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Don’t be timid on education reform, Branstad tells Iowa lawmakers

James Q. Lynch, CR GAZETTE – Be bold, Gov. Terry Branstad urged state legislators who, he said, “are watering down our aggressive education reform.” “It’s not fair to our kids…

Ohio school shooting suspect randomly fired, prosecutors say

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Ohio school shooting suspect T.J. Lane randomly chose the targets of his shooting rampage at a suburban high school, fired 10 shots…

Romney wins Arizona, but is in a dogfight for Michigan

Romney wins Arizona, but is in a dogfight for Michigan

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney won the Arizona primary Tuesday, locking up an easy victory while fighting to win his native state of Michigan against a…

Wall Street’s hopes rise as Dow passes 13,000

By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A Wall Street rally that few expected has carried the Dow Jones index above 13,000 for the first time in nearly…

Tuttle Named MVC Freshman of the Year

Tuttle Named MVC Freshman of the Year

A trio of University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball players were honored today by the Missouri Valley Conference for their performance this season. Freshman forward Seth Tuttle has been named…

“Journey for Justice” supports locked-out Crystal Sugar workers

“Journey for Justice” supports locked-out Crystal Sugar workers

MASON CITY – The “Journey for Justice” came through Mason City Tuesday to show support for local locked out union employees. The “Journey for Justice” is a group of BCTGM…

North Iowa man busted for “sex acts” with dog

The Hancock County Sheriff’s office said today that a LuVerne, Iowa man was charged with bestiality after an investigation into an incident at a rural Britt residence. Steven Michael Schindler,…

Gay sheriff’s political star tarnished, but he’s not quitting

By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times – SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. — As he walked into the cafeteria of Walker Butte Elementary School to help recruit local citizens as law enforcement…

12 reported killed in rioting in western China

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — Chinese state media reported that 12 people were killed in rioting Tuesday in the outskirts of Kashgar, the westernmost city in the…

Obama celebrates revitalized auto industry

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — All eyes were on Michigan Tuesday — including President Barack Obama’s. As his potential GOP rivals scurried for support on primary day,…

Latham First to Qualify for 2012 Election Ballot

WILL APPEAR ON BALLOT OF NEW REPUBLICAN-LEANING 3RD DISTRICT ACCORDING TO REGISTRATION NUMBERS DES MOINES, IA –  Demonstrating broad grassroots organizational strength, Tom Latham was the first federal candidate in the State of…

No big hiring boost likely in 2012, forecast says

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The recent acceleration in hiring may have brightened consumers’ spirits and the recovery’s outlook, but professional forecasters still see just moderate growth…

Bill Dwyre: Ryan Braun’s drug-testing case smacks of fantasy

By Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times – Baseball has given us another “Alice in Wonderland” moment. Ryan Braun’s drug-testing case just gets curiouser and curiouser. In summary, for those of you…

Iowa Senate agrees to strike the word “retarded” from state law

Iowa Senate agrees to strike the word “retarded” from state law

The Iowa Senate unanimously agreed today to change some unsavory terminology in its code. References to mental retardation as “retarded” in Iowa’s law would be replaced with “intellectual disability.”  The…

Pharmacist Impersonator Charged with Mail Fraud, Identity Theft, and Money Laundering

ORLANDO, FL—United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces the unsealing of a fifteen-count indictment charging Allen Gregory Schleicher, a/k/a Gregory Klonowski, (49, Ruskin) with ten counts of mail fraud, four…

Illinois Mayor Guilty of Directing Police Officer to Steal Money and Drugs

The former mayor for the Village of Alorton pled guilty in U.S. District Court on February 24, 2012, to a four-count Information, the United States Attorney for the Southern District…

Kossuth County corn, soybean producers retain title for 2011

George C. Ford, CR GAZETTE – As they have done for 61 years, the corn producers of Kossuth County in north central Iowa in 2011 harvested the most acres for…

Supervisors OK urban renewal plan

Supervisors OK urban renewal plan

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo County Supervisors approved an urban renewal plan today that would allow the county to provide incentives to Red Power, Inc. to…

Bowling scores 2-24 through 2-27 2012

Early Bird Mixed 2/24/12 (4 person team) High team scratch game – Yoyo’s    767 High team scratch series – Budweiser 2,205 High Individual games 1. Seth Brannick 269 2. TC…

