Mar 13, 2013 14:11 EDT
American farmers may have suffered an historic drought last year, but the price of their land is skyrocketing.
Mar 13, 2013 13:59 EDT
Emerging from the worst drought in 50 years, US farmers are bracing for long-term challenges from climate change including blasting heat and more capricious rainfall.
Mar 12, 2013 16:31 EDT
Lawmakers in Colorado on Tuesday approved a bill to allow same-sex civil unions, the latest US state to back legalized gay marriages or partnerships.
Mar 09, 2013 14:13 EST
Three months after Newtown, the prospects for President Barack Obama's ambitious gun control measures have dimmed, as hopes for expanded background checks clash with stubborn political realities.
Mar 06, 2013 19:03 EST
Time Warner announced Wednesday it would spin off its publishing arm Time Inc. by the end of the year, allowing the US conglomerate to focus on its television and film operations.
Mar 06, 2013 14:47 EST
The state of Ohio executed a man who killed a security guard while robbing a bookstore amid a drug-fueled crime spree, officials said Wednesday.
Mar 01, 2013 15:08 EST
An unlikely coalition grouping the Obama administration, major corporations, Republican lawmakers and Clint Eastwood has found common cause in urging the US Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage.
Mar 01, 2013 00:34 EST
US President Barack Obama's administration threw its weight behind gay marriage on Thursday, urging the Supreme Court to strike down California's ban on same-sex unions.
Feb 28, 2013 20:46 EST
US President Barack Obama's administration threw its weight behind gay marriage, urging the Supreme Court to strike down California's ban on same-sex unions.
Feb 25, 2013 22:13 EST
New picks to lead the Pentagon and the US Treasury face key hurdles Tuesday in the Senate, as President Barack Obama fleshes out his second-term cabinet amid trying times for defense and finance.
Feb 24, 2013 12:05 EST
The US Senate Finance Committee said it will vote Tuesday on the appointment of Jack Lew -- who played an active role in talks that led to massive looming spending cuts -- as Treasury secretary.
Feb 14, 2013 16:56 EST
New Jersey Democrat Frank Lautenberg, the oldest member of the US Senate, announced Thursday he will not seek re-election in 2014, leaving the door open for other state political heavyweights.
Feb 13, 2013 17:21 EST
Media giant Time Warner is in talks on the sale of some of its magazines to a large US publisher, the conglomerate's Fortune magazine reported Wednesday.
Feb 10, 2013 05:40 EST
US Republicans are rebranding themselves in the wake of last year's defeat, but the makeover is looking less like a genuine bid to woo women and minorities and more like a civil war within the party.
Feb 07, 2013 12:58 EST
Venezuelan racer E.J. Viso has signed to drive for Andretti Autosport in the upcoming IndyCar season, giving the team four cars in the series in 2013, owner Michael Andretti said Thursday.
Jan 26, 2013 18:07 EST
Fifth-term Democratic US Senator Tom Harkin said Saturday he will not seek re-election next year, setting the stage for a key mid-term election that could help Republicans retake the Senate.
Jan 22, 2013 17:56 EST
US Vice President Joe Biden says he has not made up his mind yet on whether he will run for the top job in 2016 -- a prospect that could entail a clash with Hillary Clinton.
Jan 20, 2013 11:56 EST
Forty years after the legalization of abortion in the United States, just four doctors offer controversial late-term procedures, and are the subject of a documentary at the Sundance film festival.
Jan 17, 2013 15:36 EST
Pauline Phillips, who consoled millions around the world as the creator of the iconic Dear Abby advice column, has died at the age of 94, her syndication service said Thursday.
Dec 30, 2012 19:00 EST
For the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) 2012 proved to be a rocky year. For the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) 2012 proved to be a rocky year. While the nation's most vociferous opponent of gay marriage was successful in getting a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples approved in North Carolina, little else went the group's way. In an end-of-the-year blog post at EqualityMatters.org, Carlos Maza highlighted some of NOM's biggest missteps in 2012. An important story which went largely unnoticed was NOM's shrinking support from donors. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) revealed that ?just two donors were responsible for funding 75 percent of the anti-gay group.? Federal tax documents from 2011 also showed that NOM's budget had declined from the previous year ? from $9.1 million to $6.2 million. (Related: Funding for anti-gay marriage group NOM plummets 30 percent.) In New York and New Hampshire, NOM has been unable to follow through on its pl
Facts from the Wikipedia page:
|State of Iowa|
|Largest city||Des Moines|
|Largest metro area||Des Moines metropolitan area|
|Area||Ranked 26th in the US|
|- Total||56,272 sq mi|
|- Width||310 miles (500 km)|
|- Length||199 miles (320 km)|
|- % water||0.71|
|- Latitude||40° 23′ N to 43° 30′ N|
|- Longitude||90° 8′ W to 96° 38′ W|
|Population||Ranked 30th in the US|
|- Total||3,007,856 (2009 est.)|
|- Density||53.5/sq mi (20.7/km2)|
Ranked 35th in the US
|- Median income||$48,075 (24th)|
|- Highest point||Hawkeye Point|
1,670 ft (509 m)
|- Mean||1,099 ft (335 m)|
|- Lowest point||Mississippi River at Keokuk|
480 ft (146 m)
|Admission to Union||December 28, 1846 (29th)|
|Governor||Chet Culver (D)|
|Lieutenant Governor||Patty Judge (D)|
|U.S. Senators||Chuck Grassley (R)|
Tom Harkin (D)
|U.S. House delegation||3 Democrats, 2 Republicans (list)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/DST-5|