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Gingrich scolds media for spotlighting ex-wife’s complaint

By Steven Thomma and David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Newt Gingrich lashed out angrily at the news media Thursday night for fresh reporting on his failed second…

LeBron, Heat leave Lakers, Kobe feeling ill with victory

LeBron, Heat leave Lakers, Kobe feeling ill with victory

By Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel – MIAMI — LeBron James balked at the implication going in, that this somehow was himself vs. Kobe Bryant, even with Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade…

Afghanistan helicopter crash kills 6 NATO troops

By Aimal Yaqubi and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — A NATO helicopter crashed Thursday in southern Afghanistan in an apparent accident that killed six members of the…

Pop culture Q&A: Yes, Kevin Bacon did act in a soap opera

By Rich Heldenfels, Akron Beacon Journal – Q: I have a question that’s been bugging me. Was Kevin Bacon ever in a soap opera? Seems like it was “Ryan’s Hope” or…

Iowa DOT prepares for moderate to heavy snow in northern Iowa Friday

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 19, 2012 – Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) snowfighters across the state are preparing for a potentially dangerous snow storm forecast to hit the state tomorrow.…

Gingrich surging in S.C., but cloud shadows his campaign

Gingrich surging in S.C., but cloud shadows his campaign

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WARRENVILLE, S.C. — Newt Gingrich was surging in South Carolina hours before the state’s crucial Republican primary Saturday, but in typical Gingrich roller-coaster fashion, a…

Rockets hit Turkey’s embassy in Iraq amid rising acrimony

By Sahar Issa, McClatchy Newspapers – BAGHDAD — A rocket attack on Turkey’s embassy in Baghdad this week has highlighted the rapid deterioration in relations between Turkey and Iraq, a development…

Stebens Children’s Theater Burglar gets more prison time

Stebens Children’s Theater Burglar gets more prison time

MASON CITY – Michael Patrick Reich was transported from Fort Dodge Men’s Correctional Facility, where he is serving five years for burglarizing Stebens Children’s Theater, to face sentencing for more…

Op-ed: Chamber should welcome North Iowa Dancers (by Peter Children)

Dance the night away…..you think? It has recently come to my attention the introduction of a new venture here in Mason City, its called North Iowa Dancers. Maybe those gold…

NIACC presents ‘Story Book England’ Film

NIACC presents ‘Story Book England’ Film

MASON CITY – The 2011-2012 Travel and Adventure Film Series continues with “Story Book England” at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2012 in the North Iowa Community Auditorium, located…

Reconstruction of I-380 in Waterloo set to begin this spring

MASON CITY, Iowa – Jan. 19, 2012 –  Travelers on Interstate 380 between U.S. 20 and River Forest Road in Waterloo will be noticing signs of a change coming this…

Misguided Obama blocks Keystone pipeline

McClatchy-Tribune News Service – It’s going to be a long, long year in Washington. The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will deny a permit to build the Keystone XL…

Chamber of Commerce burning America’s future

By Bill McKibben, MCT FORUM – Los Angeles Times – At the turn of the last century, Time magazine published a list of what it considered to be the 100 worst ideas…

Albert Lea hot water tosser gets 5 1/2 years

Sarah Stultz, Albert Lea Tribune, Minn. – A Freeborn County District Court judge on Tuesday sentenced an Albert Lea man to 5 1/2 years in prison for throwing boiling water into…

Perry drops out of presidential race, endorses Gingrich

By Anna M. Tinsley and Dave Montgomery, McClatchy Newspapers – FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped his presidential bid Thursday, asking his supporters to instead stand behind former…

Santorum campaign urges Romney to concede on Iowa results

Santorum campaign urges Romney to concede on Iowa results

By James Oliphant, Tribune Washington Bureau – The final certified vote tallies from the Iowa GOP caucuses show Rick Santorum edging Mitt Romney by 34 votes, reversing the reported order of…

Op-ed: Currupt political parties

By Mike Petersen of Mason City – Caucus night 2012, Mitt Romney wins Iowa in one of the closest elections in history-8 votes! He was the establishments candidate. They got…

Cyclones Fall, 62-60, On Late Texas’ Shot

Cyclones Fall, 62-60, On Late Texas’ Shot

AUSTIN, Texas – Yvonne Anderson’s floater in the lane with 0.7 seconds left lifted Texas to a 62-60 win over Iowa State Wednesday night at the Frank Erwin Center. Anderson’s…

