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Lance Armstrong turns down ‘DWTS’

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 (UPI) — Lance Armstrong’s publicist has confirmed the disgraced U.S. cyclist turned down an offer to compete on TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.” “Lance has been…

U.S. stocks close in a split

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes were mixed Thursday in New York, despite positive economic data. The Nasdaq index of tech-oriented stock dropped 0.74 percent, or 23.29…

Grains mixed Thursday

CHICAGO, Jan. 24 (UPI) — Grain futures closed mixed Thursday with traders keeping an eye on Argentina’s weather forecasts, which say beneficial rain is possible for the next two weeks.…

Gold slides Thursday

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) — Gold prices closed lower on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange Thursday. Comex gold dropped 1 percent as it gave up…

Rodent removed from Mayor’s office

Rodent removed from Mayor’s office

MASON CITY – Authorities were called to City Hall to remove a rodent from the Mayor’s office on Wednesday morning, January 23rd. The previous evening, at least one rodent was…

Latham: “If we can’t pass a budget, we don’t deserve a paycheck”

Latham: “If we can’t pass a budget, we don’t deserve a paycheck”

Washington, D.C. – With the U.S. Senate closing in on four years without passing a budget resolution, Iowa Congressman Tom Latham joined with a majority of members in the U.S.…

Big Ten basketball: Northwestern 55, Minnesota 48

EVANSTON, Ill., Jan. 24 (UPI) — Jared Swopshire’s 16 points and a furious defensive effort Wednesday led to Northwestern’s 55-48 upset of No. 14 Minnesota. Minnesota had won 15 of…

Remarks at Launch of the 100,000 Strong Foundation (VIDEO)

Remarks at Launch of the 100,000 Strong Foundation (VIDEO)

Remarks by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State Ben Franklin Room Washington, DC January 24, 2013 Thank you. Well, we’re all getting a little emotional and sentimental around here –…

Marine corp statement on women joining combat forces

“The Commandant and the entire Marine Corps are dedicated to maintaining the highest levels of combat readiness and capitalizing upon every opportunity to enhance our warfighting capabilities and the contributions…

Operation New Hope clears insurgent stronghold

Operation New Hope clears insurgent stronghold

KAJAKI, Afghanistan – During a time when insurgent forces typically bed down until the spring poppy harvest, Afghan National Security Forces, aided by a small group of Marine advisors, engaged…

Statement by the President on the Opening of Combat Units to Women

Statement by the President on the Opening of Combat Units to Women

From President Barack Obama – Today, by moving to open more military positions—including ground combat units—to women, our armed forces have taken another historic step toward harnessing the talents and…

Feinstein introduces gun ban bill

Feinstein introduces gun ban bill

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced a bill Thursday to ban more than 150 types of semi-automatic weapons with military-style features. In addition to banning…

Mason City woman charged with felony forgery

Mason City woman charged with felony forgery

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman was charged with 2 counts of felony forgery this week. Lynnette Renea Hanse, 35, was arrested at 1627 North Federal Avenue in Mason…

UN: Peace plan in Middle East is failing

UN: Peace plan in Middle East is failing

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) — A United Nations Middle East coordinator told the Security Council that the two-state solution between Palestine and Israel is not working. Robert Serry argued…

Iowa Citizens Help Track Imperiled Wildlife

Iowa Citizens Help Track Imperiled Wildlife

DES MOINES – It’s 10 o’clock on a summer night along a gravel road anywhere in Iowa.  In the farm pond next to the road a raucous chorus of male…

Big Ten sends 19 former players to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII

Big Ten sends 19 former players to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII

Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference will be well-represented on Sunday, Feb. 3, in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. Nineteen former student-athletes and 11 coaches with conference…

Man who sold prescription drugs that killed two Iowans gets 5 years

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who admitted to selling his prescription methadone to two people who died as a result of using the drug was sentenced January 23, 2013, to…

NIACC men stop DMACC, 74-58

NIACC men stop DMACC, 74-58

MASON CITY – Chris Davis scored 20 points and David Humphries scored 15 to lead NIACC to a 74-58 victory over No. 14 DMACC in the NIACC gym Wednesday night.…

NIACC women stop No. 15 DMACC, 58-55

NIACC women stop No. 15 DMACC, 58-55

MASON CITY – Chelsey Jacox scored 15 points and Morgan Walker scored 12 points to lead the NIACC women to a 58-55 victory over No. 15 DMACC in ICCAC basketball…

