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Mary Margaret (Steiner) Ludlow


Mary was born on Aug. 29, 1926 in Mason City, Iowa, the only daughter of the late Clement and Kathleen (Fitzgerald) Steiner. She grew up in Rockwell and Mason City where she graduated as valedictorian from St. Joseph's Catholic School. Mary married Robert ...

Roads to close for three days in Mason City


Click to share on Twitter Click to share on Google+ Share on Facebook Click to share on Pinterest MASON CITY, Iowa – The Mason City Water Utility Crew will be closing two streets Tuesday to repair a water main break. City Administrator Brent Trout says ...

Police: Man pulled knife on officers during arrest


MASON CITY, Iowa (FOX 47)-- Police in Mason City said a man pulled a knife on officers during an arrest. Chad Yarger, 24, of Mason City, is behind bars and facing several charges including assault with a dangerous weapon on peace officers. According to ...

University of Iowa, AIB to partner for new campus in Des Moines


On Monday, Mason said, “This is definitely a piece of that.” AIB President Nancy Williams, who has two sons attending UI and was in Iowa City for freshmen orientation over the summer, said she conceived of the idea and had a “casual conversation ...

Group plans Mason City downtown housing


MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Mason City organization plans to build a three-story upscale housing development near the city's downtown. The Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1D2L1qQ) the Good Shepherd Inc. board of directors on Friday approved a plan for ...

Iowa SBA head visits Mason City


MASON CITY | Business people need to understand the resources available to them that they are already paying for through their tax dollars, a Small Business Administration official said Friday. Jayne Armstrong, newly-appointed director of the SBA's Iowa ...

Tools for the future: Crop Fair Feb. 12 in Mason City


The Feb. 12 “Tools for the future” Crop Fair, set for North Iowa Area Community College, Muse-Norris Conference Center, 500 College Drive, in Mason City, will feature speakers on key topics of interest to farmers, include informative displays ...

Regents meet to discuss Mason's retirement, replacement


Mason, who will turn 65 this year, last week announced her intention to retire upon reaching her eight-year anniversary as president of UI. Soon after the announcement, the regents scheduled a meeting for Tuesday in Iowa City to set Mason's goals for her ...

University of Iowa President Sally Mason announces retirement


IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - The president of the University of Iowa is retiring after eight years of leading the college. Sally Mason, whose tenure has included rebuilding after the floods of 2008 but also has been roundly criticized for Iowa's response to ...

University of Iowa President Sally Mason to retire Aug. 1


IOWA CITY — Every day since Sally Mason took over as the University of Iowa’s 20th president in August 2007 has been “pressure-filled.&r dquo; “There have been plenty of challenges,” Mason told The Gazette on Thursday after announcing her plans to ...




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Found Unclaimed Money in MASON CITY

What Is Unclaimed Money?

If the government owes you money and you do not collect it, then it’s unclaimed. This can also happen with banks, credit unions, pensions, and other sources.

Beware of unclaimed money scams. There are people who pretend to be the government and offer to send you unclaimed money for a fee. Government agencies will not call you about unclaimed money or assets. Learn how to spot these types of scams.

Currently, the government does not have one website for finding unclaimed money by name, Social Security number, or state. To find it, you’ll need to visit each site separately and perform a search.

States’ Unclaimed Money

  • Search by State  – Search your state’s listing of unclaimed funds and property.

Retirement

Taxes

Banking, Investments, and Currency

  • Bank Failures  – Search the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for unclaimed funds from failed financial institutions.
  • Credit Union Failures  – Find unclaimed deposits from credit unions.
  • SEC Claims Funds  – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lists enforcement cases where a company or person owes investors money.
  • Damaged Money  – The Treasury Department will exchange mutilated or damaged U.S. currency.

Mortgages

  • FHA-Insurance Refunds  – If you had an FHA-insured mortgage, you may be eligible for a refund from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Savings Bonds

International

  • Foreign Claims  – U.S. nationals can find money owed to them from foreign governments after loss of property.

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How can consumers in MASON CITY be sure a genetic test is valid and useful?

