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Court nixes Gitmo conviction of Australian ex-detainee

February 19, 2015 MIAMI — An appeals court on Wednesday struck down the terrorism conviction of Australian David Hicks, reversing one of the few successful prosecutions of a prisoner before a U.S. more »»

Healthy? No thanks: Diets of people worldwide are worsening

February 19, 2015 By MARIA CHENG THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON — There may be more fruit, vegetables and healthy options available than ever before, but the world is mostly hungry for junk food, according to a study of... more »»

Vaccination best way to prevent measles

February 18, 2015 In response to a recent, multi-state outbreak of measles, the Marshall County Public Health nurse is recommending individuals check with their health care providers to verify their vaccinations are... more »»

MFD chief offers fire safety tips for 2015

February 18, 2015 Marshalltown Fire Chief David Rierson said he wants to reduce the number of fires as well as the damage they cause in 2015. more »»

Smith weighs in on legislative issues

February 18, 2015 DES MOINES — From allowing minors in bars, expanding the use of medical cannabis oil in Iowa to raising Iowa’s gas tax, state Rep. more »»

Local RadioShack to close

February 18, 2015 Marshalltown’s RadioShack store is closing. Two eye-catching “Store Closing” signs and a “Everything Must Go” and “Entire Store 20-50 Percent Off” dominate the store front. more »»

White House puts immigration plans on hold after ruling

February 18, 2015 WASHINGTON — The Obama administration put its new deportation-relief program on hold Tuesday on the eve of its launch, complying reluctantly with a federal judge’s order that roiled immigrant... more »»

Ukraine soldiers taken prisoner in fighting for railway hub

February 18, 2015 LUHANSKE, Ukraine — Under a near-constant barrage of artillery fire, Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels fought fierce street battles Tuesday for control of the strategic railway hub of... more »»

Train carrying 3M gallons of crude still burning

February 18, 2015 MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. — Oil cars were still burning more than a day after a train carrying 3 million gallons of North Dakota crude derailed in a West Virginia snowstorm, shooting fireballs into the sky. more »»

Widow pleads guilty to illegally dividing cash deposits

February 18, 2015 CEDAR RAPIDS — An Iowa widow pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegally splitting up bank deposits of her late husband’s legally earned cash, in a case that has drawn criticism as an overreach by the IRS... more »»

Iowa Senate panel OKs minimum wage increase

February 18, 2015 DES MOINES — A bill to boost Iowa’s minimum wage won preliminary approval in the Iowa Senate Tuesday, though it may face hurdles in the state House. more »»

House panel turns down bill on high school civics test

February 18, 2015 DES MOINES — Legislation that would have required Iowa students to pass a civics exam to graduate high school failed to garner enough support from a House panel Tuesday, a move that could hurt a... more »»

From the Gulf to New England, cold grips the US

February 18, 2015 DURHAM, N.C. — A powerful winter storm dumped snow from Nashville to Nantucket, and arctic-like temperatures gripped much of the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of people lost power in the South. more »»

Did NSA plant spyware in computers shipped abroad?

February 18, 2015 SAN FRANCISCO — Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other targets under surveillance abroad? A new... more »»

Bundle up, New Orleans: Mardi Gras is cold

February 18, 2015 NEW ORLEANS — If there was a theme for this year’s Mardi Gras costumes in New Orleans, it was ‘Brrrrr.’ With temperatures near freezing, almost everyone was bundled up. more »»

Analysis: Egypt embarks on ambitious anti-terror campaign

February 18, 2015 CAIRO — Egypt is making an ambitious bid to place itself at the center of the fight against extremism across the Middle East. more »»

2 accused in alleged Halifax mall plot face more charges

February 18, 2015 HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — An American woman and a Canadian man accused of plotting to open fire in a Halifax shopping mall now face more charges. more »»

Community rallies behind movie

February 17, 2015 When Aiddy Phomvisay viewed the “McFarland, USA” movie trailer he was inspired. Inspired because the similarities between McFarland, Calif., and Marshalltown, Iowa are fairly evident. more »»

Shortfall prompts possible increase in taxes levied

February 17, 2015 The Marshalltown City Council voted to approve a preliminary 10-cent increase (per $1,000 valuation) in taxes levied during a special budget meeting held Monday. more »»



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