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O.J. Simpson appears in Vegas court to ask for new trial

LAS VEGAS, May 13 (UPI) — O.J. Simpson, cuffed and in blue prison garb, was in a Las Vegas courtroom Monday to ask for a retrial on robbery and kidnapping…

Blue Zones, Micro-Enterprise, statues, legal expenses, Lean all coming back to haunt Mason City’s 2012-2013 budget

Blue Zones, Micro-Enterprise, statues, legal expenses, Lean all coming back to haunt Mason City’s 2012-2013 budget

MASON CITY – A memo released from City Hall is showing that pet projects from Mayor Eric Bookmeyer and the City Council have come back to haunt this year’s budget.…

Flooding: Upstream or downstream, we’re all in this together

Ann and Jim Kuhlman’s lives changed forever when the Winnebago River flooded their Mason City home in 2008. Ann, a lay pastor, received a surprise phone call cancelling her church…

Fort Dodge woman sent to prison for selling meth near a school

SIOUX CITY – A woman who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced May 10, 2013, to ten years in federal prison. Christina Fulkerson, 39, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, received the…

Support for same-sex marriage above 50 percent

Support for same-sex marriage above 50 percent

PRINCETON, N.J., May 13 (UPI) — Support for same-sex marriage has been at 50 percent or higher since 2011, a Gallup poll indicates. Currently, 53 percent of Americans say they…

Iowa Central tops NIACC, forces Tuesday title game

Iowa Central tops NIACC, forces Tuesday title game

WATERLOO – The Region XI baseball title will be decided at noon on Tuesday. Iowa Central (37-15) topped NIACC 7-5 to force a second and final game for the Region…

Terrorist sentenced for plotting to kill witnesses at his trial

RALEIGH, N.C., May 13 (UPI) — A convicted terrorist was sentenced to life imprisonment Monday for plotting to kill witnesses in his terrorism trial, the U.S. Department of Justice said.…

LeBron James leads NBA All-Defensive Team

NEW YORK, May 13 (UPI) — Miami forward LeBron James has been voted onto the NBA All-Defensive Team for a fifth-consecutive season, the NBA announced Monday. James and Memphis guard…

Syria: Regime makes strategic gains

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 13 (UPI) — Troops loyal to embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad have made strategic gains against rebel forces in recent days. This is possibly to strengthen the…

North Korea reportedly names younger head of defense ministry

PYONGYANG, North Korea, May 13 (UPI) — North Korea has named a younger military officer to head the nation’s army, possibly signaling Pyongyang wants to reduce political tensions, an analyst…

Abortion provider convicted of first-degree murder

Abortion provider convicted of first-degree murder

PHILADELPHIA, May 13 (UPI) — Philadelphia abortion provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies. He was acquitted of one count of…

U.S. stock markets close mixed Monday

NEW YORK, May 13 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes closed mixed Monday following disappointing economic data from China. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 26.81 points, 0.18 percent to 15,091.68.…

Atlanta dubbed ‘Most Redneck’ city in United States

SAN MATEO, Calif., May 13 (UPI) — A California real estate brokerage firm dubbed Atlanta the “Most Redneck” U.S. city, using criteria such as the number of NASCAR tracks and…

Britain’s Rolls-Royce to sponsor supercar’s 1,000 mph record attempt

LONDON, May 13 (UPI) — Aircraft engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has announced it will sponsor a British project to drive a car beyond 1,000 mph. The company said it would provide…

Car bomb explodes near Benghazi hospital; 9 killed, 17 injured

BENGHAZI, Libya, May 13 (UPI) — A car bomb was detonated Monday near a hospital in Benghazi, killing at least nine people and wounding at least 17 others, officials said.…

Harkin Applauds Action to Keep Dubuque Air Traffic Control Tower Open

Harkin Applauds Action to Keep Dubuque Air Traffic Control Tower Open

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) on May 10th issued the following statement upon learning that the air traffic control tower at the Dubuque Airport would remain open until…

State record for rainfall set in April

State record for rainfall set in April

DES MOINES — Significant rainfall between April 19 and April 30 provided drought relief for more of Iowa. Nearly the entire eastern half of Iowa is no longer in drought;…

Assault charge added to Veal’s rap sheet

Assault charge added to Veal’s rap sheet

MASON CITY – A woman awaiting a number of trials for serious offenses was convicted of assault last week. According to officers at the Cerro Gordo County Jail, Tanya Veal…

Illegal alien with “numerous rounds” of 9 mm ammunition pleads guilty

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Guatemalan man who illegally reentered the United States and unlawfully possessed ammunition pled guilty om May 2nd in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Armando Ramiro Garcia-Arenales,…

U.S. Medicare supplemental coverage linked to higher spending

U.S. Medicare supplemental coverage linked to higher spending

MINNEAPOLIS, May 12 (UPI) — Supplemental insurance coverage for those on Medicare was associated with significantly higher rates of overall spending growth, U.S. researchers say. Ezra Golberstein of the School…

