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Kenny Chesney’s ‘Life on a Rock’ tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, May 8 (UPI) — Kenny Chesney’s “Life on a Rock” is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday. Coming in at No. 2 on the…

17 officers stripped of nuclear missile launching authority

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) — The U.S. Air Force last month stripped 17 officers of authority to control nuclear missiles in silos at Minot, N.D., the Pentagon confirmed Wednesday. CNN…

Winfrey on Howard comment: ‘I do have big breasteses’

Winfrey on Howard comment: ‘I do have big breasteses’

CHICAGO, May 8 (UPI) — U.S. media mogul Oprah Winfrey says she was not offended by her film co-star Terrence Howard’s recent praise of her breasts. Winfrey and Howard share…

Two killed, dozens injured in attacks on Kurdish targets in Iraq

KIRKUK, Iraq, May 8 (UPI) — At least two people died and dozens other were injured Wednesday in three bomb attacks in Kurdish areas near Kirkuk, Iraq, officials said. The…

ISAF probing alleged misconduct during operation in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 8 (UPI) — Alleged misconduct by coalition forces during an operation in which four insurgents were killed in Afghanistan is being investigated, officials said Wednesday. “I have…

Pop star Justin Bieber fined for speeding in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 8 (UPI) — Canadian pop star Justin Bieber got six speeding tickets while driving a Lamborghini Avendator during his stay in Dubai, officials said. Gulf…

Carrie Underwood to sing ‘Sunday Night Football’ theme

NEW YORK, May 8 (UPI) — “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood has been chosen to perform the opening theme for “Sunday Night Football,” NBC announced. Underwood will start singing “Waiting…

Denver’s George Karl named NBA Coach of the Year

NEW YORK, May 8 (UPI) — George Karl, who has been an NBA coach for 25 seasons, has been voted the NBA Coach of the Year after leading the Denver…

Medical examiner: Michael Jackson should have lived normal lifespan

LOS ANGELES, May 8 (UPI) — A Los Angeles deputy medical examiner says Michael Jackson’s health had been good enough for him to live a normal lifespan before he overdosed…

Freed Ohio captives return home

CLEVELAND, May 8 (UPI) — Two of the three women held as sex slaves in a Cleveland home for a decade went home Wednesday to their families, who sought privacy…

Vijay Singh sues PGA Tour

NEW YORK, May 8 (UPI) — Vijay Singh sued the PGA Tour in New York Wednesday, claiming the tour caused him public humiliation after he admitted using deer antler spray.…

Autism benefit to be held Saturday

Autism benefit to be held Saturday

by Jody Spear – An Autism Speaks benefit will be held Saturday, May 11th from noon until 2:00 pm at Mason City Auto Sales, 18 N. Monroe. DaLayne Germundson, owner…

Mason City in running to win $100,000 dog park; you can help

Mason City, Iowa– The dogs in Mason City have long dreamed of wide open spaces and a place to call their own! So, Mason City has been nominated in PetSafe’s…

Watch live: Branstad, Reynolds to announce largest-ever economic development investment in Iowa

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will announce a major economic development project today at 4 p.m. 4 p.m. Branstad, Reynolds to announce largest-ever…

Iowa State University commencement events set for Friday and Saturday

AMES, Iowa — An estimated 3,766 students are completing degrees at Iowa State University at the conclusion of spring semester and many of them will celebrate the accomplishment at a…

Purse with gun inside stolen at East Park

Purse with gun inside stolen at East Park

MASON CITY – Mason City police have confirmed that on Tuesday evening a purse with a gun inside was stolen from a person visiting East Park According to police, on…

Lee refinances $94 million of long-term debt

DAVENPORT, Iowa (April 30, 2013) — Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE), a major provider of local news, information and advertising in 50 markets, has reached agreement with Berkshire Hathaway Inc.…

School Board President Tim Becker claims “property tax assessments have gone down 25% in the last two years” in Mason City

School Board President Tim Becker claims “property tax assessments have gone down 25% in the last two years” in Mason City

MASON CITY – In what he called an “editorial”, Mason City School Board President Tim Becker blasted the 1100 people who signed a petition to force the school district to…

U.S. reports on China military modernization

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) — China has stepped up its military modernization program and is building space and cyberspace capabilities, a U.S. Defense Department report says. The assessment is in…

‘Girls Gone Wild’ creator convicted of assault, false imprisonment

LOS ANGELES, May 7 (UPI) — A Los Angeles jury has convicted “Girls Gone Wild” creator Joe Francis of assault and false imprisonment, officials said. Francis, 40, faces up to…

