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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

Nation/World Briefs

Monday, April 13, 2015

Video purports to show ISIS bombing ruins at ancient city BAGHDAD — Islamic State militants hammered, bulldozed and ultimately blew up parts of the ancient Iraqi Assyrian city of Nimrud, destroying a site dating back to the 13th … 0

Ready to run, Clinton to announce 2016 bid on Sunday

Friday, April 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton will end months of speculation and launch her highly anticipated 2016 presidential campaign on Sunday, skipping a flashy kickoff rally in favor of conversations with voters about the economic needs of middle class … 0

Dems, GOP propose 50-some amendments to Iran nuclear bill

Friday, April 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — A bill calling for Congress to have a say on an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran has turned into a tug of war on Capitol Hill, with Republicans trying to raise the bar so high that … 0

Initial forecast: Quiet storm season with only 3 hurricanes

Friday, April 10, 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The upcoming hurricane season could be one of the quietest in decades with only seven named storms, including three hurricanes, one major. That’s the initial forecast of Phil Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado State University, released on Friday. They say the emergence of … 0

Stage being set for historic Obama-Castro meeting

Friday, April 10, 2015

PANAMA CITY — President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro moved toward a groundbreaking meeting on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas Friday in what would be a remarkable display of reconciliation between two nations … 0

Boko Haram, ousted from towns, still killing

Friday, April 10, 2015

GWOZA, Nigeria — As the turbaned militant lifted his head from his Quran and readied to dash to his anti-aircraft gun, the helicopter pilot stuck the nose of his aircraft into the air and veered away. Then he … 0

Soda shouldn’t be called ‘diet,’ advocacy group says

Thursday, April 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — Citing research suggesting that diet soft drinks and other artificially sweetened products actually contribute to weight gain, a new advocacy group is asking federal regulators to investigate whether manufacturers including Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have engaged in … 0

French network’s broadcasts hacked by group claiming IS ties

Thursday, April 9, 2015

PARIS — Hackers claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group simultaneously blacked out 11 channels of the French global TV network and took over its website and social media accounts on Thursday, in what appeared to be the … 0

Over the counter

Thursday, April 9, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Jose Alvarez clutches a red drawstring bag as he hobbles into a small office. He leans his crutches against the wall and takes a seat in the corner. His seven pill bottles, of varying heights, … 0

‘Great Wall of Sand’

Thursday, April 9, 2015

HONG KONG — The pace at which China is building islands in the South China Sea has been shown by satellite photos lending weight to claims by U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Harry Harris that China is building a … 0