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Bulls win 40-point laugher in home opener

Bulls win 40-point laugher in home opener

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Home openers signal a new beginning. New Year’s Day indicates a fresh start, a clean slate. Combine the two, as the Bulls did…

Several hurt in New Year’s shootings

Jay Tokasz, The Buffalo News, N.Y. – Gunshots rang in the New Year in Buffalo late Saturday and early Sunday, including in the downtown entertainment district, where thousands of people were…

John Cross column

John Cross, The Free Press, Mankato, Minn. – — The northern Iowa countryside hasn’t changed a whole lot in two months. Last Wednesday, the landscape was as brown as it was on…

Minnesota alcohol-related deaths declining

Albert Lea Tribune, Minn. – New Year’s Eve always has the potential to be a dangerous night on the roads, but the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic…

A huge win to savor

A huge win to savor

MADISON, Wis. – Matt Gatens grabbed the loose ball near midcourt and cradled it. The final seconds ticked off the Kohl Center clock, and Gatens, who has seen so many…

BRIEF: Iowa Caucus: By the numbers

The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – * 1,774: Number of precincts in Iowa * 120,000: Republican turnout in 2008 Iowa Caucus * Nearly 1,000: Number of events Republican candidates staged…

Two Iowa women accused of abusing dependent senior

William Smith, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – Two Burlington women are accused of abusing a local man they were supposed to be caring for and stealing $50,000 from him. Cindy…

Packers Hold Lions in 45-41 Victory

Packers Hold Lions in 45-41 Victory

The Packers and Lions’ regular season finale resembled a video-game shootout, as Green Bay’s quarterback set single-game franchise records for yards and touchdowns thrown in a 45-41 shootout win. (PHOTO: Green…

Vikings’ disastrous season ends with a loss at home

Vikings’ disastrous season ends with a loss at home

By Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Well, it’s over. Done. Finished. That has to count for something, right? So if you have any of those plastic New Year’s…

Steelers will end the Broncos’ optimism, once and for all

By David Ramsey, The Gazette – DENVER — Playoff pessimism. Yes, the Broncos are champs of the AFC West, but the Chargers, Chiefs and Raiders almost certainly will be the happy…

Vikings’ Allen just misses NFL sack record

Vikings’ Allen just misses NFL sack record

By Chip Scoggins, Star Tribune – MINNEAPOLIS — Jared Allen desperately wanted one more one-on-one matchup, one more third-and-long, one more surefire passing situation. (PHOTO: Minnesota Vikings Jared Allen (69) celebrated on…

Orton’s future unclear after leading Chiefs to win over Broncos

Orton’s future unclear after leading Chiefs to win over Broncos

By Adam Teicher, McClatchy Newspapers – DENVER — Kyle Orton was something less than definitive about his future with the Chiefs after their season ended with Sunday’s 7-3 win over the…

Iran claims it’s made a nuclear fuel rod, tested new missile

By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times – TEHRAN, Iran — Iran said Sunday that its scientists had produced the country’s first nuclear fuel rod, and its navy had…

Underage drinking party broken up at rural Rockford address

Underage drinking party broken up at rural Rockford address

Shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday morning law enforcement received a report of an underage drinking party. Law enforcement went to 22598 210 Street in Rockford and found several underage individuals…

So long 2011, hello 2012

So long 2011, hello 2012

By Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – So long 2011, hello 2012. People were out celebrating the beginning of a new year Saturday night in Mason City. Click here to…

High price for higher education: Tools to pay for tuition

By Jondi Gumz, Santa Cruz Sentinel SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — The numbers are mind-boggling. The price tag for a year at San Francisco State University is rising to $25,000. At…

Safety nets to help students with rising tuition don’t catch everyone

By Tovin Lapan, Santa Cruz Sentinel SANTA CRUZ, Calif. _ In 2009, Ashley Sorci graduated from her suburban Sacramento high school with a 4.25 grade-point average and was about to…

UPDATED: High wind warning remains for Monday

MONDAY AND TONIGHT SUSTAINED WINDS OF 25 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH WILL BE SEEN THROUGH MID DAY. THE WINDS WILL SLOWLY DECREASE DURING THE AFTERNOON WITH…

ABC’s ‘Work It’ doesn’t

By Rich Heldenfels, Akron Beacon Journal – Drag comedy has a long American tradition, some of it inspired by other countries: “Some Like It Hot.” Abbott and Costello’s “Here Come the…

Dubious Achievements: the best and worst of cinema in 2011

By Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — Following a tradition established long ago, here is a list of year-end awards you won’t see anywhere else: The Dubious Achievements — in…