Christopherson Buzzer-Beater Sinks Cowboys, 71-68

Christopherson Buzzer-Beater Sinks Cowboys, 71-68

AMES, Iowa – Scott Christopherson hit a 30-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Iowa State to a 71-68 comeback win over Oklahoma State Wednesday night in Hilton Coliseum. The…

Winter and the novice driver

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 19, 2012 – Getting behind the wheel for the first time on a wintery day can be nerve-wracking, even for an otherwise “invincible” teenager. Learning to…

Wichita State Rallies For 71-68 Win Over UNI

Wichita State Rallies For 71-68 Win Over UNI

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Wichita State Shockers rallied from an eight-point deficit in the final 10 minutes to score a 71-68 road win over the University of Northern Iowa…

Winter storm warning; alternate side parking in effect;

Winter storm warning; alternate side parking in effect;

The Alternate Side Parking Ordinance and Emergency Snow Route will be placed in effect beginning at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 19, 2012, and will remain in effect until further notice.…

Boy, 10, accused of stabbing friend faces murder charge as a juvenile

By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times – EL CAJON, Calif. — In this mobile home park full of boys darting around on scooters, Ryan Carter was known as the peacemaker. So…

TSA to test its airport scanner operators for radiation exposure

By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times – After years of rebuffing health concerns over airport scanners, the Transportation Security Administration plans to conduct new tests on the potential radiation exposure from…

Hard times in S.C. make the economy the dominant issue

By David Lightman and William Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers – SPARTANBURG, S.C. — South Carolina’s economy has been battered in recent years, and as a result, the dominant issue here as Saturday’s…

Burlington drug middleman will serve 10-year prison sentence

John Mangalonzo, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – A 61-year-old Burlington man police say was a middleman in several drug transactions between a confidential informant and a dealer is headed to…

Iowa Guard facing new jobs, education challenges

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – As the challenges of the past 10 years – including its largest deployment since World War II — new challenges are emerging for the…

Iowa man pleads guilty in federal court to possessing child porn

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette – A West Branch man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to possessing more than 8,000 images and 275 videos of child pornography. Timothy Wilker, 48,…

Iowa looks to reflect, refine during 9-day break

Iowa looks to reflect, refine during 9-day break

Scott Dochterman, CR Gazette – WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — With nine days between games, Iowa’s players and coaches have the necessary time to reflect on their first portion of the…

Iowa getting USDA funds to repair lands damaged by 2011 disasters

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – Iowa was among 33 states awarded additional USDA disaster assistance Wednesday to help restore lands damaged by widespread natural disasters in 2011. Secretary of Agriculture…

Passing isn’t the only route to the Super Bowl

By Danny O’Neil, The Seattle Times – The NFL playoffs have been called the ultimate test, but that isn’t entirely correct. If the postseason were a test, you’d be required to…

Wild trying to right a wayward ship

Wild trying to right a wayward ship

By Michael Russo , Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – TORONTO — As the Minnesota Wild aired things out in a team meeting in hopes of easing tension that has infiltrated the sinking…

1 of 2 reputed mobsters makes plea deal in robbery plot trial

By Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Reputed mobsters Joseph Scalise and Arthur Rachel pulled off one of the more memorable heists in Chicago mob lore, donning disguises to rob…

Obama to roll out first TV ads defending his record on clean energy

By Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is launching its first television ad of the race Thursday to defend his ethics and energy policy. The commercial…

Start 2012 by healing credit score

By Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press – Getting out of debt is one of the more popular New Year’s resolutions. And frankly, rebuilding credit should be at the top of the…

Haiti workers can now apply for U.S. guest worker visas

By Jacqueline Charles, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Low-skilled workers in an earthquake-ravaged Haiti are now eligible to work in the United States under a federal guest worker program approved by…

Search continues after body parts turn up in hills near Hollywood sign

Search continues after body parts turn up in hills near Hollywood sign

By Alan Zarembo and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — As the sun set over the Hollywood Hills park where police spent Wednesday searching for human body parts,…

Accused mass murderer pleads not guilty in salon shooting

By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times – SANTA ANA, Calif. — The man accused in a mass shooting at a Seal Beach beauty salon in October pleaded not guilty Wednesday to…

‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’

By Roger Moore, MCT News Service A bright, socially awkward boy tries to make sense of 9/11 and find some closure with the father he lost on what he calls “the…

Your Office Coach: With new attitude, a poor work past won’t matter

By Marie G. McIntyre, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – QUESTION: In my previous job, I basically committed career suicide. I gossiped, backstabbed and yelled at important people. I assumed my co-workers were…

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