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ICE arrests El Salvadoran national fugitive wanted for raping a child

ICE arrests El Salvadoran national fugitive wanted for raping a child

BALTIMORE – An El Salvadoran national residing in Hyattsville, Md., wanted in Santa Barbara, Calif., for aggravated sexual assault on a child under 14 years of age and forcible rape…

Op-ed: Bookmeyer: A profile in incompetence; an attack on normalcy

Op-ed: Bookmeyer: A profile in incompetence; an attack on normalcy

Op-ed by Peter Children of Mason City – Comes now Eric Bookmeyer; problem drinker, some time trouble maker in Clinton, Iowa where he and his physician wife migrated from. No…

King Votes in Support of Violence Against Women Act

King Votes in Support of Violence Against Women Act

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement on Thursday after voting in support of the House version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization of 2013…

MN man found guilty of sticking-up Klemme Town Mart

MN man found guilty of sticking-up Klemme Town Mart

GARNER – On Nov. 25th, 2011 the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call to report an armed robbery at the Klemme Town Mart. After investigation by the Hancock…

Mohawk girls lose to Dowling, 50-43

Mohawk girls lose to Dowling, 50-43

DES MOINES – Mason City lead Dowling Catholic 38-33 after 3 quarters of play in a state basketball semifinal game Friday afternoon. A fourth quarter with no field goals was…

Southeast Polk advances to girls 5A title game

MASON CITY – After a 25-year wait, Southeast Polk is back in the state championship game. Southeast Polk used a big run in the first half to get the lead,…

Mission to space station has orbit problem

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 1 (UPI) — A Dragon supply capsule launched from Florida Friday morning atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is experiencing problems in orbit, SpaceX said. The…

Man who killed mother of 5 denied freedom by Branstad

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad denied the following an application for commutation for Harry Sisco, age 78. Siscocommitted his crime on April 2, 1991, in Scott County.  He…

Waverly girls bounced from state tournament Friday

DES MOINES – A group of youngsters came through at the end for Harlan and helped put the Cyclones in the Class 4A championship game. Liz Riessen, the only senior…

Man wanted for Waterloo meth lab fire captured hiding out in Mason City

Man wanted for Waterloo meth lab fire captured hiding out in Mason City

MASON CITY – The Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force had been on the hunt for 22-year-old Terry Lee Kiefer since the morning of February 16th after he fled the scene…

Branstad issues statement on Iowa’s move into the top 10 healthiest states ranking

Branstad issues statement on Iowa’s move into the top 10 healthiest states ranking

Gov. Terry E. Branstad on Thursday issued the following statement upon learning Iowa had moved into the top 10 in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®. Iowa increased 0.7 points to 68.1…

Iowa AFL-CIO: Iowa Stands to Lose Massive Funding for Education, Healthcare and Public Safety from Sequester Cuts

Iowa AFL-CIO: Iowa Stands to Lose Massive Funding  for Education, Healthcare and Public Safety from Sequester Cuts

Iowa AFL-CIO says Republicans take economy hostage to protect tax loopholes for corporations and wealthy – Des Moines Iowa, February 28, 2013 A report from the Senate Appropriations Committee shows…

Sec. of State Kerry’s remarks on war in Syria

Remarks by John Kerry Secretary of State Villa Madama Rome, Italy February 28, 2013 SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon again. I just have a very brief statement, then I’m happy to take…

No injuries in NATO base attack

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 28 (UPI) — No injuries were reported when a coalition military base in southern Afghanistan was attacked by rocket fire Thursday, a military official said. A British…

Manning pleads guilty to gov’t data leak

FORT MEADE, Md., Feb. 28 (UPI) — The U.S. Army private accused of leaking sensitive data to WikiLeaks, pleaded guilty to 10 charges Thursday and agreed to serve 20 years…

Ill. man ordered to write lynching essay

CHICAGO, Feb. 28 (UPI) — An Illinois man who put a noose around the neck of an African-American teenager has been ordered to write an essay about lynching, officials say.…

Hairstylists in court over lotto ticket

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 28 (UPI) — A group of hairstylists appeared in an Indianapolis court over a $9.5 million lottery ticket they say their co-worker is trying to keep for herself.…

Man charged with killing, cutting up mom

NEW YORK, Feb. 28 (UPI) — A young New York man was charged Wednesday with killing his mother, cutting up her body and dumping the remains in the Bronx. A…

