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Taliban says it will open a political office in Qatar

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL — In its most public indication to date of a willingness to enter peace negotiations, the Taliban movement announced Tuesday it planned to…

Mayor says support for Blue Zones is growing

Mayor says support for Blue Zones is growing

At Tuesday night’s Mason City City Council meeting, Mayor Eric Bookmeyer said that Mason City is on track to become a Blue Zone community and that support for the program…

Obama to visit swing state Ohio Wednesday

By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — With the first contest of the Republican presidential primary over, President Barack Obama will hustle to get back into the spotlight, jetting to…

State approves Wellmark’s 9.35% health insurance premium hike

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – The state has approved Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield’s request for a 9.35 percent increase in individual health insurance premiums. The decision will mean rate increases…

State Department tip leads to arson suspect

By Richard Winton, Ari Bloomekatz and Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — They erupted almost simultaneously, a sudden barrage of fires about 1:30 a.m. that signaled the fourth…

New York’s great tourism leap

By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — OK, quickly name America’s top tourist destination. Orlando? Las Vegas? The Grand Canyon? Try New York. By New Year’s Eve, New…

How 80,000 volunteers showed Joplin ‘the world cares’

How 80,000 volunteers showed Joplin ‘the world cares’

By Todd C. Frankel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – JOPLIN, Mo. — The volunteers started arriving at first light. Some lived nearby. Others drove through the night. No one summoned them. They…

FDA falling short on safety checks for baby wipes

FDA falling short on safety checks for baby wipes

By John Diedrich and Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – MILWAUKEE — Five years ago, whistleblowers sent a letter to federal regulators warning that contaminated baby wipes were streaming out of…

Supreme Court takes up property rights dispute

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Mike and Chantell Sackett wanted to live on scenic Priest Lake in Idaho but couldn’t afford it. So they bought a…

Priorities, staffing impede oversight

By John Diedrich and Ben Poston, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – MILWAUKEE — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is required to inspect drugmakers every two years, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel…

Possible showdown with Iran sends oil prices soaring

Possible showdown with Iran sends oil prices soaring

By Jonathan S. Landay and Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The possibility of a confrontation between the United States and Iran appeared to rise Tuesday after the Obama…

Casey Anthony prosecutor announces state attorney bid

By Anthony Colarossi, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — Supporters clapped outside the Orange County Courthouse Tuesday as retired prosecutor Jeff Ashton announced his bid for state attorney, challenging his…

Turkey Valley standout Tess Kuennen to play volleyball at NIACC

Turkey Valley standout Tess Kuennen to play volleyball at NIACC

JACKSON JUNCTION, Iowa – Turkey Valley High School volleyball standout Tess Kuennen has signed a national letter of intent to play at NIACC starting next fall. Kuennen, a middle hitter…

Weight-loss surgery reduces cardiovascular risks, study says

By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Weight-loss surgery clearly cuts the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death from cardiovascular disease, a new study shows. But the…

Muslim villagers clash with Chinese authorities over mosque’s demolition

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — The government demolition of a newly refurbished mosque in a northern Chinese village has raised tensions with the Hui, a Muslim group that…

Israeli, Palestinian officials hold first talks in more than a year

By Sheera Frenkel, McClatchy Newspapers – JERUSALEM — Israeli and Palestinian officials met Tuesday in Jordan’s capital, Amman, in the first attempt at peace talks in more than a year. As…

Arab League, dissidents disagree on progress in Syria

By Alexandra Zavis and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Syria’s government has taken steps to comply with a regional initiative to end months of bloodshed, including pulling tanks…

Historian casts a skeptical eye on the emerging Egypt

By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times – CAIRO — Wrapped in a shawl on a cold morning, Gamal Banna shuffled over a dusty carpet amid fraying books on old civilizations. He…

Ask The Experts: How is family business passed on?

By Claudia Buck, McClatchy Newspapers – A daughter’s rights to a family business and a mother’s concerns over family loans. This week, those topics are addressed by Robin Bevier, a Gold…

Experts see air fares gaining altitude in 2012

By Arlene Satchell, Sun Sentinel – FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Airlines were walloped by rising oil prices in 2011 and fliers were forced to fork out more for airfares. Experts say…

Timberwolves win 2nd straight; Spurs lose Ginobili

Timberwolves win 2nd straight; Spurs lose Ginobili

By Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Coach Rick Adelman talked about it Sunday night, minutes after his Timberwolves beat Dallas for their first win this season. And again…

Luck runs out as Stanford gets no kick out of Fiesta Bowl

By Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times – GLENDALE, Ariz. — Quinn Sharp kicked a 22-yard field goal in overtime Monday night to lift Oklahoma State to a dramatic 41-38 victory over…

Oregon gets its signature win, 45-38 over Wisconsin in Rose Bowl

Oregon gets its signature win, 45-38 over Wisconsin in Rose Bowl

By Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times – PASADENA, Calif. — The Chip Kelly era at Oregon has featured conference championships, multiple 10-win seasons, cutting-edge pyrotechnic offenses — even space-age uniforms that…

Panchero’s restaurant is not a go in Mason City

Panchero’s restaurant is not a go in Mason City

NorthIowaToday.com has learned that a Panchero’s restaurant is not a go at this time for a new location (pictured) in Mason City. “A lease was never signed,” said Mike Momberg,…

Cerro Gordo County Precinct Caucus Locations

Cerro Gordo County Republicans will meet at the following locations for the 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 3 caucuses: Mason City Harding Elementary, 1239 Rhode Island Ave. N.—Mason City Ward 1…

1959 Winter Dance Party Performer Dead

1959 Winter Dance Party Performer Dead

By Dave Hansen – Massapequa, NY– One of the performers who shared the stage with Buddy Holly during the final show of his life in Clear Lake, Iowa is dead.…

Only LSU Played More Ranked Foes than Iowa State

Only LSU Played More Ranked Foes than Iowa State

LSU sits atop the college football polls and is the only remaining undefeated team. The Tigers have played eight nationally ranked schools this year, most in the nation. The national…

Supervisors make appointments to boards

Supervisors make appointments to boards

The Cerro Gordo County Supervisors met on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012. Bob Amosson was named Board Chairman for 2012. Appointments to boards and commissions were made.  Barb Kellogg was appointed…

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…

UNI, Indiana State Ready for Wednesday Matchup in McLeod Center

UNI, Indiana State Ready for Wednesday Matchup in McLeod Center

The UNI Panthers (10-4, 0-2 MVC) men’s basketball team will look to snap a three-game losing skid when the Indiana State Sycamores (10-3, 1-1 MVC) come to the McLeod Center…

Mason City City Council to meet Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Mason City City Council to meet Tuesday at 4 p.m.

The Mason City City Council will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday instead of the regular time of 7 p.m. due to the Republican caucuses that will be held this evening.…

Suspect apprehended in Affordables robbery

Suspect apprehended in Affordables robbery

A Mason City man has been arrested in connection with a robbery that occurred at Affordables, located at 315 North Delaware Ave, Monday afternoon. Gary Anderson, age 54, was spotted…

Rose Bowl High scores 12/30/11 and 1/2/12

Early Bird Mixed 12/30/11 (4 person team) High team scratch game – Team 8 760 High team scratch series – Budweiser 2,149 High Individual games 1. Jon Blakely                268 2.…

Venders sought for Central Park Market

Main Street Mason City is seeking vendors for the 2012 Mason City Market in Central Park. They will hold an informational meeting on Thursday January 19th, 2012, at 7 pm…