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Boy, 7, suspended over pastry shape

BALTIMORE, March 4 (UPI) — A Maryland father said it was “insanity” to suspend his 7-year-old son from school for chewing his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun.…

Market skid turns around in late trading

NEW YORK, March 4 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes turned higher Monday as investors put on the brakes, stopping an early slide to put the Dow index within reach of…

Grain futures mixed in Chicago Monday

CHICAGO, March 4 (UPI) — Grains were mixed on the Chicago Board of Trade Monday with soybeans posting gains and corn and wheat futures dropping lower. Corn was off 1…

NBA: Miami 97, Minnesota 81

NBA: Miami 97, Minnesota 81

MINNEAPOLIS, March 4 (UPI) — Dwyane Wade went 15-of-23 from the field en route to 32 points Monday and the Miami Heat won a team-record 15th straight game, 97-81 over…

Supervisors to take public input on budget, immediately vote on it, then consider their own raises

Supervisors to take public input on budget, immediately vote on it, then consider their own raises

MASON CITY – According to the agenda for the March 5th meeting of the Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors, the board will hold a public hearing on the county’s…

Another 6″-10″ of snow on the way for North Iowa area

Another 6″-10″ of snow on the way for North Iowa area

MASON CITY – The snow has already began to fall in Mason City, fresh off of about 2″ to 4″ in the area, with 6″ to 10″ more in the…

Pot can be detected in blood a month later

Pot can be detected in blood a month later

BETHESDA, Md., March 2 (UPI) — U.S. researchers said cannabinoids — psychoactive compounds of marijuana — can be detected in the blood of daily pot smokers during a month of…

Convicted drug dealer caught again, this time with a firearm

Convicted drug dealer caught again, this time with a firearm

MASON CITY – Convicted drug dealer Stephen Lee Smith, age 34, is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on a 200,000 cash or surety bond following a traffic…

Mankato man in jail for bashing girlfriend’s 4 yr. old son

MANKATO – A man who recently moved from Chicago to Mankato is now in jail on felony charges after allegedly going on a rampage on a four year-old boy he…

Roadways in North/Northeast Iowa Partially Covered by Ice and Snow

Roadways in North/Northeast Iowa Partially Covered by Ice and Snow

AMES, Iowa – March 4, 2013; 3:15 p.m. update – Roadways along the Iowa/Minnesota border, as well as parts of north central and northeast Iowa, are being reported by the…

NIACC basketball games moved to Wednesday

MASON CITY – The NIACC women’s and men’s basketball teams Region XI tournament games scheduled for Tuesday have been moved to Wednesday due to the anticipated upcoming storm across the…

Obama convenes 1st Cabinet meeting of term

Obama convenes 1st Cabinet meeting of term

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) — President Obama convened the first Cabinet meeting of his second term, welcoming familiar and new members and saying the agenda would focus on the sequester.…

Flacco signs NFL’s richest contract

OWINGS MILLS, Md., March 4 (UPI) — Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco signed a new contract Monday, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history. The agreement is reportedly for…

Elderly woman dies after nurse denies CPR

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., March 4 (UPI) — An elderly woman died at a California senior living facility after a nurse refused to give her CPR because it violated company policy, emergency…

Decapitated roosters found in cemetery

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 4 (UPI) — Residents of a Charlotte, N.C., neighborhood said someone placed several decapitated roosters on headstones at a cemetery, possibly part of a ritual. The rooster…

Fighting escalates in Homs, Syria

HOMS, Syria, March 4 (UPI) — Opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad said fighting in the central city of Homs escalated Monday, a day after high casualties in battles in…

Casey Anthony goes to bankruptcy court

TAMPA, Fla., March 4 (UPI) — Casey Anthony appeared in public, for the first time in more than two years, at her Tampa, Fla., bankruptcy hearing Monday. She waded through…

Iowa Wrestling — McDonough, St. John earn top preliminary seeds at Big Ten Championships

Iowa Wrestling — McDonough, St. John earn top preliminary seeds at Big Ten Championships

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior Matt and junior Derek St. John earned the top seed at their respective weight class when the Big Ten Championships preliminary seeds…

Iowa Senate President: Branstad’s health care plan provides “second-class health care”

