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FILE - In this June 28, 2017, file photo, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad makes comments about pro-democracy activist and Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo during a photocall and remarks to journalists at the Ambassador's residence in Beijing. Outgoing Ambassador Branstad said Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, he will help out Republicans campaigning in his native Iowa after returning home next month. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Outgoing US ambassador to China to help Republican campaigns

Sep. 17, 2020 8:21 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad said he will help Republicans campaigning in his native Iowa after returning home next month. Branstad also told Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV that he considered the “phase one” trade deal between China and the U.S. as the...

FILE - In this June 28, 2017, file photo, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad makes comments about pro-democracy activist and Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo during a photocall and remarks to journalists at the Ambassador's residence in Beijing. Branstad appears to be leaving his post, based on tweets by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo thanked Branstad for more than three years of service on Twitter on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Terry Branstad, US ambassador to China, to leave next month

Sep. 14, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to China will step down early next month, ending a three-year tenure marked by a trade war and increasingly bitter relations between the world's two largest economies. Terry Branstad, appointed by President Donald Trump in 2017, confirmed his decision in a phone call with...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2019, file photo, Chinese staffers adjust a U.S. flag before the opening session of trade negotiations between U.S. and Chinese trade representatives at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. China is delaying the renewal of press cards for at least five journalists working at four U.S. media outlets, an organization of foreign correspondents said Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 making them vulnerable to expulsion in apparent retribution for Washington's targeting of Chinese reporters working in the United States. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool, File)

China announces new restrictions on US diplomats' activities

Sep. 12, 2020 8:37 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has announced new restrictions on the activities of U.S. diplomats working in mainland China and Hong Kong, in what it called a justified response to similar measures imposed on Chinese diplomats in the U.S. last year. In a statement posted online late Friday, a foreign ministry...

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Johnston, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Some school districts reject Iowa in-class requirements

Aug. 4, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — At least two school districts in Iowa are refusing to follow the governor's demand that they return students to classrooms, rebuffing the idea that the state can override what local officials believe is the safest way to educate their children as coronavirus spreads in their counties....

FILE - In this July 21, 2020, file photo the Houston Fire Department responds to reports of a fire inside the Chinese Consulate in Houston. In shutting each other’s consulates, the United States and China have done more than strike symbolic blows in their escalating feud. For China, the loss of its mission in Houston dims its view of America’s South and, according to U.S. officials, removes the nerve center of a Chinese spying network that spanned more than two dozen cities, collecting intelligence, trying to steal trade secrets and proprietary technology and research. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

US, China consulate closures deal losses to both nations

Jul. 31, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In shutting each other’s consulates, the United States and China have done more than strike symbolic blows in their escalating feud. They’ve also dimmed each other’s ability to observe — and to spy on — critical regions of their countries. For the...

Survey shows Iowa providers don't like privatized Medicaid

Jul. 27, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

A majority of health care providers are dissatisfied with Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program, saying access to care hasn’t improved for the more than 650,000 people who rely on the system and that reimbursements are slow and difficult to secure, according to a survey released Monday. State Auditor...