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Activists: ‘Dozens’ missing, dead in attack by Syrian troops

LONDON, May 3 (UPI) — Syrian activists charged Friday “dozens” of people had been killed by government troops in a city near the port of Baniyas. The alleged massacre occurred…

Lohan checks in to Betty Ford, rehires previous lawyer

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., May 3 (UPI) — Actress Lindsay Lohan checked into California’s Betty Ford Center for rehab and rehired a lawyer who kept her out of jail, several news…

Official: Boston Marathon suspects initially planned July 4 attack

BOSTON, May 3 (UPI) — The suspects in the Boston Marathon bomb blasts that killed three people initially planned a July 4 suicide mission, a U.S. law enforcement official told…

Clear Lake man wanted for felony theft brought in by CLPD and Sheriffs

Clear Lake man wanted for felony theft brought in by CLPD and Sheriffs

CLEAR LAKE – Two North Iowa law enforcement agencies worked together Thursday to bring a wanted man into custody. On Thursday evening at about 8:38 PM, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s…

Soy Energy plant to have new owners; 30 jobs potentially on the way

Soy Energy plant to have new owners; 30 jobs potentially on the way

MASON CITY – Renewable Energy Group® (NASDAQ:REGI), the nation’s leading biodiesel producer and marketer, today executed a purchase agreement to acquire a 30-million gallon per year capacity biodiesel plant from…

Op-ed: Bookmeyer, Trout, Council a “dark comedy” (by Peter Children)

Why a should This Be Anything Different? I read Carl Grover this morning in the Globe; what he said not only made sense but also reinforced my unwavering belief that…

Former Iowa slaughterhouse manager, extrdicted from Israel, set to appear in court today

Former Iowa slaughterhouse manager, extrdicted from Israel, set to appear in court today

CEDAR RAPIDS – Former Agriprocessors’ manager Hosam Amara is scheduled to appear today in federal court in Cedar Rapids following his extradition from Israel. According to Israeli authorities, Amara was…

NIACC: Graduation will go on tonight as planned

NIACC: Graduation will go on tonight as planned

From NIACC: The NIACC graduation ceremony is still scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday May 3, 2013 in the NIACC gym. A graduation reception will be held from 5:00-6:30…

NYPD head says African Americans not stopped and frisked enough

NEW YORK, May 2 (UPI) — In defense of New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says 75 percent of violent crimes are committed by African Americans. In…

CDC: In last 30 years, U.S. middle-aged suicide rose 28 percent

ATLANTA, May 2 (UPI) — Over the past 30 years, the rate of suicide among middle-aged U.S. adults rose almost 30 percent, federal health officials said. The report, published Thursday…

Iowa legislators will be working overtime again this session

Iowa legislators will be working overtime again this session

DES MOINES – The last day for Iowa legislators to receive per diem pay is Friday, May 3rd and the work at the capitol is not yet complete.  There is no…

App will let Google Glass wearers snap photos by blinking

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 2 (UPI) — A U.S. developer for the Google Glass wearable computer says he’s written an app called Winky that will let users snap photos by…

NIACC to Recognize 650 Graduates at Commencement

NIACC to Recognize 650 Graduates at Commencement

MASON CITY – During the North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) commencement ceremony on Friday, May 3, approximately 650 graduates will be awarded nearly 750 degrees, diplomas and certificates.  Several…

Poll: Workers appear more anxious about their jobs

NEW YORK, May 2 (UPI) — Concern among U.S. workers about income, benefits and job security is on the rise, research firm Harris Interactive said Thursday. “American workers are increasingly…

Fish in Gulf of Mexico showing long-term oil spill effects

DAVIS, Calif., May 2 (UPI) — Crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill sickened an important fish species in the Gulf of Mexico for at least a year after the…

Israel strikes at jihadist threat in Sinai

EILAT, Israel, May 2 (UPI) — Israel says its air force this week assassinated a key militant leader operating in the Sinai Peninsula, underlining the Jewish state’s concern about the…

Couple get prison for stealing GM trade secrets

DETROIT, May 2 (UPI) — A Michigan woman who once worked for GM as an engineer and her husband have received prison terms for conspiring to sell hybrid-vehicle technology to…

One killed, three injured in two car collision near Clarksville

One killed, three injured in two car collision near Clarksville

CLARKSVILLE – A Clarksville man was killed and three others from that town injured in a two-car crash Thursday morning. According to a report, at around 10:41 a.m. Thursday a Chevy…

Labor leader says Iowa House Republicans interfering with collective bargaining rights

