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Florida, Man Indicted for Arson at American Family Planning Clinic

WASHINGTON – Bobby Joe Rogers, 41, of Pensacola, Fla., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with the fire that destroyed the American Family Planning Clinic in Pensacola on…

Iowa 67, Wisconsin 66; Interview with Coach Fran McCaffery

Iowa 67, Wisconsin 66; Interview with Coach Fran McCaffery

Iowa – 67, Wisconsin – 66 An interview with: COACH FRAN McCAFFERY THE MODERATOR:  Questions for coach. Q.  Got another solid outing there from Matt. COACH McCAFFERY:  Was really solid,…

Grassley talks Highway 63 improvements, Chinese relations at town hall meeting

Duane Nollen, The Oskaloosa Herald, Iowa – OSKALOOSA — Sen. Charles Grassley answered questions on topics ranging from Highway 63 improvements to education reform at a town hall meeting in Oskaloosa…

Austin, MN teen charged with counterfeiting money

Matt Peterson, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – An Austin man who was arrested Monday after allegedly passing counterfeit money was charged Wednesday in Mower County Court. Drew Novak, 18, faces one…

Hawkeyes have good luck against top teams

Hawkeyes have good luck against top teams

John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – IOWA CITY – In an up-and-down season, the Iowa basketball team has had most of its ups against some of the best teams…

Capitol Digest 2-22-12

Capitol Digest 2-22-12

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012: GOOGLE PRIVACY CONCERNS: Attorney General Tom Miller joined by…

BRIEF: Cedar Rapids man gets 10-year sentence for Cedar Rapids credit union robbery

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette – A 23-year-old was sentenced Tuesday in Linn County District Court to 10 years in prison for his part in last summer’s robbery of Community First…

Online poker bill clears Senate committee

Online poker bill clears Senate committee

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – A measure aimed at bringing illegal online poker under state regulation rolled through a Senate committee Wednesday evening. Members of the Senate State…

Sears likely headed out of Coral Ridge Mall after selling real estate

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – Sears appears to be on its way out at Coral Ridge Mall after the retailer sold its Coral Ridge store – and 10 other Sears…

Romney blows call on Obama’s budget-deficit record

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Throw the flag against: Mitt Romney. Call: Offsides. What happened: Romney claimed that President Barack Obama has doubled the federal budget deficit. “He…

California Democrats want guaranteed retirement benefits for millions of workers

By Jon Ortiz, McClatchy Newspapers – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — One day after Republicans sided with California Gov. Jerry Brown on public pension reform, Democrats on Thursday said they want millions of…

Op-ed: Globe editorial is off the mark (by Peter Children)

The Globe states that the deal cut with Cargill looks like growth; you think? Really? Gargill could buy this entire city and rent it out…lock stock and barrel. They are…

Arrests of former employees disappoint dealership owner

Arrests of former employees disappoint dealership owner

Press Release from James T. Skarlis (pictured) of Waterloo, IA, Owner of Community Auto Group and Mason City Ford Lincoln: I am very disappointed that several long time Mason City…

Car bomb in northwest Pakistan kills 13

Car bomb in northwest Pakistan kills 13

By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A car bomb tore through a crowded minibus depot in the northwest city of Peshawar and killed at least 13 people…

Arizona copter collision kills 7 Marines; crash under investigation

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — Seven Marines were killed in the collision of two helicopters during a training exercise at a base near Yuma, Ariz., the…

Man in Afghan army uniform kills 2 US soldiers

Man in Afghan army uniform kills 2 US soldiers

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — A man in an Afghan army uniform shot to death two U.S. troops Thursday and then fled into a crowd of…

US, North Korea hold first talks since Kim Jong Il’s death

By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times – SEOUL, South Korea — Negotiators from the U.S. and North Korea met Thursday in Beijing to begin talks about Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program,…

Report shows increase in forced recruitment of children to fight in Somalia conflict

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times – JOHANNESBURG — Sixteen boys waited on a dusty football field in Hamar Weyne district of Mogadishu, Somalia to play a match. They had put…

High school teacher in L.A. area arrested for alleged sex with two students

By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A 42-year-old teacher at Roosevelt High School has been arrested on suspicion of having sexual relationships with two teenage students. Gabriela…

