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Day: December 23, 2011

Christchurch hit by 2 major earthquakes

By David Barber WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Nineteen people were injured when two major earthquakes and a swarm of aftershocks hit New Zealand’s second-largest city, Christchurch, on Friday, news reports said. Most

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Opportunities growing for squatters

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — Slips of paper are pasted to the broken door of the corner row house, violations for the garbage piled near the front steps.

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Same-sex kiss a first for Navy tradition

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — A public embrace this week between two female sailors from California is being hailed as “the kiss heard ’round the world’” by activists

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Wal-Mart employee slain on way to work

By Laura Figueroa, McClatchy Newspapers MIAMI — Hector Vichot died over $1.25. That’s what was in his back pocket when he was gunned down while walking to his nightshift job at Wal-Mart last

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Guard accused of sexually abusing inmate

By Darren Barbee, McClatchy Newspapers FORT WORTH, Texas — A former correctional officer at Federal Medical Center Carswell was indicted this week on a federal count of sexual abuse of a ward —

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Iowa women pull out victory

John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – IOWA CITY – Iowa’s women’s basketball team made a school-record 14 3-pointers in Thursday’s game against Mississippi Valley State. The Hawkeyes needed every one. Iowa

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Iowa ex-school secretary charged with theft

Jermaine Pigee, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – A second Grimes Elementary School employee suspected of stealing thousands of dollars from the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization has been arrested. Dana Dee Hanson, 37, was

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Second man charged in Cedar Rapids slaying

Trish Mehaffey, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – UPDATE: The second man accused of slaying Andre Herron,who was found dead on 7th Street SW in November, was charged with first-degree murder Friday in

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Mystic Lanes bowling scores, 12/19 and 12/22

Monday Scratch: John Schachel 236-632 series Scott Radcliff 244-615 series Kevin Johnson 211,257,233-701 series Cody Brandau 267,182,265-714 series Devin Broerman 233,201,226-660 series   7-10 Trio league: Kevin Wolff 245, 276, 244- 765

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Sick? Don’t prepare food for others!

Recent norovirus outbreaks prompt health officials to urge caution An alarming number of outbreaks of stomach illness across the state should be a reminder to Iowans participating in gatherings where food is

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Jobless data buoy hopes for recovery

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON _ Just a few months ago, the economy seemed to be skidding toward another recession. Now, a continued drop in jobless claims, a rise

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Rose Bowl high scores 12/20 and 12/22, 2011

Over The Hill 12/20/11 (4 person team) High Scratch Game 1.    Gene Roberts     234 2.    Ed Gutzmer       215 3.    Don Wickwire    203 1.    Mary Miller        212 2.    Veronica James 200 3.    Marlene

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