Op-ed: I don’t want to see your gun (by Peter Children)

A short while ago I wrote about too many permits being issued to carry guns. Then all the would-be cowboys came out of the barn to shoot me down. Now…

Tigers, leopard removed from home of former Tarzan actor

By Angel Streeter, Sun Sentinel – LOXAHATCHEE, Fla — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has removed three big cats from the Florida home of Steve Sipek, an actor who…

Ukraine court sentences Tymoshenko ally to 4 years

By Stefan Korshak – KIEV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian court sentenced a key political ally of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to four years in prison Monday, dealing another…

Court filings provide new details on killings of 3 Jennifer Hudson relatives

By Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Jennifer Hudson’s career was soaring in the fall of 2008, but the Oscar-winning actress and singer still found time to check in with…

Man wanted for 1996 Chicago killing is finally found in California

By David Jackson and Gary Marx, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Chicago murder suspect Giovanni Spiller’s 16 years on the run came to an abrupt end last week as he eased…

Man confesses to hit-and-run victim’s family, officials say

By Deanese Williams-Harris, Jack McCarthy, Steven Schmadeke and Becky Schlikerman – Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A Naperville, Ill., man charged with a fatal hit-and-run accident from 2008 told police he…

Schoolgirls’ fight ends in death, leaving haunting questions

By Ruben Vives, Scott Gold and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — It began with an incident that seemed relatively harmless, even timeless: Two little girls. An argument…

Witness says she shared Rutgers dorm video despite agreement

By Karen Sudol, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Molly Wei and Dharun Ravi watched a video clip of his roommate Tyler Clementi kissing another man from a…

UPDATE: Mason City man arrested for third degree sexual abuse

UPDATE: Mason City man arrested for third degree sexual abuse

MASON CITY – Mason City Police were dispatched to Mercy Medical Center North Iowa at 5:43 a.m. Monday morning to take a report of a sexual assault. As a result…

White House backs decision to build part of Keystone XL pipeline

By Lesley Clark and Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — With President Barack Obama under fire from Republicans over the rising cost of gasoline, the White House moved quickly Monday…

Credit for auto industry recovery debated

By John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — If you want a lens through which to view Tuesday’s primary election in the state, it could be this one: How real…

Romney tries to keep focus on the economy

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – ROCKFORD, Mich. — In a campaign that has been consumed in recent days by discussion of social issues, Mitt Romney tried to turn voters’…

Arizona feeling overlooked as candidates focus on Michigan

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times – TEMPE, Ariz. — Like an orphan in the desert, Arizona feels lonely and abandoned this election day, as Republican presidential hopefuls scurry across…

Michigan GOP primary’s tone overwhelmingly negative

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – DETROIT — Here’s what Michigan Republicans are hearing over and over as they prepare to vote Tuesday in the state’s crucial GOP presidential primary: Mitt…

Syria says new constitution received overwhelming support

By Hannah Allam, McClatchy Newspapers – BEIRUT — Amid reports of fresh atrocities in the besieged city of Homs, the Syrian government said Monday that an overwhelming majority of voters —…

Mason City man back in jail for escape from Beje Clark

Mason City man back in jail for escape from Beje Clark

MASON CITY – Mason City Police were called to Beje Clark at 1:30 p.m. on Monday on a report of a resident obstructing the legal process. 37-year-old Chad Duane Dean…

Violence suggests to US military: ‘Afghans hate us, and we don’t trust them’

Violence suggests to US military: ‘Afghans hate us, and we don’t trust them’

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — As violence continued Monday in Afghanistan over the accidental burning of Qurans by U.S. troops last week, American military officials and analysts…

FBI Releases Financial Crimes Report

The following post appears courtesy of the FBI. The founder of a $7 billion hedge fund is convicted of insider trading. A drug company pleads guilty to making and selling…

Greed drives the rich to bend ethics, study concludes

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The rich really are different from the rest of us, scientists have found — they are more likely to commit unethical…

‘Chemo brain’ may last and last

By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Chemotherapy patients have long complained of the mental fog that tends to accompany treatment, but a new study suggests that certain…

Poll: Most voters believe health care mandate is unconstitutional

By Kim Geiger, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Nearly two years after President Barack Obama signed his landmark health care package into law, three-quarters of registered voters believe the law’s…

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