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Citizen says city workers mock drivers Tuesday morning

From anonymous NorthIowaToday.com reader: This is what happened to me this morning while I was coming to work: I was at the stop sign by Dollar General and The Manor,…

Obama to bring ‘Made in the USA’ vision to Cedar Rapids factory

Obama to bring ‘Made in the USA’ vision to Cedar Rapids factory

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – Nearly five years after he made Cedar Rapids his first stop on his campaign to transform America, President Obama will return to visit a factory…

Branstad claims $50M in highway savings found

Branstad claims $50M in highway savings found

(DES MOINES) – Today, during his remarks at a Transportation Day 2012 event in Des Moines, Gov. Terry E. Branstad announced that the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has identified…

Norovirus Outbreaks Continue in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to see outbreaks of norovirus illness across the state, and reports of activity have been increasing in recent weeks. Anyone can be…

NIACC annonces that today is last day to get 100% refund on classes

NIACC annonces that today is last day to get 100% refund on classes

NIACC announced on its Facebook page today (Tuesday) at about 11:10 am that today is the last day to add or drop day classes and still receive 100% refund. “Due to…

Mason City sex offender gets little jail time

Mason City sex offender gets little jail time

Convicted tier three sex offender Mark Hoffman, age 51, and of 115 16th Street SE in Mason City was sentenced to 30 days in county jail after negotiated voluntary guilty…

Mason City man gets prison time in methamphetamine case

Mason City man gets prison time in methamphetamine case

MASON CITY – On Monday, 33-year-old Chad Donald Wood of Mason City was sentenced to prison after a voluntary negotiated guilty plea to one count of possession of a controlled…

Alaska woman, 85, fends off moose attack on husband

Alaska woman, 85, fends off moose attack on husband

By Lisa Demer, McClatchy Newspapers – ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An agitated moose ran down and stomped a well-known Bush pilot from Willow, Alaska, but he was saved when his wife grabbed…

4 students dismissed over hazing

By Denise-Marie Balona, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — The four Florida A&M University students who were charged last week with hazing members of the school’s marching band have been…

Obama to frame re-election themes Tuesday in State of the Union address

Obama to frame re-election themes Tuesday in State of the Union address

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama delivers an election-year State of the Union address Tuesday night at a moment when the country is worried about the…

Rand Paul kept from flight for refusing TSA pat down

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was blocked from boarding a flight at the Nashville airport Monday morning after refusing to consent to a…

French parliament defies Turkey, passes genocide bill

By Clare Byrne PARIS — France and Turkey were headed for another diplomatic showdown Monday after the French Senate adopted a bill that makes it a crime to deny that…

34 whales die in New Zealand stranding

By David Barber WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Volunteers renewed efforts Tuesday to save about 40 survivors of a pod of 99 pilot whales stranded on a remote beach at the…

Chinese vice president to visit White House next month

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping will travel to Washington next month for meetings with senior U.S. officials ahead of his expected…

Boehner touts anti-abortion efforts at ‘March for Life’

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — House GOP leaders told anti-abortion protesters Monday they would continue efforts to ensure no federal funds are spent on the procedure, singling…

Jury Finds Fairfield Man Guilty of Car Bombing Former Tenant

SACRAMENTO, CA—United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Daniel Richard Garcia, 30, of Fairfield was convicted today of malicious use of explosives, possession of a destructive device in relation…

$10 Million Returned to Victims of Public Corruption Scheme, Including Kodak and the Town of Greece

ROCHESTER, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that more than $10,000,000 in forfeited property has been returned to the victims of one of the largest public corruption cases…

The road ahead looks good for Romney despite South Carolina

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Republican presidential nomination race is momentarily in turmoil. But Mitt Romney, who long ago prepared for a long, methodical slog, is…

Payment Processor for Online Poker Companies Pleads Guilty to Laundering Internet Poker Funds

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that IRA RUBIN, a payment processor for the Internet gambling industry, pled guilty today to money…

Man Sentenced in Connection with Arson at Planned Parenthood and Vandalism of Mosque in Madera, California

Donny Eugene Mower, 38, of Madera, Calif., was sentenced in federal court today following his October 2011 guilty pleas to one count of arson, one count of damaging religious property…

Former CIA Officer John Kiriakou Charged with Disclosing Covert Officer’s Identity and Other Classified Information to Journalists

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A former CIA officer, John Kiriakou, was charged today with repeatedly disclosing classified information to journalists, including the name of a covert CIA officer and information revealing…

US Army Sergeant Major and Former Sergeant Sentenced to Prison for Bribery Conspiracy at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – A former sergeant and a sergeant major in the U.S. Army, who were deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, were sentenced to 51 months and 31 months in prison,…

North Platte Man Sentenced for Distributing Methamphetamine

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that James Fletcher McCuiston, 57, of North Platte, Nebraska, was sentenced on January 19, 2012, to 70 months in prison by United States…

Four Men Indicted in Houston on Federal Hate Crime Charges Related to the Assault of African-American Man

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that a federal grand jury in Houston has indicted Charles Cannon, 26; Michael McLaughlin, 40; Brian Kerstetter, 32; and Joseph Staggs, 49, on…

FCC erratically enforces unclear obscenity standards

McClatchy-Tribune News Service – In a relatively light moment during recent arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court, Associate Justice Elena Kagan neatly summed up the problem with the Federal Communications…

Sam Worthington goes out on a limb (actually, a ledge) for latest role

Sam Worthington goes out on a limb (actually, a ledge) for latest role

By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – ORLANDO, Fla. — Even in his post-“Avatar,” post-“Clash of the Titans” stardom, Sam Worthington remembers what it was like to put it all down…

Egypt’s parliament meets for the first time

By Jeffrey Fleishman and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times – CAIRO — Men in pressed suits and polished shoes, some carrying holy books and sporting beards, rushed past cement barricades and…

Senator doing `quite well’ after surgery for stroke

By Katherine Skiba and Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., is expected to recover cognitive functions but could have some physical impairment following a weekend…

Cerro Gordo County December health violations, by establishment

Cerro Gordo County December health violations, by establishment

MASON CITY – Straight from the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, health violations for December 2011 are listed here by establishment. Among those cited were southside McDonald’s in…

Niners’ Harbaugh looks ahead after loss

By Cam Inman, San Jose Mercury News – SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The sting of an NFC Championship game defeat still reverberated through the 49ers locker room Monday as players packed…

Police need warrant for GPS tracking, Supreme Court rules

Police need warrant for GPS tracking, Supreme Court rules

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday put the brakes on the government’s use of high-tech monitoring devices to track motorists, ruling unanimously…

The military video scandal you haven’t heard about

MCT FORUM – By Lindsay Pollard-Post – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – Americans and Afghans alike are rightly outraged over a video circulating on the Internet that allegedly…