Benedict officially resigns as pope

Benedict officially resigns as pope

VATICAN CITY, Feb. 28 (UPI) — Benedict XVI officially resigned as pope Thursday evening, leaving the Roman Catholic Church without a pontiff for the time being. The moment was marked…

Missing boy found safe, protected by pit bull

CUSTER, S.D., Feb. 28 (UPI) — A South Dakota toddler who went missing from his back yard was found safe, police said, adding he was protected by his pet pit…

MN Woman Indicted for Child Abuse

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for child abuse. Alex White Eyes, age 23,…

Inmate’s hunger strike in second year

TRENTON, N.J., Feb. 28 (UPI) — As a New Jersey inmate’s hunger strike enters its second year, officials who have gone to court to keep him alive say they are…

U.S. OKs direct non-lethal aid to rebels

ROME, Feb. 28 (UPI) — The United States, for the first time, will provide food and medical support directly to to anti-government rebels in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry…

Woodward: White House email was threatening

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) — Veteran journalist Bob Woodward, half of The Washington Post’s famous Watergate team, says he received a threatening email from a senior White House aide. In…

Ragan: Iowa must expand worker-training programs

Ragan: Iowa must expand worker-training programs

From Senator Amanda Ragan – Iowa businesses need skilled workers to compete and grow. Studies show that in the next five years, 62 percent of all Iowa jobs—that’s 1.1 million…

Frat raises $19,000 for transgender member

BOSTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) — Members of a fraternity at Boston’s Emerson College say they have raised nearly $20,000 for a transgender member to get reconstructive chest surgery. Phi Alpha…

Trial date set for Fort Hood shooter

FORT HOOD, Texas, Feb. 28 (UPI) — A military judge Thursday set July 1 as the trial date for Nidal Hasan, who is charged in the 2009 massacre at Fort…

Senate rejects sequester bills

Senate rejects sequester bills

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) — The U.S. Senate Thursday rebuffed two proposals to head off sequestration, meaning $85 billion in automatic spending cuts will begin to roll out. The Hill…

U.S. to court: California’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

U.S. to court: California’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) — The Obama administration Thursday told the U.S. Supreme Court California’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The administration said the ban in California’s Proposition 8…

Vegas Strip shooting suspect arrested

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 28 (UPI) — Ammar Harris was arrested and jailed in Los Angeles Thursday in a shooting that claimed three lives on the Las Vegas Strip last week,…

2 guilty of torturing, killing elderly man

NOTTINGHAM, England, March 1 (UPI) — Two young men were convicted Thursday of killing a retiree in eastern England after torturing him with boiling water to get him to turn…

U.S. mortgage rates shift lower

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were lower after a four-week stall, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. said Thursday. Rates for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages dropped from…

U.S. markets fade late in session

NEW YORK, Feb. 28 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes gains faded late Thursday despite an upward revision in the fourth quarter gross domestic product. The Commerce Department pushed its estimate…

Grains close higher Thursday

CHICAGO, Feb. 28 (UPI) — Grains closed higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade, taking a cue from equity markets that looked to extend a rally most of the…

Chicago business barometer rises

CHICAGO, Feb. 28 (UPI) — The Chicago Business Barometer rose to an 11-month high in February, the Institute for Supply Management said Thursday. The index, which covers business conditions in…

Twins catcher Mauer’s wife expecting twins

Twins catcher Mauer’s wife expecting twins

ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 28 (UPI) — Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer and wife Maddie say they are expecting twins. “Obviously, we’re both really excited and couldn’t be happier,” Joe…

Dennis Rodman joins Kim Jong Un for game

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 28 (UPI) — U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman joined North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a game between teams with both U.S. and North Korean…

Ex-WNBA player Chamique Holdsclaw indicted

ATLANTA, Feb. 28 (UPI) — Former women’s basketball star Chamique Holdsclaw has been charged in Georgia with assaulting WNBA player Jennifer Lacy. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said a…

NBA: Chicago 93, Philadelphia 82

CHICAGO, Feb. 28 (UPI) — Joakim Noah put together the third triple-double of his six-year career Thursday in boosting Chicago to a 93-82 triumph over Philadelphia. The Bulls snapped a…

NHL: Minnesota 4, Phoenix 3

NHL: Minnesota 4, Phoenix 3

GLENDALE, Ariz., March 1 (UPI) — Two goals from Dany Heatley helped Minnesota build a 4-1 lead Thursday and the Wild survived a late Phoenix charge to down the Coyotes…

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