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In Campaign Kickoff, DeSantis Has Fighting Words for Trump

In Iowa speech, Florida governor says 'I'm going to fight back' against his main GOP presidential rival

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis stepped into Iowa on Tuesday for the first time as a Republican presidential candidate and stepped up to former President Trump, vowing to "fight back" against Trump as the GOP's 2024 campaign enters a new phase. Until now, the 44-year-old Republican governor whose slogan...

Amid Demolition Talk, Residents Remained in Collapsed Building

2 women rescued Monday in Davenport, Iowa, including one in critical condition

(Newser) - A ninth person was removed from a partially collapsed apartment building in Davenport, Iowa, on Monday, more than 24 hours after rescue efforts began. Footage showed 52-year-old Lisa Brooks speaking to protesters from an upper-floor window of the six-story building after city officials claimed the search and rescue operation had...

Apartment Building Just Collapsed With People Inside

Officials won't yet say if everyone made it out, or whether anyone was killed

(Newser) - Rescue operations were underway Sunday evening after part of an apartment building collapsed in the eastern Iowa city of Davenport, the AP reports. Authorities have not said whether anyone was killed. Authorities said people were treated for injuries at the scene but did not detail how many. CBS 2 Iowa...

Police: 'Multiple' Victims After Stabbing Near College Campus

Authorities are seeking a suspect in attack near University of Iowa

(Newser) - Authorities are searching for a suspect after they say "multiple" people were stabbed early Saturday near the University of Iowa campus. Per ABC News , it's not clear what the victims' conditions are. A spokesperson for the Iowa City Police Department wasn't able to verify the victims were...

Iowa Braces for Flooding, and Yosemite Closes Down

Warmer temperatures are causing flood threats across the US after a strong winter

(Newser) - Parts of the US endured a fierce winter with heavy snow. Now that temperatures are warming up and snowpacks are melting, the second part of that double whammy is here—flooding.
  • Yosemite: NPR reports that Yosemite National Park will close from Friday through at least May 3 because of flooding.

Pence Suggests Decision Deadline

Pence Suggests Decision Deadline

Potential presidential candidate won't commit but notes Iowa presence

(Newser) - Former Vice President Mike Pence wouldn't quite commit to running for president in an interview with CBS' Robert Costa but, when asked which way he was leaning, answered, "Well, I'm here in Iowa, Robert." Pence has made appearances in Iowa, which will hold the first GOP...

New Labor Law in This State Lets Kids Work Longer Hours

Iowa GOP pushes through child labor legislation that even lets minors serve booze in some cases

(Newser) - Every Democrat in Iowa's Senate, as well as two Republicans, voted nay on a controversial bill early Tuesday that would allow teens to work longer hours in currently banned jobs, including in roles that serve booze. But the rest of the body's GOP pushed the legislation through by...

Iowa Teens Upset About a Bad Grade Allegedly Killed Teacher
Iowa Teens
Plead Guilty to
Killing Teacher

Iowa Teens Plead Guilty to Killing Teacher

Jeremy Goodale, Willard Miller will spend decades in prison

(Newser) - Two teenagers in Fairfield, Iowa have pleaded guilty to murdering their high school Spanish teacher. Jeremy Goodale, 18, and Willard Miller, 17, entered guilty pleas days before Miller's trial was due to begin, WCCI reports. They admitted killing 66-year-old Nohema Graber with a baseball bat after ambushing her in...

Jill Biden Wants Runners-Up at White House, Too

'It was such a great game,' first lady says of LSU's victory over Iowa

(Newser) - First lady Jill Biden said Monday that she wants the defeated Iowa women's basketball team to be invited to the White House in addition to the national title winner Louisiana State University. She watched LSU's 102-85 victory from the stands on Sunday night. Biden, speaking at the Colorado...

LSU's Reese Unapologetic After Championship Trash Talk

'Twitter is going to go on a rage every time, and I'm happy,' says winning player

(Newser) - LSU is the new champ of women's college basketball, and star Angel Reese is very much the unapologetic center of attention as a result. During Sunday's 102-85 win in the championship game over Iowa, Reese directed some trash talk toward Iowa phenom Caitlin Clark that has sports fans...

