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Romney rolls to victory in New Hampshire primary

Romney rolls to victory in New Hampshire primary

By Mark Z. Barabak and Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – MANCHESTER, N.H. — Mitt Romney rolled to a convincing victory Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary, taking a broad stride…

Florida woman accused of chaining grandson for three years

By Juan Ortega, Sun Sentinel – CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — A Florida woman has been arrested on charges she chained her 19-year-old grandson to a bed nightly for three years, leaving…

Former Mason City woman gets prison for prescription drug distribution

Former Mason City woman gets prison for prescription drug distribution

On Monday 36-year-old Amy Lee Beedle, formerly of Mason City, was sentenced to prison after plea bargaining to two of four possessions of a controlled substance with intent to deliver…

Gov. Branstad appoints James C. Ellefson District Court Judge

(DES MOINES) –  Gov. Terry E. Branstad today appointed James C. Ellefson judge to the District Court in the 2B Judicial District. Ellefson, of Marshalltown, received his law degree from…

Google tries to make search more social

By Mike Swift, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Google starting Tuesday will launch a series of upgrades intended to help the dominant search engine better understand people…

Coker granted release from Iowa

Coker granted release from Iowa

IOWA CITY, IOWA – – The University of Iowa announced today that sophomore running back Marcus Coker has withdrawn his application to enroll in spring semester classes.  Coker also asked…

Outgoing Miss. governor under fire over pardons of 8 killers

By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times – ATLANTA — Outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is leaving office trailed by controversy about pardons — issued over the course of his two terms…

Op-ed: I read the blogs (by Peter Children)

I read the blogs, I shift through the dribble written by the Mayor and or his friends which could be the original three that have been in a trance the…

UPDATE: Arrest Made in Death of Huxley Twin Infants

UPDATE: Arrest Made in Death of Huxley Twin Infants

Huxley, IOWA — Late this afternoon, officials from the Huxley Police Department and the Division of Criminal Investigation arrested 22 year old Jackie Burkle for the death of her newborn…

USDA to close 259 domestic offices

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2011-The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) must be built to meet the evolving needs of a 21st century agricultural economy, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday in…

Banner future for digital advertising

Banner future for digital advertising

By Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — When Sprint Nextel recently moved its $1.1 billion account from San Francisco-based Goodby, Silverstein & Partners to Digitas Chicago and Leo Burnett, it…

Q&A: What are the laws on working OT?

By Rex Huppke, Chicago Tribune – Question: Would you please describe the legal definition of salaried versus hourly employees? I am retired, but a friend is working for a small non-profit…

Your Office Coach: Employee’s life choices, work habits are not co-worker’s problem

By Marie G. McIntyre, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Question:  The owner of our company has hired several of my friends, based on my recommendation.  He trusts my judgment because I have…

Bomb blast at bus terminal in Pakistan kills at least 29

By Zulfiqar Ali and Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A bomb blast killed at least 29 people Tuesday at a bus terminal along the Afghan border and…

China Communist Party bureaucrats like their cars high end — very

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — Even the police are driving Porsches. Chinese officials love their cars — big, fancy, expensive cars. A chocolate-colored Bentley worth $560,000 is…

On his stroll toward Mexico’s presidency, Pena Nieto stumbles

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY — First, he struggled to name a single book he’d read, except for “parts” of the Bible. Then he couldn’t quote the…

Chelsea Handler gets even busier with a new sitcom

By Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers – The meteoric rise of Chelsea Handler continues as the life of the “I’ll-say-what-I-want” cable talk-show host gets turned into the new NBC comedy “Are You…

College football officials to discuss championship structure

By Blair Kerkhoff, McClatchy Newspapers – NEW ORLEANS — Change may be coming to college football’s championship structure. Eleven conference commissioners will meet here Tuesday, the day after LSU and Alabama…

Alabama defeats LSU 21-0 in BCS championship

Alabama defeats LSU 21-0 in BCS championship

By Blair Kerkhoff, McClatchy Newspapers – NEW ORLEANS — In the end, Alabama was the better team. Maybe not all season, and not on that early November evening in Tuscaloosa when…

