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Mattel has an AI device to soothe babies. Experts are begging the company not to sell it.

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 4, 2017 - 4:57pm
Children’s health and privacy advocates are petitioning toy giant Mattel not to release a kid-focused smart hub called Aristotle, which they argue gives an unprecedented look into the personal...
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Reynolds: Recreation budgets are tight, but you can still ‘get your walk on’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 4, 2017 - 4:55pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — During a visit to Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said recent cuts to state recreation are the result of an extremely tight budget, but that shouldn’t...
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Republican senator seeks probe of gun devices at Las Vegas shooting

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 4, 2017 - 3:53pm
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate’s No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn, said on Wednesday that lawmakers should investigate “bump stock” accessories that turn some guns into...
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Scientists mapping Greenland have produced some surprising — and worrying — results

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 4, 2017 - 3:48pm
Greenland, the world’s largest island and home to its second largest ice sheet, is a land of ragged cliffs, breathtaking fjords and unimaginable amounts of water on either side of the freezing...
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Trump praises bravery of survivors of Las Vegas mass shooting

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 4, 2017 - 3:14pm
LAS VEGAS — Visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump praised the bravery of survivors who risked their lives to help other victims as bullets rained down from a nearby...
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‘King and I’ revival tour coming to Hancher

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 4, 2017 - 1:55pm
Heather Botts has been whistling a happy tune ever since she saw the 2015 Broadway revival of “The King and I.” And now she’s living her dream. The day after opening in “Dr....
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Bao Chow in Iowa City solves steamed bun craving

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 4, 2017 - 1:51pm
It all started with a craving. University of Iowa students and roommates Connor McGuire and Yanyi Zhu shared a love of bao, Chinese steamed buns. Zhu is originally from China and McGuire lived there...
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Mount Mercy University cancels performances, suspends drama program

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 4, 2017 - 1:16pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Citing challenges casting its plays and musicals — and getting people in the seats to watch — Mount Mercy University has decided to suspend its co-curricular drama...
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Senator Chuck Grassley hopeful on fate of renewable fuels

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 4, 2017 - 12:57pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Sen. Chuck Grassley believes there still is time to prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from implementing changes in the Renewable Fuel Standard that could do...
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My Biz: Cedar Rapids business owner turns art into a career

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 4, 2017 - 12:04pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Scott Takes has painted everything from portraits and business signage to large scale murals, tractors and motorcycles. As owner of Underground Studios in Cedar Rapids, Takes is...
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Grassley: IRS contract with Equifax ‘doesn’t add up’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 4, 2017 - 11:10am
CEDAR RAPIDS — The IRS award of a $7.25 million no-bid contract to Equifax after a hack of the data services company that exposed personal information of as many as 145 million Americans...
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Peek inside the new Trader Joe's in Coralville

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 4, 2017 - 10:21am
CORALVILLE — The new Trader Joe’s store here may very well be the first thing that greets drivers coming off Interstate 80 into Iowa River Landing. The store, 920 Ponseti Way, will open...
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Tillerson vows to stay on amid tensions with Trump: ‘I have never considered leaving this post’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 4, 2017 - 10:10am
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted Wednesday that he is not planning to quit, refuting weeks of reports of policy disputes and personal clashes with the White...
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Food and supply drive organized for Dominica Island native after Hurricane Maria

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 4, 2017 - 9:43am
CEDAR RAPIDS — On Sunday, Sept. 17, when Hurricane Maria was projected to hit Dominica Island in the Caribbean, Paul Simon, of Cedar Rapids, was able to talk to his sister who lives on the...
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Iowa Attorney General reaches rebate agreement for opioid overdose antidote

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 4, 2017 - 8:46am
CEDAR RAPIDS — As the demand for naloxone, a countermeasure to opioid-related overdoses that health officials say claimed 180 lives in Iowa last year, is increasing, the cost will drop as the...
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Attorney general strikes deal to cut cost of opioid antidote for Iowa public agencies

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 4, 2017 - 8:43am
DES MOINES — Public agencies across Iowa, including medics, law enforcement and public hospitals, will pay less for the heroin and prescription painkiller antidote naloxone, through a rebate...
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86 veterans take part in rescheduled Eastern Iowa Honor Flight

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 4, 2017 - 7:44am
CEDAR RAPIDS — A large crowd turned out Tuesday night to welcome home and say “thank you” to 86 veterans who took part in a daylong trip to Washington, D.C., as part of the...
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Tiffin man, 20, arrested in connection with July stabbing

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 4, 2017 - 6:44am
IOWA CITY — A Tiffin man faces prison time for allegedly stabbing a man during an altercation earlier this year. According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, around 10:40 p.m. July 24, a...
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Iowa City police looking for man who exposed himself to girls

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 4, 2017 - 6:39am
IOWA CITY — Iowa City police are looking for a man who they say exposed himself to two young girls on Tuesday. According to a police department news release, around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday a man...
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Northwest Iowa woman killed in Las Vegas mass shooting

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 3, 2017 - 9:00pm
A family member Tuesday evening confirmed the death of Sutherland, Iowa, resident Carly Kreibaum, a victim in the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. Kreibaum, a native of Sibley, Iowa, was...
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