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Former teacher convicted on child porn charges

MIAMI, May 16 (UPI) — A former Miami elementary school teacher has been found guilty of possessing child pornography. He now faces up to 40 years in prison. A Miami-Dade…

Mentally ill inmates report higher rates of sexual victimization

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) — Mentally ill prison and jail inmates reported higher rates of inmate-on-inmate sexual victimization, a U.S. Justice Department study released Thursday said. Gays and lesbian inmates…

UI Track and Field — 23 Hawkeyes qualify for NCAA Championships

UI Track and Field — 23 Hawkeyes qualify for NCAA Championships

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The NCAA announced today that 23 student-athletes from the University of Iowa have qualified for the 2013 NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships. The NCAA first…

Are you playing? Powerball jackpot reaches $550 million

Are you playing? Powerball jackpot reaches $550 million

WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) — The Powerball jackpot climbed to $550 million — the third largest jackpot in U.S. history — after no one won the most recent drawing, officials…

Lawsuit alleges sexual misconduct in Evangelical church

ROCKVILLE, Md., May 16 (UPI) — Former members of the Evangelical group Sovereign Grace Ministries have sued the church in Maryland, charging leaders covered up sexual abuse. Two of the…

Grandma gets 60 days for hogtying grandson

DUNCANSVILLE, Pa., May 16 (UPI) — A Pennsylvania woman was sentenced to at least 60 days in prison for using scarves to hogtie her 5-year-old grandson, officials said. Evelyn Cecelia…

Two vehicle accident leads to injury, citation for Mason City woman (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

Two vehicle accident leads to injury, citation for Mason City woman (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – Around 11:00 am Thursday morning, the Mason City Fire Department and Mason City Police responded to a two vehicle accident with injuries at…

Record 800-pound alligator killed in Texas

RICHMOND, Texas, May 16 (UPI) — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said a man set a state record by killing an 800-pound alligator measuring 14 feet and 3 inches…

Man shoots self in leg while bowling

JUPITER, Fla., May 16 (UPI) — A Florida man carrying a revolver in the pocket of his shorts accidentally shot himself while bowling, witnesses said. Police said the man, whose…

Mark Grace on jail time for DUI: ‘I deserve to be here’

PHOENIX, May 16 (UPI) — Former baseball player and broadcaster Mark Grace said his stay at the Tent City jail complex in Phoenix has been a life-changing experience. Speaking Wednesday…

Man awaiting trial on felony burglary, willful injury and assault violates no contact order

Man awaiting trial on felony burglary, willful injury and assault violates no contact order

MASON CITY – A Mason City man arrested arrested earlier this month after two violent incidents has had a new charge brought against him. Brian Lloyd Burkett, 33, was charged…

State Patrol Office in Mason City to get humvee to enhance law enforcement operations

State Patrol Office in Mason City to get humvee to enhance law enforcement operations

Des Moines, IOWA — The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added eight Humvees to its fleet through the military’s 1033 Program. The 1033 program allows a transfer of military…

Obama: More information needed on Syrian use of gas weapons

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) — U.S. President Obama Thursday again said more investigation is needed to determine whether the Assad regime in Syria has used poison gas on rebels. Obama…

McCourt going for third defeat of school levy (VIDEO)

McCourt going for third defeat of school levy (VIDEO)

MASON CITY – Jack McCourt wants one more victory. After spearheading a petition drive last month that garnered about 1,100 signatures that forced the Mason City School Board to hold…

Apple CEO to call for corporate tax overhaul

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) — Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook says he will call for corporate tax reform to make it less costly for U.S. corporations to repatriate cash…

No cause determined yet for West Texas blast; arson not ruled out

DALLAS, May 16 (UPI) — Investigators said Thursday no cause has been determined for the April 17 explosions that killed 15 people at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. Robert…

Waitress fired for Facebook picture of deputies

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 16 (UPI) — An Oklahoma Chili’s said a waitress was fired for a Facebook photo of police dining at the eatery with a caption saying they “better…

Scientists see brain’s ability to ‘rewire’ itself after damage, disease

LOS ANGELES, May 16 (UPI) — When the brain’s primary “learning center” is damaged it can rewire itself, creating new neural circuits to compensate for lost functions, U.S. researchers say.…

CDC study: Fecal contamination found in most public pools

CDC study: Fecal contamination found in most public pools

ATLANTA, May 16 (UPI) — Testing of pools last summer found feces is frequently introduced into U.S. public pool water by swimmers, federal health officials say. Researchers at the Centers…

