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Record number of sea otter deaths recorded

Record number of sea otter deaths recorded

By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — After being brought back from the brink of extinction, sea otters are again in peril, with an unprecedented number of deaths…

Dozens of dissidents reported arrested in Cuba

By Juan O. Tamayo, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Police briefly arrested more than 100 Cuban dissidents over the weekend in a multipronged campaign to prevent public demonstrations marking the anniversaries…

Assassination plot targeting Putin foiled, Russia says

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times – MOSCOW — Security services of Russia and neighboring Ukraine foiled a plan to assassinate Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin organized by an underground…

Teenage gunman opens fire at Ohio high school, killing 1, wounding 4

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – What began as a routine start of the school day, breakfast in the cafeteria and students shuffling to class, turned into a scene of…

Council and mayor to hold work session Tuesday

Council and mayor to hold work session Tuesday

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The council and mayor will hold a work session Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. at City Hall. On the agenda is TIF, or…

UPDATE: Man accidentally shot by 4 year old son Monday in Mason City

UPDATE: Man accidentally shot by 4 year old son Monday in Mason City

UPDATE: Christopher Upenieks, 29, was found in his parked pickup truck with a gunshot to his left knee today.  His injuries were non-life threatening and he was tranported to the…

Mason City man awaiting trial in willful injury case arrested again

Mason City man awaiting trial in willful injury case arrested again

MASON CITY – 22-year-old Jared Michael Kropf, who is currently awaiting trial in a willful injury case that occurred in Mason City last year, has been arrested on new assault…

Mason City man arrested on 8th harassment related charge

Mason City man arrested on 8th harassment related charge

MASON CITY – A 28-year-old Mason City man who is currently awaiting a trial in Floyd County for felony 3rd or subsequent offence domestic abuse assault was arrested by the…

Roller Derby: A Sport With Heart

Roller Derby: A Sport With Heart

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – Family, friends and fans gathered together Saturday night in the All Seasons Center at the North Iowa Fairgrounds for the First Annual Chola…

Economy Squeezed As Debt Accelerates

Economy Squeezed As Debt Accelerates

Senator Jeff Sessions, ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee has pointed out that our per capita government debt is already larger than Greece’s. Per person, our government owes over…

Jean Dujardin wins for best actor for ‘The Artist’

Jean Dujardin wins for best actor for ‘The Artist’

By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Jean Dujardin was named best actor at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday. Dujardin won for his role in “The…

Oscars: Billy Crystal returns and ‘The Artist’ wins best picture

By Rene Rodriguez, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — “The Artist,” the homage to silent-era Hollywood that had swept the year-end prize circuit on the road leading to the 84th Academy Awards,…

‘The Help,’ ‘Moneyball’ among those snubbed at Oscars

By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — For a moment, it looked as though “Hugo” could sweep this year’s Academy Awards. Martin Scorsese’s 3-D family film snapped up…

Ford seeks to catch rivals in China

By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times – CHONGQING, China — Ford Motor Co.’s new factory in this smog-shrouded boomtown is the size of 17 football fields and cost nearly half a…

Fees that phone companies ring up

By Scott Wilson, Los Angeles Times – Take a close look at your phone bill and you’ll find a list of taxes, fees and surcharges going by obscure and slightly mysterious…

Susan Tompor: Millions of savings bonds are collecting dust

By Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press – It is not often that I want to write Dear Abby a letter. But I sure wanted to jump into the conversation when I…

Banks roll out new fees after debit fees fail to fly

By Richard Burnett, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — If you thought customers triumphed last fall when the nation’s big banks quickly retreated from monthly fees for debit-card use, think…

It’s West by a nose as Bryant breaks nose

It’s West by a nose as Bryant breaks nose

By John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times – ORLANDO, Fla. — Kobe Bryant added another milestone to his career Sunday as he passed Michael Jordan to become the all-time-leading NBA All-Star game…

Snow on the way, forecast says

From the NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE in DES MOINES THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL IOWA, including Cerro Gordo, Worth, Hancock, Winnebago, Kossuth, and Franklin counties. DAY…

Iowa Man Injured from Gunshot Wounds

REDFIELD – A rural Redfield man was injured by self-inflicted gunshot wounds Saturday morning. Larry Godwin, 68, shot a .22 caliber handgun at a raccoon he had caught in a…

