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Football ads tiptoe around trademarks for Super You-Know-What

By Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — With Super Bowl XLVI just days away, advertisers are in an all-out blitz, pitching everything from pizzas to TVs in conjunction with the…

Hyundai struggles to get US production on pace with demand

By Alisa Priddle, Los Angeles Times – LAS VEGAS — Hyundai Motor America is squeezing as much production as possible out of its facilities in the United States, but it will…

Stocks hit the gas pedal

By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — Stocks surged around the globe Friday, thanks to a pair of good reports on the U.S. economy, sending the Dow Jones…

Honda calls Civic lawsuit ruling ‘radical,’ prepares appeal

By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Except for saying that it will appeal, American Honda Motor Co. has kept from talking about its loss in a high-profile…

Komen reverses decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding

By Eryn Brown and Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — In a reversal of policy after a nationwide uproar over its decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood,…

Afghan soldier forged papers, deserted army before killing French troops

Afghan soldier forged papers, deserted army before killing French troops

By Jon Stephenson and Ali Safi, McClatchy Newspapers – MAHMUD RAQI, Afghanistan — The Afghan soldier who killed four French troops last month bribed an Afghan army recruiter to forge his…

Jobless rate drops to 8.3%

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Friday’s surprisingly strong January jobs report prompted hope that the economy’s recovery is finally kicking into high gear. “It feels like businesses…

Nine Indicted for Conspiring to Distribute, Receive and Possess Child Pornography

WASHINGTON – Nine men have been indicted in the Western District of Virginia for allegedly conspiring to receive, distribute, possess and access with intent to view child pornography, Assistant Attorney…

Missouri Woman Pleads Guilty for Role in the Vandalism and Arson of a Mobile Home

Teresa Witthar, 43, of Independence, Mo., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Kansas City to federal hate crime charges in connection with the vandalism and arson of a…

Danish Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Producing Child Pornography and Extorting a Minor

WASHINGTON – A Danish man was sentenced today in the Western District of Missouri to 30 years in prison for producing and transporting child pornography and for extortion against an…

Federal Court Orders Iowa Man and Eight Companies to Pay Employment Taxes

Watts Trucking Service, Inc., and Other Corporations Allegedly Owe Over $30 Million A federal court has ordered James Watts and eight corporations to begin paying employment taxes to the United…

South Florida Corrections Officers Sentenced on Federal Civil Rights and Obstruction Charges

MIAMI – Two corrections officers were sentenced to prison today for civil rights and obstruction charges stemming from prisoner abuse that took place at the South Florida Reception Center (SFRC),…

Former Massage Parlor Operator Convicted of Human Trafficking of Four Women in Illinois

CHICAGO – A federal jury today convicted Alex Campbell, 45, a northwest Chicago suburban massage parlor owner, of various federal crimes including sex-trafficking, forced labor, harboring illegal aliens, confiscating passports…

An interview with: Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery

An interview with: Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery

February 3, 2012 – Q. Tim Frazier has had a pretty nice year. What does he do well? COACH McCAFFERY: He does everything well. He’s leading in scoring, he’s leading…

O’Keefe leaves Iowa football coaching staff

O’Keefe leaves Iowa football coaching staff

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – Ken O’Keefe, offensive coordinator at the University of Iowa for the past 13 seasons, has resigned from the Hawkeye coaching staff to accept another coaching…

Mason City Police hold press conference

Mason City Police hold press conference

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The Mason City Police Department held a press conference Friday afternoon in order to inform the public of a series of events over…

Billionaire Trump endorses millionaire Romney for president

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – LAS VEGAS — Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination, a move with little likely impact on voting but rich…

Five senators tender resignations

James Q. Lynch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – DES MOINES — Five members of the Iowa Senate tendered their resignations on Wednesday. That’s two more than was anticipated and in…

31-year Iowa State Patrol veteran passes away

Krystal Fowler, Daily Iowegian, Centerville, Iowa – CENTERVILLE — The Centerville community lost a long-time resident and law enforcement officer on Friday, Jan. 27. Jerry Baker, who served with the Iowa…

Constitutional protections for right to bear arms advances

Constitutional protections for right to bear arms advances

Rod Boshart, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Gun-rights advocates fired the first volley Thursday in a legislative effort to amend the state’s constitution to guarantee an individual’s right to possess…

Iowa House votes to nullify lead shot ban

James Q. Lynch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – The state Natural Resources Commission ban on lead shot was torpedoed by the Iowa House Thursday when it voted to nullify the…

