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NBA: Memphis 92, Minnesota 77

NBA: Memphis 92, Minnesota 77

MEMPHIS, March 18 (UPI) — Mike Conley provided 20 points for Memphis Monday and the Grizzlies remained on a roll with a 92-77 spanking of Minnesota. Conley also sparked the…

NBA: Miami 105, Boston 103

BOSTON, March 18 (UPI) — LeBron James connected on a go-ahead basket with 10.5 seconds left Monday, rallying the Miami Heat to a 23rd straight win, 105-103 over Boston. The…

Hearing on the Impact of Immigration Reform on Women and Families

Hearing on the Impact of Immigration Reform on Women and Families

Prepared Statement of Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa Ranking Member, Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing on “How Comprehensive Immigration Reform Should Address the Needs of Women and Families” Monday,…

Harkin Legislation Will “Strengthen Social Security Benefits; Ensure Program for Future Generations”

Harkin Legislation Will “Strengthen Social Security Benefits; Ensure Program for Future Generations”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – To strengthen one leg of the ‘three-legged stool’ of retirement security, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) on Friday introduced a measure to improve the most efficient, most effective…

Iowa Senate says it is “cracking down on scamming in Iowa”

Iowa Senate says it is “cracking down on scamming in Iowa”

DES MOINES – Tax evaders using out-of-state shell corporations to avoid paying registration fees on million-dollar RVs or other luxury vehicles will face criminal charges and penalties under a bill…

Russia unfazed by U.S. missile defense

MOSCOW, March 18 (UPI) — The Russian government doesn’t consider U.S. plans to hold off on missile defense plans in Poland as some sort of concession, the deputy foreign minister…

Obama taps Thomas Perez to be Labor chief

WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) — President Obama Monday nominated Thomas Perez, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, as U.S. labor secretary. “Tom’s knowledge and experience will make him…

Markets dip on Cyprus bailout deal

NEW YORK, March 18 (UPI) — U.S. stocks were lower Monday on news that a bailout for Cyprus included a tax on bank deposits. “This morning the news is all…

Ex-Sooner QB 1 of 2 dead in plane crash

SOUTH BEND, Ind., March 18 (UPI) — Former Oklahoma quarterback Steve Davis and another man were killed in the Indiana crash of a Beechcraft jet that hit three houses, authorities…

Police: Man shot off own finger

BRADFORD, Pa., March 18 (UPI) — Police in Pennsylvania said a man is facing weapons charges after shooting his own finger while attempting to “get rid of his wedding ring.”…

Iowa to play Indiana State in first round of NIT Tournament (VIDEO)

Iowa to play Indiana State in first round of NIT Tournament (VIDEO)

IOWA CITY – The Iowa Hawkeyes men’s basketball team was selected to play in this year’s NIT Basketball Tournament and is a #3 seed. The Hawkeeys will be playing Indiana…

Cyclones react to NCAA tournament berth and Notre Dame opponent (VIDEO)

Cyclones react to NCAA tournament berth and Notre Dame opponent (VIDEO)

AMES – The Iowa State men’s basketball team was selected to play in the 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament and will play Notre Dame in the second round in Dayton, Ohio.…

Obama to make first trip as President to Israel

Obama to make first trip as President to Israel

WASHINGTON – In the first foreign trip of his second term in office, President Obama will visit Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. The trip is an important opportunity to…

Snowplow sideswipes parked cars

Snowplow sideswipes parked cars

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – Might be best to get your cars off the streets while city crews clear the latest snowfall. Around 7:45 AM Monday morning, a…

Iowa DOT Issues Winter Storm Travel Advisory

Iowa DOT Issues Winter Storm Travel Advisory

AMES, Iowa – March 18, 2013: 9:30 a.m. update – While heavy snowfall is not expected, the Iowa Department of Transportation is reporting that very strong northwest winds (25 to…

Op-ed: Globe stayed at the dance too long (by Peter Children)

John Skipper’s Monday Column – John wrote today of the problem of having heroes….and of course he’s 100% correct. Bob Woodward has lost his edge, that comes from being lauded…

St. Ansgar man tries to steal vibrating lover thong

St. Ansgar man tries to steal vibrating lover thong

MASON CITY – A St. Ansgar man was arrested on Saturday afternoon after allegedly trying to steal a sexual pleasure device. According to a citation, Todd Michael Kunkel, 18, was…

Unsafe house, ignored by mayor and council, could finally be demolished after city staff takes action

Unsafe house, ignored by mayor and council, could finally be demolished after city staff takes action

MASON CITY – A house that was deemed unsafe last year and was supposed to be demolished by the end of October 2012 is again set for demolition. City staff…

Two die while trying to rescue boy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., March 17 (UPI) — Two people drowned in a river in South Dakota while trying to rescue a 6-year-old boy who fell into the river, officials said.…

