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Markets avert a tumble

NEW YORK, May 23 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes complied with a timeless adage Thursday: What goes up must come down. After setting a series of record closing highs in…

Blood Evidence Confirmed as Belonging to Kathlynn Shepard

Blood Evidence Confirmed as Belonging to Kathlynn Shepard

Webster County, IOWA — At a 4:00 PM press conference today in Dayton, Iowa, the Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation disclosed more evidence in the investigation and…

Three vehicle collision leads to citation for North Iowa man

Three vehicle collision leads to citation for North Iowa man

MASON CITY – A three vehicle accident Thursday morning lead to a citation for a North Iowa man. Mason City police and emergency responders were called to an accident at…

UI Baseball: Dahm’s Contract Not to Be Renewed

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa director of athletics Gary Barta announced today that UI head baseball coach Jack Dahm’s contract will not be renewed. Dahm recently completed his…

Mason City police make burglary arrest

Mason City police make burglary arrest

MASON CITY – Mason City police reported Thursday that two North Iowa men have been arrested in connection with thefts. Police said that Clay Douglas Kalvig of Mason City and…

Krzyzewski to return as U.S. men’s basketball coach

Krzyzewski to return as U.S. men’s basketball coach

DURHAM, N.C., May 23 (UPI) — Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski will return to coach the U.S. men’s national basketball team through 2016, USA Basketball announced Thursday. The U.S. men’s team…

Republicans zero in on Ragan with auto-calls

Republicans zero in on Ragan with auto-calls

MASON CITY – Republicans in Des Moines have been making automated phone calls with live callers on the line to North Iowa registered Republicans and Independents, as part of an…

Morgan Freeman nods off during TV interview

SEATTLE, May 23 (UPI) — Actor Morgan Freeman nodded off during a morning television interview on KCPQ, Seattle’s “Fox News This Morning” program. Freeman, 75, and 80-year-old co-star Michael Caine…

Man who interferred with federal prosectuor in Iowa court sentenced to fines, probation

Man who interferred with federal prosectuor in Iowa court sentenced to fines, probation

DAVENPORT – A Minnesota man who interfered with a federal prosecutor while engaged in his official duties was sentenced on May 16, 2013, in federal court in Davenport. Timothy Demuth,…

Iowa DOT warns motorists to not enter closed roadways near Osage

Iowa DOT warns motorists to not enter closed roadways near Osage

AMES, Iowa – May 23, 2013 – The Iowa Department of Transportation has placed signs, barricades, fencing and other road closure devices at locations on Iowa 9 west of Osage…

Branstad hails “landmark” legislative session achievements

Branstad hails “landmark” legislative session achievements

Significant property tax relief, transformational education reform, meaningful health modernization that focuses on quality outcomes for low-income patients (DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds…

Governor Branstad requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for 19 Iowa counties

Governor Branstad requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for 19 Iowa counties

(DES MOINES) –Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad signed a letter to be delivered to President Obama requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 19 Iowa counties where significant damage was sustained…

Missing Mason City man located

MASON CITY – Norman Owein Erlacher has been located, according to Mason City police. Erlacher, age 59, had been missing since Monday and police had sought help in locating him…

Man finds 1938 Superman comic in wall of house

ELBOW LAKE, Minn., May 22 (UPI) — A Minnesota remodeler said the comic book — Superman’s first appearance — he found in the walls of a home is worth 10…

Gang raped at 11, victim now pregnant at 14

HOUSTON, May 22 (UPI) — The mother of a Texas girl who was gang raped when she was 11 says she was upset when she found her daughter, now 14,…

Munching burger, other distractions led to $15 million in police car crash settlement

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 22 (UPI) — Santa Clara County, Calif., agreed to settle for $15 million a suit stemming from a car crash triggered by a police officer eating…

Obama expected to address drone justification, achievements

Obama expected to address drone justification, achievements

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) — President Obama is expected to discuss Thursday at the National Defense University is justification for drone strikes and what they achieved, observers said. Obama also…

Crack dealer refuses to participate in trial; convicted of drug trafficking and possession of ammo

Crack dealer refuses to participate in trial; convicted of drug trafficking and possession of ammo

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man with two prior drug trafficking convictions under different names was convicted by a jury Wednesday after a two-day trial in federal court in Cedar…

More lawsuits filed over priest who admitted making child pornography

KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 22 (UPI) — The Catholic Church in Missouri faces more lawsuits brought by alleged victims of a priest who has admitted producing child pornography. The Diocese…