What’s your preference? Most don’t allow smoking in U.S. homes and vehicles

What’s your preference? Most don’t allow smoking in U.S. homes and vehicles

ATLANTA, May 16 (UPI) — Four-of-5 U.S. adults say they don’t allow smoking in their homes, while 75 percent say they don’t allow smoking in their vehicles, health officials say.…

Poll: 47 percent of U.S. now thinks homosexuality is inherent

PRINCETON, N.J., May 16 (UPI) — Nearly half of U.S. residents believe gays and lesbians are born with their sexual orientation, while a third say it’s a matter of conditioning,…

Mortgage rates head higher

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) — Average U.S. mortgage rates for long-term loans rose for the second consecutive week in the week ended Thursday, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. said.…

Obama says he knew nothing about IRS problems

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) — U.S. President Obama said Thursday he first learned about problems in the Internal Revenue Service when an inspector general’s report was leaked to the media.…

Obama: Security upgrade needed for U.S. embassies

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday he’s asked the Defense Department to be better prepared to respond to attacks on U.S. embassies. The administration has…

China denounces anticipated EU solar tariffs

BEIJING, May 16 (UPI) — China warned that the European Union’s proposed levying of punitive duties on Chinese solar panels would “severely impair” bilateral trade ties. The comments Thursday by…

Obama, queried on AP investigation, takes tough line

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) — U.S. President Obama took a tough line Thursday on media leaks in national security matters but said there needs to be balance. Obama refused to…

Punter Chris Kluwe signs with Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif., May 16 (UPI) — The Oakland Raiders, a team with a history of colorful players, signed punter Chris Kluwe, noted for his outspokenness in favoring same-sex marriage. Kluwe,…

BP says oil spill settlement is too costly

LONDON, May 16 (UPI) — Oil giant BP has turned to the government for help with the compensation deal for victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the…

Congressman offers gun control bill inspired by spy movie

Congressman offers gun control bill inspired by spy movie

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) — A House Democrat has proposed gun control legislation he says was inspired by the latest James Bond movie, “Skyfall.” Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., says his…

IRS won’t play softball with Republican senator’s team

IRS won’t play softball with Republican senator’s team

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) — The Internal Revenue Service has canceled a Friday softball game with a team from the office of a Republican senator critical of the federal tax…

Waterloo police officer shoots man with knife

From the Waterloo Police Department – On Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at approximately 1:06 AM, Waterloo Police were dispatched to E.4th Street and Sycamore Street on report of a man…

Suspicious Vehicle near Waterloo schools

From Waterloo police – On Thursday, May 16, 2013 at approximately 8:11 AM, Waterloo Police received a report of a suspicious man in an SUV near a school bus stop…

Branstad signs three bills into law

Branstad signs three bills into law

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad on Thursday signed the following bills into law: Senate File 432 –  An Act relating to the administration of the tax and related laws…

Feds in Idaho arrest Uzbekistan national on terror charges

BOISE, Idaho, May 16 (UPI) — Federal agents in Boise, Idaho, Thursday arrested Uzbekistan national Fazliddin Kurbanov as part of a federal terrorism investigation, authorities said. Kurbanov, 30, who was…

Baseball: Iowa beats Purdue, 2-1

Baseball: Iowa beats Purdue, 2-1

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Sophomore Anthony Torres hit a go-ahead RBI single through the left side of the infield in the top of the 11th inning, sending the University of…

American Airlines finds a faster system for boarding

FORT WORTH, Texas, May 16 (UPI) — American Airlines said Thursday it has initiated a new, system-wide process for boarding passengers that is quicker and smoother. The new process, which…

Apple’s App Store hits 50-billion download milestone

CUPERTINO, Calif., May 16 (UPI) — Apple says an Ohio man has downloaded the 50 billionth app from the Apple Store and will receive a $10,000 App Store gift card.…

‘Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker’ arrested for killing N.J. man

CLARK, N.J., May 16 (UPI) — Internet sensation “Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker” was arrested in Philadelphia Thursday and charged with killing a Clark, N.J., man, police said. Kai, whose…

Would proposed lower drinking limit affect bar business? Hell yes!

by Peter Children – A proposed new drinking law would drop the legal threshold for drinking while driving from .08% blood alcohol content to .05. Will this law have an…

CNN: Witness program lost two known or suspected terrorists

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) — The Justice Department’s inspector general said the U.S. Marshals Service lost two known or suspected terrorists who participated in a federal witness program. A summary…

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