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U.N. sends strong message to North Korea

U.N. sends strong message to North Korea

UNITED NATIONS, March 7 (UPI) — The U.N. Security Council sent a strong message to North Korea that it won’t tolerate its pursuit of nuclear weapons, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon…

North Korea vows pre-emptive nuclear strike on U.S.

North Korea vows pre-emptive nuclear strike on U.S.

Pyongyang, March 7 (KCNA) — A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry Thursday issued the following statement: The U.S. is now working hard to ignite a nuclear war to stifle…

Plymouth man arrested for stealing skid loader

Plymouth man arrested for stealing skid loader

MASON CITY – Police say they have caught a North Iowa man in connection with a skid loader that went missing. The Mason City Police Department had been investigating the…

Drive across U.S. to use no gasoline

MURFREESBORO, Tenn., March 7 (UPI) — An alternative fuels researcher says he will drive across the United States from coast to coast starting Saturday — and will use no gasoline…

Mars rover ‘sleeping’ through solar storm

PASADENA, Calif., March 7 (UPI) — NASA says the computers on its Mars rover Curiosity have been put to sleep to wait out a solar storm bombarding the Red Planet.…

Senate confirms Brennan as CIA chief

Senate confirms Brennan as CIA chief

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) — The U.S. Senate voted 63-34 Thursday to confirm John Brennan as the next director of the CIA. Notice of the vote was immediately sent to…

Dow hits another high, jobless claims fall

NEW YORK, March 7 (UPI) — The Dow Jones index closed at its third consecutive all-time high Thursday after the U.S. Labor Department said first-time unemployment claims fell last week.…

Tiger Woods leads Cadillac Championship

DORAL, Fla., March 7 (UPI) — Tiger Woods had nine birdies en route to a 6-under-par 66 Thursday and was among five players sharing the lead at the WGC Cadillac…

FTC goes after spam texts, ‘free’ offers

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) — U.S. regulators say they’ve targeted marketers sending millions of spam text messages trying to steer consumers to websites falsely promising “free” gift cards. In complaints…

Iowa Athletic Director Barta comments on football coach Ferentz hiring his soon-to-be son-in-law

IOWA CITY – Due to the change in personal status of Iowa football program employee Tyler Barnes, there will be a review of his long-term employment options related to his…

State of Iowa, union agree on contract; state employees will continue to pay nothing toward their health insurance

(DES MOINES) – Today, results of the AFSCME contract negotiations between the state of Iowa and the union were made known. Key provisions: · The contract costs $94 million less…

Eric’s trip to D.C. cost Mason City over $1,600

Eric’s trip to D.C. cost Mason City over $1,600

MASON CITY – Mayor Eric Bookmeyer’s trip to Washington D.C. with the Chamber of Commerce cost Mason City taxpayers over $1,600. Bookmeyer went to Washington last year, too, and the…

11 Killed in 10 Days on Minnesota Roads

ST. PAUL — At least 11 people were killed in the past 10 days on Minnesota roads, according to preliminary traffic crash reports submitted to the Minnesota Department of Public…

Italian priest calls for gay pope

GENOA, Italy, March 7 (UPI) — An outspoken LGBT rights advocate and Italian Catholic priest Don Andrea Gallo said the church needs a gay pope. “A homosexual pope would be…

Lion kills worker at California sanctuary

DUNLAP, Calif., March 6 (UPI) — An African lion that killed an employee at a California refuge for large cats was shot by sheriff’s deputies, police said. Project Survival’s Cat…

Swaledale man cries wolf, taken to jail

Swaledale man cries wolf, taken to jail

SWALEDALE – Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Swaledale man Tuesday afternoon for making false reports to law enforcement. According to a report, Thomas Wayne Markel, 48, made a…

Fed sees modest to moderate growth

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) — The U.S. economy has experienced modest to moderate growth since mid-January, the Federal Reserve Bank said Wednesday. The Beige Book report, released eight times a…

Legacy of Deficits and Debt as Far as the Eye Can See

Legacy of Deficits and Debt as Far as the Eye Can See

From Senator Charles Grassley – Every wage-earning American started the new year with less take-home pay. The payroll tax holiday ended on January 1, which meant breadwinners across the country…

McCaskill to USAF: Review sex assault case

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) — Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., asked the Pentagon to consider removing an Air Force general from his duties for reversing a pilot’s sexual assault conviction. In…

Iowa DOT to renew Highway Corridor Preservation of U.S. 18/U.S. 218/Iowa 27 Corridor in Floyd County

Iowa DOT to renew Highway Corridor Preservation of U.S. 18/U.S. 218/Iowa 27 Corridor in Floyd County

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Transportation is providing public notice of a corridor preservation project for future improvements to the U.S. 18/U.S. 218/Iowa 27 corridor in Floyd County,…

Obama, Senate Republicans to meet

Obama, Senate Republicans to meet

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill next week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday. McConnell said in…

Law enforcement seeks clues in 2012 death of Nashua man

Law enforcement seeks clues in 2012 death of Nashua man

Chickasaw County, Iowa — Law Enforcement officials in Northeast Iowa request assistance from the public in the death investigation of 70 year old Carl “Kenny” Gallmeyer. On October 4, 2012,…

Waterloo man pleads guilty to distributing child porn

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who distributed and possessed child pornography pled guilty on March 4, 2013, in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Charles Adkins, age 46, from Waterloo, Iowa,…

China building fourth space launch center

WENCHANG CITY, China, March 6 (UPI) — China says a space launch center being built in the tropical island province of Hainan, the country’s fourth such facility, will be ready…

Spring Break Art camp next week at the MacNider Museum

Spring Break Art camp next week at the MacNider Museum

MASON CITY – A whole week of Spring Break fun for children in grades 1 through 6 is planned for Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 15 from 8:00 a.m.…

Evidence of Milky Way ‘fireworks’ seen

NASHVILLE, March 6 (UPI) — While the core of the Milky Way galaxy is a pretty tame place, cosmically speaking, evidence suggests it wasn’t always that calm, U.S. astrophysicists say.…

Google updates Map app for iPhone

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 6 (UPI) — Google has announced the first significant update of its Google Maps for iPhone app, featuring faster local search and integration with Google Contacts.…

Grassley Q&A on “Too Big to Jail”

From Senator Charles Grassley – Q.    What does “too big to jail” mean? A.    “Too big to jail” refers to the federal government’s recent philosophy to decline to pursue criminal…

More state gun laws linked to fewer deaths

More state gun laws linked to fewer deaths

BOSTON, March 6 (UPI) — States with higher numbers of firearm laws were associated with a lower rate of firearm fatalities from suicides and homicides, U.S. researchers said. Dr. Eric…

O’Malley: Church must discipline bishops

VATICAN CITY, March 6 (UPI) — The Roman Catholic Church needs global standards for disciplining bishops, Cardinal Sean O’Malley said in an interview in Rome. O’Malley, who is in the…

UNI announces $15 million gift for teacher education

CEDAR FALLS — A $15 million gift from Des Moines businessman Richard O. Jacobson sets a milestone for teacher education at the University of Northern Iowa. Jacobson’s gift to UNI’s…