The truth about a government 'shutdown'

So the world won’t end if a dysfunctional Washington can’t find a way to pass a funding bill before the new budget year begins on Oct. 1.

Iowa’s farmland value continues to climb

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s farmland values continue to increase, with the latest survey showing average prices climbing by 20 percent to $…

Indie rock disc inspired by Kerouac novel

NEW YORK (AP) — Several indie rockers have collaborated on a disc that pays tribute to a Jack Kerouac novel — and it’s not “On the Road.” Th…

Junot Diaz still feels like an immigrant

NEW YORK (AP) — He has won a Pulitzer, teaches Americans how to write at MIT and his Spanish-sprinkled stories have been acclaimed in the Un…