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A Nation Stops To Take In Eclipse

The total eclipse as seen on August 21, 2017. Photo by Ken Allsup/Oskaloosa News

Saint Clair, Missouri – It had been dubbed the ‘Great American Eclipse, and for a few hours on Monday, the nation turned its attention to the sky, while a rare astronomical event played out before them. In Oskaloosa, Iowa, people gathered in small groups to watch the eclipse, predicted to be at 94% totality. That […]

Ernst Statement on Confirmation of Iowan, Rachel Brand, to be U.S. Associate Attorney General

Press Release from Sen. Joni Ernst WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, issued the following statement after the United States Senate confirmed Rachel L. Brand of Pella, Iowa, to be Associate Attorney General of the United States: “It is with great pride that I support Rachel Brand of Pella, Iowa to serve as U.S. […]

Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise; Labor Market Still Strong

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but remained below a level associated with a strengthening labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 258,000 for the week ended March 18, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims […]

Iowa Delegation Applauds Decision for RC-26 Aircraft to Remain in Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), along with the full Iowa delegation, received notice from the U.S. Air National Guard that the RC-26 aircraft will remain based in Iowa at this time. The RC-26 aircraft is designed to counter drug trafficking and assist in counterterrorism efforts, and plays an important role in the […]

DeVos Confirmed As U.S. Education Secretary As Pence Breaks Tie

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s choice of billionaire Betsy DeVos to be education secretary was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, but only after Vice President Mike Pence was called in to break a tie that threatened to defeat her. The tie-breaking vote, which Senate officials said was unprecedented to […]

Trump Fires Top Government Lawyer Who Defied Immigration Order

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump fired the federal government’s top lawyer Sally Yates on Monday after she took the extraordinarily rare step of defying the White House and refused to defend new travel restrictions targeting seven Muslim-majority nations. Yates said late on Monday that the Justice Department would not defend […]

Struggling U.S. Farm Sector Faces New Threat As TPP Dies

By Mark Weinraub CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to back out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, a $62 billion market for U.S. farmers, provides a fresh threat to a slumping agricultural economy that has grown increasingly dependent on exports. Agricultural groups expressed disappointment over the move and urged the new […]

Special Report: How A Great-Grandmother’s Body Ended Up In A U.S. Blast Test

By John Shiffman SURPRISE, Arizona (Reuters) – Jim Stauffer thought he was doing the right thing. He had cared for his elderly mother, Doris, throughout her harrowing descent into dementia. In 2013, when she passed away at age 74, he decided to donate her brain to science. He hoped the gift might aid the search […]

China Calls Iowa’s Branstad ‘Old Friend’ After Report He Picked As Ambassador

By Dominique Patton and John Ruwitch BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China said on Wednesday the governor of the U.S. state of Iowa, Terry Branstad, was an “old friend” after a report that he had accepted an offer from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to become the next U.S. ambassador to China. “We welcome him to play a […]

Cuban Revolutionary Leader Fidel Castro Dies Aged 90

By Marc Frank and Nelson Acosta HAVANA (Reuters) – Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States and for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died on Friday. He was 90. A towering figure of the 20th century and Cold War icon, Castro stuck […]

         

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