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Family transforms old barn in Webster County into art

December 23, 2014 DAYTON — For motorists who have noticed the large bearded portrait recently painted onto the end of a barn a few miles east of Dayton on Iowa Highway 175 and guessed at who it might be — Abraham... more »»

North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages

December 23, 2014 WASHINGTON — North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country’s online access is “totally down. more »»

Battered NY mayor calls for temporary protest halt

December 23, 2014 NEW YORK — As the New York Police Department mourns two of its own, Mayor Bill de Blasio pleaded for a pause in protests and rancor amid a widening rift with those in a grieving force who accuse him... more »»

Going it alone, Obama rocked the boat in 2014

December 23, 2014 HONOLULU — President Barack Obama rang in 2014 by declaring a “year of action,” vowing to strengthen the nation by focusing on fairness, competitiveness and the power of American diplomacy. more »»

Eight vehicles collide on Center Street viaduct Saturday

December 23, 2014 Freezing rain produced a series of collisions involving eight vehicles Saturday morning on the Center Street viaduct according to a Marshalltown Police Department report issued Monday. more »»

Cuba says it has a right to grant asylum to US fugitives

December 23, 2014 HAVANA — Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to U.S. more »»

Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

December 23, 2014 VATICAN CITY — To the Catholic Church’s “seven deadly sins,” Pope Francis has added the “15 ailments of the Curia. more »»

US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles

December 22, 2014 WASHINGTON — Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotel. more »»

US reviewing whether to put NKorea on state terrorist list

December 22, 2014 HONOLULU — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls... more »»

Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground

December 22, 2014 RIO GRANDE, Nicaragua — As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn’t want to have to kill anyone. more »»

Sales for holiday shopping season come down to the wire

December 20, 2014 NEW YORK — Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season. Sales rose 1. more »»

FDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment

December 20, 2014 TRENTON, N.J. — Patients with chronic hepatitis C have a new option for treating the liver-damaging virus, with the approval of a combination treatment developed by AbbVie. more »»

Staples: Customer data exposed in breach

December 20, 2014 PORTLAND, Ore. — Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year. more »»

EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

December 20, 2014 WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous... more »»

US says traffic deaths fell 3 percent in 2013

December 20, 2014 DETROIT — Driving is getting safer. more »»

Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert

December 19, 2014 ATLANTA — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattac... more »»

Changing online prices stump shoppers

December 19, 2014 NEW YORK — Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. more »»

MetLife labeled as potential financial threat

December 19, 2014 WASHINGTON — Major insurer MetLife Inc. says U.S. regulators have labeled it as a potential threat to the financial system, a designation that brings stricter oversight. more »»

Nike says strong demand drives 2Q beat

December 19, 2014 BEAVERTON, Ore. — Nike Inc. says strong consumer demand helped boost its second-quarter revenue and profit. more »»

Ruble collapse shakes Russian economy, consumers

December 17, 2014 MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin faces a major new challenge after a catastrophic fall in the value of the ruble, which hit a new low Tuesday despite the Central Bank’s desperate efforts to... more »»



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