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Coker transfers to Stony Brook

Marc Morehouse, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Former Iowa running back Marcus Coker, who withdrew from school after being investigated for assault, will transfer to Stony Brook University, a New…

French decision to accelerate exit causes some Afghans to question NATO

French decision to accelerate exit causes some Afghans to question NATO

By Jon Stephenson, McClatchy Newspapers – KABUL, Afghanistan — The announcement by France last week that it would speed up the exit of its troops from Afghanistan has been greeted with…

Transfers key Iowa State’s success; K-State looks to rebound on the road

Arne Green, The Salina Journal, Kan. – Frank Martin has had some success with transfers during his Kansas State coaching career. Denis Clemente and Curtis Kelly both were key contributors during…

Iowa State’s upset of Kansas good for its NCAA resume

By Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune – For a while, it appeared Kansas, Missouri and Baylor probably would take turns losing only to each other in Big 12 play. Then last week…

Op-ed: A challenge for all the guys out there

By Mike Petersen of Mason City – February-Valentines, it’s the month of romance. I have a challenge for you guys, how about starting now we treat all the ladies with…

Supervisors move to make courthouse safer

Supervisors move to make courthouse safer

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Supervisors met Tuesday morning and picked up on a safety issue.  They moved ahead with a recommendation to close…

Bill forcing more states to require DUI device in cars gains steam in Congress

Bill forcing more states to require DUI device in cars gains steam in Congress

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — An effort to get more states to require convicted drunken drivers to test their breath for alcohol before they can start their…

Judge: Oakland Police Department in ‘serious violation’ of court order

By Paul T. Rosynsky, The Oakland Tribune – OAKLAND, Calif. — A federal judge found the city’s police department in “serious violation” of court-ordered standards and procedures related to a decade-old…

Los Angeles teacher charged with lewd acts

By Scott Gold, Richard Winton and Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — In the fall of 2010, a drugstore photo technician was running a batch of 35-millimeter film…

US officials see increasing threat of domestic attack from Iran

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Al-Qaida ’s ability to conduct terrorist operations against the United States has diminished in the last year, but U.S. intelligence agencies said Tuesday…

U.S. airstrikes kill 5 suspected militants in Yemen

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — U.S. military aircraft launched strikes that killed at least five suspected militants in southern Yemen in one of the deadliest attacks…

Ron Paul to Mitt Romney: See you in the caucus states

Ron Paul to Mitt Romney: See you in the caucus states

By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times – HENDERSON, Nev. — Touching down in Las Vegas after the networks declared Mitt Romney winner of the critical Florida primary, an upbeat…

Romney cruises to win in Florida primary, moves back into front-runner role

Romney cruises to win in Florida primary, moves back into front-runner role

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times – TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney may have won a blowout victory in Florida’s presidential primary, but Newt Gingrich is not about to concede…

Adelman’s Timberwolves coming together

Adelman’s Timberwolves coming together

By Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — It was not the first time Wolves coach Rick Adelman had expressed some exasperation. But the question had to be asked, right?…

U.N. official calls for Duvalier prosecution in torture, killings

(MCT) – UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations human rights arm on Tuesday expressed dismay at a proposal to try former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier for corruption instead of the…

Study: Norovirus caused most US hospital infection outbreaks over 2 years

By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Norovirus took the top spot for infection outbreaks in U.S. hospitals from 2008 to 2009 and was responsible for most department…

Films in February, Movies in March Kicks off at the MacNider Museum

Films in February, Movies in March Kicks off at the MacNider Museum

MASON CITY – The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s 2012 Winter Film Series, Films in February, Movies in March, kicks off this Saturday, February 4 at 2:00 p.m. through March…

High speed car chase Tuesday morning in Cerro Gordo county

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – What started out as a routine vehicle offense stop early Tuesday morning resulted in a high speed car chase south of Clear Lake. At approximately…

NIACC volleyball signs defensive specialist Kayla White

NIACC volleyball signs defensive specialist Kayla White

MASON CITY, Iowa – NIACC volleyball has added defensive specialist Kayla White of Braham, Minnesota to bring the Trojans 2012 recruiting class to five so far. White was an All-Great…

Landfill board discusses trash to energy company contract

Landfill board discusses trash to energy company contract

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The North Iowa Landfill Executive Committee held a special meeting Tuesday morning to discuss a contract with Creative Energy Systems (CES) otherwise known…

