearby villages. Palmyra is one of the most famous world heritage sites, and thousands of tourists used to visit to see its Roman-era colonnades before Syria's civil war.

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey says it has shot down a Syrian helicopter after it crossed into Turkish airspace. Turkey's defense minister says the helicopter had been in Turkish airspace for five minutes before it was shot down. Syrian state-run television denied the report, saying that a small drone was shot down.

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas woman and her long-missing daughter have arrived in Houston, ending an eight-year cross-border case. Houston resident Dorotea Garcia and 13-year-old Alondra Diaz arrived today at Bush Intercontinental Airport from Guadalajara, Mexico. Diaz was taken to Mexico in 2007 by her father without her mother's consent. The case gained attention last month after a judge in Mexico erroneously turned over another girl to Garcia. DNA testing showed she wasn't Garcia's daughter and she returned to her real family.

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — A man who shot at George Zimmerman on a busy Florida road has been ordered by a judge to turn in his weapons and avoid contact with the former neighborhood watch volunteer. Matthew Apperson made his first appearance before a judge today. The Orlando Sentinel reports he was released on $35,000 bond after being charged yesterday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and other charges. Zimmerman says he was driving to a doctor's appointment Monday when Apperson fired his gun into Zimmerman's truck without provocation.

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