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Iowa woman: Stomach pains led to surprise birth in shower

March 15, 2015 DES MOINES — A Des Moines woman stepped into the shower this week to help ease the discomfort of stomach pains. She emerged holding a newborn. more »»

Part-time Ferguson mayor in full-time spotlight

March 15, 2015 FERGUSON, Mo. — In the days since the release of a Justice Department report that found widespread racial bias in the Ferguson Police Department, the mayor of the St. more »»

Say what? Social Security data says 6.5M in US reach age 112

March 15, 2015 WASHINGTON — Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million people in the U.S. have reached the ripe old age of 112. more »»

Aid workers say 8 people confirmed dead in Vanuatu cyclone

March 15, 2015 CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — At least eight people were confirmed dead in Vanuatu after a massive cyclone tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago, and the death toll is likely to rise much... more »»

Sierra Leone’s vice president asks US for asylum

March 15, 2015 FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone’s vice president sought asylum from the United States on Saturday, saying he no longer felt safe in the country after soldiers disarmed the security team at his... more »»

Venezuela conducts military exercises, claiming US threat

March 15, 2015 CARACAS, Venezuela — Soldiers rolled out shoulder-fired missiles, fighter planes and armored trucks Saturday for the first of 10 days of military exercises that the president of socialist-governed... more »»

Springtime has arrived!

March 14, 2015 With temperatures in the low 70s, the pond at Riverside Cemetery has started to thaw, allowing geese and other birds more freedom to play, splash and swim, to the delight of visitors. more »»

Robbery suspects pleaded guilty

March 14, 2015 The three people accused in the December robberies of two local convenience stores have all pleaded guilty to multiple charges. more »»

West Marshall High considering homework policy

March 14, 2015 STATE CENTER — A new policy that would disallow students from receiving zeros on homework assignments at West Marshall High School is being considere. more »»

IRS phone scam continues

March 14, 2015 The Marshalltown Police Department continues to field reports about a phone scam that targets victims by saying they owe money to the Internal Revenue Service. more »»

Lasley’s attorney wants reduced sentence

March 14, 2015 CEDAR RAPIDS — The attorney for the Meskwaki Nation Settlement man convicted of killing his parents with a machete in early 2014 will ask the court for a reduced prison sentenc. more »»

15 Minutes

March 14, 2015 JEFF LINTON Resides: Marshalltown Hometown: I was born in Rockford, Ill., but have lived in Marshalltown since I was 6 months old. FAMILY LIFE Family: Married to my beautiful wife Dee for 22 years. more »»

Iowa drops bid to purge voter rolls based on citizenship

March 14, 2015 DES MOINES — The state of Iowa will not move ahead with a proposed rule that would have removed voters from state registration rolls based on apparent citizenship status. more »»

Criticism, some from the right, builds on GOP letter to Iran

March 14, 2015 WASHINGTON — Criticism of 47 Republican senators’ letter to Iranian leaders escalated Friday, and one of the lawmakers expressed misgivings about writing directly to an adversary to raise doubts... more »»

US, Google at odds over computer search warrant proposal

March 14, 2015 WASHINGTON — A Justice Department proposal that could make it easier to locate and hack into computers that are part of criminal investigations is raising constitutional concerns from privacy groups... more »»

Making history: St. Patrick’s parade welcomes 2 gay groups

March 14, 2015 BOSTON — The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston will make history this Sunday as two gay and lesbian groups join the fun. more »»

Oil is on its way down again; will gas prices follow?

March 14, 2015 NEW YORK — The price of oil is tumbling again, rattling an already-shaken oil industry and heralding lower prices for consumers. more »»

Adult trial for Wisconsin girls in Slender Man stabbing

March 14, 2015 WAUKESHA, Wis. — Two young Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing their classmate to please the horror character Slender Man must stand trial as adults for attempted homicide, a judge ruled Frida. more »»



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