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After Teacher's Murder, Social Media Posts Lead to 2 Teens

Students will be tried as adults for 'unspeakable' killing of Nohema Graber in Iowa

(Newser) - Nohema Graber, a high school Spanish teacher in Fairfield, Iowa, was known to spend her afternoons in a community park. And it's where she spent her final moments Tuesday before two 16-year-old students at Fairfield High School, where she taught, killed her, according to police. The body of the...

Here Are the Best States for an Off-Grid Life

Not New Jersey, per LawnStarter

(Newser) - Want to get away from it all—like, for good? If the thought of holing up in a cabin in the woods and disconnecting from the world sounds appealing, LawnStarter has been scouting all 50 states to find where off-the-grid living might work best, looking at nearly two dozen metrics...

Trump Gets a King's Welcome in Iowa
Trump Gets a
King's Welcome in Iowa

Trump Gets a King's Welcome in Iowa

Including from Sen. Chuck Grassley

(Newser) - Republicans in Iowa welcomed former President Trump with arms wide open on Saturday—and not just Republican voters. Trump gave a speech before thousands at the Iowa state fairgrounds in what was his first time back in the state since his 2020 campaign, and included in that group were A-list...

Democrats Talk About Dethroning Iowa Caucuses

Problems in the last presidential race add to arguments about diversity, process

(Newser) - The handling of the last Iowa Democratic caucuses mostly just pleased Republicans. On top of several other reasons why the exercise isn't a great way to deliver the first campaign victory to a presidential candidate, technical problems derailed the counting of results in February 2020. It's enough to...

Iowa Poll Gives Trump Highest Ratings Ever

He scored record 53% favorability

(Newser) - Donald Trump is now more popular in Iowa than he ever was as president, according to a new poll. The Des Moines Register /Mediacom Iowa found that 53% of Iowans now have a favorable view of Trump. That's the highest favorability rating he's ever scored in the state....

Longest-Serving Senate Republican Is Running Again

Chuck Grassley, 88, says he has 'a lot more to do' for Iowa

(Newser) - During his predawn jog on Friday, GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley tweeted a message to his followers that had a bit of a double meaning. "I'm running," he posted , and while he meant it literally, he was also referring to a decision he'd recently arrived at with...

Football Fans Direct Unusual Chant at Ashton Kutcher

'Take a shower!' crowd at U of Iowa-Iowa State game yelled at 'Punk'd' star during ESPN appearance

(Newser) - Iowa State played the University of Iowa on Saturday, and one of the latter's most famous students showed up in Ames to weigh in on ESPN's College GameDay. But when Ashton Kutcher started making his picks, the crowd's reaction wasn't a typical one, though it didn'...

Killer Gets Life Without Parole in Slaying of Mollie Tibbetts

Cristhian Bahena Rivera says nothing in Iowa courtroom as he's sentenced

(Newser) - "You, and you alone, forever changed the lives of those who loved Mollie Tibbetts," a judge told Cristhian Bahena Rivera in an Iowa courtroom on Monday. "And for that, you and you alone will receive the following sentence." Judge Joel Yates then imposed a sentence of...

Looking for Gender Equality? Here's Where to Go

Nevada takes the top spot in WalletHub ranking, while Utah comes in last

(Newser) - The glass ceiling may have many deep cracks in it, but it hasn't yet been shattered—at least not in terms of the pay gap or women consistently finding equal footing in leadership positions. And the workplace isn't the only arena in which women are still battling gender...

Woman Sentenced for 'Devastating' Hate Crimes Against 2 Kids

Nicole Poole Franklin gets another 25 years behind bars

(Newser) - In May, a Des Moines woman received 25 years behind bars for state charges of attempted murder. She just got 25 more, this time thanks to a new sentencing on two federal hate crimes. Iowa's News Now reports that 43-year-old Nicole Poole Franklin, who admitted that in 2019 she...

White Sox Win 'Breathtaking' Field of Dreams Game

Kevin Costner says setting for MLB's first Iowa game was 'perfect'

(Newser) - Tim Anderson recently admitted he has never watched Field of Dreams. Well, he just submitted a pretty good script for a sequel. Anderson hit a two-run homer with one out in the ninth inning into the cornfield to end the Field of Dreams game in cinematic fashion, as the Chicago...

Mollie Tibbetts' Killer Loses His Bid for New Trial

Cristhian Bahena Rivera says two masked men killed Iowa college student

(Newser) - A judge on Monday rejected a convicted man's request for a new trial in the 2018 killing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, whose body was found in a cornfield weeks after she disappeared while out for a run near her small hometown. Judge Joel Yates' ruling cleared...

Witnesses Say Mollie Tibbetts Was at Sex Trafficking House

Cristhian Bahena Rivera's sentencing delayed as attorneys seek new trial

(Newser) - Cristhian Bahena Rivera, convicted of killing Mollie Tibbetts in Brooklyn, Iowa, was supposed to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Thursday. Instead, sentencing will be delayed as a judge hears a motion to throw out his first-degree murder conviction and hold a new trial....

Pastor Says It's a Miracle Teen Survived Water Ride Accident

David Jaramillo turned 16 on life support Wednesday

(Newser) - A teenager injured in an accident on an Iowa amusement ride that killed his younger brother remained on life support Wednesday as he turned 16, his family pastor said. David Jaramillo has been in a medically induced coma since Saturday’s accident on the Raging River at Adventureland Park in...

'I Feel Like Adventureland Robbed Me of My Baby'

Parents of boy who died in theme park accident speak out

(Newser) - "I feel like Adventureland robbed me of my baby," says Sabrina Jaramillo, whose 11-year-old son, Michael, died after a Saturday accident at the Altoona, Iowa theme park. "I will never get a chance to see him grow up." Michael died Sunday and his 15-year-old brother, David,...

Rafting Ride Accident at Theme Park Leaves One Dead

4 had been hospitalized after raft overturned Saturday at Adventureland Park in Altoona, Iowa

(Newser) - A holiday weekend outing at an Iowa amusement park has left one dead and three others hospitalized after an accident on one of the rides. WHO13 reports that the incident on the Raging River attraction happened Saturday evening, with the park noting in a statement that a raft on the...

Nikki Haley Reverts to Praising Trump

Former UN ambassador may require the support of his base in 2024

(Newser) - Nikki Haley maintained that former President Trump was truthful and entirely fit for office during her tenure as his UN ambassador before flipping after the Capitol riot. Trump "lost any sort of political viability," she said earlier this year. "He went down a path he shouldn’t...

Man Who Claimed Intruder Killed His Family Is Arrested

Cedar Rapids man Alexander Jackson charged with murders of parents, sister

(Newser) - An Iowa man who claimed a masked intruder killed his parents and younger sister Tuesday morning has been charged with their murders. Police say Alexander Jackson called 911 from a Cedar Rapids home and said he had been shot in the foot while struggling with the intruder, the Gazette reports....

This Is the Best State to Live In
This Is the Best
State to Live In

This Is the Best State to Live In

New Jersey tops the list in WalletHub's ranking

(Newser) - Figuring out where to settle down can be a tough task, especially considering all of the various factors that could influence one's choice. WalletHub examines the gamut, looking at more than four dozen metrics in all 50 states in five main categories: affordability; the economy (including unemployment rates, job...

Iowa Man Gets 10 Years After Fight Over Face Mask

Shane Michael assaulted man who asked him to raise his mask

(Newser) - An Iowa man who was asked to wear his mask properly by a fellow customer in an eyewear store last year responded by following the man out to the parking lot and assaulting him, prosecutors say. Shane Michael, 42, has received a mandatory 10-year prison sentence after being convicted of...

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