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WASHINGTON — Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to "clarify" his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he had misspoken when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in th…

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HELSINKI — Standing next to Russia’s Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies’ conclusions that Moscow was to blame for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election to Trump’s benefit and seemed to accept Putin’s insistence that Russia’s hands were clean.

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DES MOINES — Josh Crist made the two-hour drive to the Iowa Capitol in April to celebrate Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds’ signing of a new health care option designed to lower costs by skirting requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

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Chinese and U.S. officials have raised the prospect of resuming talks over trade between the two nations after President Donald Trump ratcheted up the pressure by announcing a huge new round of potential tariffs.

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WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease.

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A law passed by the Iowa Legislature earlier this year that became effective July 1 will save Council Bluffs Water Works customers a few cents on their bills.

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DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds signed more than 170 bills during and after the legislative session and most of those laws took effect Sunday, the start of Iowa’s new budget year.

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Iowa is one of 25 states that have enacted smoke-free laws addressing secondhand smoke exposure in workplaces, restaurants and bars.

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DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday struck down a law requiring a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion, ruling that the restriction was unconstitutional and that "autonomy and dominion over one's body go to the very heart of what it means to be free."

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MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Powering forward with a decision that could reshape the Supreme Court for decades, President Donald Trump said Friday he will announce his choice to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on July 9. He added that two women are among his top candidates for the job.

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WASHINGTON — Justice Anthony Kennedy announced Wednesday that he is retiring from the Supreme Court, a move that gives President Donald Trump the chance to replace the court’s pivotal justice and dramatically shift the institution to the right, setting up a bitter partisan showdown on Kenned…

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans leaders are considering separate legislation that would address family separations at the border, a GOP lawmaker said Monday, after struggling over the weekend to find consensus on a broader immigration plan.

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Fred Hubbell called for improvements in education and health care while introducing his running mate to western Iowa during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs Thursday afternoon.

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NEW YORK — As the White House struggles to move past another self-imposed crisis, Democrats are fighting to ensure this one isn't quickly forgotten.

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Bowing to pressure from allies and opponents alike, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally.

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WASHINGTON — Republicans on Capitol Hill frantically searched on Tuesday for ways to end the Trump administration's policy of separating families after illegal border crossings, with the focus shifting on a new plan to keep children in detention longer than now permitted — but with their parents.

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U.S. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said the administration of President Donald Trump is enforcing immigration law as it prosecutes hundreds of people who’ve crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, leading to the separation of children from their parents.

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Cost estimates for a proposed extension of Pottawattamie County Road G30 that would connect Crescent and Underwood came in around $13 million higher than expected, leaving the project in flux and potentially shelved for the immediate future.

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The Council Bluffs City Council approved a two-year contract with some unionized city employees during a special meeting Wednesday night.

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WASHINGTON — Steve King is a Republican congressman from Iowa who's a hard-liner on immigration with a penchant for making racially charged comments. Now he's facing heat for sharing a Twitter post by a Nazi sympathizer from Britain.

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In church basements, community centers and fire halls, Pottawattamie County residents made their way to their polling places and marked their ballots for the Iowa primary election.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's lawyers composed a secret 20-page letter to special counsel Robert Mueller to assert that he cannot be forced to testify while arguing that he could not have committed obstruction because he has absolute authority over all federal investigations.