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A former New York stockbroker-turned-Islamic State group militant has been convicted of becoming a sniper and trainer for the extremist group during its brutal reign in Syria and Iraq. A Brooklyn federal court jury reached a verdict Tuesday in the trial of Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, a Kazakh-born U.S. citizen. Prosecutors say he fought in numerous battles and built a notable profile in the Islamic State group by becoming a sniper and later an instructor of nearly 100 other long-range shooters. Defense lawyers argued that his accounts of his role were boasts that had no firsthand corroboration and didn’t prove anyone died because of his conduct. Read moreUS man convicted of aiding Islamic State as sniper, trainer

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FILE - Mississippi Senate Medicaid Committee Chairman Kevin Blackwell, R-Southaven, asks a question of Dr. Anita Henderson, president of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, during a hearing, Dec. 1, 2022, at the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Mississippi state senators passed a bill on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, that would let mothers keep Medicaid coverage for a year after giving birth, up from the current two months. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File) Read morePostpartum Extension