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Iowa’s Medicaid privatization draws scrutiny

April 20, 2015 DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad’s plan to privatize the state’s Medicaid program is moving forward, though critics are raising questions about how the shift will impact patients. more »»

Almonds get roasted in debate over California water use

April 20, 2015 SAN FRANCISCO — California almonds are becoming one of the world’s favorite snacks and creating a multibillion-dollar bonanza for agricultural investor. more »»

Sperm bank sued after donor details emerge 7 years later

April 20, 2015 ATLANTA — He was good on paper: Eloquent, mature, healthy and smart to boot. more »»

Survivor: Smugglers locked hundreds of peoople in hold of capsized boat

April 20, 2015 ROME — A smuggler’s boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya’s coast as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean’s deadliest known migrant tragedy and... more »»

Video: Islamic State kills Ethiopian Christians in Libya

April 20, 2015 CAIRO — Islamic State militants in Libya shot and beheaded groups of captive Ethiopian Christians, a video purportedly from the extremists showed Sunday. more »»

Yemen Shiite rebel leader vows not to surrender amid strikes

April 20, 2015 SANAA, Yemen — A Shiite rebel leader in Yemen vowed to not surrender Sunday amid Saudi-led airstrikes in a rambling speech that rejected U.N. more »»

Gone fishing

April 19, 2015 more »»

A framework for understanding poverty

April 19, 2015 Learning more about the effects of living in poverty and what one can do to address it effectively was one of several themes explored during a workshop at Marshalltown’s Area Education Agency 267... more »»

Volunteers needed for local parks cleanup

April 19, 2015 Local volunteer Dan Engesser of Marshalltown will not rest until Marshalltown is a cleaner place to live, work and play. more »»

The ‘gold standard’ of TV talk, a husky-voiced siren and the nice likable guy

April 19, 2015 Editor’s note: This article is the latest in a monthly series highlighting the personalities featured in the Exhibit Hall at the Orpheum Theater Center. more »»

GOP White House hopefuls bicker over America’s role in world

April 19, 2015 NASHUA, N.H. — Rand Paul lashed out Saturday at military hawks in the Republican Party in a clash over foreign policy dividing the packed GOP presidential field. more »»

Islamic State blamed for Afghan suicide bombing killing 35

April 19, 2015 FAIZABAD, Afghanistan — A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a line of people waiting outside a bank Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 and wounding 125 in an assault the... more »»

Time plus distance help some Oklahoma City victims move on

April 19, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City bombing thrust Diane Koch into the life of a crime victim’s advocate for 13 years, until she realized she had to leave the state to start a new chapter of life. more »»

Some victims of California explosion released from hospital

April 19, 2015 FRESNO, Calif. — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. more »»

Schools, parents at odds over breakfast in class

April 19, 2015 LOS ANGELES — The number of breakfasts served in the nation’s schools has doubled in the last two decades, a surge driven largely by a change in how districts deliver the food. more »»

Shopping mall developer Taubman dies at 91

April 19, 2015 BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — A. more »»

Sheriff: Cannot yet arrest woman bragging of killing cat

April 19, 2015 HOUSTON — A Texas sheriff said Saturday that he could not arrest and charge a veterinarian shown in a Facebook post bragging about killing a cat with a bow and arrow unless an investigation... more »»

First WWI gas attack produced new horrors, changed warfare

April 19, 2015 STEENSTRATE, Belgium — As a spring breeze wafted into his trench, commander Georges Lamour of the French 73rd infantry saw something almost surreal drift his way. A yellow-green cloud. more »»

Pope asks Europe to do more for migrants flooding into Italy

April 19, 2015 ROME — Pope Francis on Saturday joined Italy in pressing the European Union to do more to help the country cope with rapidly mounting numbers of desperate people rescued in the Mediterranean during... more »»



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