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U.S. has harsh words for China hacking

U.S. has harsh words for China hacking

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) — The White House says China must stop alleged hacking activities against U.S. companies and organizations or risk damaging U.S.-China relations. In the administration’s toughest language…

Grassley Wins Support for Payment Reform and Even-Handed Farm Bill Spending Reductions

WASHINGTON – During work today in the Senate Budget Committee on a budget resolution for fiscal 2014, Senator Chuck Grassley affirmed that his initiative to reform farm program payments will…

Letterman reads pope-themed Top 10

NEW YORK, March 14 (UPI) — David Letterman read a Top 10 list of “Rejected Pope Names” on “Late Show” after Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected leader of the…

Pope Francis urges courage at first mass

Pope Francis urges courage at first mass

VATICAN CITY, March 14 (UPI) — Pope Francis, in his first mass as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, Thursday urged the church to have courage. “When we don’t…

European pact on Mars mission signed

PARIS, March 14 (UPI) — The European Space Agency and Russia’s Roscosmos space agency have formally signed an agreement to cooperate on a science mission to Mars, officials said. Under…

S&P within sight of a record close

NEW YORK, March 14 (UPI) — U.S. markets rose Thursday, pushing the Dow further into new territory and the Standard & Poor’s index close to its all-time record close. The…

Pi Day celebrates irrational number

NEW YORK, March 14 (UPI) — Events were being held Thursday in New York and across the country to celebrate “Pi Day,” the date resembling the irrational number pi. March…

Dr. Hamburger removes woman’s ovaries by mistake, then disciplined

Dr. Hamburger removes woman’s ovaries by mistake, then disciplined

DES MOINES – A Sioux City doctor has been disciplined by the Iowa Board of Medicine for “performing the wrong procedure on a patient.” On July 29th, 2011, the Board charged…

Armed with knife and crescent wrench, Clear Lake man arrested for kidnapping, assault

Armed with knife and crescent wrench, Clear Lake man arrested for kidnapping, assault

MASON CITY – A Clear Lake man with a history of domestic abuse is in jail after being arrested Wednesday for another violent crime. Chad Ryan Tannahill, 44, was arrested…

State auditor praises Branstad’s budget

(Des Moines, Iowa) – Continuing in his role as the “Taxpayers’ Watchdog” and his duty to report directly to the people of Iowa on the condition of the State’s finances,…

4.5% “flat tax” bill passes Iowa House

4.5% “flat tax” bill passes Iowa House

DES MOINES – Iowans may soon have a choice when filing their tax returns. Yesterday, on a vote of 53-47, the Iowa House passed HF478, a bill that would allow…

Mexican man sent to prison for illegally entering U.S., driving drunk

SIOUX CITY – A man who illegally re-entered the United States from Mexico was sentenced on March 7, 2013, to seven months in federal prison. Isael Ramirez-Hernandez, age 22, from…

Two men killed in auto crash

Two men killed in auto crash

INDIANOLA – A single vehicle crash took the lives of two men near Indianola, Iowa Wednesday. According to a report, a vehicle driven by Don Geisler, 56, of Indianola, was…

Outside View: Time to save Iranian exiles

By ALEX CARLILE LONDON, March 14 (UPI) — The tragedy of the modern world isn’t the lack of support for human rights but the reluctance of the international community to…

Prison guards sue inmates over assaults

SALEM, Ore., March 13 (UPI) — Three Oregon prison guards have filed lawsuits against inmates who physically assaulted them. The suits are part of a concerted push by the Association…

Organized faith adherence at all-time low

BERKELEY, Calif., March 13 (UPI) — A survey conducted by researchers from three universities showed the number of Americans affiliated with organized religion is at an all-time low. Sociologists Mike…

Harvest Food Bank introduces open adoption for month of April

From Ozzie Ohl, Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank Volunteer – MASON CITY – Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank is up for adoption. The local north Iowa food bank will not be doing…

Girl, 12, brought $20,000 to school

TAYLOR, Mich., March 13 (UPI) — Police in Michigan said a 12-year-old girl who was found to have $20,000 cash in her backpack apparently received the money from another child.…

Sex offender fears for her life in prison

SHAWNEE, Okla., March 13 (UPI) — Kimberly Crain, former Oklahoma elementary school teacher convicted of sex crimes against children, told a judge she fears for her life in prison. Crain,…

NIACC awarded funding for Senior Volunteer Program

NIACC awarded funding for Senior Volunteer Program

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College has been awarded federal funding to continue as sponsor of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of North Central Iowa. The Corporation…

