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Council to discuss budget, arena Tuesday

Council to discuss budget, arena Tuesday

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The Mason City City Council will meet again Tuesday evening to discuss final changes to the 2013 budget.  The budget will be voted…

Google, Facebook, others team to fight email phishing scams

By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Major tech companies including Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have teamed up to fight email phishing scams. Members say…

2012 Florida primary wraps up

2012 Florida primary wraps up

By Scott Powers, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — The two main Republican candidates wound up their Florida primary campaigns Monday night in Central Florida, with Mitt Romney in The…

Should IRS call delinquent taxpayers?

By Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press – Should the IRS be picking up the phone and demanding more money? Or at least making a call to discuss options if you’re delinquent?…

Stocks end with minor loss

By Kate Gibson, MarketWatch – NEW YORK — U.S. stocks closed with minor losses Monday as telecommunications and technology stocks advanced, offsetting concern that came with Portugal’s soaring borrowing costs. After…

Income rises, but not spending

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Consumers had more money in their pockets in December, but fewer people decided to spend it, choosing instead to tuck the…

Heroin, painkiller use in Twin Cities at all-time high, state report says

Brady Gervais, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – The abuse of heroin and other opiates reached the highest levels yet in the Twin Cities during the first half of 2011, according…

Grassley Questions Federal Officials Over Inconsistent Immigration Policy

Grassley Questions Federal Officials Over Inconsistent Immigration Policy

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley is leading a group of senators to continue pressing the administration on its controversial policy to sue states for passing immigration…

Nuclear plan, traffic cameras on panel agendas

Nuclear plan, traffic cameras on panel agendas

James Q. Lynch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – DES MOINES — The legislative footprint of the 2012 General Assembly is beginning to take shape this week as a number of…

A defensive nightmare

A defensive nightmare

John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Iowa scored 89 points in Assembly Hall. The Hawkeyes shot 79 percent from the field in the second half, 63…

Hawkeyes top Gophers to snap skid

Hawkeyes top Gophers to snap skid

Matt Levins, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – IOWA CITY – The last two years have been full of more downs than ups for University of Iowa redshirt freshman wrestler Nick…

No. 4 Cornell rolls past struggling Iowa State

The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – The Iowa State University wrestling team won three matches, but came up short in a 28-12 loss to fourth-ranked Cornell in a dual Sunday…

From 8-man to Big Ten, Meier picks Hawkeyes

From 8-man to Big Ten, Meier picks Hawkeyes

Marc Morehouse, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Nate Meier did everything you can possibly do in a single season of eight-man football in Iowa. The Fremont-Mills High School senior rushed…

Branstad says he’ll sign extra education money for Iowa soldiers

Branstad says he’ll sign extra education money for Iowa soldiers

Rod Boshart, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday state’s fiscal house is in “solid” enough shape that he will sign a $1.3 million supplemental appropriation to…

Brady realizes target’s on his chest

By Art Stapleton INDIANAPOLIS — One glance out the window quickly reminded Tom Brady this trip to an all-too-familiar city for the Patriots will be different than all the others.…

More than 100 injured in Peru earthquake

LIMA, Peru — More than 100 people were injured Monday after a strong earthquake in southern Peru, Peruvian civil defense authorities said. Most of the injured however had only slight…

Afghan woman slain after giving birth to girl

By Laura King and Aimal Yaqubi, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghainstan — Another horrific case of violence against women in Afghanistan came to light Monday when authorities reported that a…

FAA holds off on new rules for drones in US airspace

FAA holds off on new rules for drones in US airspace

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Federal Aviation Administration has pushed back the date when it will propose new rules for the use of small drones…

For Florida seniors, election is all about economy

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – LADY LAKE, Fla. — People over age 65 are expected to cast about one-third of the votes in Tuesday’s Florida presidential primary, and polls say…

Contraceptive mandate could face tough sledding in Supreme Court

Contraceptive mandate could face tough sledding in Supreme Court

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court and the Obama administration, already headed for a face-off in March over the constitutionality of the health care…

Personal attacks may harm eventual nominee, some analysts say

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – ORLANDO, Fla. — They worship at the political altar of Ronald Reagan, but Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney ignore one part of his creed: his…

