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VA moving to extend benefits to some Air Force reservists

June 14, 2015 WASHINGTON — Reversing a long-held position, the Department of Veterans Affairs now says Air Force reservists who became ill after being exposed to Agent Orange residue while working on planes after... more »»

NAACP leader to speak Monday; parents say she lied on race

June 14, 2015 SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal says she will speak about the furor over racial identity sparked after her parents said she has falsely portrayed herself as black for years. more »»

Documents detail police shooting of boy holding pellet gun

June 14, 2015 CLEVELAND — Investigators have found no hard evidence a Cleveland police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun ordered him to raise his hands before opening fir. more »»

Searching for Earhart is his life’s quest, despite doubters

June 14, 2015 OXFORD, Pennsylvania — There are many people with theories about what happened to Amelia Earhart. But few stir up more excitement — or more ire — than Ric Gillespie. more »»

Navy ship christened for former U.S. Rep. Giffords

June 14, 2015 MOBILE, Ala. — Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords of Arizona had a Navy vessel named in her honor during a ceremony at a Mobile, Alabama, shipyard Saturday afternoon. more »»

Boston shooting raises questions about anti-extremism plans

June 14, 2015 BOSTON — The man who was killed by Boston officers after he threatened them with a knife appears to represent the kind of homegrown extremist a federal pilot program seeks to counter. more »»

Facing ‘peacekeeper babies,’ UN now offers DNA testing

June 14, 2015 UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. peacekeepers arrive; months later, some leave infants behind. more »»

Spain: Leftist mayors for Madrid, Barcelona in historic turn

June 14, 2015 MADRID — Madrid and Barcelona pulled off one of Spain’s most significant political upheavals in recent memory Saturday, swearing in far-left mayors who stridently oppose the country’s governing part... more »»

Syrian Kurds nearing IS border stronghold, thousands flee

June 14, 2015 AKCAKALE, Turkey — Hundreds of Syrian refugees poured into a Turkish-Syrian border crossing Saturday, fleeing intense fighting as Syrian Kurds closed in on an Islamic State-held town — the only... more »»

Aid group Save the Children closes all its Pakistan offices

June 14, 2015 ISLAMABAD — The international aid group Save the Children has shut down all its offices in Pakistan after the government shuttered its main office in the capital, a local worker said Saturday, amid... more »»

Experts downplay MERS crisis; S. Korea records 14th death

June 14, 2015 SEOUL, South Korea — Experts from the World Health Organization and South Korea on Saturday downplayed concerns about the MERS virus spreading further within the country, which recorded its 14th... more »»

Paranormal Iowa

June 13, 2015 Chad Lewis doesn’t investigate paranormal phenomena to prove myths are real. It’s the seeking he likes. more »»

Rose Festival begins Thursday

June 13, 2015 STATE CENTER — Every year since 1958, the western Marshall County community of State Center has held the Rose Festival, named for the Rose Garden in the town. more »»

15 Minutes

June 13, 2015 ANN RUBENBAUER Resides: Marshalltown Hometown: Rural Gilman FAMILY LIFE Family: I have been married to Gary for more than 39 years. more »»

Iowa Republicans ending straw poll, a tradition born in 1979

June 13, 2015 DES MOINES — The Iowa Republican straw poll, once a staple campaign event for GOP presidential candidates, is vanishing because of waning interest from 2016 hopefuls. more »»

Report: Immigrant quotas benefit for-profit prisons

June 13, 2015 SAN ANTONIO — Minimum occupancy quotas at immigrant detention facilities nationwide benefit for-profit prison operators by guaranteeing the government pays for thousands of detainees, regardless of... more »»

Officials: Second hack exposed military, intel data

June 13, 2015 WASHINGTON — Hackers linked to China have gained access to the sensitive background information submitted by intelligence and military personnel for security clearances, U.S. more »»

Iowa Supreme Court: Residents have right to be drunk on front porch

June 13, 2015 DES MOINES — The right to be drunk on the front porch of a private home was endorsed Friday by the Iowa Supreme Court, which said a woman can’t be convicted of public intoxication while standing on... more »»

Prison worker accused of aiding 2 NY escapees

June 13, 2015 DANNEMORA, N.Y. — A worker at an upstate New York maximum-security prison has been arrested on charges she helped two convicted killers escape, state police said Friday. more »»



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