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President Biden confronts the COVID-19 Omicron variant, order travel restrictions

President Biden confronts the COVID-19 Omicron variant, order travel restrictions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This afternoon, President Biden announced that he is confronting the COVID-19 Omicron variant, ordering travel restrictions and imploring Americans to get vaccinated. According to the White House:…

Three White men convicted of murdering Black man who was jogging

Three White men convicted of murdering Black man who was jogging

GEORGIA – Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man, was shot and killed by three white men and after weeks of protests and other shenanigans by local authorities, the murderers have been…

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 23, 2021: Ukraine-Russia standoff, Russian arms sales to India, Beijing Olympics boycott, more

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 23, 2021: Ukraine-Russia standoff, Russian arms sales to India, Beijing Olympics boycott, more

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on November 23, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from the Ukraine-Russia standoff, Russian arms sales to India, Beijing Olympics…

Iowa authorities investigating after man shot and killed by law enforcement

Iowa authorities investigating after man shot and killed by law enforcement

CENTERVILLE, IOWA – Iowa authorities are investigating after a man was shot and killed by law enforcement over the weekend. On Sunday, November 21, 2021, at 3:43 p.m., Centerville police…

President Biden takes action to cut gas prices

President Biden takes action to cut gas prices

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Biden is taking action to cut gas prices for beleaguered Americans complaining about high fuel costs for their energy-guzzling vehicles. “Today I’m announcing action to lower…

Jeff Bezos donates $100M to the Obama Foundation in honor of Congressman John Lewis

Jeff Bezos donates $100M to the Obama Foundation in honor of Congressman John Lewis

CHICAGO — The Obama Foundation announced Jeff Bezos is giving $100M – the largest individual contribution received to date—in honor of civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis, and to help…

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 15, 2021: Russia anti-satellite missile strike, US citizens leaving Afghanistan, and more

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 15, 2021: Russia anti-satellite missile strike, US citizens leaving Afghanistan, and more

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on November 15, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from Russia’s anti-satellite missile strike, US citizens leaving Afghanistan, and more.…

Russia conducts reckless anti-satellite missile test, endangering future space exploration

Russia conducts reckless anti-satellite missile test, endangering future space exploration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Russia conducted a reckless anti-satellite missile test last week, endangering future space exploration, U.S. officials warn. According to Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State: On November 15,…

Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen says Build Back Better Act is great for America as House passes the legislation

Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen says Build Back Better Act is great for America as House passes the legislation

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representaties passed President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen released a statement todayon the impact of…

Iranian nationals charged for using internet to spread disinformation to fool gullible, low-information Americans and influence 2020 U.S. Presidential election

Iranian nationals charged for using internet to spread disinformation to fool gullible, low-information Americans and influence 2020 U.S. Presidential election

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two Iranian nationals are charged with federal crimes for using the internet to spread disinformation in order to fool gullible, low-information Americans and influence the 2020 U.S.…

Treasury and IRS disburse fifth month of Advance Child Tax Credit Payments

Treasury and IRS disburse fifth month of Advance Child Tax Credit Payments

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced today that more than $15 billion in payments were made to families that include roughly 61…

Stephen K. Bannon indicted for contempt of Congress

Stephen K. Bannon indicted for contempt of Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Stephen K. Bannon was indicted today by a federal grand jury on two counts of contempt of Congress stemming from his failure to comply with a subpoena…

Feds announce fee exemptions, streamlined processing for Afghan Nationals as they resettle in the U.S.

Feds announce fee exemptions, streamlined processing for Afghan Nationals as they resettle in the U.S.

