ISIL leader targeted by U.S. airstrike
An airstrike targeted the leader of the Libyan branch of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, marking the first time that the U.S. had directly gone after the extremist group outside of Iraq or Syria. The strike was aimed at Abu Nabil, also known as Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al Zubaydi, who had once been an Al-Qaida operative. The strike was unrelated to the terrorist attacks in Paris, the Pentagon said.
New Obama video promotes peace
President Obama urged the Burundian army to help bring peace to the East African nation by staying out of the political conflict in which at least 240 people have died so far. Obama, in a video posted on the website of the U.S. Embassy in Burundi, also encouraged the nation’s leaders to “follow through” on a commitment to participate in mediated dialogue.
Search for overboard woman ends
Authorities suspended the search for a woman they say intentionally went overboard from a cruise ship that had been chartered for an electronic dance party. The U.S. Coast Guard and officials from Norwegian Cruise Line said Kaylyn Rose Sommer, 24, of Charleston, S.C., went overboard from a deck of the Norwegian Pearl as it sailed from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico.
Hundreds protest new Mormon rules
Several hundred people in Salt Lake City protested their displeasure with the Mormon church’s policy changes making gay marriages a sin and banning baptisms for children living with gay parents. Several people renounced their membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
17-year-old plans legislative campaign
A Havre High School senior, who serves as the vice chairman of the Hill County Democratic Party, plans to run for the state Legislature. Jacob Bachmeier, 17, will graduate in May and plans to attend Montana State University while campaigning.
Crews try to stop natural gas leak
Crews tried to stop a leak from a massive natural gas storage well that has persisted for three weeks outside Los Angeles. SoCalGas said the rare leak from the Aliso Canyon storage field poses no imminent health threat.