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Dow redefines the high ground

NEW YORK, March 8 (UPI) — The Dow Jones index flew higher Friday after the Labor Department said the U.S. economy added 236,000 jobs and the jobless rate fell to…

ISU’s Saina Second in NCAA 5,000

ISU’s Saina Second in NCAA 5,000

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Iowa State two-time NCAA champion Betsy Sai.na finished second to Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships…

Tiger Woods leads at Doral

DORAL, Fla., March 8 (UPI) — Tiger Woods rode a 7-under 65 into the lead in Friday’s play at the WGC Cadillac Championship in Florida. Woods opened the day in…

McCaffery shoots for win #300 Saturday against Nebraska (VIDEO)

McCaffery shoots for win #300 Saturday against Nebraska (VIDEO)

IOWA CITY – Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery held a press conference Friday, ahead of Saturday’s regular season finale against Nebraska. McCaffery will be shooting for his 300th career win.…

Weekend could provide comet viewing

PASADENA, Calif., March 8 (UPI) — A comet may become visible to the naked eye in the Northern Hemisphere starting late Friday and may be brighter in the following days,…

Rain wipes out NASCAR qualifying

LAS VEGAS, March 8 (UPI) — Steady rains Friday forced the cancellation of qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup race scheduled for Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.…

Obama signs Violence Against Women Act

Obama signs Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) — U.S. President Obama, as victims and advocates watched and cheered, signed into law Thursday the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The new version…

NIT’s “Cutest Pet” Contest Winner Announced

NIT’s “Cutest Pet” Contest Winner Announced

MASON CITY – The Winner of the NorthIowaToday.com “Cutest Pet Contest” is “Mattie” from Mason City, a 4 year-old Dachshund. Mattie was adopted last year from the Humane Society after…

Pit Bull owner cited after attack on four people

MASON CITY – Police have issued a citation to a Mason City man whose dog attacked 4 people at a North End home. Valentine Louie Flores, 37, of 17 9th…

Op-ed: City Council “fell to their knees the minute Mercy started to pass gas”

Op-ed: City Council “fell to their knees the minute Mercy started to pass gas”

Dateline: Hong Kong – Mason City City Council; classic case for collusion. Not only are we saddled with an incompetent mayor, but to throw salt in the wound…take a good…

UPDATE: Fred Meyer jewelery store was “no longer profitable”

MASON CITY – A business decision was ultimately the undoing of the Fred Meyers jewelry store in Southbridge Mall. Keith Dailey, Director of Media Relations for Kroger Company, said Thursday…

Human Rights Commission considering dissolution

Human Rights Commission considering dissolution

MASON CITY – The Mason City Human Rights Commission met Thursday for its regular monthly meeting and is considering dissolution as one of the only means of moving forward after…

Border agent sacked for criminal ties

THUNDER BAY, Ontario, March 7 (UPI) — A Canadian border agent was fired for allegedly socializing with “organized crime figures” and failing to properly search people tagged for extra screening.…

MN Sex Offender Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 29-year-old registered sex offender from Woodland Township in central Minnesota was sentenced for possession of child pornography. United States District Court Judge Patrick J.…

Hostess sues Kroger for back payment

NEW YORK, March 7 (UPI) — Bankrupt bakery Hostess Brands Inc. filed a lawsuit in New York Thursday against Kroger Co. for payment of $2.8 million due since July 2012,…

Iowa DNR: Safe Hunting Year

Iowa DNR: Safe Hunting Year

DES MOINES – With just a few exceptions, Iowa hunters are ‘getting it right’ when it comes to staying safe in the great outdoors. Iowa’s 2012 hunter safety incident report…

Outside View: Iranian spies in our midst

By RICHARD R. SCHOEBERL WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) — A new report commissioned by the Pentagon and released by the Library of Congress provides a frightening look into the operations…

Company sells bullet-resistant formal wear

DENVER, March 7 (UPI) — A Denver company is selling formal and business clothing with bullet-resistant panels for those who want to be protected in style. Elite Sterling Security LLC…

Calif., Walmart partnership criticized

Calif., Walmart partnership criticized

SACRAMENTO, March 7 (UPI) — California officials face criticism from union leaders over plans to let Walmart and other retailers enroll shoppers in subsidized private health insurance. Covered California, the…

Yale students admit prostitution

NEW HAVEN, Conn., March 7 (UPI) — A sex workshop at Connecticut’s Yale University featured students admitting to engaging in bestiality and prostitution. The “Sex: Am I Normal” seminar, hosted…

Fed stress tests show healthier banks

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) — The U.S. Federal Reserve said the largest 18 U.S. banks have shown improved resilience as they distance themselves from the 2008 financial crisis. After the…

Health Department Announces a New Live Community Wellness Conversation

Health Department Announces a New Live Community Wellness Conversation

(Mason City) – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is pleased to announce another LIVE Community Wellness Conversation with Fitness Wright Now partners, Daniel Wright and Rebecca Meyer,…

Hampton Mayor Dietz: It’s time to end Fluoride in Hampton

Hampton Mayor Dietz: It’s time to end Fluoride in Hampton

Medical decisions should be between you and your healthcare professional, not your government. In 1975, the Hampton City Council approved an ordinance authorizing fluoridation of the public water supply, and…

NRA official banned from owning guns

NEW YORK, March 7 (UPI) — The National Rifle Association’s field representative for New York and its suburbs was banned by a judge from possessing any of his 39 firearms…

‘Cannibal cop’ trial goes to jury

NEW YORK, March 7 (UPI) — A federal court jury in New York began deliberation Thursday after hearing closing arguments in the trial of accused “cannibal cop” Gilberto Valle. Valle,…

Prosecutors respond in Aurora shooting case

CENTENNIAL, Colo., March 7 (UPI) — Colorado’s laws on the insanity defense are constitutional, prosecutors said in response to lawyers for accused theater-shooter James Holmes. In court papers filed Wednesday,…

Temps headed for highest in millennia

CORVALLIS, Ore., March 7 (UPI) — U.S. climate researchers say average global temperatures have been higher in the last decade than at any time during most of the previous 11,300…

MacNider Winter Film Series wraps up Saturday with 5 Broken Cameras

MacNider Winter Film Series wraps up Saturday with 5 Broken Cameras

MASON CITY – The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s 2013 Winter Film Series, Films in February, Movies in March, ends this Saturday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. with 5 Broken…

Trouble brews for Iran-Pakistan pipeline

TEHRAN, March 7 (UPI) — After years of delays and setbacks, not least bitter U.S. opposition, Pakistan is set to start work on its section of a $7.5 billion pipeline…