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Former Des Moines Police Officers Indicted for Civil Rights Violations and Obstruction of Justice

WASHINGTON – A federal grand jury in Des Moines, Iowa, returned an indictment today charging two former Des Moines Police Department Officers Mersed Dautovic and John Mailander with violations of…

Twelve Charged in Cleveland for Assaulting Practitioners of the Amish Religion

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that a federal grand jury in Cleveland returned a seven-count indictment charging 10 men and two women, all residents of Ohio, with federal…

Nelson says farewell to citizens

Nelson says farewell to citizens

As long-time City Councilman Don Nelson leaves the council, he asked that the following words be published for the people of Mason City to read: I want to take this…

Former Denison, Iowa Fire Chief Faces Charges

Denison, IOWA — On Wednesday, December 21, 2011, a complaint was filed in Crawford County charging Michael McKinnon with Theft in the First Degree, a Class C Felony; and Felonious…

Three Iowans Charged In Child Sexual Exploitation And Interstate Prostitution Case

Michael Malcom, age 55, from Humboldt, Iowa, Ashley Prince, age 21, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Nikki Fawcett, age 23, from Fort Dodge, have been charged with child sexual exploitation…

Op-ed: Percentage pay increases are breaking the taxpayers! (by Otis Lewis)

Percentage pay raises are why taxes are so high. It’s time the Cerro Gordo County Compensation board gets their act together. Percentage pay increases have got to be eliminated. Specific…

Realtors group says it overestimated home sales for 3 years

By Alejandro Lazo, Chicago Tribune – LOS ANGELES — A national real estate group sharply revised down the number of homes it calculated were sold from 2007 to 2010, revealing a much…

New FAA rules give pilots more rest between shifts

By Kim Geiger, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Commercial airline pilots will be entitled to shorter shifts and longer rests under a new set of rules issued Wednesday by the Federal…

Speak and these apps will listen and transcribe

By Reid Kanaley, The Philadelphia Inquirer – Voice recording for memos, interviews and lectures has moved — like so many tasks — to the smartphone. These applications help you save,…

Bank of America to settle fair-lending case for $335 million

Bank of America to settle fair-lending case for $335 million

By Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune –   WASHINGTON — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and federal officials on Wednesday announced a $335 million national settlement with Bank of America Corp. stemming…

U.S. mail: Slow and slower

MCT FORUM – By James Bovard, Los Angeles Times – The U.S. Postal Service announced plans this month to phase out overnight delivery of first-class mail. Postal officials are portraying the decision as…

Editorial: Why neither political party understands us (by JL Bach)

It’s become increasingly obvious that the two-party system is broken. Our country has become mired in one government gridlock after another, and all at the expense of the very people…

Man Sentenced to 32 Years for Attempted Bombing of Martin Luther King Unity March

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Justice Department announced today that Kevin William Harpham, 37, of Colville, Wash., has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for the placement of the improvised…

Volunteer search group wants Casey Anthony to answer questions under oath

By Anthony Colarossi and Bianca Prieto, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — The question of whether Casey Anthony will be compelled to fully answer some or all questions in…

Rose Bowl High Scores 12/12 and 12/16, 2011

Early Bird Mixed 12/16/11 High team scratch game – Yo-Yo’s 735 High team scratch series – Yo-Yo’s 2140 High Individual games 1. Justin Olson 258 2. Jon Blakely 237 3.…

EPA issues strong limits on mercury emissions

EPA issues strong limits on mercury emissions

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a tough new rule to limit emissions of mercury, arsenic and other toxic substances from sources such as power plants, a landmark…

5 Polish soldiers killed by bomb in Afghanistan

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — A roadside bomb killed five Polish soldiers in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said, marking that country’s largest single troop…

8 soldiers charged in Army private’s ‘apparent’ suicide in Afghanistan

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — In October, Danny Chen, a U.S. Army private from New York City, was found dead in a guard tower in…

Crisis-hit Spaniards pin hopes on world’s biggest lottery

By Sinikka Tarvainen MADRID — Spaniards impoverished by the economic crisis are pinning their hopes on the world’s biggest lottery, which will shower prizes worth a total of $3.3 billion…

Reputed Mexican drug cartel czar charged in killing of US agent

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A reputed Mexican drug cartel leader was charged in federal court in Washington in the ambush slaying this year of…

