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States join in on scrutiny of Google

By Mike Swift, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Google has long faced privacy and antitrust problems with federal and European regulators. But states appear increasingly willing to…

Consumer prices rise sharply in February

By Jeffry Bartash, MarketWatch – WASHINGTON — The cost of living in February rose by the fastest amount in 10 months as Americans paid sharply higher prices for gasoline, according to…

Michigan residents hit by tornadoes find blessings in the ruins

Michigan residents hit by tornadoes find blessings in the ruins

By David Jesse, Megha Satyanarayana, Tammy Stables Battaglia and Tina Lam, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — It could have been worse — much worse. But a day after three tornadoes…

Terror sentence hearing delayed

By Peter J. Sampson, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – HACKENSACK, N.J. — Next week’s sentencing of two North Jersey men convicted of plotting to join an armed Islamic group in Somalia…

Filmmaker behind ‘Kony 2012’ video taken to mental health facility; authorities likely won’t file charges

By Tony Perry and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — San Diego police said Friday that they don’t expect to seek any criminal charges against Jason Russell, the…

Suspect in Afghan civilian killings is identified

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – SEATTLE — The man suspected of shooting, stabbing and burning sleeping villagers in a horrific attack that has sparked fury across Afghanistan was identified…

Two explosions rock Damascus

BEIRUT — Two explosions rocked the Syrian capital of Damascus Saturday, state media reported. One explosion occurred near the Syrian Air Force intelligence headquarters, Syrian television said. The other took…

Analysis: Gingrich carrying on with his big ideas

By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times – BARRINGTON, Ill. — Newt Gingrich wants to build a moon colony. You’ve heard that one, right? From comedians, if not from Gingrich. It’s not…

‘Frozen Planet’ shows wonders of North and South poles with crystal-clear images

By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The first thing to say about “Frozen Planet,” a documentary about life at the poles that begins its multipart run Sunday…

Major indexes end 2.4% higher for week

By Kate Gibson, MarketWatch – NEW YORK — U.S. stocks mostly declined Friday, limiting weekly gains and halting the Dow’s longest up ride in more than a year, after an index…

Gadget envy, Apple loyalty bring buyers to iPad launch

By Patrick May, Robert Salonga and Jeremy C. Owens, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Apple fans lined up early Friday for the debut of the newest iteration…

Mammoth vessel opens a new era in shipping

Mammoth vessel opens a new era in shipping

By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The largest cargo container ship to ever dock in the Americas made a fog-shrouded first voyage into the Port of…

“Kadyn’s Law” signed Friday by Governor Branstad in Northwood

“Kadyn’s Law” signed Friday by Governor Branstad in Northwood

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – NORTHWOOD – Friday was a special day for Kari Halvorson. Kari’s daughter, Kadyn, was just 7 years old last May 10th when she…

John Clay: Kentucky expecting three-point barrage from Iowa State

John Clay: Kentucky expecting three-point barrage from Iowa State

By John Clay, McClatchy Newspapers – LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It’s one of the go-to lines in the Book of Calipari, from the chapter on opponents, from the passage on the dangers…

It’s Kentucky’s world, and Cyclones will try to live in it

It’s Kentucky’s world, and Cyclones will try to live in it

Mike Hlas, CR Gazette – LOUISVILLE, Ky. — We are Kentucky basketball. We don’t need to know about you. You need to know about us. That may seem like a…

Op-ed: Speak freely without fear (by Peter Children)

There are certain things that get my attention, I don’t know how many of you recognize the same thing, probably none would be my guess.  When writing opinions for this…

Steckman: House Approves Education Reform

Steckman: House Approves Education Reform

From Rep. Sharon Steckman: “Plan Needs More Common Sense Improvements” With a goal to make sure every child gets the skills necessary to land a good-paying job, the Iowa House…

Pension costs put crimp in Iowa cities’ budgets

Gregg Hennigan, CR Gazette – Risings costs have city officials calling for changes to a pension system for firefighters and police officers, but public safety representatives say the system is sound…

Ragan: Creating jobs by buying American, buying Iowan

Ragan: Creating jobs by buying American, buying Iowan

From Sen. Amanda Ragan – When your tax dollars must be spent, they should help create jobs here at home. Democrats and Republicans in the Iowa Senate have approved two…

