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Elderly American man released by North Korea

Elderly American man released by North Korea

BEIJING – Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old American from California who has been detained in North Korea since Oct. 26, was released Friday. According to a State Department spokeswoman, officials from…

Snow and bitterly cold weather could combine for tricky driving this weekend

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 6, 2013 – Although the forecast only calls for a few inches of snow over most of Iowa this weekend, motorists haven’t had a lot of…

UNI to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

UNI to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

CEDAR FALLS – The University of Northern Iowa will host a service in remembrance of Nelson Mandela from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9, at the Center for Multicultural…

Iowa hunting laws upheld by Supreme Court

Iowa hunting laws upheld by Supreme Court

DES MOINES – The Iowa Supreme Court upheld today a ruling by a lower court that says owning land is not enough reason to be able to hunt on the…

Sheriffs arrest three men Thursday after North End traffic stop

Sheriffs arrest three men Thursday after North End traffic stop

MASON CITY – In yet another North End traffic stop, three men were arrested by sheriff’s deputies on various crimes. Thursday evening at about 8:21 PM, Cerro Gordo county sheriff’s…

Animal Rescue League removes 55 exotic birds from Des Moines shooter’s house

Animal Rescue League removes 55 exotic birds from Des Moines shooter’s house

DES MOINES – A Des Moines man who fired shots at passers-by and police and ultimately died from being shot himself had a large number of animals removed from his…

Gabby Giffords starts anti-gun pact with remaining funds from congressional campaign account

Gabby Giffords starts anti-gun pact with remaining funds from congressional campaign account

WASHINGTON – A former congresswoman who was shot in the head nearly three years ago has started a political action committee (PAC) to fight for gun control laws and support…

Branstad names new communications director

Branstad names new communications director

DES MOINES – Tim Albrecht, who has served as Gov. Branstad’s communications director since November of 2009, is departing the Branstad-Reynolds administration to pursue a new private sector opportunity. Albrecht’s…

Ted Cruz fights for right of cheerleaders to display religious banners

Ted Cruz fights for right of cheerleaders to display religious banners

WASHINGTON, DC – This week U.S. Senators John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, submitted a joint amicus brief to the Ninth Court of Appeals in Texas in Kountze Independent…

Twelve no-contact violations, new felony charge leveled against young M.C. man

Twelve no-contact violations, new felony charge leveled against young M.C. man

MASON CITY – A young Mason City man who has been charged with three felonies in 2013 is now facing a new felony charge Thursday. Cody Dean Dakin was wanted…

Guantanamo Bay detainee transferred to Algeria

Guantanamo Bay detainee transferred to Algeria

WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense announced on Dec. 5 the transfer of Djamel Saiid Ali Ameziane and Bensayah Belkecem from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government…

White House expounds on benefits of extending unemployment insurance

From the White House: The United States economy continues to recover from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and while substantial progress has been made, more work remains…

U.S., Israel discuss Iran in high level talks

JERUSALEM – Secretary of State John Kerry met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday in Jerusalem for talks on the Iranian nuclear issue and the on-going peace talks with Palestine.…

President proclaims December 7th National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Proclamation from President Barack Obama – More than seven decades ago, on a calm Sunday morning, our Nation was attacked without warning or provocation. The bombs that fell on the…

California border patrol officers discover $600,000 worth of cocaine hidden in vehicle

Calexico, Calif. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico, Calif. downtown port of entry yesterday discovered almost $600,000 worth of cocaine concealed inside a vehicle. The…

American now held in Cuba for four years

WASHINGTON – U.S. officials marked the fourth year of incarceration of an American man being held captive in Cuba. According to the State Department, development worker Alan Gross began a…

Smuggler nabbed in Arizona

TUSCON, AZ – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents remained vigilant during the Thanksgiving holiday as evidenced by the seizure of nearly $500,000 in illegal drugs. The first seizure occurred Nov.…

Iowa Crafts: 41 Exhibition to open at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum

Iowa Crafts: 41 Exhibition to open at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum

MASON CITY – Iowa Crafts: 41 opens on Friday, December 6 at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in Mason City. This diverse exhibition is the result of a statewide…

Alliant Energy Foundation offers Community Service Scholarships

MADISON, Wis. – December 5, 2013 –For the 9th consecutive year, the Alliant Energy Foundation is offering high school seniors in its utility service area the opportunity to apply for one of 25…

Pentagon reductions ‘first step’ in realigning defense spending, Hagel says

Pentagon reductions ‘first step’ in realigning defense spending, Hagel says

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr., American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – The Defense Department’s senior leaders announced changes this week in the Office of the Secretary…

One month after drones report, administration still fails to explain killings

One month after drones report, administration still fails to explain killings

(WASHINGTON D.C.) – A month has passed since Amnesty International released its report, “Will I Be Next?’ US Drone Strikes in Pakistan,” but the Obama Administration still has not publicly…

Big Ten sets football attendance marks

Big Ten sets football attendance marks

CHICAGO – The Big Ten established a new conference record for total attendance among all games and conference games only this season. After welcoming more than 430,000 fans to conference…