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KFC employee fired for licking potatoes

KFC employee fired for licking potatoes

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn., Feb. 19 (UPI) — A Tennessee KFC employee was fired after a photo showing her apparently licking some mashed potatoes went viral, a company spokesman said. KFC…

Child’s ‘finger gun’ suspension lifted

MANASSAS, Va., Feb. 19 (UPI) — Virginia school officials agreed to rescind a disciplinary note after parents complained about their child being suspended for mimicking a gun with his fingers.…

After complaint, MN pickle maker Gedney won’t call pickles “midgets”

After complaint, MN pickle maker Gedney won’t call pickles “midgets”

CRANSTON, R.I., Feb. 19 (UPI) — A U.S. pickle maker says it has agreed to stop calling a variety of small pickles “midgets” following a complaint by a Rhode Island…

Dow closes at nearly 5-year high

NEW YORK, Feb. 19 (UPI) — The Dow Jones closed at its highest level since October 2007 Tuesday as investors resumed trading on the New York Stock Exchange after a…

Three arrested on drug charges in Waterloo

From Waterloo police: On Sunday, February 17, 2013 at approximately 2:00 AM, Investigators with the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force conducted a search warrant at 1718 Cornwall Avenue. Investigators recovered…

NASA regains contact with space station

NASA regains contact with space station

HOUSTON, Feb. 19 (UPI) — NASA confirmed it lost direct contact with the International Space Station for about 3 hours Tuesday morning due to equipment failure. Communication between the space…

Religious group cries foul on gory SNL Jesus skit

NEW YORK – Did Saturday Night Live go too far? After a gory skit involving the resurrection of Jesus aired Saturday night, at least one religious group thinks so. “This…

Jack McCourt questions school board (VIDEO)

Jack McCourt questions school board (VIDEO)

MASON CITY – Outspoken school board critic Jack McCourt questioned the Mason City School Board on a range of issues at Monday evening’s meeting. Last summer, McCourt said of the…

McCready didn’t want to leave dog alone

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark., Feb. 19 (UPI) — Mindy McCready likely shot her dog before turning the gun on herself because she didn’t want to leave her pet alone at her…

U.S. Announces Additional Funding in Response to Syria Crisis

Today in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Syria Humanitarian Forum, U.S. Agency for International Development Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, Nancy Lindborg announced that the United States is…

Iowa man guilty of distributing child pornography and destroying evidence

SIOUX CITY – An Iowa man who distributed child pornography and destroyed evidence pled guilty on February 14, 2013, in federal court in Sioux City. Lennon Slade, age 27, from…

Ramos named Big 10 wrestler of the week

Ramos named Big 10 wrestler of the week

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior Tony Ramos has been named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. The weekly honor is the third…

Obama pressures Congress on sequester

Obama pressures Congress on sequester

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama turned up pressure on Congress Tuesday to work to avoid scheduled “meat cleaver” cuts in federal domestic and defense spending. Appearing…

Mason City School Board discusses funding difficulties, levy options (VIDEO)

Mason City School Board discusses funding difficulties, levy options (VIDEO)

MASON CITY – The Mason City School Board met Monday evening and discussed funding options for the future. Citing state mandated funding cuts, School Superintendent Anita Micich said she is…

U.S. official to travel to Southeast Asia to discuss strengthening U.S. economic relations in the region

Assistant Secretary Jose W. Fernandez will travel to Southeast Asia from February 21 to March 1 to discuss further strengthening U.S. economic relations in the region and enhancing economic and…

Snoozing in post office lands Mason City man in jail

Snoozing in post office lands Mason City man in jail

MASON CITY – Shortly after 7pm on Sunday evening Mason City police were dispatched on a report of suspicious subject at the post office. Police officers found 53-year-old John Curtis…

Weed in the blood, kids in the car enough for dad to serve 2 days

Weed in the blood, kids in the car enough for dad to serve 2 days

RURAL CERRO GORDO COUNTY – On April 23rd, 2012 a State Patrol Officer made a traffic stop in Cerro Gordo County on a vehicle driven by 27-year-old Vincent Allen Dowdell…

Israel’s PM says time has come for peace

JERUSALEM, Feb. 18 (UPI) — The time has come for Palestinians to recognize the Jewish state, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday. U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to the…

Man fired for allegedly slapping child

ATLANTA, Feb. 18 (UPI) — An Idaho man who was charged with assaulting a minor after allegedly slapping a crying toddler on an airplane has been fired, his employer said.…