DES MOINES – Today, AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan released the following statement regarding House Republicans’ passage of their version of the Standing Appropriations Bill, which included an…

Obama urges groups to refrain from trying to amend immigration bill

Obama urges groups to refrain from trying to amend immigration bill

WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) — President Obama warned advocates altering a comprehensive, bipartisan immigration bill could derail U.S. Senate leaders’ strategy to win a possible 70 votes. While much attention…

Michigan House passes bills on truancy, drug use by welfare recipients

LANSING, Mich., May 2 (UPI) — Michigan’s House of Representatives passed two bills that cut welfare benefits for families whose children are truant or if an adult tests positive for…

Ragan: Tougher license requirements can help prevent accidents

Ragan: Tougher license requirements can help prevent accidents

From Sen. Amanda Ragan – While no law can prevent all accidents, tougher license requirements for people learning to drive have been shown to help. That is why the Legislature…

NRA’s message at convention: The fight is not over

NRA’s message at convention: The fight is not over

HOUSTON, May 2 (UPI) — The National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston is designed to be a conference about issues and not a victory celebration, its spokesman said. “The…

Chesimard named to FBI ‘Most Wanted Terrorist’ list

NEWARK, N.J., May 2 (UPI) — A woman convicted in the 1973 slaying of a New Jersey state trooper has been named to the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list. Joanne…

Billion-year-old meteor could hold clues to Mars life

EAST LANSING, Mich., May 2 (UPI) — A meteorite found on Earth but formed on Mars more than a billion years ago could reveal if the Red Planet was ever…

ACLU sues Michigan police over trespass arrests

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 2 (UPI) — The American Civil Liberties Union says it has sued a police department in Michigan for arresting people for trespassing who had not committed…

Passenger jet nearly strikes UFO over Scotland

GLASGOW, Scotland, May 2 (UPI) — British aviation authorities confirmed a jet carrying about 200 passengers nearly collided with a UFO above Scotland. The British Airprox Board, which is run…

Nearly 260,000 die in Somalia famine

UNITED NATIONS, May 2 (UPI) — Nearly 260,000 people, more than half under the age of five, died in Somalia’s famine between 2010 and 2012, a United Nations study says.…

Maryland becomes 18th state to end executions

BALTIMORE, May 2 (UPI) — Gov. Martin O’Malley Thursday signed legislation abolishing capital punishment in Maryland, bringing to 18 the number of states where execution has been banned. The death…

Witherspoon pleads no contest, husband pleads guilty

NEW YORK, May 2 (UPI) — Reese Witherspoon pleaded no contest Thursday to charges tied to her arrest after her husband was stopped in Atlanta for alleged drunken driving, TMZ…

Markets recover previous session’s losses

NEW YORK, May 2 (UPI) — U.S. stocks headed higher Thursday after the European Central Bank lowered its lending rate to 0.5 percent, a historic low. The Dow Jones industrial…

Obama in Mexico to talk immigration, trade, security

WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto Thursday “renewed their commitment” to the U.S.-Mexico relationship, the White House said. In a statement…

Lindsay Lohan ditches rehab, heads to LAX

LOS ANGELES, May 2 (UPI) — Actress Lindsay Lohan apparently fled to Los Angeles International Airport Thursday instead of checking into a court-mandated rehab center, a prosecutor said. “I hear…

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 in the hands of federal agents, CNN and ABC News reported, citing sources.…

Report: Yemeni al-Qaida members took part in Benghazi attack

WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) — Yemeni members of an al-Qaida branch participated in the attack on a diplomatic mission in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed, a U.S.…

NBA: Brooklyn 95, Chicago 92

CHICAGO, May 2 (UPI) — Andray Blatche scored the last five Brooklyn points over the closing 1:15 Thursday and the Nets forced a decisive playoff game with a 95-92 win…

North Korea asked to grant amnesty to U.S. national

PYONGYANG, North Korea, May 2 (UPI) — The United States urged North Korea to grant amnesty and release U.S. national Kenneth Bae, who has been sentenced to 15 years of…

MLB: St. Louis 6, Milwaukee 5

MILWAUKEE, May 2 (UPI) — Allen Craig and Pete Kozma both had two-run singles in a six-run third inning Thursday that propelled St. Louis to a 6-5 victory over Milwaukee.…

Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technician Donald P. McGrane

Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technician Donald P. McGrane

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad is ordering all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013, to honor…

Judge grants house arrest to teen terror suspect

CHICAGO, May 3 (UPI) — A federal judge Thursday ordered house arrest for a Chicago teenager charged with planning to travel to Syria to fight with a terrorist group. But…