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Scores dead in first major ground battle in Gaza

July 21, 2014 GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price Sunday: It killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of... more »»

Owner of raided Mexico shelter freed, no charges

July 21, 2014 MEXICO CITY — The owner of a group home raided last week amid charges of abuse and other mistreatment of children living there has been released from custody without charge, an official in the... more »»

Iraqi PM condemns jihadis’ targeting of Christians

July 21, 2014 BAGHDAD — Iraq’s prime minister on Sunday condemned the Islamic State extremist group’s actions targeting Christians in territory it controls, saying they reveal the threat the jihadists pose to the... more »»

State Center woman starts animal shelter

July 20, 2014 A deeply personal concern about pet overpopulation has motivated a State Center woman to form a not for profit animal rescue organization. more »»

For the morel of it

July 20, 2014 Morel mushroom hunters are a rare breed. They get so excited about them that even wooden mushrooms get them going. more »»

Orpheum coffee shop remains vacant

July 20, 2014 The coffee shop at the Orpheum Theater has been vacant for nearly four months now, after the Morning Glory Bakery left in the middle of three-year lease at the end of March. more »»

Linn Creek Arts Festival captivates town

July 20, 2014 Artists, photographers, authors and even a horse set up shop Saturday at the Linn Creek Arts Festival at the Fisher Community Center. more »»

House of Compassion advocates for local MMSC cancer center

July 20, 2014 Karen Frohwein, director of Marshalltown’s House of Compassion, and Andi Waker, assistant, have their hands full managing the facility’s homeless shelter, daily soup kitchen, supply closet and... more »»

2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

July 20, 2014 DES MOINES — The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to... more »»

Veteran voices bring style to Iowa broadcasts

July 20, 2014 MASON CITY — Behind the microphones are thousands of miles worth of stories. Traveling across North Iowa calling prep sporting events isn’t a glamorous gig. more »»

Monitors try to secure Ukraine plane crash site

July 20, 2014 HRABOVE, Ukraine — International monitors moved gingerly Saturday through fields reeking of the decomposing corpses that fell from a Malaysian airliner shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine,... more »»

For Obama, foreign crises grow more challenging

July 20, 2014 WASHINGTON — Surveying a dizzying array of international crises, President Barack Obama stated the obvious: “We live in a complex world and at a challenging time. more »»

Teen’s death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers

July 20, 2014 COLUMBUS, Ohio — A few weeks before their prom king’s death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers. more »»

Given life term, drug offender hopes for clemency

July 20, 2014 GREENVILLE, Ill. — From the very start, Scott Walker refused to believe he’d die in prison. more »»

Officer in fatal NY arrest stripped of gun, badge

July 20, 2014 NEW YORK — A New York City police officer involved in the arrest of a man who died in custody after being placed in an apparent chokehold has been stripped of his gun and badge and placed on desk... more »»

Unease in Congress, region over Obama Afghan plan

July 20, 2014 WASHINGTON — Afghanistan’s disputed election and Iraq’s unraveling are giving members of Congress and U.S. more »»

Ukraine crisis shows divisions in old Soviet bloc

July 20, 2014 WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s foreign minister had sharp words on the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jumbo jet in Ukraine — blaming the crash on Russia-backed “bandits. more »»

Mideast divisions cloud Gaza cease-fire efforts

July 20, 2014 CAIRO — Even as the death toll mounts in the Gaza Strip, attempts to broker a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel have so far run aground — in part because they have become mired in the deep... more »»

Israeli bulldozers destroy Hamas tunnels in Gaza

July 20, 2014 GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli bulldozers on Saturday demolished more than a dozen tunnels the military said were being used by Hamas gunmen to sneak beneath the southern border of the Jewish state... more »»

Sharer-Pieters competes again for top prize at Iowa State Fair

July 19, 2014 Missy Sharer-Pieters never tires of winning, or competing. The one time all-state athlete, coach, graphic designer and artist is at it again. more »»



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