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Man who recorded pig's treatment banned from Iowa State Fair

Aug. 21, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man who recorded what he says was the abuse of a show pig at the Iowa State Fair earlier this month has been banned from the fair for life. Wheaten Mather tells the Des Moines Register that he and a friend were at the fair Aug. 8 when he saw a boy hitting a squealing...

Michael Bennet banking on moderation in age of Trump

Aug. 19, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Michael Bennet was about as fired up as he ever gets at the Iowa State Fair's Political Soapbox, railing against Bernie Sanders' health care plan — but politely. "I respect him because he tells the truth about what's in his plan, but I disagree that that's gonna get us...

Correction: Steve King-Abortion story

Aug. 15, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In a story Aug. 14 about Rep. Steve King's comments on banning abortion, The Associated Press, relying on a story by The Des Moines Register, inaccurately quoted King as saying, "It's not the baby's fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother." Referring to House support for a...

Iowa becomes 11th state in US to allow sports gambling

Aug. 15, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Six Iowa casinos began accepting bets on sporting events Thursday, making the state the 11th in the nation and first in the Midwest to allow such wagering. Casinos in Altoona, Bettendorf, Osceola and Waterloo offered betting on-site and through a mobile app, while casinos in...

Biden is still the Democrat to beat, but rivals see weakness

Aug. 10, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In a barn down a gravel road in Iowa, Joe Biden tore into President Donald Trump's moral character, declaring in one of the fiercest speeches of his campaign that the words of the American president matter. The next day, Biden's own words tripped him up. He told an audience in Des...

Democratic candidates blame Trump, NRA for inaction on guns

Aug. 10, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates on Saturday placed responsibility for inaction on gun violence in the hands of President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association, in the face of broad national support for some gun control measures. "If most Americans insist that something...

Democrats use Iowa event to attack Trump _ not each other

Aug. 10, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — The packed field of Democratic presidential candidates descended Friday night on a small, northern Iowa town, delighting a raucous crowd of voters by largely attacking President Donald Trump rather than each other. Some of the loudest applause at the Wing Ding fundraiser came for...

Tentative ID on body stuffed in suitcase, found in Missouri

Aug. 9, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

NOEL, Mo. (AP) — Investigators have tentatively identified a body found on a hillside in southwest Missouri as a mother of three young children. McDonald County Sheriff Michael Hall said positive identification of the body found July 29 is pending but authorities believe it was 25-year-old Jessica...

Case dismissed against man arrested near Taylor Swift's home

Aug. 7, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The case of a man arrested near Taylor Swift's beachfront mansion in Rhode Island for carrying burglary tools has been dismissed by prosecutors. A spokesman for the Rhode Island attorney general's office tells WJAR-TV that they've "declined to pursue filing charges" against...

2020 Democrats to talk gun safety in Iowa after shootings

Aug. 6, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least six Democratic presidential candidates are scheduled to attend a forum in Iowa on Saturday organized by gun control advocates in the wake of two mass shootings that killed 31 people in Texas and Ohio. Sponsored by the groups Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action and...