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Top News & Analysis Iowa

  • DES MOINES, Iowa-- Wading into an explosive social issue, Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday said he would not pursue any abortion-related legislation if elected president. "There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda," he told the Des Moines Register in an interview posted on the newspaper's website.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa-- Iowa farmers are close to wrapping up this year's harvest as they work to get drought-damage crops out of the fields as cooler weather arrives. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 76 percent of the corn has been harvested, which is a month ahead of normal. Eighty percent of the soybeans are in from the fields, which is two weeks ahead of normal.

  • CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio, Oct 9- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, in an apparent fresh move toward the political center, said on Tuesday if elected he would not pursue specific legislation targeting abortion.

  • will be assuming about $32 billion in assets under management with its proposed acquisition of AFP Cuprum S.A., a leading pension manager in Chile. Rating Action On Oct. 9, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' BBB+' counterparty credit ratings on Iowa- based Principal Financial Group Inc. and Principal Financial Services Inc..

  • DES MOINES, Iowa-- Iowa regulators have approved a settlement on MidAmerican Energy's plans to increase electric rates to cover rising costs. The Iowa Utilities Board says Tuesday the deal allows MidAmerican to increase annual revenue by $38.7 million, or 4 percent, in 2012. The utility temporarily raised rates in March.

  • NEW YORK-- President Barack Obama deployed Big Bird in a new campaign ad Tuesday mocking Mitt Romney's vow to end federal funding for public broadcasting.

  • SAN FRANCISCO-- Exactly one month from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are both declaring they will win a race for the White House that remains anything but clear. Their trails are crossing again in Ohio, the state that could decide the election, and signs of urgency are emerging from each campaign.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa-- Principal Financial Group Inc. said Monday that it is buying AFP Cuprum S.A., a pension manager in Chile, for roughly $1.51 billion. Principal Financial said the deal will add to its existing business in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, to give the company an even larger presence in those emerging markets.

  • CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa-- Linn County supervisors are on board with a plan that could bring a casino to Cedar Rapids, Iowa _ as long as backers meet several conditions.

  • LOS ANGELES-- Rumbling into its final four weeks, the presidential campaign is playing out on both coasts and multiple fronts, with Republican Mitt Romney seeking stature on foreign affairs and President Barack Obama raising political cash by the millions.

  • AMES, Iowa-- Shares of Renewable Energy Group Inc. plunged in trading Friday after the biodiesel producer said it expects to post a loss for its fiscal third quarter. As a result, it expects to report an adjusted loss of $2 million to $7 million before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 7- He has been stereotyped as the Obama administration's gaffe-prone sideshow. But Vice President Joe Biden also is a veteran debater who was in the U.S. Senate for a quarter century and is perhaps the Democratic White House's most passionate defender of the working class.

  • FAIRFAX, Va.-- Mitt Romney was still celebrating his widely praised debate performance when the campaign lurched in a different direction. Incumbent and challenger alike campaigned in battleground states during the day, each man starting out in Virginia before the president headed for Ohio and Romney flew to Florida.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa-- An Ottumwa, Iowa investment manager is likely heading to prison after pleading guilty to charges of wire fraud and tax evasion stemming from a $1.1 million Ponzi scheme. John Francis Holtsinger pleaded guilty Friday during a hearing in federal court in Des Moines as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

  • AIRING: This ad by the Obama campaign is airing in the closely contested states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. SCRIPT: Republican nominee Mitt Romney said in the first presidential debate that he's "not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. It cuts to an image of NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell citing the Tax Policy Center report.

  • COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa-- Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged Thursday that he and President Barack Obama want to raise $1 trillion in taxes on the wealthy as part of a plan to let some Bush-era tax cuts expire, giving Republicans fresh fodder to criticize the Democratic ticket just days after the vice president said the middle class has been buried during the past four years.

  • *Little change from 8.1 percent jobless rate expected* 8.4 percent would be a blow, 7.9 would boost Obama* Next report, for October, just before Election Day By Patricia Zengerle.

  • *Next report, for October, just before Election Day. WASHINGTON, Oct 4- President Barack Obama has survived months of lackluster reports on the nation's unemployment with little effect on his approval ratings or his poll lead over Republican rival Mitt Romney, but that could change on Friday.

  • Conditions worsened, though, in Kansas and Iowa, the nation's biggest corn producer, and nearly 98 percent of Nebraska was still deemed to be in one of the two worst categories. According to the map, which is put out by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, 75 percent of Iowa is enduring extreme or exceptional drought.