Jury awards $150 billion to family of burned boy

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – HOUSTON — A Texas jury has awarded a record $150 billion in punitive damages to the parents and estate of Robert Ray “Robbie”…

Harkin Congratulates Newton and Johnson County Fire Departments on Grant Awards

Harkin Congratulates Newton and Johnson County Fire Departments on Grant Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the Johnson County Fire Department has been awarded $84,228 and the Newton Fire Departments has been awarded $10,450 by the…

Governor Branstad issues proclamation naming December 2011 as General Aviation Appreciation Month

Governor Branstad issues proclamation naming December 2011 as General Aviation Appreciation Month

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 21, 2011 – Governor Terry Branstad has issued a proclamation designating December as General Aviation Appreciation Month in Iowa. In the proclamation, the governor notes that…

Business & Industry Group ceases operations

The North Iowa Business & Industry Group which formed in 1975 has ceased operations. In a letter from Board President Rich Honsey and Executive Director Martha Taylor, members were told…

Coach Ferentz re-affirms commitment to Iowa

Coach Ferentz re-affirms commitment to Iowa

IOWA CITY, IOWA- – University of Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz, the longest tenured head football coach in the Big Ten Conference, reiterated Wednesday his long-term plans to remain the head…

Poppens Powers Cyclones Past Northern Iowa, 84-57

Poppens Powers Cyclones Past Northern Iowa, 84-57

AMES, Iowa  – Iowa State had it going inside and outside and there wasn’t much Northern Iowa could do about it.  Chelsea Poppens scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds…

Coach Ferentz Comments on Team Developments

Coach Ferentz Comments on Team Developments

The following statements were issued by Iowa Football Coach Kirk Ferentz Tuesday: Football Coaching Staff Change: “Defensive Line Coach Rick Kaczenski has decided to leave our staff for another coaching…

Cyclones Ranked Eighth In Final Coaches Poll

Cyclones Ranked Eighth In Final Coaches Poll

AMES, Iowa – The American Volleyball Coaches Association ranked Iowa State eighth in its final poll of 2011, released Tuesday. The ranking comes on the heels of a NCAA regional…

From City Hall: 30 conditions on CES plant

From City Hall: 30 conditions on CES plant

December 21, 2011 – Mason City, IA – On December 20, the Mason City Zoning Board of Adjustment (pictured, right) voted 4-1 to approve a Conditional Use Permit for a…

Texas Gains the Most in Population Since the Census

First Population Estimates Since 2010 Show Slowest National Growth Since the 1940s Texas gained more people than any other state between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2011 (529,000), followed…

Marsters, Nelson, Weaver depart city council

Marsters, Nelson, Weaver depart city council

Jeff Marsters, Don Nelson and Max Weaver all said their goodbyes to the Mason City City Council Tuesday night. All three were awarded certificates for their service to the community.…

Warriors, Ellis being sued for harassment

By Marcus Thompson II, The Oakland Tribune OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors and guard Monta Ellis are being sued by a former employee for sexual harassment. According to an…

Three sentenced for beating death of fan

By Mike Newall, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — A judge sentenced three men Tuesday who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in October for beating a man to death after a…

Vikings stuck in interception drought

Vikings stuck in interception drought

By Mark Craig, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — It’s been 541 minutes, 9 seconds … and 9/14ths of one incredibly lousy season since the Vikings last intercepted a…

It’s a fastbreak to new teams for NBA players

By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — David West traveled north by northeast, signing with Indiana after eight seasons in New Orleans. Lamar Odom was a Laker, then a…

New construction up sharply in November

By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — New construction on homes and apartments increased sharply in November, a bright spot for the beleaguered U.S. real estate market. New…

City Council public forum

City Council public forum

Three speakers took to the podium at Tuesday night’s Mason City City Council public forum. Watch video:…

Mason City couple jailed on child endangerment and drug charges

Mason City couple jailed on child endangerment and drug charges

Two Mason City parents are in custody after a warrant was issued for their arrest on December 14th for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, failure to affix a…

Minneapolis bank robbed

On December 20, 2011, at approximately 1:45 p.m., a bank robbery occurred at Franklin Bank located at 1527 East Lake Street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The robber, who was described as…

Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.7 Percent

DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 5.7 percent in November, the first time the rate has been lower than 6.0 percent since September 2009. The…

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