Obama: An All-Of-The-Above Approach to American Energy

Obama: An All-Of-The-Above Approach to American Energy

WASHINGTON, DC—In this week’s address, President Obama spoke to the American people about the importance of taking an all-of-the-above approach to addressing our nation’s energy challenges. With only 2% of…

Secretary of State announces the Primary Election candidate filing period

(DES MOINES) – Secretary of State Matt Schultz announces that the filing period for State and Federal candidates for the 2012 Primary election begins today and goes through Friday, March…

Cop accidentally shoots himself following chase and crash

William Lee, Chicago Tribune – A Chicago police officer accidentally shot himself in the leg while trying to arrest three men this morning following a miles-long pursuit that ended with a…

Murder trial to begin Monday in Dinkytown hit-and-run

Abby Simons, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – After a week of jury selection, opening arguments are scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of a man accused of using his vehicle to…

Update: A.L. and Austin hospitals to share CEO

Kelli Lageson, Albert Lea Tribune, Minn. – Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin and Albert Lea will now share a chief executive officer, a decision made by both hospitals’ board of…

Hawkeyes’ recent rocket ride loses some flair

Hawkeyes’ recent rocket ride loses some flair

Mike Hlas, CR GAZETTE – CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — You wondered if Illinois’ fans thought they were coming to a funeral Sunday instead of a potentially enjoyable basketball outing. It felt like…

Minnesota man Indicted for Assaulting a Man with an Axe Handle

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 47-year-old Red Lake man was indicted for allegedly assaulting a Redby man with an axe handle on January 13, 2012. The indictment charges Joseph…

Justice Department Announces Lawsuit to Protect Rights of Military and Overseas Voters in Alabama

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against the state of Alabama and its chief election official seeking relief to help ensure that military…

HSI special agents seize $825,570 worth of counterfeit goods

You never know what you’ll find at a flea market – antiques, toys or even a deal of a lifetime. But special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE)…

ICE, North Dakota federal law enforcement agencies award special-needs man with honorary ‘Special Agent’ title

ICE, North Dakota federal law enforcement agencies award special-needs man with honorary ‘Special Agent’ title

MINOT, N.D. – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) Detachment 228 awarded a rare honor to…

East Texas man sentenced to nearly 13 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography

GALVESTON, Texas — A Winnie, Texas, man was sentenced on Tuesday to 151 months in federal prison for receiving child pornography, announced U. S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of…

Gatens picks up Big Ten Player of the Weeks honors

Gatens picks up Big Ten Player of the Weeks honors

PARK RIDGE, Ill. – – University of Iowa senior Matt Gatens was named Big Ten co-Player of the Week along with Purdue’s Robbie Hummel. The announcement was made this morning…

Royce White Picks Up His Third Big 12 Rookie of the Week Honor

IRVING, Texas – Iowa State’s Royce White was named Big 12 Rookie of the Week today for the third time this season. White also won the award on Dec. 14…

Supreme Court to weigh torture lawsuits against corporations

Supreme Court to weigh torture lawsuits against corporations

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Two years ago, the Supreme Court said corporations were like people and had the same free-speech rights to spend unlimited sums…

Farrakhan says racial hatred could spur assassination attempts on Obama

By Dan Hinkel, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — In a fiery lecture to thousands of followers of the Nation of Islam on Sunday, Minister Louis Farrakhan warned that racial hatred could…

‘The Artist’ speaks volumes at Oscars, winning three top awards

By John Horn and Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The movie of the fewest words spoke the loudest at the Oscars this year. On an evening suffused…

Shooting reported at Ohio high school; one suspect at large

By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times – A shooting occurred at a northeastern Ohio high school Monday morning, with at least one suspect reportedly still at large. A local sheriff’s deputy…

European Union orders new sanctions against Syria

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — The European Union slapped new sanctions on Syria on Monday, trying to tighten an economic vise around the violent regime of President…

Tyler Clementi had requested room change

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times NEW YORK — The trial of a former Rutgers University student facing hate charges for allegedly spying on his gay roommmate — Tyler Clementi,…

Top ten causes of death in Iowa

Top Ten Causes of Death in Iowa (2010) Cause, total number and rate per 100,00 Heart Disease 6,859 (225.2) Cancer 6,346 (208.3) Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases 1,694 (55.6) Cerebrovascular Disease…

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