Governor delivers 2012 Condition of the State address to the Iowa General Assembly

Governor delivers 2012 Condition of the State address to the Iowa General Assembly

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today delivered his Condition of the State address to the Iowa General Assembly. The governor outlined two major priorities this coming legislative session:…

Friest rolls 300 at Mystic Lanes

Friest rolls 300 at Mystic Lanes

By Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Derek Friest rolled a 300 at Mystic Lanes on Monday night. This was his first ever 300 game and the first since Michelle and…

IWCC tops NIACC women, 84-53

IWCC tops NIACC women, 84-53

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – One word can describe the NIACC women’s basketball team’s game against Iowa Western Community College on Monday night: cold. NIACC shot only 28.6 percent (18-of-63) from…

Des Moines man sentenced to 320 months following drug and gun convictions

DES MOINES, IA – On January 5, 2012, Robbie Dean Fetters, age 39, Des Moines, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to a total of 320 months…

Kabul’s poor face a cold, harsh winter

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — In the gray light of each cold dawn, the parents of 10-month-old Shoaib hold their own breath as they listen for…

Bloomington housemates subdue rampaging felon

Joy Powell, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Two young couples were watching TV Saturday afternoon at the Bloomington house they share when they heard a dog bark, and then a woman scream.…

‘The Iron Lady’

By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service From the moment her name and the subject of her next film were announced, you knew Meryl Streep’s performance as/ impersonation of Margaret Thatcher had…

Some movies are just wrong for the holidays

By Barry Koltnow, The Orange County Register – What kind of a society do we live in when people won’t flock to a delightful holiday movie that includes graphic scenes of…

13 bodies found in Mexico’s Michoacan state

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY — Authorities on Monday discovered 13 bodies dumped at a gas station near the city of Zitacuaro, about 90 miles west of Mexico…

South Sudan rampage toll may be in thousands amid threats of genocide

By Alan Boswell, McClatchy Newspapers – NAIROBI, Kenya — Threats of genocide and ethnically charged rhetoric are roiling South Sudan’s Jonglei state one week after a days-long rampage by a tribal…

Iranian court reportedly sentences American to death on spy charges

By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times – TEHRAN, Iran — A court in Tehran has sentenced to death a former U.S. Marine of Iranian descent who was convicted…

Iran and Venezuela call U.S. a global danger

By Jim Wyss, McClatchy Newspapers – BOGOTA, Colombia — As tension escalates in the Persian Gulf and a diplomatic squabble grows in the Americas, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received a red-carpet…

US presses China, Japan, South Korea to trim Iran oil imports

By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times – SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner faces a stiff challenge this week as he tries to persuade China, Japan…

Department stores past their prime as retail anchors

Janet Moore, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – In the old days, mall economics were so simple: Plunk down two big department stores as anchors and sandwich smaller shops in between. Open doors.…

A Taste of the Bitter Big Apple

A Taste of the Bitter Big Apple

Kelly Elbert, a fellow Mason City resident, spent her New Year’s Eve where most of us only dream about going: The Big Apple, New York City to watch the ball…

Iowa meth-maker gets 20 year prison sentence

DAVENPORT, IA – On January 6, 2012, Andrew Francis Falco, age 42, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was sentenced in federal court in Davenport, Iowa, to 240 months imprisonment for manufacturing methamphetamine, announced…

Coralville Man Sentenced on Federal Charges For Possession of Child Pornography

DAVENPORT, IA – On January 6, 2012, Christopher Alan Shira, age 41, of Coralville, Iowa, was sentenced to 48 months of imprisonment for possessing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A.…

Iowa City Man Sentenced on Federal Charges For Attempted Enticement Of a Minor

DAVENPORT, IA – On January 6, 2012, Terry Marshall Campie, age 55, of Iowa City, Iowa, was sentenced to 120 months of imprisonment for one count of Attempted Enticement of aMinor…

Clarinda, Iowa man pleads guilty to meth distribution

DES MOINES, IA – On January 4, 2012, Edward Eugene Gray, Jr., age 33, of Clarinda, Iowa, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance…