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Another season of ‘Oddities’ set to begin on Science Channel

Another season of ‘Oddities’ set to begin on Science Channel

By Luaine Lee, McClatchy-Tribune News Service WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — If you’re in the market for a two-headed pig floating in formaldehyde or an antique car once driven by a monkey…

‘CBS This Morning’ gets a makeover

By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Despite the talk of big change and redirection, “CBS This Morning” remains, essentially, a morning show, which means a softer, pre-packaged…

Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese receive nominations for DGA Award

By Susan King, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — There’s only one newcomer to the feature film nominees announced Monday for the 64th annual DGA Awards: Michel Hazanavicius for “The…

ABC’s ‘The Revolution’ can’t replace ‘One Life to Live,’ hosts say

By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — “The Revolution” is a new one-hour daily talk show on ABC from the man behind NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”: J.D. Roth.…

Op-ed: My Opinion (by Peter Children)

Now those living here will pay a heavy price for not voting, you will have lost the check and balance at that table; you have an incompetent mayor and an…

Winter races a big hit at the North Iowa Fairgrounds

Winter races a big hit at the North Iowa Fairgrounds

By Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – In the All Seasons Center at the North Iowa Fairgrounds, Terrance Prochaska put together a winning combination of around 150…

UNI Finishes at No. 6 in Final Sports Network Top 25 Poll

UNI Finishes at No. 6 in Final Sports Network Top 25 Poll

The University of Northern Iowa football team is ranked No. 6 in the final Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25 Poll released on Monday. UNI has now finished the year in…

Media frenzy shuts down Ron Paul event today

CONCORD, N.H. – Jesse Benton, national campaign chairman for the Ron Paul campaign, released the following statement today in regards to the media incident in Manchester, NH this morning: “Dr. Paul…

Iowa hopes to bounce back at Michigan State

Iowa hopes to bounce back at Michigan State

Scott Dochterman, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – IOWA CITY — Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery’s approach following a loss is similar to his approach after a victory. McCaffery said Monday he…

Southern Minnesota man awaiting charges after assaulting ex’s new boyfriend

Trey Mewes, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – A Dexter man is in jail awaiting formal charges after he allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and assaulted her new boyfriend with a…

Paying for opportunity

Andrew Dyrdal, AL Tribune – Facing shrinking school bugdets, some high school athletes are now required to pay just for a chance to play. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Dec.…

Somalis face ‘a hopeless situation’

Allie Shah, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Every day, Mohamed Muse grows more fearful for his family. The Minneapolis cab driver hasn’t been able to send the $200 to $300 his wife…

Excedrin, Bufferin, NoDoz, Gas-X drugs recalled by FDA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Parsippany, January 8, 2012 – Novartis Consumer Health, Inc. (NCH) announced today that it is voluntarily recalling all lots of select bottle packaging configurations of Excedrin® and NoDoz® products with…

Guilty plea in court marred by outburst

Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – A man’s guilty plea for a 2011 fatal shooting was interrupted Monday morning when one of the victim’s cousins loudly cussed as she walked out…

Law Enforcement Agencies Investigate the Disappearance of a Washington County Woman

Crawfordsville, IOWA — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) are conducting an investigation into the disappearance of a rural Washington County woman. On…

Legislators pushing for property tax relief, gas tax hike

Legislators pushing for property tax relief, gas tax hike

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – Jan. 09–UPDATE: The Legislature’s 2012 session opened Monday with calls for property tax relief and for an increase in the state’s gas tax. “Let’s make this…

Venezuelan consul in Miami ordered to leave U.S.

By Antonio Maria Delgado, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The United States has ordered the expulsion of Venezuela’s consul general in Miami after allegations surfaced that she discussed possible cyber-attacks on…

100 soldiers restricted to Washington state base after equipment thefts

By Amy Martinez, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — About 100 soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., were restricted to the base Sunday after hundreds of sensitive items, including night-vision goggles…

Giffords makes appearance as Tucson marks anniversary of shootings

By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times – TUCSON, Ariz. — Gabrielle Giffords waved her left hand. Thousands of people cheered. The Democratic congresswoman’s appearance Sunday, exactly a year after she was…

Is it OK for teachers and students to be Facebook friends?

