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After tussling for months, Congress passes extension of payroll tax cut

After tussling for months, Congress passes extension of payroll tax cut

By Ian Duncan, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Congress swiftly passed a bill Friday extending the payroll tax cut through the end of the year, ending a months-long tug-of-war with…

President of Germany resigns amid corruption allegations

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — In a major embarrassment for Chancellor Angela Merkel, German President Christian Wulff resigned Friday after weeks of a brewing scandal over favors…

Don’t miss Clear Lake’s Kite Fest

CLEAR LAKE – The 11th annual “Color the Wind” Kite Festival will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2012. According to the website for the event, “As always, there will…

Larson Contracting awarded N-K stadium renovation job

NORTHWOOD – The Northwood-Kensett Board of Directors met on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 7:00 P.M. at the Elementary School Media Center and conducted the following business: Hearing: Reviewed Bids…

Bill establishing wireless network for first responders is expected to pass

By Herb Jackson, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – WASHINGTON — Emergency workers would get their own $7 billion national wireless network under a bill that Congress is expected to approve Friday,…

Matt Gatens sparks Iowa, but Hawkeyes’ rally falls short

Matt Gatens sparks Iowa, but Hawkeyes’ rally falls short

Scott Dochterman, CR Gazette – STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Matt Gatens’ performance Thursday night was emblematic of Iowa’s effort in an unfortunate way. Gatens missed all five shot attempts in…

Mohawk girls bowling wins sub-state tourney

Mohawk girls bowling wins sub-state tourney

The Mason City High School girls bowling team remains undefeated as they won the divisional sub-state tournament in Fort Dodge today. They are now 19 – 0. Below are the…

Republican image on taxes takes a hit

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Along the way to deciding whether to extend President Barack Obama’s payroll tax cut, something damaging happened to the Republican Party’s once-dominant…

Sioux Falls Man Charged with Sex Trafficking of a Child

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Sioux Falls man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for sex trafficking of a child. Tajahn Kahlil Clinton, age 34,…

MacNider to show film – Rape of Europa

MacNider to show film – Rape of Europa

MASON CITY – The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s 2012 Winter Film Series, Films in February, Movies in March, continues this Saturday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m. with The Rape…

Detroit Man Sentenced for Mailing Noose to Threaten Couple

WASHINGTON – Glenn E. Morgan Jr., 41, of Detroit, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland to three months in prison followed by two years supervised release after…

Barrio Azteca Gang Leader Sentenced in Texas to Life in Prison

WASHINGTON – A Barrio Azteca (BA) gang leader was sentenced to life in prison without parole for his participation in a racketeering conspiracy, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer…

Walnut Grove Mayor Pleads Guilty to Federal Witness Tampering

JACKSON, MS—William Grady Sims, 61, former mayor of Walnut Grove, Mississippi, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to federal witness tampering, U.S. Attorney John Dowdy and FBI Special Agent…

Consumer Protection Working Group Launched to Combat Consumer Fraud

WASHINGTON—The Consumer Protection Working Group, formed under President Barack Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (FFETF), convened its first meeting in Washington, D.C., today to address consumer fraud, which can…

Leader of Revolution Muslim Pleads Guilty to Using Internet to Solicit Murder and Encourage Violent Extremism

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Jesse Curtis Morton, aka Younus Abdullah Muhammed, 33, of New York City, pleaded guilty Feb. 9th to using his position as a leader of Revolution Muslim Organization’s Internet sites…

California Resident Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Export Computer-Related Equipment to Iran

WASHINGTON – Massoud Habibion, 49, aka “Matt Habibion” and “Matt Habi,” a U.S. citizen and co-owner of a Costa Mesa, Calif., company, Online Micro LLC, pleaded guilty today in the District…

Humboldt man sent to federal prison for illegal possession of firearm

SIOUX CITY – A man who illegally possessed a firearm was sentenced February 9, 2012, to more than 11 years in federal prison. Lonnie Wade Sigler, 37, from Humboldt, Iowa,…

Corwith Man Convicted Of Federal Gun Crime

A man who possessed a firearm after having been convicted of five previous felonies, pled guilty on February 10, 2012, in federal court in Sioux City. Randy Scott Smith, age…

Mason City Sex Offender Pleads Guilty To Failing To Register

CEDAR RAPIDS – A sex offender who failed to register when he moved to Iowa pled guilty on February 1, 2012, in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Tommy Kuehl, age…

