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Justices reject appeal over day laborer law

By David Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a Southern California city’s appeal seeking reinstatement of its ordinance that prevented day laborers from gathering…

Once again, speculators behind sharply rising oil prices

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — U.S. demand for oil and refined products — including gasoline — is down sharply from last year, so much that United States…

Stocks mostly up after Dow briefly touches 13,000

By Kate Gibson, MarketWatch – NEW YORK — U.S. stocks finished mostly higher Tuesday after European officials agreed to another round of aid for Greece, pushing the Dow industrials briefly above…

Jaszewski to challenge Democrat Urdahl for Supervisor’s seat

Jaszewski to challenge Democrat Urdahl for Supervisor’s seat

MASON CITY – Former Mason City council member John Jaszewski has announced his intention to run for the Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors, in district one. Jaszewski will run…

Pavement marking program would cost city over $108,000

Pavement marking program would cost city over $108,000

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – A project to paint lines on city streets and parking lots is being brought forward by Mason City’s Engineering Department. The 2012 Pavement…

Supervisors hear about locally-grown food benefits

Supervisors hear about locally-grown food benefits

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Supervisors met Tuesday morning at 11:15 a.m.  Supervisor Bob Amosson was absent. See full meeting agenda here. County Engineer…

4 Minnesota women die in I-94 crash on trip back to NDSU

Pamela Miller and Mary Lynn Smith, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Four female roommates at North Dakota State University on their way back to school from the Twin Cities died Monday in…

Malt-O-Meal renaming itself MOM Brands

Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Malt-O-Meal Co. said Tuesday that it’s changing its corporate name to MOM Brands, a move to better reflect the company’s surging cold cereal business. The…

Race clouds battle over photo IDs for Minn. voters

Jim Ragsdale, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – The volatile issue of requiring every voter to show a photo ID at the polls boiled over Monday in a dispute over race. Opponents of…

OPINION: JFK ‘mistress’ finds her voice

Susan Hogan, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Mimi Alford says she lost her virginity to President John F. Kennedy at age 19. It was her fourth day on the job as a…

Ex-Marine pleads not guilty to killing 6, including homeless

By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times – SANTA ANA, Calif. — A man accused of killing six people — four homeless men and a mother and her son — pleaded…

Natural gas power plant appearing more likely for Interstate Power

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – Interstate Power and Light Co.’s tentative plan to build a $700 million natural gas combined cycle power plant is looking less and less tentative. Alliant…

Hello, my name is . . . Cody Sokol

Hello, my name is . . . Cody Sokol

Marc Morehouse, CR Gazette – Winter hit Iowa just as the new junior-college quarterback and former Fighting Artichoke landed in Iowa City in mid-January. But it’s OK, Cody Sokol was…

Do-or-die week for non-spending bills in Legislature

Do-or-die week for non-spending bills in Legislature

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — The 2012 legislative session’s compressed schedule means time will likely run out this week on a number of issues that lack adequate…

Council to consider purchase of Harley motorcycle for $1

Council to consider purchase of Harley motorcycle for $1

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – At tonight’s meeting, the City Council will decide whether to buy a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for $1. This is a program done on a…

2 Ottumwans arrested on drug charges

Chelsea Davis, Ottumwa Courier, Iowa – OTTUMWA — An ongoing investigation led officers to arrest two Ottumwans on drug charges. Officers from the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Southeast Iowa Interagency…

Timberwolves waste an opportunity, fall to Nuggets in OT

Timberwolves waste an opportunity, fall to Nuggets in OT

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – DENVER — The Minnesota Timberwolves possessed every opportunity Monday night to not only surpass .500 once again but also match in a mere 33…

Capitol Digest 2-20-12

Capitol Digest 2-20-12

James Q. Lynch – CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Monday, Feb. 20, 2012: $376 MILLION CLIFF: Iowa could face a $376…

Feds demand automakers disable phones and GPS in moving cars

Proposed recommendations would encourage manufacturers to develop ‘less distracting’ in-vehicle electronic devices – WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced last week the first-ever federally proposed guidelines to encourage…

Scam Asks Victims to Evaluate Wire Transfer Services

In its monthly scam alert, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is warning the public to be aware of a scam targeting job-seekers. The scammers send cashier’s checks to individuals…

Romeo & Juliet a comedy? You had to see it to believe it

Romeo & Juliet a comedy? You had to see it to believe it

by Joe Buttweiler – MASON CITY – What do Santa Claus, a biker chick, an owl and Raggedy Ann have to do with William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet? You’ll have…

Federal Jury Convicts Minnesota Felon for Possessing a 20–Gauge Shotgun

MINNEAPOLIS — Last week in federal court, a jury found a 33–year–old felon from the northeastern Minnesota community of Aurora guilty of possessing a 20–gauge shotgun. On February 10, 2012,…

Supreme Court to decide on right to lie about military honors

Supreme Court to decide on right to lie about military honors

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Xavier Alvarez told of playing hockey for the Detroit Red Wings, marrying a Mexican starlet, piloting a helicopter in Vietnam and…

Q&A on Religious Liberty

Q&A on Religious Liberty

Q: What’s behind growing support in Congress for the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act? A: Lawmakers are responding to a decision by the Obama Administration to disregard the freedom…

National NAACP concerned about low rate of probable cause in Iowa complaints

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – Despite a new leader at the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and signs that more complaints are being taken seriously, leaders of the National Association…

Iraq officials: Violence down as al-Qaida group moves to Syria

By Sahar Issa, McClatchy Newspapers – BAGHDAD — The departure of al-Qaida-affiliated fighters from Iraq to join the rebellion against Syrian President Bashar Assad in Syria has had one benefit, Iraqi…

New research on Japanese quake ominous for Pacific Northwest

By Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times – VANCOUVER, B.C. — Scientists are still unraveling last year’s giant Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and some of what they’re finding doesn’t bode…

U.S. Marshals Arrest Alleged Sexual Predator

Phoenix, AZ – This afternoon, Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers assigned to the U.S. Marshals led Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force arrested Robert Franz, 63, at a…

Alleged Child Predator Arrested on Reservation

Farmington, NM – The United States Marshals Service in Farmington arrested Julian Marty Perea in Dulce, NM. Perea was wanted by the State of Arizona on a Grand Jury indictment…

Uzbek national pleads guilty to charges of threatening to kill the president

BIRMINGHAM – An Uzbek national who has lived in the United States since 2009 pleaded guilty on Feb. 13 in federal court to charges of providing material support to terrorist…

Matt Bowen on new Iowa assistant football coaches: Their NFL credentials matter

Mike Hlas, CR Gazette – Matt Bowen, the former Iowa/NFL football player now of television, radio, print (with the Chicago Tribune) and Internet (with the National Football Post), is always…

Iowa State ready for Big 12 meet this weekend

Iowa State ready for Big 12 meet this weekend

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State track and field teams will head south to College Station, Texas for the Big 12 Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday inside the Gilliam Indoor…

Sheriff’s ‘outing’ pushes Arizona to top of states with gay candidates for Congress

By Dustin Volz, Cronkite News Service – WASHINGTON — Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu’s weekend confirmation that he is gay makes him the fourth openly gay or bisexual candidate seeking a…

Santorum, Romney fight it out in Michigan

By Paul West, Seema Mehta and Mitchell Landsberg, Tribune Washington Bureau – MUSKEGON, Mich. — With a new poll hinting at a tightening race in the pivotal Michigan primary, Republican presidential…

Online poker clears Senate subcommittee

Online poker clears Senate subcommittee

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – A Senate subcommittee on Monday approved a bill designed to legalize online poker in Iowa and bring it under state regulation despite…

Iowa gas prices climb toward $4, but may fall again during summer

Steve Gravelle, CR Gazette – The recent increase in gas prices is likely to continue through spring, but the demand isn’t there to keep prices in record territory for long.…

Airlines set record low rates for lost baggage, bumped passengers

By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times – The latest federal statistics that measure the performance of the nation’s airlines offered some good news for passengers and some bad. First the good…

Now we know: Van Halen’s M&M rider was just a test

By Michael Smerconish, The Philadelphia Inquirer – So it wasn’t about the candy after all. This week, lead singer David Lee Roth resolved a question of rock lore: why Van Halen…

The Riff Report: New music this week

By Sarah Zupko, PopMatters.com – Sleigh Bells — “Reign of Terror”: Considering Sleigh Bells’ stratospheric ascent, the obvious question to ask about “Reign of Terror” is whether they can continue to…

FDA to review AeroShot inhalable caffeine

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — AeroShot Pure Energy, the inhalable caffeine product that went on sale last month, will be investigated by Food and Drug Administration…

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