Mason City budget to be amended; will grow by $1.8 million

Mason City budget to be amended; will grow by $1.8 million

MASON CITY – An amended city budget will be considered by the Mason City Council and it has grown by nearly $1.8 million. A public hearing on the matter will…

Four bodies found in house in Indiana

WAYNESVILLE, Ind., May 12 (UPI) — Four people were found fatally shot inside a home in Indiana’s Bartholomew County, police said Sunday. The bodies were discovered Saturday night by a…

For farmers, plenty of uncertainty accompanies planting season

For farmers, plenty of uncertainty accompanies planting season

AMES, Iowa – The first week of May is traditionally thought of as the ideal time for Iowa farmers to begin planting, but a slow start to spring and volatile…

NIACC Offers Professional Driver Prep Program

NIACC Offers Professional Driver Prep Program

MASON CITY – Are you interested in driving a big rig? North Iowa Area Community College will be offering a comprehensive three-week Professional Driver Prep program that will get you…

Healthcare spending on heart disease and hip fractures soared

BOSTON, May 12 (UPI) — U.S. healthcare spending from 1994-2009 for those on Medicare who suffered heart attacks, congestive heart failure and hip fractures soared, researchers say. Amitabh Chandra, a…

Project Launch and Mini-Expo planned for Mason City Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

Project Launch and Mini-Expo planned for Mason City Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

Mason City, Iowa – The City of Mason City, with its partners RDG Planning and Design and WHKS, Inc., will celebrate the start of the Activate Mason City Bicycle and…

Sen. Jack Reed calls for cautious response to chemical weapon use

WASHINGTON, May 12 (UPI) — Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., said Sunday the Obama administration can’t act on incomplete information regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria. In an appearance…

Waldorf to host Trivia Night May 18th

Waldorf to host Trivia Night May 18th

Forest City, Iowa – On Saturday, May 18, Waldorf College’s Theatre Company will host a Trivia Night as a fundraiser for its upcoming summer tour. The ten-round competition starts at…

Body of missing 18-month-old likely found

OTTAWA, Kan., May 12 (UPI) — Authorities in Kansas said they believe they found the remains of 18-month-old Lana Bailey, whose mother and two others were found dead in a…

Limo driver accused of driving teens to prom while drunk

GLEN ELLYN, Ill., May 12 (UPI) — A limo driver from Illinois has been accused of being drunk when he drove 23 teenagers in a party bus to their high…

Report: Senior IRS officials knew in 2011 conservative groups targeted

WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) — Senior Internal Revenue Service officials were aware agents were giving Tea Party groups special scrutiny in 2011, a government report due out soon reveals. That…

Pickering defends Benghazi report

WASHINGTON, May 12 (UPI) — Thomas Pickering, the co-chair of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board, said that criticisms of his report were unfounded and inaccurate. His comments during his appearance…

MN Man Indicted for Distributing, Possessing Child Pornography

MINNEAPOLIS—A federal indictment recently unsealed charges a 52-year-old Red Lake man with distributing and possessing images and videos containing child pornography. The indictment, which was filed on May 7, 2013,…

‘Iron Man 3’ again tops at the box office

LOS ANGELES, May 12 (UPI) — “Iron Man 3” won the No. 1 spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row with $72.472 million. The film,…

Boy, 12, arrested in stabbing death of sister, 8

VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif., May 12 (UPI) — A 12-year-old California boy was arrested in the stabbing death of his 8-year-old sister, Leila Fowler, authorities said. The boy, whose name was…

Consumer Corner: Summer travel trends

By MICHELLE GROENKE Spring has gotten off to a shaky start, what with April floods and May snowstorms, but travel experts say it’s time to put away the snow shovel…

Under the U.S. Supreme Court: O’Connor regrets Bush vs. Gore. So what?

Under the U.S. Supreme Court: O’Connor regrets Bush vs. Gore. So what?

By MICHAEL KIRKLAND WASHINGTON, May 12 (UPI) — As the entire legal affairs world knows by now, retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor last month expressed a frisson of regret for…

Brother and sister accused of stealing chips from factory

OCALA, Fla., May 12 (UPI) — A pair of siblings from Florida face charges for allegedly stealing cases of Frito-Lay brand chips from a factory, officials said. Darren L. Hagerman,…

Waldorf Theatre Company Presents The Tempest at Lund Pond May 20

Waldorf Theatre Company Presents The Tempest at Lund Pond May 20

Forest City, Iowa – The Waldorf Theatre Company kicks off its summer tour with a presentation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest at Lund Pond on Waldorf College’s campus on Monday,…

Circadian rhythm ups cravings for sweet, starchy, salty snacks

Circadian rhythm ups cravings for sweet, starchy, salty snacks

PORTLAND, Ore., May 11 (UPI) — The body’s circadian rhythm increases hunger and cravings for sweet, starchy and salty foods in the evening, which helps pack on pounds, U.S. researchers…