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Iowa ranks toward the top of a new national study that grades the 50 states based on the information available on its government websites. Kristin McMurray, editor of the Sunshine Review, says the criteria involve ...

A Webster City hog production facility shut down by the economy is back in operation and is now a model for a new agriculture market. The owners of the farm called “Iowa’s First” are now raising striped bass ...

Lawmakers Upset Judge Ended Tsarnaev Interrogation

A federal magistrate judge has set off a firestorm of criticism for ending the interrogation of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect before, lawmakers contend, law enforcement officials had concluded their ...

George W. Bush’s Legacy on Africa Wins Praise, Even From Foes

The George W. Bush Presidential Library dedication brought together five living presidents who have been at odds about much of the 43rd president’s foreign policy legacy, particularly the Iraq war. But they all ...

Fathers, Firefighters: Lives Lost in West, Texas

On April 17, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, leveled part of the small town located some 20 miles north of Waco. Most of the victims were first responders from fire departments in West and other ...

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 ...

State Department ‘Doesn’t Agree’ with House GOP Benghazi Report

The State Department is defending its investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, against a ...

Barbara Bush Votes ‘No’ on Jeb Bush for President

If mother truly knows best, there will be no more additions to the Bush presidential legacy. Bush family matriarch Barbara Bush said she’s not in favor of a 2016 presidential run by her youngest son, Jeb Bush. ...

Bush Revisits His Legacy at Library Opening

George W. Bush’s legacy has officially been enshrined in Dallas. At a warm bipartisan gathering of all five living U.S. presidents, foreign dignitaries, and former administration officials at Southern ...

Ricin-Laced Letters Leading to a Miss. Mystery

Of three ricin-laced letters mailed this month to public officials, only one made it into the hands of an intended target, 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. Investigators are working to piece together ...

Jodi Arias Judge Sets Closing Arguments for Next Week

The end of the Jodi Arias murder trial is in sight after Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens told the jury that closing arguments in the case are scheduled for next week. After more than four months ...

Body Confirmed as Missing Brown University Student Sunil Tripathi

The Rhode Island medical examiner’s office has identified the body pulled from a river on Tuesday as missing Brown University student Sunil Tripathi. A forensic dental examination helped confirm the identity ...

Accused Bombers Plotted Attack in NYC, Officials Say

The brothers Tsarnaev had plans to drive to New York in their carjacked Mercedes and explode their remaining bombs last Thursday, but their plans went off track when the owner of the car they stole made an escape, ...

Biden: Boston Suspects ‘Twisted, Perverted, Knock-Off Jihadis’

In passionate remarks at a memorial service for slain Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, Vice President Joe Biden called the Boston Marathon bomber suspects ”knock-off jihadis” ...

FAA Administrator Defends Furloughs, Budget Increase

With American travelers finishing up spring breaks and planning for summer vacations, the hundreds of daily flight delays that started Sunday as a result of furloughs by the Federal Aviation Administration have ...

George W. Bush — Legacy Watch

TUNE IN TONIGHT — THE BUSH INTERVIEW: Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush speak exclusively with ABC’s DIANE SAWYER tonight on “World News.” They open up about the vision behind ...