Liars? Cigarette industry evaded ‘light’ ban

Liars? Cigarette industry evaded ‘light’ ban

BOSTON, March 18 (UPI) — Tobacco companies evaded the federal ban on misleading wording and still convey the false message “light” cigarettes are safer, U.S. researchers say. Study co-author Gregory…

Gun control sabbath calls for assault ban

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) — Religious leaders attending the U.S. Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend called for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, organizers said. Religious leaders from…

Small jet hits 3 Indiana homes, killing 2

SOUTH BEND, Ind., March 17 (UPI) — A small jet trying to land in South Bend, Ind., Sunday afternoon crashed into three nearby homes, killing at least two people, authorities…

NBA: Minnesota 97, New Orleans 95

NBA: Minnesota 97, New Orleans 95

MINNEAPOLIS, March 17 (UPI) — Derrick Williams put in 28 points and Nikola Pekovic made two go-ahead free throws Sunday in Minnesota’s 97-95 win over New Orleans. Ricky Rubio contributed…

U.S. work conditions increase heart risk

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 17 (UPI) — Americans work longer days, take less vacation and retire later than people in other developed nations and Israeli scientists see a link to…

Kentucky, Alabama among NIT top seeds

NEW YORK, March 17 (UPI) — Kentucky, Alabama, Southern Mississippi and Virginia each landed a No. 1 seed in National Invitation Tournament selections released Sunday. In first-round action starting Tuesday,…

Li rejects hacker accusations

BEIJING, March 17 (UPI) — China’s new Premier Li Keqiang, rejecting allegations of Chinese hackers targeting U.S. networks, said they amount to presumption of guilt. Li, in his first news…

Coffee, green tea reduce stroke risk

OSAKA, Japan, March 18 (UPI) — Green tea or coffee may help lower your risk of having a stroke, especially if they are a regular part of your diet, researchers…

Bond set at $500K for North Chicago cop

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., March 18 (UPI) — Bond was set at $500,000 Sunday for an off-duty North Chicago police officer who allegedly was drunk when he was involved in a…

2 arrested in cop shooting

FULLERTON, Calif., March 18 (UPI) — A Fullerton, Calif., police officer survived being shot multiple times in his protective vest Sunday and two suspects were arrested, police said. Marcos Bush,…

Israel may ask Obama to hit Syria missiles

JERUSALEM, March 18 (UPI) — Israel’s leader will try to sway President Obama to attack Syria if its missiles appear headed to Hezbollah militants in Lebanon, The Guardian reported. Short…

‘Oz’ again sweeps box office

LOS ANGELES, March 17 (UPI) — “Oz The Great and Powerful,” starring James Franco and Mila Kunis, swept the box office for the second weekend with $42.222 million in receipts.…

Crash at racetrack kills boy 14, man, 68

LINDA, Calif., March 17 (UPI) — A race car careened over a retaining wall at a California racetrack, fatally striking the driver’s 14-year-old cousin and another car’s owner, officials said.…

NCAA Men’s Division I basketball bracket

By UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL NCAA Men’s Division I basketball schedule and results (Regional seeding in parentheses) (All times EDT) First Round March 19 At Dayton, Ohio (16) North Carolina A&T…

WBC: Puerto Rico 3, Japan 1

SAN FRANCISCO, March 18 (UPI) — Alex Rios smashed a two-run homer Sunday and Puerto Rico advanced to the World Baseball Classic final with a 3-1 victory over Japan. With…

Steve King wants your help to repeal Obamacare

Steve King wants your help to repeal Obamacare

Steve King said late last week that he is not giving up his fight to repeal President Obama’s health care legislation – sometimes called Obamacare. King, in looking ahead to…

COL BKB: Ohio State 50, Wisconsin 43

CHICAGO, March 17 (UPI) — Deshaun Thomas struck for 17 points Sunday and No. 9 Ohio State got past 23rd-ranked Wisconsin 50-43 to corral its fifth overall Big Ten Tournament…

Ragan says preschool is best investment for kids

Ragan says preschool is best investment for kids

From Sent. Amanda Ragan – Iowa sees big returns when kids get quality early experiences. Good health care, quality childcare and preschool, and safe, nurturing homes and communities help kids…

Branstad and Reynolds congratulate Xi Jinping on becoming China’s new president

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today congratulated Xi Jinping on becoming China’s new president. Branstad noted Iowa’s long-standing history with President Xi, from…

UI Baseball: Dermody Notches 4th Win

UI Baseball: Dermody Notches 4th Win

WICHITA, Kan. — Senior Matt Dermody pitched seven strong innings and junior Keith Brand had a timely two-run single to lift the University of Iowa baseball team to a 4-1…