Poll: Outlook on U.S. moral values pessimistic

PRINCETON, N.J., May 23 (UPI) — Most U.S. residents say they’re still gloomy about the direction moral values in the United States are heading, Gallup said Wednesday. Seventy-two percent of…

Facebook falling out of favor with teens, survey finds

Facebook falling out of favor with teens, survey finds

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) — Teens are sharing more about themselves on social media but many favor Twitter to avoid parents and “oversharing” they see on Facebook, a U.S. poll…

U.S. mortgage activity down 9.8 percent last week

WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) — U.S. mortgage activity fell 9.8 percent last week with refinancing activity off sharply as long-term interest rates rose, the Mortgage Bankers Association said. The association…

Defendant: Epithets, attack on gay man wasn’t hate crime

WOODLAND, Calif., May 22 (UPI) — A California defendant in a hearing on an assault charge said the words he hurled at the gay man he allegedly beat up did…

Girl, 12, grazed by stray bullet in her NYC bedroom

NEW YORK, May 22 (UPI) — A 12-year-old New York girl had a near miss when a bullet ricocheted off a fire escape and came through her bedroom window, police…

Most U.S. hospitals and doctors use electronic health records

BETHESDA, Md., May 22 (UPI) — More than half of U.S. doctors and other health providers adopted electronic health records, the head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human…

Democratic leaders comment on end of Iowa legislative session

Democratic leaders comment on end of Iowa legislative session

2013 End of Session Address Senate President Pam Jochum May 22, 2013 Congratulations. We did it. We showed that Republicans and Democrats CAN work together to solve important problems. The…

Ex says O.J. Simpson was obsessed with former spouse Nicole

Ex says O.J. Simpson was obsessed with former spouse Nicole

NEW YORK, May 22 (UPI) — Christie Prody, O.J. Simpson’s ex-girlfriend, says the jailed former football star was obsessed with his late ex-wife, Nicole Brown. Prody, who recently pleaded guilty…

Nutritionists want to keep sweeteners listed on front milk label

CHICAGO, May 22 (UPI) — Nutritionists are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reject a milk industry petition to drop artificial sweeteners from front labels on containers. The…

Russia designs reusable spacecraft good for as many as five missions

MOSCOW, May 22 (UPI) — A Russian company designing a new spacecraft for the country’s space program says the craft will be reusable and able to make as many as…

Charles City announces largest Lions Club project in decades

Charles City announces largest Lions Club project in decades

CHARLES CITY (IOWA) – Charles City’s oldest continuous service club is re-investing in the beautification of their community along with the help of an anonymous donor. The Charles City Lions…

Sanity hearing set for alleged killer nanny

NEW YORK, May 22 (UPI) — A nanny charged in New York with killing two children in her care will get a chance to challenge a finding she is sane…

Ford steps on the gas, production-wise

DEARBORN, Mich., May 22 (UPI) — U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co. said it will bump up production in 2013 by 200,000 vehicles, due in part to increased demand on the…

Apple picks Texas for $100 million plant

CUPERTINO, Calif., May 22 (UPI) — U.S. technology giant Apple’s Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said the company would build a factory in Texas to assemble Macintosh computers. Cook and…

GOP lawmakers say special prosecutor in IRS scandal not needed — yet

GOP lawmakers say special prosecutor in IRS scandal not needed — yet

WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) — Talk of needing a U.S. special prosecutor for the IRS scandal is premature, given that congressional hearings just began, some Republican lawmakers said. Given there’s…

Martial arts fighter says sex balm hurt his sex life

PHILADELPHIA, May 22 (UPI) — A mixed martial arts fighter is suing a Philadelphia adult shop, saying a product he bought to enhance his sex life had the opposite effect.…

Women held prisoner in Cleveland thank donors for support

CLEVELAND, May 22 (UPI) — The three women allegedly held captive for years at a house in Cleveland have issued a statement of thanks for donations to funds set up…

WHO: Health officials must collaborate on health threats

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 22 (UPI) — International health officials collaborating staved off SARS virus 10 years ago and this is needed now, the head of the World Health Organization says.…

Deaths, injuries reported from explosions reported across Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 22 (UPI) — Explosions in southern and western Afghanistan killed four people and wounded five others, local authorities said Wednesday. In Helmand province, officials said a civilian…

N.D. town on edge, dams holding for now

CAVALIER, N.D., May 22 (UPI) — Cavalier, N.D., remained virtually closed Wednesday as water gathered in the Tongue River watershed, and residents and crews monitored dams in the region. Police…