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Biden leads Obama campaign assault on Romney

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times – MILWAUKEE — The shape of a general-election battle between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama came into sharper focus on Sunday as Vice President…

Twins’ 25-man roster a mix of new and familiar faces

Twins’ 25-man roster a mix of new and familiar faces

John Shipley, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Twins all but officially set their 25-man roster on Sunday, April 1, promoting Chris Parmelee from Class AA…

Wild rallies past Kings

By Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – ST. PAUL, Minn. — Before Saturday’s game against Los Angeles at Xcel Energy Center, Wild coach Mike Yeo had a meeting with the players.…

Bulls lack fight, get thumped by Thunder

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune – OKLAHOMA CITY — If a hyped, so-called potential NBA Finals preview exists and the last two coach of the year winners say it’s just another…

Recreation picking up the lake

Recreation picking up the lake

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – CLEAR LAKE – A group of friends came to Clear Lake from Minneapolis to do some Kite Boarding on a recent Saturday afternoon.…

Partying in Mason City

Partying in Mason City

by Matt Marquardt – Driving around town today looking for folks trying to register voters… it was said the police were called to shoe them away… came across some people…

NIACC Baseball splits against Kirkwood

NIACC Baseball splits against Kirkwood

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The seventh-ranked NIACC baseball team struggled early against Kirkwood Community College, but fought back in game two to earn a split with the Eagles, 2-10 and…

NIACC Softball swept at Marshalltown

NIACC Softball swept at Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – Marshalltown Community College outscored NIACC softball 27-6 during a sweep of the Trojans on Saturday, 17-4 and 10-2. Despite the losses, NIACC (8-12, 0-6 in the ICCAC)…

Op-ed: Use petition to remove Bookmeyer from office (by Peter Children)

I am advocating a petition for removal or recall of Eric Bookmeyer. If you were watching the state of Wisconsin in regard to their governor, Scott Walker, they got 900,000…

Rose Bowl scores – 3-27 and 3-29, 2012

Over The Hill 3/27/12 (4 person team) High Scratch Game 1.    Don Wickwire    214 2.    Gene Roberts     205 3.    Ed Gutzmer       202 1.    Joyce Konigsmark          202 2.    Michele Olson                193…

Bowling scores 3-25 through 3-30, 2012

Sunday Night Mixed League   Rose Bowl       03/25/12 Team High Series          Candy Bar                     1528 Team High Game           Norwex Enviro Products  552   Individual High Series Male         Jon Ketchum     563 Individual High…

Mason City man returns home

UPDATE: Sunday afternoon, Andrew Carr returned home safe. —- MASON CITY – Susann Carr of Mason City is asking for help locating her son, Andrew Carr. Andrew is 19 years old…

Consumer Confidential: Is health care a privilege or a right?

By David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times – One of the most striking take-aways from this week’s U.S. Supreme Court hearings on the health care reform law was the steadfast insistence on…

Consumer spending rises; income and savings slip

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — What high gas prices? American consumer spending last month increased by the most in seven months, even though the rise in…

Ford to invest $1.3 billion in Mexico plant for Fusion, MKZ

By Alisa Priddle, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — Ford will invest $1.3 billion in its Hermosillo, Mexico, plant and is creating 1,000 jobs to make the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion…

NFL mock draft

By Adam Teicher, McClatchy Newspapers – Chiefs beat writer Adam Teicher sizes up the April 26-28 NFL draft. ——— 1 Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck, Stanford Colts hope he has a career…

Google’s self-driving car takes blind man on errands

By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A self-driving car being developed by Google Inc. took a blind man for a ride this week, driving him to a…

Gail MarksJarvis: A step-by-step guide to setting up an IRA

By Gail MarksJarvis, Chicago Tribune – Do you feel like an IRA dummy? If so, you have company. About a third of Americans have an IRA, and confusion, rather than money,…

Tiger now carries substantial baggage

Tiger now carries substantial baggage

By Monte Poole, The Oakland Tribune – It all comes roaring back this week, the stunning introduction, the singular attraction, the utterly dominating force, the shocking disintegration, the exposed hedonism —…

