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Grains mixed Wednesday

CHICAGO, Feb. 13 (UPI) — Corn futures turned lower, but wheat, soybeans and oats made headway on the Chicago Board of Trade Wednesday. Corn was off 3/4 to off 3…

Is climate change next for GOP?

By STEPHANIE YANG, MEDILL NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s plan to rebrand the Republican Party neglected to address a priority for the Obama…

Park: N. Korea heading for destruction

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (UPI) — South Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye told her advisers Wednesday North Korea’s nuclear ambitions could lead to its destruction, her staff says. Park, who takes office…

Ancient temple unearthed in Peru

LIMA, Feb. 13 (UPI) — Archaeologists in Peru say they’ve uncovered a 5,000-year-old temple near Lima at an ancient site known as El Paraiso. With 10 ruins, El Paraiso is…

Markets close mixed; Dow under 14,000

NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes closed mixed Wednesday, with the Dow slipping back below 14,000 after the Census Bureau said retail sales rose marginally in January.…

Colorado Senate pres.: ‘Please douse doobies’

DENVER, Feb. 13 (UPI) — The entire Senate chamber in the Colorado Capital smelled strongly of marijuana Wednesday, lawmakers said. John Morse, the Senate president, asked during the session, “Do…

Escher given deferred judgement in YMCA exposure case

Escher given deferred judgement in YMCA exposure case

MASON CITY – One of three men arrested on August 1st, 2012 after an incident at the Mason City YMCA and charged with indecent exposure was given a deferred judgement…

Woman charged with OWI in wake of traffic accident

Woman charged with OWI in wake of traffic accident

MASON CITY – A three car traffic accident last week on Mason City’s south side that involved injuries has lead to a charge of operating while intoxicated against a Mason…

For fourth straight year, Iowa 21st in football attendance

For fourth straight year, Iowa 21st in football attendance

IOWA CITY, Iowa — For the fourth straight season, the University of Iowa football program ranked 21st in the nation in attendance, averaging 70,747 per game in Kinnick Stadium in…

Hawkeye coach Brands: IOC dropping wrestling is “worse than death”

Hawkeye coach Brands: IOC dropping wrestling is “worse than death”

IOWA CITY -Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands at a press conference held Tuesday reacted to the International Olympic Committee’s decision to drop Olympics from the 2020 olympics. “First of all,…

U.S. awards $18 million to Afghan provinces that remain “poppy-free”

U.S. awards $18 million to Afghan provinces that remain “poppy-free”

From the U.S. State Department – On February 12, 2013, Afghanistan’s Minister for Counter Narcotics Zarar Moqbel Osmani and U.S. Embassy’s Coordinating Director for Rule of Law and Law Enforcement…

Man who performed sex acts on sleeping children gets 35 years

MONTGOMERY, AL—U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr., announced today that Kevin Darcy Golden, age 45, of Auburn, Alabama, was sentenced yesterday to 35 years in federal prison for producing child…

Military service members to get 1% pay raise next year

Military service members to get 1% pay raise next year

Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary George Little on Proposed 2014 Military Pay Raise – “The Department of Defense (DoD) will propose a one percent pay raise for service members in…

Iowa Federation of Labor reacts to post office announcement 5 day delivery

Iowa Federation of Labor reacts to post office announcement 5 day delivery

From Ken Sagar, President, Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO – “The Post Master General announced his intentions to stop Saturday mail delivery, except for packages. It is regrettable that the…

Minneapolis Man Sentenced for Distributing Child Pornography

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier in federal court in St. Paul, a 51-year-old Minneapolis man was sentenced for distributing child pornography. United States District Court Judge Donovan W. Frank sentenced Robert Andrew Gozola to…

Conservation Board Installs Fish Spawning Habitat Structures

Conservation Board Installs Fish Spawning Habitat Structures

By Mike Webb, Wildlife Area Manager, Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board – This winter (2012-13) Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board (CGCCB) staff installed eight pea gravel fish spawning habitat structures…

Results of the Cerro Gordo County Republican Central Committee election

Results of the Cerro Gordo County Republican Central Committee election

MASON CITY – The following four persons were elected to the Cerro Gordo County Republican Central Committee: Chair: Gabe Haugland Co-Chair: Clay Suskalow Treasurer: Al Winters Secretary: Pat Weydert “These are excellent people,” said…

Pappajohn’s Launch and Grow course now available

Pappajohn’s Launch and Grow course now available

MASON CITY – Launch and Grow Your Business is a course available at the NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center that helps the start-up and current entrepreneur. The course guides the…

Iowa State nutritionist says new rules for school vending machines are long overdue

Iowa State nutritionist says new rules for school vending machines are long overdue

AMES, Iowa – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing new federal rules for foods and beverages sold in school vending machines, stores or as ala carte items in the…

Ten Current and Former Law Enforcement Officers Among 15 Arrested for Protecting Drug Dealers in Federal Drug Trafficking Sting

ATLANTA—Seven Metro Atlanta Police officers, two former DeKalb County jail officers, a contract officer with Federal Protective Services, and five others have been charged with accepting thousands of dollars in…

Physical Therapist Assistant Program at NIACC Earns Accreditation through 2022

Physical Therapist Assistant Program at NIACC Earns Accreditation through 2022

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) since 1997…

55-year term for abuse of missing girl

MIAMI, Feb. 12 (UPI) — A Miami-area woman was sentenced to 55 years in prison Tuesday for abusing and kidnapping a foster child who vanished more than 10 years ago.…

North Korean Citizens Delighted at News of Nuclear Test

Pyongyang, February 12 (KCNA) — Citizens of Pyongyang were very delighted to hear the news about the successful 3rd underground nuclear test which was conducted on Tuesday. Many of them…

North Korea offers U.S. two choices in wake of nuclear weapon test

North Korea offers U.S. two choices in wake of nuclear weapon test

Pyongyang, February 12 (KCNA) — The DPRK Foreign Ministry released the following statement on Tuesday: The DPRK’s third nuclear test is a resolute step for self-defence taken by it to…

Grains mostly lower Tuesday

CHICAGO, Feb. 12 (UPI) — Grain futures prices closed mostly lower on the Chicago Board of Trade Tuesday as the dollar index dropped 0.42 percent on the International Exchange. Corn…

Markets close mixed

NEW YORK, Feb. 12 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes closed mixed with the Dow edging back above 14,000 Tuesday after the Group of Seven nations took a stand against currency…

First comes work, then comes marriage

CHICAGO, Feb. 13 (UPI) — Nearly 40 percent of U.S. workers in a survey indicated they had dated a co-worker at some point in their lives, CareerBuilder said Wednesday. In…

‘Huge consequences’ of climate change, Syrian crisis must be faced, Ban tells think tank

‘Huge consequences’ of climate change, Syrian crisis must be faced, Ban tells think tank

11 February 2013 – “Fighting rages. Sectarian hatred is on the rise. The catalogue of war crimes is mounting. Sexual violence is widespread,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking…