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Cops: Driver Deliberately Killed Professor Walking Dog

Des Moines man charged with murder

(Newser) - A college professor in Des Moines, Iowa was walking her dog Sunday morning when she was deliberately killed by a man driving a speeding pickup truck, police say. Lauren Rice, 38, who taught English and literature at Des Moines Area Community College, was pronounced dead at the scene along with... More »

70M Americans Face Severe Weather Forecast

That could include tornadoes and hail

(Newser) - Good thing Americans have nothing else to worry about—because severe storms that might include hail and tornadoes are forecast for a good swath of the country on Saturday, CNN reports. "Over 70 million Americans face the threat of severe weather today, with the greatest threat for a significant... More »

Cops: Woman Deliberately Ran Over Teen Girl

Iowa's Nancy Franklin accused of racist attack

(Newser) - A Des Moines woman was charged with attempted murder after she told police she intentionally ran over a 14-year-old girl because she believed the teenager was Mexican, authorities said Friday. Natalia Miranda suffered a concussion and severe bruising in the attack but is expected to make a full recovery, per... More »

Funeral Home to Nearly 100 Families: Uh, Hello?

Hamilton's Funeral Home in Des Moines is trying to unload people's ashes

(Newser) - An Iowa funeral home is calling on families to pick up the unclaimed cremated remains of nearly 100 people that it has been keeping in a locked closet for years, some since the mid-1990s, the AP reports. Lanae Strovers, of Hamilton's Funeral Home in Des Moines, told TV station... More »

10 Worst Cities for African Americans

Peoria, Ill., tops the list

(Newser) - 24/7 Wall St. has ranked the worst US cities for African-Americans, by comparing income, poverty, and education levels, as well as rates of homeownership, unemployment, incarceration, and mortality, to those of white Americans. The 10 worst: More »

Suspect in Custody After Ambush Killings of 2 Iowa Cops

Scott Michael Greene accused of shooting officers in their cars

(Newser) - Two police officers in the Des Moines area were shot and killed while sitting in their patrol cars in two separate attacks overnight, and police now have a suspect in custody, reports the Des Moines Register . He is identified as Scott Michael Greene, a 46-year-old white male. Authorities say he... More »

Radio Station Grants Last Wish—2 Years After Death

Brenda Schmitz wanted best for remarried husband, kids

(Newser) - A month before she died of ovarian cancer in September 2011, Brenda Schmitz wrote down a few wishes for her family—her husband, her four boys, and the special woman she hoped they would find. They weren't to be read until after her husband had remarried. This year, a... More »

Midwest Blizzard Kills 7

1K flights canceled as storm begins to pass

(Newser) - Seven people died across four states as a winter storm continued to tear through the Midwest, dumping more than a foot of snow on sections of Iowa and Wisconsin. A 25-car pileup in Iowa killed two people, and nearly 100 accidents were reported in the state by late last night.... More »

Man Busted for Peeing on Co-Workers' Chairs

Raymond Charles Foley urinated on those belonging to 'attractive females'

(Newser) - If your office chair seems a little damp ... well, you might want to find another one. A 59-year-old Des Moines man was charged with criminal mischief yesterday after turning himself in for peeing on the chairs of his Farm Bureau colleagues. Security cameras installed after mysterious stains began appearing on... More »

5 Occupy Protesters Arrested at Ron Paul's Iowa HQ

Demonstrators are launching protests against all the candidates

(Newser) - Five Occupy protesters were arrested today outside the Iowa campaign headquarters of Ron Paul as the group continued its protest against Republican candidates and President Obama. The five were cited with trespassing and later released after they refused repeated requests to leave Paul's campaign office in the Des Moines... More »

Iowa GOP to Count Votes at Secret Location

In what may be a response to Occupy

(Newser) - Someone get Dick Cheney on the line, because the Iowa Republican Party needs an "undisclosed location" in which to count the impending caucus votes, sources tell Politico . Last election, votes were tabulated at the state’s GOP headquarters in Des Moines, but this year, with Occupy protesters planning to... More »

Palin Thrills Wet Tea Party Crowd in Iowa

But keeps mum about presidential ambitions

(Newser) - Sarah Palin kept her presidential ambitions under wraps today in a 40-minute speech to thousands of very wet Iowans who had diligently waited for her in steady rain, the Des Moines Register reports. "We’re here because America is at a tipping point," Palin said at the Des... More »

Tim Pawlenty to Declare 2012 Bid

Announcement to come Monday, aide says

(Newser) - Tim Pawlenty will make the obvious official on Monday: He is indeed running for president. An aide tells Politico that Pawlenty will announce his bid alongside his wife at a town hall in Des Moines. Pawlenty was the first candidate to launch an exploratory committee two months ago, making his... More »

Jon Stewart: Obama a Big Backyard Bore

President was 'upstaged' by decorative chili peppers

(Newser) - The leader of the free world held a 'backyard summit' in a leafy Des Moines suburb on Wednesday. How'd that go? Um, not so well, apparently. The New York Times says the president received a "polite" welcome but faced "pointed" and "barbed" questions from the audience of... More »

Teens at Easter Egg Hunt Find Dead Body

Grisly discovery made in Des Moines park

(Newser) - An Easter egg hunt came to a startling end for two teenagers who accompanied their younger siblings to the event: They found a body in a Des Moines park. The unidentified man didn't appear to be a victim of foul play, police said. "I guess the children who found... More »

McCain Gets Testy in Des Moines

Chides newspaper editors for questions on Palin, truth of ads

(Newser) - John McCain showed his combative side in a videotaped interview with the Des Moines Register yesterday, taking umbrage at questions about whether Sarah Palin might be inexperienced and whether some of his campaign ads might have stretched the truth. “I have always had 100%, absolute truth, and that's been... More »

Floods Breach Des Moines Levee

Authorities call for mandatory evacuation of area

(Newser) - Floodwaters breached a levee and a temporary barrier today near a residential neighborhood in Des Moines, forcing authorities to call for a mandatory evacuation of 270 homes, the AP reports. “There’s not anything else we can do,” said a city official. Storms throughout the region have killed... More »

America's Top 10 Cities

Combination of good jobs, good housing, and good times has Houston atop list

(Newser) - The best cities are those where you can not only find work and affordable housing, but are also infused with culture and creativity, Kiplinger's Personal Finance writes. Its (somewhat surprising) top 10:
  1. Houston: Flush with museums, nightlife, and a teeming job market.
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Cupid Lurks on Campaign Trail

Election fever produces plenty of hook-ups—and even a few marriages

(Newser) - Looking for love on this Valentine's Day? Maybe you should join a presidential campaign, the Christian Science Monitor reports. With the trail drawing energized, like-minded activists, traditionally tame vote-first states are earning new slogans like “what happens in Iowa stays in Iowa.” Indeed, staffers are finding love in... More »

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