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A Big Milestone for World's First Surviving Septuplets

Iowa's McCaughey siblings just graduated from high school

(Newser) - Alexis, Brandon, Joel, Kelsey, Kenny Jr., Natalie, and Nathan have graduated from high school, NPR reports. If their first names don't ring a bell, perhaps their last name will: They're the McCaughey kids, the world's first known set of surviving septuplets, and they accepted their diplomas from... More »

Iowa Girl, 13, Dies in Freak Hammock Accident

A brick column collapsed on top of her

(Newser) - A middle school in Des Moines, Iowa, is mourning one of its most promising students, who died in a freak hammock accident on Saturday. Police say 13-year-old Peri Sagun was killed when she joined her 16-year-old sister in a hammock that had been strung up between a tree and a... More »

Cops: Woman Tries to Flush Baby Down Hospital Toilet

She then allegedly left it in a trashcan

(Newser) - A 22-year-old woman allegedly tried to flush her newborn baby down a toilet before abandoning it in a trash can at an Iowa hospital on Mother's Day, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. According to the Gazette , Ashley Hautzenrader delivered the baby into a toilet in a hospital bathroom Sunday... More »

Cops: Man Drives Drunk to Interview for Driving Job

He didn't get the gig

(Newser) - It's probably a good thing Ryan Dickson didn't get that job he was hoping for. The Des Moines Register reports the 39-year-old showed up drunk—very drunk—to an interview at the Trans Iowa taxicab company at 9:25am Monday. "A little white car comes pulling in... More »

Cops: Nurse Had Sex With Suicidal Patient

Samuel Lance Fristo is charged in Des Moines

(Newser) - Police arrested a nurse for allegedly having sex—and an ongoing sexual relationship—with a patient under his care after a suicide attempt, KCCI reports. Samuel Lance Fristo, 56, began having sex with the 55-year-old woman in December at Union Park Health Services in Des Moines, Iowa, police say. "... More »

Police Officers Killed in 'Horrific' Head-On Crash

Susan Farrell, Carlos Puente-Morales die on the scene

(Newser) - Two police officers in Des Moines, Iowa, have died in a head-on collision with a wrong-way car while transporting an inmate in the middle of the night, KCCI reports. "It was a horrific accident, probably one of the [worst] I've seen," says a rep for the Des... More »

He's Not the Dad, but He Still Owes Child Support

Joe Vandusen says Iowa needs to change its laws

(Newser) - Joe Vandusen had long ago moved on from his estranged wife, whom he split with but never divorced 16 years ago. Then he received a letter from state human services officials in February: "I opened it up and it was child support, for a kid that is not even... More »

Waitress Stiffed for 'Not Looking Normal'

'Zombie Burger' customer not a fan of pink hair

(Newser) - Customers failing to leave tips is a daily fact of life in the restaurant business, though a diner's excuse in Iowa was outstandingly bad: "Tips are only for normal looking people," the customer wrote on the bill after stiffing pink-haired waitress Taelor May Beeck in Des Moines... More »

Des Moines Register Editorial: Democrat Caucuses a 'Debacle'

It's time for change, editorial insists

(Newser) - Questions are still flying about the Iowa Democratic caucuses, in which Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were separated by just two-tenths of 1%. Stories are going around of inconsistent counts, a lack of voter registration forms, and crowded rooms full of confused voters and untrained volunteers, write the editors of... More »

Iowa Fight Song— on a Loop—Drives NY Town Batty

It's been playing nightly on repeat across from Niagara Falls wine bar

(Newser) - The beat goes on near the Niagara Falls bistro, Wine on Third. And on and on and on. What sounds like a marching band rendition of the University of Iowa fight song plays on a grating loop all evening, every evening from a vacant building across the street. Why remains... More »

Trump: Cruz 'Illegally Stole' Iowa Victory

He's now demanding the results be nullified

(Newser) - Donald Trump's concession speech after his Iowa defeat seemed a bit out of character , but fear not: The billionaire was back to his usual self on Wednesday, alleging in a tweet that "Ted Cruz didn't win Iowa, he illegally stole it." The tweet was quickly deleted... More »

Myth-Busting: Coin Tosses Didn't Decide Iowa Race

Besides, Sanders won several of them, too

(Newser) - Lots of headlines floating around Tuesday suggested that Hillary Clinton eked out her win in Iowa thanks to coin flips. Not so much, explains NPR . For starters, contrary to initial reports that Clinton had gone a remarkable 6-for-6, it turns out there were several more flips involved, and Sanders won... More »

In Cruz vs. Trump, One Iowa Number Matters Most

More voters means better chances for Donald, and there's a tipping point

(Newser) - Despite Ted Cruz trying to shame Iowa residents into coming out to vote in Monday's caucuses , he may not want too many of them to show up, unless he knows for sure they're voting for him. Per Politico , voter turnout will prove critical in the race between him... More »

Cops: Man Threw Tomatoes at Trump During Iowa Speech

That's some old-school disapproval

(Newser) - A 28-year-old Iowa man got old-school in his disapproval of Donald Trump on Tuesday, allegedly tossing two tomatoes at the Republican frontrunner during a campaign stop at the University of Iowa, KCRG reports. Andrew Alemao was arrested by University of Iowa police and the Secret Service on suspicion of disorderly... More »

Trump Hits New High in National Poll

He has double the support of nearest rival Ted Cruz

(Newser) - The good news keeps on coming for Donald Trump. A CNN poll that sampled 1,002 adults from Thursday to Sunday shows the real estate mogul with 41% support among Republican voters across the country—a new high up from 39% in December. That's more than double the 19%... More »

Best Lines From the Democratic Town Hall

'You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose,' Clinton says

(Newser) - With a week to go before the Iowa caucuses begin, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O'Malley treated a CNN town hall event as their last chance to make a pitch to the state's voters. But this was no debate: The candidates appeared in turn to take questions... More »

Trump: I Could 'Shoot Somebody' Without Losing Supporters

'It’s, like, incredible'

(Newser) - It seems Donald Trump is feeling even more confident than usual today. "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters," Politico quotes Trump during a rally Saturday in Iowa. “It’s, like, incredible." A reporter... More »

Carson Volunteer Killed in Campaign Van Crash

Candidate canceled events and flew to hospital

(Newser) - A sad day for the Ben Carson campaign: The GOP candidate canceled Tuesday and Wednesday campaign events after the death of a volunteer in a car crash in western Iowa. Braden Joplin, a 25-year-old from Midland, Texas, was fatally injured and three other campaign workers were hurt Tuesday afternoon when... More »

Christie: 'I Don't Care' What's in School Lunches

If he becomes president, kids can eat 'whatever you want'

(Newser) - Chris Christie may have just become the Republican frontrunner among kids, though he likely irked Michelle Obama in the process. While campaigning in Iowa on Monday, the New Jersey governor fielded a complaint from an 11-year-old boy who said pizza and crispitos, a kind of crispy taco, have vanished from... More »

Trump Will Treat You to the Benghazi Movie Tonight

If you live in Iowa and are somehow able to RSVP

(Newser) - Moviegoers in Urbandale, Iowa, can take in the movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi for free Friday night … courtesy of Donald Trump. He's rented out space at the Carmike Cobblestone 9 Theatre and anyone who RSVPs can attend the 6pm showing free. That's an $8... More »

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