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AP sources: Ex-Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack plans to endorse Biden

Nov. 22, 2019 4:06 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack plans to publicly endorse Joe Biden for president at a rally on Saturday, two people close to Biden’s campaign told The Associated Press. The former two-term governor, who served with Biden in the Obama administration as U.S. secretary of...

Iowa Supreme Court says stand-your-ground law has limits

Nov. 22, 2019 1:12 PM EST

An Iowa law allowing people to use lethal force to defend themselves doesn’t apply to defendants who engaged in criminal activity prior to the perceived threat, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. The ruling reverses an Iowa Court of Appeals’ order in May issuing a new trial to Miguel Angel...

Patrick defends corporations and capitalism in primary bid

Nov. 19, 2019 9:57 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Deval Patrick is centering his fledgling campaign on a defense of corporations and capitalism that puts him directly at odds with some of the party’s most progressive figures. “There is a role in the economy for private equity. You bet...

Buttigieg touts military service, wary of overstating role

Nov. 18, 2019 1:48 PM EST

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg strides past an oversized photograph of himself dressed in fatigues, the Afghan horizon behind him, as he enters a Des Moines arena for an Iowa Democratic Party gala. In his first Iowa television ad, he holds a rifle and points it toward the rubble at his feet,...

Jury awards $1.4M to man who got vasectomy, not circumcision

Nov. 18, 2019 12:44 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A jury in Iowa has awarded $1.4 million to a Burmese immigrant who wanted a circumcision but instead got a vasectomy. The Des Moines Register reports that the jury last week leveled a $2 million judgment against Dr. Kevin Birusingh, who performed the vasectomy. But jurors decided...

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady dies unexpectedly

Nov. 16, 2019 12:02 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mark Cady, the soft-spoken chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court who wrote key decisions on gay marriage and abortion access that rankled social conservatives, has died at the age of 66. Cady died unexpectedly Friday night from a heart attack, his family said in a statement posted...

Leader of food security nonprofits to head World Food Prize

Nov. 12, 2019 11:35 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The foundation that awards the World Food Prize to individuals who work to improve food security in hopes of ending world hunger announced Tuesday that its new president will be a woman who has led nonprofit organizations focused on global food security, food safety and the impact...

Trump, 2020 Dem contenders tout efforts to boost veterans

Nov. 11, 2019 6:40 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — On Veterans Day, President Donald Trump paid tribute to America's troops at a New York City parade as top 2020 Democratic candidates outlined their plans for the Department of Veterans Affairs, such as naming a woman to run the agency for the first time. The Democratic proposals,...

Bloomberg to pass on Iowa, NH, focus on Super Tuesday states

Nov. 8, 2019 8:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Bloomberg plans to skip early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire if he launches a presidential bid and instead focus his efforts on the crush of states that vote on Super Tuesday and beyond. It's a strategy that acknowledges the limitations of entering the race at this late...

Warren, Buttigieg circle each other in Iowa as caucuses near

Nov. 4, 2019 12:26 AM EST

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — Gaining momentum in the final three months before the Iowa caucuses, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg offered sharply different messages this weekend as they inched closer to a confrontation over the direction of the Democratic Party. Warren, a Massachusetts senator, positioned...