Soldier identified: The Pentagon has identified the service member killed yesterday in Iraq during an operation to rescue 70 prisoners from the Islamic State as Master Sergeant Joshua L. Wheeler, 39, of Roland, Oklahoma. Wheeler, who was assigned to U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is the first American soldier to die in Iraq after the U.S. withdrawal in 2011. Update: More here
An interest-rate cut: The People’s Bank of China lowered the one-year benchmark bank lending rate by 25 basis points to 4.35 percent. It’s the sixth time since November that China’s central bank has cut interest rates as it attempts to revive a flagging economy.
They are back: Today has been a good day for fans of Harry Potter and Adele. As Lenika points out, “J.K. Rowling reveals her new play will be the eighth story in the series, and will focus on Harry’s youngest son, Albus Severus.” As for Adele, you can listen to her new song, “Hello,” here.
Charles Koch has a sense of humor: The billionaire joked about an interview (a very good one, I might add) he did with public radio’s Marketplace in which host Kai Ryssdal pointed out that opponents of the industrialist and backer of conservative causes described him as “pretty much Darth Vader.” Koch’s response:
Our headlines from the morning are here.