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Teen Murdered After ICE Sends Him Back to Mexico

Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco was 'really happy in Iowa,' mother says

(Newser) - An Iowa teenager was murdered in Mexico after being returned to his birth country by the US government, CNN reports. Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco, 19, had DACA status, a family, and worked as a mechanic while attending high school. "He was really happy in Iowa," his mother says.... More »

Abortion Rights Groups Win Reprieve in Iowa

Judge agrees to temporarily block most restrictive abortion law in US, set to go into effect July 1

(Newser) - A judge agreed Friday to temporarily block the most restrictive abortion law in the country from taking effect in Iowa next month under an agreement between lawyers for the state and abortion rights groups. Attorneys for the state and Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said during a court hearing that they... More »

Iowa Just Became Ground Zero in Debate Over Abortion

Governor signs toughest law in the US, and opponents promise a court fight

(Newser) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday signed a law banning most abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, or at around six weeks of pregnancy, marking the strictest abortion regulation in the nation. The move sets the stage for a lengthy court fight. The Republican governor signed the legislation... More »

Iowa Lawmakers Pass Bill That Would Ban Most Abortions

If signed, 'heartbeat bill' will be the nation's strictest abortion law

(Newser) - Iowa legislators on Wednesday passed a bill that would ban abortions as soon as a heartbeat is detected—meaning most women would not be able to get an abortion by the sixth week of pregnancy. The Des Moines Register says most abortions would be banned under the legislation; critics say... More »

This Is the Place to Be for Millennials

WalletHub takes quality of life, affordability into account

(Newser) - As a whole, millennials are doing pretty well financially . But those in certain states are much better off than others, according to WalletHub . It compared affordability (the cost of a Starbucks latte was taken into account), education and health, quality of life, economic health, and civic engagement in all 50... More »

Water Heater's Rust Played Role in Iowa Family's Death

Investigators in Mexico say humidity made device deadly

(Newser) - The very thing that lured an Iowa family to a vacation in Mexico—the climate—also figured in their deaths , say investigators. The humidity on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula where the Sharp family was staying had turned the water heater in their condo rusty, and that in... More »

Hijacked Code Let Lottery Fraudster Win $24M

It all started with a convo about 'secret numbers' and a search for Bigfoot

(Newser) - The Iowa man behind the biggest US lotto scam ever was a "very large" and "kind of lonesome" geek, according to his own brother, and he didn't set out to rig more than $24 million for the money: Eddie Tipton says he did it for the challenge.... More »

Man Says Hometown Smells Like 'Rancid Dog Food,' Gets Sued

Josh Harms wins free-speech lawsuit

(Newser) - An Iowa man threatened by city officials with legal action for saying on a website that his hometown smelled like "rancid dog food" has won a free-speech lawsuit, the AP reports. Josh Harms, represented by the ACLU of Iowa, filed suit in US District Court earlier this month asking... More »

Iowa Family Missing in Mexico Has Been Found Dead

'There was no foul play'

(Newser) - An Iowa family of four reported missing in Mexico by their family on Thursday has been found dead in the condo where they were staying, the Des Moines Register reports. The Sharp family—Kevin, 41; Amy, 38; Sterling, 12; and Adrianna, 7—flew to Cancun on March 15 and let... More »

They Were in the Air. Then Came the Screams of 'I Am God'

Fellow passengers restrain woman who tried to open cabin door on United flight

(Newser) - A passenger who apparently believed she was some kind of deity was restrained by fellow fliers after trying to open an airplane cabin door during a flight from San Francisco to Boise, Idaho, on Monday. In video of the incident on United Express Flight 5449, the woman can be heard... More »

Boys Face Felony Charges After 500K Bees Killed

Police say boys destroyed 50 beehives on Iowa honey farm

(Newser) - This should take a bit of the sting out of their loss. A few days after Christmas, Justin and Tori Englehardt discovered someone had destroyed every beehive on their Wild Hill Honey farm, the Des Moines Register reports. According to the BBC , the destruction of the 50 hives in Sioux... More »

Video Shows Deer Leaping Off Bridge to Their Deaths

'Horrifying'

(Newser) - "I've never seen anything like this," Catherine Veerhusen tells the Des Moines Register . "No words, no words." Veerhusen and her husband were driving Sunday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, when they saw a herd of deer—one buck and three does—on a bridge over... More »

Man Fatally Buried Under Corn After Grain Bin Malfunction

Door suddenly opened and he was buried

(Newser) - An Iowa county supervisor is dead after what the Des Moines Register calls a "bizarre" accident outside a grain bin near Missouri Valley. Russ Kurth, who was elected to the Harrison County Board of Supervisors in 2014, was investigating the new bin Tuesday morning because corn was leaking from... More »

One Dead From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Iowa Church

The church was being heated by a gas-powered unit in an unvented basement

(Newser) - Authorities say one person died and 14 more were hospitalized after breathing carbon monoxide at their church in Iowa, where a gasoline-powered generator was running in the unvented basement to provide heat and lighting. The AP reports that medics and police officers found several people with headaches and breathing difficulties... More »

This State Has the Highest Cancer Rate

It's Kentucky, with Delaware and Louisiana trailing

(Newser) - Cancer may be the second leading cause of death in the US, but its effects across the country vary widely. Kentucky, for example, sees 514 cancer diagnoses per 100,000 people, the highest rate in the nation. New Mexico, on the other hand, has the lowest rate at 370 per... More »

Parents Charged in Death of Baby Found Rotting in Swing

4-month-old had maggots in clothing, skin

(Newser) - Authorities have charged an Iowa couple with murder in the death of their 4-month-old son, whose maggot-infested body was found in a baby swing in the family's home, the AP reports. Twenty-year-old Cheyanne Harris and 28-year-old Zachary Koehn were arrested Wednesday on charges of child endangerment and first-degree murder... More »

Candidate Interrupts Fundraiser to Maybe Save a Life

Andy McGuire takes break from running for Iowa governor to perform CPR

(Newser) - Well, that's one way to earn a vote. The Des Moines Register reports Andy McGuire, one of seven Democratic candidates for governor of Iowa, was hanging out at the Polk County Streak Fry fundraiser on Saturday when she heard someone shouting for a doctor. McGuire, a physician, headed for... More »

Cops: Mom Left 4 Kids Home, Went to Europe

Iowa's Erin Macke charged with child endangerment

(Newser) - An Iowa woman departed on a European vacation on Sept. 20 but allegedly left some rather important articles behind: her four kids. Erin Macke, 30, is accused of child endangerment after she allegedly left her kids home alone while she traveled to Germany. After receiving a call from the father... More »

Trump Says He Doesn't Want 'Poor People' to Lead Economy

He holds 'victory lap' rally in Iowa

(Newser) - President Trump spoke to 6,000 supporters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wednesday night at a gathering that strongly resembled one of his raucous campaign rallies—right down to whistle-blowing protesters and chants of "Lock her up" when Hillary Clinton's name was mentioned. In what is being widely described... More »

Iowa Congressman Has Rough Day Over Health Care Bill

Rod Blum cuts off interview, then faces a hostile town hall

(Newser) - Iowa Rep. Rod Blum has become the temporary lightning rod for anger about the health care bill that just passed the House . The Republican congressman had a double whammy on Monday when he abruptly cut short a TV interview—see the video —and then faced a hostile town hall... More »

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