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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

Police use of stun guns eyed in officer-involved killings

Monday, April 13, 2015

The officer had an immediate explanation after shooting an unarmed black man during a traffic stop in South Carolina: He said he fired in self-defense after a struggle over his stun gun. But his initial claim points to … 0

Tulsa reserve deputy charged with manslaughter in shooting

Monday, April 13, 2015

A 73-year-old Oklahoma insurance executive serving as an unpaid volunteer sheriff’s deputy was charged with manslaughter Monday after officials accused him of negligence in the death of an unarmed suspect who had been shot with a gun instead … 0

Will Calif. spark pot legalization?

Monday, April 13, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — A fight next year over whether to allow recreational marijuana use in California may serve as a tipping point as legalization proponents press their campaign in other U.S. states. “A lot of eyes are on … 0

Sen. Marco Rubio making his run

Monday, April 13, 2015

MIAMI — Evoking his youth and family’s immigrant experience, Sen. Marco Rubio announced Monday that he is running for president, the third Republican to join a race he hopes to dominate by wrapping his conservative politics in an … 0

Nation and world news briefs

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Arias sentenced to life without parole Jodi Arias, at the center of a long-running saga of murder and sex, apologized for killing her ex-boyfriend and was then sentenced Monday to spend the rest of her life in prison … 0

Turkey recalls envoy to Vatican after pope cites Armenian genocide

Sunday, April 12, 2015

VATICAN CITY — Armenians were the victims of “the first genocide of the 20th century,” Pope Francis said Sunday, prompting Turkey to recall its Vatican ambassador home to Ankara. Similar remarks from the Catholic leadership in the past … 0

Hillary Clinton begins second presidential campaign

Sunday, April 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton announced Sunday that she is running for president, launching her campaign with a video on her website that replaced months of hints with a declaration that started the campaign on a populist note. … 0

History’s shifting perspective of Lincoln

Sunday, April 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — Abraham Lincoln, the great emancipator from Illinois who was shot by assassin John Wilkes Booth 150 years ago Tuesday, has been evolving in myth and memory. As recent scholarship and events have shown, the Civil War … 0

When doing nothing means doing something

Sunday, April 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congress has been on spring break for two weeks, officially doing nothing. Could be a useful strategy. Sure, lawmakers are clamoring to get at some issues, such as President Barack Obama’s nuclear negotiations with Iran, when … 0

With Iran and now Cuba, Obama policy faces hard sell

Sunday, April 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — After breakthroughs abroad, President Barack Obama is finding stern challenges at home to his foreign policy, facing hard sells to skeptics over U.S. shifts, first on Iran and now Cuba. Obama returned to Washington early Sunday … 0