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Whitney Houston drowned accidentally; cocaine in her system

By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Whitney Houston died as the result of drowning in what the Los Angeles County coroner has ruled as an accidental death.…

Op-ed: The importance of voting (by Peter Children)

I know, I harp a lot about voting; about the importance of going to the polls to vote your choice in all matters that offer that option.  There is nothing…

Former Hawkeye Wegher charged with domestic assault

AKRON, IOWA – Former Iowa Hawkeye star running back Brandon Wegher was charged with domestic assault after a confrontation with his brother, Cole Wegher. According to online court records, a…

1,000,000 Hoodie March coming to Iowa City

A teen, Trayvon Martin, was gunned down in Florida this month.  The killing has sparked outrage across America.  Now, a movement to bring awareness has spread to Iowa. The “1,000,000…

Critics ‘sarcasm-bomb’ Kansas governor’s Facebook page

Steve Kraske, The Kansas City Star, Mo. – It’s called “sarcasm bombing.” And Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s Facebook page is the latest target. One of Wednesday’s Internet explosive devices: “Dear Dr.…

Drunk Austin, MN mother sentenced for picking up child

Trey Mewes, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – A 40-year-old Austin woman who allegedly picked up her kindergarten-age child while drunk was sentenced to probation Friday in Mower County court. Gina Marie…

Iowa City police ask for help identifying pizza joint robbers

Iowa City police ask for help identifying pizza joint robbers

On February 8, 2012 at 1:15am Papa Murphy’s Pizza at 2300 Muscatine Ave was burglarized. The suspects were captured on surveillance cameras in the business after they smashed a front…

King: Partial Repeal Only Empowers ObamaCare

King: Partial Repeal Only Empowers ObamaCare

Washington, DC- Congressman King released the following statement today after the House voted to repeal one of the most egregious pieces of ObamaCare, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). King…

Iowa launches Web Design Standard for all executive branch agency Web sites

State government Web sites will now all have a common look and feel, similar navigation, and serve Iowans from a citizen-centric viewpoint  Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim…

FTC settles with companies over fake weight-loss ads on Web

By Trine Tsouderos, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — If you have gone near a computer in recent years, you have probably seen Internet ads that promise weight loss through “1 weird…

McClatchy CEO Pruitt to step down

McClatchy-Tribune News Service – McClatchy Co. President Gary B. Pruitt, the 16-year leader of the company that is a joint-venture partner in McClatchy-Tribune Information Services and owns 30 newspapers, is…

Movie magic makes archery cool again

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Archery had long been relegated to the realm of men in tights, apples atop heads and junior high summer camp. Then…

Strong matchups in NCAA Tournament, no matter the time zone

By Dick Jerardi, Philadelphia Daily News – Remember when almost all of the best teams were not in the Eastern time zone, when the game revolved around Pauley Pavilion, when Utah…

Vikings release former Saint Ayodele

Vikings release former Saint Ayodele

By Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings ended a one-year experiment with defensive tackle Remi Ayodele on Wednesday, announcing his release on the same day the NFL…

Spurs roll over Twolves, 116-100

Spurs roll over Twolves, 116-100

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – SAN ANTONIO — It sure didn’t look or feel much like it, but the Minnesota Timberwolves left AT&T Center late Wednesday night having beaten…

Tim Tebow is worth more than a fourth-round draft pick via trade

By David Ramsey, The Gazette – COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Denver Broncos failed to get fair value for Tim Tebow. Remember, he was a late first-round pick just two years…

Duke-Kentucky classic of 1992 was an NCAA Tournament masterpiece

By Michael K. Bohn, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Time for the March Madness Highlight Quiz. What’s the greatest game in NCAA basketball tournament history, at least according to “USA Today?” The…

White House pushes south Keystone pipeline section

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – BOULDER CITY, Nev. — After being pummeled for months by both left and right over the Keystone XL pipeline, the Obama administration is trying…

For Romney, an endorsement from Jeb Bush

By Marc Caputo, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Republican Party standard bearer and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ended months of speculation by endorsing Mitt Romney on Wednesday, less than 24…

Targets of ATF sting were FBI informants

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — When the ATF made alleged gun trafficker Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta its primary target in the ill-fated Fast and Furious investigation, it…

