Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is planning to escape to Syria and has already smuggled his family out, according to London’s Daily Telegraph. Just days before the bombing of Baghdad began, Saddam’s first wife Sajida, the mother of Uday and Qusay, fled to Damascus with three trucks full of possessions and 60 bodyguards. Protocol minister Haitham Rashid Wihaib says Saddam’s family is staying with Iraq’s ambassador to Syria.

“He knows it is only a matter of time before he is defeated, and he has made sure that everything is in place for a very comfortable exile,” Wihaib says. Several other government officials, including his deputy Tariq Aziz, also have sent their families to Syria.
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The world’s top water wasters are the U.S., Djibouti, Cape Verde, New Zealand and Italy. The reason we’re on top??We love to play golf, and keeping fairways green uses up huge amounts of water. The U.S. has about 23,000 golf courses, the largest number in the world. And many of them are located in the west, where there’s the least water.
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The clouds over the northeastern U.S. have been getting higher for the past 30 years, as warmer temperatures near the Earth push them upwards. This could damage forests in the Appalachian Mountains. When the cloud base moves up, many spruce and fir trees can’t get water from the clouds. If the trend continues, deciduous trees such as sugar maple and yellow birch, that don’t use clouds for water, will move up the mountains, taking the place of fir trees. Researcher Andrew Richardson looked at data from 24 airports near the Appalachians, because they routinely keep track of the cloud ceiling. They found that in 18 of the airports, the cloud ceiling has climbed an average of (19 feet) per year since more