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Congress sends Obama $1.1 T spending bill

December 14, 2014 WASHINGTON — Congress cleared a $1. more »»

Ghost murals are faded reminders of Sioux City past

December 14, 2014 SIOUX CITY — Journey down West Seventh Street to downtown Sioux City, past the appliance stores and repairs shops, and a piece of history is on the lef. more »»

Iowa court declines to expand homebuyers’ remedy

December 14, 2014 IOWA CITY — The Iowa Supreme Court declined Friday to give banks and real estate developers the same legal remedy that protects homebuyers from defective construction. more »»

Day of insurgent violence kills 19 in Afghanistan

December 14, 2014 KABUL, Afghanistan — Three separate Taliban attacks killed at least 19 people in Afghanistan on Saturday, including a senior judicial official and personnel working to clear one of the most heavily... more »»

In Mississippi, education money gap grows to $1.5B

December 14, 2014 DURANT, Miss. — In a state with a long history of lousy education, and a bad habit of not paying for it, nowhere is the problem more profound than in this tiny town in the middle of Mississippi. more »»

6,000 still without power in Vermont

December 14, 2014 BERLIN, Vt. more »»

18 dead, 90 missing in central Indonesia mudslide

December 14, 2014 BANJARNEGARA, Indonesia — Heavy rains in central Indonesia loosened soil and collapsed a hill, setting off a landslide that killed at least 18 villagers and left 90 others missing under piles of mud... more »»

Russia reaches out to Europe’s far-right parties

December 14, 2014 VIENNA — A Russian loan to France’s National Front. Invitations to Moscow for leaders of Austria’s Freedom Party. Praise for Vladimir Putin from the head of Britain’s anti-European Union party. more »»

Nigerian troops win back cities from extremists

December 14, 2014 MUBI, Nigeria — With a military escort instead of the usual pomp, the Emir of Mubi was reinstalled Friday in his palace, where until recently flew the black-and-white flag of Nigeria’s Islamic... more »»

UN still struggling to move aid into Syria

December 14, 2014 WASHINGTON — The U.N.’s decision in July to begin moving aid into war-torn Syria without the consent of President Bashar Assad was heralded as unprecedented. more »»

UN climate talks reach a standstill

December 14, 2014 LIMA, Peru — Already well into overtime, U.N. more »»

Confusion on the menu for European allergen rule

December 14, 2014 PARIS — A European rule requiring restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets — or anyone mass-producing meals — to list any of 14 allergens that might appear on their menus is being met with confusion. more »»

Head makes initial court appearance

December 13, 2014 James Robert Head, 18, of Marshalltown, made his initial appearance Friday morning on the charge of first-degree murder before Judge Kim Riley in district associate court. more »»

A later start to the school year?

December 13, 2014 The Iowa Department of Education on Friday said it will stop granting automatic waivers to school districts seeking to start classes earlier in the summer, after Gov. more »»

Public Safety meeting

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MEGA-10 organization awards $10,000 in grants

December 13, 2014 The MEGA-10 organization awarded $10,000 in grant money to three different projects, set aside money in the form of a challenge grant for another endeavor and elected board officers and directors fo... more »»

Gladbrook prayer shawl ministry marks three years

December 13, 2014 “Shawls ... made for centuries universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautif. more »»



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