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BALTIMORE (AP) — American Pharaoh has won the Preakness in a driving rain. A heavy storm broke just minutes before the start of the race, creating a sloppy track at the Pimlico Race Course. American Pharoah jumped out early and won easily. After winning the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, American Pharoah now needs a victory in the Belmont Stakes next month to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Strong storms and heavy rain are again moving across the nation's midsection. The National Weather Service has issued tornado watches for areas including parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Nebraska. In Minnesota, the weather service says a trained observer reported a brief tornado touchdown this afternoon in Lac qui Parle (lak-kwih-PARL') County, on the South Dakota border. There have been no immediate reports of damage.

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S. official says the aim had been to capture not kill, but U.S. Army commandos met stiff resistance from Islamic State militants as they carried out a raid deep inside Syria before dawn today. Officials say the target was Abu Sayyaf, a militant described as the Islamic State's head of oil operations. He was killed along with an estimated dozen IS fighters. Abu Sayyaf's wife was captured, and officials say she is in U.S. custody and being questioned.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq has sent reinforcements to Ramadi, where the Islamic State group is now in control of the main government compound. Yesterday, the militants swept through the capital of the western Anbar province in a coordinated offensive that included three near-simultaneous suicide car bombings. Iraq's Joint Operations Command says the U.S.-led coalition has been supporting Iraqi troops with airstrikes.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A lawyer says two Catholic peace activists who vandalized a uranium storage bunker have been freed from prison. The two men, along with an 85-year-old nun, were ordered released by a federal appeal court yesterday after it overturned their 2013 sabotage convictions. The lawyer says he expects the nun, Megan Rice, will be released before the end of the day.

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