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University of Iowa embarks on $1.7 billion fundraising campaign

IOWA CITY – On Thursday at the Old Capitol on the campus of the University of Iowa, university leadership, students, and donors announced For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the…

North Central Iowa hit hardest by May snow storm

North Central Iowa hit hardest by May snow storm

From the National Weather Service: Latest snowfall map for IA from our ongoing record-setting #snow storm. Current as of 7pm 5/2:…

UI Men’s Hoops Announces Tournament Change

UI Men’s Hoops Announces Tournament Change

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa announced today a change to its 2013-14 men’s basketball non-conference schedule. The Hawkeyes will be competing in the 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis,…

Human Rights Commission struggles to decide Foster’s immediate fate (VIDEO)

Human Rights Commission struggles to decide Foster’s immediate fate (VIDEO)

MASON CITY – The Mason City Human Rights Commission met Thursday afternoon and took on the question of deciding Lionel Foster’s immediate fate as Human Rights Director, a position he has…

Mason City man’s rampage leaves 4 victims

Mason City man’s rampage leaves 4 victims

MASON CITY – A Mason City man has been arrested Thursday after two incidents that left a total of four victims. According to police, officers responded to a report of…

PepsiCo pulls Mountain Dew ad called ‘arguably the most racist’ ever

PepsiCo pulls Mountain Dew ad called ‘arguably the most racist’ ever

PURCHASE, N.Y., May 2 (UPI) — U.S. food and beverage giant PepsiCo Inc. pulled an online Mountain Dew commercial after outrage over its alleged racist stereotypes and violence against women.…

Spire lifted to top of One World Trade Center

Spire lifted to top of One World Trade Center

NEW YORK, May 2 (UPI) — Construction workers applauded Thursday as the spire of the new One World Trade Center in New York was lifted to a temporary platform. The…

FBI reported to have Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s laptop

BOSTON, May 2 (UPI) — A laptop computer belonging to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is now in the hands of federal agents, sources tell CNN. A law enforcement…

Heavy wet snow falls in Midwest as Spring storm moves in

CHICAGO, May 2 (UPI) — An unusual late May storm that dumped inches of snow on the Rocky Mountains moved east Thursday, causing major problems in part of the Midwest.…

Republicans launch online petition to repeal Obamacare

Republicans launch online petition to repeal Obamacare

WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) — The Republican National Committee launched an online petition aimed at doing away with the Affordable Care Act, which reformed the U.S. healthcare system. “While families…

Mason City man arrested after alleged theft of vodka

Mason City man arrested after alleged theft of vodka

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was arrested for allegedly stealing a bottle of vodka from a North End convenience store. According to police, Ryan Andrew Speakar, 36, was…

Heavy, wet snow pounds North Iowa

Heavy, wet snow pounds North Iowa

MASON CITY – Old man winter is back. Heavy, wet snow has fallen across the North Iowa area and continued to fall late Thursday morning. School was cancelled in Mason…

Mortgage activity rises with rates mostly lower

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) — U.S. mortgage activity rose modestly last week as long-term interest rates were mostly lower, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday. The association said mortgage activity…

Employees report improved hiring activity

PRINCETON, N.J., May 1 (UPI) — Survey firm Gallup said its monthly U.S. job creation index was positive in April, coming in at the high end of an established, long-term…

Skeleton suggests starving settlers in Jamestown Colony went cannibal

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) — The harsh winter of 1609 in Virginia’s Jamestown Colony forced residents to do the unthinkable, researchers say, as evidence shows they resorted to cannibalism. In…

Gov. Branstad signs 13 bills into law

Gov. Branstad signs 13 bills into law

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad on Wednesday signed the following bills into law: House File 152 An act relating to drainage or levee districts by providing for agreements with owners…

Tea Party activists urge Palin to run for Senate seat

Tea Party activists urge Palin to run for Senate seat

SEATTLE, May 1 (UPI) — Sarah Palin’s supporters are urged to contribute money toward recruiting her to run for the U.S. Senate, the Tea Party Leadership Fund said. “We know…

Reform supporters confident illegal crossings can be stopped

Reform supporters confident illegal crossings can be stopped

SAN DIEGO, May 1 (UPI) — Supporters of the bipartisan immigration bill the U.S. Senate is debating said they are confident the Border Patrol can stop the flow of illegal…

New Zealand’s banned names: Lucifer, Christ, Anal

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, May 1 (UPI) — New Zealand officials released the country’s list of banned baby names, including Lucifer, which has been requested six times since 2001. The Registrar…

Fed leaves monetary policy in place

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) — The U.S. Federal Reserve said Wednesday it will keep its monetary policy intact, leaving security purchases and interest rates where they are for now. The…

DNA studies suggest the way for more effective cancer treatments

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) — U.S. scientists say DNA research suggests cancer treatment will increasingly focus on its genetic fingerprint rather than on the organ where it originated. The findings…

Windows 8 market share not measuring up to Windows 7 history

SAN FRANCISCO, May 1 (UPI) — Windows 8 is advancing in the desktop operating system market but has yet to match the milestone Windows 7 had reached at the same…

Mozilla says spyware sold to governments masquerading as Firefox

REDMOND, Wash., May 1 (UPI) — Mozilla says it has sent a cease-and-desist letter to a British company it alleges sells spyware disguised as its Firefox browser to governments. A…

Public invited to send their names, message with Mars mission

GREENBELT, Md., May 1 (UPI) — NASA says it is inviting the public to submit names and personal messages for a DVD to be carried on a spacecraft that will…

Outside View: Why unemployment remains a nagging problem

By PETER MORICI – COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 2 (UPI) — The U.S. Labor Department is expected to report Friday the U.S. economy added 153,000 jobs in April — up…

Man accused of stealing skateboard at gunpoint

OCALA, Fla., May 1 (UPI) — Florida police said a 21-year-old man is facing charges for allegedly stealing a skateboard and a watch from a 14-year-old boy. The Ocala Police…

NASA extends Lockheed support contract

HOUSTON, May 1 (UPI) — NASA has exercised a $168 million contract option with Lockheed Martin for facilities development and operations. Services under the one-year option will be performed at…

Iran’s economy declines as sanctions bite

Iran’s economy declines as sanctions bite

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 1 (UPI) — Western sanctions on Iran, the most severe it’s ever faced, are biting deeper than ever, U.S. statistics indicate, with Iranian oil exports…

Manufacturing growth slows to a crawl

TEMPE, Ariz., May 1 (UPI) — U.S. manufacturing activity expanded in April but at a slower pace than March, a research firm reported Wednesday. “Business can be described as flat…

Nevada announces start of legal online poker

LAS VEGAS, May 1 (UPI) — Nevada has become the first U.S. state to allow people to play poker online for money legally, as long as they are at least…

Man executed in Ohio for rape, murder of 6-month-old girl

LUCASVILLE, Ohio, May 1 (UPI) — Steven Smith on Wednesday was executed at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville for the 1998 rape and murder of 6-month-old Autumn Carter.…

Minnesota man admits driving drunk, running over pedestrian

MINNEAPOLIS—Yesterday in federal court in Duluth, a 46-year-old man from the Red Lake Indian Reservation community of Ponemah pleaded guilty in connection with the August 19, 2012 death of Kaishauna…

Construction spending declined in March

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) — Construction spending dropped 1.7 percent from February to March, the U.S. Census Bureau News reported Wednesday. Total construction spending in February was revised lower to…