Iraqi security forces and allied Shiite militiamen look for Islamic State extremists in Tikrit on Tuesday. Iraqi forces were going house-to-house in search of snipers and booby traps. Khalid Mohammed/AP hide caption

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Parallels

In Battered Tikrit, Iraqi Forces Claim Much, But Not All Of City

The Iraqi military, with help from the U.S. and Iran, now holds most of Tikrit after a month of heavy fighting with the Islamic State. NPR's Alice Fordham visited and says the city is still volatile.

A vintage postcard (circa 1930-1945) shows the HoJo's on U.S. Alternate Route I, in Fredericksburg, Va. Boston Public Library/Flickr hide caption

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The Salt

With Nostalgia And A Last Nosh, 1 Of 3 Remaining HoJo's Closes

The iconic orange roofs of Howard Johnson's restaurants were once fixtures of the American highway. But the chain faded in the '80s. The 60-year-old location in Lake Placid, N.Y., closed Tuesday.

A spread from Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book by Johanna Basford. Sam Brill/Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing hide caption

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Author Interviews

Artist Goes Outside The Lines With Coloring Books For Grown-Ups

When Johanna Basford first told her publisher she wanted to draw books for adults — well, she says, "You can imagine how quiet they were." Today, both of her books have become sell-out successes.

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