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MCPD, sheriffs catch Wal-Mart shoplifters fleeing by car

MCPD, sheriffs catch Wal-Mart shoplifters fleeing by car

CLEAR LAKE – A Clear Lake couple was apprehended after allegedly stealing from Wal-Mart on Saturday. According to a report, Shayna Kay Siefken, 20, and Oliver Jay Morehouse, 22 were…

Rose Bowl helps Humane Society raise money Saturday

Rose Bowl helps Humane Society raise money Saturday

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – A fundraiser for the Humane Society of North Iowa was held Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Mason City. Owner…

Braley Urges Federal Aviation Administration to Rethink Proposed Closure of Dubuque Air Traffic Control Tower

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) on Friday sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration in opposition to the proposed closure of the Dubuque Regional Airport’s air traffic…

Readout of Defense Secretary Hagel’s Call to Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout: “Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai this morning to discuss issues of shared concern, including detentions.…

North Iowa soldier among those killed on March 11th in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense announced Saturday the death of five soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died March 11, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The incident is under…

Bon Jovi sells 30,000 tickets in 4 hours

MADRID, March 17 (UPI) — Just hours after tickets went on sale for a concert by New Jersey rock band Bon Jovi in Madrid, more than 30,000 tickets had been…

Alliant donates $500K to its low income customers to pay their energy bills

Alliant donates $500K to its low income customers to pay their energy bills

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – March 15, 2013 – Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), an Alliant Energy company, has donated $500,000 to its Hometown Care Energy Fund. The Fund benefits…

Two Steubenville teens guilty of rape

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio, March 17 (UPI) — A judge found two Steubenville, Ohio, teen football players Sunday guilty of raping an allegedly drunk 16-year-old girl at a series of parties. Trent…

K.C. Chiefs cut Matt Cassel; lands with Vikings

K.C. Chiefs cut Matt Cassel; lands with Vikings

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 14 (UPI) — The Kansas City Chiefs released quarterback Matt Cassel Thursday after acquiring quarterbacks Alex Smith and Chase Daniel. Cassel, 30, had been with the…

Upmeyer: Flat tax bill “will leave more money in Iowans’ pockets and reduce income taxes”

Upmeyer: Flat tax bill “will leave more money in Iowans’ pockets and reduce income taxes”

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer – We had a busy and productive week at the Capitol, as we accomplished a great deal of bipartisan work on behalf of Iowans. The number…

NHL: Minnesota 6, Colorado 4

NHL: Minnesota 6, Colorado 4

DENVER, March 16 (UPI) — Devin Setoguchi provided two goals and an assist Saturday and Minnesota completed a sweep of Colorado with a 6-4 win over the Avalanche. Pierre-Marc Bouchard…

UI Baseball: UNO Tops Iowa in Series Opener

UI Baseball: UNO Tops Iowa in Series Opener

WICHITA, Kan. — Nebraska-Omaha scored nine runs over the first four innings and they held up in a 9-6 victory over the University of Iowa baseball team Saturday at Eck…

COL BKB: Big Ten Tournament Roundup

CHICAGO, March 16 (UPI) — The 23rd-ranked Wisconsin Badgers will meet No. 10 Ohio State for the Big Ten Tournament title after each won their semifinal games Saturday. In the…

COL BKB: Kansas 70, Kansas State 54

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 16 (UPI) — Jeff Withey scored 17 points and hauled down nine rebounds Saturday, powering No. 6 Kansas over No. 12 Kansas State 70-54 for the…

Cyclones Fall to Valparaiso, Rutgers

Cyclones Fall to Valparaiso, Rutgers

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Iowa State (11-13, 0-0 Big 12) fell in two close games on Saturday on day two of the Tournament at Clearwater. In the morning game, the Cyclones…

Parents want Charlie Sheen prosecuted

LOS ANGELES, March 16 (UPI) — Parents of children at a Los Angeles school want actor Charlie Sheen prosecuted for advising fans on Twitter to throw feces at the school,…

Bishop: Pedophilia a disease, not a crime

Bishop: Pedophilia a disease, not a crime

DURBAN, South Africa, March 16 (UPI) — The Catholic archbishop of Durban, South Africa, says sexual abuse of children is not a crime but a psychological illness. Cardinal Wilfrid Fox…

Kerry: U.S. needs ‘strong’ arms treaty

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) — The United States wants a “strong and effective” international arms treaty that will not infringe on gun ownership rights, Secretary of State John Kerry says.…

Iowa woman gets 6 years in prison for burning down house near school while making meth

CEDAR RAPIDS – A woman who assisted in the manufacture of methamphetamine that caused a fire in a home she was renting was sentenced on March 15, 2013, to just…

Park Watch training set to begin soon

Park Watch training set to begin soon

MASON CITY – As spring is right around the corner, Mason City’s parks will soon be alive with people of all walks of life. Some won’t be so savory, and…

Murdoch insider turns police informant

LONDON, March 16 (UPI) — A News of the World insider has turned police informant, reporting hundreds of instances of phone hacking, Britain’s The Guardian reported. Citing London police sources,…

Lauer to replace ‘Jeopardy!’ host Trebek?

CHICAGO, March 16 (UPI) — Matt Lauer and Anderson Cooper are among the names in contention to replace Alex Trebek as host of “Jeopardy!” when he retires, the New York…

Russian Orthodox group wants Alaska back

MOSCOW, March 16 (UPI) — A fundamentalist Russian Orthodox group has filed a lawsuit claiming President Barack Obama’s support of gay marriage invalidates the 1867 sale of Alaska. The Pchyolki…

Iowa man convicted of receiving, possession of child porn

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who received and possessed child pornography was convicted by a jury today after a four-day trial in federal court in Cedar Rapids. James Sumner, age…