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Biden's son Hunter makes his 1st 2020 campaign appearance

Jul. 19, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Joe Biden's son Hunter made his 2020 presidential campaign trail debut with his father Friday, two weeks after the former vice president praised him for battling through "tough times," including years of drug and alcohol abuse. The younger Biden's appearance at a fundraiser in...

Feds: Man charged with killing 3 had been deported twice

Jul. 18, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Guatemalan man who apparently entered the U.S. illegally after being deported twice has been charged with killing an Iowa woman and her two children. Marvin Oswaldo Escobar-Orellana, 31, made an initial court appearance Thursday in Des Moines, where the judge set his bond at $3...

The Latest: Police: Victim was in Iowa to work with suspect

Jul. 18, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the slaying of a Des Moines woman and her two children. (all times local): 5 p.m. A police spokesman says a woman killed along with her two young children this week had come to Des Moines to work with the man charged in their deaths. A Guatemala national, 31-year-old...

Former Iowa official wins $1.5M in discrimination case

Jul. 15, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a staffer discriminated against the state's then-commissioner of workers' compensation in 2011 because he's gay, and the ex-official is entitled to $1.5 million for emotional distress, a jury said Monday. Polk County jurors found that Chris...

Sanders facing tougher 2020 competition for liberal support

Jul. 10, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

Barbara Lee supported Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential bid, helping him score one of his most decisive victories that year when he dominated the New Hampshire primary. But as he wages another bid for the White House, Lee is looking at a different candidate. "I like him, I like his ideas," the 66-year-old retired...

The Latest: Biden, O'Rourke talk baseball at Iowa ballpark

Jul. 4, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on presidential candidates on July Fourth (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Candidates collided Thursday at the Iowa Cubs ballpark in Des Moines when former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife ran into former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke and his family. Biden walked into the...

Harris says busing should be considered, not mandated

Jul. 3, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Kamala Harris said Wednesday that busing students should be considered by school districts trying to desegregate their locations — not the federal mandate she appeared to support in pointedly criticizing rival Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden last week....

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst's Democratic challenger raises $625,000

Jul. 2, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Democrat Theresa Greenfield has raised more than $625,000 for her campaign against Republican Sen. Joni Ernst in less than a month since launching her bid. Greenfield, a Des Moines-area businesswoman who touts her rural roots as the daughter of a farmer, announced her campaign...

Nick Nurse returns to Iowa for celebration of his career

Jun. 30, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

JEFFERSON, Iowa (AP) — Toronto coach Nick Nurse's improbable path to the NBA title began as a guard for Carroll Kuemper High in the middle of Iowa way back in the 1980s. He returned to his home state this weekend for a celebration of a career — a weekend that included a family reunion on a farm...

Police: 4 family members shot, killed in West Des Moines

Jun. 16, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Relatives discovered the bodies of four family members, including two children, with gunshot wounds at their home in central Iowa, police said. The bodies were discovered Saturday morning at the home in West Des Moines, The Des Moines Register reported . Authorities identified...