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Meteorite fragments hit Siberia; 950 hurt

MOSCOW, Feb. 15 (UPI) — A hail of meteorite fragments hit Russia’s Chelyabinsk region Friday, injuring at least 950 people, officials said. The meteorite, which weighed about 10 tons, broke…

Boy sickened after eating illegal brownies

DELAND, Fla., Feb. 15 (UPI) — A Central Florida middle school student was hospitalized after eating brownies laced with marijuana that had been brought to the school, officials said. Volusia…

Market gains slip away Friday

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes closed mostly lower Friday despite steady consumer confidence and recent merger announcements. Computer company Dell, American Airlines and US Airways and…

NHL: Colorado 4, Minnesota 3 (SO)

NHL: Colorado 4, Minnesota 3 (SO)

ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 14 (UPI) — Matt Duchene scored the tying goal late in regulation and then added the game-winner in a shootout Thursday, lifting the Colorado Avalanche over…

GM: Redskins won’t change their name

GM: Redskins won’t change their name

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) — General Manager Bruce Allen said the Washington Redskins are proud of their name and have no intention of changing it despite increased criticism. A long-running…

Packers release Charles Woodson

Packers release Charles Woodson

GREEN BAY, Wis., Feb. 15 (UPI) — The Green Bay Packers Friday released defensive back Charles Woodson, who went to the Pro Bowl four times as a Packer but played…

Iowa takes 14 titles at indoor meet

Iowa takes 14 titles at indoor meet

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Junior Ashlyn Gulvas set a school record to lead the University of Iowa track and field team to 14 first-place finishes at the Iowa Invite tonight…

NIACC hosts Southeastern in key ICCAC women’s contest

MASON CITY – The NIACC women’s basketball team hosts Southeastern Community College in an ICCAC contest Saturday. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. NIACC (14-12 overall) is in fourth place…

Newtown, CT man admits creating child porn; victim just 4 years old

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that EDWARD F. WILSON, 29, of Newtown, pleaded guilty today before United States Magistrate Judge Thomas P. Smith…

Gov. Branstad signs Senate File 106 into law

Gov. Branstad signs Senate File 106 into law

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad on Thursday signed the following legislation into law: Senate File 106: an Act updating the code references to the Internal Revenue Code and decoupling…

Anniversary of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s Assassination

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC February 14, 2013 Eight years ago today, former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was murdered together with 22 other victims by…

Sec. of State Kerry’s remarks to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Headquarters

Sec. of State Kerry’s remarks to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Headquarters

Remarks by John Kerry, Secretary of State Ronald Reagan Building Washington, DC February 15, 2013 —————————— Thank you very much. Thank you. So I just said to Raj, you had…

Iowa man killed while fleeing police; child severely injured

INDIANOLA – A Des Moines man was killed today as he fled a sheriff’s deputy near Indianola, Iowa. According to a report, at about 3:15 AM Friday, Jeremiah E. Johnson…

NIACC, ICCAC athletes can now compete at Drake Relays

DES MOINES – NIACC track and field athletes will now be able to compete in the Drake Relays. This year’s 104th Drake Relays are set for April 24-28 at Drake…

FBI describes Cedar Falls CEO Wassendorf’s $215 million scam

From the FBI – He was a successful CEO of his own futures brokerage firm and a respected member of his community, creating jobs and supporting local charities. Or so…

2 dead, 11 injured in violence in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Feb. 15 (UPI) — A police officer was shot to death, another was killed by an explosive device and 11 civilians were injured in separate incidents in Iraq, officials…

NIACC Volleyball Classic set for March 24

MASON CITY – NIACC will host a high school volleyball tournament on March 24 in the NIACC gym. The NIACC Classic volleyball tournament is open to any high school team…

Ventura man arrested for child porn

Ventura man arrested for child porn

MASON CITY – A Ventura man was arrested on a no bond federal warrant for receipt and possession of child pornography after a federal Indictment was unsealed on Brandon Lee…

Syrian shell falls in Turkish town

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 15 (UPI) — A mortar shell Turkish officials said was fired from Syria fell in the town of Yayladagi in Hatay province in southern Turkey. No casualties…

