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US raid inside Syria...Police disarmed in 2 Mexican towns...Train speed control

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 16, 2015 at 4:01 p.m.



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BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Army commandos have carried out a ground attack deep inside Syria. U.S. officials say the raid killed a militant identified as Abu Sayyaf, the Islamic State's head of oil operations. The officials say the Delta Force commandos also captured Abu Sayyaf's wife, who is now being questioned about IS operations and any hostages who may be held by the group.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in the Mexican state of Jalisco have disarmed police in two towns in an area where a military helicopter was shot down two weeks ago. All eight people on board the helicopter died in the crash. The attack came during an operation aimed at Jalisco New Generation, which has emerged as one of Mexico's stronger and most aggressive drug cartels. The governor of Jalisco says an investigation has found evidence that the two police forces had been infiltrated by organized crime.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Federal Railroad Administration says it will issue an emergency order in coming days for Amtrak to use an automatic train control system on Philadelphia's northbound tracks where a train derailed Tuesday night. The train accelerated to 106 mph as it entered a curve, flying off the tracks and killing eight people. The system notifies an engineer when a train is above the speed limit and automatically applies the brakes if the engineer doesn't act to slow the train down.

SEATTLE (AP) — Hundreds of activists in wetsuits and life jackets have taken to the waters of Seattle's Elliott Bay in kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and other vessels. They are protesting Royal Dutch Shell's plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean. The "Paddle in Seattle" is being held blocks from where Shell's Polar Pioneer drilling rig is docked.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown is about to be run in Baltimore. Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah is facing seven challengers in the Preakness Stakes. The eight-horse field is the smallest Preakness field since 2000. Isolated thunderstorms are in the forecast.

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