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Clear Lake woman pleads guilty to OWI, assault on police, other charges

Clear Lake woman pleads guilty to OWI, assault on police, other charges

CLEAR LAKE – A Clear Lake woman is in jail after pleading guilty to operating while under the influence (1st offense) and assault on a police officer. Shelby Dee Kirchgatter, 34,…

MLB: Boston 5, Minnesota 1

MLB: Boston 5, Minnesota 1

MINNEAPOLIS, May 19 (UPI) — John Lackey yielded just one hit over six innings Sunday and the Boston Red Sox bounced Minnesota 5-1 to complete a three-game sweep. Lackey (2-4)…

Spring storms, tornadoes romp across Great Plains

OMAHA, May 19 (UPI) — Overnight storms in the Great Plains brought strong winds, hail and tornadoes to Kansas and Missouri, weather forecasters said Sunday. Winds gusted above 70 mph…

NIACC moves to NJCAA Division II World Series

Auto Outlook: Domestic cars quality up

By AL SWANSON New models from Chrysler, Buick, Chevrolet and Ford are at the top of their respective segments in Strategic Vision’s “Best 2013 Total Quality” awards. The research consultancy…

Camps offered in Rockford for 1st grade graduates

Camps offered in Rockford for 1st grade graduates

ROCKFORD, IOWA -A fun-filled camp called “Camp Insectigations” will be offered in Rockford for 1st grade graduates on June 4th. The camp will be held at Fossil & Prairie Park…

911 ‘butt dial’ call leads to car burglars

FRESNO, Calif., May 19 (UPI) — Police said they listened to two California men plan and carry out a car burglary when one of the men accidentally dialed 911 on…

‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ opens with $70.55 million

HOLLYWOOD, May 19 (UPI) — “Star Trek Into Darkness” took in an estimated $70.55 million to finish No. 1 in its opening weekend in U.S. theaters. Written and directed by…

North Korea fires short-range missiles second day in a row

SEOUL, May 19 (UPI) — South Korean officials condemned the launching of another short-range missile Sunday by North Korea, saying the action was provocative. North Korea fired the missile Sunday…

President Obama has .989 Average on Judicial Nominees Confirmations

Orrick Nomination to be District Judge On the Nomination of William H Orrick, III, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California Wednesday, May 15, 2013…

Grassley: Labor Nominee’s Actions are Extremely Troubling

Prepared Floor Statement of Senator Chuck Grassley Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee On the Nomination of Thomas E. Perez, Nominee to be Secretary of Labor Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Mr.…

American soldier caualties identifed after Afghan IED explosion

American soldier caualties identifed after Afghan IED explosion

KABUL, Afghanistan – An International Security Assistance Force service member who died May 14 during the same Improvised Explosive Device attack in southern Afghanistan that also killed three other ISAF…

Menendez: Examine tax-exempt claims by political partisans

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) — A top U.S. Senate Democrat said Congress should expand its focus on the Internal Revenue Service and examine the use of non-profit groups for partisan…

NYPD hunts gunman in fatal bus shooting

NEW YORK, May 19 (UPI) — New York police said they were looking for an unidentified gunman who shot and killed a teenage girl Saturday as she boarded a city…

At least six Afghan police officers dead in Taliban fighting

MOQOR, Afghanistan, May 19 (UPI) — At least six Afghan police officers died and four others were injured Sunday in clashes with Taliban militants in Ghazni province, officials said. Moqor…

Hostage victim mistakenly killed by police in Hempstead, N.Y.

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y., May 19 (UPI) — A Hempstead, N.Y., police officer shot and killed a 21-year-old Hofstra University student while aiming for the man holding her hostage, officials said. Dalton…

Photo of the day: Sleeping squirrel

Photo of the day: Sleeping squirrel

CLEAR LAKE – A white or apricot colored squirrel seen in the southern rural area of Clear Lake, napping on a power pole.…

Record $590.5 million Powerball jackpot won by single Florida ticket

Record $590.5 million Powerball jackpot won by single Florida ticket

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla., May 19 (UPI) — One ticket has won the largest Powerball jackpot in history — $590.5 million — bought at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., a lottery…

Immigration Reform, Week in Review

Immigration Reform, Week in Review

From Sen. Charles Grassley – Senator Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the following comment about the ongoing immigration reform mark-up in the committee. “Over the…

Man who drove car into parade crowd may have had medical emergency

DAMASCUS, Va., May 19 (UPI) — Police in Damascus, Ga., said the driver of a car that plowed into a crowd during a parade, injuring about 60 people, may have…

Three killed in Vegas highway crash, wrong-way driver blamed

LAS VEGAS, May 19 (UPI) — Three people were killed and four others were critically injured Sunday in a collision involving an apparent wrong-way driver in Las Vegas, police said.…

Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade surprises perseverant fan at her prom

MIAMI, May 19 (UPI) — The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade said he wanted to make a Miami teen’s prom “a memorable moment,” so he surprised her by showing up at…

Cop who sat next to first lady during speech charged with rape

Cop who sat next to first lady during speech charged with rape

PHILADELPHIA, May 19 (UPI) — Philadelphia police said a retired officer who sat next to first lady Michelle Obama during the 2009 State of the Union address has been charged…

Mason City firefighters rescue pet, douse fire

Mason City firefighters rescue pet, douse fire

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – At 12:50 pm Saturday afternoon, the Mason City Fire Department responded to a fire at 708 North Tyler Avenue. There were reports of…

Hampton robber, meth cook convicted, sent to prison

Hampton robber, meth cook convicted, sent to prison

MASON CITY – A Hampton man who escaped late last year from Beje Clark Residential Facility in Mason City and who robbed several Hampton businesses, including churches, while he was…

Child daycares may be regulated by federal government

BETHESDA, Md., May 18 (UPI) — Millions of working U.S. parents depend on child care and assume safety requirements are in place, but standards vary widely, a U.S. official says.…

Obama approval rating holds steady in CNN poll

Obama approval rating holds steady in CNN poll

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) — A stormy week for President Barack Obama did not seem to do any serious damage to his popularity among U.S. voters, a CNN poll released…

Spring storms romp across Great Plains

OMAHA, May 19 (UPI) — Overnight storms in the Great Plains brought strong winds, hail and tornadoes to Kansas and Missouri, weather forecasters said Sunday. Winds gusted above 70 mph…

Syrian forces launch airstrike on rebel-held city of Qusayr

QUSAYR, Syria, May 19 (UPI) — Syrian forces launched an attack Sunday on the rebel-held city of Qusayr, killing at least 13 people, opposition leaders and state-run media said. The…

Draft FY 2014-2018 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program presented to the Iowa Transportation Commission

Draft FY 2014-2018 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program presented to the Iowa Transportation Commission

AMES, Iowa –  The Iowa Department of Transportation presented the Iowa Transportation Commission with the draft Fiscal Year 2014-2018 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program at its meeting on May 14th. The…

RSVP Honors Volunteers for Service to Students, Programs In North Central Iowa

RSVP Honors Volunteers for Service to Students, Programs In North Central Iowa

MASON CITY – Volunteers with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of North Central Iowa were honored May 9 for another year of service to elementary and middle school students…

NBA: Indiana 106, New York 99

INDIANAPOLIS, May 18 (UPI) — Lance Stephenson poured in a career-high 25 points Saturday and the Indiana Pacers downed New York 106-99, advancing to the Eastern Conference finals. Stephenson also…

Road work to begin on South Pierce Avenue on Monday, May 20th

Road work to begin on South Pierce Avenue on Monday, May 20th

MASON CITY – Beginning Monday, May 20, South Pierce Avenue between 9th SW and 15th SW will have reduced lane widths. South Pierce Avenue will have reduced lane widths between…

Iowa woman convicted of meth conspiracy

Iowa woman convicted of meth conspiracy

SIOUX CITY – An Iowa woman who conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine was convicted by a jury May 16, 2013, after a three-day trial in federal court in Sioux…

Iraqi violence claims 8 in sectarian strife

BAGHDAD, May 18 (UPI) — Eight people were killed across Iraq Saturday, hours after a series of bombings rocked Baghdad in the bloodiest day there in months, officials said. Calls…

Guantanamo inmates cost U.S. $900,000 each per year

Guantanamo inmates cost U.S. $900,000 each per year

WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) — The 166 detainees remaining in Guantanamo cost U.S. taxpayers about $900,000 a year each, officials say. The annual cost of the detention center at the…

Alliant Energy reminds farmers to be safe and keep “heads up” around power lines

Alliant Energy reminds farmers to be safe and keep “heads up” around power lines

Late planting season has farm workers behind schedule in getting out in the fields – CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – With the spring weather putting many farmers behind schedule on their…

Woman charged with murder after missing husband’s body found in closet

MAYS LANDING, N.J., May 18 (UPI) — A New Jersey woman was charged with murder Friday after police found her husband’s body in a closet six years after he supposedly…

MLB: Boston 12, Minnesota 5

MLB: Boston 12, Minnesota 5

MINNEAPOLIS, May 18 (UPI) — David Ortiz belted a pair of homers and drove in six runs Saturday, powering the Boston Red Sox over Minnesota 12-5. Ortiz put Boston ahead…

MLB: Milwaukee 6, St. Louis 4 (10 innings)

ST. LOUIS, May 18 (UPI) — Jeff Bianchi drove in the go-ahead runs with a 10th-inning single Saturday, propelling the Milwaukee Brewers over St. Louis 6-4. The Brewers barely survived…

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