Melody Gutierrez, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. – High school teacher Jennifer Kennedy has a prepared response for students who send her “friend” requests on Facebook. No. Or, at least not until…

May-Johnson Named 2011 USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year

May-Johnson Named 2011 USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year

UI assistant batted .418 in 27 games for Team USA OKLAHOMA CITY — University of Iowa assistant softball coach Stacy May-Johnson was selected as the 2011 USA Softball Female Athlete…

Royce White Named Big 12 Rookie of the Week

Royce White Named Big 12 Rookie of the Week

IRVING, Texas- Iowa State sophomore Royce White, who recorded the first triple-double in league play in six years on Saturday, was named Big 12 Rookie of the Week, announced today…

UPDATED: Mason City police seek help locating new born baby

UPDATED: Mason City police seek help locating new born baby

From the MCPD Tuesday evening, January 10th: “Unfortunately, there is no new information at this time.” ————- Mason City police are asking for assistance from the public in locating a…

Giants are a very dangerous team for Packers

Giants are a very dangerous team for Packers

By Michael Hunt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Against my better judgment, I tuned into one of those blowtorch sports-blab radio stations last month on the way to the Meadowlands. Being a…

The Week Ahead: Gadget show underscores digital appetite

By Tom Hudson, McClatchy Newspapers – Surely you have been caught in traffic already today.  Maybe you ran into congestion on your way to read this.  You didn’t even have to…

At Lake City officer’s funeral, everyone feels like family

Kelly Smith, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – LAKE CITY, MINN. – As a sea of 2,000 law enforcement officers clad in blue, black or tan piled into a long line of squad…

Some veterans come home to find homelessness

Randal Yakey, The News Herald, Panama City, Fla. – PANAMA CITY — As the big orange ball begins to sink over St. Andrew Bay, the homeless begin to make their way…

Santorum says cut taxes, rules to lift economy

Tim Buckland, The New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester – GOFFSTOWN — The economy would be better boosted by trusting business owners to use lower tax rates and fewer regulations to create…

OPINION: Super PACS will supply the dirt for the race in 2012

Mike Jones, Tulsa World, Okla. – The most important result of the Iowa caucuses was not the winners or losers – the Iowa vote does not make or break a candidate.…

Cuba expected to gain more attention as GOP convention nears

Ted Jackovics, Tampa Tribune, Fla. – TAMPA — Nearly 50 years have passed since the Cuban Missile Crisis, but you wouldn’t know it from rhetoric circulating in advance of the 2012 U.S.…

Three Tennessee Men Plead Guilty to Launching Mortar-Style Fireworks at African-Americans

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – James Smiley, 27,   Colton Partin, 21, and Kyle Montgomery, 21, all of Chattanooga, Tenn., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga for launching fireworks at African-Americans…

Video conferencing viewed as critical link

George C. Ford, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – When ESP International holds its annual meeting later this month, employees from China, India and Taiwan will participate along with their counterparts…

Gold stays precious

Rex L. Troute, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – KEOKUK – Since the glittery metal was first discovered, gold was the measure of wealth of kings, queens and civilizations. In 3000…

Iowa farmers finding more land for crop production

Rex L. Troute, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – With corn and soybean prices continuing to be good, Iowa farmers are finding more land to put into production for additional revenue.…

Many factors could influence 2012 crops

Rex L. Troute, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – Corn and soybean prices look good, well into the future, according to Chad Hart, Iowa State University assistant professor of economics. Hart…

Former Soldier Sentenced to Prison in Bribery and Money Laundering Scheme Related to Iraq War Contracts

WASHINGTON – Eddie Pressley, 41, a former U.S. Army contracting official, was sentenced in Birmingham, Ala., for his participation in a bribery and money laundering scheme related to bribes paid…

Accused Iowa school thief to stand trial

John Mangalonzo, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – One of the contractors accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of electronic equipment from the Mediapolis High School will face a jury.…

Evangelicals turning from Perry to Paul

Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas –   Once, he led a prayer rally called The Response. Now, Gov. Rick Perry is The Reject. Five months after welcoming 30,000 believers to…

Rancor between Gingrich and Romney spills over in debate

By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times – MANCHESTER, N.H.—Tensions between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney finally spilled onto the debate stage Sunday morning when moderator David Gregory gave Gingrich the opportunity…

Republican candidates remain firmly behind tough immigration laws

By James Rosen, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — When it comes to illegal immigration, Republican presidential candidates are talking like it’s 1999. Listening to the GOP White House aspirants, voters might…

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