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Brian Urlacher retires from NFL after 13 seasons with Chicago Bears

CHICAGO, May 22 (UPI) — Linebacker Brian Urlacher, a five-time All-Pro selection, announced his retirement from the NFL Wednesday after 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears. Urlacher, who turns 36…

Syria’s jihadists have edge, control oil

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 22 (UPI) — The seizure of Syrian oil fields by jihadist rebels of the al-Nusra Front could accelerate the breakup of Syria amid a conflict-driven reshaping of…

MLB: Atlanta 8, Minnesota 3

MLB: Atlanta 8, Minnesota 3

ATLANTA, May 22 (UPI) — Evan Gattis hit a grand slam home run to close a five-run fourth inning for Atlanta Wednesday in the Braves’ 8-3 interleague win over Minnesota.…

Debris removal become priority in Moore, Okla.

Debris removal become priority in Moore, Okla.

MOORE, Okla., May 22 (UPI) — Cleanup crews fanned out Wednesday across Moore, Okla., devastated by a tornado that killed at least 24 people Monday. Initial Oklahoma Insurance Department estimates…

Families of Ohio school shooting victims sue United Way

CHARDON, Ohio, May 22 (UPI) — The families of three students killed in an Ohio school shooting have sued United Way over its distribution of the Chardon Healing Fund. The…

1 child dead, 2 hurt, 1 missing after ground gives way in Minn. park

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 22 (UPI) — One child was killed and one was missing after rain-soaked soil gave way in a St. Paul, Minn., park where children were hunting…

Gunmen kill 12 in Baghdad brothel

BAGHDAD, May 22 (UPI) — At least 12 people were killed Wednesday when gunmen opened fire inside a brothel in Baghdad, officials said. The victims included five men and seven…

Obama administration confirms 4 Americans killed by U.S. drones

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) — The Obama administration said Wednesday U.S. drones killed four Americans in airstrikes in Yemen and Pakistan. The disclosure came in a letter U.S. Attorney General…

Markets stumble on Bernanke’s remarks

NEW YORK, May 22 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes turned down Wednesday following comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. In a prepared statement to the Joint House and Senate…

Statement from Kathlynn Shepard’s Family

Statement from Kathlynn Shepard’s Family

“We would like to thank everybody who took the time from their busy lives to help search for Kathlynn. To see so much love in our community and the surrounding…

Governor’s office announces “innovative collaboration” amongst Iowa’s housing industry to spur home sales this summer

(DES MOINES) – The Branstad/Reynolds Administration today announced an innovative summer social media contest hosted by the Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Association of Realtors, Iowa Home Ownership Education Project and…

MCPD asks for help locating missing man

MCPD asks for help locating missing man

MASON CITY – Norman Owein Erlacher, age 59, was last seen around 8:00 pm Monday night, wearing blue jeans and a sweatshirt, at his residence at the 600 block of…

Citizens rip council, Bookmeyer on “hideous” Central Park dice (VIDEO)

Citizens rip council, Bookmeyer on “hideous” Central Park dice (VIDEO)

MASON CITY – A public forum was held at the Mason City council meeting Tuesday night. All three speakers ripped the council and Mayor Eric Bookmeyer for allowing Robin Anderson…

New Information in the Search for Kathlynn Shepard

New Information in the Search for Kathlynn Shepard

Webster County, IOWA — Investigators and search parties have gained additional information surrounding the abduction and subsequent search for Kathlynn Shepard. Most significantly, a search team of law enforcement and…

Sheriffs seek help in locating wanted Rockwell man

Sheriffs seek help in locating wanted Rockwell man

MASON CITY – On April 14, 2013, 7:30 p.m. the sheriff’s office responded to an assault-taking place in Rockwell. Because of the investigation, warrants have been issued for the suspect…

Iowa woman picked up at Mason City gas station on sixth theft charge

Iowa woman picked up at Mason City gas station on sixth theft charge

MASON CITY – Law enforcement was called to a Mason City convenience store Monday for an “uncooperative shoplifter.” According to law enforcement, Peggy Sue Oconnell, 54, of Rake, Iowa was…

Suspect in girl’s disappearance – a convicted sex offender – now dead; girl still not found

Suspect in girl’s disappearance – a convicted sex offender – now dead; girl still not found

Webster County, IOWA — More than 120 officers and 200 first responders and volunteers searched throughout the day in Webster, Boone and Hamilton Counties, trying to locate 15 year old…

