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Jorel Robinson, 30, announces run for Cedar Rapids mayor

September 20, 2017 - 3:41pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man described as a community activist has announced his candidacy for mayor. Jorel Robinson, 30, said he wants to engage younger people and provide a voice for...
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Hurricane Maria brings destruction, heavy floods to Puerto Rico

September 20, 2017 - 3:36pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hurricane Maria rampaged across Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in nearly 90 years, bringing widespread flooding and knocking...
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Iran says it does not expect U.S. to leave nuclear deal

September 20, 2017 - 3:31pm
UNITED NATIONS — Iran vowed on Wednesday not to be the first nation to violate the Iran nuclear deal and said it did not expect the United States to abandon it despite President Donald...
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In sign of U.S. economy’s strength, Fed to start reducing $4.5 trillion balance sheet

September 20, 2017 - 3:24pm
The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy is strong enough for the central bank to begin reducing its $4.5 trillion balance sheet in October, gradually unwinding a massive stimulus...
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In rare public speech, Obama decries Republican healthcare bill

September 20, 2017 - 3:22pm
NEW YORK — Former President Barack Obama used a rare public appearance on Wednesday to question Republicans’ latest effort to repeal his signature healthcare law, saying it would...
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After Trump speech, Mattis says North Korea crisis still ‘diplomatic effort’

September 20, 2017 - 3:19pm
One day after President Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea during his first speech to the United Nations, Defense Secretary James Mattis insisted that Washington...
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Mueller casts broad net in requesting extensive records from Trump White House

September 20, 2017 - 3:17pm
WASHINGTON - The special counsel investigating Russian election meddling has requested extensive records and email correspondence from the White House, covering everything from the president’s...
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Demolition of Cooper’s Mill hotel and restaurant continues in Cedar Rapids

September 20, 2017 - 2:20pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Big chunks of the once-popular Cooper’s Mill hotel and restaurant began falling this week as demolition of the property at 90 F Ave. NW in Cedar Rapids...
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Irma may speed the end of orange juice

September 20, 2017 - 2:14pm
Hurricane Irma plundered Florida’s orange belt, leaving a trail of uprooted trees, downed fruit and flooded groves worse than anything growers say they have seen in more than 20 years. It...
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Grassley sees Graham-Cassidy health care bill 1 or 2 votes short of passage

September 20, 2017 - 11:49am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Although President Donald Trump has thrown his support behind the Graham-Cassidy health care overhaul, Sen. Chuck Grassley thinks Republicans are one to two votes short of being...
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Together again: Cedar Rapids’ Mead Triplets, now 83, returning for Franklin High School reunion

September 20, 2017 - 11:15am
One is a Vietnam veteran, one served in the battle for civil rights, the third owned and operated a well-known Cedar Rapids business. And when triplets Walter, Wayne and Warne Mead were born on May...
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Man rescued from Cedar River Wednesday morning

September 20, 2017 - 9:59am
CEDAR RAPIDS — A man was hospitalized after being rescued from the Cedar River Wednesday morning. Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said firefighters were called to the Second...
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Iowa to borrow $13M more to make budget balance But legislators won’t be called back for a special session

September 20, 2017 - 9:55am
DES MOINES — After already cutting or borrowing tens of millions of dollars to try to balance the fiscal 2017 state budget, GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday she will order $13 million more...
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UPDATE: Hawk Alert for gas leak canceled

September 20, 2017 - 8:54am
UPDATE: The Hawk Alert has been canceled. ------------ IOWA CITY — A Hawk Alert has been issued for a natural gas leak near Burge Hall on the University of Iowa campus. People are being asked...
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Hurricane Maria lashes Puerto Rico with force not seen in ‘modern history’

September 20, 2017 - 7:22am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hurricane Maria roared ashore on Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to strike the island in more than 80 years while panicked residents fled to high ground...
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Iowa City passes first reading of park smoking ban

September 19, 2017 - 7:59pm
IOWA CITY — Iowa City leaders hope to stamp out tobacco products in all city parks. The Iowa City Council on Tuesday voted 6-1, with Mayor Jim Throgmorton opposed, in support of the first of...
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Strong quake near Mexico City kills more than 138

September 19, 2017 - 7:56pm
MEXICO CITY — At least 138 people died when a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck central Mexico on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the heavily populated capital where rescuers scoured...
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White House weighs abandoning estate tax repeal in Republican tax push

September 19, 2017 - 7:50pm
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration may abandon its promise to repeal the U.S. estate tax on inherited assets in an effort to make a still-evolving Republican tax cut framework more...
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T-Mobile US explores takeover of Sprint: source

September 19, 2017 - 7:47pm
U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc is exploring taking over rival Sprint Corp in an all-stock deal, after SoftBank Group Corp offered to give up its majority ownership of Sprint, a person familiar...
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Puerto Rico braces for a potential direct hit from Hurricane Maria

September 19, 2017 - 7:45pm
SAN JUAN - Residents of Puerto Rico were bracing for a possible direct hit from Hurricane Maria early Wednesday morning, the latest powerful storm to barrel across the Atlantic Ocean while menacing...
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