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Obama plays golf with Woods

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla., Feb. 17 (UPI) — President Obama played golf at an exclusive Florida golf club Sunday with professional Tiger Woods, the White House said. The Floridian, a…

Baseball: Iowa drops rubber game to Austin Peay, 6-1

Baseball: Iowa drops rubber game to Austin Peay, 6-1

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The Austin Peay pitching staff held the University of Iowa baseball team to just one run Sunday to lead the Governors to a 6-1 victory over the…

Cyclones Shutout Eastern Michigan, 39-0

Cyclones Shutout Eastern Michigan, 39-0

YPSILANTI, Mich. – The No. 22 Iowa State wrestling team (9-4 overall, 1-2 Big 12) picked-up its first shutout of the 2012-13 season Sunday afternoon, defeating Eastern Michigan (7-13 overall,…

Iowa crushes Minnesota, 72-51

Iowa crushes Minnesota, 72-51

IOWA CITY – The Iowa men’s basketball team fell into a huge early hole against the Minnesota Golden Gophers Sunday afternoon, but you’d never know it looking at the final…

Tebow to speak at anti-gay church

DALLAS, Feb. 17 (UPI) — New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, noted for his sideline prayers during games, will speak to a controversial Texas pastor’s congregation, the church said. Tebow…

COL BKB: Wisconsin 71, Ohio State 49

MADISON, Wis., Feb. 17 (UPI) — Ben Brust’s double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds Sunday helped power No. 19 Wisconsin over 14th-ranked Ohio State 71-49. Jared Berggren supplied 15…

No more NATO airstrikes in residential Afghan neighborhoods

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 17 (UPI) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s request that Afghan forces stop requesting international airstrikes in residential areas will be honored, U.S. officials said. “We can continue…

Field thins by one to replace Jackson Jr.

CHICAGO, Feb. 17 (UPI) — An Illinois state senator has dropped out of a primary contest to fill Jesse Jackson Jr.’s congressional seat and said she’s endorsing one of her…

Left, right process risk differently

EXETER, England, Feb. 16 (UPI) — British researchers suggest liberals and conservatives use different parts of the brain when they assess risk and this is linked to their political leanings.…

Ragan: “A high-quality, affordable college education should be an option for every qualified Iowa student”

Ragan: “A high-quality, affordable college education should be an option for every qualified Iowa student”

From Sen. Amanda Ragan – I believe Iowa’s public universities are some of the best in the country. They help expand Iowa’s middle class, grow our economy, provide an excellent…

Rock Falls Lounge liquor license suspended

ROCK FALLS – The Iowa Alcohol Beverage Division has imposed two $1,500 fines against the Rock Falls Lounge located at 3 East Mill Street in Rock Falls for serving minors…

World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef files lawsuit over solitary

World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef files lawsuit over solitary

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) — Convicted terrorist Ramzi Yousef filed a lawsuit seeking release from solitary confinement in a high-security U.S. prison. Yousef, 44, has been in solitary for 15…

Iowa woman dead after fiery crash

UNION COUNTY – An Iowa woman is dead after a fiery crash on a desolate gravel road late Friday. The incident took place Friday at about 11:40 PM in Union…

OBIT: Delbert and Mary Lou Laudner

OBIT: Delbert and Mary Lou Laudner

LAUDNER, DELBERT and MARY LOU Mary Lois (Wilson) Laudner of El Cajon, CA, died November 24, 2012. She was born September 20, 1924 in Charles City, Iowa the daughter of…

Actor Joaquin Phoenix simulates drowning for PETA ad

Actor Joaquin Phoenix simulates drowning for PETA ad

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 16 (UPI) — U.S. actor Joaquin Phoenix said he simulates the act of drowning for a PETA ad to show the “slow, painful” death for fish when they’re…

Top 1% see income increase 11.2%; bottom 99% see wages decline

BERKELEY, Calif., Feb. 16 (UPI) — Wages grew 11.2 percent for top U.S. earners as the economy recovered in 2011, but fell 0.4 percent for all others, an economics researcher…

Obama sparks debate on pennies

Obama sparks debate on pennies

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama said he is open to the idea of eliminating the penny, but experts say that’s not a good idea. During a…

Protesters tear down Lenin statue

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 16 (UPI) — Police have charged activists who dismantled a statue of communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin in the Sumy region of Ukraine, officials said. The group of…

Mardi Gras beatings investigated

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 15 (UPI) — A videotaped encounter between white state troopers and two young black men during New Orleans’ Mardi Gras should be investigated, a civil rights group…

Jesse Jackson Jr. to plead guilty

CHICAGO, Feb. 16 (UPI) — Former U.S congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will plead guilty to charges he misused campaign finds for personal purposes, his attorney said. Lawyer Brian Heberlig issued…

