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Iowa GOP race is wide open, and anyone might win

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Hold on to your hats. The Republican presidential campaign in Iowa heads into its final two weeks with a wild race…

SEC sues former Fannie and Freddie execs for fraud

WASHINGTON _ The Securities and Exchange Commission announced a dramatic lawsuit on Friday alleging that six former top executives of mortgage finance titans Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac committed fraud…

Two men sentenced for robbing Minnesota gas station

MINNEAPOLIS — Yesterday in federal court in St. Paul, two Twin Cities metro area men were sentenced for committing the armed robbery of a New Brighton gas station on January…

Missouri Man Indicted for Producing Child Pornography

SPRINGFIELD, MO—Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Nixa, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for producing child pornography.…

Justice Department examines impact of bullying in schools

New study recommends strategies to address bullying and support victims WASHINGTON – The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) today released Bullying in Schools: An Overview, the first…

New Data: Thanks to Health Reform, 2.5 Million More Young Adults Have Health Insurance

Historically, young adults making the transition from school to work have been substantially more likely than any other demographic group to go without health insurance. In today’s labor market, it…

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Lifting of Sanctions in Libya

Today, after careful consultation with the new Libyan government, the United States rolled back most U.S. sanctions on the Government of Libya to keep our commitment to the Libyan people.…

Man arrested Thursday on 11th public intoxication charge

Man arrested Thursday on 11th public intoxication charge

At 10:50 am on Thursday Mason City police received a report of an assault at Kum & Go, loacted 1224 Federal Ave North. Before a police officer arrived the parties…

Woman hits deer, calls police, later arrested

Woman hits deer, calls police, later arrested

Shortly before 3:30am Sunday, December 11th, a Plymouth woman called the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department to report hitting a deer with her vehicle. After taking the report and a…

Last US base in Iraq prepares to turn out the lights

Last US base in Iraq prepares to turn out the lights

By Roy Gutman, McClatchy Newspapers CAMP ADDER, Iraq — The young Army officer who’s in charge of logistics at the last U.S. base in Iraq is a Sudanese refugee, one…

Harkin Congratulates Mason City Fire Department on Grant Award

Harkin Congratulates Mason City Fire Department on Grant Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the Mason City Fire Department has been awarded $548,145 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants…

Iowa Prep Sports: Class 3A wrestling rankings

The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Dec. 15–Teams (Number of ranked wrestlers in parentheses) 1 Bettendorf (11) 2 SE Polk (10) 3 Iowa City West (9) 4 WDM Valley (9) 5…

State revenue estimates jump slightly through June 2013

State revenue estimates jump slightly through June 2013

By Rod Boshart, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Dec. 15–State revenue forecasters on Thursday revised their estimates for tax collections up slightly through June 2013, meaning Gov. Terry Branstad and…

Iowa notes: Bryce Cartwright likely to play, Fran on recruiting

Iowa notes: Bryce Cartwright likely to play, Fran on recruiting

Scott Dochterman, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa IOWA CITY — The topic du jour around Carver-Hawkeye Arena this week concerns the health of Iowa senior point guard Bryce Cartwright. Cartwright…

Ricky Rubio gets the point for Timberwolves

Ricky Rubio gets the point for Timberwolves

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) MINNEAPOLIS — There are point guards who are made and those who are, for the lack of a better term, born to orchestrate because…

Lions’ Suh trying to have it both ways with his fame

By Drew Sharp, Detroit Free Press DETROIT — Ndamukong Suh must understand something: Nobody outside of his inner circle gives a rip about his private life and intimate thoughts. As…

Chris Paul says he’s not thinking about Lakers’ deal

Chris Paul says he’s not thinking about Lakers’ deal

By Janis Carr, The Orange County Register PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — Point guard Chris Paul was asked Thursday if he dreamed about lobbing passes to Clippers’ high-flying dunk artist Blake…

Pakistan says its troops fought NATO in self-defense

By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Pakistani officials acknowledged Thursday that their troops fired machine guns and artillery in the direction of U.S. helicopters that were attacking them…

Networks say they won’t pay to interview Casey Anthony

By Hal Boedeker, The Orlando Sentinel ORLANDO, Fla. — The idea of paying Casey Anthony for an interview remains highly toxic. A&E Networks officials acknowledge that they were approached about…

After 202-day delay, Senate confirms judge for appeals court seat

After 202-day delay, Senate confirms judge for appeals court seat

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Alaska Supreme Court Justice Morgan Christen won confirmation to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, ending a…

Seven injured miners rescued from mile-deep Idaho shaft

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times SEATTLE — Seven miners have been pulled safely from an Idaho mine after a sudden rock burst left them injured more than a mile…

Vermont fraternity suspended for survey question on rape preference

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times NEW YORK — A University of Vermont fraternity has been suspended and could face further discipline after it circulated a survey asking members to…

Officials continue rescue, retrieval efforts after thousands of birds crash in Utah

By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Wildlife officials were hauling away the dead and rescuing the survivors days after thousands of birds slammed into a Wal-Mart parking…

Home-care aides get boost from Obama

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama circumvented Congress and moved Thursday to require that home-care aides be paid minimum wage and overtime, giving the…

Chinese duties on U.S. cars heat up trade tension

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — U.S.-China trade tensions are starting to heat up, an especially ominous development as global export growth is slowing and both countries face…

Did Penn State violate civil rights laws? Groups urge inquiry

By Curtis Tate, McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — As the U.S. Department of Education investigates whether Penn State University might have broken federal law in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse…

Pentagon to address little-noticed measures tucked into defense bill

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — Will Jewish American World War I heroes be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor? Can the remains of American sailors killed in Tripoli…

White House, Pentagon won’t probe story of Medal of Honor winner

White House, Pentagon won’t probe story of Medal of Honor winner

By Lesley Clark WASHINGTON — The White House and the Pentagon said Thursday that they wouldn’t investigate embellishments in the Marine Corps’ account of the actions that led to Marine…

U.S. to impose sharp limits on mercury emissions

By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is expected Friday to approve a tough new rule to limit emissions of mercury, arsenic and other toxins…

Juggler to go for world record Saturday in Mason City

Juggler to go for world record Saturday in Mason City

A North Iowa man will be going for a Guinness World Record this Saturday at the Iowa National Guard Armory in Mason City. Mark Hanson, 57, of Kanawha, will be…