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Iraqi Vice chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri salutes during a ceremony at the Martyrs Monument in Baghdad, Iraq on Dec. 1, 2002 Gov. Raed al-Jabouri says soldiers and allied Shiite militiamen killed al-Douri on April 17, 2015 in an operation east of the city of Tikrit.

Saddam Deputy Killed

Iraqi officials believe that government forces on killed Saddam Hussein's former deputy, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who had been a wanted fugitive

Cardinal Francis George sits for an interview on Oct. 20, 2014 at the Cardinal's Residence in Chicago.

Chicago Cardinal George Dies

Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church’s response to sex abuse, has died


Kansas Tattoo Parlors Say No Ink on Welfare

Owners and operators of a half-dozen Kansas psychics, lingerie stores and tattoo parlors, in which poor families are now restricted from spending cash assistance from the state, all say patrons aren't spending benefits dollars in there anyway

The gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla.

Oklahoma Gov. Approves Nitrogen Gas Executions

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill into law Friday allowing nitrogen gas to be used as a form of capital punishment, making the state the first in the U.S. to allow the untried method if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional or drugs are unavailable

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches from the sidelines in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cleveland on Dec. 14, 2014.

Johnny Manziel Apologizes to Browns Fans

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has apologized to his team and his fans, saying he let them down in his difficult rookie season. In a statement released Friday, he said he planned to work hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect

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California Measles Outbreak Is Over, Health Officials Say

A measles outbreak that infected 131 Californians has ended, the state’s Department of Public Health said. The outbreak, which began in December at Disneyland, infected people ranging from 6 weeks to 70 years old, sending 19% of them to the hospital

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Recovering From Surgery

The NBA’s all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent what his doctors are calling a successful quadruple coronary bypass survey on Thursday. Abdul-Jabbar, a TIME columnist, was admitted to the hospital this week with cardiovascular disease

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‘Isis’ Removed From UN List of Hurricane Names

The U.N. has removed "Isis" from its official list of future hurricane names, deeming it inappropriate because of the rise of the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). It was replaced with Ivette

An Oakley police car on March 14, 2014 in Oakley, Mich.

This Michigan Town Has 1 Cop for Every 2 Residents

A town in Michigan with a population of just 300 has roughly 150 police officers in an alleged “pay-to-play” scheme that allows reserve officers to get around the state's gun restrictions. The town of Oakley, Mich., has dozens of people apply to become cops


Oregon Plans to Make Beer Out of Sewage Water

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission recently approved the use of recycled sewage water to brew beer, the Oregon Public Broadcasting’s environmental news organization EarthFix reports. The beer would not be available for commercial or retail use

The family of Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard joins Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (R) at a ceremony at the site of the second bomb blast on the second anniversary of the bombings in Boston on April 15, 2015.

Boston Bombing Victim's Parents: Spare Tsarnaev

The parents of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing are urging authorities to not sentence Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death, saying that the sentence "could bring years of appeals and prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives"