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Part of a tree that had split at the trunk lies on a road in Oak Park, Ill., while also appearing not to have landed on a car parked on the road, after a severe storm moved through the Chicago area Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Dave Zelio)

Powerful derecho leaves path of devastation across Midwest

Aug. 11, 2020 6:28 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A rare storm packing 100 mph winds and with power similar to an inland hurricane swept across the Midwest, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, causing widespread property damage and leaving hundreds of thousands without power as it moved through Chicago and into Indiana and...

Women wearing face masks to help protect against the coronavirus walks by an advertising board displaying an American flag and Statue of Liberty on a street in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. China's biggest recent outbreak of coronavirus has grown slightly. Hundreds people have developed COVID-19 in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang, with more than dozens of new cases reported Thursday in its capital and largest city, Urumqi. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Confirmed coronavirus cases reach 20 million

Aug. 10, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the world has reached 20 million. That’s according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. Health officials believe the actual number is much higher, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all those who...

Road worker in eastern Iowa dies in machinery accident

Aug. 10, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — A road construction worker has died after becoming pinned under a concrete spreader in eastern Iowa, authorities said. The accident happened Monday morning along a segment of U.S. Highway 61 where crews were working on a paving project, the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office...

University of Iowa pushes ahead with plan to reopen for fall

Aug. 10, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — University of Iowa administrators pushed ahead Monday with plans to resume in-person classes and on-campus housing, even as student leaders argued those steps were too risky during the coronavirus pandemic. The university said it would not test students who will begin moving into the...

Police: Motorcyclist killed after crash with stolen car

Aug. 10, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A motorcyclist died from injuries he received when he was hit by a car in Des Moines that officials learned had been stolen, police said. The crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Sunday along MLK Jr. Parkway, police said. Officers sent to the area discovered a car had hit a motorcycle...

Editorial Roundup:

Aug. 10, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. Aug. 8, 2020 Think children don’t spread the novel coronavirus? A camp in Georgia suggests otherwise Though some precautions were taken at the June gathering, hundreds of young people quickly became infected A publication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about novel...

Family of 4th dead worker sues Tyson over Waterloo outbreak

Aug. 10, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The family of a fourth worker who died of coronavirus during an outbreak at Tyson Foods' largest pork processing plant is suing the company over his death. Isidro Fernandez of Waterloo, Iowa died April 26 from complications of COVID-19, leaving behind a wife and children, the lawsuit...

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2020 file photo, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference in Johnston, Iowa. The refusal of Gov. Reynolds to require Iowans to wear masks in public has prompted at least three cities and a county to impose their own local ordinances setting up what could be a legal battle over whether local officials have the authority to impose such demands. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Local control dispute brewing over Iowa mask mandates

Aug. 9, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

The refusal of Gov. Kim Reynolds to require Iowans to wear masks in public has prompted at least three cities and a county to adopt their own local ordinances, setting up what could be a legal battle over whether local officials have the authority to impose mask rules in the absence of a governor’s...

2 men charged after trying to crash into police building

Aug. 9, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa men are facing several charges after authorities say they tried to crash a vehicle into the Muscatine police headquarters. Muscatine Police said the two Muscatine men were arrested early Sunday after their vehicle became stuck on a brick planter outside the Muscatine Public...

Authorities identify Fort Dodge woman fatally shot by police

Aug. 9, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities have identified the Fort Dodge woman who was shot and killed by police last week. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said 39-year-old Melissa Halda was fatally shot by a Webster County Sheriff's deputy during the incident on Tuesday night. Halda was...