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  • ATLANTA— In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact. Rand Paul slams "rotten to the core" propaganda forced on children by an initiative that has no curriculum at all. Even so, the 2016 GOP presidential prospects who are criticizing Common Core have a point— if an overstated one— when they dispute the notion that it is strictly a...

  • Winnebago misses Street 2Q forecasts Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 7:21 AM ET

    FOREST CITY, Iowa _ Winnebago Industries Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $8.1 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 38 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $241.6 million.

  • Watchdog says senior Homeland official broke no laws Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 3:14 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A senior Obama administration official violated agency ethics policies but did not break any laws when he intervened in three visa cases involving foreign investors with ties to prominent Democrats, a government watchdog told Congress Thursday. The Homeland Security Department's now deputy secretary used his post as head of the department's...

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • Cruz eyes insurance via Obamacare, a law he vows to scrap Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 8:55 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz could soon be buying his family's health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act he has vowed to dismantle. Cruz, whose Senate filibuster against the law he derides as "Obamacare" led to a partial government shutdown in 2013, is looking for health insurance because his wife, Heidi Cruz, took an unpaid leave...

  • Ted Cruz could soon be buying his family's health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, a law the Republican presidential candidate has vowed to repeal should he win the White House. Cruz formally launched his presidential campaign on Monday, and his wife, Heidi Cruz, began an unpaid leave of absence from her job as a managing director in the Houston...

  • NEW YORK, March 23- Volunteers at the Galena, Illinois, fire department were hosing down the smoldering wreck of a derailed BNSF oil train on the east bank of the Mississippi River on March 5 when a fire suddenly flared beyond their control. "They dropped the hoses and got out" when the flames started rising, said Charles Pedersen, emergency manager for Jo Daviess...

  • About 55 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients reported using a paid tax preparer last year.

  • Its portfolio includes Better Homes and Gardens, one of the most widely read magazines in the nation, and Allrecipes, the world's largest digital food brand visited online more than 1 billion times a year by home cooks. "They unapologetically and enthusiastically deliver both content and product experiences around that particular woman and they know more...

  • Iowa revenue remains steady going into new fiscal year Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 3:46 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— Citing growing wages and retail sales, a panel of state budget experts said Thursday that they remain cautiously optimistic that Iowa will see modest revenue growth in the coming fiscal year. Members of the Revenue Estimating Conference said they expect the state to take in $7.18 billion in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

  • Google exec says immigration changes would help economy Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 5:28 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The executive chairman at Google urged Congress on Wednesday to increase the number of high-skilled work visas made available to foreigners and to deal with other immigration issues later on. Eric Schmidt spoke Wednesday at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. Orrin Hatch of Utah would expand the current annual cap on...

  • Trump said he had formed an exploratory committee to determine whether to run, and that he had hired staff in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. In a telephone interview with Reuters, Trump said he would put his job creation record up against anyone, including the dozen or so Republicans who are considering a White House run in 2016.. The United States for years...

  • Iowa House backs changes to teacher bargaining rules Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 1:37 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— Changes to collective bargaining rules for teachers and other school employees won approval in the Republican-controlled Iowa House Wednesday after two days of bitter debate over education policy and school funding. The bill now moves to the Democratic-majority Senate, where it is not expected to advance. House Republican Speaker Kraig...

  • Health care law paperwork costs small businesses thousands Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 11:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Complying with the health care law is costing small businesses thousands of dollars that they didn't have to spend before the new regulations went into effect. On average, complying with the law costs small businesses more than $15,000 a year, according to a survey released a year ago by the National Small Business Association. Companies must track...

  • WASHINGTON, March 18- Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump took the first steps on Wednesday toward launching a 2016 presidential campaign, a sign the businessman may jump into the Republican race after publicly considering it in years past. Trump said he had formed an exploratory committee to determine whether to run, and that he had hired staff in...

  • Trump launching presidential exploratory committee Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 9:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Donald Trump announced plans Wednesday to form a presidential exploratory committee. While a step short of a formal campaign launch, the formation of an exploratory allows him to begin raising money and hire staff as he weighs a White House bid. Trump said he's already hired political aides in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, which host the...

  • The rate is one-fifth of a point below the January 2014 rate of 4.4 percent, Iowa Workforce Development said. In January, Iowa listed 1,645,000 people as employed, up by 3,000 since December and 28,600 since January 2014. The report also shows Iowa added 3,100 nonfarm jobs from December to January, raising the state's total nonfarm employment to 1,562,200....

  • CHICAGO, March 17- U.S. farmers will likely use less nitrogen fertilizer this season with the cost sky-high even though the price of natural gas, the key ingredient to make it, is down 40 percent from last year. "What we're seeing this season is a reduction in rates," said Ray Carpenter, senior vice president of agronomy for Farmers Cooperative in Ames, Iowa, referring to...

  • In West Texas, engineers activated a new pipeline that cuts diagonally across the state to deliver crude from the oil-rich Permian Basin to refineries near Houston. And in a string of towns in Kansas, Iowa and South Dakota, local government officials are scrutinizing the path of pipeline extensions that would pass nearby. The pipeline build-out provides a...

  • March 3- Ben Carson, a retired surgeon popular with Tea Party conservatives, has formally created an exploratory committee to run for president, according to his campaign chief executive, Terry Giles, the Wall Street Journal reported. Carson, a former neurosurgeon at Maryland- based Johns Hopkins University, has no prior political experience.