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Michael R. Clancy

EPWORTH, Iowa — Michael R. Clancy, 63, of Epworth, Iowa, died March 22, 2019. Arrangements pending at Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth.

Dispute over refinery near national park heats up in court

BISMARCK, N.D. — Parties involved in a dispute over whether North Dakota regulators should be involved in the siting of an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park have filed their initial legal arguments in state court. Here’s a look…

Donnabelle Kramer

Donnabelle Kramer, 82, of Dubuque, passed away March 23, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center.

Extremists attack Somalia govt office, minister among 5 dead

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Gunmen set off a suicide car bombing and then stormed a government building in Somalia’s capital Saturday, killing at least five people including the country’s deputy labor minister, police said. It was the latest attack by Islamic…

Anti-Brexit marchers flood into London, demand new vote

LONDON — Anti-Brexit protesters flooded into central London by the hundreds of thousands on Saturday, demanding that Britain’s Conservative-led government hold a new referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union.

Ethiopian Airlines chief questions Max training requirements

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The warning and training requirements set for the now-grounded 737 Max 8 aircraft may not have been adequate, in light of the Ethiopian plane crash that killed 157 people, the chief of Ethiopian Airlines said Saturday.

U.S.-allied Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State

BAGHOUZ, Syria — U.S.-backed forces declared military victory over the Islamic State group in Syria on Saturday after liberating the last pocket of territory held by the militants, marking the end of a brutal self-styled caliphate the group carved out…

Shadowy Islamic State leader remains at large

BEIRUT — The Islamic State group has lost all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, but its shadowy leader and self-proclaimed “caliph” is still at large.

Suddenly, cost-cutting states turn friendly to teachers

AUSTIN, Texas — Schoolteacher raises of $5,000 are on the table in Texas — a proposed pay hike that ranks among the biggest in the U.S. since a wave of teacher unrest began last year. But protests aren’t why the…

Cruise passengers hauled off ship by helicopter amid storm

HELSINKI — A cruise ship with engine problems sent a mayday call off Norway’s western coast on Saturday as it desperately tried to avoid being grounded on the rocky coast. Rescue workers then launched a high-risk evacuation of the ship’s…

Mexico president talks US investment with Trump son in law

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said last week that talks with White House senior adviser Jared Kushner have led to advances toward an agreement that would have the U.S. government guarantee some $10 billion in development…

Twins start fresh with rookie manager Baldelli in dugout

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins hired the youngest manager in the major leagues. They remade the right side of the infield. There will be a new closer, too, should rookie skipper Rocco Baldelli decide to designate a particular reliever for…

AP-NORC Poll: Majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws

WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws, and most believe places of worship and schools have become less safe over the past two decades, according to a new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public…

Americans react to end of Mueller probe with relief, skepticism

PHILADELPHIA — With the long-awaited special counsel’s investigation finished but its contents still shrouded in mystery, Americans waited for details, yawned with boredom or stayed fixed to their long-cemented positions on President Donald Trump, the man at the probe’s center.

Barr scours Trump-Russia report to see how much to open

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr scoured special counsel Robert Mueller’s confidential report on the Russia investigation with his advisers Saturday, deciding how much Congress and the American public will get to see about the two-year probe into President Donald…