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One vehicle accident results in death of Minnesota Man

A Litchfield, Minnesota man died in a one vehicle accident Friday.   occurred around 2:30 pm. Dean Earl Elam, age 73, was heading northbound on Interstate 35 at about 2:30…

Facebook makes listening to music downright social

By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Everywhere you look, people are going about their lives to the tunes of their own personal soundtrack. They sweat through “YMCA”…

America seems poised to take off in 2012

By Nick Schulz – WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy has been doing poorly for so long now that it’s easy to get dispirited. But there are several reasons to think…

Ackley, Iowa doctor has charges filed against him

Gary E. Lawrence, M.D., a 67-year-old physician who practiced family medicine in Ackley, Iowa, had formal disciplinary charges filed against him on January 13, 2012.  The Board charged Dr. Lawrence…

2011 Cyclone Volleyball Season Review

2011 Cyclone Volleyball Season Review

AMES, Iowa – The 2011 season was another banner year for Iowa State volleyball as head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch led the Cyclones to their six-straight NCAA tournament culminating in the…

Murdoch to pay phone hacking victims

By Janet Stobart, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — The media giant News Corp.’s British subsidiary agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages to actor Jude Law and…

Official: Syria has lost $2 billion in oil revenues

By Weedah Hamzah – BEIRUT — Syria’s oil minister said Thursday that his government had lost $2 billion in revenues as a result of European and U.S. bans on importing…

In Syria, Arab League observers wonder what else they can do

By Alexandra Zavis and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times – DAMASCUS, Syria — As the clock ran out on the Arab League’s mission in Syria, the observers were largely confined to…

10,000 flee wildfire near Reno

By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times – A wind-whipped brush fire in a rural valley between Carson City and Reno forced more than 10,000 residents to flee and destroyed more than…

Singer Etta James is dead at 73

By Alan Zarembo and Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Etta James, the legendary rhythm and blues singer, has died, her son said Friday. She was 73 and…

South Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Justin Birdhorse, age 34, of Wakpala, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Charles B. Kornmann on January 10, 2012, and…

Third Springfield, Massachusetts, Man Sentenced to Prison for Arson of African-American Church

Thomas Gleason, 24, was sentenced today in federal court for his role in the arson of the predominately African-American Macedonia Church of God in Christ just hours after the election…

Former Oklahoma Detention Officer Indicted for Assaulting an Inmate

A federal grand jury in Muskogee, Okla., has indicted Jerrod Porter Lane, 26, former detention officer at the Muskogee County Jail (MCJ) in Oklahoma, on six charges related to two…

Pennsylvania Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

WASHINGTON – A resident of Washington County, Pa., was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of possession, production and receipt of materials depicting the sexual…

Big Black busy with Winter Activities

Big Black busy with Winter Activities

Although the temperature was freezing yesterday and most people stick to activities that are done inside, there were those that enjoyed being out in the cold.  Ice skating and skiing…

Weather Alert from NIACC

The campus at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) will close at 1:00 today (Friday Jan. 20, 2012) due to the weather. All evening classes and activities are cancelled. …

Op-ed: NIACC dorms like jail cells (by Peter Children)

There is a story in the local paper today focusing on NIACC’s needs, part of which is student housing. I can relate to that…not that I attended school there because…

Mason City bowling teams beat Waukee

The Mohawk varsity boys beat Waukee Thursday 3043 to 2638 at Mystic Lanes in Mason City.  The team was led by Cody Brandau, who rolled a 235 and a 238.…

Branstad, Reynolds visit Mason City to discuss goals

Branstad, Reynolds visit Mason City to discuss goals

by Kacie Krominga – MASON CITY – Thursday, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds held a meeting at Kaplan University to discuss future plans for Iowa. The two…

First, a sex offender registry. Next, an animal abuser registry?

First, a sex offender registry. Next, an animal abuser registry?

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Animal abusers, take heed. Efforts to establish online registries for animal abusers, like the ones for sex offenders, are gaining support, with…

U.S. teen pregnancy rate remains highest in developed world

By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Teen pregnancy rates in the United States have fallen in recent years, but the country still has a higher rate than…

Offering Kevin Love max contract easy decision for Wolves

Offering Kevin Love max contract easy decision for Wolves

By Jim Souhan, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) MINNEAPOLIS _ There was a time when the Timberwolves promised to become the next big thing in the NBA, when Kevin Garnett and Stephon…

Vikings introduce new defensive coordinator Williams

Vikings introduce new defensive coordinator Williams

By Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — During his formal introduction as the new Vikings defensive coordinator, Alan Williams borrowed a passage from the book of Tony…

Wild’s road skid hits 11 with loss in Toronto

By Michael Russo, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – TORONTO — Mike Yeo was asked Thursday morning if he was stressed to wake up and see the Wild outside the top eight in…

Pricey counterfeit labels proliferate as China wine market booms

By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — The lamb chops were cooked to perfection. Fine wines flowed. Then came the piece de resistance — a 1997 Chateau Petrus Pomerol…

Hunting for a job? Be very, very quiet

By Diane Stafford, McClatchy Newspapers – It only takes one click on a job board or social networking site for an employer to show you the door far sooner than you…

Woman fired for working during lunch wins court battle

By Steve Schmadeke, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Growing up on Chicago’s South Side, Sharon Smiley was taught by her father that success is born out of hard work, and he…

Haditha court-martial delayed as plea bargain talks continue

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Negotiations continued Thursday into a possible plea bargain in the court-martial of Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, the last of eight…

Gingrich blasts media as candidates meet for 17th debate

By Maeve Reston and Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times – NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — With a narrowing window to stop front-runner Mitt Romney before South Carolinians cast their ballots Saturday, Newt…

Iowa House looks at campaign finance reform bill

A bill was introduced in the Iowa House Thursday requesting the U.S Congress look at campaign finance reform. The bill asks Congress to submit to the states an amendment to the…

Starvation death of Chicago-area inmate raises questions about jail’s responsibility

By John Keilman and Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Funeral home workers cleaned out Lyvita Gomes’ hotel room Thursday. They found some jewelry, an image of the Virgin Mary…