UNI Knocks Off SIU, 58-45

UNI Knocks Off SIU, 58-45

Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications – CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball squad posted a 58-45 win over the Southern Illinois Salukis on Wednesday in a…

Bills and amendments filed at the Iowa Legislature, January 23rd, 2013

Bills and amendments filed at the Iowa Legislature, January 23rd, 2013

Bills Filed Files Title Sponsor SJR 1 A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa relating to the composition of the militia of this…

U.S.: Kilpatrick filed false tax returns

DETROIT, Jan. 23 (UPI) — Federal prosecutors began presenting evidence Wednesday that former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick failed to pay taxes on alleged ill-gotten gains. Gregory Terrell, who prepared Kilpatrick’s…

NRA’s LaPierre: No universal gun registration

NRA’s LaPierre: No universal gun registration

RENO, Nev., Jan. 23 (UPI) — Wayne LaPierre, head of the National Rifle Association, accused President Obama of trying to control all gun transactions in a speech in Reno, Nev.…

GOP, Clinton wrestle on Libya

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) — Republicans at congressional hearings pummeled U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton related to her handling of the Sept. 11 Libyan consulate attack. During House and…

Vitamin D may be a breast cancer therapy

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 22 (UPI) — Vitamin D may be involved in a possible new breast cancer therapy, U.S. and Spanish researchers say. Susana Gonzalo, an assistant professor of biochemistry…

Poll says most support Roe vs. Wade court decision

Poll says most support Roe vs. Wade court decision

PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 23 (UPI) — Roe vs. Wade is synonymous with abortion rights but younger adults tend to express no opinion on the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, a…

Mom charged with twins’ fire death

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 23 (UPI) — A Pittsburgh-area woman whose twin sons died in a fire has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. Dalawna Berran-Lett of North Braddock, 32, was also charged…

South tops U.S. in mental health meds use

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Jan. 23 (UPI) — The use of antidepressant, anti-psychotic and stimulant medications is 40 percent greater in the South than in the rest of the United States,…

Seau’s family sues NFL

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 23 (UPI) — The family of former NFL linebacker Junior Seau is suing the NFL, claiming his suicide is linked to brain disease caused by football, court…

Group allegedly enslaved mentally disabled

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 23 (UPI) — A mother and daughter and three men were charged Wednesday in a federal indictment in Philadelphia with enslaving disabled people. Federal prosecutors say Linda Weston,…

Fla. police use driver database to snoop celebs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 23 (UPI) — Some Florida police officers have been using the state’s driver information database to check out celebrities, relatives and others, investigators say. The Florida Department…

Retail has third off week

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) — U.S. retail sales dropped week-to-week for the third consecutive time in the week that ended Saturday, a Washington retail trade group said Wednesday. Sales receipts…

Airlines notched a strong year in 2012

NEW YORK, Jan. 23 (UPI) — Two U.S. airlines considering a merger, US Airways and American Airlines, had relatively strong years in 2012, company filings show. US Airways reported record…

3 charged in slaying of transgender rapper

MILWAUKEE, Jan. 23 (UPI) — Prosecutors in Milwaukee said Wednesday three suspects have been charged in the apparent gang slaying of a transgender rapper missing since Jan. 1. The suspects…

Carney: GOP obsessed with Benghazi

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) — White House spokesman Jay Carney Wednesday agreed it makes little difference if the U.S. consulate attack in Libya was the result of a protest or…

Church seeks priest’s possible victims

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 23 (UPI) — A Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese spokesman said letters will be sent to three institutions asking if anyone was harmed by a priest who served them in…

Man obsessed with child porn who travelled to Colorado to produce more sentenced to prison

DENVER — A man from Indiana was sentenced Tuesday to serve 34 years and four months in federal prison for attempted coercion and enticement (to engage in unlawful sexual activity…

Scheduling can improve doctor wait times

NEW YORK, Jan. 23 (UPI) — It can take up to nine weeks to see a U.S. family practitioner in some states, but changes in scheduling and management can improve…

Poll: Hillary Clinton viewed favorably by 67 percent

Poll: Hillary Clinton viewed favorably by 67 percent

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s popularity hit an all-time high, 67 percent, in an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday. The poll, conducted Jan.…

Record drug bust made at Mexican border

NOGALES, Ariz., Jan. 23 (UPI) — What U.S. officials are calling the biggest marijuana shipment ever smuggled from Mexico has been seized at a border crossing in Arizona. Some seven…

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