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FILE - In this photo provided by the U.S. Army on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, the most wanted Iraqi fugitive, former Saddam Hussein deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri , is pictured on the deck of cards put out by the U.S. military to help capture most wanted officials of Saddam Hussein's regime. Salahuddin province Gov. Raed al-Jabouri says soldiers and allied Shiite militiamen killed al-Douri early Friday, April 17, 2015 in an operation east of the city of Tikrit. A graphic photo issued by the government purports to be of al-Douri's corpse, but DNA tests are still pending. (U.S. Army via AP)

Iraqi officials believe Saddam’s top deputy killed

Friday, April 17, 2015

BAGHDAD — He was the last member of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle still on the run, depicted with his distinctive red moustache as the “king of clubs” on the U.S. military’s deck of cards of most-wanted Iraqi regime fugitives. Now, officials say they believe government forces killed Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri near Tikrit, where the former deputy to Saddam was working alongside Islamic State militants. Reports of al-Douri’s death came Friday as Iraqi forces tried to push back Islamic State group fighters in Salahuddin province, where Tikrit is located. Government troops took back several towns near Iraq’s largest oil refinery at Beiji, officials said. Farther north, … 0

Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

Friday, April 17, 2015

ATLANTA — Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance. This “opt-out” movement remains scattered but is growing fast in some parts of the country. Some superintendents in New York are reporting that 60 percent … 0

Volunteer deputy sold company, went back to police work

Friday, April 17, 2015

TULSA, Okla. — After he sold his insurance company for around $6 million, Robert Bates sought to return to a profession he tried for a year in his early 20s: law enforcement. Bates — the 73-year-old Tulsa County volunteer deputy accused of shooting an unarmed suspect to death while the man, Eric Harris, … 0

Gulf oil spill, 5 years later

Friday, April 17, 2015

Five years after the BP well explosion, there is no single, conclusive answer to how the Gulf of Mexico is doing, but there are many questions. Here are some of them: Scientists The Associated Press surveyed 26 marine … 0

After Alps crash, experts ponder pilotless planes

Friday, April 17, 2015

NEW YORK — To improve airline safety, maybe we need to remove the pilots. That radical idea is decades away. But following the intentional crashing of Germanwings Flight 9525 by the co-pilot, a long-running debate over autonomous jets … 0

Unprecedented germ diversity found in remote Amazonian tribe

Friday, April 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a remote part of the Venezuelan Amazon, scientists have discovered that members of a village isolated from the modern world have the most diverse colonies of bacteria ever reported living in and on the human … 0

Dog flu spread at doggie day cares

Friday, April 17, 2015

CHICAGO — Many urbanites use doggie day cares while they work long hours. While usually a healthy experience for the dogs, the day care environment, with dozens of pets mingling, contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in … 0

Out of the ordinary

Friday, April 17, 2015

2 minor league teams to test game with 5-pitch rule CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — This isn’t your grandparents’ baseball game. Minor league teams from New York and Connecticut will play an experimental game this weekend aimed at finding ways to speed their pace. The Long Island Ducks and … 0

Secrecy shrouds decade-old oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

Thursday, April 16, 2015

OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO — Down to just one full-time employee, Taylor Energy Co. exists for only one reason: to fight an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that has gone largely unnoticed, despite creating miles-long … 0

Climate censorship gains steam in red states

Thursday, April 16, 2015

While plenty of people found humor in the recent news that officials in Florida and Wisconsin are censoring state workers’ ability to talk about, much less work on, climate change, other states are not necessarily laughing. In fact, several political and environmental experts told InsideClimate News they could … 0

DIY water recycling

Thursday, April 16, 2015

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Leon Jung figured he had to do something out of the ordinary to save his brown front lawn in a second year of water rationing. So he turned to his local sewage plant. He started … 0

‘Under the radar’

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — The gyrocopter that landed on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol “apparently literally flew in under the radar,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday, as concerned lawmakers questioned how it was allowed to happen and … 0

WikiLeaks creates archive of hacked Sony documents

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NEW YORK — Sony’s hacking problems aren’t over yet. Whistleblower site WikiLeaks on Thursday put hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from last year’s crippling cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment into a searchable online archive. It’s the … 0