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Dow surges to all-time high

Dow surges to all-time high

NEW YORK, March 5 (UPI) — The Dow Jones industrial average blasted into new territory Tuesday, posting its best-ever closing and surpassing its previous intraday high. Both previous records were…

Venezuela: President Chavez dead at 58

Venezuela: President Chavez dead at 58

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 5 (UPI) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died Tuesday, Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced in a televised address Tuesday. Chavez was 58. Maduro said Chavez died at…

NIACC/Kirkwood men’s preview

NIACC/Kirkwood men’s preview

CEDAR RAPIDS – The last time the NIACC men’s basketball team won 20 games in a season Bryan Martin was in his second of three seasons as coach. The Trojans…

Supervisors approve budget, then take a 2.25% pay raise

Supervisors approve budget, then take a 2.25% pay raise

MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo County Supervisors held their regular meeting Tuesday morning, followed by a public hearing on the 2013-2014 budget. The board took public comments on the budget…

WBB: Cyclones Defeat OSU in Strong Second Half, 73-70

WBB: Cyclones Defeat OSU in Strong Second Half, 73-70

AMES, Iowa – This one had everything down the stretch. When it ended, Iowa State (21-7 overall, 12-6 Big 12), a team picked for sixth in the Big 12 Conference…

Electric Fish Barrier Ready to Protect Iowa Great Lakes

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – The electric fish barrier that will keep Asian carp from entering the Iowa Great Lakes through the Lower Gar Lake outlet is in place and operational.…

Continued Snowfall and Strong Winds Impact Travel in Iowa

Continued Snowfall and Strong Winds Impact Travel in Iowa

AMES, Iowa – March 5, 2013; noon. – The second band of a two-day long winter storm continues to push through Iowa. The National Weather Service is maintianing a winter…

Convicted thief arrested on North End for public intoxication

Convicted thief arrested on North End for public intoxication

MASON CITY – A Clear Lake woman, formerly of Mason City, was picked up by Mason City police for public intoxication early Tuesday morning. April Luve Lalor, 38, was arrested…

Friendly Competition Powering Cyclone Offense

Friendly Competition Powering Cyclone Offense

AMES, Iowa – The home run has always been the centerpiece of softball record books. It provides one of the biggest draws for fans, giving spectators an opportunity for a…

‘Hangover pill’ developed

‘Hangover pill’ developed

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (UPI) — U.S. engineers say they identified a method for speeding up the body’s reaction to the consumption of alcohol or a “hangover pill.” Yunfeng Lu,…

Pastor gets 27 months for aiding kidnap

BURLINGTON, Vt., March 5 (UPI) — A federal judge in Vermont Monday sentenced a pastor to prison for helping kidnap a girl to keep her away from her mother’s former…

Man with violent past arrested for assault

Man with violent past arrested for assault

MASON CITY – A man with a violent past was arrested by Mason City Police on Sunday and charged with assault. Bradley Arthur Heinold, 24, of Mason City, was arrested…

White House supports cell phone unlocking

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) — The White House has responded to an online petition to make cellphone unlocking legal, saying it’s time to legalize the practice. “Neither criminal law nor…

Iowa man convicted of child molestation pleads guilty to distriuting child porn

SIOUX CITY – A man who distributed and received child pornography pled guilty on February 25, 2013, in federal court in Sioux City. Jeffrey Huygens, age 47, from Sioux City,…

House GOP sets budget parameters

House GOP sets budget parameters

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) — House Republicans Monday put forth a bill they said would soften some of the sequester cuts and avoid a government shutdown later this month. The…

Iowa Man Sentenced After Federal Conviction for Bank Robbery

DAVENPORT, IA—On March 1, 2013, Arnordo Corderrel Turner, age 25, from Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 57 months’ imprisonment after pleading…

Israel fears $500M U.S. military aid cut

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 4 (UPI) — There is deepening concern in Israel that U.S. sequestration signals cuts of up to $500 million in U.S. military aid in the months…

Chinese defense budget alarms India

BEIJING, March 5 (UPI) — In 2012 China’s defense budget was $106.4 billion, more than three times when neighboring India budgeted and perhaps setting off a defense funding battle. The…

Russian arms due in Iraq by this summer

BAGHDAD, March 4 (UPI) — Iraq will receive deliveries of attack helicopters and air defense systems from Russia before the start of summer, the Iraqi foreign minister said Monday. Foreign…

Elephants could vanish because of poaching

NEW YORK, March 4 (UPI) — African forest elephants are being poached out of existence with more than 60 percent of them lost to ivory poaching in the last 10…

College cancels classes due to hate-related incidents

OBERLIN, Ohio, March 4 (UPI) — Ohio’s Oberlin College cancelled classes Monday after the latest in a string of vandalism and hate-related incidents on campus in the last month, it…

Briefs filed at U.S. Supreme Court in same-sex marriage cases

Briefs filed at U.S. Supreme Court in same-sex marriage cases

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) — There is no valid scientific basis for denying U.S. same-sex couples the right to marry or deprive them benefits of the institution, psychologists say. Amicus…

Biden: Obama’s commitment to Israel deep

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) — It’s no bluff when President Obama says there’s a military option to bar Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, Vice President Joe Biden told the…

Poll: Asian-Americans prefer Democrats

PRINCETON, N.J., March 4 (UPI) — Asian-Americans said they solidly prefer the Democratic Party, with 57 percent saying they identify with that party, Gallup said. Twenty-eight percent of Asian Americans…

Jury convicts Miami imam of terror support

MIAMI, March 4 (UPI) — A federal jury in Florida Monday convicted a Pakistani-born imam of conspiring to fund terrorists in his native country. Hafiz Kahn, 77, was secretly recorded…

Iowa man pleads guilty to distruibuting child porn

SIOUX CITY – A man who distributed child pornography pled guilty on February 28, 2013, in federal court in Sioux City. Chad Carver, age 27, from Sioux City, Iowa, was…

U.S., Russia agree on polar bear help

BANGKOK, March 4 (UPI) — Though not seeing eye to eye on many issues, Russia and the United States say they’re joining forces to push for greater protections for polar…

Police dog locates gun, fires round

LAWRENCE, Mass., March 4 (UPI) — Police in Massachusetts said a tracking dog managed to locate a stolen gun buried in a snow bank and accidentally fired off a round.…

Mars rover recovering from computer glitch

Mars rover recovering from computer glitch

PASADENA, Calif., March 4 (UPI) — NASA says the Mars rover Curiosity has transitioned from precautionary “safe mode” to active status as it recovers from last week’s computer memory glitch.…

Samsung phone to track users’ eye movement

SEOUL, March 4 (UPI) — Samsung’s next smartphone will include a feature to track a user’s eye movements to automatically scroll pages, The New York Times reported. The Galaxy S…

Raqqa, Syria, falls to rebels

RAQQA, Syria, March 4 (UPI) — Syrian rebels fought government forces on several fronts Monday, and controlled the city of Raqqa after days of clashes, activist groups said. The fall…