Northern Star

Shift to digital census raises fear of Iowa-like breakdown

MIKE SCHNEIDER

February 15, 2020

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The stakes are high when a major civic exercise involves a large population, new technology that has not been thoroughly tested and an entire country waiting on the results.Just ask the organizers of the Iowa caucuses, which offered a cautionary tale on the technological woes t...

Businesses struggle to fix supply chains disrupted by virus

PAUL WISEMAN, ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, and DAVID KOENIG

February 11, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese authorities are struggling to strike a delicate balance between containing a viral outbreak and restarting the world’s second-biggest economy after weeks of paralysis.As the death toll from the newly named COVID-19 illness topped 1,000, global supply chains remain widel...

How the Iowa caucuses ‘broke down in every way possible’

RYAN J. FOLEY

February 11, 2020

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Days before the Iowa caucuses, Democratic Party activist Lindsey Ellickson prepared to run her Cedar Rapids precinct by downloading the new smartphone app designed to calculate and report results.But her planning ran into a problem: Her phone was ruined when she accidentally d...

Avalanche of issues takes out Iowa plan for high-tech caucus

RYAN J. FOLEY and CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY

February 4, 2020

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — What went wrong with the Iowa Democratic Party’s high-tech plan to speed up the reporting of caucus night results? Pretty much everything.A little-known startup company was picked by party leaders to develop a mobile app for reporting unofficial results, with key details such...