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Santorum: Cutting corporate taxes, regulations will create jobs

By Joe Buttweiler – SHEFFIELD – Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said his plan for reviving manufacturing in the United States will provide jobs, lift the standard of…

Fannie and Freddie were at heart of crisis

McClatchy-Tribune News Service The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star: ——— Much of the analysis of the housing crash and ensuing credit panic has focused on the manic…

Editorial: When ethics and science must not be divided

Editorial: When ethics and science must not be divided

By Kathy Guillermo, PETA – The federal government’s recent decision to suspend funding for new experiments on chimpanzees, and to re-evaluate all current studies, has just knocked out a big chunk…

Hang up and drive

McClatchy-Tribune News Service The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune: ——— The National Transportation Safety Board wants all 50 states to ban cellphone use by drivers. No texting, no…

NFL drama going right to the end

By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Revenge is an overrated emotion in the NFL. Fans think about it, the media speculates about it, but for players —…

Pro Bowl rosters

By Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press – Here are the full rosters for the National Football League’s 2012 Pro Bowl: AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE: Offense: —Wide receivers: Wes Welker, New England Patriots;…

Wild practices hard as losing streak continues

Wild practices hard as losing streak continues

By Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNESOTA — Wild coach Mike Yeo wasn’t saying anything new, either to the players or the media. There were no wrinkles in the scheme,…

Dana White — ‘The Baldfather’ — pulls all the strings at UFC

By Baxter Holmes, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Two men tied to reputed Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger came to collect money. “I knew one of the guys,” says…

Timberwolves lose to Bucks, 98-95

Timberwolves lose to Bucks, 98-95

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) MILWAUKEE — Well, that perfect preseason record against the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t mean much now, did it? The Minnesota Timberwolves won both meetings in that…

Rookie Cole steals show as Heat defeats Celtics

Rookie Cole steals show as Heat defeats Celtics

By Joseph Goodman, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The scoreboard broke during crucial minutes of the fourth quarter on Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena. It was pretty much the only thing rusty…

Speed, power help Purdue capture Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

Speed, power help Purdue capture Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

By Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — They had a chance, and after playing from behind much of the game and committing six turnovers, a chance is all they…

Volunteers slowly, steadily clean Cedar River near Austin, MN

Matt Peterson, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. The Cedar River flows through the county a little cleaner than it did last winter because of the efforts by a few groups. But people…

Newly combative Newt Gingrich swipes at Mitt Romney, Ron Paul

By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times DUBUQUE, Iowa — Newt Gingrich, trying to reverse a slide in Iowa by positioning himself as the unabashedly positive alternative to his trash-talking rivals for…

Mall of America bedlam: 9 arrested after fights force lockdown in some stores

Jessica Fleming, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – Nine people were arrested after fights involving possibly hundreds of youths roiled the jam-packed Mall of America on the day after Christmas.…

Sen. Rick Santorum visits Mason City

Sen. Rick Santorum visits Mason City

Senator Rick Santorum, of Pennsylvania, visited Mason City’s Historic Park Inn Hotel on Tuesday at noon. Click here to view photos. He was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd, somewhat larger…

22 states endorse cigarette labels

22 states endorse cigarette labels

Richard Craver, Winston-Salem Journal – A group of 22 states, not including North Carolina, have stated their support of graphic cigarette warning labels and their stance against a lawsuit challenging the…

281 carries gone, now what?

281 carries gone, now what?

Marc Morehouse, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Coaches don’t wring their hands over things that aren’t in their control. So, when Iowa offensive coordinator Ken O’Keefe was informed…

The final push

James Q. Lynch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa CEDAR RAPIDS – It’s hard to find a straight Republican in Iowa. It seems they’re all leaning. With a week to go before…

Resources chief: State park user fee would supplement funding

Resources chief: State park user fee would supplement funding

Rod Boshart, Cedar Rapids Gazette – DES MOINES — The head of the state’s Department of Natural Resources says Iowans tell him they’re willing to pay a user fee to spruce up…

Treasury Department scrapping paper savings bonds, going electronic

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today reiterated that paper U.S. Savings Bonds are going electronic after December 31 – a move that will save taxpayers $120 million over five…

UPDATE: Iowa arson suspect surrenders

UPDATE: Iowa arson suspect surrenders

Steve Woodhouse, Knoxville Journal-Express – Knoxville — Suspected arsonist David Allen Brommel, 45, of Indianola, was booked into the Marion County Jail moments ago. Marion County Sheriff Ron Goemaat said Brommel…

Cerro Gordo County Supervisors meeting: 12-27-2011

Cerro Gordo County Supervisors meeting: 12-27-2011

The Cerro Gordo County Supervisors met on Tuesday morning, December 27th, 2011. A resolution to contract with County Social Services 28E Governing Board to provide crisis recovery and transportation services at…

