WEST MO­SUL BAT­TLE DEADLY FOR IRAQIS

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mo­sul, iraq» As Iraqi forces pushed into south­west­ern Mo­sul, four Is­lamic State fight­ers moved into Omar Khu­dair’s home and took up po­si­tions on the roof.

The 17-year-old, his par­ents and sib­lings took cover in his aunt’s house next door, and for the next half hour they hud­dled in a back room as the bat­tle raged over­head. Then the airstrikes came, blow­ing up a clus­ter of houses, killing not only the fight­ers, but 18 mem­bers of Khu­dair’s ex­tended fam­ily. The teen was one of the few to sur­vive, left cov­ered in burns and shrap­nel wounds.

The fight for the west­ern half of Mo­sul could the dead­li­est yet for civil­ians. Iraqi forces have in­creas­ingly turned to airstrikes and ar­tillery to clear heav­ily pop­u­lated, dense ur­ban ter­rain, and res­i­dents run­ning out of food and sup­plies are flee­ing their homes at higher rates than pre­vi­ously seen in the Mo­sul op­er­a­tion.

More than 750 civil­ians have been killed or wounded since the fight for west­ern Mo­sul be­gan a month ago, front-line medics say, a num­ber they ex­pect to spike as Iraqi forces push into the old city.

Cinco de Mayo fes­ti­val can­celed amid fears of an ICE raid B

philadel­phia» Ev­ery year, hun­dreds of peo­ple would trans­form a lot in south Philadel­phia into a fre­netic re-en­act­ment of their an­ces­tors’ glory: the great bat­tle of May 5, 1862, when the Mex­i­can army de­feated French in­vaders. But this year, there won’t be any cel­e­brat­ing.

Af­ter im­mi­gra­tion raids across the coun­try and re­ports of White House de­por­ta­tion plans, Philadel­phia’s largest Cinco de Mayo cel­e­bra­tion has been can­celed.

Even Mayor Jim Ken­ney was bummed. “I’m dev­as­tated to hear that ICE has had such a chill­ing ef­fect that Philadel­phi­ans no longer feel com­fort­able en­gag­ing in this pub­lic cel­e­bra­tion,” he said.

Croc at­tacks Aussie who jumped into river on dare

B bris­bane, aus­tralia» A teen who was at­tacked by a croc­o­dile af­ter jump­ing into an in­fested river on a dare is re­cov­er­ing from se­ri­ous wounds to his arm. Eigh­teen-year-old Lee de Paauw was at a hos­tel in the north­ern Queens­land town of In­n­is­fail around 2:30 a.m. on Sun­day when he started brag­ging that he could swim in the river, a known habi­tat for ag­gres­sive salt­wa­ter croc­o­diles. Sec­onds af­ter jump­ing into the wa­ter, a croc­o­dile latched onto him.

Wife says Camp­bell can no longer play guitar

B nashville» Glen Camp­bell’s wife says Alzheimer’s dis­ease has robbed the 80-year-old singer’s abil­ity to play guitar. But Kim Camp­bell said her hus­band oc­ca­sion­ally breaks into a solo air guitar rou­tine, which she says is “kind of fun.”

“Beauty and the Beast” roars with $170 mil­lion de­but B

hol­ly­wood» Dis­ney’s live-ac­tion “Beauty” was a beast at the box of­fice, open­ing with an es­ti­mated $170 mil­lion in North Amer­i­can ticket sales. “Beauty and the Beast” blew past the pre­vi­ous record-holder for G- or PGrated re­leases, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates Sun­day. Last year, Dis­ney’s PG-rated “Find­ing Dory” de­buted with $135 mil­lion.

“Kong: Skull Is­land,” slid to sec­ond place with $28.9 mil­lion in its sec­ond week.

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