To Bolster American Manufacturing, Sen. Harkin, Rep. Braley Introduce the Rebuild American Manufacturing Act

To Bolster American Manufacturing, Sen. Harkin, Rep. Braley Introduce the Rebuild American Manufacturing Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Seeking to strengthen the competitiveness of Iowa and American manufacturing, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and U.S. Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA) today introduced the Rebuild American Manufacturing Act. Central…

Report: Kim Jong Un at artillery exercises

Report: Kim Jong Un at artillery exercises

PYONGYANG, North Korea, March 14 (UPI) — North Koreans, guided by their leader Kim Jong Un, held artillery exercises apparently targeting South Korean islands, the North’s news agency said Thursday.…

Alleged Seattle sex tourist, 65, at large

SEATTLE, March 13 (UPI) — A Seattle man suspected as a sex tourist and charged with possession of child pornography currently is at large, officials said. King County prosecutors earlier…

Iowa Senate OK’s funding for mental health

Iowa Senate OK’s funding for mental health

DES MOINES –  The Iowa Senate on Wednesday OK’d nearly $11.6 million in funding for counties to treat mental health patients. The bill passed 44-5 in the Senate and passed…

EDA: Global effort needed to beat IEDs

BRUSSELS, March 13 (UPI) — The European Defense Agency wants a comprehensive, global approach for developing technologies and methods to counter improvised explosive devices. “IEDs are here to stay” and…

Naked man who watched wedding arrested

CHARLESTON, S.C., March 13 (UPI) — Police in South Carolina said a man who watched a wedding with his genitals pressed against a window was charged with indecent exposure. Investigators…

Former Canadian Prime Minister: Canada right to stay out of Iraq

TORONTO, March 14 (UPI) — Former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien said the country made the right decision 10 years ago when it decided not to support the invasion of…

Syrian air force, vital for regime, sags

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 13 (UPI) — Syrian warplanes have been bombing the northern cities of Homs and Raqqa, and even the outskirts of Damascus, to block advancing rebel forces, attacks…

Latin American becomes new pope

VATICAN CITY, March 13 (UPI) — Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, a Jesuit, is the new pope, the first Latin American in history, taking the papal name of…

Police sergeant demoted for nude pictures

HOUSTON, March 13 (UPI) — A 20-year veteran of the Houston Police Department has lost her sergeant’s rank for posting nude pictures of herself on a modeling site. A lawyer…

Microsoft says Outlook outage fixed

REDMOND, Wash., March 13 (UPI) — Microsoft says an outage that hit services including Hotmail, Outlook and Sky Drive Tuesday has been fixed and the services were running normally Wednesday.…

Rape trial begins for teen Ohio athletes

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio, March 13 (UPI) — Trial began Wednesday for two members of a highly touted Ohio high school football team accused of raping a 16-year-old girl after a drunken…

Welker to join Denver Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., March 13 (UPI) — Longtime New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker has agreed to a contract with the Denver Broncos, the Broncos said Wednesday. After being a favorite…

Dow makes it 9 straight gains

NEW YORK, March 13 (UPI) — A stronger than expected retail report helped keep a winning streak on Wall Street alive Wednesday, as the Dow index hit a seventh consecutive…

Woman on trial for killing newborn twins

GALLATIN, Tenn., March 13 (UPI) — A Tennessee jury watched a video Wednesday of a young woman telling a police officer how she killed her newborn twins. Lindsey Lowe described…

George P. Bush now a candidate in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas, March 13 (UPI) — George P. Bush, elder son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, has announced he is a candidate for land commissioner in Texas. Bush…

Pope Francis: Jorge Mario Bergoglio

VATICAN CITY, March 13 (UPI) — Jorge Mario Bergoglio, selected Wednesday as the successor to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, was archbishop of Buenos Aires before his elevation to pope. Bergoglio…

Mom charged with getting girl into fight

UPPER DARBY, Pa., March 13 (UPI) — A Philadelphia-area woman has been charged with offenses including assault for allegedly strong-arming her 12-year-old daughter into a fight with another girl. Michele…

Expert: One lung should not slow pope

CHICAGO, March 13 (UPI) — Pope Francis had one lung removed because of an infection when he was a teen, but it should not slow him down as pontiff, a…

France fines Apple over workers’ hours

PARIS, March 13 (UPI) — A court in France has fined Apple for allowing employees in its French Apple stores to work late in violation of the country’s labor laws.…

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