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Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers wins second NFL MVP award | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports

PHOENIX Once again, NFL MVP voters couldn't pass on voting for the best quarterback.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won his second MVP award. It was announced on Saturday night during the "NFL Honors" show at Phoenix Symphony Hall.

Rodgers threw for 4,381 yards, 38 touchdowns and only five interceptions, leading the Packers to an NFC North championship. That was enough to turn away Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who had 20.5 sacks and was vying to be the first defensive player to win MVP since 1986, when Lawrence Taylor won it. Watt was a unanimous choice for NFL defensive player of the year, the first time that award has been decided by a unanimous vote in the current voting setup. (Click here for a list of all the major NFL awards given out Saturday night.)


Expert Advice on How to Avoid Destroying your Phone's Battery | Digital Trends

It’s an issue that has plagued humanity since the dawn of the mobile phone. We use our trusty pocket computers so much that they rarely get through a day with any power left. Many of us plug them in at night and fall asleep, content in the knowledge that we’ll wake up to a fully charged device.

But, is it really safe to continue to leave our phones plugged into the charger once they’re fully charged? Is it damaging the battery or shortening its lifespan?

There are lots of myths and questionable ideas on this topic. You’ll find that the Internet is awash with opinions masquerading as facts. What’s the truth? We’ve got some answers for you.


Greenfields: Iowa ranks third in new wind generation

Iowa ranked third nationally for the most wind energy capacity added in 2014, according to a report from the American Wind Energy Association.

The Washington, D.C., group said Iowa added 511 megawatts of energy across the plains, following only Texas, which added 1,811 megawatts, and Oklahoma, adding 648 megawatts.


Man Detained Over Suitcase Found Stuffed With Human Remains - ABC News

A man was detained Friday night in connection with a suitcase that had been found on a downtown San Francisco street stuffed with human remains, authorities said.

Police Chief Greg Suhr confirmed the "person of interest" was detained for questioning in the Tenderloin district, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The move came only hours after police released grainy surveillance photos of a man wearing a striped baseball cap, light blue jeans and a blue and orange jacket.

The suitcase was found Wednesday afternoon on a street in the city's South of Market neighborhood. More body parts were found in a trash can nearby.



Dems still miffed about Israeli leader's address to Congress - Yahoo News

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is right, the Democrats are wrong. The Obama administration has had six years to work out a deal with Iran. Let's face it, Obama is a terrible negotiator.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is still peeved over Republicans' decision to ask the leader of Israel — an archenemy of Iran — to address Congress in March right in the middle of delicate negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program.

Asked Friday if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be well-advised to speak out in favor of heavier sanctions on Iran somewhere other than a joint meeting of Congress, Pelosi said "the opportunities are great," and noted that the Israeli leader often appears on Sunday talk shows in the U.S.

She also was asked if most House Democrats would attend a Netanyahu speech to Congress. "I don't know," Pelosi replied.


Iowa City's outdoor ice skating areas reopen

The City's outdoor ice skating areas are once again open, due to the arrival of colder temperatures. The lake at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area at 579 McCollister Blvd. and the skating pond at City Park at 200 E. Park Road reopened to skaters today after having been closed for two weeks because of warm weather and thinning ice.

For more information, contact the Parks office at 319-356-5107.

Flexible school start dates gain momentum in Iowa Senate

Iowa school boards would have full control over school year starting dates and their entire academic year calendar under a contentious bill that cleared an Iowa Senate subcommittee Thursday and appears to be gaining momentum.

The issue pits Iowa's tourism industry, which says it is losing millions of dollars annually because of early school starting dates that begin on sweltering days in August, against local school boards that contend they know what is best for students.


US President Barack Obama to Seek to Bust US Spending Limits by $74 Billion

Washington:  President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, setting up a certain clash with Republicans who insist that federal spending must be held in check.

The proposal from the president reflects the White House's newfound confidence in the economy. It comes two months after the president's fellow Democrats were routed in November elections that gave Republicans control of both houses of Congress.