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Update: Train derails in Mason City; street now open

Update: Train derails in Mason City; street now open

UPDATE: South Carolina Ave. near the 1200 block is now open. The rail crossing there had been closed overnight due to a train derailment. There were still 6-8 workers at…

To keep payroll tax low, mortgage fees will rise

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times –   WASHINGTON — The new mortgage fee to fund the temporary extension of the payroll tax cut could damp the still-sluggish real estate market…

Spending rises only slightly, but still outstrips income

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Despite the ballyhooed record retail sales over Thanksgiving, consumer spending for all of November turned out to be rather ho-hum. Personal spending…

S&P 500 enters positive territory for the year

By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Standard & Poor’s 500 will enjoy a merry Christmas after all. The broad blue-chip index turned positive on the year,…

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…

At least 30 reported dead as 2 explosions rock Syrian capital

At least 30 reported dead as 2 explosions rock Syrian capital

By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Two explosions targeting buildings used by government security forces rocked the Syrian capital of Damascus on Friday, killing at least 30 people,…

Federal appeals court throws out ‘birthers’ lawsuit against Obama

Federal appeals court throws out ‘birthers’ lawsuit against Obama

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A group of Southern Californians who insist President Barack Obama was born in Africa and should be ousted from the Oval…

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…

Congress approves payroll tax cut; work on longer-term deal remains

Congress approves payroll tax cut; work on longer-term deal remains

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Congress on Friday quickly and quietly approved a two-month extension of the Social Security payroll tax cut, ending a week of rancor and…

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’”…

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…

2 accused of luring robbery victims with fake iPad ad on Craigslist

By Mitch Mitchell, McClatchy Newspapers – FORT WORTH, Texas — Police have arrested two men who are suspected of robbing people at gunpoint after luring them to a restaurant parking lot…

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…

More than 30 rescued from huge, floating ice sheet in Minnesota

By David Chanen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) An enormous, thick sheet of ice broke from the shore of one of Minnesota’s most popular and largest ice fishing lakes Wednesday night, leaving at…

Justice Department rejects South Carolina voter ID law

By Adam Beam, McClatchy Newspapers – COLUMBIA, S.C. — The U.S. Justice Department has rejected South Carolina’s controversial voter ID law. South Carolina officials can appeal the ruling, but until then…

Iowa women pull out victory

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…

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,…

Iowa State’s season from 20,000 feet: An unforgettable journey to the Pinstripe Bowl

Iowa State’s season from 20,000 feet: An unforgettable journey to the Pinstripe Bowl

Scott Dochterman, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – “We’ve said all along that the way to grow the brand is we need to capture people’s imagination.” — Iowa State Athletics Director…

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…

BRIEF: $43 million emissions control contract awarded for Ottumwa Generating Station

Dave DeWitte, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Babcock and Wilcox Co. has been awarded a $43 million contract to engineer and supply a major emissions control systems for Alliant Energy’s…

Iowa ethanol production hits record on growth of exports

Iowa ethanol production hits record on growth of exports

George C. Ford, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Driven by export demand, Iowa ethanol production hit a record 3.7 billion gallons this year, up 200 million gallons from 3.5 billion…

Iowa corrections head says more money needed this year to staff prisons

Rod Boshart, C.R. Gazette – The head of Iowa’s corrections system projects his agency will need up to $8 million to keep the state’s prisons fully staffed through the current…

BRIEF: Two charged for detonating ‘MacGyver’ bombs

Jeff Raasch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Two men face criminal charges after two small explosions late Wednesday night in northwest Cedar Rapids. Jacob W. Boots, 21, and Brett M. Moore,…

Bachmann ends whirlwind day of touring in Ottumwa

Chelsea Davis, Ottumwa Courier, Iowa – OTTUMWA — In her 10th Iowa county, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s voice was fading, but her convictions were not. For awhile, Bachmann let her…

Don Nelson sworn in to Park Board

Don Nelson sworn in to Park Board

MASON CITY – Don Nelson was sworn in as a Mason City Park Board member on Monday, December 19th at 1:30 PM. Nelson won a seat on the Park Board…

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,…

Mountain Lion Shot Early Friday Morning in Iowa

An adult male mountain lion was shot and killed early Friday morning by local law enforcement officers in the Monona County city of Blencoe. The Blencoe police chief and a…

Sewer, septic options for small communities to be discussed in Mason City

Sewer, septic options for small communities to be discussed in Mason City

DES MOINES —Iowans in small communities without proper wastewater treatment can stop by one of six upcoming open houses to learn more about sewer and septic system options. The open…

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…

Iowa school bus driver charged with lascivious acts

Iowa school bus driver charged with lascivious acts

Allamakee County (Waukon), Iowa – On Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 32 year old Joshua Burke, an Allamakee County resident near the town of New Albin, Iowa, was charged with one…

Iowa Man Sentenced For Receiving Child Pornography Following Prior Conviction

A who obtained child pornography using the Internet was sentenced on December 21, 2011, to 15 years in federal prison. Justin Michael Hinz, age 26, from Marion, Iowa, received the…

Kansas City Man Sent To Prison For Sioux City Shooting Case

A Kansas City man was sentenced December 15, 2011, to ten years in federal prison for his illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. Michael Anthony Johnson, age 29, of…

Devyn Marble says he’s ready for Big Ten’s top point guards

Devyn Marble says he’s ready for Big Ten’s top point guards

Scott Dochterman, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – IOWA CITY — Devyn Marble has surprised many people with his play during the non-conference portion of Iowa’s schedule. In 13 games, including…

Iowa outlasts Boise State in gritty non-conference win

Iowa outlasts Boise State in gritty non-conference win

Scott Dochterman, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – IOWA CITY — Twice the Iowa men’s basketball team blew seven-point leads Thursday night against Boise State. Instead of buckling under pressure,…

Jobless data buoy hopes for recovery

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,…

Had House GOP been playing into Obama’s hands with hard-line stance on payroll tax?

Had House GOP been playing into Obama’s hands with hard-line stance on payroll tax?

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in the House of Representatives may have avoided steering their entire party toward political disaster in 2012 by giving up…

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…

Branstad, Reynolds announce IRS approval of housing relief for those affected by Missouri River flood

Affordable housing income restrictions waived for flood-impacted residents of Fremont, Harrison, Mils, Monona and Pottawattamie counties (DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced that…

Holiday services in Mason City and Clear Lake

City offices will be closed in Mason City and Clear Lake on Monday, December 26, 2011. Mason City transit buses will be operating on that day. No garbage or recyclables…

New Jersey Solid Waste Management Facility Sentenced After Illegally Dumping in Upstate New York

WASHINGTON – Lieze Associates, dba Eagle Recycling, of New Jersey, was sentenced today in federal court in Utica, N.Y., following their guilty plea to conspiring to violate the Clean Water…

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