- Iraqi officials believe Saddam's top deputy killed
BAGHDAD (AP) — 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.
- Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred
From above, five years after the BP well explosion, the Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green and whole again, teeming with life — a testament to the resilience of nature.
- Gas-line blast closes major highway, injures at least 11
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A large gas pipeline exploded into a tower of fire Friday in Central California, closing both directions of a major highway in the region and injuring at least 11 people, three of them critically, authorities said.
- Amid growing migrant crisis, 20 burn victims rescued at sea
MILAN (AP) — The unabated flow of migrants fleeing instability in Libya brought a new horror on Friday: The discovery of 20 migrants adrift at sea who had suffered grave burn injuries in a cooking gas explosion before departing Libya, and then were forced onto a smuggler's boat without treatment.
- Volunteer deputy sold company, went back to police work
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — 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.
- Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing
ATLANTA (AP) — 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.
- Obama open to 'creative negotiations' on Iran sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday left open the door to "creative negotiations" in response to Iran's demand that punishing sanctions be immediately lifted as part of a nuclear deal, even though the initial agreement calls for the penalties to be removed over time.
- Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies
CHICAGO (AP) — Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obama's health care law, has died after a long fight with cancer. He was 78.
- Fiorina aims to keep Clinton from playing the 'gender card'
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Carly Fiorina, the lone Republican woman eying the White House, wants to block Hillary Rodham Clinton from playing the "gender card" in the 2016 presidential race.
- Bryant 0 for 4 with 3 Ks in debut as Cubs lose to Padres 5-4
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant absorbed the sights and smells and sounds of Wrigley Field. He cherished playing in front of 30,000 charged-up fans. He appreciated all the family members and friends who turned out for his big league debut.
- Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel says he "let down" fans
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has expressed remorse and asked for privacy following a 10-week stay in rehab.
- Rodriguez powers Yankees to 5-4 win over Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The New York Yankees used Alex Rodriguez's big game to get a win on the road, and that was the most important part for the slugger.
- 2 weeks before Mayweather-Pacquiao, not a ticket to be seen
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Don't expect to snag a $1,500 nosebleed ticket — or any other ticket — at the box office for the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.
- Column: Hawks, Warriors have plenty of playoff doubters
ATLANTA (AP) — They won 60 games, which is the accepted NBA standard of greatness. They blew away everyone else in the Eastern Conference — including you, LeBron James.
- Ovechkin, Backstrom lead Caps past Isles 4-3 in Game 2
WASHINGTON (AP) — So what if the Washington Capitals' goalie was a last-minute rookie replacement, making his second NHL appearance all season?