Law enforcement searching for another escapee from Beje Clark

NorthIowaToday.com has learned in addition to 32-year-old Willie York law enforcement is searching for a 2nd escapee from Beje Clark. The 2nd escapee is 19-year-old Jeremiah Olarr Kimbrough. Mason City…

Defendant charged with alleged participation in the murder and attempted murder of 2 ICE special agents is extradited from Mexico to the United States

WASHINGTON — Julian Zapata Espinoza, also known as “Piolin,” has been extradited from Mexico to the United States to face charges for his alleged participation in the murder of U.S.…

Longtime fugitive and former school teacher sentenced on child pornography charges

Was an ICE top ten most wanted fugitive BUFFALO, N.Y. — An upstate New York man, who was convicted for receipt of child pornography, was sentenced to 120 months in…

US, Mexico seize more than $80 million during Operation Holiday Hoax

WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced the seizure of more than 327,000 counterfeit items with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price worth an estimated…

Husband and Wife Sentenced to Prison for Fraudulent Commercial Driver’s Licenses Scheme

WASHINGTON – A Pennsylvania husband and wife were sentenced yesterday to 30 months and 24 months in prison, respectively, for their participation in a scheme to provide out-of-state residents with…

Technology Leader McLeod coming to Clear Lake January 4th

Scott McLeod will be in Clear Lake on Jan. 4, 2012 to speak to the community in E.B. Stillman Auditorium from 5:30-6:30. Dr. McLeod is widely recognized as one of…

Proposed improvements to U.S. 30 and I-35 in Story County to be discussed Jan. 12

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 27, 2011 – The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) will hold a public information meeting Thursday, Jan. 12, to discuss the proposed improvements of Interstate 35…

Blake Lobdell Scholarship Fund Announcement

Blake Lobdell, born and raised in Belmond and a long-time teacher at Clear Lake High School passed away suddenly at the age of 50 years old. Two of Blake’s greatest passions…

Branstad, Reynolds announce Excellence in Mentoring Award recipients

Awards to be presented following Mentoring Day on the Hill on January 30, 2012 (DES MOINES) – The recipients of the 2012 Excellence in Mentoring Award have recently been announced…

Cruise comes to the box office’s rescue

Cruise comes to the box office’s rescue

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — It may be a season of good cheer, but around the studios the predominant mood this holiday was worry as seemingly surefire…

Death toll in Philippine floods climbs to nearly 1,500

By Girlie Linao MANILA — The death toll from floods in the southern Philippines has climbed to 1,453 as heavy rains triggered fresh floods in provinces on the east coast,…

One quarter short: Bucks’ 11-point halftime lead slips away with sloppy play, missed shots

By Charles F. Gardner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A disastrous third quarter ruined the Milwaukee Bucks’ opening night. The Bucks led by 11 points at halftime and nearly overcame…

Despite loss to Thunder, newcomers Rubio and Williams give Timberwolves a spark

Despite loss to Thunder, newcomers Rubio and Williams give Timberwolves a spark

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) MINNEAPOLIS — The Timberwolves bade farewell to their overtime lockout summer and, on the day after Christmas, greeted the future with Monday night’s season-opening 104-100…

Giveaway night as Bulls commit 20 turnovers in falling flat in loss to Warriors

Giveaway night as Bulls commit 20 turnovers in falling flat in loss to Warriors

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune OAKLAND, Calif. — The only late-game drama that unfolded Monday night at Oracle Arena was whether the Bulls would commit the most turnovers in the Tom…

Pakistani government defends nuclear program against rising internal criticism

By Tom Hussain, McClatchy Newspapers ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A destabilizing confrontation between Pakistan’s fledgling democratic government and its powerful military is turning into a debate over the country’s nuclear weapons program.…

Book examines America’s turn from science, warns of danger for democracy

By Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Americans have trouble dealing with science, and it’s especially obvious is in presidential campaigns, says Shawn Lawrence Otto, who tried, with limited…

Insurer for Sandusky’s charity seeks to avoid paying for his defense

By Nathan Gorenstein, The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA — The insurance company for Jerry Sandusky’s charity, Second Mile Inc., wants to be excused from paying for his legal defense. Federal Insurance Co.…

Gingrich, N.C. author cause a stir with doomsday theory

Gingrich, N.C. author cause a stir with doomsday theory

By Jim Morrill, McClatchy Newspapers CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Airliners falling from the sky. Mass starvation. Roving gangs in lawless cities. Highways transformed into “nightmare paths of exile.” That’s the American Armageddon…

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