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Monitors try to secure Ukraine plane crash site

July 20, 2014 HRABOVE, Ukraine — International monitors moved gingerly Saturday through fields reeking of the decomposing corpses that fell from a Malaysian airliner shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine,... more »»

For Obama, foreign crises grow more challenging

July 20, 2014 WASHINGTON — Surveying a dizzying array of international crises, President Barack Obama stated the obvious: “We live in a complex world and at a challenging time. more »»

Teen’s death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers

July 20, 2014 COLUMBUS, Ohio — A few weeks before their prom king’s death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers. more »»

Given life term, drug offender hopes for clemency

July 20, 2014 GREENVILLE, Ill. — From the very start, Scott Walker refused to believe he’d die in prison. more »»

Officer in fatal NY arrest stripped of gun, badge

July 20, 2014 NEW YORK — A New York City police officer involved in the arrest of a man who died in custody after being placed in an apparent chokehold has been stripped of his gun and badge and placed on desk... more »»

Unease in Congress, region over Obama Afghan plan

July 20, 2014 WASHINGTON — Afghanistan’s disputed election and Iraq’s unraveling are giving members of Congress and U.S. more »»

Ukraine crisis shows divisions in old Soviet bloc

July 20, 2014 WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s foreign minister had sharp words on the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jumbo jet in Ukraine — blaming the crash on Russia-backed “bandits. more »»

Mideast divisions cloud Gaza cease-fire efforts

July 20, 2014 CAIRO — Even as the death toll mounts in the Gaza Strip, attempts to broker a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel have so far run aground — in part because they have become mired in the deep... more »»

Israeli bulldozers destroy Hamas tunnels in Gaza

July 20, 2014 GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli bulldozers on Saturday demolished more than a dozen tunnels the military said were being used by Hamas gunmen to sneak beneath the southern border of the Jewish state... more »»

Sharer-Pieters competes again for top prize at Iowa State Fair

July 19, 2014 Missy Sharer-Pieters never tires of winning, or competing. The one time all-state athlete, coach, graphic designer and artist is at it again. more »»

Wheels are turning in a local shop

July 19, 2014 A local bike shop has helped hundreds of bikers this week. Matthew Gerstandt, owner of Black Tire Bike Shop, 117 W. Main St. more »»

Woman charged with dealing crack cocaine

July 19, 2014 A Marshalltown woman was charged with a handful of drug offenses after law enforcement officials found baggies containing crack cocaine in her purse. more »»

Smith campaigns locally, statewide for Democrats

July 19, 2014 Rep. Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, said he is balancing his duties as Iowa House minority leader and work on his local campaign heading into the Nov. 4 election. more »»

Local couple’s friends are truly ‘Samaritans’ when natural disasters occur

July 19, 2014 The recent stormy weather did not bring Dale and Amy Peterson to Tama to visit their friends, Tom and Lorna Perkins. more »»

15 Minutes

July 19, 2014 CHRISSA AUESTAD Resides: Nevada Hometown: I was born in Marshalltown and attended West Marshall and Nevada schools. Later, I continued my education at Iowa State University in Ames. more »»

Survivors gather to remember 1989 Iowa plane crash

July 19, 2014 DES MOINES — As he sat in a crippled airliner, Ron May braced his head between his legs and prayed for his wife, who was seven months’ pregnant with their first chil. more »»

US: Can’t rule out Russian role in missile strike

July 19, 2014 UNITED NATIONS — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told an emergency meeting of the U.N. more »»

1 in 5 of Gaza dead are children

July 19, 2014 BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip — Sobbing and shaking, Ismail Abu Musallam leaned against the wall of a hospital Friday, waiting for three of his children to be prepared for burial. more »»



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