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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks with the media at the Peppermill restaurant Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in Las Vegas. Paul is a possible Republican presidential candidate. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Rand Paul tweaks Romney, Jeb Bush with ‘gift exchange’

- The Washington Times

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, took some shots via social media at a few possible fellow 2016 presidential contenders, imagining a “gift exchange” between 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at their meeting in Utah Thursday.

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Immigrant achieves American dream with Florence restaurant

- Associated Press

Businessman George John Poulos left an example of the epitome of the American Dream. His dream came in the form of the 301 Drive-In on West Palmetto Street in Florence, which he started in 1957.

U.S. President Barack Obama folds his hands in a traditional Indian greeting gesture, as Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, center, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi laugh during a ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential Palace in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Obama is the first American leader to be invited to attend India's Republic Day festivities, which commence Monday and mark the anniversary of the enactment of the country's democratic constitution. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Obama, Modi display bond, cite progress toward nuclear ties

- Associated Press

Seizing on their personal bond, President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday they had made progress on nuclear cooperation and climate change, with Obama declaring a "breakthrough understanding" in efforts to free U.S. investment in nuclear energy development in India.

Indoor gun ranges opening in Des Moines suburbs

- Associated Press

The Des Moines-metro area's first public indoor gun range will open this month in Johnston, and a second indoor facility is already in the works in Clive.

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Associated Press

Police bomb and dog teams searched two planes at Atlanta's main airport Saturday after authorities received what they called credible bomb threats made online, airport and military officials said.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa speaks during the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Possible GOP candidates pitch ideas at conservative forum

- Associated Press

The robust Christian right in early-voting Iowa plays an outsize role in helping determine the Republican presidential nominee, a political reality not lost on the parade of would-be 2016 candidates trying to draw attention at a Saturday gathering of social conservatives.

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2011 file photo, activists of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) youth wing break police barricades at a protest  in New Delhi, India, against alleged radio collars placed on Indian students of the Tri-Valley University in California. Several Indian students of the U.S. university, shut down on charges of a massive immigration fraud, were forced to wear radio collars around their ankles so that the U.S. authorities could keep a tab on their movements. Investigators say Tri-Valley was among the largest school fraud scams they encountered, involving hundreds of mostly Indian nationals living in cities as far away from Pleasanton as Miami, Chicago and Honolulu. (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi, File)

Fake schools draw scrutiny of federal investigators

- Associated Press

From her hometown in India in 2010, Bhanu Challa said she had no reason to doubt that Tri-Valley University was a legitimate American school where she could pursue a master's degree. Its website featured smiling students in caps and gowns and promised a leafy campus in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb.

Charities, cities at odds over constitutional amendment

- Associated Press

In just a few months, state voters could find themselves picking sides in a long-running dispute about who decides which charities should be exempt from taxes, a decision with significant financial implications for the charities and the cities and towns where many of them are based.

ADVANCE FOR USE SATURDAY, JAN. 24 AND THEREAFTER - In this Jan. 5, 2015 photo, Floyd Mansberger, principal with Fever River Research, discusses the artifacts of a working-class, immigrant neighborhood from the mid-1800s in Springfield, Ill., unearthed during the work to consolidate railroad traffic along the 10th Street corridor. (AP Photo/The State Journal-Register, Ted Schurter)

EXCHANGE: Rail excavation reveals 1800s Springfield

- Associated Press

Rail consolidation work has unearthed pieces of a working-class, immigrant neighborhood from the mid-1800s in Springfield, including glassware, dishes, cisterns and seven home foundations.