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News Wrap: Special forces capture Islamic State chemical weapons chief

In our news wrap Wednesday, U.S. special forces captured the Islamic State group’s chemical weapons chief in a raid in northern Iraq last month, while recent follow-up airstrikes destroyed IS chemical facilities. Also, U.S. and Somali forces are reported to have killed 10 Al-Shabaab militants in a joint overnight raid west of Mogadishu.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Good evening. I'm Judy Woodruff.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    And I'm Gwen Ifill.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    On the "NewsHour" tonight: Donald Trump wins big, and Bernie Sanders scores an upset, as the presidential candidates look ahead to Ohio and Florida.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Also ahead this Wednesday: An American student is killed in Israel amid a spike in violence, and Vice President Biden, in a meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, sharply condemns the violence.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And a Texas hospital that is bucking the trend, as more rural health care centers shut their doors.

  • DR. MICHAEL WILLIAMS, Former CEO, Hill Country Memorial:

    We took the approach that, if we took patients and we treated them better than they'd ever been treated before, then, in the end of the day, they would drive the bottom line.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    All that and more on tonight's "PBS NewsHour."

    (BREAK)

  • GWEN IFILL:

    In the day's other news: U.S. special forces have captured the Islamic State's chemical weapons chief in Northern Iraq. The Associated Press reports he was taken in a raid last month. The report also says follow-up airstrikes have hit Islamic State chemical facilities in recent days.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And in Somalia, there is word that U.S. and Somali forces killed 10 Al-Shabaab militants in an overnight raid. Somali intelligence officials say the target was a town controlled by the group west of Mogadishu. This comes three days after U.S. airstrikes hit an Al-Shabaab camp. The Pentagon said up to 150 fighters were killed there, but the militants disputed that figure.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    For the first time, a Japanese court has ordered a nuclear reactor shut down over safety concerns. Another one already down will have to stay offline. The court ruled the reactors nears Kyoto have not been adequately upgraded since the Fukushima disaster.

    But the Japanese government disputed the finding.

  • YOSHIHIDE SUGA, Chief Cabinet Secretary, Japan (through interpreter):

    An independent regulatory committee, including professionals and architects, spent a lot of time to come up with the decision that the reactors are up to top world-level standards. The government backs that decision and has not changed its stance of restarting the reactors.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Japan shut down all of its nuclear power plants after a tsunami severely damaged the Fukushima plant five years ago this week. The government has now begun slowly restarting some of the plants.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Tributes came in from around the music world today for George Martin, the legendary record producer of the Beatles. He gave the group their first break in 1962, and guided them through the decade as they revolutionized pop music.

    Beatles biographer Philip Norman spoke to Independent Television News today.

    PHILIP NORMAN, Author, "Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation": He was a musician, as well as a producer. He saw the real talent in John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and he really devoted himself to sort of making it sound as good as it could. He became a celebrity producer, although he didn't want to be a celebrity.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    George Martin was 90 years old.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Back in this country, a period of official mourning began for former first lady Nancy Reagan, who died Sunday at the age of 94. Mrs. Reagan's casket was brought to her husband's presidential library in Simi Valley, California, where the public viewing began. She will lie in repose until the funeral, set for Friday.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Wall Street managed modest gains today. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 36 points to close at 17000. The Nasdaq rose 25 points, and the S&P 500 added 10.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    And score another breakthrough for artificial intelligence. A computer program designed by Google has beaten one of the world's top players in Go, the ancient Chinese board game. The computer relayed moves to a human stand-in as it squared off against the 18-time world champion in South Korea.

    Afterward, he praised the program. The game involves roughly 200 possible moves per turn, compared to 20 in chess.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": beyond the rhetoric, the facts about Trump University; a rural hospital beats the odds and keeps its doors open; new turmoil in the Middle East, and the White House response, and much more.

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