'Absolute Chaos' as Tornadoes Rip Through Multiple States

At least 21 are dead as severe weather blasts through Illinois, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Oklahoma

(Newser) - The scope of the destruction caused by what may have been dozens of tornadoes that swept through parts of the South and Midwest the day before became clearer late Saturday. Officials raised the death toll to 21, the AP reports; seven of the victims were killed in Tennessee's McNairy...

Following DeSantis to Iowa, Trump Goes on the Attack
Following DeSantis to Iowa,
Trump Goes on the Attack
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Following DeSantis to Iowa, Trump Goes on the Attack

'Ron reminds me a lot of Mitt Romney, so I don't think you're going to be doing so well here'

(Newser) - Donald Trump and his presumptive top rival in the GOP have now both checked off an obligatory duty: visiting Iowa. Days after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke in the state, Trump visited on Monday, and NPR takes note of the contrast in styles at this point in the race. For...

After a Drowning, Amusement Park Ride Closes for Good

Adventureland in Iowa is being sued over the 2021 incident

(Newser) - An amusement park in Iowa has permanently closed a ride on which an 11-year-old boy drowned in 2021. Adventureland announced that its Raging River ride is closed for good, reports the Washington Post . The family of victim Michael Jaramillo is suing the park, alleging negligence after a 1,700-pound raft...

Funeral Home Staff Unzipped a Body Bag, Got Quite a Shock

Woman who'd been declared dead at Iowa continuing care facility was actually still alive

(Newser) - At least four people who were sure a woman with early-onset dementia at a continuing care home in Iowa had passed away didn't get it right, and the facility is now facing a hefty fine. ABC News reports on the incident out of Urbandale, where the 66-year-old in hospice...

2 Students Fatally Shot at Des Moines Outreach Center

Rapper Will Keeps also seriously injured in shooting at program he founded

(Newser) - An 18-year-old has been charged with murder in the shooting at a Des Moines educational outreach program that killed two students Monday. Preston Walls was also charged with attempted murder; the third victim, who was in surgery Monday night after being injured in the shooting, has been identified as Will...

Here Are the Worst States in America for Drivers

And the best, per WalletHub's ranking, which puts Hawaii in last place

(Newser) - Whether we get behind the wheel for leisurely cruising, for our daily commutes, or to take care of errands, American drivers have long contended with traffic, potholes, fluctuating gas prices, and the other annoyances. WalletHub wanted to see which states were better to drive in than others, and it looked...

Prosecutors: She Tried a Bit Too Hard to Help Spouse Into Office

Iowa woman accused of election fraud, trying to help candidate—her husband—win his elections

(Newser) - Candidates for political office usually expect their spouses to back them up in their run, but one GOP contender's wife in Iowa may have gone a little too far in her zeal for his candidacy. The Des Moines Register reports that the Justice Department on Thursday announced charges against...

Goodbye to an American Said to Be the Nation's Oldest

Iowa's Bessie Laurena Hendricks has died at age 115

(Newser) - Bessie Laurena Hendricks was born in Iowa, and she died in Iowa, with more than a century sandwiched in between those two dates. A local funeral home delivers the news that the Lake City resident—thought to be the oldest person in the United States, per the Gerontology Research Group—...

No Sign of Bodies at Former Home of Alleged Serial Killer

Lucy Studey maintains she helped bury bodies on property where cadaver dogs registered hits

(Newser) - There's no evidence of a serial killer at an Iowa property where a woman claims she helped her father bury up to 70 bodies, officials say. After an exhaustive search involving "an array of experts representing several disciplines and significant assets to excavate, collect, and examine soil samples...

Cop Left K9 Partner in Truck for 22 Hours

Sgt. Dallas Wingate of Boone County, Iowa, resigned after death, could still face charges

(Newser) - A police dog in Iowa died in September after being left in a deputy's patrol vehicle for 22 hours. Court documents reveal the Boone County Sheriff's K9 known as Bear was found dead in the truck of his partner, Sgt. Dallas Wingate, who could face charges, around 8pm...

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