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Waterloo police investigate death of 2 year-old child

WATERLOO – On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at approximately 7:22 PM, Waterloo Police and Waterloo Fire Rescue were sent to 436 Cutler Street on report of a two-year old female…

‘Octomom’ target of welfare fraud probe

‘Octomom’ target of welfare fraud probe

LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) — Los Angeles County investigators have opened a welfare fraud probe into Nadya Suleman, the so-called octomom, who started receiving assistance in January. The Los…

NCAA: Miami (Fla.) 78, Pacific 49

AUSTIN, Texas, March 22 (UPI) — Durand Scott led all scorers with 21 points Friday and helped second-seeded Miami (Fla.) breeze to a 78-49 NCAA Tournament second-round win over Pacific.…

NCAA: Temple 76, North Carolina St. 72

DAYTON, Ohio, March 22 (UPI) — Khalif Wyatt scored 31 points and ninth-seeded Temple held off a late North Carolina State charge Friday for a 76-72 NCAA tournament victory. Temple…

U.S. stock indexes end week on rebound

NEW YORK, March 22 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes rebounded Friday, with reports from Nike and Tiffany boosting confidence despite uncertainty over a bailout for Cyprus. Nike reported higher-than expected…

NCAA: Duke 73, Albany 61

PHILADELPHIA, March 22 (UPI) — Duke’s Seth Curry scored 26 points Friday and the second-seeded Blue Devils cruised to a 73-61 NCAA Tournament win over the Albany Great Danes. Duke…

NCAA: Creighton 67, Cincinnati 63

PHILADELPHIA, March 22 (UPI) — Doug McDermott scored 27 points Friday in helping seventh-seeded Creighton escape a late Cincinnati charge for a 67-63 NCAA Tournament second-round victory. With Cincinnati’s Sean…

NCAA: Mississippi 57, Wisconsin 46

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 22 (UPI) — Marshall Henderson scored 16 second-half points Friday to help 12th-seeded Mississippi to a 57-46 NCAA Tournament upset of fifth-seeded Wisconsin. The exuberant Henderson’s…

UI Baseball: Hawkeyes Fall in 13 Innings in B1G Opener

UI Baseball: Hawkeyes Fall in 13 Innings in B1G Opener

CAROL STREAM, Ill. — Jack Havey’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning sent Northwestern to a 2-1 victory over the University of Iowa baseball team Friday…

Ragan: Identifying “fraud and abuse” i Medicaid system is important

Ragan: Identifying “fraud and abuse” i Medicaid system is important

From Sen. Amanda Ragan – Much of this legislative session has focused on expanding access to affordable health care to more Iowans through Medicaid. As we work toward that goal,…

Iowa State Patrol Continues Investigation into Morning Fatality Crash

Iowa State Patrol Continues Investigation into Morning Fatality Crash

Kossuth County, IOWA — On Friday, March 22, 2013, a collision occurred at approximately 6:20 a.m. on Highway #169 two miles north of Algona in Kossuth County. The collision involved…

Syrian conflict could spill into Iraq

UNITED NATIONS, March 22 (UPI) — Iraq faces a “very real potential” that civil war in Syria will spill across the border, U.N. special envoy to Iraq Martin Kobler told…

Ed Reed leaves Ravens for Houston Texans

HOUSTON, March 22 (UPI) — Ed Reed, an eight-time All-Pro safety, is leaving the Baltimore Ravens for the Houston Texas, the Texans said Friday. Reed, 34, was drafted in the…

Insurance companies warn of premium hikes

WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) — Insurers are telling brokers some healthcare premiums will rise in 2014 even though U.S. officials project lower rates overall under the Affordable Care Act. The…

N. Korea says citizens ‘happy’ with rights

NEW YORK, March 22 (UPI) — North Korea scorns a planned inquiry into its alleged human rights abuses and its people are “happy” with how their rights are protected, an…

U.S. stock indexes head higher

NEW YORK, March 22 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes rebounded Friday, with reports from Nike and Tiffany boosting confidence despite uncertainty over a bailout for Cyprus. Nike reported higher-than expected…

Bon Jovi discusses daughter’s heroin use

NEW YORK, March 22 (UPI) — New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi says he received the “worst phone call ever” after his 19-year-old daughter, Stephanie Bongiovi, overdosed on heroin. The…

Four Cyclones Advance At NCAA Championships

Four Cyclones Advance At NCAA Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa – Four members of the Iowa State wrestling team (11-5 overall, 3-3 Big 12) are advancing to the round of 16 at the 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships.…

NIACC Board seeks replacement after death of board member

NIACC Board seeks replacement after death of board member

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Area Community College Board of Directors has a vacancy due to the death of board member Robert Davis. The NIACC Board of Directors will…

Op-ed: Marquardt has right to question EDC (by Peter Children)

Op-ed by Peter Children – Matt Marquardt brings substance to the table in his timely questioning of the EDC’s accomplishments under the Bookmeyer doctrine. Whereas at the same time, the…

“Rally to save America’s postal service” to be held in Des Moines Sunday

“Rally to save America’s postal service” to be held in Des Moines Sunday

DES MOINES – A rally in Des Moines as part of national Day of Action in Iowa and across the country, will be held to “to save America’s postal service”…

Hawkeyes Send 6 to NCAA Quarterfinals

Hawkeyes Send 6 to NCAA Quarterfinals

DES MOINES, Iowa — The University of Iowa wrestling team advanced six wrestlers to the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Championships today at Wells Fargo Arena.  The Hawkeyes sit in fourth…

U.K. faces most terror threats in history

LONDON, March 22 (UPI) — England faces its most complex terror attacks in history, with extremists plotting in small groups that are harder to detect, an anti-terrorism official said. Stuart…

Labor group: “Ryan Budget is Bad for Iowa”

Labor group: “Ryan Budget is Bad for Iowa”

DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan released the following statement on the newest Paul Ryan Budget: “Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and House Republican leaders have introduced…

Major oil find made in Gulf of Mexico

DALLAS, March 21 (UPI) — Venari Resources LLC said Tuesday it had made a major oil discovery at its Shenandoah prospect in the Gulf of Mexico. The deepwater oil exploration…

Harkin: Bolstering the Middle Class is the Path to a Sustainable Future

Harkin: Bolstering the Middle Class is the Path to a Sustainable Future

From Senator Tom Harkin – Over the last year, I have held a series of hearings focusing on the crisis of the middle class.  More and more Americans find that…

Qualified workers in short supply

CHICAGO, March 22 (UPI) — A significant number of employers in major economies are having trouble finding qualified workers, a global CareerBuilder survey indicates. In the survey conducted by Harris…

China investments in Africa boom

BEIJING, March 22 (UPI) — China’s trade with Africa is booming as Chinese investments in the continent soar, Chinese officials and experts say. The official China Daily reported Wednesday a…

Republican Plan Will End Medicare As We Know It and Force Iowa Seniors to Pay More for Health Care

From the Democratic Policy and Communications Center – The Republican budget would end Medicare as we know it by moving seniors from guaranteed benefits to a voucher program that sticks…

Grassley Protests Senate Leader Reid for Refusing Vote on Air Guard and Reserve Amendment

Grassley Protests Senate Leader Reid for Refusing Vote on Air Guard and Reserve Amendment

From Senator Charles Grassley – WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley said the refusal of the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow votes on amendments such as a bipartisan proposal…

Grassley Amendment Provides for Revenue Neutral Tax Reform

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa on Wednesday filed an amendment to the budget before the full Senate that would strike the requirement to raise nearly $1 trillion through…