Top News & Analysis Iowa

  • WASHINGTON— In the heat of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump accused primary rival Ted Cruz of being controlled by Goldman Sachs because his wife, Heidi, previously worked for the Wall Street giant. Wall Street executives have long wielded influence in Washington, filling top jobs in both Republican and Democratic administrations.

  • WASHINGTON— President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn to an influential White House economic post, two people informed of the decision said Friday. Cohn, 56, would lead the White House National Economic Council, a posting that would require him to leave his $21 million a year job as president and chief operating officer...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa Dec 8- President-elect Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States needed to improve its relationship with China, which he criticized for its economic policies and failure to rein in North Korea. "One of the most important relationships we must improve, and we have to improve, is our relationship with China," Trump told a rally in Iowa.

  • LONDON/ SHANGHAI, Dec 8- The maker of the ACT college-entrance exam, which has been struggling to contain an international cheating epidemic, is raising its fees for overseas test-takers by $10 to pay for enhanced security. ACT Inc spokesman Ed Colby confirmed the measure. Beginning next April, the high-stakes exam will cost up to $109.50 for overseas...

  • DETROIT— Hyundai is recalling more than 41,000 older minivans because the hoods can fly open while they're being driven. Hyundai says a secondary hood latch can rust and remain in the unlatched position. The cold-weather states include Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota,...

  • BEIJING/ NEW YORK, Dec 7- President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the next U.S. ambassador to China, choosing a longstanding friend of Beijing after rattling the world's second largest economy with tough talk on trade and a telephone call with the leader of Taiwan. Branstad has visited China at least six times, and Chinese...

  • Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, right, greets Chinese President Xi Jinping before a forum for U.S. and Chinese governors September 22, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.

    Trump's pick for US ambassador to China has a surprising and long-running relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, NBC reports.

  • WASHINGTON— Exiled Chinese dissidents on Wednesday urged President-elect Donald Trump to champion human rights in China and recognize self-governing Taiwan as "a full democratic country." Yang Jianli, a veteran of the 1989 pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square that were crushed by China, said Trump should focus on American values and "strike directly...

  • ANKENY, Iowa _ Casey's General Stores Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $57.2 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.57 per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.95 billion.

  • BEIJING/ NEW YORK, Dec 7- President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the next U.S. ambassador to China, choosing a longstanding friend of Beijing after rattling the world's second largest economy with tough talk on trade and a telephone call with the leader of Taiwan. It also suggests that Trump may be ready to take a less combative...

  • BEIJING/ NEW YORK, Dec 7- President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the next U.S. ambassador to China, a transition official said on Wednesday, choosing a longstanding friend of Beijing after rattling the world's second-largest economy by speaking to Taiwan's president. Trump's transition team played down the exchange as a...

  • BEIJING/ WASHINGTON, Dec 7- President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the next U.S. ambassador to China, the world's second-largest economy, a transition official said on Wednesday. In China, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang called Branstad an "old friend" of China when asked about the Bloomberg report but said Beijing would...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— The completion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has been delayed after the U.S. Army declined to grant an easement for the final few thousand feet under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota pending further study. Pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners originally was expected to finish the pipeline before the end of this year, but the...

  • FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.— President-elect Donald Trump, a political newcomer who touts his corporate skills, turned businessman-in-chief Tuesday, first demanding the government cancel a multibillion-dollar order for new presidential planes and then hailing a Japanese company's commitment to invest billions in the U.S. We have to look at it almost like a war, "...

  • OMAHA, Neb.— The Army's refusal to grant a permit for the Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross beneath the Missouri River has focused more attention on alternative routes, but several other options already have been considered and rejected as being more risky and expensive. Nearly all of the 1,172- mile, $3.8 billion pipeline has been built by Dallas- based Energy...

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump:. President-elect Donald Trump is having dinner at one of his favorite New York restaurants: 21 Club. Vice President Joe Biden says that some of the economic proposals under discussion as a new administration prepares to enter the White House are the same ones that led to "this God-awful recession of eight...

  • Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault says it's time for Dakota Access oil pipeline opponents to leave a camp along the pipeline route in southern North Dakota. The Army has denied a permit for the pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in the area. Some opponents also fear President-elect Donald Trump could reverse the Army's decision.

  • PELLA, Iowa— The Iowa Wal-Mart store where three people died after a pickup truck crashed into the store plans to reopen on Sunday. Wal-Mart company spokesman Charles Crowson told the Des Moines Register that the store in Pella, Iowa, would reopen Sunday morning at 7 a.m.. The crash killed two store employees: 31- year-old Carrie Zugg, of Leighton, and 29- year-old...

  • PELLA, Iowa— A 66- year-old southern Iowa man was identified as the driver of a pickup truck that crashed into a southeast Iowa Wal-Mart, killing three and injuring himself and another man in what officials believe was an accident. Witnesses have said the driver, Dennis Mockenhaupt, of Knoxville, Iowa, plowed through a glass front entrance of the Pella store at a...

  • DETAILS: The recall involves 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65 and 70- pint dehumidifiers with brand names Danby, De'Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, GE, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima. They were sold at AAFES, HH Gregg, Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe's, Menards, Mills Fleet Farm, Sam's Club, Sears, Walmart and other stores nationwide and in...