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Vandalism reported near Cultural Crescent

Vandalism reported near Cultural Crescent

MASON CITY – More dastardly deeds were reported in recent days in or near the city’s hallowed Cultural Crescent. According to police, an officer was dispatched on December 6th t…

Cops break up Ventura party Saturday night

VENTURA – Police were called to a large party north of Ventura Saturday night. Three Cerro Gordo county sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance at a rural location north of…

Business that offered “snuggling sessions” gives in to pressure and closes down

MADISON, WI – A business that offered professional snuggling sessions closed for good last week, giving in to what it claims was pressure from local officials. The Snuggle House, located…

Iowa track team recognizes athletes

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa track and field program honored its student-athletes at the team’s annual awards banquet on Dec. 7. Multiple student athletes were honored for their…

Iowa Republican Party rejects Common Core State Standards for education

Iowa Republican Party rejects Common Core State Standards for education

DES MOINES – The Iowa Republican Party reported Monday that over the weekend at its quarterly meeting, it had voted to reject the Common core State Standards for education in…

Hogue named Big 12 Player of the Week

Hogue named Big 12 Player of the Week

AMES – Iowa State junior Dustin Hogue has been named Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week after averaging 19.5 points and 15.0 rebounds in the Cyclones’ wins against…

M.C. woman allegedly involved in auto accident leaves scene, gets nasty with cop

M.C. woman allegedly involved in auto accident leaves scene, gets nasty with cop

MASON CITY – A local woman was in trouble this weekend after an auto accident and a run in with a police officer. According to Mason City police, Nikki Sue…

Obama wants unemployment benefits extended before Congress breaks

Obama wants unemployment benefits extended before Congress breaks

WASHINGTON – In this week’s address to the nation, President Obama says that before Congress leaves for vacation, they should extend unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans who will lose…

N.I. Figure Skating Club holds show

N.I. Figure Skating Club holds show

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Figure Skating Club held a show Sunday at the North Iowa Events Center, titled “Strut Your Stuff 2013.” Boys and girls ages 6 through…

Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s Visit to Islamabad, Pakistan

Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s Visit to Islamabad, Pakistan

Assistant Press Secretary Carl Woog provided the following readout: United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Minister of Defense Khwaja Asif, Minister of Finance…

UN marks 65th anniversary of landmark treaty on preventing, punishing genocide

UN marks 65th anniversary of landmark treaty on preventing, punishing genocide

NEW YORK – Top United Nations officials joined international experts today in New York to mark the 65th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime…

Iowa to face LSU in Outback Bowl

Iowa to face LSU in Outback Bowl

IOWA CITY – The Iowa Hawkeye football team drew a sunny destination and a top-notch opponent in the Outback Bowl to cap the 2013 season. Iowa, (8-4) which won its…

Iowa State wrestling finishes 8th at Cliff Keen Invite

Iowa State wrestling finishes 8th at Cliff Keen Invite

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Iowa State wrestling team (5-1 overall, 1-0 Big 12) finished the 2013 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational 8th in the team standings, scoring 62 points…

Iowa football team awards announced

Iowa football team awards announced

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa senior linebacker Anthony Hitchens and junior offensive lineman Brandon Scherff were named the Roy J. Carver Most Valuable Players as the 2013 Hawkeye football…

Iowa Supreme Court rules sex crimes committed by juvenile can’t lead to predator status as adult

Iowa Supreme Court rules sex crimes committed by juvenile can’t lead to predator status as adult

DES MOINES – Late last week, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that juveniles who commit sex crimes can’t have those deeds held against them as adults. The ruling came in…

Gaza: UN confirms permission to import building materials, urges action on energy crisis

NEW YORK – The Government of Israel has decided to resume the transfer of construction materials for United Nations projects in Gaza, the top UN envoy for the Middle East confirmed…

Study predicts that there will be no widespread premium increase under Obamacare

WASHINGTON – A study by the RAND Corporation claims that in the overall health insurance marketplace, predicts that there will be no widespread health insurance premium increase. RAND, a nonprofit…