Waterloo Man Charged with Making False Statements to the FAA

DES MOINES, IA—Fahad Nabeel Hussein Al-Daous, from Waterloo, Iowa, appeared in federal court in Des Moines Thursday for an initial appearance and arraignment on two counts of making false statements…

Iowa Senate subcommittee proposes raising minimum wage to $10 an hour

Iowa Senate subcommittee proposes raising minimum wage to $10 an hour

Rod Boshart, CR GAZETTE – Iowa’s minimum wage workers probably don’t have a raise in their future – not from the Iowa Legislature this session, anyway. A three-member Senate subcommittee…

Bowling scores: 2/14 through 2/16, 2012

Over The Hill 2/14/12 (4 person team) High Scratch Game 1. Lynn Christensen 223 2. Nicholas Pappas 210 3. Eddie Kline 208 1. Michele Olson 201 2. Karen Cornick 184…

Broncos’ Tebow working on mechanics at UCLA camp

By Scott M. Reid, The Orange County Register – LOS ANGELES — Jim Mora was walking around the UCLA campus Thursday when he came across Venus and Serena Williams hitting with…

Without Rose, Bulls make statement in victory over Celtics

Without Rose, Bulls make statement in victory over Celtics

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — With the NBA’s best record, the Bulls know they can beat anybody. (PHOTO: The Chicago Bulls’ Luol Deng (9) commits an offensive foul against…

Jets edge Wild, 4-3

Jets edge Wild, 4-3

By Michael Russo, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — The Winnipeg Jets are to blame. In what feels like an excruciating eternity ago, they started the Minnesota Wild’s tumble down the…

‘Undefeated’

By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — “Undefeated” presents itself as a look at a single season in the life of a striving high school football team in…

‘Ghost Rider’ sequel is expected to scorch competition

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Nicolas Cage plays with fire in “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” but it’s the competition at the box office that is…

Shooting and fire in East Hollywood leaves 2 dead, 3 injured

Shooting and fire in East Hollywood leaves 2 dead, 3 injured

By Dalina Castellanos, Richard Winton and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A shooting and fire Thursday afternoon at a house in East Hollywood left two people dead,…

Ex-Marine is indicted by grand jury in serial killings

By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A man accused of a “serial thrill-kill spree” of four homeless men and a woman and her son was indicted…

Plane carrying marijuana is forced to land after violating Obama airspace

By Dan Weikel and Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A small private plane carrying a load of marijuana strayed into President Barack Obama’s no-fly zone over Los…

Chinese vice president tours L.A. port, plans to take in Lakers game

By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping swept into Los Angeles on Thursday for a brief but action-packed visit that will include a…

California, West lead US in interracial marriages, report finds

By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — California and the Western United States are leading a nationwide surge in interracial marriage, according to a new study that paints…

Leading GOP contenders stump for votes in Michigan

Leading GOP contenders stump for votes in Michigan

By Paul West and Seema Mehta, Tribune Washington Bureau – DETROIT — With a new poll showing a virtual dead heat in Michigan’s presidential primary, the leading Republican candidates veered Thursday…

House approves amendment to pay for Gulf Coast restoration

By Maria Recio, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday approved an amendment by Gulf Coast lawmakers to dedicate 80 percent of the fines collected from the BP oil…

US proposes rules targeting distracted driving

By Ian Duncan, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation wants to employ technology against technology in its campaign against distracted driving. Cars should be designed to…

House committee OKs bill to outlaw abortions based on race, gender

House committee OKs bill to outlaw abortions based on race, gender

By Stephanie Snyder, Cronkite News Service – WASHINGTON — A House committee Thursday approved a bill to ban abortions based on the gender or race of the child, a practice that…

Israeli attack on Iran might set back nuclear program by 1 to 2 years, US official says

By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A Israeli bombing attack might set back Iran’s nuclear development program by one to two years, America’s top intelligence official told a…

Al-Qaida is active in Syria, U.S. intelligence officials say

By Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Al-Qaida’s Iraqi affiliate appears to have infiltrated Syrian opposition groups and was probably responsible for recent suicide bombings in Damascus and the…

US intelligence officials offer grim words on Afghanistan

By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Senior U.S. intelligence officials offered a bleak view of the war in Afghanistan in testimony to Congress on Thursday, an assessment they…

New consumer bureau targets bill collectors, credit bureaus

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to place debt collectors and credit bureaus under federal supervision for the first time, after an explosion…

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