DCI agents converge on Mason City home Wednesday morning

DCI agents converge on Mason City home Wednesday morning

MASON CITY – Agents with the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation converged on a Mason City residence Wednesday morning. Unmarked law enforcement vehicles, 5 in total, were parked at the…

Council approves economic package for call center

Council approves economic package for call center

MASON CITY – The Mason City Council approved an economic package worth about $72,500 in forgivable loans for a call center on the city’s west side. The company, called WS…

Three may face federal charges for jumping on manatees (VIDEO)

Three may face federal charges for jumping on manatees (VIDEO)

COCOA BEACH, Fla., May 23 (UPI) — Three men could face federal wildlife abuse charges after a video showed a man jumping onto two manatees in a South Florida canal,…

Outrage over 2010 BP spill charge dismissal

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) — A member of Congress who led an investigation into the BP oil spill in 2010 expressed outrage that a judge threw out a charge against…

Man accused of defrauding Walmart of more than $600,000

Man accused of defrauding Walmart of more than $600,000

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 21 (UPI) — It took scores of investigators to track down a South Carolina man accused of masterminding the theft of more than $600,000 from Walmart stores,…

Kerry says religious freedom is the right of every human being

Kerry says religious freedom is the right of every human being

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the freedom to profess and practice one’s faith is the birthright of every human being, not just an…

Burglar ransacks suburban home of Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice

BALTIMORE, May 21 (UPI) — A burglar broke into the suburban Baltimore home of Ravens running back Ray Rice, Baltimore County police said. Surveillance video shows a man entering Rice’s…

Doctors may now prescribe lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients in Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt., May 21 (UPI) — Doctors may prescribe lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients under provisions of a bill signed into law by Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.…

20 high school seniors barred from graduation over prank

WAYNE, W.Va., May 21 (UPI) — The 20 students who allegedly broke into their West Virginia school as part of a senior prank will not be allowed to participate in…

Brothers say they were beaten up for photographing Damian Lillard

PORTLAND, Ore., May 21 (UPI) — Two brothers charge NBA Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard stood by while members of his entourage beat them up for taking Lillard’s picture.…

U.S. groundwater running dry

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) — The depletion of groundwater from one of the largest aquifers in the United States since 2001 was faster than during the entire 20th century, the…

Fire alarm clear Cerro Gordo courthouse (PHOTOS)

Fire alarm clear Cerro Gordo courthouse (PHOTOS)

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – Around 8:45 AM Tuesday, the Mason City Fire Department was dispatched to the Cerro Gordo Court House, located at 220 N. Washington. All personnel was…

Woman gets probation for saying 4 sons died in war to get aid

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla., May 21 (UPI) — A Florida woman accused of faking her sons’ deaths so she could receive aid from a Port Charlotte church will serve three years…

Army orders more NVGs

ROANOKE, Va., May 21 (UPI) — ITT Exelis has received a $48 million follow-on order from the U.S. Army for enhanced night vision goggles. The order, which is expected to…

Caroline Kennedy serves on jury that acquits accused drug seller

NEW YORK, May 21 (UPI) — Former first daughter Caroline Kennedy served on a New York jury that acquitted a Harlem man of selling drugs to an undercover police officer.…

Is the driving boom over?

Is the driving boom over?

WASHINGTON – A study by U.S. Pirg, the non-profit federation of state groups, finds total miles driven by Americans peaked in 2007 and will decline as baby boomers retire and…

U.S. soldier to be buried 70 years after death in World War II

U.S. soldier to be buried 70 years after death in World War II

NORTHAMPTON, Pa., May 21 (UPI) — An American soldier whose remains were recovered seven decades after he died during World War II will be buried with family in Pennsylvania, officials…

LAX seizes elephant meat, dead monkey, illegal handbags

LOS ANGELES, May 21 (UPI) — U.S. Customs officials at Los Angeles International Airport said they confiscated a dead monkey, elephant meat and illegal handbags made of reptile skin. Airport…

Judge to rule on stop-and-frisk practices of NYPD

NEW YORK, May 21 (UPI) — The judge hearing the lawsuit filed against the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practices indicated she doesn’t think the policy is effective. However, effectiveness…

Rapper Chief Keef arrested for disorderly conduct

ATLANTA, May 21 (UPI) — Teen rapper Chief Keef was arrested in DeKalb County, Ga., for disorderly conduct after he was allegedly caught smoking pot at a hotel, TMZ said.…

Dozens of deaths reported in fighting in western, southern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 21 (UPI) — An explosion in Herat province Tuesday killed seven police officers while at least 23 militants died in clashes in Helmand province, Afghan officials said.…