Bombs in 6 Iraqi provinces shatter calm, kill 33 people

Bombs in 6 Iraqi provinces shatter calm, kill 33 people

By Sahar Issa, McClatchy Newspapers –  BAGHDAD — More than a month of relative calm in Iraq was broken Thursday by a series of apparently coordinated attacks that killed at least…

Stocks retreat after three-session rise

By Kate Gibson, MarketWatch – NEW YORK — U.S. stocks on Wednesday retreated after a three-session winning run, with equities taking a break from an advance that sent the S&P 500…

A lender is an ‘it,’ not a ‘they’

By Gary M. Singer, Sun Sentinel – For the first few months that I wrote this column, I would consistently hear from my editor that a bank is not a “they”…

How to beat the competition and buy a foreclosure

By Paul Owers, Sun Sentinel – FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Finding a bank-owned home for sale these days is hard enough. Actually buying one is an even bigger problem. Last year…

Housing slump freezes homeowners in place

By Bonnie Miller Rubin, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — When Tracey and Todd Fine were engaged, they purchased a two-bedroom condo in Chicago’s East Ukrainian Village. The price was high, but…

New jobless claims remain close to 4-year low

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Initial claims for unemployment benefits continued to remain at a nearly four-year low last week as a new poll showed that a…

Sears to spin off hardware outlets, sell stores

By Sandra M. Jones, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Sears Holdings Corp. said it plans to spin off its small-format hometown dealer stores and outlets and sell 11 stores to raise…

DMACC sweeps NIACC basketball in Boone

DMACC sweeps NIACC basketball in Boone

BOONE, Iowa – No. 14 DMACC dropped the NIACC men’s basketball team to 14-14 after an 88-84 win on Wednesday night. Dejoni Norris (Fr., Waterloo, IA) had a strong game in…

It’s pilot season, when network execs hunt for the next big hits

By Gail Pennington, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Did you hear about the new sitcom that will reunite Roseanne Barr and John Goodman? How about Reba McEntire’s return to TV, or Marc…

Iowa Lottery takes steps to protect jackpots

Erin Jordan, CR Gazette – A lottery ticket is a piece of paper representing a dream. To give everyone a fair chance at the dream, the Iowa Lottery tries to build…

Businesswoman’s death sentence has Chinese up in arms

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — A few years ago, she embodied the rags-to-riches legend of modern China: The daughter of an illiterate farmer starts a hair salon…

Ex-HBO executive, Netflix in talks to produce content, sources say

By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Netflix is discussing a partnership with former HBO Films president Colin Callender to produce original content, including mini-series and movies, for…

After calling it quits romantically, ‘The Vow’ writing duo makes its own kind of happily ever after

By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — What if you were engaged to your professional partner and called off the wedding — but decided to keep working together…

Defense of Marriage Act is ruled unconstitutional by judge

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times – A judge on Wednesday declared the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and ordered the federal government to ignore the statute and provide…

Romney and Santorum attack each other on spending records

By Steven Thomma and David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – MESA, Ariz. — Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum clashed over which of them is the true conservative steward of taxpayers’ money as…

Obama administration proposes cutting corporate tax rate, ending breaks

Obama administration proposes cutting corporate tax rate, ending breaks

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration Wednesday unveiled its framework for overhauling the corporate tax code, offering an election-year proposal that would pay for a…

Chicago man held without bail in shooting of police officer

Liam Ford, Chicago Tribune – A 21-year-old South Side man charged with shooting a Chicago police officer in the South Shore neighborhood on Sunday was ordered held without bail today. Cortez…

Suspicious fires in Twin Cities hit 2 playgrounds, auto repair shop

Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Several vehicles were set ablaze early Wednesday at a repair shop in Brooklyn Park, and authorities are also looking into two suspicious fires at playgrounds…

EDITORIAL: A clear case for confirmation for Rose

EDITORIAL: A clear case for confirmation for Rose

Editor’s note: Stephanie Rose is a 1991 graduate of Mason CIty High School –  CR Gazette Editorial Board – What should Iowans expect of someone who has been nominated to be…

Supreme Court hears arguments in Branstad line-item veto case

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES —The legality of an order by Gov. Terry Branstad that effectively closed 36 workforce development centers last year was argued Tuesday night before…

BRIEF: Nothing official from Iowa on Davis

BRIEF: Nothing official from Iowa on Davis

Marc Morehouse, CR Gazette – So, there’s the tweet. Kirk Bohls has covered Texas for the Austin American-Statesman for several years. He tweeted that Greg Davis, who served as the…

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