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Review: Iowa agency didn't act soon enough on starved teen

Feb. 18, 2020 9:40 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than three years after the starvation death of a 16-year-old girl in West Des Moines, an Iowa investigation says state workers didn't act soon enough on child-abuse reports about her and her siblings and didn't identify or contact important witnesses. An emaciated Natalie Finn...

Man who shot at officers pleads guilty to gun, drug charges

Feb. 18, 2020 7:28 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man who opened fire on officers serving a warrant pleaded guilty to federal gun and drug charges. Randall Comly, 52, is scheduled to be sentenced June 12 in U.S. District Court in Des Moines. He pleaded guilty this month to possession of methamphetamine for sale and two...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a town hall meeting at the Carson City Convention Center in Carson City, Nev. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)

The Latest: Sanders claims Bloomberg will not excite voters

Feb. 16, 2020 1:08 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders laced into billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a Democratic Party dinner in Las Vegas while Bloomberg was campaigning in Virginia. Sanders rattled off a list of...

Suit: Drake, fraternity negligent in dangerous hazing event

Feb. 15, 2020 5:59 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A student is suing Drake University in Des Moines, along with a fraternity at the school and several fellow students for an unspecified amount after he said he nearly died from a hazing incident. Court documents filed Feb. 7 show Marcus Shields is suing the school, Theta Chi...

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the Polk County, Iowa, Jail is Nicole Marie Poole, who has been accused of hate crimes in the Des Moines area, including intentionally running over a girl she thought was Mexican, has been ruled incompetent for trial. Poole is also known as Nicole Franklin. (Polk County Jail via AP, File)

Woman accused of racist attacks ruled incompetent for trial

Feb. 12, 2020 11:42 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A woman accused of hate crimes in the Des Moines area, including intentionally running over a girl she thought was Mexican, has been ruled incompetent for trial. Nicole Poole, 42, is charged with assault in violation of individual rights for an incident at a convenience store and...

Casino-hotel plan gets nowhere at airport board meeting

Feb. 11, 2020 12:29 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A proposal to build a $225 million casino and hotel at the Des Moines airport got nowhere at the airport board's meeting Tuesday. Highview Development Group had presented the plan to the Des Moines Airport Authority board last month. The complex would include a 350-room hotel...

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., pauses as he speaks with reporters during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP Explains: Why isn't there a winner of Iowa's Dem caucuses

Feb. 10, 2020 5:07 PM EST

On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, how can it be there is still no winner of last week's Iowa caucuses? Final results of the Democratic caucus were released late Sunday, after the Iowa Democratic Party made a series of corrections to a tally initially delayed by several days. That's not the end of the...

In this Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, image taken from video a voter registration tent lays on its side after Gregory Timm drove a van through it, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Sunday, Feb. 9, Timm was arrested in the incident. (WJXT News4Jax via AP)

Man who drove van at GOP voter sign-up worked as stagehand

Feb. 10, 2020 4:17 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man charged with driving a van into a tent where local Republicans were registering voters worked as a stagehand and had lived in northeast Florida for two years, according to jail records and an arrest report. Gregory Timm, 27, had been referred work through the local...

This handout photo provided by the Iowa Lottery shows Iowa Lottery CEO Matt Strawn, left, posing with Tom Vilsack, former Iowa governor and U.S. agriculture secretary, after Vilsack claimed a $150,000 Powerball prize on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Clive, Iowa. Vilsack's ticket matched the Jan. 22, 2020, Powerball number and four of the remaining five numbers. He just missed out on the estimated $347 million jackpot. (AP Photo/Iowa Lottery via AP)

Former US ag secretary Vilsack wins $150,000 from Powerball

Feb. 10, 2020 3:26 PM EST

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa governor and U.S. agriculture secretary claimed a $150,000 Powerball prize on Monday. Tom Vilsack picked up his winnings at the Iowa Lottery's headquarters in Clive. His ticket matched the Jan. 22 Powerball number and four of the remaining five numbers. He just missed out...

Iowa man arrested after shooting at apartment, wounding dog

Feb. 9, 2020 2:36 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man is facing an attempted murder charge after he fired shots into an occupied apartment and hit a dog in the crossfire. Des Moines Police said the 21-year-old gunman missed his intended target — a 19-year-old man — in the shooting. The dog was taken to an...