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Somalia extremists urge attacks on multiple US shopping malls

February 23, 2015 JOHANNESBURG — A video purported to be by Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked rebel group al-Shabab urged Muslims to attack shopping malls in the U.S., Canada, Britain and other Western countries. U.S. more »»

Turkish military enters Syria to evacuate troops, tomb

February 23, 2015 ANKARA, Turkey — Hundreds of Turkish troops backed by tanks took part in an overnight operation into neighboring Syria to evacuate dozens of besieged soldiers guarding an Ottoman tomb and remove the... more »»

Searching for answers led to unspeakable truths

February 22, 2015 When author Craig Steffen’s adopted father passed away in 2011, the death served as the catalyst for his search for his own origins — a yen that went unfulfilled for years out of respect for his... more »»

Smith, Sodders offer legislative update

February 22, 2015 Allowable growth funding for school districts, mental health care concerns and raising the minimum wage continue to be hot topics at the statehouse in Des Moines; whether or not any significant... more »»

Barn quilts, ‘Transformers’ inspired Albion artist

February 22, 2015 By day, David Waterhouse managed the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA’s Fit Kids and Day Camp program. more »»

Goat farmers handle increased demand for dairy

February 22, 2015 MADRID — Buying two goats in August 2008 was little more than an experiment for farmer Paula Olson and some entertainment for her daughters. more »»

Pentagon: US considering slowing exit from Afghanistan

February 22, 2015 KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this year and next because the new Afghan government... more »»

Antarctica: Mystery continent holds key to mankind’s future

February 22, 2015 DECEPTION ISLAND, Antarctica — Earth’s past, present and future come together here on the northern peninsula of Antarctica, the wildest, most desolate and mysterious of its continents. more »»

Geoffrey Zakarian says ups and downs have taught him caution

February 22, 2015 MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Geoffrey Zakarian knows the odds. He knows all too well that the chances of succeeding in the restaurant world are so remote as to be almost comical. more »»

As many as 2,800 inmates to be moved from Texas prison

February 22, 2015 RAYMONDVILLE, Texas — As many as 2,800 federal prisoners will be moved to other institutions after inmates seized control of part of a prison in South Texas, causing damage that made the facility... more »»

With deal, West Coast seaports tackle huge cargo backlog

February 22, 2015 LOS ANGELES — Parked off the Southern California coast is an armada of ships bulging with containers holding a shopper’s delight of goods that would already be on store shelves, but for a labor... more »»

Tobacco giants resist harsh public admissions about smoking

February 22, 2015 WASHINGTON — Never underestimate the staying power of big tobacco. In 2006, U.S. more »»

Some Republican governors back Homeland Security showdown

February 22, 2015 WASHINGTON — Several Republican governors are urging GOP congressional leaders to stand firm next week in opposing legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security if it doesn’t also overturn... more »»

Hundreds mark 50 years since Malcolm X’s assassination

February 22, 2015 NEW YORK — Activists, actors and politicians gathered Saturday in New York City to honor civil rights leader Malcolm X with a ceremony at the Harlem site where he was assassinated 50 years ag. more »»

Astronauts turn cable guys during first spacewalk

February 22, 2015 CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. more »»

Russian conscripts tell of fears of being sent to Ukraine

February 22, 2015 MOSCOW — Human rights groups have received dozens of complaints in the past month from Russian conscripts who say they have been strong-armed or duped into signing contracts with the military to... more »»

Sewing circle: Area women aim to clothe girls in Africa

February 22, 2015 WATERLOO — It’s hard to imagine a handful of women with a pile of old pillowcases could be up to anything important. more »»

Monthly FarmChat brings agriculture into the classroom

February 21, 2015 It was a down on the farm morning for fourth grade students at Woodbury Elementary School Friday. Well, sort of. more »»



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