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Minnesota legislator says being gay is “an unhealthy, sexual addiction”

Minnesota legislator says being gay is “an unhealthy, sexual addiction”

ST. PAUL – A Minnesota legislator doesn’t think very highly of the gay and lesbian lifestyle. Striking back at legislation introduced in the Minnesota Legislature this week for marriage equality,…

Gov. Branstad signs Senate File 91, Senate File 110 into law

Gov. Branstad signs Senate File 91, Senate File 110 into law

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad today signed the following bills into law today: Senate File 91: an Act increasing civil penalties applicable to specified pipeline safety violations. Senate File 110:…

Mason City woman headed to prison

Mason City woman headed to prison

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman plead guilty this week to felony unauthorized use of a credit card and will go to prison for five years. Brenda Leah Askildson,…

Labor group approves of Iowa Senate’s expansion of Medicaid

DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the Iowa Senate Human Resources Committee’s vote to expand Medicaid: “On behalf of the members…

School cancelled in Mason City on Friday

School cancelled in Mason City on Friday

From the Mason City School District – With the girls’ basketball team winning the first round game at the Girl’s State Basketball Tournament on Wednesday evening, Mason City Community School…

Nurse guilty of sex acts on quadriplegic

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J., Feb. 27 (UPI) — A male New Jersey nurse was convicted Wednesday of performing oral sex on a quadriplegic man who is unable to speak. Jurors spent…

Kerry: U.S. wants to hasten Assad’s fall

ROME, Feb. 28 (UPI) — Washington and allies plan new ways of speeding the Syrian regime’s fall, Secretary of State John Kerry said before an 11-nation conference with the opposition.…

China says rural poor down 19 percent

BEIJING, Feb. 27 (UPI) — Rural China’s poorest — those making less the $370 a year — fell 19 percent from 2011 to 2012, thanks to higher government spending, government…

Feinstein argues for assault weapon ban; Grassley opposed

Feinstein argues for assault weapon ban; Grassley opposed

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, outlining her proposal in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, argued a new assault weapon ban is necessary to reduce gun violence.…

Ragan, other Iowa Senators say they won’t give up on expanding health insurance to uninsured Iowans

Ragan, other Iowa Senators say they won’t give up on expanding health insurance to uninsured Iowans

Statement by Senators Pam Jochum, Amanda Ragan, and Jack Hatch after meeting today with Governor Branstad on the prospect of helping 150,000 uninsured Iowans – We asked for a meeting…

Toddler drank Drano in alleged meth lab

MILTON, Fla., Feb. 27 (UPI) — A Florida woman whose toddler drank drain cleaner allegedly used in making methamphetamine faces criminal charges. Victoria Lauren Cain, 27, was arrested after her…

GM says it did not request CEO raise

DETROIT, Feb. 28 (UPI) — U.S. automaker General Motors denied it had asked the government for a 20 percent raise for Chief Executive Officer Dan Akerson. “Reports that General Motors…

Survey: U.S. firms expect investment rise

BEIJING, Feb. 27 (UPI) — U.S. companies in South China expect a 40 percent jump in investments in the region to $16.5 billion over the three years, a survey said.…

It may be educational, but what is that TV show really teaching your preschooler?

It may be educational, but what is that TV show really teaching your preschooler?

AMES, Iowa – Most parents carefully select what television programs and movies their children can watch. But a study in the latest Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology found that even educational shows…

Japanese domestic auto production drops

TOKYO, Feb. 27 (UPI) — The total units made by eight major Japanese automakers for their domestic market fell 10.6 percent year-on-year in January to 714,580, the companies said. The…

Pandora to cap non-paying listening

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 27 (UPI) — U.S. streaming radio service Pandora announced Wednesday it will introduce a cap on free mobile listening as it struggles with rising music royalty rates.…

World’s tallest hotel opens in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 28 (UPI) — JW Marriott has opened the doors to what it calls the tallest hotel in the world, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai in…

More older workers plan to keep working

CHICAGO, Feb. 27 (UPI) — Six-of-10 U.S. workers age 60 or older would look for a new job once they retired from their current job, a nationwide survey found. In…

Civil trial under way over BP oil spill

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 27 (UPI) — Testimony began this week in a civil trial to determine how to share the blame for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf…

Coach jailed for tripping child player

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 27 (UPI) — A Canadian hockey coach captured on video tripping a young player has been sentenced to 15 days in jail, officials say. Martin Tremblay,…

