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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…

Rough road stretch for Timberwolves begins in L.A.

Rough road stretch for Timberwolves begins in L.A.

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – LOS ANGELES — Tuesday night, the Timberwolves begin a stretch when they play three games in three nights and 15 of 21 games away…

Chip Scoggins: Timberwolves find defense, become relevant

Chip Scoggins: Timberwolves find defense, become relevant

By Chip Scoggins, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — You could see the disgust on Rick Adelman’s face and hear it in his voice. The veteran coach kicked off his first…

David Haugh: Optimism soars at Cubs’ camp like a Rizzo blast

By David Haugh, Chicago Tribune – MESA, Ariz. — Baseball romantics desperate for a Cubs metaphor this spring found what they were looking for Monday when 22-year-old first baseman Anthony Rizzo…

Kenseth wins Daytona 500

Kenseth wins Daytona 500

By Matt Murschel and Brentley Romine, The Orlando Sentinel – DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —Matt Kenseth won the Daytona 500 early Tuesday morning. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second and Greg Biffle third.…

It’s official: Greg Davis is Iowa’s new offensive coordinator

It’s official: Greg Davis is Iowa’s new offensive coordinator

Mike Hlas, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – For a program that likes to reveal news on its terms and its terms only, Iowa football couldn’t do so when it came…

Iowa Board of Regents approves Price Lab School closure

Diane Heldt, CR Gazette – The state Board of Regents on Monday approved the University of Northern Iowa plan to close Malcolm Price Lab School as part of budget cuts.…

Former Floyd County Attorney Marzen gets law license back

CHARLES CITY – The Iowa Supreme Court on last Wednesday reinstated  former Floyd County attorney Jesse Marzen’s law license. Marzen’s license was suspended because of ethics violations in March of 2010…

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…

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…