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Visit Mason City Announces New Location

Mason City Iowa – The Visit Mason City Board of Directors announced recently they will be relocating the Mason City Visitor Information Center, along with staff offices to a new…

India’s population is hurtling toward the top

By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times NEW DELHI — Aastha Arora is one in a billion. At least that’s what they called her when she was born on May 11,…

Visit Mason City Announces New Location

Mason City Iowa – The Visit Mason City Board of Directors announced today they will be relocating the Mason City Visitor Information Center, along with staff offices to a new…

US drivers spend record amount on gasoline in 2011

By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — American drivers this week broke a record that will bring them no joy. They collectively spent more than $448 billion…

Komisarjevsky sentenced to death for fatal home invasion

By Alaine Griffin, The Hartford Courant NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Jurors decided on the death penalty Friday for home invasion killer Joshua Komisarjevsky, rejecting weeks of defense evidence that portrayed…

Motive behind latest Virginia Tech shooting remains unknown

By Stephen Ceasar and Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times The motive behind a puzzling murder-suicide on the campus of Virginia Tech was still unknown Friday, as investigators continued to piece…

Gingrich: Palestinians are ‘an invented’ people

Gingrich: Palestinians are ‘an invented’ people

By Kim Geiger, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, in an interview with the Jewish Channel, called the Israeli-Palestinian peace process “delusional” and said Palestinians are…

Sunday Night Mixed League – Rose Bowl – 12/04/11

Sunday Night Mixed League Rose Bowl 12/04/11 Team High Series Candy Bar 1505 Team High Game Candy Bar 528 Individual High Series Male Greg Loveless 613 Individual High Series Female…

Oops again? Rick Perry reportedly brain-freezes on Supreme Court

Oops again? Rick Perry reportedly brain-freezes on Supreme Court

By James Oliphant, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Numbers. They’re the darnedest things. Just ask Rick Perry. The GOP presidential contender, whose misfires have become part of the story line…

Labor agency abandons case against Boeing

By James Oliphant, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The National Labor Relations Board dropped a much-criticized action against Boeing Co., a move praised by Republicans as overdue but one that…

Emergency Texas GOP appeal granted, putting redistricting plans on hold

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court granted an emergency appeal Friday night from Texas Republicans, putting on hold a redistricting map drawn by judges…

Bill seeks to require drug screening for jobless benefits

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — Seeking unemployment benefits? Be prepared to take a drug test if a congressman has his way. Legislation introduced by Rep. Jack Kingston,…

Europe takes a big step on debt, EU integration

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — European leaders closed a pivotal week Friday with an agreement in principle to join a new treaty that would force all but…

Britain’s rejection of EU treaty lays bare widening rift it has with its neighbors

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times LONDON — By agreeing to knit their nations closer together on fiscal and economic policy, Europe’s leaders are writing a potentially momentous new chapter…

Baylor’s Griffin is the late Heisman Trophy favorite

By Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The Heisman Trophy that seemed to be Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck’s to lose may be lost Saturday night to a Baylor…

A weekend of scary: 2 shows filled with terror

A weekend of scary: 2 shows filled with terror

By Ellen Gray, Philadelphia Daily News Horror fans who haven’t become jaded by the never-ending bloodbath on FX’s “American Horror Story” have probably already marked their calendars for “Stephen King’s…

Howard is added to Lakers’ conversations

By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — As the Lakers progressed on reworking their trade proposal for Chris Paul, another possibility blew in their direction, wearing a Superman…

To ‘Sherlock Holmes’ director Guy Ritchie, it’s elementary

To ‘Sherlock Holmes’ director Guy Ritchie, it’s elementary

By John Horn, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The signature action scene in the soon-to-be-released “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” unfolds in a fusillade in a forest, as…

Soaring costs change the economics of cable TV

By Meg James, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Cable television networks may be the most lucrative divisions of many large media companies, but the networks are beginning to feel…

