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White House: Ramadi 'setback'... YouTube victory... President thanks Philadelphia

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 18, 2015 at 12:41 p.m.



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ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — The White House calls the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to Islamic State militants a "setback." It's vowing to help Iraqis reclaim it. White House spokesman Eric Schultz says the United States is supporting Iraqi forces with precision airstrikes and military advice. He wouldn't say whether the victory by the militants would mean a change in U.S. strategy.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court says the video-sharing website YouTube should not have been forced to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal sided with Google, which owns YouTube, after free speech advocates urged the court to overturn a 2-1 decision by a panel of three of its judges.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Barack Obama has made a stopover in Philadelphia before a visit to nearby Camden, New Jersey. The president thanked the city and its rescue workers for their response to last week's Amtrak derailment. Amtrak resumed travel between Philadelphia and New York today for the first time since the crash that killed eight people and injured more than 200 others.

WACO, Texas (AP) — The restaurant in Waco, Texas, that was the scene of a deadly biker brawl will no longer be known as "Twin Peaks." Its franchise rights have been revoked following a shootout involving rival motorcycle gangs that left nine bikers dead and 18 injured. The restaurant only opened last August, and has been ordered temporarily closed.

SEATTLE (AP) — A few hundred opponents of oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean blocked the entrances today to a seaport terminal in Seattle. That's where Royal Dutch Shell's massive floating drill rig will be loaded up before heading to the waters off Alaska this summer. Organizers say they plan to engage in civil disobedience to stop work on the drill rig.

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