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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

Bipartisan deal gives Obama fast-track authority on trade pact

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders unveiled a bipartisan bill Thursday that is likely to ease passage of a contentious Pacific Rim trade deal that has been a top foreign policy goal of President Barack Obama’s second term. Proponents say the proposed 12-nation trade deal, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, … 0

Student e-cig use triples

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NEW YORK — Teen smoking hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed, a government report shows. The number of high school students who tried e-cigarettes tripled in one year … 0

Pentagon: Al-Qaida taking advantage of Yemen turmoil

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — The top U.S. defense officials acknowledged Thursday that al-Qaida militants in Yemen who threaten the United States are taking advantage of turmoil there exacerbated by Saudi-led airstrikes that Washington supports. At a Pentagon news conference, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Friday, April 17, 2015

Vatican unexpectedly ends crackdown on US nun group VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has unexpectedly ended its controversial overhaul of the main umbrella group of U.S. nuns, cementing a shift in tone and treatment of the U.S. sisters … 0

Hillary Clinton lauds Warren’s efforts at ‘taming’ Wall Street

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton put to rest any doubt that she’ll co-opt Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s populist message in her presidential campaign by praising the Massachusetts Democrat’s “taming” of Wall Street in Time magazine. Clinton hailed Warren, who some … 0

Fight for $15 protests expand for low-wage workers

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NEW YORK — The Fight for $15 campaign to win higher pay and a union for fast-food workers is expanding to represent a variety of low-wage workers and become more of a social justice movement. In New York City on Wednesday, more than 100 chanting protesters gathered outside … 0

Seattle CEO to cut his pay so every worker earns $70,000

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SEATTLE — A Seattle CEO who announced that he’s giving himself a drastic pay cut to help cover the cost of big raises for his employees didn’t just make those workers happy. He’s already gained new customers, too. “We’ve definitely gained a handful of customers in the last … 0

Few donors make wait for transplants long, uncertain

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Jimmy Powell gave up. He had lived at the Gift of Life house in Philadelphia for 15 months, waiting for a lung-liver double transplant. The Alabama man arrived in Philadelphia with so much hope. The subject … 0

Bugging out: ‘Entopreneurs’ feed growing appetite for edible insects

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — They hop. They crawl. They squirm. And they could be coming to a dinner plate near you. An increasing number of “entopreneurs” are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms and other … 0

Small aircraft lands on Capitol lawn

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WASHINGTON — Police arrested a man who steered his tiny aircraft onto the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol after flying through restricted airspace around the National Mall Wednesday. The pilot was Doug Hughes, 61, a Postal Service … 0