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Janice Thomas, 68

August 14, 2015 Janice Thomas, 68, of Marshalltown, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at Central Iowa Health Care in Marshalltown, Iowa. more »»

Trump, the counterfeit republican

August 14, 2015 In every town large enough to have two traffic lights there is a bar at the back of which sits the local Donald Trump, nursing his fifth beer and innumerable delusions. more »»

US retail sales rose in July, aided by autos and restaurants

August 14, 2015 WASHINGTON — Americans bought more cars, restaurant meals and building supplies in July, a rise in spending that points to steady economic growth anchored by an improving job market. more »»

John N. Sheldahl, 72

August 14, 2015 John N. Sheldahl, 72, of Hubbard, IA, died on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at Hubbard Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 15, at St. more »»

Throwing public education under the bus

August 14, 2015 Today’s fee frenzy is a race to nowhere. Public education used to be, you know, public — an essential societal investment for the betterment of all, paid for by all through school taxes. more »»

Amaya acquires fantasy sports betting

August 14, 2015 MONTREAL — Online gaming company Amaya is bolstering its entry into fantasy sports betting by acquiring U.S.-based Victiv for an undisclosed price. more »»

Leona Schultz, 95

August 14, 2015 Funeral Arrangements for 95 year old Leona Schultz, of Marshalltown, are pending at the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa, Iowa. more »»

The bull in the Republican china shop

August 14, 2015 Who will save the Republican Party from the destructive and vulgar force of Donald Trump? Several of his rivals for the 2016 presidential nomination have stepped forward, but no common voice has... more »»

2 jumbo phones from Samsung to be released

August 14, 2015 NEW YORK — Samsung has unveiled two new Android smartphones with jumbo screens as it seeks to recapture some of the sales lost to Apple after larger iPhones came out last yea. more »»

China tries to dampen fears of devaluations

August 14, 2015 BEIJING — China tried Thursday to ease fears of more big declines for the yuan as companies from global automakers to Chinese clothing exporters faced a new era of uncertain exchange rate. more »»

Kraft Heinz slashing 2,500 jobs in US, Canada after merger

August 13, 2015 NEW YORK — Kraft Heinz says it is cutting about 2,500 jobs as part of its plan to slash costs after the food companies combined. Spokesman Michael Mullen says affected workers are in the U.S. more »»

As Chinese yuan falls more, some see little cause for alarm

August 13, 2015 WASHINGTON — A free-falling Chinese currency could make China’s goods cheaper for foreigners, squeeze Western companies, discourage Chinese tourism, increase China’s exports and complicate the... more »»

Dr. Pepper takes 11.7 pct. stake in BodyArmor

August 13, 2015 PLANO, Texas — Dr. Pepper Snapple is making a $20 million investment in BodyArmor, a rival of PepsiCo’s Gatorade brand. That gives Dr. Pepper an 11. more »»

Macy’s sets its sights on China

August 13, 2015 NEW YORK — Macy’s Inc. is setting its sights on Chinese shoppers, with plans to test selling goods online in the world’s second-largest economy late this yea. more »»

US hiring reaches six-month high in June

August 13, 2015 WASHINGTON — U.S. employers filled more of their available jobs in June, evidence that steady if modest economic growth is putting more Americans to work. more »»

NBCUniversal invests $200 million in Vox

August 13, 2015 NEW YORK — NBCUniversal is investing $200 million in digital media company Vox Media, which owns popular sites such as food blog Eater, the sports-focused SB Nation and the tech blog Re/code. more »»

The ABCs of Google’s new name Alphabet

August 12, 2015 NEW YORK — What’s in a name? Most corporate naming experts say Google’s decision to reorganize its businesses under a new holding company called “Alphabet” is close to letter perfect. more »»

GE selling health care finance unit, loans to Capital One

August 12, 2015 General Electric is selling its health care lending unit and related loans to Capital One for roughly $9 billion as it shrinks its GE Capital finance business. more »»

Glaxo shuts down plant over Legionnaires'

August 12, 2015 RALEIGH, N.C. — Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline shut down a plant Tuesday that produces inhaled medications after discovering the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's disease. more »»



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