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Small fire causes apartment to be evacuated Sunday evening (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Small fire causes apartment to be evacuated Sunday evening (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

MASON CITY – An apartment was evacuated Sunday evening after a minor fire. According to the occupants of the apartment, a microwave caught on fire at one of the apartments…

Utah soccer referee dies after allegedly punched by player

MURRAY, Utah, May 5 (UPI) — A Utah soccer referee died after spending a week in a coma allegedly brought on by a punch from a 17-year-old goalie during a…

South Korea’s president departs for first U.S. summit

SEOUL, May 5 (UPI) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye left Sunday for the United States to meet with President Obama to discuss North Korean threats, officials said. The Tuesday…

Mortician still stuck with Boston Marathon bomber’s body

BOSTON, May 5 (UPI) — A Boston-area mortician called on the U.S. government to help him convince a cemetery to accept the body of accused marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Peter…

Syria bristles after apparent Israeli air raid

DAMASCUS, Syria, May 5 (UPI) — Syria vowed to retaliate after an apparent Israeli airstrike on the capital Damascus early Sunday. A government official said on CNN the attack on…

Obama urges Ohio State grads to be active citizens

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 5 (UPI) — President Obama told graduates of The Ohio State University the age of instant information meant they could have a significant and early impact on…

‘Iron Man 3’ opens very big at the box office

LOS ANGELES, May 5 (UPI) — “Iron Man 3,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, took in a whopping $175.3 million during the weekend. It was the second highest…

McCain calls for game-changing action, arming of Syrian rebels

McCain calls for game-changing action, arming of Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Sunday he hopes the Obama administration arms Syrian rebels as tensions escalate in the Middle East. Israel apparently launched a…

School Superintendent Micich to present school board with list of “personnel reduction recommendations” Monday

School Superintendent Micich to present school board with list of “personnel reduction recommendations” Monday

MASON CITY – Below, see the agenda for the Special Session/Committee of the Whole meeting of the Mason City Community School District Board of Education scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on…

Upmeyer: “Optimistic that a path to adjournment for this session is near”

Upmeyer: “Optimistic that a path to adjournment for this session is near”

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer – This was a very productive week at the Capitol. The pace of debate picks up as the bills pass between chambers and committee work is…

NIACC men’s golf team ready for Region XI tournament in Cedar Rapids

NIACC men’s golf team ready for Region XI tournament in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS – The last three times Dalton Olson has played competitive rounds of golf his score has gone down. The NIACC sophomore hopes to continue that progression Monday and…

NIACC baseball to host Iowa Lakes Monday

NIACC baseball to host Iowa Lakes Monday

MASON CITY – The NIACC baseball team will host Iowa Lakes in a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. on Monday at Roosevelt Stadium. NIACC is 20-13 overall and 11-9 in…

Bad weather moves Spring Horse Show indoors

Bad weather moves Spring Horse Show indoors

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – Mason City hosted the Midstates Spring Horse Show -a Hunter and Jumper Show- this week at the North Iowa Events Center. The event…

Council candidate Draper gearing up for election (VIDEO)

Council candidate Draper gearing up for election (VIDEO)

MASON CITY – At-Large Mason City Council candidate Jody Draper held an informal gathering at Cabin Coffee Saturday. Draper, supported by friends and family, gathered signatures for her election bid…

Study: Global warming could shift global rainfall patterns

GREENBELT, Md., May 3 (UPI) — NASA says a study it led suggests global warming will drive changes in global rainfall patterns, with increased risks of both extreme rainfall and…

Snow doesn’t stop mom and son from breaking out unicycles Saturday

Snow doesn’t stop mom and son from breaking out unicycles Saturday

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – Saturday afternoon, Tara and Travis Brick were on North Federal Avenue in downtown Mason City enjoying the sunshine on their unicycles. Despite the…

ISU Women Second at Day 2 of Big 12 Track

ISU Women Second at Day 2 of Big 12 Track

WACO, TX- Ese and Ej Okoro led an Iowa State women’s team that qualified five runners Saturday for the finals on Sunday at the 2013 Big 12 Outdoor Championships. The…

NIACC postseason begins Monday in Fort Dodge

NIACC postseason begins Monday in Fort Dodge

FORT DODGE – The post-season starts Monday for the NIACC softball team. NIACC (14-18) plays Marshalltown (20-22-1) at 2 p.m. Monday at the Harlan Rogers Sports Complex in the opening…

Caterpillar to lay off 300 in Decatur, Ill.