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will exempt filing fees and streamline application processing for Afghan nationals who were paroled into the United States for…

Iowa child dies in UTV accident

Iowa child dies in UTV accident

WINTHROP, IOWA – An Iowa child died in a UTV accident. On Sunday, November 07, 2021 at approximately 5:20 pm, Buchanan County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 911 report of…

IRS Commissioner begs Congress for billions in funding to chase down rich tax evaders

IRS Commissioner begs Congress for billions in funding to chase down rich tax evaders

WASHINGTON – The Washington Post published an op-ed by Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Charles P. Rettig. In the piece, Commissioner Rettig urges Congress to enact the administration’s proposal to…

Alliant Energy and Iowa State University collaborate on solar farm

Alliant Energy and Iowa State University collaborate on solar farm

AMES – Alliant Energy and Iowa State University will collaborate on a solar farm to be established on university land south of Ames. The Iowa Board of Regents has approved…

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 9, 2021: President Biden’s September COVID-19 Summit, war in Africa, support for two-state solution in Israel, possible food shortages in China, Ukraine crisis

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 9, 2021: President Biden’s September COVID-19 Summit, war in Africa, support for two-state solution in Israel, possible food shortages in China, Ukraine crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on November 9, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from war in Africa, President Biden’s September COVID-19 Summit, war in…

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 8, 2021: War in Africa, U.S. marine and Russia captive Trevor Reed hunter strike, Belarus/Poland border, international travelers to U.S., REvil ransomware, and more

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 8, 2021: War in Africa, U.S. marine and Russia captive Trevor Reed hunter strike, Belarus/Poland border, international travelers to U.S., REvil ransomware, and more

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on November 8, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from war in Africa, U.S. marine and Russia captive Trevor Reed…

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 5, 2021: War in Africa, buildup of Russian troops at Ukrainian border, Nicaraguan elections

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 5, 2021: War in Africa, buildup of Russian troops at Ukrainian border, Nicaraguan elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on November 5, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from war in Africa, buildup of Russian troops at Ukrainian border,…

Significant October rainfall improves Iowa drought conditions

Significant October rainfall improves Iowa drought conditions

DES MOINES — This October ranks as one of the top 10 wettest Octobers on record, with rainfall significantly improving drought conditions, according to the latest Water Summary Update. Iowa…

Jury convicts Chinese intelligence officer of espionage crimes, attempting to steal American trade secrets

Jury convicts Chinese intelligence officer of espionage crimes, attempting to steal American trade secrets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A federal jury on Friday convicted Yanjun Xu, a Chinese national and Deputy Division Director of the Sixth Bureau of the Jiangsu Province Ministry of State Security,…

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 4, 2021: Ukraine, resettlement of Afghan allies, women’s reproductive rights, African war, Winter Olympics

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 4, 2021: Ukraine, resettlement of Afghan allies, women’s reproductive rights, African war, Winter Olympics

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on November 4, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from Ukraine, resettlement of Afghan allies, women’s reproductive rights, African war,…

Iowa man dead after losing control and crashing vehicle

Iowa man dead after losing control and crashing vehicle

POLK COUNTY – An Iowa man is dead after losing control and crashing his vehicle in Polk county. At approximately 10:27 p.m. on Saturday, October 30, 2021, Deputies from the…

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 3, 2021: President Biden’s international diplomacy success, transatlantic trade, lowering energy prices, securing supply chains, war in Africa

U.S. State Department press briefing for November 3, 2021: President Biden’s international diplomacy success, transatlantic trade, lowering energy prices, securing supply chains, war in Africa

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on November 3, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from President Biden’s international diplomacy success, transatlantic trade, lowering energy prices,…

Iowa DNR checking train derailment site near Carlisle

Iowa DNR checking train derailment site near Carlisle

CARLISLE — About 10:30 Friday night, a Union Pacific train derailed about one mile east of Carlisle where the railroad crosses the Middle River. By Saturday morning, railroad staff, a…

President Biden announces the Build Back Better Framework

President Biden announces the Build Back Better Framework

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, President Biden announced the Build Back Better Framework to benefit American society, saying “nobody earning less than $400,000 per year will pay a penny more in taxes”…

U.S. State Department press briefing for October 25, 2021: Military takeover in Sudan, vaccination policy, cyber agenda, Turkey diplomacy, and China-Russia joint naval exercise

U.S. State Department press briefing for October 25, 2021: Military takeover in Sudan, vaccination policy, cyber agenda, Turkey diplomacy, and China-Russia joint naval exercise

