Saddam Hussein's former deputy hanged

Saddam Hussein's former deputy was hanged before dawn Monday, following his conviction for killing 148 Shiites, an official with Iraq's prime minister's office said. Taha Yassin Ramadan, who was Saddam's vice president when the regime was ousted four years ago, was the fourth man executed in the killings of 148 Shiites following a 1982 assassination attempt against the former leader in the city of Dujail.