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Opposition: Saddam’s Son Has Surgery

Saddam Hussein’s son has been operated on four times in two days and is in serious condition following an assassination attempt in Baghdad, an Iraqi opposition group said Saturday.

Odai Hussein was wounded in the right side of the neck when gunmen opened fire with heavy machine guns and hurled grenades at his armored car Thursday, the Iraqi National Accord, an Amman-based opposition group, said.

Two groups fighting to overthrow Saddam reportedly have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Iraq’s official media remained silent on Odai’s condition and details of the attack, and the reports from opposition figures could not be independently confirmed.

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Sen. Maria Cantwell says governments should not be on the hook for coal mine cleanups

UPDATED: 12:25 p.m.

updated  WASHINGTON – Congress should end a practice that puts the federal government and states at risk of paying for expensive coal mine cleanups when mining companies go bankrupt, according to a new finding by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. The GAO, an investigative arm of Congress, is recommending that lawmakers eliminate the ability of coal mine owners to self-certify their financial wealth, known as “self-bonding.” The controversial process lets owners avoid putting up collateral or getting third-party surety bonds – a requirement of companies in every other energy sector.