Bears’ Webb arrested on pot charge

FOREST LAKE, Ill., Feb. 27 (UPI) — Chicago Bears offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb is facing a marijuana possession charge, authorities say. KFVS-TV, Cape Girardeau, Mo., reported Webb was arrested by…

Man gets 15 years for prostitution ring

MIAMI, Feb. 27 (UPI) — A Miami Beach man has been sentenced to 15 years in a Florida prison for using physical violence on a woman he forced into prostitution.…

Man sentenced to 27 years in prison for sexual bondage of a 15-year-old girl

BALTIMORE — A man from Parkville, Md., was sentenced Tuesday to 27 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for conspiracy to produce child pornography and for transporting…

FTC complaints set record in 2012

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) — The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said it handled more than 2 million complaints in 2012, setting a record, with 18 percent of those involving identity…

Cyclones Down Jayhawks 83-68

Cyclones Down Jayhawks 83-68

AMES, Iowa – There would be no Kansas comeback this time. Chelsea Poppens scored 22 points, Hallie Christofferson tallied 20 and Anna Prins added 19 as No. 23 Iowa State…

4 Alabama footballers dismissed from team

TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Feb. 27 (UPI) — Four University of Alabama football team members were dismissed following arrests related to campus robberies, head Coach Nick Saban said Wednesday. Saban said defensive…

Iowa punishes Purdue, 58-48

Iowa punishes Purdue, 58-48

IOWA CITY – Iowa held Purdue to just 48 points -its lowest point total against the Hawkeyes since 1983- in beating the Boilers 58-48 Wednesday night. Iowa improves to 14-2…

Transgender child banned from girls’ room

DENVER, Feb. 27 (UPI) — A 6-year-old who was born a boy but identifies as a girl should be able to use the girls’ restroom at school, a transgender rights…

Mason City Mohawk girls advance with win over Iowa City West

Mason City Mohawk girls advance with win over Iowa City West

DES MOINES – The Mason City Mohawk girls basketball team advanced at the state tournament Wednesday night with a 72-53 win over Iowa City West. The Mohawks set a state…

Senate confirms Lew as treasury secretary

Senate confirms Lew as treasury secretary

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) — The U.S. Senate Wednesday voted handily to confirm Jacob Lew as treasury secretary despite reservations by some Republicans. The vote was 71-26, Washington publication Roll…

Girls state basketball: Aplington-Parkersburg 48, Panorama 38

DES MOINES – Senior leadership abounds at Aplington-Parkersburg. Tenth-ranked Aplington-Parkersburg, which has an all-senior roster, rallied from an early eight-point deficit to beat No. 7 Panorama 48-38 in the Class…

U.S. research to be free online

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) — The White House says major government agencies must make taxpayer-funded research freely available to the public within 12 months after publication. The directive that went…

Girls state basketball: Estherville-Lincoln Cental 55, Spirit Lake 39

DES MOINES – Estherville-Lincoln Central’s seniors are still in the running for a chance to play in another state championship game. Twins Casey and Allie Sievert combined for 31 points as the…

Girls state basketball: Waverly-Shell Rock 67, Winterset 45

DES MOINES – Waverly-Shell Rock looked nothing like a state tournament rookie in beating Winterset. The second-ranked Go-Hawks, in the five-player tourney for the first time, shot their way into…

MCPD warns of possible scam

MCPD warns of possible scam

MASON CITY – The Mason City Police Department is alerting people to a possible scam. Victims are receiving a phone call from a suspect stating the victim just won a…

Armstrong will challenge USPS doping suit

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) — Lance Armstrong plans to argue that the civil fraud suit filed against him is too old to go forward, a person close to his defense…

Big 12 admits officials blew key calls in Iowa State loss to Kansas

IRVING, Texas, Feb. 26 (UPI) — Game officials blew two key calls in a Monday contest between fifth-ranked Kansas and Iowa State, the Big 12 Conference has admitted. Cyclones fans…

NHL: Minnesota 2, Calgary 1 (OT)

ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 26 (UPI) — Zach Parise’s goal during a 4-on-3 power play 27 seconds into overtime Tuesday handed the Minnesota Wild a 2-1 victory over Calgary. The…

NBA: Phoenix 84, Minnesota 83 (OT)

PHOENIX, Feb. 27 (UPI) — Marcin Gortat, Markieff Morris and Wesley Johnson all scored 14 points Tuesday to lead Phoenix to an 84-83 overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Gortat…

Reports: 49ers to trade Smith to Chiefs

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 27 (UPI) — Quarterback Alex Smith will be traded from the San Francisco 49ers to the Kansas City Chiefs, several media outlets, citing NFL sources, reported…

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