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NIACC’s distance medley team, Smith qualify for indoor nationals

NIACC’s distance medley team, Smith qualify for indoor nationals

AMES – The NIACC men’s distrance medley relay team qualified for the NJCAA national indoor meet Saturday at the Iowa State Open. The Trojans’ Matt Bowman (Charlotte, Ia.), Brock Schultz…

Latham statement on 23 executive actions on gun control and additional legislative proposals

Washington – Iowa Congressman Tom Latham released the following statement today regarding President Obama’s announcement of 23 executive actions on gun control and additional legislative proposals issued to Congress: “I can’t…

Marine recruit arrested fleeing escape boot camp

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 18 (UPI) — A Marine recruit was taken into custody after attempting to flee boot camp by running across the runway at San Diego’s Lindbergh Field, officials…

Mom arrested for gun in son’s backpack

NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (UPI) — A New York City woman was arrested Friday, a day after a .22 caliber handgun and ammunition were found in her 7-year-old son’s backpack…

The almanac

By UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Today is Friday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2013 with 347 to follow. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Mercury and Saturn. The…

Stocks close Friday session mixed

NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes closed mixed Friday in New York as concern of the next phase of budget talks in Washington distracted Wall Street. The…

Grains end the week higher on CBOT

CHICAGO, Jan. 18 (UPI) — Grain futures closed mostly higher Friday, posting gains for the week as the markets recovered further from monthly lows on the Chicago Board of Trade.…

Sheriff: Robert Wagner has declined interviews

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 18 (UPI) — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office says actor Robert Wagner has rejected several requests for interviews about the 1981 death of actress Natalie Wood.…

Agencies Issue Final Rule on Appraisals for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans

WASHINGTON–Six federal financial regulatory agencies today issued the final rule that establishes new appraisal requirements for “higher-priced mortgage loans.” The rule implements amendments to the Truth in Lending Act made…

2012 vehicle recalls topped 16.2 million

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) — U.S. safety regulators said automakers made 586 recalls totaling more than 16.2 million vehicles in 2012, slightly more than 2011 but less than 2010. The…

Housing starts rose sharply in 2012

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) — Residential construction starts and permits issued both rose sharply in 2012 over 2011, the U.S. Department of Commerce said Thursday. Project starts rose 28.1 percent…

Poll: 54% in U.S. want stricter gun laws

Poll: 54% in U.S. want stricter gun laws

NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (UPI) — The December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., seems to have swayed public opinion on stricter gun-control laws, a poll indicated.…

Body of poisoned lottery winner exhumed

CHICAGO, Jan. 18 (UPI) — The body of a poisoned lottery winner from Chicago was exhumed for further investigation Friday morning, officials said. Crews exhumed the body of Urooj Khan,…

Next Iran, IAEA round set for Feb. 12

Next Iran, IAEA round set for Feb. 12

TEHRAN, Jan. 18 (UPI) — The top Iranian nuclear negotiator said another round of talks with delegates from the International Atomic Energy Agency is set for Feb. 12. The IAEA…

CDC: Flu in 48 states, may be waning

ATLANTA, Jan. 18 (UPI) — Influenza activity remained elevated in the United States during the week of Jan. 6, but may be waning in some areas, federal health officials say.…

Mason City man charged with felony domestic abuse

Mason City man charged with felony domestic abuse

MASON CITY – Shortly after 4pm on Wednesday officers from the Mason City Police Department were dispatched to the 1800 block of SW 4th Street for a physical domestic assault.…

Right or wrong? NRA brings Obama’s children into gun debate (VIDEOS)

Right or wrong? NRA brings Obama’s children into gun debate (VIDEOS)

The president of the National Rifle Association defended his organization’s use of President Obama’s children in a web ad about armed guards at schools, insisting Thursday “it wasn’t about the…

U.S. Economic Delegation Travels to Mexico

A U.S. delegation will travel to Mexico City, Mexico, January 22-24, 2013, to discuss further strengthening the U.S.-Mexico bilateral economic relationship and increasing trade and the creation of jobs in…

MN Woman Sentenced for Causing Death of Her Infant Son

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Wanblee woman convicted of felony child abuse and neglect was sentenced on January 3, 2014, by Chief U.S. District Judge Jeffrey…

Former Football Coach Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Pornography, Interstate Extortion, and Cyberstalking

SCRANTON, PA—Joseph J. Ostrowski, 29, of Wilkes-Barre, pleaded guilty this week before senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik to producing and attempting to produce child pornography, interstate extortion,…

Steckman to serve on three committees

Steckman to serve on three committees

The 2013 session has officially been gaveled in and we are already busy with committee work, getting to know each of the 26 new members and setting priorities and goals…

Man caught with “arsenal” charged with crimes

A criminal indictment was unsealed this week charging Toledo resident Richard Schmidt with a variety of crimes related to his possession of 18 firearms, body armor, and more than 40,000…

Lying to FEMA sends Iowa woman to prison for 18 months

CEDAR RAPIDS – A woman who lied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to get disaster benefits following the June 2008 Eastern Iowa flood was sentenced on January 16,…

NIACC hosts regional duals Saturday

NIACC hosts regional duals Saturday

MASON CITY – The NIACC wrestling team will host the regional duals on Saturday. The first round of matches starts at 10 a.m. NIACC wrestles No. 5 Iowa Western at…

The United States and United Kingdom Joint Statement on the Global Positioning System

The United States and United Kingdom issued a joint statement regarding Global Positioning System (GPS) Intellectual Property today which affirmed their commitment to ensuring that GPS civil signals remain perpetually…

Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s Visit to Washington, DC

On January 17, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received the president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, at the U.S. Department of State. During the visit, Secretary Clinton announced that,…

NIACC’s Smith signs with Mount Mercy golf team

NIACC’s Smith signs with Mount Mercy golf team

MASON CITY – NIACC sophomore Mikayla Smith has signed a national letter of intent to play golf next season at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids. Mount Mercy is an…

Man Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Trafficking, Producing Child Pornography

KANSAS CITY, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Kansas City, Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Missouri man pleaded guilty in federal court this week…

Critics unmoved by Armstrong’s interview

CHICAGO, Jan. 18 (UPI) — Critics of disgraced former cycling champion Lance Armstrong appear unmoved by his interview with U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey. Armstrong told Winfrey he used…

Sharon Steckman and Amanda Ragan: Do you stand with Democratic ideals or the agenda of the Chamber of Commerce?

Sharon Steckman and Amanda Ragan: Do you stand with Democratic ideals or the agenda of the Chamber of Commerce?

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – What is Robin Anderson doing in Des Moines, meeting with our two Democratic legislators, Sharon Steckman and Amanda Ragan? According to a post made Thursday…

Iowa Senate Dem’s announce plan to increase school funding by 4%

Iowa Senate Dem’s announce plan to increase school funding by 4%

DES MOINES – Senate Democratic leaders today unveiled plans for a 4 percent increase in basic state aid to Iowa’s local schools for the 2013-14 school year. “I’ve talked with…