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Bryant takes aim at brass after Lakers fall to Suns

By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times – PHOENIX — The Los Angeles Lakers were drubbed by the Phoenix Suns, but Kobe Bryant had one last shot. It was aimed at the…

Rose returns, leads Bulls past Hawks

Rose returns, leads Bulls past Hawks

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Derrick Rose had never before sat for five straight games in his NBA career, so the deafening roar that drowned out his name…

Nets crash Garden party

Nets crash Garden party

By Andy Vasquez, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – NEW YORK — Apparently, the Nets have found the cure for a team playing its third game in three nights, and five games…

Super PAC supporting Romney adds $6.6 million to the coffers last month

Super PAC supporting Romney adds $6.6 million to the coffers last month

By Melanie Mason, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Restore Our Future, the independent group supporting Mitt Romney’s presidential bid, raised $6.6 million last month, ending January with $16.3 million in…

Bomber kills 2 at Afghan checkpoint

By Ali Safi, McClatchy Newspapers – KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide car bomber killed an Afghan police officer and a young girl Monday in the restive southern city of Kandahar, local…

Surging gas prices threaten to derail economic recovery

Surging gas prices threaten to derail economic recovery

By Don Lee and Matt Stevens, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Just as the recovery is finally looking real, surging fuel prices are once again looming as a major threat…

Mexican prison melee said to be cover for gangsters’ escape

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers – MEXICO CITY — Prison guards apparently let inmates who belonged to the brutal Los Zetas gang bludgeon to death scores of rivals from the Gulf…

Council to consider hiring of Human Resources Manager

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The City of Mason City may have a new Human Resources Manager. City Administrator Brent Trout is recommending City Council approval to hire…

City moves to collect unpaid service charges

City moves to collect unpaid service charges

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The City of Mason City is looking to collect on some debts. In a City Hall memo, City Administrator Brent Trout  says the…

Sandahl to replace Myhre as Planning Director on interim basis

Sandahl to replace Myhre as Planning Director on interim basis

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – City Administrator Brent Trout is recommending thatTricia Sandahl replace Pam Myhre as Growth Development and Planning Director for the City of Mason City.…

Minnesota deer shooting being investigated by sheriff’s office

Brady Gervais, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – A Forest Lake police officer exercised poor judgment and should be suspended for at least a week for shooting and killing two deer…

43 puppies found in van might go back to Britt men charged in case

Jonathan Bullington, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO – The 43 puppies found by police inside a van parked in the Little Village neighborhood earlier this month could be returned to the two men who…

King, Grassley, Harkin: Navy Names New Ship “USS Sioux City”

Washington, DC- Congressman Steve King and Senators Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin released the following statements today after the U.S. Department of Defense announced that the Navy named five new…

Chicago Man Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Producing Child Pornography

CHICAGO—A former west suburban man was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for producing and transporting child pornography, federal law enforcement officials announced today. David Vernon Tank, 49, formerly…

Kentucky Sheriff and Four Deputies Indicted for Federal Civil Rights Violations

WASHINGTON—The Justice Department announced today that a federal grand jury in Kentucky returned a 10-count indictment against Barren County Sheriff Christopher Eaton and Sheriff’s Deputies Danny McCown, Aaron Bennett, Adam…

Hoover Five-Deuce Crip Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Newark Assault of FBI Special Agent

TRENTON, NJ—A member of the Hoover-Five Deuce Crips criminal street gang was sentenced today to 360 months in prison for offenses related to his involvement in a 2010 assault on…

MS-13 Gang Leader in San Francisco Sentenced to Life in Prison

WASHINGTON –Danilo Velasquez, aka “Triste,” a local leader of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in San Francisco by U.S. District Judge William H. Alsup to life in…

Economic Dev. Board Announces Largest Capital Investment in History of Iowa

(DES MOINES, IA) – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board today awarded financial assistance to four companies for job creation and expansion projects.  Today’s awards will assist in the creation…

