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IG: Shoddy care by VA didn’t cause Phoenix deaths

August 27, 2014 WASHINGTON — Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found widespread problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is... more »»

American woman is being held hostage in Syria

August 27, 2014 WASHINGTON — The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. more »»

Federal prosecutions not easy in police shootings

August 27, 2014 WASHINGTON — As the Justice Department probes the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, history suggests there’s no guarantee of a criminal prosecution, let alone a conviction. more »»

Report finds 1,400 children exploited in UK town

August 27, 2014 LONDON — About 1,400 children were sexually exploited in a northern England town, a report concluded Tuesday in a damning account of “collective failures” by authorities to prevent victims as young... more »»

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

August 27, 2014 WASHINGTON — Global warming is here, human-caused and already dangerous — and it’s increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new science report says. more »»

Power plant project progresses

August 26, 2014 “There’s a crane. more »»

Preliminary hearing set for man accused of murder

August 26, 2014 A preliminary hearing has been set for next month for a Marshalltown man accused of killing a 3-year-old girl. The hearing is slated for Sept. 2 for Branden M. more »»

Local photographer lands work in international exhibit

August 26, 2014 Local photographer Molly Long will have four images on display during an international photographic exhibition next year in Nashville, Tenn. Long, of Marshalltown, has a studio located at 12 W. more »»

Iowa employers to pay less in unemployment taxes

August 26, 2014 DES MOINES — Iowa employers will pay less in unemployment taxes in 2015 due to strong economic gains in the state, Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday. more »»

Farm associations form group to curb pollution

August 26, 2014 DES MOINES — Three Iowa agricultural associations on Monday announced the formation of a nonprofit group to push farmers harder to curb pollution of lakes, rivers and stream through a voluntary... more »»

Nearly $1M Iowa barrier to Asian carp working

August 26, 2014 MILFORD — A nearly $1-million electronic fish barrier has succeeded in stopping invasive Asian carp from the Iowa Great Lakes, officials said. more »»

Iowa officials find problems with private academy

August 26, 2014 CLARINDA — A private academy for troubled youths in Clarinda uses a “cut-and-paste, one-size-fits-all” approach to treating and teaching its special education students that deprives them of an... more »»

Officials worry over rise in unvaccinated children

August 26, 2014 DES MOINES — Iowa health officials are concerned about an increase in the number of parents who are opting not to vaccinate their children. more »»

Convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

August 26, 2014 KRASNODON, Ukraine — For several evenings this month, convoys of military weaponry passed with clockwork-like regularity through Krasnodon, a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine near the porous borde... more »»

Mourners urge black Americans to take action

August 26, 2014 ST. LOUIS — The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — recalling him as a “gentle giant,” aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a technical college. more »»

Mimicking the airlines, hotels get fee-happy

August 26, 2014 NEW YORK — Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, “Are we there yet?” The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use. more »»

Dempsey in Afghanistan for transition talks

August 26, 2014 KABUL, Afghanistan — The Pentagon has developed plans that would allow American forces to remain in Afghanistan beyond the end of the year if the contested presidential election drags on and a... more »»

Gaza attacks triggers Israeli exodus from border

August 26, 2014 JERUSALEM — Hundreds of Israelis left their homes along the border with the Gaza Strip on Monday, reflecting growing frustration over the war with Hamas and the Palestinian mortar fire raining down... more »»



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