Minnesota Man Indicted for Sexually Abusing a Girl

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 59-year-old man from the northern Minnesota community of Grygla was indicted for allegedly sexually abusing a girl while on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.…

Romney addresses aide’s misstep during visit to Maryland

By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun – ARBUTUS, Md. — Making what should have been a victory lap through Maryland on Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was forced to defend…

City leaders pass no-confidence vote in Sanford police chief; protests spread to New York

City leaders pass no-confidence vote in Sanford police chief; protests spread to New York

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times – SANFORD, Fla. — In a tense meeting Wednesday that highlighted growing tensions over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, city commissioners here…

Central Florida cops routinely make arrests in ‘stand your ground’ cases

By Henry Pierson Curtis, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — Police in Sanford let George Zimmerman go home after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin last month, but Central Florida…

French serial-killing suspect dead after police shootout

French serial-killing suspect dead after police shootout

By Alexandra Mayer-Hohdahl and Clare Byrne – TOULOUSE, France — The 23-year-old man suspected in a string of fatal shootings in France was found dead Thursday, after he jumped out…

U of Iowa to build new ten story student dorm

U of Iowa to build new ten story student dorm

IOWA CITY – The Iowa Board of Regents has approved a new 10-story residence hall/dorm for the University of Iowa. The cost of the dorm is $53,444,501. The project would…

Marines move to dismiss sergeant for criticizing Obama

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — The Marine Corps is moving to boot out a Marine for having made “political statements” about the commander-in-chief on a Facebook…

Photo of the day: Grafton students at state capitol

Photo of the day: Grafton students at state capitol

DES MOINES – A group of Grafton area Girl Scouts got to quiz a state official on Wednesday.  They were taking part in the annual Girl Scout Day on the…

Interview with Iowa Football Coach Ferentz

Interview with Iowa Football Coach Ferentz

March 20, 2012 THE MODERATOR:  We have Coach Ferentz. COACH FERENTZ:  Welcome, everybody.  Good to have everybody here.  I’m glad to hear about Bob doing well.  I know everybody is…

Hendriks could be chief fill-in pitcher for Twins

Hendriks could be chief fill-in pitcher for Twins

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – LAKELAND, Fla. — If Scott Baker or another Minnesota Twins starting pitcher isn’t ready to start the season, Liam Hendriks could be the first…

Dave Hyde: Tebow’s best chance is with Jets

By Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel – FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — What Tim Tebow wants, what he deserves, what he desperately needs at this point in his football career more than a…

Home health care aide indicted for attempted child sexual exploitation

COLUMBUS, Ohio – An Ohio home health care aide was charged Wednesday in a six-count indictment for attempting to sexually exploit a child, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and…

Bill Dwyre: Goodell did what he had to, but there are no winners in Saints’ story

By Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Let’s take a deep breath and hold off on the canonization of Roger Goodell. The puffs of white smoke coming out…

Atogwe: Saints, Rams will be hurt by Goodell’s ruling

By Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — The Detroit Lions’ playoff prospects improved Wednesday when the NFL handed down significant sanctions to one of the NFC’s best teams —…

Michigan State short on stars but long on grit

By Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press – PHOENIX — Tom Izzo said it again Wednesday on the eve of the Sweet 16 — his 10th such trip in 15 years. “I’m…

Top-seeded Kentucky a shot-blocking challenge for Indiana

By Pete DiPrimio, The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) – BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The odds makers do not pick Indiana, but they do not know what the Hoosiers do — that in…

Grassley Speaks on Convicting the Guilty and Exonerating the Innocent

From Senator Chuck Grassley: Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing on “Justice for All: Convicting the Guilty and Exonerating the Innocent” Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Mr. Chairman, thank…

Asian population grows faster than any other ethnic group in U.S.

By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Asian population of the United States grew faster than any other racial or ethnic group in the last decade, according…

California struggles to set up early quake warning system

By Hector Becerra and Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Japan has one. So do Mexico, Taiwan, Turkey and Romania. But California has struggled to develop and deploy…

Remains of Korean War POW return home after 60 years

By Becky Schlikerman, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — For 60 years, Army Cpl. Chester Roper’s family wondered what happened to the young man who went to fight in the Korean War.…

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