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Obama surveys ‘enormous’ devastation wrought by wildfires

Obama surveys ‘enormous’ devastation wrought by wildfires

By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times – COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — As thousands of evacuees were allowed to return to their homes in this fire-scorched area, President Barack Obama on…

Pentagon drops war crimes charges against Kuwaiti

By Carol Rosenberg, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The Pentagon on Friday abruptly dropped nearly 4-year-old charges against a Kuwaiti captive at Guantanamo, on the same day the Kuwaiti ambassador…

Supreme Court rejects FCC fine over 2004 ‘wardrobe malfunction’

By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — After eight years and millions of dollars in legal fees, CBS emerged victorious in its fight with the Federal Communications…

US, Russian diplomats fail to bridge differences on Syria

By Patrick J. McDonnell and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — The top U.S. and Russian diplomats failed to bridge critical differences about Syria on Friday during talks…

Beard keeps Fort Hood shooting suspect out of court; lawyers claim bias

By Jeremy Schwartz, Austin American-Statesman – A bearded Maj. Nidal Hasan was once again barred from the courtroom Friday after top Army officials rejected his request to grow facial hair…

Colorado fire threatens Manitou Springs’ livelihood

Colorado fire threatens Manitou Springs’ livelihood

By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times – MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. — The state’s runaway fires have so far spared this mountain resort town, but as the traditionally hectic Fourth…

Pentagon drops charges against Kuwaiti captive at Guantanamo

By Carol Rosenberg, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The Pentagon on Friday abruptly dropped nearly four-year-old charges against a Kuwaiti captive at Guantanamo, on the same day the Kuwaiti ambassador…

Judge mulls whether to release Zimmerman on bond

Judge mulls whether to release Zimmerman on bond

By Rene Stutzman, The Orlando Sentinel – SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman’s defense attorney was expected to do the predictable thing: beg the judge’s forgiveness and ask him to again…

Man tells jury in assault trial he did hit elderly priest he says raped him when he was youth

By Tracey Kaplan, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — At times sobbing during emotional testimony, Will Lynch took the stand Friday and admitted he assaulted the priest…

Katie Holmes files for divorce from actor Tom Cruise

Katie Holmes files for divorce from actor Tom Cruise

By Harriet Ryan and John Horn, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The marriage of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, one of Hollywood’s highest profile relationships and a subject…

E-mails shed light on how Penn State officials responded to report on Sandusky

By Mike Dawson, McClatchy Newspapers – BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Four e-mails from 2001 give a glimpse into how three Penn State administrators discussed responding to a report Jerry Sandusky was…

Steckman: New laws go on the books July 1

Steckman: New laws go on the books July 1

From Rep. Sharon Steckman – I wanted to take a minute to remind North Iowans about several new laws that will hit the books on July 1, the start of…

ISU Sprinter Warner Makes Canadian Olympic Team

CALGARY – Iowa State sprinter Ian Warner hit the jackpot Friday evening in Foothills Athletic Park. The Cyclone junior placed second in the Canadian Olympic Track and Field Trials 100-meters…

Uhl, Cyclones hungry for more

EUGENE, Ore. – Lisa Uhl is going to London for the Olympic Games, but she is far from satisfied. There was no complacency heading into Thursday’s 5,000-meter run at the…

Hawkeyes comment on football playoff

Hawkeyes comment on football playoff

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – Gary Barta, director of athletics at the University of Iowa, and head football coach Kirk Ferentz feel the move toward a championship football game in…

Iowa DOT needs your input on interstate rest areas

Iowa DOT needs your input on interstate rest areas

AMES, Iowa – June 28, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation will be conducting a rest area users’ opinion survey in June and July to assist in planning for…

Anheuser-Busch InBev to buy Grupo Model for $20.1 billion

By Lisa Brown, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — Mexico’s largest brewer, Grupo Modelo, which Anheuser-Busch Cos. once eyed as a possible savior in its failed attempt to thwart…

One injured Thursday when motorcycle hits building on North Federal

One injured Thursday when motorcycle hits building on North Federal

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Mason City Police Department and Fire Department were dispatched to 12th Street and North Federal Avenue on Thursday around 6:45…

Op-ed: We never really know or understand just how much we have lost until it’s too late (by Peter Children)

Justin Chapman died Thursday; he was at Charlie’s Auto on South Federal when he collapsed and was unable to be retrieved.  He was a luminous fixture in the city for…

