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Statement by Big Ten Football Coaches and Athletic Directors

Park Ridge, Ill. — The Big Ten Football Coaches and Athletic Directors met today in Park Ridge for a regularly scheduled meeting and subsequently issued the following statement with regard…

State Department Contributes an Initial $171 Million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Media Note Washington, DC February 11, 2013 The United States is pleased to announce an initial contribution of over $171 million toward the 2013 operations of the United Nations High…

U.S. Imposes Nonproliferation Sanctions Against Foreign Entities and Individuals

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 11, 2013 On February 11, 2013, the Department of State announced the imposition of nonproliferation sanctions on several foreign entities and…

Bremer County Recorder Charged for Taking Funds Intended for the County

Bremer County Recorder Charged for Taking Funds Intended for the County

Bremer County, Iowa — Today, Special Agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and Investigators with the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office arrested 59 year old Donna Ellison.  Ellison…

King: “Yes we do have a spending problem, Mr. President”

King: “Yes we do have a spending problem, Mr. President”

Washington, DC- Congressman Steve King (IA-04) released the following video statement after President Obama’s State of the Union address: httpv://youtu.be/62BgfCvA41Y “President Obama has said to us, American citizens, that we…

U.S. Assistance to the Palestinians could be about $500 million this year

U.S. Assistance to the Palestinians could be about $500 million this year

WASHINGTON – The U.S. State Department says funding for the Palestinian Authority could be about $500 million dollars this year. “We are working with Congress to ensure U.S. support for the…

NIACC wrestling team qualifies nine for nationals

NIACC wrestling team qualifies nine for nationals

WILLMAR, Minn. – The NIACC wrestling team qualified nine wrestlers for the NJCAA national tournament at Sunday’s North Central district, which includes Region XI and Region XIII, at Ridgewater College.…

Ag & Industrial Open House to be held Wednesday at NIACC

Ag & Industrial Open House to be held Wednesday at NIACC

MASON CITY – NIACC will be hosting  an Ag & Industrial Open House on Wednesday, February 13  from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Nearly 200 high school students and 15+ businesses are expected…

Waterloo Columbus’ Olmstead to play volleyball at NIACC

Waterloo Columbus’ Olmstead to play volleyball at NIACC

MASON CITY – Grace Olmstead of Waterloo Columbus has signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at NIACC starting in the 2013 season. NIACC coach Chris Brandt said…

Vick in new deal with Eagles

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 11 (UPI) — Michael Vick agreed to restructure his contract with the Philadelphia Eagles and be in “open competition” for the starting quarterback job, his new coach said.…

Ex-Cub Mark Grace heads to jail for DUI

PHOENIX, Feb. 11 (UPI) — Former Major League Baseball player Mark Grace reported to Maricopa County Jail Sunday to begin serving his four-month term for driving drunk. Grace, a first…

NBA: Minnesota 100, Cleveland 92

CLEVELAND, Feb. 11 (UPI) — Luke Ridnour put in 21 points and Nikola Pekovic notched a double-double for Minnesota Monday, helping the Timberwolves post a 100-92 win over Cleveland. Pekovic…

NHL: Minnesota 2, Calgary 1 (SO)

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 12 (UPI) — Mikko Koivu’s goal in the second round of a shootout Monday boosted the Minnesota Wild to their first road win of the season, 2-1…

4 Alabama football players arrested

TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Feb. 12 (UPI) — Four members of Alabama’s national championship football team allegedly assaulted and robbed two university students on campus, police statements say. Depositions filed by campus…

State of the Union: More troops may return home

State of the Union: More troops may return home

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) — President Obama was expected to say in his State of the Union speech Tuesday 34,000 U.S. troops will be home from Afghanistan by this time…

U.N. Security Council condemns N. Korea nuke test

U.N. Security Council condemns N. Korea nuke test

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 12 (UPI) — The U.N. Security Council Tuesday unanimously condemned North Korea’s latest nuclear test and promised “appropriate measures.” The condemnation by all 15 nations on…

Ship passengers face gross conditions

MOBILE, Ala., Feb. 12 (UPI) — Passengers aboard a disabled cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico are dealing with broken toilets and hot rooms as they wait to be…

Man can’t keep attorneys over threats

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 12 (UPI) — A Kentucky murder suspect is unable to find a lawyer to represent him at trial because he keeps threatening to kill them, the judge…

Ralph Stricker now faces more serious charge in death of horse

Ralph Stricker now faces more serious charge in death of horse

MASON CITY – A rural Mason City man is set to appear Wednesday in court in a case of animal neglect that occurred last week. Ralph Stricker, 89, now faces…

Home invader who got deferred judgement arrested after warrant issued (VIDEO)

Home invader who got deferred judgement arrested after warrant issued (VIDEO)

MASON CITY – Members of the North Iowa Drug Task Force and the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant Monday evening at 1616 South Carolina Avenue 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…

Wrestling to be dropped as olympic sport

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today agreed on the 25 sports it will propose to the 125th IOC Session for approval as the core sports…

ISAF’s Dunford, Afghanistan’s Karzai meet

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 12 (UPI) — U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, commander of coalition forces, reaffirmed NATO’s commitment Tuesday in a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The meeting was…

Iran may allow visit to Parchin base

TEHRAN, Feb. 12 (UPI) — Iran may consider allowing U.N. inspectors to visit the Parchin military base provided Iran’s nuclear rights are acknowledged, an Iranian official said. “We are ready…

Man allegedly fires into cars, kills child

OAKDALE, Minn., Feb. 12 (UPI) — Police in Oakdale, Minn., arrested a man accused of shooting at passing motorists, killing a 10-year-old boy and injuring two women. Police said the…

Removed cardinal to vote on new pope

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) — A Los Angeles cardinal removed over charges of concealing priest molestations will be able to vote on a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, a…

Senators ask court to uphold law defining marriage between a man and woman

Senators ask court to uphold law defining marriage between a man and woman

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) — Ten U.S. senators have filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a law that defines marriage as a union between a…

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…

9/11 hearings halted over privilege

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Feb. 12 (UPI) — The U.S. military judge in the Sept. 11, 2001, conspiracy case granted a defense request to halt pretrial hearings over concern about attorney-client…

U.S. “grateful” to Pope for his leadership of 1.2 billion Catholics

From the U.S. State Department – The United States is grateful to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for his leadership of and ministry to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. He…

NIACC sports weekly update

NIACC sports weekly update

Men’s basketball What’s next: The NIACC men’s basketball team (17-8 overall, 4-5 in the ICCAC) returns to action Wednesday at league-leading Iowa Lakes (18-5, 9-2). Game time is set for…

NATO strongly condemns North Korean nuclear test

We condemn in the strongest terms the test by North Korea of a nuclear weapon, conducted in flagrant violation of relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions. This irresponsible act, along…

Ragan: Iowa prisons are the largest mental health facilities in the state

Ragan: Iowa prisons are the largest mental health facilities in the state

From Sen. Amanda Ragan – State correction officials recently shared with the Senate Judiciary Committee that Iowa prisons are the largest mental health facilities in the state. More than 50…

Maj. Gen. Timothy E. Orr: Condition of the Iowa National Guard

Condition of the Iowa National Guard address to the Iowa General Assembly by Maj. Gen. Timothy E. Orr ———- Good morning Ladies and gentlemen – thank you for that wonderful…

Benefits extended to military same-sex partners

Benefits extended to military same-sex partners

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Monday signed a memo extending benefits to same-sex partners of military personnel. When the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy…