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Catherine Zeta-Jones completes treatment for bipolar disorder

LOS ANGELES, May 21 (UPI) — Hollywood actor Michael Douglas says his film star wife, Catherine-Zeta-Jones, has completed her in-patient treatment for bipolar II disorder. “She comes home tomorrow,” Douglas…

Fox confirms Rubio and Rowland will be ‘X Factor’ judges

LOS ANGELES, May 21 (UPI) — Fox says singers Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio will join Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato at the judges’ table for Season 3 of the…

Prison officials must turn over records of Tsarnaev incarceration

BOSTON, May 21 (UPI) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can have records of his incarceration at a prison hospital, a federal magistrate ruled. But U.S. Magistrate…

Bombings in northern Iraq kill more than a dozen people

BAGHDAD, May 21 (UPI) — Bombings across northern Iraq Tuesday killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens more, officials said. In Tarmiya, which is predominantly Sunni, a man detonated…

Christie: New Jersey to get $20B to $25B in federal aid for Sandy

LAVALLETTE, N.J., May 21 (UPI) — New Jersey will receive between $20 billion and $25 billion of the $60 billion in federal funds set aside for Hurricane Sandy aid, Gov.…

Lawmakers call for ban on East German symbols

TREPTOW, Germany, May 21 (UPI) — Germany’s Christian Democrats called Tuesday for a ban on symbols associated with the former East Germany totalitarian socialist regime. Earlier in May, veteran Stasi…

Investigators probe Boston suburb in marathon bombings

WATERTOWN, Mass., May 21 (UPI) — Investigators in the Boston Marathon bombings want to know what attracted the Tsarnaev brothers to the Boston suburb of Watertown, Mass., authorities said. Law…

Supervisors hear concerns from residents on drainage project

Supervisors hear concerns from residents on drainage project

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors held its regular meeting Tuesday at the courthouse. A road report was given by County Engineer Mary Kelly. A public…

Accident with injuries reported Tuesday

VENTURA – The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday that an auto accident with injuries occurred around noon near Ventura. According to a report, at just after noon near…

Appeals court says no to release of bin Laden death photos

Appeals court says no to release of bin Laden death photos

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) — A federal appeals court Tuesday ruled the government properly classified more than 50 post-mortem photos of Osama bin Laden and they can remain secret. The…

Obama: ‘Our prayers are with people of Oklahoma’

Obama: ‘Our prayers are with people of Oklahoma’

MOORE, Okla., May 21 (UPI) — President Obama Tuesday told Oklahomans whose lives were ripped apart by a monster tornado they would receive “everything they need” as quickly as possible.…

‘Anchoring’ long putters to be barred in golf

‘Anchoring’ long putters to be barred in golf

FAR HILLS, N.J., May 21 (UPI) — The leading rule makers for golf are banning so-called anchored strokes, affecting those who use long putters as of 2016. The U.S. Golf…

Florist who refused flowers for same-sex wedding files countersuit

RICHLAND, Fla., May 21 (UPI) — A Washington state florist who refused to provide bouquets for a same-sex wedding has filed a countersuit in the case against her. Flower shop…

U.S. shrugs off North Korean missile tests

U.S. shrugs off North Korean missile tests

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) — Recent missile launches by North Korea haven’t led to additional security concerns on the Korean Peninsula, a U.S. government spokesman said. The Yonhap news agency…

Special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism named by Kerry

Special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism named by Kerry

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry named Ira Forman as the special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. Forman, a graduate of Harvard and Stanford…

Hospitalized George Michael ‘making good progress’

LONDON, May 21 (UPI) — George Michael’s publicist says the British pop star remains hospitalized in London after sustaining head injuries in a car crash last week. “Following the traffic…

U.N. urges Afghanistan to protect women

U.N. urges Afghanistan to protect women

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 21 (UPI) — The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan is urging authorities to fully implement the Elimination of Violence Against Women law, a news release states. “Progress…

Harkin introduces bill to prevent student loan interest rate increases

Harkin introduces bill to prevent student loan interest rate increases

WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to protect taxpayers and shield college students from a sharp increase in federal Stafford loan interest rates, U.S. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), who chairs…

In Response to the article: Does Islamic law, Sharia, have a place in American courts? By Otis Lewis

Op-ed by Otis Lewis – In Response to the article: Does Islamic law, Sharia, have a place in American courts? This article doesn’t address the true nature of Islam. Following…

Iowa doctor arrested for “inappropriate sexual contact” with child

Iowa doctor arrested for “inappropriate sexual contact” with child

Council Bluffs, IOWA — Earlier Monday, 68 year old Dr. Dennis Jones of Council Bluffs turned himself in to law enforcement at the Pottawattamie County Jail. He is now facing…

Cost may slow development of connected cars

Cost may slow development of connected cars

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says advanced technology connecting vehicles on the road will save lives, but he’s concerned about the cost. “We know it’s going the save…

Boys playing in car run over toddler

ST. LOUIS, May 20 (UPI) — The mother of a toddler who was accidentally run over and killed by two boys playing in a car in St. Louis urged parents…

Police remove 17 bodies from Modesto, Calif. funeral home

MODESTO, Calif., May 20 (UPI) — Seventeen bodies were removed from a Modesto, Calif., funeral home in a criminal and civil investigation of cremation delays, sheriff’s deputies said. The business…

Iowa State engineers design, test taller, high-strength concrete towers for wind turbines

Iowa State engineers design, test taller, high-strength concrete towers for wind turbines

AMES, Iowa – Grant Schmitz, eyes inches from a 6.5-by-12-foot panel of ultra-high performance concrete, studied the smooth surface for tiny cracks. He and other research engineers carefully marked every…

Police say Egyptian teen shot classmate with machine gun

QENA, Egypt, May 20 (UPI) — An Egyptian middle school student was arrested after bringing a machine gun to school Monday and shooting a fellow student in the arm, police…

Police bust alleged 7-Eleven doughnut thief

NEW YORK, May 20 (UPI) — A New York convenience store clerk said police busted a thief who tried to make off with his pockets full of pilfered doughnuts. Shabbis…

Florida ramping up death penalty warrant signings

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 20 (UPI) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott has ramped up execution orders of late, approving three death penalty warrants in less than a month, officials said. Scott…

Iowa State student launches business to market new technology

Iowa State student launches business to market new technology

AMES, Iowa – An Iowa State graduate student is another step closer in the development of a bio-based raw material to improve household detergents, lubricants (such as motor oil) and…

Immigration officers union opposes Senate bill

Immigration officers union opposes Senate bill

WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) — A union representing 12,000 immigration officers won’t support a bipartisan U.S. Senate bill seeking to overhaul the system, labor officials said. National Citizenship and Immigration…

Mother denied state psyche review after allegedly killing baby

MIAMI, May 20 (UPI) — A south Florida woman was suffering from postpartum depression when she left her baby to die shut in a sweltering car, her lawyer said. Police…

Depths of leak probes said to threaten press freedoms

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) — A federal inquiry of a 2009 leak of classified information to a Washington reporter shows investigators dug deep into his private life, court papers indicate.…

Graham plans one more evangelistic crusade as he nears 95

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 20 (UPI) — Christian preacher Billy Graham says he plans one more national evangelistic campaign as he nears his 95th birthday in November. Graham, who’s hindered by…

Supreme Court affirms deference due agencies over their jurisdiction

WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) — An agency such as the Federal Communications Commission must be given deference concerning the scope of its jurisdiction, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday. While…

Up to 20 percent of U.S. youth experience a mental disorder

ATLANTA, May 21 (UPI) — Thirteen percent to 20 percent of U.S. youth experience a mental disorder in a given year, researchers say. Corresponding author of the study Ruth Perou…

Illinois man arrested after alleged threats against U.S. diplomat

CHICAGO, May 20 (UPI) — Federal prosecutors say a McHenry, Ill., man, angry over his wife’s failure to obtain a visa, sent threatening messages to American diplomats. The U.S. attorney’s…

Man rides Navy Pier Ferris wheel for 48 hours non-stop

CHICAGO, May 20 (UPI) — The operations manager at Chicago’s Navy Pier set a world record by riding the Ferris wheel non-stop for 48 hours. Clinton Shepherd boarded the Ferris…