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BUSSEY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a teenager has been killed in the crash of an all-terrain vehicle in south-central Iowa. The crash occurred around 6:10 p.m. Wednesday in the Marion County community of Bussey. The Iowa State Patrol says the 16-year-old boy was riding along a private trail when the ATV struck a tree. His name hasn't been released.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A trucking company linked to a recent deadly human smuggling case in Texas had long promoted itself as a family firm whose hard-working drivers helped keep the U.S. economy running. But according to public records and interviews with former drivers, Pyle Transportation was a cutthroat business that flouted laws. One of the company's contract drivers is charged in the deaths of 10 immigrants found in a sweltering trailer in Texas. The firm says it knew nothing about the human smuggling operation.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Court records say an Iowa woman accused of trying to flush her newborn down a toilet and then leaving the baby for dead in a trash can intends to change her plea. A plea hearing is scheduled Aug. 11 in Iowa City for Ashley Hautzenrader, who's already pleaded not guilty to attempted murder. The records don't say how she'll plead and to what charges. Police say the child was found alive in the trash.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Drought conditions are increasing in several states, and extreme heat and weeks with little rain have begun to stress corn, soybeans, wheat and livestock in some areas. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says nearly 11 percent of the continental United States is in moderate drought or worse.

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