U.N. calls on Syria to end sexual violence

DAMASCUS, Syria, Feb. 16 (UPI) — A senior U.N. official on called on both sides of the conflict in Syria to put an end to all forms of sexual violence.…

Plane intercepted near Obama vacation spot

PALM CITY, Fla., Feb. 16 (UPI) — U.S. officials said a plane was escorted from restricted air space in Florida, where President Obama is spending President’s Day weekend at a…

Steckman: House approved $11.6 million in mental health transition funds

Steckman: House approved $11.6 million in mental health transition funds

From Rep. Sharon Steckman – Some things I know now that I didn’t know before: – Any veteran from anywhere in the country is allowed to pay in-state tuition rates…

Obama urges ‘balanced approach’ on debt

Obama urges ‘balanced approach’ on debt

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday renewed his call for a “balanced approach” to reducing the federal debt, saying “we can’t just cut our way to…

ICE says it held off on monitoring tactics

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 (UPI) — U.S. immigration officials said they never put into effect a controversial plan to mine driver’s license databases to ferret out undocumented immigrants. An official with…

Squirrel hunt angers animal activists

HOLLEY, N.Y., Feb. 16 (UPI) — Animal rights activists have flooded rural western New York village officials with emails and calls in protest of a planned squirrel hunt, the officials…

Amazon accused of poor work conditions

BRUSSELS, Germany, Feb. 15 (UPI) — Online retailer Amazon’s Germany subsidiaries have been accused of providing terrible conditions for workers and using neo-Nazi guards to intimidate employees. The allegations against…

G20 pledges peace on currency front

MOSCOW, Feb. 16 (UPI) — A Group of 20 nations meeting in Moscow concluded Saturday with a pledge to focus monetary policy on domestic growth to steer away from a…

Upmeyer: “Legislation is focused on encouraging young Iowans to stay in Iowa”

Upmeyer: “Legislation is focused on encouraging young Iowans to stay in Iowa”

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer – The fifth week has wrapped up at the Capitol and we remain committed to running a focused and efficient legislative session. We are working hard…

First Carnival passenger sues

MIAMI, Feb. 16 (UPI) — A Texas woman filed the first lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines hours after the crippled Carnival Triumph arrived in Mobile, Ala., her lawyer says. Cassie…

Florida lawyer charged with ship slaying

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla., Feb. 16 (UPI) — Florida police have arrested a lawyer for allegedly killing his ex-wife during an Italian cruise and dumping her body overboard in 2006. Lonnie…

Man allegedly slaps child on flight

ATLANTA, Feb. 16 (UPI) — An Idaho man was charged with assaulting a minor after allegedly slapping a crying toddler on an airplane and calling the boy a racial epithet.…

Karzai to limit NATO airstrikes

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 16 (UPI) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday he plans to prohibit Afghan ground forces from requesting NATO airstrikes “on Afghan homes or Afghan villages.” Karzai…

Stebens’ Winter Carnival to be held Feb. 22

Stebens’ Winter Carnival to be held Feb. 22

MASON CITY – A trivia contest, a king’s cake with prizes, and music by Little Bluestem will highlight the Winter Carnival fundraiser for Stebens Children’s Theatre. The Mardi Gras-like event…

Walking School Bus Program will Resume in March

(Mason City) – The Walking School Bus Program is encouraging adults to volunteer to walk students to school in the Mason City Community Schools Districts for the Spring 2013 Session.…

Poll: Small businesses can’t find workers

PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 16 (UPI) — Fifty-three percent of U.S. small-business owners said in January they had difficulty finding the qualified employees they needed, a survey indicated. The Wells Fargo/Gallup…

Report: FBI looking into Sen. Menendez

WASHINGTON, N.J., Feb. 16 (UPI) — The FBI is investigated allegations that U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., had sex with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, The Washington Post reported. Citing…

Iran’s ayatollah renounces nuclear weapons

Iran’s ayatollah renounces nuclear weapons

TEHRAN, Feb. 16 (UPI) — Iran’s supreme ayatollah said Saturday his nation was not developing nuclear weapons and was in favor of banning the bomb worldwide. Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei…

Waldorf Choir Presents Choral Masterwork Concert February 25

Waldorf Choir Presents Choral Masterwork Concert February 25

Forest City, Iowa – The Waldorf College Choir will present its first annual Choral Masterwork Concert on Monday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City.…

Panthers Win Fifth Straight, Defeat Drake, 71-64

Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications – DES MOINES, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team knocked down 13 three-pointers in a 71-64 win over intra-state rival Drake Saturday…