Obama: Sexual assault perpetrators to be ‘rooted out’ of the military

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) — President Obama said Tuesday his administration must “exponentially step up our game” to root out perpetrators of sexual assault in the U.S. military. When asked…

Dad and girlfriend charged with zip-tying 4-year-old

RALEIGH, N.C., May 7 (UPI) — A North Carolina man and his girlfriend are accused of using zip ties to bind the man’s 4-year-old daughter to a babygate in their…

St. Paul to settle lawsuit charging police abuse against deaf man

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 7 (UPI) — Minnesota officials say they have reached a settlement in a lawsuit that charged police beat a deaf man who asked an officer to…

Kerry travels to Russia to meet with Putin, Lavrov

MOSCOW, May 7 (UPI) — Russian President Vladimir Putin met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Moscow Tuesday and said he hopes to meet with President Obama soon.…

Testimony begins in San Antonio’s MySpace murder trial

SAN ANTONIO, May 7 (UPI) — Testimony began Tuesday in the San Antonio murder trial of a man who allegedly shot and killed one person, then posed with the weapon…

Flag-stomping teacher receives $85,000 settlement for resignation

Flag-stomping teacher receives $85,000 settlement for resignation

CHAPIN, S.C., May 7 (UPI) — A South Carolina school district said it agreed to pay $85,000 to a former high school English teacher who resigned after stomping on a…

Study: Latinos fear reporting crimes because of deportation push

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) — Many Latinos in the United States are now more reluctant to report crimes because police are more likely to check their immigration status, a study…

Chicago policeman accidentally shot by fellow officer

CHICAGO, May 7 (UPI) — A Chicago police officer accidentally shot his partner in the leg when confronted by a vicious dog at a South Side apartment building, police said.…

Man charged with luring 2nd teen from home

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas, May 7 (UPI) — A man who allegedly lured a Pennsylvania teen to Ohio for sex has been charged in Texas with taking another young girl…

Obama: U.S. has security interest and moral obligation on Syria

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) — President Obama said Tuesday the United States has both a national security interest and a moral obligation to see the bloodshed end in Syria. Speaking…

Lindsay Lohan’s lawyer insists on payment for past work

LOS ANGELES, May 7 (UPI) — Attorney Shawn Holley agreed to represent Lindsay Lohan again only if the U.S. actress pays $150,000 she owes her for prior work, TMZ reported.…

Iranian foreign minister headed to Syria

AMMAN, Jordan, May 7 (UPI) — Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi will discuss regional stability with Syrian President Bashar Assad after his trip to Jordan, the government said. Salehi…

China blasts Pentagon hacking report

BEIJING, May 7 (UPI) — A U.S. military report that says cyberattacks against U.S. computer infrastructure came from China are groundless, China’s official news agency Xinhua reports. A U.S. Defense…

Man admits to using toy guns to rob banks of more than $100,000

Man admits to using toy guns to rob banks of more than $100,000

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 7 (UPI) — A 50-year-old former Minneapolis nurse has admitted to being the “Man in Black” who robbed 31 banks in 2011 using a toy gun.…

Senator still pressing gun background check bill

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he still thinks the amendment he sponsored to expand gun purchase background checks can pass the U.S. Senate. Manchin…

After a violent youth, Earth said getting calmer in middle age

SYDNEY, May 7 (UPI) — Earth endured a tectonic upheaval 1.1 billion years ago that saw the world’s continents collide and form a single supercontinent, Australian researchers say. It was…

Accused ‘Dark Knight’ shooter plans insanity plea

AURORA, Colo., May 7 (UPI) — Attorneys for James Holmes, the former graduate student accused of the Aurora, Colo., theater massacre, notified a court Tuesday he intends an insanity plea.…

Vietnam Veterans honored at Statehouse

Vietnam Veterans honored at Statehouse

DES MOINES – Iowa’s Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day at the State Capitol was Tuesday, May 7. The color guard at the event was composed of North Iowa residents who are…

Regulators recommend $2.25 billion penalty for California gas explosion

SAN FRANCISCO, May 7 (UPI) — California regulators recommend a record $2.25 billion fine for a 2010 natural gas explosion that devastated a San Francisco suburb, killing eight people. If…

N.J. Gov. Christie reveals he had stomach surgery to lose weight

TRENTON, N.J., May 7 (UPI) — Urged by his family, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he underwent lap-band stomach surgery to lose weight, the New York Post reported Tuesday.…

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