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Austin, MN audience to get early look at Buddy Holly tribute

Trey Mewes, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – Buddy Holly fans should take note this Friday. That’ll be the day a tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valenz and The Big Bopper comes…

Chicago jogger critically injured by pit bulls: ‘They wouldn’t let the man go’

Carlos Sadovi and Kate Thayer, Chicago Tribune – A 62-year-old man was critically injured this morning after he was attacked by what police described as two adult pit bull terriers while…

Parolee held on $125K bail after firing gun while celebrating arrival of 2012

Rosemary Sobol, Chicago Tribune – A parolee who was sporting 2012 glasses with flashing blue lights was arrested after police saw him fire a pistol into the air minutes into the…

Services Thursday for slain Chicago police officer

Rosemary Sobol, Chicago Tribune – Services are set for Thursday morning for slain Chicago police officer Clifton Lewis, who was fatally shot during a robbery Thursday night on the West Side.…

West Rogers Park man is Chicago’s first 2012 slaying

William Lee, Chicago Tribune – A 19-year-old man shot in the back seat of an SUV in the Albany Park neighborhood this morning apparently became Chicago’s first slaying victim of 2012. Nicholas Camacho…

Violence marks city New Year’s weekend

Jill Harmacinski, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass. – LAWRENCE — A store clerk was pistol-whipped, a man had a bottle broken over his back and was shot and a Lowell man…

A mother awakened by her son’s murder

John Burgeson, Connecticut Post, Bridgeport – BRIDGEPORT — Gloristine Thomas was in bed, half asleep at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday when she heard the gunshots. “Pop, pop, pop,” she recalled. “Then there were…

First 2012 U.S. execution is set for Thursday in McAlester, Okla.

Rachel Petersen, McAlester News-Capital, Okla. – The first 2012 scheduled execution in the United States is set to take place this week at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. Gary Roland…

Family of York City homicide victim seek justice

Elizabeth Evans, The York Dispatch, Pa. – Anaida Rivera’s loved ones want justice. Suzette Medina, a niece of the 40-year-old homicide victim, urged Rivera’s killer or killers to turn themselves in.…

Christchurch hit by 17 quakes in 18 hours

By David Barber   WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s quake-ravaged city of Christchurch was rocked Monday by 17 earthquakes in 18 hours. No serious damage was reported from the…

Bachmann has a quiet day in Iowa

Bachmann has a quiet day in Iowa

By James Oliphant, Tribune Washington Bureau – WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — It was almost as if the Rep. Michele Bachmann campaign expected no one to show up at all. Bachmann…

Ohio unemployment falls, but so does support for Obama

By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times – CANTON, Ohio — Reg Rozell and Kim C. Sweitzer seem like they’d be sure-fire Obama 2012 supporters. Both have good-paying union jobs at a…

Suspect in shooting of park ranger near Mount Rainer is found dead

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times SEATTLE — A troubled veteran of the war in Iraq suspected in the fatal shooting of a park ranger was found dead Monday near a…

Op-ed: Clean up the city (by Peter Children)

Pat Otto the neighborhood coordinator has only two guys on her staff, this means a lot falls through the cracks because there aren’t enough people to cover the city and…

Movie attendance falls to 16-year low

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Hollywood dropped the ball in 2011, as the movie business saw a decline in ticket sales and attendance fell to a…

Poppens Named Big 12 Player of the Week

Poppens Named Big 12 Player of the Week

IRVING, Texas – Iowa State’s Chelsea Poppens has been named Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after averaging 16.5 points and 14.5 rebounds in just 27…

With Iowa’s voting, GOP likely to plot future path

With Iowa’s voting, GOP likely to plot future path

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – DES MOINES — Republicans enter a new election year Tuesday debating more than just who should be their nominee for president against Barack Obama. They’re…

Militants agree to truce with Pakistan, unite against NATO

By Tom Hussain, McClatchy Newspapers – ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistani Islamist militants on Sunday pledged to cease their four-year insurgency against Pakistani security forces, and join the Taliban’s war against NATO…

Man sought in park ranger’s killing believed dead

By Nick Provenza, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — A man was found dead in Mount Rainier National Park this morning and he is believed to be the suspect in the…

NIACC wrestling ranked 12th in most recent NJCAA poll

NIACC wrestling ranked 12th in most recent NJCAA poll

MASON CITY, Iowa – The NIACC wrestling team is ranked-12th in the country and four wrestlers are ranked individually in the latest NJCAA polls released on Monday. The Trojans moved…

Affordables robbed Monday afternoon

Affordables robbed Monday afternoon

At approximately 2:40 p.m. Monday afternoon  a robbery was reported at Affordables at 315 N. Delaware Ave. in Mason City.  It was said that an older gentlman, approximately in his…

At Mercy North Iowa, are you a customer or a patient?

