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ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) - Police in central Iowa have arrested a Missouri man accused of ramming and firing shots at a van he mistakenly thought was involved in an Amber alert. The Des Moines Register says 41-year-old Matthew Golden, of Kearney, Missouri, called 911 just before 3 a.m. Tuesday after spotting the white van with Florida plates on Interstate 80 in Altoona. An Amber alert had been issued earlier for two Toronto, Iowa, children in a silver sedan with Illinois plates.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - UnityPoint Health says a phishing attack on its email system could have compromised the health and personal information of 16,000 patients. The Des Moines Register reports that the system discovered on Feb. 15 that a phishing attack had affected some employee email accounts. A letter sent to patients on Monday says accounts may have been accessed between Nov. 1 and Feb. 7.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Students in the Des Moines area gathered at the state Capitol to protest gun violence. Hundreds of students converged outside the statehouse Friday, shortly after some walked out of nearby schools. The event featured speeches from students and candidates seeking state office. It was part of nationwide walkouts and protests on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado, that left 13 people dead.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A Dubuque man has been given 50 years in prison for killing a woman at her home in Dubuque. Court records say 36-year-old Michael Piantieri pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder for the Dec. 2 slaying of 42-year-old Beverly Puccio. Prosecutors lowered the charge from first-degree murder in exchange for his plea. Piantieri must serve at least 35 years before he could become eligible for parole.

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