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ERS contract voted down by landfill board

ERS contract voted down by landfill board

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The North Iowa Landfill board voted down a long-term contract with Energy Recovery Specialists tonight. Click here to view photos. Due to the…

Authorities respond to garage fire in Mason City

Authorities respond to garage fire in Mason City

MASON CITY – Mason City police and fire personnel responded to a possible explosion and fire Thursday evening at around 5:50 p.m. at 910 13th Street SE. It was said…

Timberwolves fall to Pacers in a testy affair

Timberwolves fall to Pacers in a testy affair

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — The Timberwolves and Pacers went old school on Wednesday night in their throwback attire evocative of a defunct league that once popularized…

Angelo Dundee, corner man for Ali, Leonard, dies at 90

By Steve Springer, Los Angeles Times – Angelo Dundee, who trained the two most celebrated fighters of his era, Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, and 15 world champions in all…

Minnesota falls to Iowa

Minnesota falls to Iowa

By Amelia Rayno, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – IOWA CITY, Iowa — Just when it seems like the Minnesota Gophers have found a new stride, they are knocked off their feet. After…

Wild tries to shake off devastating loss

By Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – ST. PAUL, Minn. — Wild coach Mike Yeo wants his team to dwell on what happened Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center. OK, so…

Official says Iran is creating missile that could reach East Coast of US

By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times – JERUSALEM — An Israeli government minister said Thursday that Iran is developing a missile that could strike targets more than 6,000 miles away and…

Teacher accused of lewd acts was investigated in ’94

By Richard Winton and Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A veteran Los Angeles teacher charged this week with lewd acts on 23 children was also investigated in…

Top Gingrich PAC donor might give millions more

By Peter Stone, Center for Public Integrity – WASHINGTON — Billionaire casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson seems to be signaling his intention to plow millions more into conservative groups to influence this…

Komen CEO says politics didn’t cause break with Planned Parenthood

By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s decision to stop giving money to Planned Parenthood for breast health services was not politically…

Philippines military kills 15 alleged militants

By Girlie Linao – MANILA, Philippines — Fifteen alleged members of militant groups linked to al-Qaida, including three suspected leaders, were killed Thursday in a pre-dawn airstrike on their hideout…

Egyptians mourn those killed in soccer violence

By Jeffrey Fleishman and Asmaa Al Zohairy, Los Angeles Times – CAIRO — The coffins came down the hill in intermittent procession Thursday as families focused their rage on security forces…

NBC’s ‘Smash’ is ready for the spotlight

By Chuck Barney, Contra Costa Times – WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — All the world may be a stage, but Megan Hilty, one of the stars of NBC’s “Smash,” has been around…

2011 Iowa traffic fatality number lowest since 1944

Ames, Iowa – Feb. 2, 2012 – There were 364 fatalities on Iowa roadways in 2011: the lowest number of deaths since 1944, according to data from the Iowa Department…

Hickey: Trout not directed to speak at landfill meeting

Hickey: Trout not directed to speak at landfill meeting

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – City Councilman Travis Hickey confirmed this afternoon that Brent Trout was not given direction from the council to attend and speak at tonight’s…

NIACC wrestling stays 12th in latest poll

NIACC wrestling stays 12th in latest poll

MASON CITY, Iowa – Despite losing heavily in a pair of duals in the past two weeks, NIACC wrestling remained 12th in the latest NJCAA poll released on February 2.…

Editorial: Questions abound on ERS – landfill faceoff

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – As the Energy Recovery Specialists / landfill faceoff looms this evening, questions abound. It seems this game is getting nastier everyday, the train has run…

Ice Fishing Not Recommended in Central Iowa

BOONE – Monday’s temperature hitting the middle 60s followed by middle to upper 50s on Tuesday has reduced the amount and quality of ice in central and southern Iowa.  With…

Russia takes firm stance against U.N. on Syria

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Russia remained firm Wednesday in its pledge to veto any U.N. Security Council resolution that could open the door for international…

