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This week, the town of Hamburg, Iowa, underwater, a woman no one had met before walked into the makeshift city hall — the schoolhouse — and asked where to find the pets who'd been left behind. She wanted to save as many as she could.

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Pottawattamie County Emergency Management officials have begun the daunting task of assessing the damages from flooding that Gov. Kim Reynolds, who toured southwest Iowa Monday, called “much worse than 2011.”

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SALT LAKE CITY — A woman who helped kidnap Utah's Elizabeth Smart is living several blocks away from a Salt Lake City elementary school following her release from prison in September, according to Utah's sex-offender registry.

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AUSTIN, Texas — The locomotive was painted to resemble Air Force One, but George H.W. Bush joked that if it had been around during his presidency, he may have preferred to ride the rails rather than take to the skies.

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LOS ANGELES — Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday. He was 95.

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WASHINGTON — Eighty-five-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital, the court said Thursday.