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Iowa marijuana user who possessed gun with obliterated serial number pleads guilty

CEDAR RAPIDS – A marijuana user who unlawfully possessed a gun with an obliterated serial number pled guilty January 31, 2013, in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Geromey Gilliand, age…

Iowa multi-felon sent to prison for possession of high-capacity, semi-automatic 9mm pistol

DAVENPORT, IA – On January 31, 2013, Robert Leslie Ranck, age 46, was sentenced to 130 months imprisonment, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Judge Stephanie…

Charles City’s Pfizer now known as Zoetis

CHARLES CITY – Pfizer Inc. announced last week that it has sold its former animal health business unit, a manufacturing operation in Charles City, and that it is now a standalone company…

Republicans in Iowa legislature introduce bill outlawing abortions

Republicans in Iowa legislature introduce bill outlawing abortions

DES MOINES – Republicans in the Iowa in the House of Representatives introduced a bill Wednesday outlawing abortions. Doctors who perform abortions could be prosecuted if the law is enacted. The…

Boy, 7, suspended over imaginary grenade

LOVELAND, Colo., Feb. 6 (UPI) — A Colorado mother said her 7-year-old son should not have been suspended from school for throwing an imaginary grenade into a box of pretend…

Packers’ Driver retires

Packers’ Driver retires

GREEN BAY, Wis., Feb. 6 (UPI) — Donald Driver, the Green Bay Packers’ all-time leader in receptions and yards, officially retired from the NFL Wednesday. The 48-year-old, four-time Pro Bowl…

Boy, 10, charged for toy gun on bus

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 6 (UPI) — Police in Virginia said a 10-year-old boy was charged with brandishing a weapon for allegedly bringing a toy gun onto a school bus. Alexandria…

Arizona re-ignites ‘English only’ debate

PHOENIX, Feb. 6 (UPI) — A debate over “English only” documents is re-emerging in Arizona with a complaint from a legislator about the cost of printing in several languages. The…

Rihanna accompanies Brown to court

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 6 (UPI) — Pop star Rihanna accompanied beau Chris Brown to a Los Angeles court Wednesday where prosecutors alleged he lied about completing his community service. TMZ…

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…

Bieber makes album chart history

NEW YORK, Feb. 6 (UPI) — Canadian pop star Justin Bieber made history Wednesday by racking up his fifth No. 1 album in the United States before his 19th birthday,…

U.S. Humanitarian Response to the Crisis in Syria

Special Briefing Anne C. Richard Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration USAID Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg Via Teleconference Washington, DC February 6, 2013…

Steckman Votes for $60 Million Job Creation Tax Cut for Middle Class & Small Businesses

Steckman Votes for $60 Million Job Creation Tax Cut for Middle Class & Small Businesses

Des Moines, Iowa – In the first vote of the 2013 legislative session, State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City supported a $60 million tax cut in the Iowa House…

Fire extinguished at Mason City home Tuesday evening

Fire extinguished at Mason City home Tuesday evening

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Tuesday at 6:40 pm, the Mason City Fire Department responded to a call for a fire at 229 10th St…

Waterloo man refuses to surrender to authorities, gets 2 more years in prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who failed to appear for service of his federal sentence was sentenced this week to more than two additional years in federal prison. Roy Lee…

Iger confirms stand-alone ‘Star Wars’ films

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 5 (UPI) — Stand-alone films featuring iconic “Star Wars” characters are being developed in addition to three planned sequels, Hollywood’s Disney studio said Tuesday. Walt Disney Co.…

Iowa man who threatened children if they didn’t satisfy him pleads guilty

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who sexually exploited and extorted minors pled guilty on Tuesday in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Lucas Robinson, age 23, from Cedar Rapids, was convicted…

N. Korean video depicts attack on U.S.

N. Korean video depicts attack on U.S.

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 5 (UPI) — After a long-range rocket test and threats to detonate a nuclear weapon, North Korea posted an Internet video portraying an American city under…

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…

Chris Brown’s community service questioned

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 5 (UPI) — Prosecutors have asked a Los Angeles judge to decline singer Chris Brown’s documentation of the community service he was sentenced to perform. Brown was…

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.…

CDC: Smoking rampant among those with mental illness

CDC: Smoking rampant among those with mental illness

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Adults with some form of mental illness have a smoking rate 70 percent higher than adults with no mental illness, according to a Vital Signs report. Combined data from…

Biden meets with British leaders

LONDON, Feb. 5 (UPI) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met with British Prime Minister David Cameron at No. 10 Downing Street Tuesday to discuss a range of issues. Biden,…

Noisy boys sent walking alone at 4:30 a.m.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn., Feb. 5 (UPI) — Authorities in Connecticut said a woman is facing charges after having two boys, ages 10 and 11, walk home on their own at 4:30…

White House: Obama to visit Israel

JERUSALEM, Feb. 5 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama plans to visit Israel next month for the first time since taking up the presidency, the White House said. Israel’s Channel…

Report: 54 countries collaborated with CIA

NEW YORK, Feb. 5 (UPI) — At least 54 foreign countries have aided the United States in its extraordinary rendition and secret detention programs, a report released Tuesday said. The…

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…

U.S. concerned about lock-on incident

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) — The United States is concerned about a reported incident of a Chinese warship locking its weapon-targeting radar on a Japanese destroyer, a U.S. official said.…

U.S. concerned over Somalia sentencing rape victim to prison

WASHINGTON, D.C. – We are deeply concerned by a Mogadishu court’s decision to convict and sentence to one year in prison a 27-year-old alleged rape victim and the journalist who…

Gay military spouses to get more benefits

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) — Same-sex spouses may soon get some of the U.S. military benefits now granted heterosexual wives and husbands, officials say. The Defense Department is expected to…

Falling man saved by bubble wrap

BOSTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) — Emergency responders in Boston said a construction worker who fell 30 feet was spared serious injury when he landed on bubble wrap. A spokesman for…

Iowa House debates Agenda 21 and sustainability

Iowa House debates Agenda 21 and sustainability

DES MOINES – Some Iowa legislators have introduced a bill to head off any involvement by Iowa government in a program known in the United Nations as “Agenda 21.” The…

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.”…

Obama lauds Family Medical Leave Act

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) — President Obama praised the Family Medical Leave Act on its 20th anniversary Tuesday, calling it a groundbreaking step for America’s workers and families. In a…

DCI Continues Investigation into Death of 13 month-old Iowa Child

Pacific Junction, IOWA — On Friday, February 1, 2013 at 10:54 AM, Mills County Communications Center received a 911 call reporting an unresponsive small child.  As a result of this…

Circus nixes kangaroo boxing plans

OXFORD, Tenn., Feb. 5 (UPI) — A Tennessee police chief said a circus has canceled a previously announced boxing match involving a clown and a kangaroo. Oxford Police Chief Joey…

Man Arrested for Making False Threats Against Kodak

ROCHESTER, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Omer Fadhel Saleh Mohammed, 31, of Rochester, New York, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with making false bomb…

Carney: Drone strikes legal, ethical

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) — A White House spokesman said Tuesday President Obama takes the war against al-Qaida seriously, and drone strikes against the terrorist organization are legal. White House…

New round of Iran nuke talks confirmed

BRUSSELS, Feb. 5 (UPI) — Iran has formally agreed to meet with the so-called E3+3 group about its nuclear program, a European Union official confirmed Tuesday. “Helga Schmid, deputy secretary-general…

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