Poll: N. Korea, Iran nukes are top threats

PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 18 (UPI) — Most Americans say nuclear weapon development in North Korea and Iran are critical threats to U.S. interests, a Gallup poll on potential threats indicated.…

2 GOP Hagel foes end nomination resistance

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) — Two top Senate Republicans said they will no longer hold up Senate confirmation for defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel even though they find him unsuitable.…

Woman allegedly bites off man’s tongue

CHICAGO, Feb. 18 (UPI) — A Valentine’s date in Chicago ended up bloody after a woman allegedly bit off part of her boyfriend’s tongue when he kissed her after a…

Al-Qaida group claims Baghdad bombings

BAGHDAD, Feb. 18 (UPI) — An al-Qaida group said Monday it was behind simultaneous attacks in Baghdad that killed 21 people and wounded 125. The group, called the Islamic State…

Tsunami debris mars Alaska’s coastline

JUNEAU, Alaska, Feb. 18 (UPI) — Debris that floated across the Pacific Ocean after Japan’s 2011 tsunami has piled up on Alaska’s shores, causing a huge clean-up problem, official say.…

Peterson seeks overturned conviction

JOLIET, Ill., Feb. 18 (UPI) — Some intense legal maneuvering could be on the horizon as a former suburban Chicago police officer tries to get his murder conviction overturned, lawyers…

Reader’s Digest files for Chapter 11

NEW YORK, Feb. 18 (UPI) — RDA Holding, parent company of Reader’s Digest magazine, has filed for Chapter 11 protection with plans to turn debt into equity, court papers said.…

Paul: 2014 decision on presidential run

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says he won’t make a decision until next year about whether to seek the party’s nomination for president. “We won’t make…

Most places named after Washington

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) — A survey of the Census Bureau’s geographic database found George Washington has the most places named after him in the United States, officials said. To…

Police bust cockfight operation

ALVARADO, Texas, Feb. 18 (UPI) — More than 100 birds were confiscated and nearly $3,000 in cash was seized after police broke up a cockfight near Alvarado, Texas, officials said.…

Feds bust drug money laundering ring

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 18 (UPI) — U.S. law enforcement officials said they broke up an international money laundering ring allegedly operated by a prominent Mexican drug cartel. The group operating…

Child found in car after 100 mph chase

GRANDVIEW, Mo., Feb. 18 (UPI) — A man faces possible child endangerment charges after he led Grandview, Mo., police on a 100 mph car chase with an unrestrained 2-year-old child…

Britain calls for arms for Syrian rebels

BRUSSELS, Feb. 18 (UPI) — Britain’s foreign minister appeared to be supported only by France Monday when he called on European Union countries to arm rebels in Syria, officials said.…

Alcohol involved in Iowa man’s death

MADISON COUNTY – An alleged drunk driver contributed to an Iowa man’s death earlier this month after rear-ending his pickup truck. A report from the Iowa State Patrol indicates that…

ChristianMingle.com used in rape case

LA MESA, Calif., Feb. 18 (UPI) — A California man was arrested after allegedly raping a woman he met on a Christian dating website, police said. Sean Patrick Banks, 37,…

Changes for Iowans on Medicare now taking place

Important changes are taking place for Iowans on Medicare in 2013. “Some of the most significant changes relate to mental health coverage,” says Kris Gross from the state of Iowa’s…

Economic Outlook: The key to Keystone

By ANTHONY HALL The answer to the U.S. economic morass lies under our feet, literally, some would say. The country was built on hydropower, which was so cheap once that…

Gallup: Americans’ satisfaction up a bit

PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 18 (UPI) — Slightly more than a quarter of Americans say they’re satisfied with the way things are going in the United States today, up slightly from…

WCBS-TV anchor allegedly chokes wife

NEW YORK, Feb. 18 (UPI) — WCBS-TV, New York, news anchor Rob Morrison was arrested and charged with attempting to strangle his wife at their Connecticut home, the TV station…

Indiana back to No. 1 for third time

MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 18 (UPI) — Indiana is again the No. 1 team in the USA Today Coaches’ basketball poll after a sixth consecutive week in which the previous top-ranked…

Colorado House OKs gun control package

DENVER, Feb. 18 (UPI) — The Colorado House Monday voted in favor of a package of gun-control measures, including a ban on concealed weapons on college campuses. Other bills in…

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