Hundreds turn out for funeral of woman who died after launching hunger strike in jail

By Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Hundreds of people turned out for funeral services Wednesday for Lyvita Gomes, a native of India who died after launching a hunger strike…

Suspect arrested in Molotov cocktail attacks at the University of South Carolina

By Noelle Phillips, McClatchy Newspapers – COLUMBIA, S.C. — A University of South Carolina senior is in jail after police charged him with throwing seven Molotov cocktails at buildings on campus…

Ron Paul says Latinos have become ‘scapegoats’

By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times – LAS VEGAS — As the only Republican candidate for president to address Nevada’s oldest Latino political organization Wednesday morning, Rep. Ron Paul…

Romney remark on poor draws attack from Obama campaign

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – LAS VEGAS — Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney engaged in a skirmish over the middle class with President Barack Obama’s campaign Wednesday, a preview…

Latham cautions White House on closing guard base

Washington, DC, Feb 1 – Iowa Congressman Tom Latham on Wednesday cautioned the White House to abandon any plans to close the Iowa Air National Guard’s 132nd F-16 Fighter Wing…

Unit’s leader among Marines who urinated on corpses, officials say

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — One of the Marines shown urinating on three corpses in Afghanistan in a widely distributed Internet video was the unit’s leader, two…

With restrictions gone, ‘1 percenters’ dish millions, alter race for White House

By Greg Gordon, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Forget about the poor, the unemployed and the sinking middle class participating in the democratic process. The race for the presidency is increasingly…

GPS shoe lets families keep track of elderly relatives

GPS shoe lets families keep track of elderly relatives

By Joan Verdon, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – HACKENSACK, N.J. — A Teaneck, N.J., shoe maker has joined with a California technology company to create a shoe that uses GPS technology…

Branstad appoints Iowans to Judicial Nominating Commission

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today announced the appointment of 30 Iowans to the Judicial Nominating Commission. The appointments take effect today, February 1, 2012, and are not…

US may rely on aging U-2 spy planes longer than expected

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Wars have come and gone. But for more than half a century, the CIA and U.S. military have relied on a…

January private-sector jobs rise 170,000, report finds

By Ruth Mantell, MarketWatch – WASHINGTON — Employment in the nation’s private sector is improving at a moderate pace, with two years of job gains now on the books, according to…

FDA, medical device industry strike deal on user fee program

By James Walsh, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — After a year of negotiations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and representatives of the medical device industry have reached an agreement…

Survey predicts record level of Valentine’s Day spending

By Sandra M. Jones, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — You can’t buy love, but that isn’t stopping Americans from spending plenty on jewelry, flowers, candy and dinner out this Valentine’s Day,…

Raking the top 20 college football recruiting classes

By Manny Navarro, McClatchy Newspapers – 1. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE Comment: National champions cleaned up with a dozen ESPNU Top-150 recruits and built a superstar secondary. Top players: S Landon Collins,…

WBB: Trojans fall to Marshalltown, 66-61

WBB: Trojans fall to Marshalltown, 66-61

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – Despite 20-plus point efforts from Sadie Pittman (So., Cape Girardeau, MO) and Kika Greenlee (Fr., Saint Louis Park, MN), the NIACC women’s basketball team lost to Marshalltown…

Iowa – 63, Minnesota – 59; An interview with Coach Fran McCaffery

Iowa – 63, Minnesota – 59; An interview with Coach Fran McCaffery

Q.  Talk about your team’s resolve.  You found a way to pull this out. COACH McCAFFERY:  Well, you know, I think the thing that really impressed me tonight about this…

Christofferson Leads Cyclones Past Oklahoma State, 73-52

AMES, Iowa – Lauren Mansfield got Iowa State going early in the second half as the Cyclones (12-8 overall, 3-6 Big 12) pulled away from Oklahoma State (12-6 overall, 4-5…