At Mercy North Iowa, are you a customer or a patient?

A reader recently referred our staff to a page at mercynorthiowa.com called “Letters from our Customers” where former patients wrote in and described the excellent care they say they received at…

“KinderNature: Winter Fun!” program to be held Jan. 9

“KinderNature: Winter Fun!” program to be held Jan. 9

A “KinderNature: Winter Fun!” program will be held at Lime Creek Nature Center on Monday, January 9th from 4:00-5:00 PM.  Parents and kids ages 3-6 are invited to have fun…

Low water levels a concern for fish?

Low water levels a concern for fish?

By Steven A Waechter – As one drives around the North Iowa area it’s hard to not notice the low water levels of the streams, lakes and ponds.  To many…

Ron Paul to stop in Mason City Monday evening

Ron Paul to stop in Mason City Monday evening

ANKENY, Iowa – 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul and his son U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) will conduct a daylong whistle-stop tour to energize Iowa caucus goers on the day…

BRIEF: Two killed in I-90 rollover on New Year’s Day

Sarah Stultz, Albert Lea Tribune, Minn. – Two people died Sunday afternoon after a rollover on Interstate 90 one mile west of the Bricelyn exit. According to the Minnesota State Patrol,…

Federal judge held court in combat zones

By Gary L. Wright, McClatchy Newspapers – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney kept his 9 mm pistol under his black robe in a holster strapped to his right…

OPINION: Ron Paul disavows … Ron Paul?

MCT FORUM: By Thomas Schaller, The Baltimore Sun – To look at him, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul seems harmless. He’s cute and contrarian. He wears poorly fitting suits. He’s decidedly un-slick.…

Liberal or conservative, Americans aren’t all enemies

By Linda P. Campbell, McClatchy Newspapers – The starkest evidence of how conservative southwest Missouri is didn’t come from the Interstate 44 roadside ads for Fantastic Caverns, the constant reminders of…

OPINION: Sheriff Arpaio should lose his throne

MCT FORUM By Jose Miguel Leyva – Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s kingdom in Maricopa County needs to come to an end. For too many years, his office has weathered scandal after scandal,…

Ranger shot and killed at Mount Ranier

SEATTLE — A 34-year-old park ranger was shot to death Sunday morning in Mount Rainier National Park after a routine traffic stop led to a car chase. The gunman remained…

Romney seems optimistic in face of Santorum surge

Romney seems optimistic in face of Santorum surge

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – ATLANTIC, Iowa — For Mitt Romney, it’s deja vu all over again. The former Massachusetts governor has spent much of the year as the…

Op-ed: TAXES! When is enough, enough?

(by Otis Lewis) CANDIDATE’S ACTIONS MUST EQUAL THEIR PROMISES They say they will cut taxes, but never do.  They say they will cut spending, but never do.  They say they…

Minneapolis doc busted for 5 DUIs in 7 years; granted Iowa medical license

A Minneapolis doctor who has been caught driving while under the influence 5 times in 7 years and who applied for an Iowa medical license has been disciplined by the…

Lee Co. precincts at center of conflict over Iowa caucus totals

Christinia Crippes, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – Lee County is responsible for four of the eight precincts not counted in the final tally of the certified caucus results that overturned…

24/7 Online Unemployment Filing Available

Des Moines – Iowans can file their unemployment claims 24 hours a day, seven days a week online at www.iowaworkforce.org. Online filing is fast, efficient and secure for claimants. Additionally, individuals…

UNI Drops Third Straight as Evansville Prevails, 76-65

UNI Drops Third Straight as Evansville Prevails, 76-65

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Evansville used 29 second-half points from Colt Ryan to extend the University of Northern Iowa’s losing skid to three in a row with a 76-65 victory in…