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Syrian town reportedly falls... The mind of bin Laden... Gyrocopter pilot indicted

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 20, 2015 at 3:01 p.m.



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BEIRUT (AP) — It now appears that Islamic State extremists have seized almost full control of the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra after government defense lines there collapsed. Syrian state TV acknowledges that pro-government forces have withdrawn from Palmyra. It remains unclear how close the extremists are to famed historic ruins in the town.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declassified documents released today offer a glimpse into the mind of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. They show that during his years in hiding, bin Laden urged followers to concentrate on attacking Americans and wrote bittersweet letters to relatives. The documents were seized during the raid in which bin Laden was killed.

WASHINGTON (AP) — An aerial protest at the U.S. Capitol by a Florida man could land him in prison up to nine years. A federal grand jury in Washington has indicted gyrocopter pilot Douglas Hughes. He was arrested April 15 after he landed on the Capitol's West Lawn. Hughes has said his flight was intended to call attention to the influence of big money in politics

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — It's apparently bigger than they first thought. Slicks of oil that spilled into California coastal waters from an onshore pipeline are spanning a total of 9 miles, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. And a company official says the line was operating at full capacity when it broke. Efforts are underway to contain and clean up the oil.

NEW YORK (AP) — A brief afternoon rally faded away on Wall Street, leaving indexes narrowly mixed on the day. The short-lived advance came after minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting suggested the central bank wouldn't begin raising interest rates next month. The Dow slipped 27 points. The S&P gave up two points. The Nasdaq rose a point.

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