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Lawmakers push sales tax bill

Lawmakers push sales tax bill

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) — U.S. lawmakers introduced a new sales tax bill designed to close loopholes that make it harder for small businesses to compete with online retailers. The…

Market gains slip away Friday

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes closed mostly lower Friday despite steady consumer confidence and recent merger announcements. Computer company Dell, American Airlines and US Airways and…

Judge approves $400M Transocean plea deal

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 14 (UPI) — A federal judge approved Transocean’s plea agreement on criminal charges in the massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the U.S. Justice Department said. Transocean…

Six Flags sued by disabled Texas man

ARLINGTON, Texas, Feb. 14 (UPI) — A Texas man suing the Six Flags amusement park in Arlington said he was unfairly barred from a ride he had ridden in the…

John Deere recalls utility vehicles

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) — Outdoor equipment firm John Deere is recalling 4,700 Gator utility vehicles due to an oil filter leak that poses a fire hazard U.S. regulators said.…

Winnebago Industries Recognized as #1 Motorhome Manufacturer

FOREST CITY, IOWA, February 14, 2013 – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO), a leading United States (U.S.) recreation vehicle manufacturer, has been recognized by Statistical Surveys, Inc., a retail reporting service…

Touchscreen keyboard can appear, disappear

FREMONT, Calif., Feb. 13 (UPI) — A U.S. tech firm says it’s developed a touchscreen keyboard that rises from the smooth screen surface to allow text input and then disappears…

Global mobile phone sales decline

STAMFORD, Conn., Feb. 13 (UPI) — Global sales of mobile phones declined in 2012 compared with the previous year, a U.S. research firm has reported. Research company Gartner, based in…

New materials may be computer breakthrough

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 13 (UPI) — “Superfast” materials that shuttle information at the speed of light in quantum computers and other electronic devices are on the horizon, U.S. researchers…

Facebook sued over use of ‘like’ button

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 11 (UPI) — The widow of a Dutch programmer is suing Facebook over its use of a “like” button and other patented technology she says was developed…

Google exposing info of app purchasers

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 13 (UPI) — An Australian software developer says Google is sending user names, emails and location details to Android developers without asking for permission. App developer…

Grains mixed Wednesday

CHICAGO, Feb. 13 (UPI) — Corn futures turned lower, but wheat, soybeans and oats made headway on the Chicago Board of Trade Wednesday. Corn was off 3/4 to off 3…

Markets close mixed; Dow under 14,000

NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes closed mixed Wednesday, with the Dow slipping back below 14,000 after the Census Bureau said retail sales rose marginally in January.…

Pappajohn’s Launch and Grow course now available

Pappajohn’s Launch and Grow course now available

MASON CITY – Launch and Grow Your Business is a course available at the NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center that helps the start-up and current entrepreneur. The course guides the…

Physical Therapist Assistant Program at NIACC Earns Accreditation through 2022

Physical Therapist Assistant Program at NIACC Earns Accreditation through 2022

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) since 1997…

Grains mostly lower Tuesday

CHICAGO, Feb. 12 (UPI) — Grain futures prices closed mostly lower on the Chicago Board of Trade Tuesday as the dollar index dropped 0.42 percent on the International Exchange. Corn…

Markets close mixed

NEW YORK, Feb. 12 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes closed mixed with the Dow edging back above 14,000 Tuesday after the Group of Seven nations took a stand against currency…

First comes work, then comes marriage

CHICAGO, Feb. 13 (UPI) — Nearly 40 percent of U.S. workers in a survey indicated they had dated a co-worker at some point in their lives, CareerBuilder said Wednesday. In…

ISU livestock experts react to Russian ban on U.S. meat imports

ISU livestock experts react to Russian ban on U.S. meat imports

AMES, Iowa – Russia’s decision to stop importing U.S. beef and pork containing a commonly used feed additive won’t have an immediate sweeping impact on Iowa livestock producers, a livestock…

ConAgra ordered to pay $179M for explosion

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill., Feb. 12 (UPI) — A federal judge in East St. Louis, Ill., ruled ConAgra must pay $179 million to three men burned in a 2010 grain…

