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The U.S. economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the first three months of 2013, according to the Commerce Department, boosted by consumer spending and offset by decreases in government spending. The ...

Obama Backs Planned Parenthood in Political Fight

President Barack Obama vowed Friday to join Planned Parenthood in fighting against what he said are efforts by states to turn women’s health back to the 1950s, before the Supreme Court legalized abortion ...

Congress Passes Bill to End Sequester Flight Delays

In less than 24 hours, bipartisan legislation passed both the Senate and the House to relieve one of the most noticeable downsides to budget sequestration: FAA furloughs. The bill that was rushed through Congress ...

Insurance Payout May Depend on Whether Boston Bombing Was ‘Terrorist Act’

Whether the Boston bombings are deemed a “terrorist” act could have enormous financial implications for the businesses that were damaged or closed during the police investigation. At the center of the ...

Feds Search Landfill for Boston Suspect’s Laptop

Investigators in white hazmat suits are searching a landfill for a laptop tied to the accused Boston Marathon bombers, a potential lead that emerged as a result of interviews with two men from Kazakhstan who knew ...

Man accused of sexually abusing, stabbing woman after online meeting

An eastern man is facing charges for allegedly kidnapping, raping, and stabbing a young woman he met online. The victim, a 20-year-old from Cedar Rapids, was discovered by neighbors in her apartment complex Sunday ...

Pro: Too many amateur storm chasers endanger themselves

A self-described “storm chaser” says it’s getting more hazardous to pursue his passion, not because of severe weather but due to so many amateurs who also chase storms. Shelf Cloud near Des Moines in 2012 Jon ...

Test tampering reported at Davenport elementary school

The Davenport Community School District is reporting that standardized tests at an elementary school in the district were tampered with to increase the scores of students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. District ...

Police dog sniffs up dozens of drug items at western Iowa hotel

Police in the western Iowa town of Stuart made a rather large drug bust Wednesday night. It happened at the Super 8 Hotel, just off of Interstate 80. Stuart Police Chief David Reha says more than 50 types of drug ...

Defense Secretary Hagel Says Syria Has Used Chemical Weapons

The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons in the two year civil war ravaging Syria, the White House and Pentagon chief announced today. But officials at the White House said they want ...