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Mason City woman died after house fire, authorities say
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 64-year-old Mason City woman has died after a fire at her home. Relatives of Nancy Thompson had called 911 after finding evidence of the fire Tuesday night. It was out before firefighters arrived. Mason City Fire Marshal Jayme Medlin says a wall lamp had ignited a window covering in the kitchen. The flames didn't leave the kitchen, but there was smoke damage throughout the house. Firefighters found Thompson on a bedroom floor. She was taken to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, where she was pronounced dead.

Prosecutor: Chinese man got life for killing Iowa girlfriend
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Chinese man who fled home after killing his girlfriend in Iowa will serve a life sentence in China. Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness said Wednesday that the U.S. State Department informed her office and Iowa City police that 24-year-old Xiangnan Li (zee-UNG'-nuhn lee) was sentenced earlier this week in the Chinese city of Wenzhou (WEHN'-joo). In March the former University of Iowa student told a Chinese court that he'd killed 20-year-old Iowa State student Tong Shao (tong show) in September 2014. Iowa authorities wanted Li to be returned for trial, but the United States and China don't have an extradition treaty. The Criminal Investigation Bureau of China has said that Chinese citizens are subject to Chinese prosecution for any crimes they commit abroad.

Officials plan to start refilling Lake Delhi on Friday
DELHI, Iowa (AP) — Officials are planning to close the floodgates Friday and start refilling Lake Delhi, now that the $16 million restoration project has been finished. The 9-mile-long lake on the Maquoketa (muh-KOH'-kih-tuh) River emptied in July 2010 when heavy rain caused the previous dam to fail. Property owners formed a taxing district shortly after the storms, and voters approved a $6 million bond measure for the new dam and restoration. Other money came from the state, Delaware County and private donations. Steve Leonard of the Lake Delhi Combined Recreational Facility and Water Quality District told The Des Moines Register the lake could refill in as little as four days or take three or more weeks, depending on rainfall and river flow.

The Latest: Tornado watch issued overnight for Indiana
CHICAGO (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for much of Indiana until 5 a.m. EDT as severe weather moves through the Midwest. The weather service also issued a flood advisory for northern and north central Indiana due to heavy rains due to thunderstorms that moved across the state late Wednesday. In Illinois, Livingston County emergency manager Chuck Schopp says at least four homes and a gas station sustained damaged when a tornado ripped through central Illinois. Two people had been trapped inside a home, but he says they were able to escape. The weather service says it received numerous reports of tornadoes west and southwest of Chicago, adding a survey will be conducted Thursday to determine the number.

APNewsBreak: US Senate panel demands info in lottery scandal
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A U.S. Senate oversight committee is demanding information about how state lotteries are increasing security after an insider allegedly rigged jackpots for years. Sen. John Thune, chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, says fraud allegations in lottery games raise serious concerns. Yet he says it's not clear what the Multi-State Lottery Association is doing to address them. In a letter to association leaders obtained by The Associated Press, Thune says his committee wants answers to several questions by July 7. Investigators say the association's former security director, Eddie Tipton, installed software code that allowed him to predict winning numbers on specific days of the year. A jury has convicted Tipton of rigging a $16.5 million jackpot, and he's charged with manipulating games in four other states.

5 injured in firetruck-SUV collision, Omaha authorities say
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Five people have been injured in a downtown Omaha collision between a firetruck and a sport utility vehicle. Authorities say the lights were flashing and siren blaring on the northbound firetruck around 10:35 a.m. Wednesday as firefighters responded to an emergency call. But their truck collided with an eastbound SUV at an intersection and ended up crashing into the side of an art gallery building. Four firefighters and the SUV driver, 40-year-old Jason Sauvain, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, were taken to Creighton University Medical Center for treatment of what turned out to be minor injuries. No one in the building was injured.

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