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Special operations kandak detain four, clears Khogyani

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces detained four suspected insurgents during a village clearing operation in Khogyani district Dec. 24. Commandos with 1st Special Operations Kandak arrested the…

Don’t touch that dial: Jail birds’ fight over TV remote leads to new charges

Don’t touch that dial: Jail birds’ fight over TV remote leads to new charges

MASON CITY – A man in jail since August facing felony charges of burglary and attempted murder had new charges added this week after a jailhouse scuffle. According to jailers…

UPDATED: Cops visit same North End house 7 times in one week

UPDATED: Cops visit same North End house 7 times in one week

MASON CITY – Police were busy keeping the peace at a North End house this week. Records indicate that Mason City police officers visited 718 North Tyler Avenue five times…

No. 14 ISU to battle Boise State for championship

No. 14 ISU to battle Boise State for championship

AMES – Iowa State faces Boise State Wednesday in the championship game of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. (CT) with ESPN2 broadcasting the…

Two Mason City parks may be designated historic places

Two Mason City parks may be designated historic places

MASON CITY – On Thursday, January 2, 2013, the Mason City Historic Preservation Commission will discuss and vote on a recommendation to nominate both Parker’s Woods Park and East Park…

Obama signs executive order giving military 1% pay raise

Obama signs executive order giving military 1% pay raise

WASHINGTON – Military personnel and civilian workers received a 1% pay raise on Monday after President Obama signed an executive order adjusting certain rates of pay beginning in 2014. Last…

Statement by Sec. of Defense Hagel on sexual assault prevention and response

Statement by Sec. of Defense Hagel on sexual assault prevention and response

From the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel – Eliminating sexual assault in the military is one of the Department of Defense’s highest priorities.  We welcome President Obama’s continued leadership on…

State of Iowa submits appeal to FEMA for denial of disaster aid

DES MOINES – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad today announced the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) submitted an appeal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for…

University of Iowa police receive report of sexual assault

University of Iowa police receive report of sexual assault

From the UI Department of Public Safety – On the morning of Dec. 21, the University of Iowa Police received a report from a student that either during the late…

Branstad, other governors write letter to Obama in support of strong renewable fuel standard

Gov. Branstad brings bipartisan group of six governors together in support of RFS; Letter sent to President Obama, Administrator McCarthy and Sec. Vilsack calling for reconsideration on the EPA’s proposed…

Syrian air assaults against civilians condemned

Syrian air assaults against civilians condemned

WASHINGTON – The White House issued a statement Monday condemning the “ongoing air assaults” by the Syrian government against civilians, which have reportedly killed more than 300 people, many of…

South Sudanese leadership urged to curb escalating violence

South Sudanese leadership urged to curb escalating violence

NEW YORK – Amid ethnically targeted killings, arbitrary detentions, rising displacement and now the discovery of mass graves, the United Nations human rights chief today urged the South Sudanese leadership…

Grassley joins effort to exempt small family farms from OSHA regulations

Grassley joins effort to exempt small family farms from OSHA regulations

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley joined 42 other senators in requesting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to stop what they call unlawful regulations on small family farms. In…

Preparations for upcoming Syria peace conference ‘on track,’ says UN chief

NEW YORK – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that preparations for the long-awaited international conference aimed at achieving a political solution to the crisis in Syria are moving ahead, and…

Sen. Grassley to kick off 99-county tour

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley will begin holding meetings with Iowans in every county again next year with meetings in Floyd and Chickasaw counties on Friday, Jan. 3. “Representative…

Senate provision doubles forest service air tanker fleet

WASHINGTON – Earlier this week, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014, which included language by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) transferring…

Use of checks in payment transactions continues to decline

CLEVELAND, OH – The 2013 Federal Reserve Payments Study, released last week, shows that card payments – credit and debit – now account for more than two-thirds of all noncash…