Iowa Supreme Court rules on steel wheels for Mennonites

Iowa Supreme Court rules on steel wheels for Mennonites

OSAGE  –  The Iowa Supreme Court ruled in favor of a religious group called the Mennonites regarding the use of tractors with steel wheels on roads. In its February 3rd…

Truck stolen, bank robbed, truck located by MCPD

MASON CITY – According to the Mason City Police Department, on February 2nd, 2012, at about 8:30 p.m., a citizen left their unlocked pickup parked in the fire lane at…

Statement from Tony Nelson on landfill’s rejection of ERS contract

Statement from Tony Nelson on landfill’s rejection of ERS contract

From Tony Nelson, North Iowa Landfill Board Member: Statement explaining my vote regarding the LNI and ERS agreement:  I would like to state that last night’s LNI board meeting has…

Mohawk hockey falls to Waterloo, 7-3

Mohawk hockey falls to Waterloo, 7-3

by Kelly Elbert – MASON CITY – The Mason City Mohawk Hockey Club showed a lot of fight Thursday night as they took on the Waterloo Warriors at the North…

No. 17 Iowa Lakes drops No. 12 NIACC

No. 17 Iowa Lakes drops No. 12 NIACC

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa – No. 17 Iowa Lakes gave No. 12 NIACC its third straight dual loss on Thursday night, dropping the Trojans 30-16. Wismit Moinius (So., Naples, FL), Victor Diaz…

Op-ed: Treasure at the landfill (by Otis Lewis)

Time for reflection, the NO VOTE was predictable.  (1st part) Possible Solution!  (2nd part) Op-Ed by Otis Lewis The controversy surrounding the CES/ERS proposal to build a waste to energy…

MBB: #17 Dakota County slips past NIACC in OT, 98-95

MBB: #17 Dakota County slips past NIACC in OT, 98-95

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – #17 Dakota County dropped the NIACC men’s basketball team 98-95 in overtime on Thursday night in a non-conference matchup. The Trojans came back from 10 points down…

United Way Surpasses Goal by $60,000

MASON CITY, I.A., February 3, 2012 – United Way of North Central Iowa (UWNCI) announced they have raised $1,160,342 in the recently completed 2011 campaign.  This amount comes in 5.49-percent…

MCPL Feb Online Resource of the Month

MCPL Feb Online Resource of the Month

Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their…

Giants and Patriots learn to make changes and move on

By Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News – They’re the same teams, with the same coaches and quarterbacks, and they’ll wear the same uniform colors they did four years ago. Tom…

Condit hoping to cook up a win against Diaz in UFC bout

By Carlos Arias, The Orange County Register – UFC welterweight contender Carlos Condit’s wife, Seager Marie, was a fight fan long before she met her husband. Her brother got her interested…

Illinois high school cracks down on drugs by checking students’ text messages

By John Keilman and Susan Berger, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — An Illinois high school is cracking down on campus drug sales by confiscating the cellphones of student suspects and using…

Bill legalizing same-sex marriage passes Washington state Senate

By Andrew Garber, The Seattle Times – OLYMPIA, Wash. — A bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington cleared its biggest legislative hurdle late Wednesday in a historic vote by the state…

Ferry sinks off Papua New Guinea; 150 missing

By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times – SEOUL, South Korea — Rescue crews have saved at least 200 people from the water off Papua New Guinea’s northeast coast after a…

As Republicans shift to West, attracting Latinos is a challenge

By Matt O’Brien, Contra Costa Times – WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Jesse Gutierrez wants to help Latino voters find their niche in the Grand Old Party. He uses a seven-question survey…

House GOP threatens to hold Holder in contempt

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — House Republicans investigating the Fast and Furious operation threatened Thursday to seek a contempt of Congress citation against Attorney General Eric…

Aid workers released in Yemen

By Maximilian Haupt – BERLIN — Six aid workers abducted in Yemen have been released unharmed, the German Foreign Ministry said in Berlin Thursday. The six, who were kidnapped by…

Mexico is abuzz over the real purpose for the $1.9 million seized aboard a flight

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY — It was a mere $1.9 million, stuffed as brand new bills into two suitcases on a small jet traveling from the…

Mason City man sentenced to nine months in county jail

Mason City man sentenced to nine months in county jail

A Mason City man avoided having another burglary conviction added to his criminal record after a negotiated voluntary guilty plea two weeks before going to trial. 37-year-old Chad Jay Hutzell…

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