Arkansas Men Sentenced in Cross-Burning Case

WASHINGTON – Bradley Branscum, 23, and Tony Branscum, 26, who are first cousins, of Salado, Ark., and Curtis Coffee, 19, of Batesville, Ark., were sentenced for charges relating to their…

Arkansas Man Sentenced in the Firebombing of Interracial Couple’s Home

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice announced today that Jason Barnwell, 37, of Evening Shade, Ark., was sentenced in Little Rock, Ark., for his involvement in firebombing the residence of…

Former Maryland Detention Officer Indicted for Death of Inmate

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that a federal grand jury in Greenbelt, Md., has indicted Anthony McIntosh, 48, a former corrections officer at the Prince George’s County Detention…

Army Recruiter Pleads Guilty for Role in Scheme to Illegally Obtain Military Recruiting Bonuses

A U.S. military recruiter pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to obtain approximately $190,000 in fraudulent recruiting bonuses from various U.S. military components and their contractor, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny…

Alternate Side Parking Suspended

Alternate Side Parking Suspended

Effective at 4:00 p.m. today, January 30, 2012, the Alternate Side Parking ordinance and Emergency Snow Route are suspended until further notice. Citizens should stay tuned to local media outlets…

Update: Second net back at Ray Rorick Park

Update: Second net back at Ray Rorick Park

By Jody Spear MASON CITY – Going by Ray Rorick Park, Sunday, we decided to do an update on Joe Buttweiler’s story from last Sunday, January 22.  Joe mentioned in…

With wild GOP primary races, suddenly Calif. doesn’t seem so irrelevant

By Josh Richman, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — For months, nobody figured California Republicans would have a say in picking their party’s 2012 presidential contender — the…

Iowa Right to Life marchers take to the streets for the unborn

William Smith, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – FORT MADISON – The solitary beat of a snare drum set a slow but steady pace for more than 125 people marching through…

Romney backers at Gingrich events run into political pit bull

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – PORT SAINT LUCIE, Fla. — Dubbed the “proxies with moxie,” Mitt Romney’s congressional backers have been crashing Newt Gingrich’s events to offer a counterpoint…

Bopper Junior to Host Winter Dance Party 2012

Bopper Junior to Host Winter Dance Party 2012

by Dave Hansen – CLEAR LAKE, IA–The Big Bopper Junior is looking forward to an extended weekend of music and his hosting duties at the North Iowa landmark he refers…

You’ll buy less junk food if you pay in cash

By Ellen Warren, Chicago Tribune – Who doesn’t know that junk food is bad for you? It’s empty calories, puts on the pounds and is awfully, terribly, almost impossibly hard to…

Pressure mounts for online poker in Iowa

Rod Boshart, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – DES MOINES — Proponents seeking to rein in the unregulated “wild, wild West” environment of illegal online poker in Iowa are girding for…

‘The Grey’ is gold for Neeson

By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — With an estimated $20 million opening weekend under his belt, Liam Neeson has secured his status as the thinking man’s action…

NASA hopes to test new spaceship in 2014

By Mark K. Matthews, The Orlando Sentinel – WASHINGTON — There’s no firm date yet, but sometime in early 2014 NASA intends to take its first major step toward rebuilding its…

Moscow motorists stage rolling demonstration against Putin

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times – MOSCOW — Moscow’s Garden Ring street, a 10-mile circle around large portions of the city’s historic center including the Kremlin, turned white on…

Nation’s oldest Medal of Honor recipient marks 95th birthday

By Evonne Coutros, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – HACKENSACK, N.J. — The nation’s oldest Medal of Honor recipient, a World War II Army veteran who fought in the Battle of the…

Romney looks to put Gingrich away in Florida

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – NAPLES, Fla. — Seeking to deliver a knockout punch to Newt Gingrich in Tuesday’s Florida primary, Mitt Romney and his surrogates continued their heavy…

Sudanese rebels abduct Chinese construction workers

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — Sudanese rebels have kidnapped about 30 Chinese construction workers who were building a road in a remote stretch of the country, Chinese…

Syrian forces move against Damascus suburbs

By Patrick J. McDonnell and Rima Marrouch,Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Syrian tanks and troop reinforcements moved Sunday to reclaim government control of rebellious suburbs outside Damascus, opposition groups…

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