• GRAHAM AMBROSE, ROBERT CONNELLY, SARAH HAYDEN, ERIN MURPHY newsroom@qctimes.com

By many metrics, the economy is strong both nationally and in Iowa. The stock market is doing well, and in Iowa unemployment is low — 2.6% in November.

  • By Ronald Blum Associated Press

While the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox took decisive action in jettisoning their managers after Major League Baseball concluded they were involved in nefarious sign stealing, the New York Mets have stayed silent on Carlos Beltrán's future.

  • By Kimberlee Kruesi and Jonathan Mattise Associated Press

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that he'll sign into law a measure that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs.

  • GRAHAM AMBROSE, SARAH HAYDEN, TOM LOEWY, ERIN MURPHY newsroom@qctimes.com

Three mass shootings within a week of each other — at a festival in California, a Walmart in Texas, and a bar in Ohio — thrust gun control laws into the Democratic presidential primary in late July and early August of last year.

  • GRAHAM AMBROSE, SARAH HAYDEN, TOM LOEWY, ERIN MURPHY newsroom@qctimes.com

Three mass shootings within a week of each other — at a festival in California, a Walmart in Texas, and a bar in Ohio — thrust gun control laws into the Democratic presidential primary in late July and early August of last year.

  • By Joshua Berlinger and Radina Gigova CNN

 A spokesman for the Iranian government said reports that missiles downed the Ukraine International Airlines flight that crashed near Tehran Wednesday are "a big lie," state-run media reported.