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George Zimmerman Judge Rejects Bid to Delay Trial, Jury Selection Begins

The judge in the George Zimmerman murder trial denied a last minute attempt by his defense attorneys today to delay the start of one of the most controversial cases in recent years. It took Judge Debra Nelson ...

Edward Snowden’s Father Worried Over Son’s NSA Leak Confession

The father of Edward Snowden told ABC News he’s concerned for his son since Edward revealed himself to be the source of a series of top secret leaks from the National Security Agency. Lonnie Snowden, who spoke ...

Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley is expecting a federal disaster proclamation will be issued soon for the recent flooding in the state. Braley, a Democrat, spent part of last week touring some of the damage around ...

Officials say the University of Iowa’s flood preparations are “effective” and “no water” has seeped into any of the buildings on campus. University president Sally Mason briefed members of the Board of ...

About 1,100 “military federal technicians” who are part of the Iowa National Guard soon will be furloughed one day a week for 11 consecutive weeks, because of the so-called “sequester” cuts in the federal ...

Remember the partisan bickering in Congress last summer over student loan interest rates? Both parties accused the other of wanting to make college more expensive and lawmakers eventually chose to freeze everything ...

For the third time in a week, a suspicious package has been found at an office that serves the public in Council Bluffs. Fire Chief Alan Beyers says the latest questionable envelope was found on Wednesday at the ...

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission voted today to set September 3rd as the deadline for applications for new casino proposals in Linn County, while also moving to study the statewide gambling market. Commission ...

The University of Northern Iowa’s new president has been on the job for almost a week. William Ruud started at the Cedar Falls school on Friday, May 31st and yesterday he met with the board that governs the ...

Tropical Storm Andrea Bearing Down on Fla. Coast

Heavy rain was pouring across much of Florida early Thursday as the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season headed toward the state’s western coast and a new tropical storm warning was issued for ...

Philadelphia Officials Face Questions Over Deadly Building Collapse, Inspections

Philadelphia officials are facing questions over whether the building collapse that killed six people on Wednesday could have been prevented. Mayor Michael Nutter and the city’s commissioner of licenses ...

Girl Gets New Birthday to Qualify for Adult Lungs

Sarah Murnaghan now has two records in the official organ transplant database: one with her real birthday and one with a birthday to make the system treat her as a 12-year-old. The 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl ...

George Zimmerman Judge Rules Witnesses Can’t Be Anonymous

Witnesses in the upcoming murder trial of George Zimmerman will not be permitted to testify anonymously, a Florida judge ruled today, just four days before the start of what is be a closely watched case in the ...

Dozens of American families have spent many months and many thousands of dollars trying to adopt Russian orphans with no success. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is calling on President Obama to confront Russian ...

The head of a Cedar Rapids-based pro-life organization testified before a congressional committee Tuesday on how the IRS treated the group when it sought tax-exempt status. Sue Martinek, president of the Coalition ...

  (Radio Iowa) – Two young western Iowa boys are home and safe after they were the subject of an Amber Alert on Wednesday, which led to the arrest of their non-custodial mother in eastern Nebraska. Dodge ...

The monthly economic survey of business leaders in Iowa and eight other Midwestern states finds the region’s numbers slipping, slightly, while Iowa’s numbers are climbing. Creighton University economist Ernie ...

Former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach is joining the University of Iowa faculty. (Radio Iowa) – “We are so very pleased today to be announcing that he will become a visiting professor of law and the University ...

(Radio Iowa) – A series of free seminars are being held across the state to held guide Iowans through the home buying process. Ashley Jared, spokesperson for the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA), says the sessions ...

A long-time Iowa Democratic operative says Tom Vilsack’s decision to remain as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture rather than run for governor in 2014 opens the door for other Democrats who’ve been thinking about the ...

Detroit Class President Shot in Head Surprises Classmates at Graduation

A Detroit high school senior class president who was shot in the head at a birthday party two months ago stunned his friends and classmates this week when he emerged on stage at their graduation. On April 6, Balaal ...

Heather McGill, Wife of Alabama Sen. Shadrack McGill, Warns on Facebook to Keep Off Her Man

An Alabama politician’s wife who took to Facebook to warn women to stay away from her husband said a “righteous anger” pushed her to write a post that has now gone viral. “I know that I can’t bring about ...

Sgt. Robert Bales Says There Is ‘Not a Good Reason’ For Afghan Massacre

An American soldier who plead guilty today to murdering 16 Afghan civilians told a judge today that there is “not a good reason in the world” for the “horrible things” he did. Staff Sgt. ...

Rescuers Search for Victims Trapped in Philadelphia Building Collapse

Fourteen people have been pulled from the rubble after a four-story building in central Philadelphia collapsed this morning. At least 13 people have been transported to hospitals with minor injuries, according to ...

Senator Chuck Grassley’s chief of staff hopes to join Grassley in the U.S. Senate. David Young formally announced his candidacy for the Iowa Republican Party’s 2014 U.S. Senate nomination this weekend. “My ...