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Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, center, greets supporters following a town hall meeting at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Buttigieg's unlikely Iowa rise now carries high expectations

Jan. 23, 2020 12:18 AM EST

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg finds himself in a place that he could hardly have contemplated when he began running for president a year ago: He likely cannot finish lower than second in the Iowa caucuses if he wants to advance in the Democratic presidential nominating campaign. But less than two...

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2019, file photo, anti-abortion activists protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court during the March for Life in Washington. Anti-abortion activists will gather in Washington on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, for the annual march, eager to cheer on a continuing wave of federal and state abortion restrictions. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Supreme Court case looms large for rivals in abortion debate

Jan. 21, 2020 2:24 PM EST

Anti-abortion activists gather this week in Washington for their annual March for Life, eager to cheer on a continuing wave of federal and state abortion restrictions. However, many activists on both sides of the debate already are looking ahead to March 4, when the U.S. Supreme Court hears its first major...

Defense asks to delay murder trial in Iowa student's slaying

Jan. 21, 2020 12:36 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Defense lawyers for the man charged in the killing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts are asking a judge to delay his trial. Lawyers for Cristhian Bahena Rivera say they need to push back the Feb. 4 trial date so that they have time to appeal a judge's ruling that allowed...

In this January 11, 2020 photo former congressman, US Senate and Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks before a crowd of campaign volunteers for Eliz Markowitz in Katy, Texas. Markowitz is an educator running for district 148 of the Texas state house. O'Rourke and other national Democrats have endorsed Markowitz, her race is being viewed as a bellwether for national politics in 2020. (AP Photo/ John L. Mone)

2020's first big test? Not Iowa, but a tiny Texas House race

Jan. 18, 2020 6:20 PM EST

KATY, Texas (AP) — Beto O'Rourke is livestreaming again. Joe Biden and Julián Castro are making their presence felt. Mike Bloomberg has knocked on doors and outside groups are running TV attack ads. On the brink of 2020's first big contest, it all screams high stakes. Not in Iowa. This is just for a...

A blizzard packing winds of 50 mph or more reduced visibility to near zero at the intersections of Interstate 94 and Interstate 29 in Fargo, N.D., on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. Interstate 94 was shut down from Fargo to Bismarck, N.D., and Interstate 29 was closed from Grand Forks, N.D., to Sioux Falls, S.D. No travel was advised on secondary roads in states within the blizzard warning, which included parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. (Jim Monk/KFGO Radio, Fargo via AP)

Winter storm brings heavy snow, ice to Midwest, Northeast

Jan. 18, 2020 6:00 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A winter storm that brought snow and sleet to the Midwest and Plains created travel headaches Saturday after airlines canceled flights and officials shut down major roads. The storm system began moving through the Plains and Midwest on Friday, leading to trouble at airports in Chicago and...

Iowa State Patrol and members of the Animal Rescue League work to move pigs from an overturned semi truck in the northbound lane of the I-80/35 Mixmaster in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Crews round up over 1,700 piglets after semi overturns

Jan. 17, 2020 6:03 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in Iowa had to round up more than 1,700 young pigs who were in a semi-trailer that overturned Thursday on a freeway just north of Des Moines. The crash happened about 1:30 p.m. when the truck overturned on a ramp to Interstate 35. Iowa State Patrol troopers had to close...

Democratic presidential candidates former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, left, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., talk while Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., heads off stage at a break Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Key takeaways from Democratic presidential debate in Iowa

Jan. 15, 2020 8:27 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some key takeaways from Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines, the final forum before the Iowa caucuses: CIVILITY AND SUBSTANCE OVER FIGHTING AND FRICTION After the United States’ killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Democrats were bracing for fights...

FILE - This 2015 file photo provided by Rudicil Photography shows Laura Belin in Windsor Heights, Iowa. The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature has again denied press access to Belin, a liberal journalist whose blog is often critical of its policies, despite warnings from state and national groups that the restriction appears to be unconstitutional. The Iowa House and the Iowa Senate informed Belin, who operates the Bleeding Heartland blog, that her applications for access during the session that began Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. have been rejected. (Betsy Rudicil/Rudicil Photography via AP, File)

Iowa Legislature denying access to blogger despite protests

Jan. 14, 2020 12:16 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature has again denied press access to a liberal journalist whose blog is often critical of its policies, despite warnings from state and national groups that the restriction appears to be unconstitutional. The Iowa House and the Iowa Senate...

A downed tree rests on top of Anthony Dalrymple's home on Community Road in Baldwyn, Miss., after a small tornado moved through the area Saturday morning, Jan. 11, 2020. Dalrymple was in the room that was struck during the time the storm passed through. (Adam Robison/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

Storms sweep southern US, Midwest as death toll rises to 11

Jan. 11, 2020 11:13 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Severe storms sweeping across southern portions of the U.S. and up into the Midwest were blamed Saturday in the deaths of at least 11 people, including two first responders, as high winds, tornadoes and unrelenting rain battered large swaths of the country. Storm-related fatalities were...

This photo provided by Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office shows damage from Friday nights severe weather, including the home of an elderly in Bossier Parish, La., on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.  The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office said that the bodies of an elderly couple were found Saturday near their demolished trailer by firefighters. A search for more possible victims was underway.  (Lt. Bill Davis/Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office via AP)

The Latest: Iowa passenger killed in storm-related crash

Jan. 11, 2020 6:03 PM EST

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The latest on severe storms in the U.S. South (all times local): 5 p.m. At least one death early Saturday in eastern Iowa was being blamed on a powerful winter storm sweeping across much of the U.S. South and Midwest. Television station KCCI reported that a westbound semitrailer on...