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Iowa legislature recognizes Taiwan, hears from Iowa National Guard

Iowa legislature recognizes Taiwan, hears from Iowa National Guard

DES MOINES – The Iowa legislature met in Des Moines Wednesday and worked on a number of bills and heard a presentation from the Iowa National Guard. Senate Floor Action,…

Lawyer to defend Branstad will cost $325 per hour

Lawyer to defend Branstad will cost $325 per hour

From James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – The Iowa Executive Council voted 4-0 Tuesday to hire Des Moines attorney George LaMarca as outside counsel for $325 an hour to represent Gov.…

Rash of vandalism strikes Mason City

Rash of vandalism strikes Mason City

MASON CITY – It appears a rash of vandalism has struck Mason City. NorthIowaToday.com received notice from two readers that windows were being shot out around the city. The Mason…

Prosecutors won’t retry four men granted new trials in murder-rape case

By Steve Mills and Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Cook County prosecutors said on Tuesday they would not retry four men who won new trials late last year in…

A hero emerges in Italy’s ship drama

By Hanns-Jochen Kaffsack ROME — The captain of the capsized Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, has made worldwide headlines as the “man to hate” after seemingly abandoning his ship and leaving…

Panel to decide where to house transgender inmate

By Brian L. Cox, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A “Gender Identity Committee” will decide where a transgender woman with an extensive criminal record will be housed after she was sentenced…

Supreme Court rules for Alabama death row inmate ‘abandoned’ by lawyers

Supreme Court rules for Alabama death row inmate ‘abandoned’ by lawyers

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court rarely gives criminal defendants a second chance if they miss a deadline to file an appeal, but the…

4 arrested in insider-trading investigation

By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — A major investigation of insider trading on Wall Street extended beyond the exclusive world of New York hedge funds when federal…

Romney, Gingrich rip Keystone XL pipeline delay

James Oliphant and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – As expected, Republicans are seizing upon the Obama administration’s reported decision to delay the permitting process for the Keystone XL pipeline project, contending that President…

Obama administration to deny Keystone XL oil pipeline permit

Neela Banerjee and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times –  The Obama administration has decided that it will not issue a permit before Feb. 21 for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from…

U.S. Bancorp profits jump 39 percent

U.S. Bancorp profits jump 39 percent

Jackie Crosby, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – U.S. Bancorp saw profit jump 39 percent in the fourth quarter, boosted by growth in commercial lending as conditions in the credit market continue to…

Minnesota sees spike in unbelted motorists dying in crashes

Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – An overwhelming majority of traffic deaths on Minnesota roads in the past six weeks or so have involved vehicle occupants who were not wearing their…

St. Paul police wound suspect during foot chase

Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – St. Paul police shot and wounded a man Tuesday after he and another suspect fled from officers in the midst of a drug investigation. Police…

Shaquille O’Neal bonds over basketball with his TNT analyst friends

By Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Shaquille O’Neal sat all of his 7-foot, 300-plus-pound frame down in a black chair in the green room for TNT’s “Inside…

Rose-less Bulls display depth in rout of Suns

Rose-less Bulls display depth in rout of Suns

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — C.J. Watson has wanted no part of the running joke, even in light-hearted private moments. But after scoring 23 points Tuesday night in…

Heat moves to 4-0 in Wade-less games

Heat moves to 4-0 in Wade-less games

By Mike Berardino, Sun Sentinel – MIAMI — The Dwyane Wade 30th Birthday Bash just keeps on rolling. It wasn’t enough, apparently, for Wade to spend Sunday night partying with famous…

Iowa squanders chance for win at Purdue

Iowa squanders chance for win at Purdue

Scott Dochterman, CR Gazette – WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Iowa had its third Big Ten road win in the bag Tuesday night, only to squander it away in Mackey Arena.…

Attack videos shared online spark curiosity, outrage

Jeremy Gorner, Kate Thayer and Rex W. Huppke, Chicago Tribune – Video of a 17-year-old being kicked and punched repeatedly in a snow-covered alley in Chicago’s Armour Square grew into a viral Internet…

Gingrich, Santorum target conservative voters, and each other

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – FLORENCE, S.C. — As Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum battle to emerge as the socially conservative alternative to GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, they…

