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Auditor says livestock farm fund was mishandled

OMAHA, Neb. — A state audit says the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has been mismanaging a multimillion-dollar fund set up to help oversee Iowa livestock farms and their manure.

Suicide bomber targets clerics in Afghan capital, 50 killed

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber targeted a gathering of hundreds of Islamic scholars in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people as Muslims around the world marked the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.

Trump says no new Saudi punishment for Khashoggi murder

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said today the U.S. will not punish Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at this time nor cut arms sales to Saudi Arabia for the killing of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

IMF cites progress in talks on Pakistan bailout

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund have made "significant progress" toward agreeing on an $8 billion bailout package, the Fund said today following a week of talks in Islamabad.

2020 Democratic contenders already eyeing top staff in Iowa

DES MOINES — Andrew Turner was driving Iowa's Democratic candidate for state auditor back to Des Moines last month when a potential presidential contender called to make an introduction. It was one of many such overtures the 23-year-old has fielded.

US home construction rose 1.5% in October

WASHINGTON — U.S. home construction improved a slight 1.5 percent in October, but in a troubling sign, ground breakings for single-family houses fell.