Holdout governors: Some states don't need stay-at-home order

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Even as most Americans are under orders from their governor to stay at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, leaders in a handful of states have steadfastly refused to ta...

Pet fostering takes off as coronavirus keeps Americans home

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Simeon family was heading home to Omaha from a Smoky Mountains vacation when Kim Simeon spotted a social media post from the Nebraska Humane Society, pleading with people to con...

Dreaming of lottery riches? Virus could cut jackpots

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hoping to escape all the coronavirus-caused economic uncertainty by winning a giant lottery jackpot? Think again. Those jackpots are going to shrink as the pa...

Food banks face virus dilemma: More demand, fewer volunteers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With the new coronavirus leaving many people at least temporarily out of work, food banks and pantries across the U.S. are scrambling to meet an expected surge in demand, even ...

Think you know Iowa? Take AP quiz before Monday's caucuses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For a brief few days, Iowa will be the center of the political universe, thanks to the state's caucuses, which kick off the presidential nominating season. Every four years, ca...

Small Iowa city agrees to plan for huge federal ghost town

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) — After watching for more than a decade as a once busy Veterans Affairs campus deteriorated into a sprawling ghost town of crumbling brick buildings, leaders of a small Iowa city ...

Iowa Democrat faces daunting prospect: winning rural voters

WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) — When Cindy Axne crunched through fresh snow and into the American Legion hall in Winterset, the freshman Iowa congresswoman knew most of the dozen constituents waiting inside th...

Soggy fields leave Midwestern farmers with few good answers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Midwestern farmers are enduring a spring like no other and are facing difficult choices in the coming weeks. Most of the nation's corn and soybeans are grown ...

Trump's 'great patriot' farmers follow him into a trade war

MADRID, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmer Tim Bardole survived years of low crop prices and rising costs by cutting back on fertilizer and herbicides and fixing broken-down equipment rather than buying new. Whe...

Huge ghost town next door clouds Iowa city's future

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Since the Veterans Affairs moved out of a sprawling campus on the edge of the small Iowa city of Knoxville a decade ago, local leaders have become increasingly anxious about the...

USDA delays deadline for farmer aid to offset tariff losses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers already reeling from low prices and uncertainty amid the nation's trade dispute with China are welcoming a decision to extend a deadline for federal aid because of the ...

Investors, farmers guessing as shutdown delays crop reports

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that it must delay the release of key crop reports due to the partial government shutdown, leaving investors and farmers wit...

Why the world's biggest lottery jackpot wasn't

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Call it the world's largest lottery prize that wasn't. The Mega Millions jackpot that had been announced as the biggest ever at $1.6 billion ended up being th...

Huge lottery prizes due to simple math, with a few surprises

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For all the anticipation about whether someone will finally snag the gigantic Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots, the games come down to two things: simple math — and very lo...

What happens if you win Mega Millions' $1.6B jackpot?

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Despite the terrible odds — one in 302.5 million for those keeping score at home — someone will eventually match all six numbers and win the Mega Millions jackpot, which now st...