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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 6:05 am, Wed Jan 30, 2013.

Police: Man beat ex-wife with hammer

SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- A Sioux City man has been accused of hitting his ex-wife in the face with a hammer.

Gary Clark is charged with felony willful injury causing bodily injury and domestic assault. Police forced their way into the 66-year-old's home Sunday following a 911 hang-up. Court documents said Clark's 64-year-old wife was found inside with facial bruising and swelling over her left eye.

2 charged after boy in diaper found outside

WATERLOO, Iowa -- A Waterloo couple have been charged with child endangerment after a 2-year-old boy was spotted outside wearing only a diaper.

It was 32 degrees on Sunday afternoon when the boy was reported outside, crying in the driveway of his house.He'd gone inside by the time officers arrived. They found no adults there.

The resident, 20-year-old Randeigh Bohlen, and her boyfriend, 29-year-old Ryan Evans, returned after 20 to 30 minutes. They told officers they'd gone to a store. Bohlen also said her 8-month-old child was sleeping upstairs.

Officers: Girl fought off man after school

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- A 19-year-old man has been accused of trying to kidnap a 10-year-old girl in Council Bluffs.

Police said a man grabbed the girl and forced to her walk with him at about 2:20 p.m. Monday near Edison Elementary School. She struggled with him, broke away and ran to her sister, who had driven to the school to pick her up.

In custody is Nathan Busse, who faces kidnapping and other charges.

Walker: Changes to election process risky

MILWAUKEE -- Gov. Scott Walker said he has concerns about changing the way Wisconsin awards its electoral votes in presidential elections.

Some Republicans have floated the idea of having electoral votes awarded by congressional district, not in a winner-take-all format.

Walker said it's an interesting idea but not one he spends time thinking about. He said because Wisconsin is a battleground state, presidential and vice presidential candidates have an incentive to make repeated campaign stops here. He said he's wary that changing the system could dissuade candidates from visiting.

Agents seek records in lotto mystery

IOWA CITY -- Investigators are seeking phone and email records as they try to solve the mystery behind a winning $14.3 million lottery ticket that was withdrawn after the winner refused to be identified.

A year after the investigation started, agents are still trying to identify the person who bought the Hot Lotto ticket at a Des Moines gas station in December 2010.

A New York lawyer claiming to represent the winning trust waited until minutes before the one-year deadline to claim the prize -- then gave up rather than explain how he got the ticket.

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