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Tornado reports...Amtrak to heed directives...US raid in Syria targets IS oil chief

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 16, 2015 at 8:01 p.m.



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MADISON, Minn. (AP) — Severe weather has been popping up in Minnesota, including some reports of tornadoes. The National Weather Service says a trained spotter reported a tornado touchdown this afternoon near Montevideo (mahn-tuh-VID'-ee-oh) and a tornado was confirmed near De Graff, about 20 miles northeast. Another touchdown was reported near the South Dakota border. Storms are also moving across parts of Texas, Kansas and Nebraska and tornadoes have touched down in Oklahoma.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amtrak says it will abide by a series of directives from the Federal Railroad Administration in response to Tuesday's deadly derailment in Philadelphia. They include immediately expanding the use of a speed restriction system to northbound tracks in Philadelphia. Amtrak also will have to curves to assess risks along the Northeast Corridor and increase the amount and frequency of signage alerting engineers and conductors of the maximum authorized speed.

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S. raid deep inside Syria has killed about a dozen Islamic State militants and a man U.S. officials say was the head of oil operations for the extremist group. One official says a team of Delta Force commandos slipped across the border from Iraq before dawn today aboard Black Hawk helicopters and V-22 Osprey aircraft aiming to capture Abu Sayyaf. But the commandos met stiff resistance and a firefight ensued. It damaged the U.S. aircraft, but no Americans were killed or wounded in the operation.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq has sent reinforcements to Ramadi. Islamic State militants swept through the capital of the western Anbar province yesterday, seizing the main government compound. Iraq's Joint Operations Command tells Iraqi state television that the U.S.-led coalition has been supporting Iraqi troops with airstrikes as the try to regain control of the city.

BALTIMORE (AP) — American Pharoah has a chance to end the 37-year drought since horse racing had a Triple Crown winner. American Pharoah started on the rail and jumped out in front at the quarter-mile mark in today's rain soaked Preakness Stakes, then cruised to a seven-length victory with Victor Espinoza on board.

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