• One of the hostages killed in the operation was Warren Weinstein (left), an American USAID contractor, held hostage by al Qaeda since August 2011. The other hostage, Giovanni Lo Porto, was Italian and had been held by al-Qaeda since 2012.

    U.S. Drone Strike Accidentally Killed 2 Hostages

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced Thursday that a U.S. counterterrorism operation targeting an al Qaeda compound in January accidentally killed two innocent hostages, including one American. Multiple U.S. officials told CNN the hostages, Warren Weinstein, an American, and Italian national Giovanni Lo Porto, were killed by a U.S. military drone that targeted the al […]

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    Second Degree Murder Conviction Reversed by Court of Appeals

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Court of Appeals has reversed the second degree murder conviction of a Des Moines man. Kent Tyler III was found guilty in Richard Daughenbaugh’s 2013 murder. Prosecutors said Tyler, who was 18 at the time, threw the first punch in the attack that killed Daughenbaugh. The Iowa Court of […]

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    CNN/ORC Poll: Economic Optimism Hits New Peak Under Obama

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama’s approval rating is shifting back toward positive territory, as the public’s take on the economy hits a new high mark for Obama’s tenure, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. For the first time since May of 2013, more Americans polled say they have a positive impression of how Obama […]

  • Bird Flu In Laying Hens May Have Small Consumer Impact

    On April 20, state officials announced the second outbreak of avian influenza in Iowa, this time in a large flock of laying hens in northwest Osceola county. The first outbreak occurred in turkeys in Buena Vista county, meaning the disease has now appeared in Iowa’s robust egg industry, which produces about twice as many eggs […]

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    Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalls All Products Over Listeria Concerns

    After weeks of gradual recalls, Blue Bell Creameries is now pulling all of its products off the shelves. The company is recalling its entire line of ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and other frozen snacks because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the company said Monday. “Today’s decision was the result of findings from […]

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    As Campaigns Launch, Poll Finds GOP Field Stays Tight

    WASHINGTON, D.C.  — With the ranks of declared 2016 presidential candidates growing, a new CNN/ORC poll finds the contests for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations solidifying around two key points: Hillary Clinton dominates everyone on the Democratic side, while no one has broken out of the pack on the Republican side. The recent formal entries […]

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    Boston Marathon Bombing Amputee ‘Takes Life Back’, Crosses Finish Line

    BOSTON, Massachusetts — A survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing is inspiring so many people. Rebekah Gregory, who had her leg amputated as a result of the bombing, ran in Monday’s marathon. According to My Fox Boston, she ran the last few miles of the race with her trainer right by her side. When she […]

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    Sister’s Kidney Provides Second Chance

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Nearly 600 people are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in Iowa, but one man didn’t have to look far for his second chance at life. Daniel Cruz looks like a healthy man in his thirties. You wouldn’t guess what he’s been through. He said, “I was just in shock. I […]

  • 50K Stolen from Charity that Helps Children in Africa

    UNION, Iowa — Thieves stole tens of thousands of dollars in electronics from a local charity overnight. Outreach Inc. was broken into between 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night and 8 a.m. Thursday morning. The organization helps feed and educate children in Africa while also helping their communities to become self–sustaining. “You normally wouldn`t think a non-profit […]

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    U.S. Could Be Energy Independent within Four Years

    NEW YORK, New York — The United States could be energy independent in as little as four years, according to a new forecast from the U.S. Energy Department. The price of oil is fairly low — about $55 a barrel. But if it spikes above $100 that could spur more U.S. oil production and cut […]

  • Newton Couple Facing Charges after Child Tests Positive for Meth

    NEWTON, Iowa — A couple is facing charges of child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia. 22-year-old Vanessa Trotter and 27-year-old Cody Sanders were arrested over the weekend after Trotter and her one year old son tested positive for methamphetamine. “The case began primarily by the public drawing attention to suspicious activity at the residence,” […]

  • Report Shows Slow Planting Progress

    USDA released the first crop progress report on April 13, documenting corn planting progress, and the results were well below the trade average guess of 3.6 percent. Just two percent of this year’s corn crop is in the ground, due largely to wet weather in the South. Normally planting progress at this time of year […]