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Mason City man arrested for 1st degree burglary, assault

Mason City man arrested for 1st degree burglary, assault

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was arrested early Saturday morning after police responded to a report of a domestic situation at 621 South President Ave. Officers arrived on…

Iowa prepares to battle new Big Ten foe Maryland in NIT semis

Iowa prepares to battle new Big Ten foe Maryland in NIT semis

NEW YORK CITY – Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery held a press conference on Friday as his team prepares to battle Maryland in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden.…

Jim Carrey blasts Fox News Channel

Jim Carrey blasts Fox News Channel

NEW YORK, March 29 (UPI) — Canadian-born actor Jim Carrey is blasting Fox News for what he calls vicious slander after the release of his satirical anti-gun video “Cold Dead…

First evidence of Neanderthal/human mix

MARSEILLE, France, March 29 (UPI) — Ancient skeletal remains found in Italy may be of a human/Neanderthal hybrid, the first such known instance of the species interbreeding, scientists say. If…

Boehner: U.S. Representative use of ‘wetback’ term ‘offensive’

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, March 29 (UPI) — Republican leaders denounced the use of the term “wetback” by U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, with House Speaker John Boehner calling it “offensive.” Young,…

Big Oil’s hassle with Iraq is China’s gain

BAGHDAD, March 30 (UPI) — U.S. oil companies seem to be losing interest in Iraq, which a decade ago was seen as the big prize in the global energy business…

U.S. Navy SEAL dies in parachute accident

MARANA, Ariz., March 29 (UPI) — One Navy SEAL was killed and a second injured in a parachute training accident in Arizona, military officials said Friday. A Naval Special Warfare…

MN Man Sentenced for Assaulting a Federal Officer

BISMARCK—U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on March 27, 2013, Raymond Blue Arm, 40, of Cannon Ball, North Dakota, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on…

Big cheese theft suspect caught

CASHTON, Wis., March 29 (UPI) — An Illinois man is facing charges after being arrested in New Jersey with a truckload of stolen Wisconsin cheese, authorities say. Veniamin Konstantinovich Balika,…

High School Art Students featured in MacNider Museum Exhibition

High School Art Students featured in MacNider Museum Exhibition

MASON CITY – Art: The Next Generation is the theme of the 29th annual Youth Art Month Exhibition in the Center Space Gallery of the MacNider Art Museum, Mason City.…

Obama establishes election reform panel

Obama establishes election reform panel

WASHINGTON, March 29 (UPI) — President Obama, following up on State of the Union comments on voting, has set up a commission to look for ways to make voting easier,…

BlackBerry posts $98 million profit

TORONTO, March 29 (UPI) — Canadian technology firm BlackBerry, formerly RIM, said it posted a surprising $98 million profit in its fiscal fourth quarter. In the quarter that ended March…

New crew docks at space station

New crew docks at space station

MOSCOW, March 29 (UPI) — A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying new crew members to the International Space Station docked with the station as scheduled late Thursday, officials said. “The docking…

UPS pays up for illicit pill shipments

SAN FRANCISCO, March 29 (UPI) — United Parcel Service agreed to give up $40 million in payments it charged for shipping products from what federal prosecutors called illicit online pharmacies.…

Mysterious die-off of bees seen worsening

NEW YORK, March 29 (UPI) — A mysterious phenomenon killing honeybees for several years appears to have increased dramatically in the last year, U.S. commercial beekeepers say. The puzzling occurrence,…

Drought affects millions in China

BEIJING, March 29 (UPI) — A drought lingering in three Chinese provinces since October has affected 23.7 million people, with economic losses of more than $1.1 billion, officials say. On…

Lil Wayne says he’s epileptic

LOS ANGELES, March 29 (UPI) — Rapper Lil Wayne confirmed he is epileptic and said he “could’ve died” after a series of seizures hospitalized him in Los Angeles two weeks…

What’s left of flu is mostly influenza B

ATLANTA, March 29 (UPI) — U.S. influenza activity continues to decline across key flu indicators but influenza viruses still circulate with influenza B predominating, officials say. Officials at the Centers…

Convicted felon, repeat border violator sentenced for illegally re-entering US

ATLANTA – A Jamaican criminal alien with prior felony convictions for the possession and distribution of marijuana was sentenced to more than 7 years in federal prison Tuesday for illegally…

Aerial Seeding and Fertilizing along Iowa’s Highways to Continue into April

Aerial Seeding and Fertilizing along Iowa’s Highways to Continue into April

AMES, Iowa – March, 25, 2013 – Due to continued winter weather, the Iowa Department of Transportation is extending the timeframe for aerial seeding along Iowa’s highways into April. The…

U.S. Rep. Young apologizes for ‘wetback’ comment

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, March 29 (UPI) — U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, following withering criticism from Republican leaders, apologized Friday for using the term “wetback.” “I apologize for the insensitive term…

Upcoming Classes at NIACC Education Centers

Upcoming Classes at NIACC Education Centers

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College offers classes at the College’s area Education Centers. There are centers located in Charles City, Garner, Hampton, Lake Mills and Osage. The…

NBA: Minnesota 101, Oklahoma City 93

NBA: Minnesota 101, Oklahoma City 93

MINNEAPOLIS, March 29 (UPI) — Nikola Pekovic and Dante Cunningham scored all the points in an 8-0 fourth-quarter run Friday that led Minnesota to a 101-93 triumph over Oklahoma City.…

NHL: Dallas 5, Minnesota 3

DALLAS, March 30 (UPI) — Erik Cole touched off a three-goal third period Friday that gave Dallas a 5-3 decision over Minnesota, snapping the Wild’s seven-game win streak. Cole broke…

NCAA: Duke 71, Michigan State 61

INDIANAPOLIS, March 30 (UPI) — Stephen Curry led the way with 29 points Friday, putting Duke into the NCAA Midwest Region finals with a grueling 71-61 victory over Michigan State.…

NCAA: Louisville 77, Oregon 69

INDIANAPOLIS, March 30 (UPI) — A 31-point effort from Russ Smith powered Louisville to a big lead Friday and the Cardinals moved within one win of the Final Four by…

NCAA: Michigan 87, Kansas 85 (OT)

ARLINGTON, Texas, March 30 (UPI) — Trey Burke rallied Michigan late in regulation Friday and the Wolverines seized on an overtime blunder to down Kansas 87-85 in the NCAA regional…