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Obama: I’ve Still Got Juice

One hundred days into his second term, President Obama, paraphrasing Mark Twain, told reporters, “rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated.” When it comes to Congress, the President has had a tough start to ...

George Zimmerman’s Decision Leads to Summer Trial

A Florida judge questioned George Zimmerman today on his decision to waive an immunity hearing under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which means that he is likely heading for a trial this ...

Jason Collins Says ‘Huge Weight’ Lifted After Becoming First Openly Gay Major Pro Athlete

Washington Wizards center Jason Collins says a “huge weight has been lifted” from his shoulders after becoming the first openly gay athlete in a major U.S. team sport and he is waiting for someone else ...

Jessica Heeringa: Video of Minivan Sought by Police, 911 Call Released in Gas Station Attendant’s Disappearance

A gray minivan being sought by police in connection with the disappearance of Jessica Heeringa was captured on surveillance video around the time police believe the gas station attendant might have been abducted. ...

Feds Probe Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect’s Link to Russian Militants

Accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev may have been in touch with suspected militants before and during his visit last year to southern Russia, according to a U.S. official and sources in the region. ...

California Manhunt for 8-Year-Old Leila Fowler’s Killer; Family Devastated

A manhunt for a suspect considered “armed and dangerous” is underway in California after 8-year-old Leila Fowler was found stabbed to death in her home. Leila Fowler and her 12-year-old brother were home ...

Authorities: Student Shoots Self in Ohio Classroom

An honors student at an all-male Catholic high school tried to commit suicide in his first-period classroom Monday, police said, critically wounding himself with a gunshot and sending other students scrambling for ...

4 Choir Members Stabbed During New Mexico Church Service

Four members of an Albuquerque church choir were stabbed today when a man rushed them at the end of mass, police said. Witnesses at the 11 a.m. mass at St. Jude Thaddeus Church said the choir had begun their closing ...

Branstad defends management of Iowa Veterans Home

Governor Terry Branstad says he “has heard some concerns” about management of the Iowa Veterans Home, but the governor is expressing confidence in the leadership that’s in place. “We’re very proud of the ...

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has identified 18 businesses that’ll be participating in this year’s Pollution Prevention intern program. DNR spokesperson, Danielle Dilks, says the program is part of ...

Two people were injured in a fire at a Cedar Rapids condominium complex Sunday. Firefighters were called to the Shamrock Condominiums on the southwest side of the city around 7;30 Sunday evening. Firefighters ...

Branstad on Senate race: “The last thing we need is another congressman”

Republican Governor Terry Branstad seems to be suggesting Republican Congressman Steve King either is not running or should not run for the U.S. Senate. “I really believe that Iowans want somebody that will serve ...

Biden: Economic Collapse Led to McCain Loss in 2008

Vice President Joe Biden says that if the economy hadn’t collapsed in 2008, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., would have won the presidential election instead of President Barack Obama. “The truth of the matter is, ...

Justice Breyer Hospitalized After Accident

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has been hospitalized following a bicycle accident yesterday in Washington, D.C., a court spokesperson said today. “Associate Justice Stephen Breyer underwent reverse ...

A spokesman for blind Iowans is urging the governor and legislators to boost the budget for the Iowa Department for the Blind by half a million dollars. Michael Barber — president of the National Federation of the ...

Mother Nature cooperating with Pella Tulip Festival

The annual Pella Tulip Festival begins next Thursday (May 2) and organizers believe the headliner guest will actually be there this time. Susan Canfield of the festival’s steering committee say the unseasonably ...

Branstad grants Rasberry Williams’ commutation request

For only the third time in his 18 years in office, Governor Branstad is commuting the life sentence of a prison inmate. Branstad today granted the request of 67-year-old Rasberry Williams – who was convicted in ...

Obama Mixes Serious Tone with Humor at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Amid the glitz and glamour, humor and levity normally surrounding the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, President Obama injected a somber tone to the annual soiree as he invoked the memories of those affected by ...

Bridging the Divide: Wilcox County High School Students Hold First Integrated Prom

For any teenager, prom is a monumental night, but for students at a Georgia high school, it has been more than 40 years in the making. For the first time ever, students at Wilcox County High School, in Rochelle, Ga. ...

Jodi Arias Jury Never Saw This Police Complaint About Tire Slashing

Just four months before he was found dead in his Arizona home, Travis Alexander called police and reported that his car tires had been slashed, according to records obtained exclusively by ABC News.  The incident, ...

Michigan Mother Disappears From Late Night Shift at Gas Station

The disappearance of a Michigan mother who was last seen working the late shift at a gas station was reclassified today as an abduction, as the woman’s family pleaded for her safe return. Jessica Heeringa, 25, ...

Boston Bombing Brings Twist to Cold Murder Case

The stalled investigation into a gruesome 2011 triple murder in the leafy suburb of Waltham, Mass., has taken a dramatic turn in the days since two explosions ripped through the crowd during the final stretch of the ...

The President of the National Rifle Association made a stop at the Iowa State Capitol Thursday. While speaking with Republican lawmakers and NRA supporters, David Keene was critical of President Barack Obama and his ...

It has been a very unusual spring of extra moisture and, at times, snow. So is that extra moisture helping the state’s drought conditions? The latest U-S Drought Monitor report shows half of the state is still ...

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 ...