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Grassley Law Recovers Another $2.8 Billion of Taxpayer Money Otherwise Lost to Fraud

Grassley Law Recovers Another $2.8 Billion of Taxpayer Money Otherwise Lost to Fraud

More than $30 billion has been recovered thanks to federal False Claims Act WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley today said that the federal False Claims Law…

Convicted Child Killer and Prison Escapee Added to 15 Most Wanted List

Convicted Child Killer and Prison Escapee Added to 15 Most Wanted List

Washington – The U.S. Marshals Service has announced the addition of Edward Salas to its 15 Most Wanted fugitive list. A convicted child killer, Salas escaped from the Curry County Detention Center in…

FBI Releases Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics for 2011

Statistics released today in the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report indicate that the number of violent crimes reported in the first six months of 2011 declined 6.4 percent when compared with…

Loan Officer Sentenced in Connection with $2.5 Million Reverse Mortgage Scheme

WASHINGTON – A Florida loan officer was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge William P. Dimitrouleas in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for his participation in a nationwide $2.5 million reverse…

Illinois Company to Pay $500,000 Fine for Violating Do Not Call Rules

WASHINGTON – Americall Group Inc. (AGI), a Naperville, Ill., telemarketing company specializing in sales for financial service and insurance companies, has agreed to settle charges that AGI violated “do not…

CG Health Dept. tells ZBA “proceed with caution” on CES permit

CG Health Dept. tells ZBA “proceed with caution” on CES permit

The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health (CGCDPH) said in a letter dated December 14th, 2011, that it “strongly recommends” testing, “air modeling” and other measures be undertaken before…

Mason City woman leaves child in clothes dryer as “form of punishment”

Mason City woman leaves child in clothes dryer as “form of punishment”

MASON CITY – On Monday, December 19th, 2011, Mason City police department investigators arrested Mallory Ann Hakes, 25, of Mason City  on charges of child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor. The…

FACT SHEET: The United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security

FACT SHEET: The United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security

“The goal is as simple as it is profound: to empower half the world’s population as equal partners in preventing conflict and building peace in countries threatened and affected by…

World leaders react to death of Kim Jong Il

World leaders react to death of Kim Jong Il

By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times – SEOUL, South Korea — World leaders weighed in Monday on the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, with many expressing wary optimism…

Drummond column: Man donates sperm, fathers over a dozen children

Tammerlin Drummond, The Oakland Tribune, Calif. – Trent Arsenault was raised in Missouri in the heart of the Bible Belt — the son of an evangelical preacher. Perhaps that helps to…

Teen arrested for child endangerment

Teen arrested for child endangerment

At about 5:27 am Monday morning, Mason City police were informed that Cheri Rae Decker, 18, of Mason City had left her four month old child alone at her residence…

“MacGyver bombs” found outside Mason City residence

“MacGyver bombs” found outside Mason City residence

On Sunday afternoon, December 18th at about 4:33 pm, Mason City police officers were dispatched to 218 13th Street SE (pictured) for a report of suspicious items. Upon arrival, they…

Op-ed: Pyrolisis plants failed (by Julianne Atkinson)

While there have been attempts to build pyrolysis plants to deal just with shredded tires, to our knowledge, all have failed. — Tire Pyrolysis Facility Proposed for South Columbus –…

Michele Bachman visits Mason City

Michele Bachman visits Mason City

Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann visited Mason City on Sunday evening. She held a town hall meeting at the Prime n Wine. Click here to view photos. Bachmann (pictured) spoke about…

A weak weekend for ‘Sherlock Holmes,’ ‘Chipmunks’

By Amy Kaufman, LA TIMES  – LOS ANGELES — After the soft debuts of two heavily touted sequels over the weekend, Hollywood is fearful there may not be much holiday…

Crew of stricken Antarctic fishing boat awaits air drop

By David Barber WELLINGTON, New Zealand—The crew fighting to stop their iceberg-damaged fishing boat from sinking in the Antarctic waited Monday for an air drop of equipment to help them…

Philippines death toll from storm rises to more than 700

By John M. Glionna – LA TIMES – SEOUL, South Korea — The death toll from a devastating late-season storm in the southern Philippines rose to more than 700 Sunday…

Mason City man indicted on federal drug and weapon charges

Mason City man indicted on federal drug and weapon charges

One of the of two men arrested on drug delivery charges last week is now facing numerous federal charges. Shortly before noon on Sunday law enforcement served Louie Angel Flores…

Underage drinking party broken up at rural Clear Lake address

Shortly before midnight on Saturday Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department received a call about an underage drinking party. Sheriff’s deputies with the assistance of the Iowa State Patrol went to…

Mason City driver charged with OWI after collision

Mason City driver charged with OWI after collision

Mason City police were called to the scene of a property damage collision in the 600 block of 12th Street South East shortly before 8:30 pm Friday evening. Witnesses at…

Solid describes the play of Iowa’s Devyn Marble

Solid describes the play of Iowa’s Devyn Marble

Scott Dochterman, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – IOWA CITY — Even on the nights when he’s not spectacular, Iowa sophomore Devyn Marble’s statistics suggest he was better than just…

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il dies

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il dies

By Barbara Demick and John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times – SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, the mercurial strongman who styled himself as a “Dear…

Peterson returns for another Vikings loss

Peterson returns for another Vikings loss

By Mark Craig, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — The Star Tribune has learned that Adrian Peterson did indeed play Sunday in the Vikings’ 42-20 loss to the New Orleans…

Chiefs stun unbeaten Packers, 19-14

Chiefs stun unbeaten Packers, 19-14

By Adam Teicher, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The opinion of at least one constituency on what the Chiefs should do with their head coaching position was heard…

Nobody’s perfect in the NFL

By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The best Green Bay can do is 15 wins. The worst Indianapolis can do is 15 losses. And New England…

Romney, Gingrich ease up on each other, bash Obama

By Maeve Reston CHARLESTON, S.C. — With dueling appearances on Sunday news shows, Republican rivals Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich sought to rebut attacks on their private sector experience but…

Texas businessman sentenced over 18 years in prison for child porn offenses

San Antonio businessman sentenced to more than 18 years in federal prison for possessing, receiving and distributing child pornography SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio man was sentenced Wednesday to…

ICE arrests NFL player in Chicago on federal drug charge

DALLAS – Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested Chicago Bears football player Samuel George Hurd III, 26, of Lake Forest, Ill., Wednesday night…

Missouri beats ISU wrestling team, 31-10

Missouri beats ISU wrestling team, 31-10

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Iowa State 174-pounder Chris Spangler upset No. 3 Dorian Henderson of Missouri in a 31-10 loss at Missouri Sunday in the Hearnes Center. The seventh-ranked Spangler topped…

A look back at Alice Through the Looking Glass …

A look back at Alice Through the Looking Glass …

by Joe Buttweiler MASON CITY – If you missed the chance to see Alice Through the Looking Glass at Stebens Children’s Theatre — or even if you didn’t — here’s…

Forest City Christmas held Saturday

Forest City Christmas held Saturday

Story and photos by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer. The Forest City Chamber of Commerce organized the fourth annual 2011 Forest City Christmas, held Saturday on Clark Street. Click here…

Top of Iowa Hot Wheels Club holds Christmas Show

Top of Iowa Hot Wheels Club holds Christmas Show

Story by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer The Top of Iowa Hot Wheels Club held their Christmas Show Saturday at Great Country Motors in Mason City. They typically hold four…