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Remarks by Acting Secretary Neal Wolin on current condition of U.S. economy

WASHINGTON – It is great to be here with you all to discuss the important decisions we face as a nation and to talk about the President’s proposals to strengthen…

BP heads to court in 2010 oil spill

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) — The case against BP in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is set to go to trial but the New York Times said Saturday government…

Homeless man returns diamond ring

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Feb. 23 (UPI) — Almost $100,000 has been collected for a homeless man in Kansas City, Mo., who returned a diamond ring a woman mistakenly dropped into…

Boy calls 911 to protest bedtime

BROCKTON, Mass., Feb. 23 (UPI) — A 10-year-old Massachusetts boy got a stern lecture from police after calling 911 because he didn’t like his mother’s order for an 8 p.m.…

Cops find 100 bags of drugs in man’s anus

TRENTON, N.J., Feb. 24 (UPI) — A Bloods gang member was arrested after New Jersey police allegedly found 100 bags of heroin hidden in his anus, police said. Rasoul Speight,…

The almanac

By UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Today is Monday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2013 with 309 to follow. The moon is full. The morning stars are Neptune, Venus and Saturn.…

Group upset by Geico’s ‘bestiality’ ad

Group upset by Geico’s ‘bestiality’ ad

TUPELO, Miss., Feb. 25 (UPI) — A conservative  website is objecting to a Geico ad for depicting “bestiality” in the form of showing a pig on a date with a…

‘Argo,’ Lee, Lawrence win top Oscars

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) — First lady Michelle Obama announced via video from Washington Sunday that Ben Affleck’s Iran-set thriller “Argo” had won the Best Picture Oscar. The movie…

Janet Jackson: Wedding was quiet, private

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) — U.S. pop star Janet Jackson confirmed Monday she married Qatari businessman Wissam Al Mana last year. “The rumors regarding an extravagant wedding are simply…

Auto Outlook: Detroit reliability improves

The Chicago Auto Show wrapped up a 10-day run Presidents’ Day and while final attendance numbers aren’t in, organizers said it remains the best attended auto show in the United…

Economic reports for the week

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) — Economic reports due this week include the second estimate of the U.S. fourth-quarter gross domestic product and January’s consumer spending data. Those reports are due…

Chicago grains mostly lower Monday

CHICAGO, Feb. 25 (UPI) — Grains closed mostly lower Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade with the dollar index higher and equities lower on Wall Street. Corn was off…

Dow tumbles Monday

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes losses accelerated Monday, after starting with gains that evaporated by midday. Analysts have said markets are due for a correction, defined…

Conference Board to meet Tuesday at City Hall

Conference Board to meet Tuesday at City Hall

MASON CITY – The Mason City Conference Board will be meeting on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Conference Room at City Hall. A public…

ISU’s Saina wins three titles Sunday at Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships

ISU’s Saina wins three titles Sunday at Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships

AMES, Iowa – Betsy Saina did something Sunday at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships that no Iowa State men’s or women’s track and field track athlete, even…

UI Baseball: Brand’s 2-Run Double Lifts Iowa

UI Baseball: Brand’s 2-Run Double Lifts Iowa

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Junior Keith Brand’s two-run double in the eighth inning lifted the University of Iowa baseball team to a 4-2 victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi in…

Sec. of State John Kerry’s remarks today from London

From John Kerry, Secretary of State Foreign and Commonwealth Office London, United Kingdom February 25, 2013 FOREIGN SECRETARY HAGUE: Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a great honor to welcome the 68th…

Dominican Republic Independence Day observed by U.S.

From John Kerry, Secretary of State Washington, DC February 25, 2013 On behalf of President Barack Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the Dominican Republic on…

No assault in case of injured person Monday morning

No assault in case of injured person Monday morning

MASON CITY – NIT was asked Monday morning to follow up on reports that a person was stabbed on the city’s North End earlier Monday. At this time, information points…

Mason City felon in jail for domestic violence

Mason City felon in jail for domestic violence

MASON CITY – A Mason City man and convicted felon is in jail on an enhanced felony charge of domestic assault. Brady Joe Hunt, 32, was arrested following an incident…

Pope gives final blessings at St. Peter’s

VATICAN CITY, Feb. 24 (UPI) — Pope Benedict XVI delivered his final public blessing Sunday at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, saying he will take up life of prayer.…

Congressman: U.S. is losing cyberwar with China

Congressman: U.S. is losing cyberwar with China

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (UPI) — Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the United States is losing the cyberwar with the Chinese government. “They…

Legislature may consider raising Iowa fuel tax

Legislature may consider raising Iowa fuel tax

DES MOINES – Even as the state of Iowa sits on a multi-billion dollar surplus, the state legislature is still pondering a hike in the state’s fuel tax. State highways…

White House: All 50 states will lose

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) — The White House, putting pressure on Republicans, issued a breakdown Sunday of the impact of the looming sequestration on each of the 50 U.S. states.…

Store fight ends with minor stab wounds

VISTA, Calif., Feb. 24 (UPI) — A fight in a California taco shop Sunday resulted in at least two men stabbed and others injured, police said. An argument involving more…

‘Chili finger lady’ allegedly in new hoax

MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 24 (UPI) — The woman who made up a story about finding a finger in her chili at Wendy’s is again facing a charge for lying to…

Online baby sale prank investigated

MANITOWOC, Wis., Feb. 24 (UPI) — Police took a Wisconsin teen’s idea of a joke seriously when he listed a baby for sale for $1,000 on Craigslist. The ad, which…

PGA Tour won’t ban putter anchoring

MARANA, Ariz., Feb. 24 (UPI) — The PGA Tour won’t follow the R&A and USGA in banning the anchoring of putters, Commissioner Tim Finchem announced Sunday. Finchem said such a…

2 hurt, 19 arrested at Chicago mall

CHICAGO, Feb. 24 (UPI) — Chicago police said they arrested 19 rowdy youths who shook things up in a Chicago mall Saturday before heading outside to jump on cars for…

Cardinal accused of inappropriate acts

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Feb. 24 (UPI) — Four current and former priests in Scotland have accused Catholic Cardinal Keith O’Brien of inappropriate acts, The Observer reported Saturday. The three current priests…

The Issue: Sequester ‘whoa’ or a ‘yikes’?

By NICOLE DEBEVEC The game of chicken over the across-the-board cuts in federal spending threatens to play out until the bitter end as both parties dig in to their respective…

Fact Sheet: Examples of How the Sequester Would Impact Middle Class Families, Jobs and Economic Security

From the White House – Unless Congress acts by March 1st, a series of automatic cuts—called a sequester—that threaten thousands of jobs and the economic security of the middle class…

Kerry embarks on 11-day foreign trip

Kerry embarks on 11-day foreign trip

LONDON, Feb. 24 (UPI) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited with British leaders Sunday, his first stop on his first overseas trip since taking the nation’s top diplomatic…