Accused drug dealer gets away with only two days in jail

Accused drug dealer gets away with only two days in jail

MASON CITY – Kory John Ferden, age 24, was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail at 11:24 AM on Tuesday to serve the remaining 20 hours of a two…

Suspect in Southern Calif. homeless slayings ‘wasn’t done,’ officials say

Suspect in Southern Calif. homeless slayings ‘wasn’t done,’ officials say

By Hailey Branson-Potts, Christopher Goffard and Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times – SANTA ANA, Calif. — He would select the homeless men and then hunt them down, prosecutors said, waiting…

Wikipedia, Reddit to go black Wednesday in protest against proposed laws

Jessica Bernstein-Wax, The Marin Independent Journal, Novato, Calif. – Anyone planning to look up Paul Revere’s birthday on Wikipedia or scan Reddit for cute photos of baby dolphins will be out…

Anti-piracy measures bring Black Wednesday

John Timpane, Philadelphia Inquirer – Hundreds of millions of Internet users will go online Wednesday and find their favorite websites . . . dark. In a gigantic Internet protest, thousands of…

Romney fumbles common touch regarding money

By Maeve Reston and Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times – FLORENCE, S.C. — Mitt Romney has made his successful business career a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, saying his hands-on…

Petition drive to overturn Seattle plastic-bag ban falls short of needed signatures

By Lynn Thompson, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — An effort to collect enough signatures to place a Seattle plastic-bag ban before voters has fallen short. Craig Keller, a Republican activist…

Perry tries to revive campaign with faith

By Dave Montgomery, McClatchy Newspapers – GREENVILLE, S.C. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry temporarily shelved his hard-hitting rhetoric on the campaign trail Tuesday night, choosing instead to talk about his faith…

Pinkberry co-founder accused of chasing, beating transient

By Scott Gold, Andrew Blankstein and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The frozen business empire of Pinkberry was always about control. Dating back to Pinkberry’s first shop…

Silicon Valley flexing muscle in push against Web piracy bills

By Jim Puzzanghera and Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Until this week, entertainment industry executives thought they had the votes for new federal legislation cracking down on foreign…

Alaska expands aerial shooting of bears

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – SEATTLE — In a new package of policies criticized even by some hunters, the Alaska Board of Game on Tuesday opened the door to…

Auto accident leaves woman injured

CERRO GORDO COUNTY – An auto accident Tuesday morning left one person injured. Cynthia Sue Philip, 40, of Osage, was backing out of a field drive way on County Road…

Editorial: Marinos shows class; Kuhn and Tornquist run and hide; Solberg clueless

Editorial: Marinos shows class; Kuhn and Tornquist run and hide; Solberg clueless

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – Let’s examine last night’s city council meeting; more specifically, how well the mayor and each council member served the citizens. Mayor Eric Bookmeyer gave his…

Op-ed: Mr. 12-pack and his puppet (by Peter Children)

January 18, 2012 I watched the city council meeting last night, it was like reading a novel where you already knew the ending. Not much fun and none of the…

Mayor’s state of the city report

MASON CITY – Mayor Eric Bookmeyer gave his annual state of the city report.…

City council open forum

MASON CITY – Watch video of the Mason City City Council open forum, which is held at the end of every city council meeting.  The public may address the council…

Simplifying immigration

McClatchy-Tribune News Service – The U.S. immigration system is a capricious and convoluted bureaucracy. Take, for example, the rules that children and spouses of U.S. citizens must navigate to legalize…

Fate of US effort to isolate Iran could rest with China

Fate of US effort to isolate Iran could rest with China

By Tom Lasseter and Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – BEIJING — Most days, the announcement of an $8.5 billion joint venture oil deal between Saudi Arabia and China wouldn’t raise…

Those Facebook posts could cost you a job

By Steve Johnson, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — You might want to think twice about bad-mouthing your former boss on Facebook or posting those racy pictures of…

Legal battle spins around the Golden Globes

By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Golden Globes Awards are over, but a battle for the show’s future is just starting. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.,…

‘American Idol’ risks being drowned out by competition’s voices

By Gail Pennington, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Should “American Idol” be running scared? Arriving in June 2002, the competition (spun off from the UK hit “Pop Idol”) hardly took TV by…

L.A. approves condom rule for porn performers

By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — In a major defeat for porn studios, the Los Angeles City Council has given final approval to a city ordinance…

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