Law Enforcement Investigates Dallas County Shooting, Suspect in Custody

Law Enforcement Investigates Dallas County Shooting, Suspect in Custody

Adel, IOWA — On February 18, 2012, the Dallas County Communications center received a 911 call at 11:06 PM, indicating there was suspicious activity at 2121 Greene Street, Building A…

Timberwolves send Sixers to 3rd consecutive loss

Timberwolves send Sixers to 3rd consecutive loss

By John N. Mitchell, The Philadelphia Inquirer – MINNEAPOLIS — When they tally up the wins and losses at the end of the season, the joy or disappointment that factors into…

Daytona 500 opens a Sprint Cup season full of story lines, including Patrick’s debut

By David J. Neal, McClatchy Newspapers – Attention lavished on Danica Patrick even though she has never won a race in a series that doesn’t have Jimmie Johnson as the defending…

Terrorism expert says Americans safer in post-9/11 world, but at cost of personal liberties

By John Sammon, Santa Cruz Sentinel – SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — An expert on counter-terrorism intelligence gathering, in noting the mistakes that led to the Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 attacks,…

Israel’s ex-spy chief sees opportunity in Syria crisis

By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times – JERUSALEM—Instability in Syria poses stark security risks for Israel, but it also offers a chance to deliver a stinging blow to Iran’s regional ambitions…

5 things you’ll hear about Mitt Romney

By Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press – WASHINGTON — Through dozens of debates, TV spots, spin room appearances and more, the case for and against Mitt Romney has taken shape. With…

5 things you’ll hear about Rick Santorum

By Dawson Bell, Detroit Free Press – LANSING, Mich. — For most of the first year Rick Santorum was running for president, nobody said anything bad about him. Of course, no…

WISPs bring the Internet to remote corners

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – Wireless Internet service providers, long the savior of Internet users in underserved areas, are in a bandwidth race as wire-line Internet service providers spread into…

Rural Iowa needs broadband access to attract, retain businesses

George C. Ford, CR Gazette – When Clickstop was planning its new corporate headquarters and distribution center in Urbana, Chief Executive Officer Tim Guenther did not have to make a…

Twins catcher Joe Mauer anxious to put last season behind him

John Shipley, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – FORT MYERS, Fla. – Joe Mauer didn’t catch a bullpen session last spring until March 12, nearly a month into camp. Today, the…

Regents leaders say board is open to cuts at UNI

Diane Heldt, CR Gazette – Regents leaders said they’ve asked University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen to look at academic consolidations, outsourcing and any other budget-cutting measures and come…

Linsanity is better to love than to hate

By Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press – Perhaps the spell is already broken. Maybe Jeremy Lin’s glass slipper is turning back to a more standard shoe, Nike or Converse or something…

Italian police seize $6 trillion in fake US Treasury bonds

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — It was an offer that turned out to be pretty easy to refuse. A cache of 6,000 U.S. Treasury bonds — each…

Apple wins German patent suit against Motorola

By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Apple has won a German lawsuit against Motorola Mobility over claims “slide-to-unlock” patents that the iPhone-maker owns were illegally infringed upon.…

DreamWorks plans China studio

By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. announced plans to build a studio in Shanghai in what the Glendale, Calif., company billed as a…

Santorum says he does not question Obama’s faith

By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday denied questioning President Barack Obama’s Christian faith but said the president has an environmental belief “that elevates…

Latest intellectual property clash in China? It’s the burger

By Tiffany Hsu and David Pierson, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Millions of Chinese have come to love Big Macs and Whoppers. So when a California-inspired chain put up…

Romney plays family card in Michigan

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney likes to tell people in Michigan he’s one of them — and whether voters see him that way could be crucial…

Main Street Mason City holds wine tasting event

Main Street Mason City holds wine tasting event

By Kacie Krominga – MASON CITY – The 7th annual Valenwine was held Friday evening at Music Man Square. Put on by Main Street Mason City, this year’s main sponsors…