Reviews of bluegrass music releases

By Keith Lawrence, Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer – JANIE FRICKE, “Country Side of Bluegrass,” New Music Deals. 13 tracks. The surest way to tell if a musical genre is becoming more popular is…

What’s opening in theaters next week

By Rene Rodriguez, McClatchy Newspapers THE DEVIL INSIDE (R): Yet another horror movie disguised as a documentary, this one purporting to recount the story of a woman trying to find out…

Pulse quickens as Tuesday Iowa caucuses approach

Pulse quickens as Tuesday Iowa caucuses approach

By Thomas Fitzgerald, The Philadelphia Inquirer – WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — An icy wind scoured the parking lot of the Hy-Vee supermarket, ruffling Mitt Romney’s perfect hair as he urged…

Campaign shows power of super PACs

By Tom Hamburger and Melanie Mason, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Political committees unfettered by donation limits are dominating the last weeks of the presidential nominating contests in Iowa and…

With GOP rivals in Iowa, Huntsman takes tough questions in New Hampshire

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – LACONIA, N.H. — The Rotarians of Laconia applauded when Jon Huntsman Jr., the former Utah governor, announced that he was celebrating the 130th New…

Jet Propulsion Lab ushers in new year with moon-mapping project

By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Midnight ushered in the new year. But at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge, celebration will have to wait…

Western Alaska grapples with alcohol-fueled crime

By Lisa Demer, McClatchy Newspapers –   ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Disturbing new numbers accent what law enforcement, social agencies, Native leaders and politicians have long realized about Western Alaska: It struggles…

U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan war fell in 2011

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL — It was by no means a common occurrence. But in the year that just drew to a close, a day would often…

Australia’s ‘Forrest Gump’ sets off around the world

By Sid Astbury SYDNEY, Australia — One Australian not hanging around on Sydney Harbour to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks and welcome 2012 is Tom Denniss. Early on Saturday,…

New Zealand mud, Berlin fires, lunar orbit greet 2012

By Sid Astbury, Helen Maguire, Joseph Nasr and Jasper Mortimer BERLIN — Fireworks, light shows and bell ringing hailed the arrival of 2012 on New Year’s Eve as many put…

Magnitude-7 quake rattles eastern Japan

By Takehiko Kambayashi TOKYO — A magnitude-7 earthquake rattled wide areas of eastern and north-eastern Japan on Sunday, shaking buildings in Tokyo, the meteorological agency said. No tsunami warning was…

Nearly 500 people injured in holiday revelry in the Philippines

By Girlie Linao   MANILA — Nearly 500 people were injured by fireworks and gunfire in the Philippines despite a government campaign against rowdy celebrations to welcome the New Year,…

Verizon Wireless drops $2 bill payment fee

By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Verizon Wireless, under fire from consumers and federal regulators, scrapped plans to charge a $2 “convenience fee” for those who pay…

Air Force buys Avenger drone from General Atomics

By William Hennigan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Air Force has bought a new hunter-killer aircraft that is the fastest and largest armed drone in its fleet. The…

How investors fared: A ‘pretty good year’

How investors fared: A ‘pretty good year’

LOS ANGELES — When it comes to stocks, the U.S. is unexpectedly sitting on top of the world. Stock markets from Berlin to Shanghai to Sao Paulo ended 2011 with…

Markets end year barely changed, despite turbulence

By Drew DeSilver, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — In a year when stocks swung wildly from day to day based on perceived macroeconomic risk, it was Europe’s long-running debt crisis,…

Iowa State recap: Bitter end but successful season

Iowa State recap: Bitter end but successful season

Scott Dochterman, CR Gazette NEW YORK — Iowa State players, coaches and officials held their chins high and forced smiles through clenched lips Friday night, but their faces read the…

Juco QB fills void depth for Iowa

Juco QB fills void depth for Iowa

Iowa needed quarterback depth and found it Saturday. Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College’s Cody Sokol picked the Hawkeyes over Arizona and six other offers, including Maryland. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder announced his…

Iowa animal abuse laws have no teeth, national group says

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette –   CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa’s animal abuse laws lack not only bite but even the bark, according to an annual report by the Animal Legal…

Hawkeyes stun cold-shooting Badgers at Kohl Center

Hawkeyes stun cold-shooting Badgers at Kohl Center

Jim Polzin, Wisconsin State Journal – Jordan Taylor had a difficult time explaining one of the most shocking defeats since coach Bo Ryan took over the University of Wisconsin men’s…

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