PEORIA, Ill., May 4 (UPI) — Caterpillar Inc. says it will lay off another 300 workers at its Decatur, Ill., factory by the middle of the summer. The announcement Friday…

Mountain Dew drops Lil Wayne over Emmett Till lyric

PURCHASE, N.Y., May 3 (UPI) — Soft drink brand Mountain Dew said Friday it cut ties with U.S. hip-hop artist Lil Wayne because one of his lyrics defiled civil rights…

Researchers say they may have treatment for gray hair

BRADFORD, England, May 3 (UPI) — One of the classic signs of aging — gray hair — and covering it with chemical pigments — hair dye — may be a…

Memorial museum at Ground Zero to charge $20 to $25 admission

Memorial museum at Ground Zero to charge $20 to $25 admission

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) — Relatives of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks say they are upset about plans to charge admission to the museum at…

Judge approves $2.43 billion Bank of America settlement

Judge approves $2.43 billion Bank of America settlement

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) — A federal judge in New York approved a $2.43 billion settlement to end claims Bank of America misled shareholder when it purchased Merrill Lynch…

Chicagoans leery of Wrigley Field billboard proposal

CHICAGO, May 4 (UPI) — The owners of the Chicago Cubs say new billboards and signs, opposed by neighbors around Wrigley Field, are a vital part of a stadium renovation…

Chrysler to recall 4,783 cars in China

BEIJING, May 4 (UPI) — U.S. automaker Chrysler is preparing to recall 4,783 Compass and Patriot model cars in China due to fuel tank problems, a Chinese government agency said.…

Chris Brown cited for graffiti on outside walls of LA home

LOS ANGELES, May 4 (UPI) — Los Angeles city officials cited musician Chris Brown for graffiti murals covering the walls outside his Hollywood Hills home, TMZ reported. The concrete walls…

‘Men in Black 4’ in production; writer hired

HOLLYWOOD, May 4 (UPI) — Sony is developing “Men in Black 4,” though it is unclear if franchise star Will Smith will be involved in the comedy sequel, The Hollywood…

U.S. Cellular joins the iPhone crowd

CUPERTINO, Calif., May 4 (UPI) — U.S. Cellular is the latest cellphone company to carry the Apple smartphone, and analysts say two other major providers may soon offer the iPhone…

Charlie Sheen’s twins removed from Brooke Mueller’s custody

LOS ANGELES, May 4 (UPI) — Charlie Sheen said he supports the decision to remove his twin sons from the custody of ex-wife Brooke Mueller to that of another ex-wife,…

Robert Downey Jr. earned $50 million for ‘The Avengers’

HOLLYWOOD, May 4 (UPI) — U.S actor Robert Downey Jr. said he earned approximately $50 million after box-office bonuses for his role as Iron Man in last year’s “The Avengers.”…

Iowa Supreme Court rules for gay parents on birth certificates

Iowa Supreme Court rules for gay parents on birth certificates

DES MOINES, Iowa, May 4 (UPI) — The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled married homosexuals have the same parental rights as heterosexual couples. The decision handed down Friday means both…

Cyanide poisoning suspected in death if Pittsburgh physician

PITTSBURGH, May 4 (UPI) — Investigators said they are treating the “highly suspicious” death of a Pittsburgh doctor from apparent cyanide poisoning as a homicide. Investigators said it would take…

Actress Keira Knightley gets married in France

MAZAN, France, May 4 (UPI) — Onlookers said actress Keira Knightley was radiant for her wedding in France this week, although the couple’s transportation was notable for a lack of…

Kids program offered at Lime Creek

Kids program offered at Lime Creek

MASON CITY – A program entitled “Eggzactly!” will be held on Monday, May 13 at 4 p.m. at the Lime Creek Nature Center. Children ages 4 – 5 will learn…

Subway scheme brings federal charges on Iowa man after IRS investigation

CEDAR RAPIDS – Randy Beltramea, from Marion, Iowa, has been charged with two counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, and one count of aggravated identity theft.­ The…

NBA: Chicago 99, Brooklyn 93

NBA: Chicago 99, Brooklyn 93

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) — Joakim Noah’s double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds Saturday lifted Chicago to a 99-93 win over Brooklyn in Game 7 of their Eastern…

Toyota headlamps too bright, on recall

WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) — Japanese automaker Toyota said it would recall 11,489 FJ Cruiser SUVs due to headlights that could temporarily blind oncoming drivers. The recall involves 2007-13 Cruisers…