(CNN)ISIS attacks Kurdish forces but is ultimately repelled. The defense rests in the "American Sniper" trial. And the ceasefire falls apart in Ukraine.
5 things to know for your New Day - Wednesday, February 18
It's Wednesday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day
Under attack: ISIS fighters launched a major new assault in northern Iraq, but were ultimately repelled. The fighting took place about 30 miles from Irbil, the Kurdish capital, and challenged Kurds already stretched thin in the area. Coalition aircraft were in the area, but weren't able to help because ISIS and the Kurds were fighting in close quarters. By this morning, however, the Kurds succeeded in forcing ISIS back, and airstrikes to begin. There were casualties on both sides.
American sniper trial: The prosecution rested yesterday in the trail of Eddie Ray Routh, who is accused in the 2013 shooting deaths of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. Routh's lawyer admits his client killed Kyle and Littlefield, but contends he was insane at the time. Prosecutors have described Routh as a troubled young man, but they argue he wasn't insane; they say his actions were those of a cold-blooded killer. Kyle was a former Navy SEAL who claimed to be the deadliest sniper in U.S. history. He's the subject of the hit Hollywood movie "American Sniper."
Truce? What truce?: The ceasefire isn't going well in eastern Ukraine. The truce between the government in Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists is pretty much nonexistent. The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution yesterday, calling on all parties to abide by the ceasefire, but it doesn't look like anyone's paying attention. Washington has accused Russia of fueling the conflict by backing separatist forces. Moscow denies any role.
Wait a minute: Republicans on Capitol Hill are cheering a judge's ruling that puts the brakes on the President's executive order on immigration. Barack Obama's action would delay the deportations of millions of immigrants. The White House has promised to appeal the decision, saying the injunction against his executive order will ultimately be overruled. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the legal process will take some time to play out.
Family gone: Folks in Corbin, Kentucky, are shocked over the death of Jason Hendrix. The 16-year-old's brief life ended in a hail of gunfire with police over the weekend after Hendrix allegedly ignored a traffic stop by a Maryland state trooper more than 600 miles from home. The investigation into Hendrix's background resulted in the discovery of the three bodies in Kentucky -- his parents and his sister. Investigators say the motive may have been an argument with his parents over cellphone and computer use, but they're still trying to sort things out.
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Hero dog: Nine-year-old boxer Carmen went home this week after two weeks of care at an animal hospital. She tried to save the life of her owner Ben Ledford during a house fire by shielding his face from the heat. He didn't survive. Carmen now has a new home with Ben's brother Phil and his wife.