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CLARION - Excitement, joy, jubilation and even a little bit of relief. Newell-Fonda fans experienced all of that and a little more on Monday night in their District final game against No. 5 ranked Turkey Valley. An Erin...
BVU Celebrates Black History Month
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Hope in hard times (02/24/15)
It seems that the news is always full of, well, bad news, such as the long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. The seemingly intractable war between these two groups has gone on for decades. Too often, all we see in the news are stories of new rocket attacks, new bombings, new assassinations, and implacable hatred...
Proposed pipeline in BV County (02/17/15)
We are owners of land in Buena Vista County affected by the proposed oil pipeline. We were as surprised as everyone else when the pipeline was proposed in the middle of last year. The pipeline will transport 570,000 barrels of oil per day. A representative from the pipeline company has admitted that this pipeline could leak. ...
Supporting FHC (02/16/15)
The staff and residents of Faith, Hope and Charity would like to thank the great people that came out this last week and supported our 4th annual Lose the Winter Blues event held at King's Pointe. It is through your continued support that we can help with our mission of improving the lives of children and young adults with special needs by promoting independence and individuality...
BBC News
'Ukraine's eastern threat to stay'
Ukraine's president says a "military threat from the east" will remain even if a truce with rebels holds, a warning seen as a reference to Russia.
Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years
Former pop star Gary Glitter is jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.
Nine dead in series of US shootings
Local media reports say that nine people are dead after a series of shootings in south-central Missouri.
US-Bangladesh writer hacked to death
Attackers hack to death a US-Bangladeshi blogger who campaigned for a secular society, sparking a protest by hundreds of students.
Labour pledges 6,000 tuition fees
Ed Miliband says 9,000 tuition fees in England have been a "disaster" and promises Labour would fund a reduction by cutting tax relief on high earners' pensions.
US growth revised down to 2.2%
The slowdown in the US economy at the end of last year was more pronounced than previously thought, official figures show.
VIDEO: The dress question stressing the world...
A debate has raged on social media over the colour of a dress which looks different to different people.
Mugabe admits land reform flaws
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe admits failures in the country's controversial land reform programme, saying some farms were "too big".
Google backs down over Blogger porn
Google has changed its mind about forcing sexually explicit blogs on its Blogger platform to become private.
BA owner reports soaring profits
International Airlines Group (IAG) reports a big jump in annual profits and raises its forecast for 2015 after a "remarkable" turnaround at Spanish airline Iberia.
State news
Man wants death trial delayed so he can help ailing daughter
DECORAH, Iowa (AP) -- A former Boone man charged with killing his wife in 2012 wants to delay his April trial so he can help his 5-year-old daughter recover from a bone marrow transplant....
Newly licensed lawyers won't have to take Iowa law course
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The state Supreme Court has decided that newly licensed lawyers won't have to take a course on Iowa laws....
Nonprofit planning 8 public pianos for Des Moines
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Spontaneous music that's either harmonious or harsh could soon be filling the Des Moines air with a nonprofit planning to place eight pianos on city sidewalks and parks....
Janitor accused of stealing money from Cedar Falls desks
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) -- A janitor is accused of stealing money from desks at Cedar Falls city government offices....
Former Philip wrestler selected for high school hall of fame
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- A former high school wrestler from Philip who won five state titles and went on to become an Olympic medalist has been inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame....
Technology News
DeepMind AI Exterminates Space Invaders, Pac-Man
Researchers at Google's DeepMind subsidiary in England have developed an artificial agent they call a "deep Q-network" that learned to play 49 classic Atari 2600 arcade games by just diving in. The DQN algorithm performed at more than 75 percent of the level of a professional player in more than half the games. It achieved the maximum attainable scores in certain games, such as Breakout.
Malicious Emailers Find Healthcare Firms Juicy Prey
Healthcare providers have garnered growing interest from hackers in recent months. More evidence of that trend appeared last week in a report on email trust. An email that appeared to come from a healthcare company was four times more likely to be fraudulent than an email purportedly from a social media company like Facebook, one of the largest creators of email on the Internet, Agari found.
Valve To Put Steam Behind VR Efforts With New Headset
Valve on Monday announced that it's getting into the virtual reality hardware business. In a terse tease posted to the Web, the company trumpeted its intentions to reveal its SteamVR hardware system next week at the 2015 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Valve also announced that it is looking for developers and publishers to create content for its new VR hardware system.
Pearl OS Could Be a Gem in the Making
If you favor the OS X environment, Pearl OS might be a Linux distro to feed your fancy. Pearl OS is a revival of the discontinued Pear OS distro. It picks up where Pear left off in early 2014. Pearl OS has two desktop versions: XFCE and MATE. Both are based on Ubuntu Linux distro version 14.04 Mini release. The two flavors of Pearl OS are customized to look and act like the OS X operating system.
Google Puts Blogger Porn Under Wraps
Google will place a privacy curtain around sexually explicit images and video on its Blogger platform if users fail to remove the content of their own volition by March 23. The measure falls short of outright censoring the content or terminating users. However, it does restrict access to the owner or admins of the blog and the people with whom the owner has shared it.
Pebble Makes Big Ripples on Kickstarter
The money is pouring into Pebble's Kickstarter campaign for its new smartwatch, Pebble Time. Within hours, upwards of 27,000 supporters had pledged more than $5.6 million. The project's goal was to raise a mere $500,000. The strength of the response highlights the enthusiastic fan base Pebble has built. "Pebble Time appears to be yet another blockbuster," said tech analyst Ryan Martin.