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Inflatable Fun Day set for Thursday morning in East Park

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Youth Center is inviting ALL day care providers, youth, family & friends for one day a month at East Park Shelter #4 (West of…

Health spending likely to keep rising with or without Obama’s plan

Health spending likely to keep rising with or without Obama’s plan

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Even as President Barack Obama’s health care law expands health coverage and transforms the way millions of Americans get medical…

Rising numbers of children hurt, killed in Afghan conflict, UN says

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Children have been increasingly bearing the brunt of the war in Afghanistan, a new United Nations report says. The report…

Senate holds leadership hearing for troubled nuclear commission

By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Senate Energy and Public Works Committee, led by California Democrat Barbara Boxer, held a confirmation hearing Wednesday for two members of…

Romney woos business leaders

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Blaming President Barack Obama’s policies for the “tepid recovery,” Republican candidate Mitt Romney promised a group of top corporate executives that…

Crews fight to fix leak, keep historic battleship Texas afloat

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – HOUSTON — Crews have been working 24-hour days to keep the leaky battleship Texas afloat. The historic battleship, which just turned 100 years…

NIACC softball signs Mason City’s Ana Shurtz

NIACC softball signs Mason City’s Ana Shurtz

MASON CITY, Iowa – Mason City High School senior Ana Shurtz signed a letter of intent to play softball at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC). “We are excited that…

Pies & More to close their doors

Pies & More to close their doors

MASON CITY – Local eatery Pies & More is closing their doors, but not right away, an employee there confirmed today. The restaurant, located in Willowbrook Mall and in operation…

MN Man Indicted for being a Career Criminal in Possession of a Firearm

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal indictment unsealed late yesterday charges a 26–year–old Anoka felon with possessing a .40–caliber, semi–automatic pistol and a 12–gauge shotgun. The indictment charges Jesse Ray Bennett with…

ISU’s NCAA Champ Saina Female Athlete of the Year

ISU’s NCAA Champ Saina Female Athlete of the Year

AMES, Iowa – From the day she stepped on the Iowa State campus, Cyclone distance runner Betsy Saina has been good, very good. Now after running what was formerly the…

Cyclones Lead Big 12 In Attendance

Cyclones Lead Big 12 In Attendance

AMES, Iowa – Big 12 women’s basketball led the nation in attendance in 2011-12 for the 13th consecutive year, despite having two less teams, and Iowa State topped the league…

Dumpsters ablaze on city’s north end Tuesday morning

Dumpsters ablaze on city’s north end Tuesday morning

MASON CITY – Two separate reports of dumpsters on fire on Mason City’s north end Tuesday morning are being investigated as possible arson. At 5:26 AM, the Mason City Police…

Verizon’s new plan shakes up mobile phone pricing

Mark Davis, The Kansas City Star, Mo. – The nation’s largest wireless phone company plans to stop counting texts and minutes on calls in favor of charging households based solely…

Coralville Rockwell Collins plant getting work back from Mexico

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – The Rockwell Collins Coralville plant has gotten back some production work on in-flight entertainment electronics that the company previously moved to Mexico. Production of circuit…

George Zimmerman’s wife arrested, charged with perjury

By Jeff Weiner, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — At her husband’s bond hearing, Shellie Zimmerman was asked repeatedly about money. Among the questions: How much did the couple collect…

Fed Up North Iowa to hold benefit June 16th

Fed Up North Iowa to hold benefit June 16th

BELMOND – The Fed Up North Iowa group is planning a benefit for June 16th from 8:30 PM until 2 AM at the Corner Lounge in Belmond. The benefit is…

Historic visit to Iowa scheduled for President of Kosovo

(DES MOINES) – For the first time in history, the President of the Republic of Kosovo will visit Iowa. President Atifete Jahjaga (ah tee feh tee YAH yah gah) will…

Dry weather beginning to stress Iowa corn, soybean crops

Dry weather beginning to stress Iowa corn, soybean crops

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – Iowa’s driest week since early February put stress on Iowa row crops, according to the USDA’s weekly row crops survey. The condition of Iowa’s corn…

School Principal’s rejection of ‘God Bless the USA’ ‘offends’ Lee Greenwood

By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Country singer-songwriter Lee Greenwood says a New York elementary school principal’s decision to pull his song “God Bless the USA”…

Winner announced from Humane Society of North Iowa’s Bark in the Park event

Winner announced from Humane Society of North Iowa’s Bark in the Park event

MASON CITY – The Humane Society of North Iowa recently held it’s annual Bark in the Park fundraiser at Lime Creek Nature Center in Mason City. The event included a…

EDITORIAL: Filling the tuition set-aside gap

CR Gazette – The Gazette Editorial Board – Regents were right last week to approving phasing out tuition set-aside that has helped fund student aid at Iowa’s state universities. In…

Burger King ramps up expansion in Russia

Elaine Walker, The Miami Herald – Burger King has set its sites on Russia as the next international target for aggressive expansion. The Miami fast food chain on Wednesday is…

Catholic bishops gather with focus on Obama birth-control measure

By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times – ATLANTA — The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops have long prided themselves on being political without being partisan, throwing themselves into the scrum of public…

Roger Clemens’ fate rests with jurors

By Ian Duncan, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Lawyers in the Roger Clemens perjury trial used their closing arguments to conjure two parallel universes: the defense’s inhabited by a man…

Prosecutor to Clemens jury: Use ‘common sense’

Jim Baumbach and Tom Brune, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. – WASHINGTON — A prosecutor in the Roger Clemens perjury trial told the jury during closing arguments Tuesday to use “common sense” when…

Facebook report aims to prove its ads make money

By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Facebook is rebuffing claims that its advertisements are ineffective. It’s come out with its own research results, which show that most…

Senate farm bill laden with suggestions

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The egg producers and animal rights advocates who once battled over animal housing in California see a new farm bill as a chance…

FCC to let cable firms stop carrying local TV in analog

By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — In a move that has upset the broadcast industry, the Federal Communications Commission said it would let lapse a rule that…

NBC gears up for massive Olympics coverage online

By Bob Fernandez, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — Gary Zenkel, a former college golfer with a lean frame and nervous energy over the fast-approaching Olympics, calls it “the most ambitious…

China looks west for help building its own Silicon Valley

By John Boudreau, San Jose Mercury News – BEIJING, China — Now at a critical juncture in its quest to become a superpower, China is turning to Western regions like the…

Commentary: Beware of Verizon’s new service plans

By Troy Wolverton, San Jose Mercury News – The new “Share Everything” plans Verizon Wireless announced Tuesday have a catchy name and a cool concept — but they’re a crummy deal…

Thunder lower boom, down Heat 105-94 in finals opener

Thunder lower boom, down Heat 105-94 in finals opener

By Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel – OKLAHOMA CITY — Eventually, it all caught up to the Miami Heat. The relentless youth of the Oklahoma City Thunder that wasn’t going to allow…