IS leader al-Shishani dies of wounds from US strike in Syria

BAGHDAD (AP) — Top Islamic State commander and feared ethnic Chechen jihadi fighter Omar al-Shishani has died of wounds suffered in a U.S. airstrike in Syria, a senior Iraqi intelligence official and the head of a Syrian activist group said Tuesday.

  • Written by QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

Syria refugees fear long exile after 5 years of war

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — The murals of forests, seaside cities and beaches being painted on homes in a desert camp in Jordan are cheery and colorful, meant to boost the morale of the Syrian refugees living here.

  • Written by KARIN LAUB, Associated Press

Brothers accused in recording attack that left officer dead

CHEVERLY, Md. (AP) — An undercover narcotics officer was mortally wounded by one of his colleagues as he responded to an attack on his police station by a gunman with a death wish, their police chief angrily explained on Monday.

  • Written by JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press

US bars Atlantic drilling; Obama builds environmental legacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major reversal, the Obama administration said Tuesday it will bar oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, a move cheered by environmentalists and consistent with the president's aggressive steps to deal with climate change.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

Obama administration punches new holes in embargo on Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — The Obama administration punched a new series of holes in the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba on Tuesday, turning a ban on U.S. tourism to Cuba into an unenforceable honor system and paving the way for Cuban athletes to one day play Major League Baseball and other U.S. professional sports.

  • Written by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press