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Minnesota legislator says being gay is “an unhealthy, sexual addiction”

Minnesota legislator says being gay is “an unhealthy, sexual addiction”

ST. PAUL – A Minnesota legislator doesn’t think very highly of the gay and lesbian lifestyle. Striking back at legislation introduced in the Minnesota Legislature this week for marriage equality,…

Gov. Branstad signs Senate File 91, Senate File 110 into law

Gov. Branstad signs Senate File 91, Senate File 110 into law

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad today signed the following bills into law today: Senate File 91: an Act increasing civil penalties applicable to specified pipeline safety violations. Senate File 110:…

Mason City woman headed to prison

Mason City woman headed to prison

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman plead guilty this week to felony unauthorized use of a credit card and will go to prison for five years. Brenda Leah Askildson,…

Labor group approves of Iowa Senate’s expansion of Medicaid

DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the Iowa Senate Human Resources Committee’s vote to expand Medicaid: “On behalf of the members…

School cancelled in Mason City on Friday

School cancelled in Mason City on Friday

From the Mason City School District – With the girls’ basketball team winning the first round game at the Girl’s State Basketball Tournament on Wednesday evening, Mason City Community School…

Nurse guilty of sex acts on quadriplegic

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J., Feb. 27 (UPI) — A male New Jersey nurse was convicted Wednesday of performing oral sex on a quadriplegic man who is unable to speak. Jurors spent…

Kerry: U.S. wants to hasten Assad’s fall

ROME, Feb. 28 (UPI) — Washington and allies plan new ways of speeding the Syrian regime’s fall, Secretary of State John Kerry said before an 11-nation conference with the opposition.…

China says rural poor down 19 percent

BEIJING, Feb. 27 (UPI) — Rural China’s poorest — those making less the $370 a year — fell 19 percent from 2011 to 2012, thanks to higher government spending, government…

Feinstein argues for assault weapon ban; Grassley opposed

Feinstein argues for assault weapon ban; Grassley opposed

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, outlining her proposal in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, argued a new assault weapon ban is necessary to reduce gun violence.…

Ragan, other Iowa Senators say they won’t give up on expanding health insurance to uninsured Iowans

Ragan, other Iowa Senators say they won’t give up on expanding health insurance to uninsured Iowans

Statement by Senators Pam Jochum, Amanda Ragan, and Jack Hatch after meeting today with Governor Branstad on the prospect of helping 150,000 uninsured Iowans – We asked for a meeting…

Toddler drank Drano in alleged meth lab

MILTON, Fla., Feb. 27 (UPI) — A Florida woman whose toddler drank drain cleaner allegedly used in making methamphetamine faces criminal charges. Victoria Lauren Cain, 27, was arrested after her…

GM says it did not request CEO raise

DETROIT, Feb. 28 (UPI) — U.S. automaker General Motors denied it had asked the government for a 20 percent raise for Chief Executive Officer Dan Akerson. “Reports that General Motors…

Survey: U.S. firms expect investment rise

BEIJING, Feb. 27 (UPI) — U.S. companies in South China expect a 40 percent jump in investments in the region to $16.5 billion over the three years, a survey said.…

It may be educational, but what is that TV show really teaching your preschooler?

It may be educational, but what is that TV show really teaching your preschooler?

AMES, Iowa – Most parents carefully select what television programs and movies their children can watch. But a study in the latest Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology found that even educational shows…

Japanese domestic auto production drops

TOKYO, Feb. 27 (UPI) — The total units made by eight major Japanese automakers for their domestic market fell 10.6 percent year-on-year in January to 714,580, the companies said. The…

Pandora to cap non-paying listening

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 27 (UPI) — U.S. streaming radio service Pandora announced Wednesday it will introduce a cap on free mobile listening as it struggles with rising music royalty rates.…

World’s tallest hotel opens in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 28 (UPI) — JW Marriott has opened the doors to what it calls the tallest hotel in the world, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai in…

More older workers plan to keep working

CHICAGO, Feb. 27 (UPI) — Six-of-10 U.S. workers age 60 or older would look for a new job once they retired from their current job, a nationwide survey found. In…

Civil trial under way over BP oil spill

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 27 (UPI) — Testimony began this week in a civil trial to determine how to share the blame for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf…

Coach jailed for tripping child player

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 27 (UPI) — A Canadian hockey coach captured on video tripping a young player has been sentenced to 15 days in jail, officials say. Martin Tremblay,…

Bears’ Webb arrested on pot charge

FOREST LAKE, Ill., Feb. 27 (UPI) — Chicago Bears offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb is facing a marijuana possession charge, authorities say. KFVS-TV, Cape Girardeau, Mo., reported Webb was arrested by…

Man gets 15 years for prostitution ring

MIAMI, Feb. 27 (UPI) — A Miami Beach man has been sentenced to 15 years in a Florida prison for using physical violence on a woman he forced into prostitution.…

Man sentenced to 27 years in prison for sexual bondage of a 15-year-old girl

BALTIMORE — A man from Parkville, Md., was sentenced Tuesday to 27 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for conspiracy to produce child pornography and for transporting…

FTC complaints set record in 2012

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) — The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said it handled more than 2 million complaints in 2012, setting a record, with 18 percent of those involving identity…

Cyclones Down Jayhawks 83-68

Cyclones Down Jayhawks 83-68

AMES, Iowa – There would be no Kansas comeback this time. Chelsea Poppens scored 22 points, Hallie Christofferson tallied 20 and Anna Prins added 19 as No. 23 Iowa State…

4 Alabama footballers dismissed from team

TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Feb. 27 (UPI) — Four University of Alabama football team members were dismissed following arrests related to campus robberies, head Coach Nick Saban said Wednesday. Saban said defensive…