Iowa Senate approves 4% school funding increase for 2014-2015

Iowa Senate approves 4% school funding increase for 2014-2015

DES MOINES – The Democratically-controlled Iowa Senate approved on a party-line vote of 26-22 a 4% boost to school funding for grades K-12 for fiscal year 2014-2015.  Senate File 162…

Iowa edges Penn State, 74-72

Iowa edges Penn State, 74-72

State College, Pa. – Iowa had just enough Thursday night to slip by a pesky Penn State squad who hadn’t won a Big Ten game all season. Iowa earned its…

Branstad, other elected officials send letter to IOC regarding the elimination of wrestling from olympics

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today joined Iowa’s Congressional Delegation in penning a letter to the International Olympic Committee asking them to reverse…

Four arrested in early morning traffic stop

Four arrested in early morning traffic stop

MASON CITY – Four men were arrested and taken to the Cerro Gordo County Jail following a traffic stop at the intersection of SE 4th Street and College Drive shortly…

House fire now ruled arson; juveniles charged (UPDATED)

House fire now ruled arson; juveniles charged (UPDATED)

MASON CITY – A house fire reported Thursday evening in Mason City has now been ruled arson and two juveniles have been charged. Thursday at about 5:15 pm, the Mason…

Serial killer used razor in suicide

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Feb. 14 (UPI) — A razor was mistakenly given to jailed serial killer Israel Keyes, the Alaska Department of Correction admitted, who used the blade to commit suicide.…

Throat-slashing mom found not guilty

SCHERTZ, Texas, Feb. 14 (UPI) — A Texas woman who admitted to slashing her 13-year-old daughter’s throat was found not guilty for the attack by reason of insanity, officials said.…

Three die in Colorado stabbing incident

COLORADO SPRINGS, Feb. 14 (UPI) — Two children, ages 1 and 3, and a 22-year-old man are dead following a stabbing incident Wednesday, the El Paso County, Colo., Sheriff’s Office…

FDA urged to set safe soda sugar level

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) — A food advocacy group is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine a safe level of added sugar for beverages. Michael F. Jacobson,…

Man guilty of torture-killing

GREENSBURG, Pa., Feb. 14 (UPI) — A western Pennsylvania man was convicted of capital murder Thursday for his part in the torture and killing of a mentally challenged woman. Jurors…

Christopher Dorner’s body identified

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14 (UPI) — Fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner’s charred remains have been identified by dental records Thursday, authorities said. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck…

Suspects confess to raping tourists

ACAPULCO, Mexico, Feb. 14 (UPI) — Six suspects who allegedly raped a group of Spanish tourists in Acapulco, Mexico, have confessed to the crime, officials said. Attorney General Jesus Murillo…

LaPierre renews call for armed guards in every school

LaPierre renews call for armed guards in every school

NASHVILLE, Feb. 14 (UPI) — National Rifle Association Chief Executive Officer Wayne LaPierre Thursday renewed his call for armed personnel in every school in America. Speaking at the annual convention…

Former city comptroller sentenced

ROCKFORD, Ill., Feb. 14 (UPI) — A former comptroller for the city of Dixon, Ill., was sentenced Thursday to 19 years and seven months in federal prison for embezzling $53.7…

Protein blocks HIV, other deadly viruses

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they identified a protein with broad virus-fighting properties that potentially could be used as a weapon viruses such as HIV and…

Judge approves $400M Transocean plea deal

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 14 (UPI) — A federal judge approved Transocean’s plea agreement on criminal charges in the massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the U.S. Justice Department said. Transocean…

Six Flags sued by disabled Texas man

ARLINGTON, Texas, Feb. 14 (UPI) — A Texas man suing the Six Flags amusement park in Arlington said he was unfairly barred from a ride he had ridden in the…

Man charged for taking hostages at school

CHELSEA, Ala., Feb. 14 (UPI) — A 21-year-old man has been arrested and charged for a hostage situation at a middle school in Alabama’s Shelby County, officials said. Ryan Matthew…

Son accused of killing, beheading father

SYDNEY, Feb. 14 (UPI) — An Australian man has been arrested and charged for allegedly beheading his father in southwest Sydney Thursday morning, officials said. Khoder Zahab, 42, was arrested…