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Zita Robinson, left, who's 77 and diabetic, looks at her granddaughter, 8-year-old Traris

The Latest: Arizona nearing 4,500 deaths from coronavirus

Aug. 15, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona reported 933 confirmed coronavirus cases and 69 deaths on Saturday. That increases the state’s totals to more than 192,000 cases and 4,492 deaths. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases decreased from 2,550 to 1,021 per day from July 30 to Aug. 13. The seven-day rolling...

Eric Fish takes a break from hauling downed branches in front of his home, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The storm that struck Monday morning left  tens of thousands of Iowans without power as of Friday morning. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Forecasters look to learn from deadly Midwest wind storm

Aug. 15, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The unusual wind storm that damaged farms, homes and cities across the Midwest this past week could offer lessons for forecasters and the public on how to better prepare for something that packed the power of a category 3 hurricane but lacked the days of warning a typical hurricane...

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during a news conference, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The storm that struck Monday morning left tens of thousands of residents of Iowans without power as of Friday morning. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa governor defends storm response as residents struggle

Aug. 14, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds pushed back Friday against criticism that she has been slow to respond to a wind storm that devastated the state and promised more help soon for tens of thousands of residents struggling through their fifth day without electricity. Reynolds said 100 members...

Eric Severson holds a sign as a few dozen people gather in front of the United States Post Office on Rodd St. to protest recent changes to the U.S. Postal Service under new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 in Midland, Mich. (Katy Kildee/Midland Daily News via AP)

Trump admits he's blocking postal cash to stop mail-in votes

Aug. 14, 2020 6:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump frankly acknowledged that he's starving the U.S. Postal Service of money to make it harder to process an expected surge of mail-in ballots, which he worries could cost him reelection. In an interview on Fox Business Network, Trump explicitly noted two funding...

Eric Severson holds a sign as a few dozen people gather in front of the United States Post Office on Rodd St. to protest recent changes to the U.S. Postal Service under new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 in Midland, Mich. (Katy Kildee/Midland Daily News via AP)

Trump admits he's blocking postal cash to stop mail-in votes

Aug. 13, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump frankly acknowledged Thursday that he's starving the U.S. Postal Service of money in order to make it harder to process an expected surge of mail-in ballots, which he worries could cost him the election. In an interview on Fox Business Network, Trump explicitly...

The roof and back half of the building is exposed at Camden Amusement in northwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, following damaging winds Monday. Hundreds of thousands of households in Iowa and Illinois remained without electricity Wednesday, two days after a rare wind storm that hit the Midwest devastated parts of the power grid, flattened valuable corn fields and killed several people. (Liz Martin/The Gazette via AP)

Death toll from storm rises in Iowa as power outages persist

Aug. 13, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It will take five days or longer to restore power to some Iowa homes and businesses that have been without electricity since Monday's wind storm left damage across the Midwest and killed at least four people, officials said Thursday. The straight-line winds that toppled trees and...

Trump campaign sues key Iowa counties over absentee mailings

Aug. 13, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump's reelection campaign has sued two Democratic-leaning Iowa counties that are making it easy to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, seeking to invalidate tens of thousands of voters' absentee ballot applications. The Trump campaign, the Republican...

Iowa Department of Transportation workers help with tree debris removal as grain bins from the Archer Daniels Midland facility are seen severely damaged in Keystone, Iowa, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. A storm slammed the Midwest with straight line winds of up to 100 miles per hour on Monday, gaining strength as it plowed through Iowa farm fields, flattening corn and bursting grain bins still filled with tens of millions of bushels of last year’s harvest. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette via AP)

Iowa farmers assess losses after storm flattened cornfields

Aug. 13, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers across a wide swath of Iowa are dealing with the heartbreaking aftermath of a rare wind storm that turned what was looking like a record corn crop into deep losses for many. The storm, known as a derecho, slammed the Midwest with straight line winds of up to 100 miles per...

Mike Jacobis pushes a portion of tree trunk away as a neighbor helps on the ground in northwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The tree, which fell in Monday's storm, fell and damaged Jacobis' porch and the roof over a second-floor bedroom and closet. (Liz Martin/The Gazette via AP)

'Kicked in the teeth': Devastation mounts from Midwest storm

Aug. 12, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The impact of a wind storm that tore through the Midwest continued to grow Wednesday, as widespread power outages kept businesses closed, limited communication, spoiled food and caused long lines at gas stations. The rare storm known as a derecho hit Monday, devastating parts of the...

Zach Johnson watches his tee shot on the seventh hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Zach Johnson, normal guy from Iowa, wins Payne Stewart Award

Aug. 12, 2020 8:46 AM EDT

Zach Johnson had quick success after a long road to the PGA Tour. He won as a rookie and reached the Tour Championship in Atlanta, where one of the perks was attending a ceremony to watch Jay Haas accept the Payne Stewart Award. He remembers it being powerful, inspiring, motivating. It brought Johnson to tears 16...