Before undergoing genetic testing, it is important to be sure that the test is valid and useful. A genetic test is valid if it provides an accurate result. Two main measures of accuracy apply to genetic tests: analytical validity and clinical validity. Another measure of the quality of a genetic test is its usefulness, or clinical utility.

  • Analytical validity refers to how well the test predicts the presence or absence of a particular gene or genetic change. In other words, can the test accurately detect whether a specific genetic variant is present or absent?

  • Clinical validity refers to how well the genetic variant being analyzed is related to the presence, absence, or risk of a specific disease.

  • Clinical utility refers to whether the test can provide information about diagnosis, treatment, management, or prevention of a disease that will be helpful to a consumer.

All laboratories that perform health-related testing, including genetic testing, are subject to federal regulatory standards called the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) or even stricter state requirements. CLIA standards cover how tests are performed, the qualifications of laboratory personnel, and quality control and testing procedures for each laboratory. By controlling the quality of laboratory practices, CLIA standards are designed to ensure the analytical validity of genetic tests.

CLIA standards do not address the clinical validity or clinical utility of genetic tests. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires information about clinical validity for some genetic tests. Additionally, the state of New York requires information on clinical validity for all laboratory tests performed for people living in that state. Consumers, health providers, and health insurance companies are often the ones who determine the clinical utility of a genetic test.

It can be difficult to determine the quality of a genetic test sold directly to the public. Some providers of direct-to-consumer genetic tests are not CLIA-certified, so it can be difficult to tell whether their tests are valid. If providers of direct-to-consumer genetic tests offer easy-to-understand information about the scientific basis of their tests, it can help consumers make more informed decisions. It may also be helpful to discuss any concerns with a health professional before ordering a direct-to-consumer genetic test.

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A  new brand of smartphones defy Samsung and Apple

We know that Samsung is the largest manufacturer in the world of smart phones, and Apple is number two. But, do you have any idea who is the third largest is?

¿Lenovo? ¿LG? Nokia nosing? ¿Sony? No, no, no and no. It is a Chinese company called Xiaomi.

If you´ve never heard of Xiaomi, you can soon do it.

Xiaomi raised 1,100 million dollars in funding from some of the most powerful players in the high tech industry. That gives the company a value of $ 45,000 million - larger than LG, Motorola and Sony together. Xiaomi is now the new world´s most valuable company, even more than Uber, Airbnb and Pinterest.

Xiaomi is also the smartphone maker´s fastest growing company. Its sales soared 211% to more than 17 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2014 - a little less than half the number of iPhones that Apple sold, according to IDC.

Xiaomi participation in the market more than doubled to just over 5%. A year ago, was only 2% of the market.

The smartphone maker in China rose so fast with that focused on China and some nearby high-growth countries. Xiaomi is now the number two brand smartphones in China (behind only Samsung), and recently began selling phones in Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Thailand and Turkey.

Xiaomi arrived in growth markets by storm, offering super low price phones online sales only. The magnificent smartphone E4 company debuted in August, designed to be at home the iPhone killer.  Its design almost exactly like the iPhone, helps.

The company has a unique business model: not even about making money with their phones $ 130, which sells at cost. Most of the proceeds from the sale of accessories and applications.

Xiaomi also has a knack for marketing, advertising campaigns have attracted a massive group of very loyal fans in China.

"We will strive to continually bring innovation to everyone, with a goal of producing high-quality, high-performance devices with great user experience," said Bin Lin, founder of Xiaomi, in a Facebook message Monday . "In January 2015, we will launch our next flagship device".

The big question for Xiaomi is whether it can grow beyond the countries where it already sells phones. For example, could Xiaomi shake the US smartphone market, which is dominated by Samsung and Apple?

Chinese manufacturers of smartphones have not exactly been welcome in the United States. None of the major national competitors Xiaomi -Lenovo, Yulong and Huawei- have made no progress in America.

For most of the past decade, Nokia was the world leader in sales of cell phones without a significant presence in the United States. LG, Sony and many others have found international success, but failed to gain traction on US soil.

Xiaomi has no plans to sell phones in the United States. But when that day comes, he will face his greatest challenge.

 David Goldman , CNNMoney

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