The Week Ahead: Fed, Congress poised to act on economy — or not

The Week Ahead: Fed, Congress poised to act on economy — or not

By Tom Hudson, McClatchy Newspapers Which will act first this week: the Federal Reserve or Congress? Lawmakers must do something by Friday to avert a government shutdown. The Federal Reserve…

Gingrich’s record is no more conservative than Romney’s

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — For months, many Republicans have cast about for an alternative to Mitt Romney, decrying him as insufficiently conservative. Now they appear to…

Romney faces uphill climb in wooing Iowa voters

Romney faces uphill climb in wooing Iowa voters

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Mitt Romney faces daunting challenges in this, the first state to vote for the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. Foremost is the…

1 of 2 suspects pleads guilty in plot against Seattle military facility

By Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — One of two men accused of conspiring to attack a military-processing station in Seattle in July pleaded guilty to three federal charges…

Former Rutgers student rejects no-jail deal in secret taping case

By George Anastasia, The Philadelphia Inquirer NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A former Rutgers University student charged with invading the privacy of his roommate by secretly taping him in an intimate…

Romney, an active man of faith

Romney, an active man of faith

By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times BELMONT, Mass. — In a closely knit Mormon congregation, Ronnie Catalano was a problem Mitt Romney wanted to solve. As bishop — a position…

Appeals court seems reluctant to throw out judge’s ruling on measure that banned same-sex marriage

Appeals court seems reluctant to throw out judge’s ruling on measure that banned same-sex marriage

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court appeared unlikely Thursday to throw out a ruling against Proposition 8, the 2008 California measure that banned…

ZBA again postpones decision on conditional use permit for waste to energy plant

ZBA again postpones decision on conditional use permit for waste to energy plant

The Mason City Zoning Board of Adjustment again postponed a decision on granting a conditional use permit to Creative Energy Systems. Click here to view photos from the meeting. The…

Dames of Anarchy make donation to Crimestoppers

Dames of Anarchy make donation to Crimestoppers

Mason City’s Roller Derby team, the River City Dames of Anarchy, took a break from their practice on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, to give back to the community. The Dames,…

Warrant issued for former Clear Lake man in child porn case

Warrant issued for former Clear Lake man in child porn case

On November 28th a public bench warrant was issued by Cerro Gordo County District Court Judge Carlynn Grupp for 57 year old Bradley Scott Berding formerly of Clear Lake after…

Woman arrested after driving to court while suspended

Woman arrested after driving to court while suspended

MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo County deputies arrested 21-year-old Shyla Yvonne Piper shortly before 2pm on Thursday on a warrant issued after law enforcement seen her drive to the Cerro…

The mystery of the locked city hall inbox

The mystery of the locked city hall inbox

Janet Solberg still has her City Hall inbox locked up tight. It is an odd sight, looking at all the open boxes, where public information is placed for council members,…

Merrill Lynch fined for violating cotton-speculation limits

Merrill Lynch fined for violating cotton-speculation limits

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — A key financial regulator said Wednesday that it had fined Wall Street powerhouse Merrill Lynch $350,000 for violating rules that limit how…

Alec Baldwin blames post-9/11 security rules for flight ruckus

LOS ANGELES — Alec Baldwin, who was kicked off an American Airlines flight Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport after a dispute with the airline crew, blamed the incident in…

Virginia Tech gunman was not a student, acted alone, authorities say

By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The gunman in the Virginia Tech shooting was not a student, had no apparent connection to the university and is believed…

Mason City beats Dowling in bowling

Mason City beats Dowling in bowling

The Mason City bowling team, only in its second year as a sanctioned sport in Iowa, picked up four victories Thursday afternoon of Dowling Catholic. The boys and girls varsity…

Sunday Night Mixed League – Rose Bowl – 12/04/11

Sunday Night Mixed League Rose Bowl 12/04/11 Team High Series Candy Bar 1505 Team High Game Candy Bar 528 Individual High Series Male Greg Loveless 613 Individual High Series Female…