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Cost of Iraq War: More than $2.2 trillion

PROVIDENCE, R.I., March 19 (UPI) — The Iraq War killed 190,000 people, 70 percent civilians and 4,488 U.S. service members and will cost the U.S. taxpayer $2.2 trillion, U.S. researchers…

UNI to Host North Dakota in CIT on Tuesday night

UNI to Host North Dakota in CIT on Tuesday night

Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications – The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team will play in the postseason for a fifth straight year after accepting a bid to play in…

Air Jordans cause disturbance at Southbridge Mall

Air Jordans cause disturbance at Southbridge Mall

MASON CITY – LeBron James might be all the talk in the basketball world these days, but the former king of the basketball world, Michael Jordan, apparently hasn’t lost much…

Another pit bull attack today in Mason City

MASON CITY – NIT is fielding reports this morning of another pit bull attack in Mason City. According to sources, the latest incident took place at about 12:30 PM on…

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel marks Ten Year Anniversary of the Iraq War

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel marks Ten Year Anniversary of the Iraq War

Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel – This week marks the ten year anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War. While that conflict has been brought to an…

Training Incident Kills 7 Service Members at Nevada Depot

Training Incident Kills 7 Service Members at Nevada Depot

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., March 19, 2013 – Seven service members were killed and several others were injured last night when an incident occurred during a training exercise…

Gains fade in U.S. markets

Gains fade in U.S. markets

NEW YORK, March 19 (UPI) — U.S. stocks returned to positive territory Tuesday morning, but gains faded by midday. The Department of Commerce said building starts rose in February, rising…

Gomez, Letterman joke about Bieber

Gomez, Letterman joke about Bieber

NEW YORK, March 19 (UPI) — Actress Selena Gomez confirmed during a visit to “Late Show with David Letterman” in New York she and singer Justin Bieber are no longer…

Republican Senator: End immigration family preference

Republican Senator: End immigration family preference

WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) — U.S. immigration policy should shift toward admitting skilled workers instead of favoring family reunification, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says. Graham, one of eight senators in…

UI Baseball: Big Inning Dooms Hawkeyes

UI Baseball: Big Inning Dooms Hawkeyes

WICHITA, Kan. — One big inning — a seven-run fifth — sent Nebraska-Omaha to a 7-6 victory and series win over the University of Iowa baseball team on Monday at…

Woman arrested for toilet message

MOUNT PLEASANT, Tenn., March 19 (UPI) — A Tennessee woman was arrested for writing an obscene message directed to a police officer on a broken toilet and leaving it in…

Embezzlement charges brought against Nora Springs woman

Embezzlement charges brought against Nora Springs woman

MASON CITY – Embezzlement charges have been brought against a Nora Springs woman. A complaint was brought to the Mason City Police Department in November of 2012 from Prairie Ridge…

NBC exec complains about Leno jokes

BURBANK, Calif., March 18 (UPI) — A top NBC entertainment executive blasted Jay Leno in a series of emails for making jokes about the network’s falling ratings, The New York…

Christian group urges people to speak out to prevent gays in Boy Scouts

Christian group urges people to speak out to prevent gays in Boy Scouts

A Christian group called the American Family Association is urging other Christians to prevent the Boy Scouts from allowing gays into the organization. According to the AFA, on May 23,…

History speaks out about Satan-Obama buzz

LOS ANGELES, March 19 (UPI) — The History channel says those who saw a similarity between Satan and U.S. President Barack Obama in “The Bible” miniseries made a “false connection.”…

Man shoots teen who came in wrong house

STERLING, Va., March 18 (UPI) — Police say a teen who’d been drinking entered the wrong suburban Virginia house early Sunday and was shot and killed by the homeowner. The…

Republican party national chairman: ‘No one solution’ for GOP

Republican party national chairman: ‘No one solution’ for GOP

WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) — Republicans lost the 2012 U.S. presidential election for many reasons and there are many solutions, the party’s national chairman said Monday. The party’s Growth and…

Hillary Clinton in video supports gay marriage

Hillary Clinton in video supports gay marriage

WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) — Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke in support of gay marriage, announcing her stance in a video posted Monday by the Human Rights…

Police: Man vomited bags of heroin

RIVERDALE, N.J., March 18 (UPI) — Police in New Jersey said a man accused of snorting heroin in his car allegedly vomited up 14 bags of the controlled substance during…

U.S. mourns occasion of Halabja massacre

WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) — The U.S. government said it was ready to help ensure those behind the Halabja massacre in Iraq’s Kurdish region in 1988 would face justice. Ali…

FARC: We’re too serious to traffic cocaine

BOGOTA, March 18 (UPI) — Colombia’s largest rebel group denied Monday it owned 4 tons of cocaine captured last week, saying it was too “serious” an organization to do such…

Pickax used to break into pharmacy

METAIRIE, La., March 18 (UPI) — Authorities in Louisiana said they arrested a pharmacy burglary suspect accused of leaving behind the pickax he allegedly used to break through a wall.…

WBB: Cyclones Earn Seventh-Straight NCAA Appearance

WBB: Cyclones Earn Seventh-Straight NCAA Appearance

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State women’s basketball team has been selected to play in its 14thNCAA Tournament, which includes seven appearances in a row. The fifth-seeded Cyclones will travel…

Iowa WBB – Hawkeyes to Play Miami in NCAA Tournament

Iowa WBB – Hawkeyes to Play Miami in NCAA Tournament

IOWA CITY, IOWA — The University of Iowa women’s basketball team has received an at-large berth into the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championships. The Hawkeyes (20-12) are a No. 9 seed…

Public employees told to bring own TP

WINDSOR, Mo., March 18 (UPI) — A Missouri mayor said he was shocked when a speaker at an aldermanic meeting revealed public works employees had been told to bring toilet…

Latham co-sponsors legislation that would ensure skilled nursing care for seniors

Latham co-sponsors legislation that would ensure skilled nursing care for seniors

Washington, Mar 15 – Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT), Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA), and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have introduced legislation to fix an arbitrary Medicare policy that excludes coverage of…

Rights group warns against Syrian bomblets

NEW YORK, March 18 (UPI) — Syrian forces are using cluster munitions against civilian targets, with more than 100 sites hit in the last six months, Human Rights Watch said.…

Latham wants to fund two cost-benefit analyses before National Guard aircraft are moved

Washington, Mar 18 – Iowa Congressman Tom Latham is calling on his U.S. Senate counterparts to vote on and approve a measure offered by Iowa Senator Charles Grassley that would…

Dog accidentally travels to Ireland

NEWARK, N.J., March 18 (UPI) — A family moving from New York to Arizona said their dog was placed on the wrong flight and ended up in Ireland. Edith Lombardo-Albach…

Helicopter hijacked in prison escape

SAINT-JEROME, Quebec, March 18 (UPI) — The pilot whose helicopter was hijacked Sunday in a daring escape from a Quebec prison flew with a gun to his head, his boss…

Supreme Court hears voter registration case

Supreme Court hears voter registration case

WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) — The U.S. Supreme Court heard argument Monday on whether Arizona or any state may require proof of citizenship for voter registration. The justices appeared to…

Navy halts commercial flights to Cuba

MIAMI, March 18 (UPI) — The U.S. Navy has ordered a commercial flight service to cease flights to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, citing a long overlooked regulation. Capt. John Nettleton ordered…

Clear Lake’s Ouverson signs with NIACC

Clear Lake’s Ouverson signs with NIACC

MASON CITY – Clear Lake’s Carly Ouverson has signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at NIACC. Ouverson, a setter, was a first-team all-North Central Conference selection during…