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on October 25, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from military takeover in Sudan, vaccination policy, cyber agenda, Turkey diplomacy,…

Iowa man struck and killed by motorist when leaving car to check on deer damage

Iowa man struck and killed by motorist when leaving car to check on deer damage

WARREN COUNTY – An Iowa man was struck and killed by a motorist when leaving the car he was riding in to check on damage after hitting a deer. According…

Waterloo shooting results in federal conviction

Waterloo shooting results in federal conviction

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Waterloo man who exchanged gunfire with others in the 900 block of West Fifth Street in Waterloo, Iowa, on July 31, 2020, pled guilty today in…

Department of Justice sues man who robocalled residents of Iowa town with threatening messages

Department of Justice sues man who robocalled residents of Iowa town with threatening messages

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, the Department of Justice served a complaint filed against a Montana man to recover a $9.9 million penalty imposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for…

U.S. State Department press briefing for October 18, 2021: Colin Powell, Ethiopia war, Iran, Russia/NATO, China’s nuclear-capable hypersonic missile

U.S. State Department press briefing for October 18, 2021: Colin Powell, Ethiopia war, Iran, Russia/NATO, China’s nuclear-capable hypersonic missile

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on October 18, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from Colin Powell, Ethiopia war, Iran, Russia/NATO, China’s nuclear-capable hypersonic missile,…

Three Iowa children hurt when UTV rolls over in ditch

Three Iowa children hurt when UTV rolls over in ditch

JESUP, IOWA – Three Iowa children were hurt when the UTV one of them was operating rolled over in a ditch. On Saturday, October 16, 2021, at approximately 12:15 pm,…

Chicago man sent to prison for firing handgun near Iowa children

Chicago man sent to prison for firing handgun near Iowa children

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Chicago man who fired a handgun into the air at an apartment complex while children were playing nearby was sentenced today to seven years in federal…

Iowa man who sold opioids that caused three deaths sentenced to 35 years in federal prison

Iowa man who sold opioids that caused three deaths sentenced to 35 years in federal prison

CEAR RAPIDS – A man who sold three deadly doses of opioids in April and May of 2019 was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison. Travis Gordon Jones, age…

Trump advisor Steve Bannon in January 6 Committee’s crosshairs for rebuffing subpoena

Trump advisor Steve Bannon in January 6 Committee’s crosshairs for rebuffing subpoena

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon, who made provocative statements prior to the deadly insurrection attack on the U.S Capitol, is in the January 6 Committee’s crosshairs for…

Missing Iowa boy found deceased in rural area

Missing Iowa boy found deceased in rural area

MONTEZUMA, IOWA – A missing Iowa boy gone for months was found deceased in a rural area Friday. On May 27, 2021, 10-year-old Xavior Harrelson was reported missing from his…

Iowa man sentenced to federal prison for child porn, grooming minors

Iowa man sentenced to federal prison for child porn, grooming minors

DAVENPORT – An Iowa man has been sentenced to federal prison for child porn and grooming minors for sex. Lamark Armond Combs, Jr., was sentenced on Thursday, October 14, 2021,…

Iowa State Patrol trooper injured in auto crash Thursday night, remains in critical condition

Iowa State Patrol trooper injured in auto crash Thursday night, remains in critical condition

ALLAMAKEE COUNTY, IOWA – An Iowa State Patrol trooper was injured in an auto crash Thursday night, remains in critical condition On Thursday, October 14, at 11:30 p.m., Trooper Ted…

USA announces additional millions in assistance for crisis in Northern Ethiopia

USA announces additional millions in assistance for crisis in Northern Ethiopia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States is sending many millions of dollars in additional assistance for an on-going humanitarian crisis in Northern Ethiopia, where people there are facing brutal conditions.…

Texas man indicted for sending violent threats to doctor who had been advocate of the COVID-19 vaccine

Texas man indicted for sending violent threats to doctor who had been advocate of the COVID-19 vaccine

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – A federal grand jury in Baltimore, Maryland, has indicted a Texas man for sending a threatening communication to a Maryland doctor. The indictment was unsealed today following…

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