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Q: Will “The Wall” be back on TV?

A: Yes, although no date for the new season has been announced.

Q: Is it legal for someone to take your picture with a cell phone without your permission, then put it on Facebook without your permission?

A: As far as we can tell, yes, it’s legal, if that person took a photo of an adult in a public place (there are exceptions for places with obvious expectations of privacy, like a public restroom). But if someone posts or copies photos taken by someone else, that may be copyright infringement. And the situation is less clear when it comes to kids — some states have proposed laws against posting photos of minors without parental consent, and Facebook does have a form to let parents request the site remove photos of children under 13.

Q: Weren’t auto insurance rates supposed to drop in Iowa? Have they? How do we compare to other states?

A: Car insurance rates have not fallen — they were up about 8 percent from 2011 to 2015, the most recent data we found. But we still pay less for auto insurance than every other state but Idaho, about 32 percent less than the national average, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

Q: What year did the Hickory House open?

A: In 1952.

Q: Is Mrs. Trump a citizen of the United States? If so, when did she become a citizen?

A: She became a citizen in 2006.

Q: What is the mailing address to reach Google?

A: Write to Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043.

Q: Is there such a thing as chicken lips? If so, where can you buy them and how do you cook them?

A: Chickens don’t have lips. But some restaurants and bars serve chicken strips or wings with special seasoning and call the dish “chicken lips.”

Q: Is it safe to leave ceiling fans running all day while at work?

A: Most fan manufacturers say yes.

Q: Who was Otto Schoitz who established the foundation and how did he make his money?

A: The industrialist founded Schoitz Engineering Inc. in 1919. He later donated $500,000 toward Charlotte Lee Schoitz Memorial Hospital, which opened in 1951, dedicated to his late wife.

Q: Why does Cedar Falls measure their water levels of the Cedar River differently than any other city?

A: The river gauge was originally set relative to a spot on the front steps of the old Cedar Falls City Hall — it was built in the 1890s a block from Main Street. The flood stage of 88.0 feet at Cedar Falls translates to an elevation that was 12 feet below that location on the steps of the old hall. When a modern river gauge was installed, the levels weren’t changed because many Cedar Falls citizens and businesses were used to the already established levels.

Q: Is Nat King Cole’s wife still alive?

A: No, Maria Cole died in 2012.

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