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Iowa defeats Dayton in NIT opening round, 84-75,

Iowa defeats Dayton in NIT opening round, 84-75,

IOWA CITY – Aaron White scored a career-best 25 points with 11 rebounds to lead Iowa past Dayton 84-75 in an opening-round NIT game.  Both were game-highs. The victory was Iowa’s…

New downtown Iowa City project may get $2.5 million from city

Gregg Hennigan, CR  Gazette – A new high-rise building proposed for downtown Iowa City moved a step closer Tuesday to getting $2.5 million from the city. The City Council’s Economic…

San Francisco sheriff takes plea deal in domestic violence case

By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times – SAN FRANCISCO — Just days before going to trial on domestic violence charges, San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi pleaded guilty Monday to…

Defendant won’t take the stand in Rutgers spying case

By Karen Sudol, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Dharun Ravi’s decision not to testify in his bias intimidation trial came as no surprise to seasoned criminal defense…

AFL-CIO ‘enthusiastically’ endorses Obama for re-election

By Melanie Mason, Tribune Washington Bureau – ORLANDO, Fla. — Leaders of the influential AFL-CIO labor federation announced Tuesday that the group voted “proudly and enthusiastically” to endorse President Barack Obama’s…

Escaping car fire a “blessing” Mason City man says

Escaping car fire a “blessing” Mason City man says

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – One person escaped a car fire Tuesday afternoon just south of Mason City at 230th Street, just east of Highway…

Insurgents attack Afghan delegation near massacre site

Insurgents attack Afghan delegation near massacre site

By Jon Stephenson, McClatchy Newspapers – NAJIBAN, Afghanistan — A high-level Afghan delegation came under fire from suspected Taliban insurgents on Tuesday while visiting the site of Sunday’s massacre of 16…

Obama launches trade case against China over raw materials

Obama launches trade case against China over raw materials

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday launched a challenge to China’s export restrictions on rare earth and other raw materials as part of…

Mason City Police warn of scam

Mason City Police warn of scam

MASON CITY – Mason City police are warning of a phone scam targeting senior citizens. The police department says it has recently received reports from elderly citizens saying they received…

Former professor sentenced to more than 37 years for aggravated child sex abuse

Child pornography probe rescued infant from sexual abuse by the professor and infant’s mother  SAN FRANCISCO – A former Cal State assistant professor was sentenced Thursday to 450 months in…

Senate sends House mental-health redesign plan

Senate sends House mental-health redesign plan

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – Iowa’s county-based mental-health system would be redesigned into a statewide effort where services would be administered regionally and delivered locally under legislation…

Capitol Digest 3-12-12

Capitol Digest 3-12-12

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Monday, March 12: IT’S NATIONAL FIX A LEAK WEEK: The Iowa Utilities Board…

Timberwolves pull together, stop Suns

Timberwolves pull together, stop Suns

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – PHOENIX — With Ricky Rubio back home tweeting daily pictures chronicling his knee rehab, the Timberwolves on Monday began a seven-game, 13-day road trip…

Aggressive Rose leads Bulls past Knicks

Aggressive Rose leads Bulls past Knicks

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Derrick Rose’s well-chronicled competitiveness often is cloaked in stoicism. Monday night at the United Center, matched against international sensation Jeremy Lin, the mask…

Whose bubble will pop? Ratings-challenged shows waiting for ax to drop on their run

By Chuck Barney, Contra Costa Times – Is it any wonder so many TV fans have a fear of commitment? You form a strong bond with a particular show, developing what…

Back to school: ‘21 Jump Street’ reinvents the cult TV show

Back to school: ‘21 Jump Street’ reinvents the cult TV show

By Rene Rodriguez, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The idea of a movie spinoff of “21 Jump Street” — the cult TV series about a group of police officers, led by…

Apple iPad online pre-orders are sold out

By Jeremy C. Owens, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — If you want to own the latest iteration of Apple Inc.’s popular iPad tablet computer on the first…

Bookmeyer: Stay at home dad or slacker? (by Peter Children)

Bookmeyer: Stay at home dad or slacker? (by Peter Children)

Op-ed by Peter Children – Stay at home dad or slacker. Eric Bookmeyer wants to be portrayed as a stay at home dad…wouldn’t that be wonderful if it were only…

