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Carmody out as Northwestern hoops coach

CHICAGO, March 16 (UPI) — Northwestern basketball Coach Bill Carmody is leaving after 13 years on the job, Athletic Director Jim Phillips said Saturday. Carmody compiled a 192-210 record during…

Rights group: Syria using cluster bombs

NEW YORK, March 16 (UPI) — The Syrian government’s “relentless” use of cluster bombs against rebels is contributing to rising civilian casualties, human rights advocates said. Human Rights Watch said…

What is wrong with men in India? Swiss tourist gang-raped Friday

BHOPAL, India, March 16 (UPI) — A Swiss tourist camping with her husband in central India was gang-raped and the couple were robbed, police said. About 15 men have been…

Domestic violence kills 26 women in Turkey

ISTANBUL, Turkey, March 16 (UPI) — At least 26 women and three children have been killed in Turkey as a result of domestic violence during the first two months of…

Iowa drops close one to MSU, 59-56

Iowa drops close one to MSU, 59-56

CHICAGO – Iowa lost its first game as the #6 seed in the Big Ten Tournament Friday, losing to Michigan State 59-56 despite leading for most of the game. Iowa…

Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office helps nab meth kingpin

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Colorado man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Iowa was sentenced March 15, 2013, to more than seven years in federal prison. Javier Torres, 30, from…

Cyclones Fall To No. 7 Kansas, 88-73

Cyclones Fall To No. 7 Kansas, 88-73

Courtesy: cyclones.com – KANSAS CITY, Mo.- The Iowa State men’s basketball team (22-11 overall, 11-7 Big 12) fell in the semifinals of the Big 12 Championships on Friday to No.…

Steckman: “Grave concerns” regarding Branstad’s “continuing refusal to accept Medicaid expansion”

Steckman: “Grave concerns” regarding Branstad’s “continuing refusal to accept Medicaid expansion”

From Rep. Sharon Steckman – During this first week after funnel week, committees have seldom met and most of the action has taken place in floor debate. Many of the…

Op-ed: Lack of voting has devastated Mason City (by Peter Children)

Community; did you ever stop and think what that word encompass? To me it signifies a group of people living in the same proximity or area that forms a village…

Obama: Harness American energy to reduce dependence on oil

Obama: Harness American energy to reduce dependence on oil

WASHINGTON – President Obama discusses the need to harness American energy in order to reduce our dependence on oil and make the United States a magnet for new jobs. He…

Commentary: Rags to riches to rags

By ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) — Once a year Forbes publishes “The Definitive Guide to the Richest People on Earth.” This year it added 210 new billionaires,…

Assault weapons ban passes committee

Assault weapons ban passes committee

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) — The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved a bill on a party-line vote that would ban nearly 160 specific military-style assault weapons. All 10 Democrats…

Iraq better off after invasion, U.S. says

Iraq better off after invasion, U.S. says

WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) — There are complex challenges remaining for Iraq but the country is better off than it was under Saddam Hussein, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said.…

Vatican defends pope in ‘Dirty War’ claim

Vatican defends pope in ‘Dirty War’ claim

VATICAN CITY, March 15 (UPI) — The Vatican denied Pope Francis failed to speak against human rights abuses during military rule in his native Argentina in the 1970s. Vatican spokesman…

Industrial production rose in February

WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) — Industrial production rose 0.7 percent in February after a drop of 0.1 percent in January, the U.S. Federal Reserve said Friday. Manufacturing output rose 0.8…

‘Slavery’ trial begins in France

CAVAILLON, France, March 15 (UPI) — A man accused of buying a 14-year-old African girl and keeping her at his home in southern France to do chores was set to…

Lover’s cheating leads to armed standoff

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., March 15 (UPI) — Florida police said a woman barricaded herself in a motel room, fired off 18 shots and threatened suicide because she was upset about…

Syrian crimes ‘must stop,’ ICRC says

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 15 (UPI) — Violations of international law by all parties to the Syria civil war must stop, the regional head of the international Red Cross said Friday.…

U.N. sees security lapses in Libya

NEW YORK, March 15 (UPI) — Weak state institutions and a lack of trust in security forces are hurting Libyan effort to maintain national security, a U.N. envoy said. Tarek…

Inflation eases in Europe

BRUSSELS, March 15 (UPI) — The inflation rate dropped to 1.8 percent in the eurozone and to 2 percent in the larger European Union, official data agency Eurostat said Friday.…

Karzai wants change in U.S. relationship

Karzai wants change in U.S. relationship

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 15 (UPI) — Relations between Kabul and Washington have eroded because the United States refuses to respect Afghanistan’s sovereignty, President Hamid Karzai said Friday. Stressing Afghanistan wants…

U.S. Army receives mobile ATC system

SPARKS, Nev., March 15 (UPI) — The U.S. Army has received its first low-rate initial production air traffic control mobile tower system from the Sierra Nevada Corp. The new, rapidly…

Grand jury probing N.J. Sen. Menendez

WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) — A federal grand jury in Miami is examining the role Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., played in advocating for a wealthy donor and friend, The Washington…

Lawyer: Blagovich is optimistic

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., March 15 (UPI) — After one year in prison, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is optimistic his conviction will be overturned, a lawyer said Friday. “He believes justice…

Putin signs ban on foreign bank branches

MOSCOW, March 15 (UPI) — President Vladimir Putin has signed a law barring foreign banks from opening branches in Russia, his office said Friday. The measure adopted by the State…

N. Korea accuses U.S., allies of hacking

PYONGYANG, North Korea, March 15 (UPI) — North Korea has accused the United States and its allies of hacking into its Internet servers and shutting down websites. Official sites such…

GOP’s Portman supporting same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) — U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, says he now endorses same-sex marriage, a “new perspective” brought on by his son’s 2011 revelation that he is gay.…

British men plead guilty to terrorism

LONDON, March 15 (UPI) — Three British men arrested before the 2012 Summer Olympics in London pleaded guilty Friday to planning to carry out a terrorist attack overseas, officials say.…

Cyclones Split, Torrescano Homers Twice In Win Over Liberty

Cyclones Split, Torrescano Homers Twice In Win Over Liberty

TAMPA, Fla. – Cyclone Tori Torrescano posted her sixth career multi-home run game on Friday as the Cyclones (11-11, 0-0 Big 12) defeated Liberty (8-10, 0-0 Big South), 9-1, in…