Spending Smart: A new emphasis on financial literacy

By Gregory Karp, Chicago Tribune – Success in life and money usually stems from making good decisions. But you’re unlikely to make good decisions without knowledge. And survey after survey shows…

MasterCard, Visa warn of potential account breaches

By Tiffany Hsu and E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — MasterCard Inc. and Visa Inc. warned Friday that some of the data in their cardholder accounts may…

Celtics could be a Heat playoff nightmare

By Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel – The Miami Heat won’t just be seeing the Boston Celtics in April, the teams essentially will spend the month as roommates. Three of the Heat’s…

BRIEF: Ex-worker at care facility sentenced for mistreating resident

By David Unze, St. Cloud Times, Minn. – March 31–A former employee of a Kimball home care/assisted living facility was sentenced Friday to serve 45 days in jail for mistreating…

Jury finds former Boy Scout guilty of sex assault

By John Lundy and Mike Creger, Duluth News Tribune, Minn. – March 31–A St. Louis County jury found 77-year-old Edwin C. Culbert guilty of first and second degree sexual assault…

Touching all the bases . . . story lines and players to watch for Baseball 2012

By Tod Palmer, McClatchy Newspapers – FIVE STORYLINES TO WATCH 1. Zapping wildness from the wild card Much has been made about the final day of last year’s regular season when…

NY Man Arrested and Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

BUFFALO—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Kevin Baron, 42, of Buffalo, New York, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession of child pornography. The charge…

Former Warriors coach Don Nelson finally will get Iowa college degree

By Mark Emmons, San Jose Mercury News – Former Warriors coach Don Nelson is counting down the days to a life-defining achievement — a moment that he has long awaited. Entry…

First lady to deliver three college commencement speeches

By Samantha Stone, McClatchy-Tribune – First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to deliver the commencement addresses at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and…

Bulls-Thunder game could be NBA Finals preview

By Vaughn McClure, Chicago Tribune – It all made for the ideal storyline: Derrick Rose and Richard Hamilton back in the lineup with the Bulls set to face the Thunder in…

New Iowa license plates arrive

Steve Gravelle, CR Gazette – Iowans will start receiving new license plates next week, not that many will notice. With the oldest current plates now 15 years old, the Iowa…

More suburban teens turning from pills to heroin, authorities say

By Ed Fletcher, McClatchy Newspapers – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Heroin, a drug most often associated with the gritty back alleys of big cities, is making a surprising surge in suburban, affluent…

Centerville Woman Charged With Over $700,000 Of Health Care Fraud

DES MOINES, IA – On March 29, 2012, Angela Shae Ellison, age 45, of Centerville, Iowa, made her initial appearance in federal court on charges of committing over $700,000 of…

Health Day to be held at Southbridge Mall

Health Day to be held at Southbridge Mall

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health will be hosting a Health Day on Saturday, April 7, 2012, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Southbridge…

Job applicants shouldn’t have to ‘friend’ bosses

MCT News Service The following editorial appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer: Prospective employers typically ask job applicants for references. But in the age of the Internet, some want much more.…

Intentionally injuring opponents is part of the NFL mindset

By Mike Bianchi, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — We don’t understand. We just don’t understand. The brutality and mentality of big-time football is a savage reality that normal people…

Craft chain Michaels Stores files for IPO

By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Arts-and-crafts chain Michaels Stores Inc. is seeking to raise $500 million in an initial public offering. In a filing with the…

No Wednesday opener for Packers

No Wednesday opener for Packers

By Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – PALM BEACH, Fla. — Green Bay Packers fans won’t have to clear their calendar the first Wednesday in September. The National Football League took…

Track: Men place third, Harris, Ubbelohde qualify at Central Invite

Track: Men place third, Harris, Ubbelohde qualify at Central Invite

PELLA, Iowa – NIACC men’s track and field placed third out of 14 as the only community college team in the field, while RJ Harris (So., Des Moines, IA) and…

Black church leads fight against AIDS with HIV testing

By Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — It’s been three decades since HIV and AIDS invaded Chicago’s South Side and surrounded Bray Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Englewood.…

Defending the hoodie: Garment no reason to stereotype, students say

By Denisa R. Superville, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – HACKENSACK, N.J. — Sean O’Reilly was 16 when his mother gave him the talk that most black parents give their teenage sons.…

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