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Honda will recall CR-V, Pilot sport-utility vehicles

By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Honda Motor Co. said it will recall about 554,000 model-year 2002 to 2004 CR-V and model-year 2003 Pilot vehicles in the…

Toyota raises some prices as auto sales heat up

By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — While stronger-than-expected auto sales are prompting industry analysts to raise their forecasts of how many cars Americans will buy this year,…

Stocks notch stellar 1st quarter

By Kate Gibson, MarketWatch – NEW YORK — U.S. stocks on Friday snared their biggest first-quarter gain in more than a decade, after a better-than-anticipated rise in consumer confidence and spending…

Kentucky wins bluegrass state battle over Louisville

By Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times – NEW ORLEANS — Kentucky fans almost turned blue Saturday but can exhale now. The disaster defeat to Louisville in the NCAA tournament semifinals was…

Can’t name any Final Four players? Blame the NBA one-and-done rule

By Mike Bianchi, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — As we now head toward the national-championship game of college basketball Monday night, there has been but one pervading thought as…

Bruce Weber named Kansas State coach

By Kellis Robinett, McClatchy Newspapers – MANHATTAN, Kan. — Bruce Weber is well known in coaching circles and is one of the most recognizable faces in college basketball, but he comes…

Capitol Digest 3-30-12

Capitol Digest 3-30-12

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Friday, March 30, 2012: COOKING WITH KIDS: The Iowa House adopted a resolution…

Patrick Reusse: Celtics’ Kevin Garnett shows he has an edge over Timberwolves’ Kevin Love

By Patrick Reusse, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – The debate before Friday night’s game at Target Center was whether Kevin Garnett in his prime or Kevin Love as a 23-year-old stats monster…

Heat has enough energy to grind out win despite not getting into Toronto until 4 a.m.

By Joseph Goodman, McClatchy Newspapers – TORONTO — The Heat had several potential excuses Friday for yet another subpar performance on the road. And for three quarters, it seemed Miami could…

Minnesota 3-point shooter picks Waldorf

Rocky Hulne, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – HAYFIELD — One of Minnesota’s best all-time three-point shooters will continue his sharp-shooting at the college level. Hayfield senior Bobbie Stephens recently signed his…

BRIEF: Police officer shot, wounded in north Minneapolis

Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – A Minneapolis police officer was shot in the leg Friday night in north Minneapolis, apparently as the result of an accident or ricochet as officers…

Mob attacks bring call for earlier curfew

Matt McKinney, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – After a string of random youth-on-youth attacks along Nicollet Mall, the Minneapolis Police Department has asked the city attorney’s office if it can impose an…

Minnesota Twins: Baker’s move to DL sets up early rotation

Minnesota Twins: Baker’s move to DL sets up early rotation

John Shipley, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – FORT MYERS, Fla. – Scott Baker felt good about a four-inning start against Boston’s Class AAA team this morning, March 31, calling it…

Teens’ ‘cinnamon challenge’: Dangerous, not innocent

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times – A word of a warning to parents of adolescents, from the nation’s poison centers: Yes, you’ve secured your medicine chest and your liquor cabinet;…

Facebook users may develop poor body image

By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun – Facebook may be focusing users too much on their body weight and image, according to a new survey from the Center for Eating Disorders…

Hoodie evolves into a symbol of protest

By Dahleen Glanton and Dawn Rhodes, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Nineteen-year-old Jonathan Knowles has an array of hoodies hanging in his dorm room closet, scattered among his suits, dress shirts…

One face of the Syrian revolt: a jihadi comes home

By David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers – NEAR RAMTHA, Jordan — Outside a Bedouin shepherd’s tent, in view of the Syrian border, Abu Khalid sits in the grass, a laptop perched on…

Trayvon Martin’s shooting case draws partisan battle lines

By Marc Caputo, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — From suspect to victim to cultural symbol, Trayvon Martin has metamorphosed into a political point of departure over race. When President Barack Obama…

