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    Cancer Diagnosis Brings Blessings to Light

      GRIMES, Iowa – A young couple has many blessings to celebrate this Thanksgiving, despite a rough year that started with a difficult diagnosis. Tekyn Tackett says, “As soon as I felt it, I knew something wasn’t right. Just something inside me was like, this is not good.” Tackett found a lump in her left […]

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    FDA Announces New Calorie Label Rules

    WASHINGTON D.C. — Pizza, popcorn and salad bars all will have to list calorie counts under long-awaited rules to be published later Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration. As expected, the rules require chain restaurants to list clear calorie information on menus. But they don’t require anything else, such as fat content, up front, […]

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    Ames Company Agrees $50m Ebola Vaccine Licensing Deal

    AMES, Iowa — Ames-based NewLink Genetics Corp. stands to be paid more than $50 million from a licensing agreement announced Monday to allow pharmaceutical giant Merck to ramp up production of NewLink’s Ebola vaccine, the Des Moines Register reports. The licensing deal puts NewLink’s vaccine in the hands of the much larger Merck, which a […]

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    Six Points: How Ferguson Prosecutor Defended Grand Jury’s Decision

    ST. LOUIS, Missouri — All eyes and ears were on St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch late Monday when he announced there would be no indictment in the shooting death of Michael Brown. But that wasn’t all he talked about. In his nearly 45-minute statement, including questions, McCulloch touched on a variety of topics: […]

  • Protestors in Ferguson, MO call for the indictment of Darren Wilson. (CNN)

    Ferguson Grand Jury Decision to be Released at 8:00 P.M.

    FERGUSON, Missouri — While protesters chanted late Monday for an indictment in the case of Michael Brown, officials called for calm as the world awaits word of the grand jury’s decision. “No matter what is announced, people will be emotional. I want people to think with their heads and not with emotion,” said St. Louis […]

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    Comet Lander Mission Not Over Yet

    LONDON — It flew for 10 years, crossed millions of miles of space, bounced over the surface of a comet and returned heaps of data … and then quietly faded away. The little spacecraft Philae that has captured the imagination of thousands with endearing tweets to the comet-chasing mother ship Rosetta stopped transmitting when its […]

  • Development for a downtown Hy-Vee, set to be constructed on a city-owned parking lot at 420 Court Ave., has businesses upset after a parking garage addition was removed from the plans (Photo Courtesy: Knapp Properties)

    City Defends Downtown Hy-Vee Plans, Says Parking Won’t Be an Issue

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Some downtown businesses are urging city officials to “pump the brakes” and reconsider where the proposed downtown Hy-Vee will be located, citing concerns over a lack of parking options near Court Avenue as is. However, Assistant City Manager Matt Anderson says the city has looked closely at the issue, and believes […]

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    Winter Can Be Rough For Allergy Sufferers

      WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — You might find yourself sniffling and sneezing long after the leaves fall. Winter can actually be the worst time for some allergy sufferers. Trips to the doctor used to be common for Jennifer Carlson. She says, “I just kept getting colds that turned into sinus infections. And, they were […]

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    Guests Fined for Leaving Review of ‘Filthy, Dirty Rotten’ Hotel on TripAdvisor

    BLACKPOOL, England — When a couple left scathing comments on a travel review website that a hotel in northern England they had stayed at was a “filthy, dirty rotten stinking hovel,” they thought no more about it. But Tony and Jan Jenkinson were shocked later to see an extra £100 ($156) added to their credit […]

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    Keystone Bill Dies in the Senate — For Now

    The Senate blocked a measure Tuesday that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL pipeline as Democrats chose their pro-environment base over an old friend — embattled Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu. The vote could just be a speedbump for the Keystone project, with Republicans ready to try again — with much better odds of […]

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    NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson Without Pay for Season

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson learned Tuesday he will be suspended without pay for the rest of the 2014 NFL season, according to an NFL statement. Peterson intends to appeal. Peterson will not be reinstated before April 15 because he violated the league’s personal conduct policy “in an incident of […]

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    More Barbaric ISIS Videos Expected After Kassig’s Death

    For the fifth time this year, ISIS has flaunted its savagery by posting a video about a Westerner’s beheading. This time, it was the family of American hostage Peter Kassig that received the horrific news. But the video that purportedly shows the aftermath of Kassig’s beheading is different from the other videos — and shows […]