Statement by Senate President Pam Jochum, Chair of the subcommittee on SF 71, Medicaid Expansion – “Governor Branstad’s plan would provide second-class health care to tens of thousands of working…

Public hearing to be held on proposed Mason City budget

Public hearing to be held on proposed Mason City budget

MASON CITY – A public hearing on a proposed budget for Mason City fiscal year 2014 will be held Tuesday night at the regular meeting of the city council. The…

Branstad unveils “Healthy Iowa Plan” today, offering health coverage for poor Iowans

Branstad unveils “Healthy Iowa Plan” today, offering health coverage for poor Iowans

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today unveiled the Healthy Iowa Plan that will cover all of the approximately 89,000 uninsured Iowans earning below 100…

Two-part Storm May Impact Iowa Travel Today and Tuesday

AMES, Iowa – March 4, 2013; 5 a.m. – A severe winter storm began overnight in extreme northern Iowa, southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The storm is expected to extend…

Arpaio out of hospital after fall

Arpaio out of hospital after fall

PHOENIX, March 3 (UPI) — Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the self-described “America’s toughest sheriff,” is out of the hospital after falling and breaking a shoulder bone. Arpaio, 80,…

Got a problem with gambling? Banning yourself is an option

DES MOINES – Iowans with a gambling problem – either with the lottery or casinos – have an option at their disposal to help themselves – self banning. The Iowa…

Karachi Shiite area bombing kills dozens

KARACHI, Pakistan, March 4 (UPI) — The toll from a huge bomb attack in Karachi, apparently targeting Pakistan’s minority Shiites, rose to at least 45 dead and 135 injured Monday,…

Man arrested after charging at deputies

LONGMONT, Colo., March 3 (UPI) — A Colorado man was stun-gunned and then arrested for allegedly charging at Boulder County sheriff’s deputies with a broom, officials said. John Sena, 56,…

Coordinated bombs hit Pakistan capital

KARACHI, Pakistan, March 3 (UPI) — At least 24 people, including women and children, were killed and several others were injured when a blast went off in Karachi Sunday, officials…

N. Korea preps for military drills

SEOUL, March 3 (UPI) — North Korea is moving to hold dueling military exercises in the East Sea as U.S. and South Korean forces hold their own annual war games.…

Man fakes kidnapping to avoid lover

NEW YORK, March 3 (UPI) — A New York City man was arrested and charged with faking being kidnapped to avoid telling his girlfriend why he was gone for two…

Need to Pay Civil Penalties to Return to Driving? New Online Service Makes It Easier

Need to Pay Civil Penalties to Return to Driving? New Online Service Makes It Easier

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Transportation has added a new service to its online services portal, myMVD, that allows suspended and revoked drivers to pay civil penalties that…

FDA approves drug for pain during sex

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Osphena, or ospemifene, to treat women experiencing moderate to severe pain during sexual intercourse. Dyspareunia, severe pain during…

Lewis gets apology from Montgomery police

MONTGOMERY, Ala., March 3 (UPI) — U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a hero of the civil rights movement, was moved to tears by an apology from the Montgomery, Ala., police chief…

Rove: Purity isn’t best measure for GOP

SACRAMENTO, March 3 (UPI) — Karl Rove, speaking to California Republicans, renewed his call for a revamped message from the GOP to catch voters in a changing America. Though he…

Baby ‘functionally cured’ of HIV

ATLANTA, March 3 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say a 2-year-old is exhibiting a “functional cure” to HIV after getting anti-retroviral therapy within 30 hours of birth. Researchers at the Johns…

Cardinal steps down for sexual misconduct

GLASGOW, Scotland, March 3 (UPI) — Scotland’s Cardinal Keith O’Brien, 74, admitted Sunday his sexual conduct had been inappropriate and said he has stepped down from his post. STV News…

British child strip-searching continues

LONDON, March 3 (UPI) — The British government’s promises to end routine child strip-searching often were broken as 43,000 incidents recently were recorded, rights activists said. In only 275 of…

NBA: Indiana 97, Chicago 92

INDIANAPOLIS, March 3 (UPI) — David West poured in 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting Sunday and the Indiana Pacers prevailed over Chicago 97-92 in a key Central Division battle. West…