Unexpected Iowa tornadoes cause damage, injuries

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A flurry of unexpected tornadoes swept through central Iowa, injuring at least 17 people, flattening buildings in three cities and forcing the evacuation of a hospital.

Cooling towers disinfected after bacteria found

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Officials say cooling towers at an office building at the Illinois State Capitol complex are being disinfected after a marginal amount of legionella bacteria was detected.

The Illinois Secretary of State's office sent a memo Thursday saying the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease was detected in a cooling tower of the Stratton Building.

Parkland trustees learn of potential windfall from planned wind farm

CHAMPAIGN — EDP Renewables' Broadlands Wind Farm, planned for north of Newman in northeastern Douglas County, could result in a bit of a windfall for Parkland College.

Tatiana Stein, project developer for Houston-based EDP, told the Parkland College board on Wednesday that the college district may see $160,000 in new tax revenue the first year the project goes live.

Top of the Morning, July 19, 2018

If the sky's clear after the sun sets tonight, gaze southeast and you'll notice a bright red dot.

That's Mars, which hasn't been this close to Earth (35.8 million miles) since 2003 and won't be again until 2035.

Skywatchers haven't been this giddy since, well, last summer.

Out of hospital, Thai boys recount moment they were found

CHIANG RAI, Thailand (AP) — The 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a cave in northern Thailand described the moment they realized they finally had been found, as they appeared at a news conference Wednesday after leaving the hospital where they had been recuperating.

Hawaii volcano boat tours continue despite lava injuries

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard's revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel, injuring 23 people.

Drainage district's clearing work on Salt Fork leaves some residents floored

ST. JOSEPH — A couple of weeks ago, Diane and Jim Wardrop heard the sound of heavy equipment and crashing trees somewhere in their Heather Hills neighborhood, along the upper section of the Salt Fork River, north of St. Joseph.

Puerto Ricans return to power grid but fear for long term

ADJUNTAS, Puerto Rico (AP) — It was finally a night to celebrate in this village tucked into the mountains of central Puerto Rico.

People pressed TV remote buttons, clicked on fans and plugged in refrigerators as electricity again flowed into homes that had been without power since two major hurricanes devastated the U.S. territory nearly a year ago.

Finland protests: Human rights for all — and save the planet

HELSINKI (AP) — One sign in Helsinki read: "Build saunas not war!"Activists used Monday's summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold two days of high-profile protests in the Finnish capital over a variety of grievances.

Letter from Birdland | A little help from my friends

I've never seen the corn so high, more than 10 feet in some places, even some individual stalks here and there rising above the crowd another 2 feet.

It has tasseled, bringing the gentle scent of fresh corn silk on the wind and a new layer of color laid on top of the green fields. From our windows, we are high enough to see the tawny corduroy stripes of tassel over the green.