Republican candidates have ‘image problem’ with Latinos, analysts say

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — When Mitt Romney heads to Puerto Rico on Friday on the hunt for delegates before Sunday’s primary, his campaign…

Occupy-inspired movement puts families in vacant homes

By Mary Ellen Podmolik, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Since moving into a home eight weeks ago, Tene Smith has hung one of her paintings on a wall, a reminder of…

Despite lagging, Gingrich argues US needs his vision

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – ELGIN, Ill. — Newt Gingrich is still out there fighting for the Republican presidential nomination, invoking the Bible and Abraham Lincoln as he pushes the…

TNT announces summer schedule: ‘Dallas’ return and ‘The Closer’s’ end

By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — TNT announced the premiere dates of its summer dramas Thursday, with five returning shows and four new shows, including the…

‘Spider-Man’ filmmakers head to WonderCon to address fans’ fears

By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — This summer, the wall-crawling hero Spider-Man celebrates his 50th anniversary, so in more ways than one, the Marvel Comics creation is…

Senate Dem’s: Plan to fund roads ‘cheap, election-year gimmick’

DES MOINES – The Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee today expressed his disappointment at a news release that unfairly questions Senator Amanda Ragan’s commitment to improving the safety of…

What’s opening in theaters next week

By Rene Rodriguez, McClatchy Newspapers – THE HUNGER GAMES (PG-13): That stampeding sound you hear is the roar of throngs of fans of Suzanne Collins’ novel rushing to the theater. This…

Iowa Softball Falls to Notre Dame, 2-0

Iowa Softball Falls to Notre Dame, 2-0

FULLERTON, Calif. — The University of Iowa softball team came up on the short end of a 2-0 decision to Notre Dame in its Judi Garman Classic opener Thursday morning.…

Defense argues FBI never took militia seriously

By Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — The government never took the Hutaree militia seriously, but planted undercover spies in the group just to “nail them.” That’s what the…

Hawkeye baseball team rallies to beat Jacksonville State

Hawkeye baseball team rallies to beat Jacksonville State

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The University of Iowa baseball team plated four runs in the bottom of the eighth to record a 6-3 come-from-behind victory over Jacksonville State Thursday. The…

Child with autism arrested, accused of shoplifting

By Alexia Campbell, Sun Sentinel – BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Police this week arrested a boy with autism on shoplifting charges after they say he walked out of a Boynton Beach…

Early GOP voting in Illinois up only marginally from 4 years ago

By Rick Pearson, Bill Ruthhart and Becky Schlikerman, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Despite a closely contested Illinois presidential primary, early voting among suburban Republican voters is up only marginally from…

Real Estate Q&A: How to refinance while deployed

By Gary M. Singer, Sun Sentinel – QUESTION: We have never been late on a single mortgage payment and have great credit, but as active-duty military, we can’t live in the…

Bowling scores, 3-11 through 3-16, 2012

Sunday Night Mixed League   Rose Bowl       03/11/12 Team High Series          Norwex Enviro Products              1706 Team High Game           Norwex Enviro Products              608 Individual High Series Male         Doug Schaffer    673 Individual High…

Wolves fall to Lakers again, 97-92

Wolves fall to Lakers again, 97-92

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – LOS ANGELES — So now we finally are reminded again what happens when Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love plays against the Lakers. (PHOTO: The…

Trial ordered for parents in child torture case

By Mike Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – MADISON, Wis. — A pediatrician specializing in child abuse testified Friday afternoon that the 15-year-old girl allegedly locked in her family’s basement and deprived…

Bin Laden plotted to assassinate Obama, Petraeus, documents show

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden in his final days schemed over an effort to kill President Barack Obama as well as other top U.S.…

Karzai lashes out at US over civilian deaths in Afghanistan

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in a fresh outburst of angry rhetoric against the United States, declared Friday he was at the…

Despite food-aid pact, North Korea planning satellite launch

Despite food-aid pact, North Korea planning satellite launch

By Barbara Demick and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — Two weeks after agreeing to freeze its weapons programs in return for food aid, North Korea announced Friday it…

Trout jumping out of Big Blue

Trout jumping out of Big Blue

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that they would be releasing 1,500 trout into Big Blue on Friday…