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    Economy Adds Over 200K Jobs in July

    NEW YORK — The jobs recovery marches on, albeit at a slightly slower pace. The U.S. economy added 209,000 jobs in July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. The number was slightly disappointing after the economy added 298,000 jobs in June. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney had expected a gain of 230,000 jobs for July. […]

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    Fears Over Evacuation of US Ebola Victims

    ATLANTA — When a plane took off from Georgia to meet two American missionaries fighting to survive Ebola hemorrhagic fever in West Africa, social media in the United States lit up with fearful reactions. Many posts called for keeping the infected patients out of the country. The medical charter flight that departed Cartersville on Thursday […]

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    Boehner: ‘No Plans to Impeach Obama’

    WASHINGTON — It’s the wildest dream of tea party extremists: the ultimate political comeuppance for the liberal President they love to hate. Since the day Barack Obama got elected to the White House, they have wanted to force him out. First, it was the birth certificate. Then, it was the bailouts. A succession of other […]

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    Israel Requests More Ammunition From US

    GAZA CITY — The Israeli military said Thursday that it is calling up 16,000 additional reservists, bolstering its forces for its fight against Hamas in Gaza after a request for more ammunition from the United States. The addition brings the total number of reservists Israel has called up since the beginning of the operation against […]

  • Doctors Without Borders in Guinea Treating Ebola Outbreak

    What You Need to Know About the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak Ever

    It began with a just a handful of cases in Guinea in March. But it spread quickly to two other countries and is now the deadliest outbreak of Ebola virus on record. At least 1,201 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have been infected by what is believed to be Ebola virus since its […]

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    Donations Through Local Trivia Games Send Kids to Camp

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — On Tuesday nights at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar, the famous baby grands are used as little more than desks, and the man holding the microphone isn’t taking requests. Still, people pack the house, gather around the stage with pencils in hand and blank sheets of paper at an arm’s […]

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    More VA Employees Said They Were Told to Falsify Data

    Roughly half the schedulers at multiple Veterans Affairs hospitals said they received instructions from supervisors to falsify data and hide the true time it took patients to be seen by a doctor after making an appointment, new details from an internal VA audit show. Schedulers said supervisors directed them to manipulate information so their centers […]

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    Winter Weather, Lack of Big Jackpots Blamed for Lower Lottery Revenue

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Lottery says there two big reasons the lottery made less money this year compared to last. The figures show the lottery sales totaled more than $314 million. That’s down about $25 million from last year. Lottery officials say the winter blizzards are one of the big reasons for the […]

  • Another No-Hitter for North Polk Pitcher

    North Polk pitcher Cole Jackson had a very good start to the State Baseball Tournament at Principal Park in Des Moines Monday. Jackson pitched a no-hitter, his fourth of the season, against Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto. The final score was 7-1.  The one run scored by Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto was the result of four errors by North Polk.

  • Steve Mason and his wife Darnelle not only took in their daughter's three children when Lisa Mason passed away, they also inherited her $100,000 student loan bill. Unable to keep up with the monthly payments on top of all of the other mounting expenses, the $100,000 balance ballooned into $200,000 as a result of late penalties and interest rates of as high as 12%.

Lisa Mason, left, with her mother, Darnelle, in 2007

    Grieving Parents Hit with $200,000 in Student Loans

    When his 27-year old daughter Lisa died suddenly of liver failure five years ago, Steve Mason was as devastated as any father would be. He and his wife Darnelle immediately took in Lisa’s three children — ages 4, 7 and 9 at the time — even though they knew it would be a huge struggle […]

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    Plant-Based Diet Helps Man Lose Over 100 Pounds

    Having to ask for a seat belt extender on a flight was one of Benji Kurtz’s biggest life humiliations. He also couldn’t shop at popular clothing stores — the clothing wasn’t large enough. When he found clothing that fit, he often didn’t have a choice in styles or colors, able only to purchase pants available […]

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    1 Dead, 13 Injured After Lightning Strikes Venice Beach

    VENICE BEACH, California – A sunny day at California’s famed Venice Beach took a dark turn Sunday when one person died and a dozen others were injured after a rare lightning strike. A man in his mid-20’s died at at the hospital after being transported from Venice Beach, said John Kades of the Los Angeles […]