Baseball: Black tosses no-hitter as NIACC wins two more

Baseball: Black tosses no-hitter as NIACC wins two more

VERO BEACH, Fla. – Freshman pitcher Tim Black (Mount Hope, Ontario) tossed a no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader en route to a 2-0 win over Baseball Academie…

Iowa Will Step Up Traffic Enforcement This Week

Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau is announcing that some 250 law enforcement agencies from around the state will be on the roads beginning March 15th…

PG&E to pay $70 million to San Bruno for pipeline disaster

By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced Monday that it will pay $70 million in restitution to the San Francisco Bay Area…

Soldier accused in Afghan killings was from troubled US base

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – SEATTLE — The call would soon become excruciatingly familiar: A 28-year-old Army specialist from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, recently home from Afghanistan, had walked into…

Three Individuals Sentenced to Prison for Participating in International Child Pornography Ring

WASHINGTON – Three men were sentenced to prison today in Los Angeles for their participation in an international child pornography ring announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the…

Senate rejects plan to open Arctic refuge to drilling

Senate rejects plan to open Arctic refuge to drilling

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday resoundingly rejected a sweeping measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other protected areas to oil drilling,…

China warns of backlash if U.S. presses rare earths case with WTO

By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — China’s state media warned Tuesday that U.S. plans to press Beijing through the World Trade Organization over its control of special industrial…

Former Guatemala military man gets 6,060-year sentence

By Franz Smets – GUATEMALA CITY — The former leader of an elite team of the Guatemalan military has been sentenced to 6,060 years in prison for his role in…

$25 Billion Mortgage Servicing Agreement Filed in Federal Court

Bank of America Corporation, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Company, Citigroup Inc. and Ally Financial Inc. named in suit. View the court documents. WASHINGTON – The Justice…

Court Sets $128 Million in Damages in Minority Discrimination Lawsuit Against New York’s Fire Department

WASHINGTON – A federal court announced last week that it had determined the aggregate amount of back pay damages owed to African-American and Hispanic applicants who were discriminated against by…

Three Former Corrections Officers Charged for Role in Beating Death of an Inmate

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that a federal grand jury has charged Michael Smith, 37, Matthew Davidson, 43, and Joseph Sanders, 31 – former corrections officers of the…

Ragan helps pass “Buy American Act”

Ragan helps pass “Buy American Act”

Legislation would require Iowa to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent on American-made products instead of rewarding companies that move jobs overseas. (DES MOINES) – The Iowa Senate voted Monday, March…

Harkin Announces Over $730,000 for Homeless Assistance in Iowa

Harkin Announces Over $730,000 for Homeless Assistance in Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that six programs aimed at reducing homelessness in Iowa have been awarded grants totaling $734,798 from the U.S. Department and Urban…

Manager of Sophisticated, Violent Fraudulent Document Ring Sentenced to 84 Months in Prison

WASHINGTON – Armando Gonzalez-Medina, 35, of Richmond, Va., was sentenced today to 84 months in prison, after pleading guilty to participating in a racketeering conspiracy and conspiring to possess, produce…

Accused Member of Foreign Terrorist Organization Extradited to United States on Hostage Taking Charges

WASHINGTON – Alexander Beltran Herrera, 35, aka Jhon Alexander Beltrain Herrera, aka Rodrigo Pirinolo, an accused member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), has been extradited from Colombia…

Learn Your Community Resource Codes

Most people are familiar with dialing 911, but some may not be aware of the seven other “N11” codes. N11 is a three-digit shortcut to reach special community resources. The…

Sandusky scandal: Penn State trustees defend firing Joe Paterno

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and university President Graham Spanier were dismissed last year because of a failure of leadership in handling reports…

Charles City band Endless Summer to enter Iowa hall of fame

CHARLES CITY – Endless Summer, “Iowa’s premier 50’s and 60’s rock & roll band” will be inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association (IRRMA) Hall of Fame this Labor Day…

Iowa Senate approves mental health redesign

By a bipartisan vote of 32-18, the Iowa Senate approved a sweeping overhaul of Iowa’s mental health system on Monday, March 12. From www.senate.iowa.gov: According to Senator Jack Hatch of Des…