Fire investigated at Curries Friday night

Fire investigated at Curries Friday night

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – Around 8:00 pm, Friday, the Mason City Fire Department was dispatched to Curries Manufacturing on 9th Street SE. It was reported that a…

Op-ed: Only the mental health center can figure Bookmeyer out

I have never been to the Landfill facility, I don’t know what it looks like. Now that it is front and center in this community it has peaked my interest.…

Obama clears way for tightened sanctions on Iran

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration cleared the way for tightening sanctions on Iran with a determination that a reduction in the global purchases of…

Obama proposes new rule for immigrant families

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is proposing to make it easier for illegal immigrants who are immediate family members of American citizens to apply…

Food aid for North Korea scuttled, administration says

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says it has dropped plans to provide 240,000 metric tons of food aid for North Korea over Pyongyang’s plans to…

Harkin Bill Lets Taxpayers Tell Congress Where Federal Dollars Should Be Spent

Harkin Bill Lets Taxpayers Tell Congress Where Federal Dollars Should Be Spent

Measure calls for changes to 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ Forms WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) has introduced legislation that allows taxpayers to systematically tell Congress their federal spending…

Iowa Nonfarm Jobs Increase by 8,700 in February

DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continued to drop in February, falling to 5.3 percent from 5.4 percent in January. The comparable rate for February 2011 was…

Farmers expect to plant record corn, fewer soybean acres this year

George C. Ford, CR Gazette – Farmers are expected to plant a record corn crop and fewer soybean acres this year than they did in 2011, according to projections reported…

Fine overturned against Virginia Tech for mass-shooting warning

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Virginia Tech did not violate federal law in its email response time that notified students of a campus rampage that left 33…

Red Cross head leaves Washington after plea to review, release some from Guantanamo

By Carol Rosenberg, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The former Swiss diplomat who runs the International Red Cross ended a round of meetings this week with President Barack Obama and senior…

Sharpton says civil disobedience will escalate if Zimmerman remains free

By Arelis R. Hernandez, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — If George Zimmerman is not arrested in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin soon, the Rev. Al Sharpton says he…

Romney targets Obama in Wisconsin swing

By Craig Gilbert, Mike Johnson and Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – APPLETON, Wis. — Despite staking rival Rick Santorum to a six-day head start in Wisconsin, Mitt Romney arrived here…

Shell drilling plan fails to account for risk factors in Arctic, report says

By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON—Days after the Obama administration approved Royal Dutch Shell’s oil spill response plan for drilling in the Arctic Ocean off the Alaskan coast, an…

FDA rejects petition to ban BPA in food packaging

Meg Kissinger, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it was denying a petition to ban BPA from all food and drink containers, saying the science…

There is no such thing as an Iowa running back curse

Mike Hlas, CR Gazette – There are no such things as curses, jinxes, hexes. You can’t get bad luck from a black cat running in front of your path, unless…

Palestinians and Israeli soldiers clash amid heightened tension

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times  – JERUSALEM — Clashes erupted Friday between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem, as Israeli security troops remained on high…

Eurozone nations agree to $1 trillion bailout total

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — The 17 nations of the eurozone agreed Friday to increase their bailout resources in an attempt to keep a lid on the…

Texas bigamist, a Warren Jeffs follower, gets 10 years in prison

By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A West Texas polygamist who authorities said had multiple “celestial marriages” was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison. Wendell Loy…

Obama blasts GOP’s ‘you’re-on-your-own economics’

By Kathleen Hennessey and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Framing the November election as a defining moment for the middle class, President Barack Obama said voters would…

Breaking down the Final Four matchups

By Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News – If the betting public, NCAA selection committee and NBA Draft boards are to be believed, the next 72 hours will be a Big…

Capitol Digest 3-29-12

Capitol Digest 3-29-12

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Thursday, March 29, 2012: REPLACEMENT LICENSES: The Iowa Department of Transportation will implement…

‘Hunger Games’ is expected to dominate the box office again

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Moviegoers are expected to return to the multiplex this weekend for second helpings of “The Hunger Games,” pushing the teen epic…

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