CEO departures increased in January

CHICAGO, Feb. 8 (UPI) — The number of U.S. chief executive officers leaving their jobs increased in January, led by healthcare and hospital executives, an employment firm said Friday. Outplacement…

Lending rises in China

BEIJING, Feb. 9 (UPI) — Lending is on the rise in China as the economy rebounds from a seven-quarter trend of slower growth, the People’s Bank of China said. Lending…

Google chairman to sell 3.2M shares

NEW YORK, Feb. 9 (UPI) — Google Chairman Eric Schmidt plans to sell 3.2 million of his 7.6 million shares of the U.S. search engine, a filing with federal regulators…

YouTube banned for month in Egypt

CAIRO, Feb. 9 (UPI) — An Egyptian court banished YouTube for a month after the website refused to take down a video considered anti-Islamic. The ban applies to any website…

Stock indexes climb early

NEW YORK, Feb. 8 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes climbed Friday after the U.S. Commerce Department said the U.S. trade deficit shrank $19.5 billion from 2011 to 2012. The annual…

ISU researchers receive $5 million grant to enhance soybean resistance to sudden death syndrome

AMES, Iowa – Researchers at Iowa State University will use a grant totaling more than $5 million to strengthen the genetic resistance of soybeans to sudden death syndrome, a disease…

Markets close lower

NEW YORK, Feb. 7 (UPI) — U.S. markets dropped Thursday following declines in Asia and Europe and a report that showed U.S. unemployment benefit claims higher than expected. The Labor…

India growth forecast discouraging

NEW DELHI, Feb. 7 (UPI) — India’s economic growth in the current fiscal year ending March 31 is expected to hit a decade low of 5 percent, the government said.…

SGO gets another demining project

LENOIR CITY, Tenn., Feb. 5 (UPI) — Sterling Global Operations has received another U.S. military contract for demining and battle area clearance services in Afghanistan. Under the $30 million award,…

Markets close mixed

NEW YORK, Feb. 6 (UPI) — U.S. markets closed mixed Wednesday with investors seeking a comfort zone after a four-week winning streak. Stocks have moved up and down through the…

Gold adds $5 Wednesday

NEW YORK, Feb. 6 (UPI) — The price of gold rose modestly in New York Wednesday, as equities finished the session mixed on Wall Street. On the Comex division of…

High-tech pen buzzes to point out mistakes

BERLIN, Feb. 5 (UPI) — A German company says it is developing a pen that vibrates to tell users if they’ve made a spelling mistake while writing. The device from…

Software hints at Apple Internet radio

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 5 (UPI) — Hidden “radio” buttons in Apple’s iOS 6.1 operating system suggest an Apple radio service intended to compete with Pandora and Spotify, Apple watchers say.…

Justice Dept. files $5B suit against S&P

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 5 (UPI) — California has sued credit rating firm Standard & Poor’s, alleging it issued ratings that cost the state’s public pension funds about $1 billion. State…

CBO projects slow growth in 2013

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) — The Congressional Budget Office says U.S. economic growth “will remain slow” in 2013 due in part to budgetary changes “scheduled to occur under current law.”…

B&W continues U.S. nuclear support

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 5 (UPI) — The U.S. military has awarded $510 million in contracts to Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group Inc. for components and services to defense projects.…

Stock indexes close higher

NEW YORK, Feb. 5 (UPI) — The Dow Jones industrial average closed higher Tuesday, following an equities rebound in Europe. By close of trading on Wall Street, the Dow added…

Grains mixed Tuesday

CHICAGO, Feb. 5 (UPI) — Grain futures prices were mixed on the Chicago Board of Trade Tuesday with the dollar index flat on the International Exchange. Corn was off 4…

Resistant weeds said threat to U.S. crops

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) — A U.S. health advocacy group Monday urged limiting the use of herbicides on genetically engineered crops, saying the technology is unsustainable. The Center for Science…

SciTechTalk: BlackBerry rolls the dice

By JIM ALGAR Research in Motion, desperate to turn around its flagging fortunes, has laid the chips on the table for it final wager in the form of two new…