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Iraqi Military Launches Offensive Against Insurgents In Tikrit

The city was the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein. The government was trying to retake territory from Sunni insurgents.

For U.S. Vets, Iraq's Newest Conflict Awakens Complex Emotions

In 2004, Jason Hansman was helping to rebuild Mosul with the 448th Civil Affairs Battalion. A decade later, he and other veterans are watching the cities where they served fall to Sunni militants.

For Tipped Workers, A Different Minimum Wage Battle

The debate over the federal minimum wage, which raised to $7.25 in 2009, is playing out across the country. Meanwhile, the minimum wage for tipped workers hasn't gone up for 23 years.

Dad Of Fallen Arizona Hotshot Hopes To Make Better Fire Shelters

The father of one of the 19 firefighters who died a year ago in the Yarnell Hill Fire wants to create shelters that better shield against direct flames.

In Shetland, Oil Shapes Debate Over Scottish Independence

Offshore oil and gas money is central to the debate over whether Scotland should break off from the U.K. especially in the remote Shetland Islands, where North Sea oil has transformed the economy.

8 Signs Obama Is Feeling Trapped In The Presidency

Lately, President Obama has increasingly shown signs he's feeling claustrophobic in the presidential bubble.

No Reason To Quit: Driver John Force Still Racing Full Throttle

Force has been drag racing professionally since 1974. The 65-year-old has gone from blowing up his 10,000-horsepower engines to winning championships, and he has all the scars to prove it.

Obama To Nominate Former Procter & Gamble Chief To Head VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently in a sea of trouble. A White House report said its "corrosive culture" led to systematic failures.

Sunni Extremist Group ISIS Declares New Islamic Caliphate

Some analysts says the move may signal the birth of a new era of transnational jihadism. ISIS also announced a name change: It will now be known simply as The Islamic State.