Stripped to its essentials, ‘Magic Mike’ is all fun

By Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – Channing Tatum’s juicy male stripper romp “Magic Mike” boasts more six-packs than a tailgate party, sensationally enjoyable choreography and a dash of romance.…

Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Ted’ to dominate new movies at box office

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The potty-mouthed “Ted” will heckle the male strippers off the box-office stage, as the Seth MacFarlane comedy will take down…

Russell Brand may be only one having fun on FX’s ‘Brand X’

By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — I didn’t expect much from “Brand X,” FX’s new “talk show” starring British comedian Russell Brand, and yet I got…

Phelps looks for icing on cake Saturday night in 200 individual medley

By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun – OMAHA, Neb. — Michael Phelps, who will turn 27 on Saturday, said his mother and sisters always say how hard it is to…

The innovators of hip-hop: Artists who are in their 30s and beyond are helping to push rap music forward

By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times – Few would have imagined that one of the most powerful and acclaimed protest songs of the year, “Reagan,” would be about the Iran-Contra…

‘Unforgivable’ deftly looks at unknowability of the human heart

By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Literate, intelligent and a model of accomplished European filmmaking, “Unforgivable” showcases the kind of emotional complexity that is all but…

Savannah Guthrie quietly takes ‘Today’ co-host chair

By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — So much for the welcoming party. Savannah Guthrie turned up as the new co-host of NBC’s “Today” on Friday without…

2012 BET Awards: Whitney Houston tribute aims to offer closure

By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — When Whitney Houston passed away 24 hours before this year’s Grammy Awards, producers of the telecast were forced to…

Pirates blast Cards, Wainwright, 14-5

By Joe Strauss, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — For the first time since 2006, the St. Louis Cardinals started a home game in 100-degree temperatures Friday. By the…

Heat’s Juwan Howard wins ring for Fab Five alums

By David J. Neal, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — In the champagne-drenched Heat locker room Thursday night, a full-circle moment happened for Juwan Howard. Howard hugged ESPN NBA analyst and…

Clear Lake man robbed; retrieves his cash, two arrested

Clear Lake man robbed; retrieves his cash, two arrested

Clear Lake – Clear Lake police officers were called to a Rumorz Bar on the city’s South Shore Drive on June 27, where they arrested two carnival workers for robbing…

Mercy discusses Energy Center Project with neighbors

Mercy discusses Energy Center Project with neighbors

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Mercy held a neighborhood meeting Thursday evening in its Cancer Center to discuss a possible construction project that would affect some homes on…

Branstad names Steven K. Ferguson executive director of the Iowa Agricultural Development Authority

Branstad names Steven K. Ferguson executive director of the Iowa Agricultural Development Authority

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today named Steven K. Ferguson the new executive director of the Iowa Agricultural Development Authority. Ferguson begins his new position on Monday, July 9.…

Scorned after oral arguments on health care, Verrilli emerges a winner

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., who was widely criticized in March by critics who said he flubbed the defense…

Iowa’s Clean Air Act, 4 years later

Steve Gravelle, CR Gazette – On a quiet weekday late afternoon, it’s the same as it ever was at the Green Gable Inn, 1227 J Ave. NE. Almost. Four years…

In breakthrough, Europe agrees to bail out troubled banks; stock prices soar

By Roy Gutman, McClatchy Newspapers – BRUSSELS — Under intense pressure from Italy and Spain, whose borrowing costs have soared beyond the point of sustainability, the 17 countries that use…

How Muslim Brotherhood went from 7 members to Egypt’s presidency

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers – CAIRO — When Hassan al-Banna founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928, the membership was just seven people — al-Banna and six other workers…

For Obama, there’s little time to celebrate court’s ruling

By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The day after the Supreme Court dealt him a major victory, President Barack Obama moved on to…

Health care law’s mandate unlikely to affect many people

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Despite all the spin and punditry about the national health care law’s mandate that Americans buy health insurance or pay a penalty,…

Congress passes transportation bill, halts student loan rate increase

Congress passes transportation bill, halts student loan rate increase

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Congress, in a rare display of bipartisanship, on Friday sent to President Barack Obama a roughly $105 billion transportation bill that…

Man injured in motorcycle – car accident Wednesday

Man injured in motorcycle – car accident Wednesday

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Around 5:30 PM Wednesday, an accident between a motorcycle and car occurred on Highway 122 (4th Street SW) and Pierce…

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