Senate panel approves protections against child sexual abuse

Senate panel approves protections against child sexual abuse

Rod Boshart, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – DES MOINES – Iowa lawmakers are looking to provide whistle-blower protections against employment-related retaliation for anyone who reports incidents of child sexual abuse…

Marble to release book about 1987 Iowa basketball team

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – Former University of Iowa men’s basketball player, and Iowa’s all-time leading scorer, Roy Marble has worked in conjunction with Brian Meeks on a book entitled…

Iowa Native Sturdy is New ISU FB Wide Receivers Coach

Iowa Native Sturdy is New ISU FB Wide Receivers Coach

AMES, Iowa – Iowa native and former St. Ambrose head football coach Todd Sturdy, most recently offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Washington State, has joined Iowa State’s football staff…

Aikman sizes up the Super Bowl

By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times – Our interview with Troy Aikman is the latest in a series of Q&As with prominent figures. Troy Aikman’s season as Fox’s lead NFL analyst…

Branstad thanks Strawn for his service to the Republican Party of Iowa

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today released the following statement thanking Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn for his service to the party on behalf of Iowa…

Rose Bowl High Scores 1/27 – 1/30, 2012

Early Bird Mixed 1/27/12 (4 person team) High team scratch game – Yo-Yo’s 839 High team scratch series – Yo-Yo’s 2,324 High Individual games 1. Jeremy Faktor 264 2. Justin…

Op-ed: Cost of multi-purpose center is mind-boggling (by Peter Children)

When I retrieved my paper from the mailbox this morning and opened it I thought I was having a nightmare. I could not believe my eyes when I read the…

Former Trax Bar building demolished Tuesday

Former Trax Bar building demolished Tuesday

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – The building that once stood at 1828 S. Taft and last known as Trax Bar and Grill, is now a pile of crushed…

Timberwolves turn tables on Rockets, 120-108

Timberwolves turn tables on Rockets, 120-108

By Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – HOUSTON — This was a different sort of homecoming. Remember a week ago? When the Houston Rockets came to Target Center with Kevin McHale…

Income, assets can’t affect credit score

By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun – Marlene Partridge and her husband have a six-figure retirement income, no debt and pay off their credit cards each month. Yet when the 62-year-old…

Web startups analyze investment choices

By Pete Carey, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Silicon Valley, birthplace of personal finance and investment heavyweights like Intuit, Financial Engines and Mint, is percolating with new…

Minnesota caucuses coming Feb. 7

By John Myers, Duluth News Tribune, Minn. Jan. 30–Party activists in neighborhoods across Minnesota will gather next week to reorganize the state’s major political parties, pass resolutions on key issues…

The gospel on celebrity and pop culture

Los Angeles Times – From the Los Angeles Times’ Ministry of Gossip blog: ——— NICKI MINAJ TO PERFORM WITH MADONNA IN SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOW Slowly but surely, the plans…

Police tear down Occupy Charlotte camp; 7 arrested

Police tear down Occupy Charlotte camp; 7 arrested

By Doug Miller, April Bethea, Cleve R. Wootson and Steve Lyttle, McClatchy Newspapers – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police waded into the Occupy Charlotte protest site Monday afternoon, arresting at least…

European leaders seek to bolster growth

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — European leaders grappling with a stubborn debt crisis reaffirmed their commitment Monday to sign a new pact limiting public spending, but pledged…

Romney, Gingrich trade accusations as they make final pitch across Florida

By Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Starting at dawn and pushing deep into the night, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich stormed Florida on Monday…

Police chief retires in Connecticut city accused of anti-Latino actions

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — A suburban police chief whose officers were accused of harassing Latinos is stepping down, but the mayor who appointed him —…

Mexico’s envoy promises robust effort to capture US fugitives

By Gary Marx and David Jackson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Mexico’s top diplomat in the United States has vowed that his government will redouble efforts to apprehend the growing numbers…

Syrian troops retake control of suburbs outside Damascus

By Patrick J. McDonnell and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Syrian troops reasserted control Monday of rebellious suburbs outside Damascus, retaking some districts amid stiff resistance as the…

US gas prices to keep climbing as refineries dwindle

By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Gasoline prices, already at record levels for January, rose again over the last week, the Energy Department said. But that…

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