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A report by Iowa State University economics professor, Bruce Babcock, finds government incentives to help farmers pay for crop insurance push them toward the more expensive insurance and increase the costs to ...

Winter conditions return with heavy snow

Travel is becoming iffy and many schools have canceled classes as 6 inches of snow is already on the ground in northwest Iowa, while central Iowa is bracing for 5-to-9 inches by tomorrow morning. The Iowa Department ...

Death of Osama Bin Laden, the Security Turning Point Two Years Later

It  has now been two years since U.S. Navy SEALs dropped into a dark compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden. It was an event that stopped the nation in its tracks and was seen as a turning ...

The tragic shooting death of a 2-year-old girl by her 5-year-old brother this week was compounded by the fact — baffling to many who don’t use guns — that the .22 rifle the boy used has been given ...

David Petraeus’ next tough assignment will be in the trenches of academia. The University of Southern California announced Thursday that the retired general and former CIA director is joining the faculty to ...

Obama Taps Billionaire for Commerce, Aide as Trade Rep

President Obama today nominated billionaire campaign fundraiser Penny Pritzker to head the Commerce Department and trusted, longtime economic aide Michael Froman as the next U.S. trade representative, in a ceremony ...

Another Airline Has Carry-On Charge

Another domestic airline will charge passengers for carry-on bags. Denver-based Frontier Airlines announced Wednesday it would begin charging passengers who book tickets on third-party web sites — such as ...

Brush Fire in Southern California Prompts Evacuations

More than 425 firefighters are battling blazes in Southern California while dozens of air tankers and helicopters drop water and retardant to combat fierce winds, high temperatures and dry weather feeding the brush ...

North Korea Sentences U.S. Citizen to 15 Years of Hard Labor

North Korea has sentenced an American citizen — reportedly arrested while taking pictures of orphans —  to 15 years of “compulsory labor” for plotting to overthrow the government, the ...

Half of All Autistic Kids Will Run Away, Tragedy Often Follows

Within hours one day in April, two children went missing hundreds of miles apart from each other. On the surface they appear to have little in common. Angelo Messineo is a 16-year-old from Georgia.  He was found ...

Republicans in the Iowa House are proposing a ban on all taxpayer-funded abortions as well as new rules to forbid pregnant women on Medicaid from choosing to have a cesarean. Republicans estimate the state could ...

Fifty-one Republicans in the Iowa House have formally endorsed Governor Terry Branstad’s ”Healthy Iowa Plan” to provide insurance coverage to low-income Iowans who live just below the poverty line. ...

Nominations are now being accepted for the 11th annual Iowa’s Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin contest. Ron Birkenholz is with the Iowa Pork Producers Association, which sponsors the contest. “Any restaurant, cafe, ...

A 9-mile stretch of Interstate 35 south of Des Moines remains closed due to a damaged bridge, but it should reopen sometime Thursday. An overpass on I-35 northbound was struck just before 6 p.m. Monday by ...

Pond scum. That’s the expression Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, used to characterize how some critics viewed him after he voted against expanding background checks two week ago during the gun control ...

In his first news conference since the Boston Marathon bombing, President Obama defended the FBI and said Americans will continue to go on about their lives. During the wide-ranging Q and A with reporters, he also ...

While Washington has opted to fix a few of the more publicly painful cuts pursuant to sequestration, other troublesome effects lie on the horizon. The bill to end some flight delays that flew through the legislature ...

What if the United States could shrink the federal deficit and get high at the same time? Two congressmen calling for the legalization of recreational marijuana say it’s not such a trippy idea. Rep. Earl ...

Jodi Arias Trial Nearing End as Final Witnesses Take the Stand

After four months of detailed and sometimes graphic testimony, the final two witnesses are set to take the stand today for what could be the final day of testimony in the Jodi Arias murder trial. Arias’ legal ...

Gas prices usually head higher during the spring and summer but not this year. The American Automobile Association’s new forecast says drivers are likely to pay less this summer, with prices dropping to below ...

Jessica Heeringa Disappearance: Person of Interest Seemed Like ‘Just Another Guy Hitting on Her’

An employee at a store adjacent to the gas station where Jessica Heeringa worked the late shift said he noticed a man in a minivan talking to the missing Michigan mother, but didn’t think much of the ...

3 More in Custody in Boston Marathon Bombing Case: Cops

Three more suspects have been taken into custody in connection to the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon, the Boston Police Department tweeted today. The brief statement said more details were forthcoming. ...

Democrats in the Iowa Senate last night rejected a Republican effort to protect kids from ice cream truck drivers who might be pedophiles. Republicans tried to attach a provision to a spending bill that would allow ...

An agreement’s been reached between Alliant Energy subsidiary, Interstate Power and Light Company, and the Office of Consumer Advocate that keeps plans on track for a new natural gas electric plant in ...

The Consul General from the Turkish Embassy in Chicago says he is “on a mission” to strengthen relationships between Turkey and the United States. Consul General Fatih Yildiz visited Iowa City Monday and he’s ...