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Tikrit, home town to Saddam Hussein, had been captured last year by the group that calls itself the Islamic State, or ISIS. The new military offensive is relying heavily on support from Iran.
The battle to retake Tikrit could say a lot about what happens next in the region. Renee Montagne talks to Vali Nasr, dean of the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Jordyn Leopold missed her dad and wrote a letter to get him a new job. Jordan Leopold was traded from the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets to the Minnesota Wild. His team says the letter wasn't a factor.
A rare cluster of storms dropped so much hail on Huntington Beach, it appeared blanketed in snow. Kids had snowball fights and photos circulated on social media of an icy snowman on the sand.
In a 5-4 decision in U.S. v. Windsor, the Supreme Court ruled the federal Defense Of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The court rules that supporters of California's Proposition 8 case did not have standing to bring the case to court, which means same-sex marriages in California may resume.
Mavis Staples has been performing for more than six decades. One True Vine i...
The gospel legend, whose new album is titled One True Vine, has a career spanning more than 60 years. She says of the record, made in collaboration with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, "I've gone from the strictly gospel to folk to country, and here I am right back at home where I began."