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Trucker from Iowa charged in 1990s slayings of 3 women

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Investigators on Wednesday arrested a long-haul trucker from Iowa who they say is linked by DNA evidence to the killings of three women whose bodies were dumped in Wyoming and Tennessee in the early 1990s. Police arrested...

 

Tyson Foods idles largest pork plant as virus slams industry

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Tyson Foods suspended operations Wednesday at an Iowa plant that is critical to the nation's pork supply but was blamed for fueling a massive coronavirus outbreak in the region. The Arkansas-based company said the closure of...

 

Amid hacking fears, key caucus states to use app for results

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two of the first three states to vote in the Democratic presidential race will use new mobile apps to gather results from thousands of caucus sites — technology intended to make counting easier but that raises concerns of...

 

Coroner: Leader of large organic food scheme dies by suicide

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Missouri farmer blamed for running the largest organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history has died by suicide, weeks before he was to report to federal prison to begin serving a 10-year term, a coroner said Tuesday. Police...

 

Leader of largest US organic food fraud gets 10-year term

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A judge on Friday sentenced the mastermind of the largest known organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history to 10 years in prison, saying he cheated thousands of customers into buying products they didn't want. U.S....

 

Student says Trump backers recruited him for Buttigieg smear

A Michigan college student says pro-Trump agitators recruited him to falsely claim he was raped by Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, then published the smear without his permission. Hunter Kelly, a 21-year-old gay Trump supporter,...

 

Missouri farmer charged in $140M organic grain fraud scheme

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Missouri farmer and businessman ripped off consumers nationwide by falsely marketing more than $140 million worth of corn, soybeans and wheat as certified organic grains, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The long-running...

 

New acting attorney general is a GOP loyalist from Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The man who will serve at least temporarily as the nation's top law enforcement official is a relatively inexperienced Republican Party loyalist from Iowa who has called for limiting special counsel Robert Mueller's...

 

APNewsBreak: Church covered up priest's abuse of 50 boys

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese acknowledged Wednesday that it concealed for decades a priest's admission that he sexually abused dozens of Iowa boys — a silence that may have put other children in danger. The Rev. Jerome Coyle,...

 

3 farmers to plead guilty in organic grain fraud scheme

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Three Nebraska farmers will plead guilty to knowingly marketing non-organic corn and soybeans as certified organic as part of a lengthy, multi-million-dollar fraud scheme, federal prosecutors revealed Thursday. Tom Brennan,...

 

Lawyer: Missouri farmer was leader of organic fraud scheme

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A defense lawyer says three Nebraska farmers charged in an organic grain fraud scheme were working under a Missouri businessman who marketed ordinary corn and soybeans as organic. Tom Brennan, James Brennan and Michael...

 

AP: Despite shootings, states return to familiar patterns

Shortly after last year's shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a working group to explore possible reforms to state gun laws. A Republican, Kasich appointed panel members who supported the Second Amendment and...

 

Missing Iowa student's mother pleads with potential abductor

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The mother of a missing Iowa college student pleaded Thursday with anyone who may know the whereabouts of her daughter, and begged for any potential kidnapper to let her go, noting the reward for her safe return had...

 

AP review shows consequences of arming adults in schools

They are the "good guys with guns" the National Rifle Association says are needed to protect students from shooters: a school police officer, a teacher who moonlights in law enforcement, a veteran sheriff. Yet in a span of 48 hours in March, the...

 

AP review: More than 30 mishaps from armed adults at schools

They are the "good guys with guns" the National Rifle Association says are needed to protect students from shooters: a school police officer, a teacher who moonlights in law enforcement, a veteran sheriff. Yet in a span of 48 hours in March, the...

 

APNewsBreak: Report says Iowa prison officers in danger

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officers at Iowa's maximum-security prison use radios with alarms that do not work well during emergencies and poorly trained dogs that can attack staff rather than inmates, according to a regulatory agency that recently...

 

Congressman: Bombing suspect called himself a 'psychopath'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The suspected Austin bomber called himself a "psychopath" in a recorded confession and said he felt no remorse for deadly explosions that killed two people and terrorized the city, a U.S. congressman said Saturday....

 

Hunt for Austin bomber frustrated police before breakthrough

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After the first package exploded on an Austin doorstep, police assured the public that there was no wider threat, no signs of terrorism. The idea of a serial bomber striking random strangers never came up. The March 2 blast...

 

Few states let courts take guns from people deemed a threat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs: expelled from school, fighting with classmates, a fascination with weapons and hurting animals, disturbing images and comments posted to social media,...

 

AP Explains: Trump actions re-ignite states rights' debate

Lawmakers and others in Democratic-leaning states have been howling over the past year about actions by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans that they say have undermined states' rights. That includes promoting concealed carry...

 

Spread of fake news prompts literacy efforts in schools

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction. Lawmakers in several states have...

 

Gun maker's exploding rifle leaves trail of injured hunters

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — It was the opening day of deer hunting season, and Ronald Hansen says he loaded his rifle the same way he had countless times before, aimed at a target and fired a shot. This time, the gun barrel exploded, knocking the...

 

Ex-Iowa college student charged in high-tech cheating scheme

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former University of Iowa wrestler has been arrested on federal computer-hacking charges in a high-tech cheating scheme in which he allegedly obtained advanced copies of tests and changed grades for himself and classmates.... Full story

 

APNewsBreak: US closes trucking firm tied to smuggling case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Federal safety regulators have shut down a troubled Iowa trucking company that owned the semitrailer involved in a human trafficking case in which 10 immigrants died in Texas. Pyle Transportation was placed under an...

 

Vegas shooting renews debate on high-capacity ammo magazines

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The rapid-fire shooting that killed or injured hundreds of concertgoers in Las Vegas has highlighted the easy availability of ammunition magazines that allow shooters to fire dozens of shots without having to reload....

 

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