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Kentucky rides early lead to NCAA title

Kentucky rides early lead to NCAA title

By Blair Kerkhoff, McClatchy Newspapers – NEW ORLEANS — Throughout the NCAA Tournament, a halftime deficit hadn’t prevented a Kansas victory. (PHOTO: Doron Lamb (20) of Kentucky defends Tyshawn Taylor (10) of…

Vegas spending spree prompts resignation at federal agency

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Remember the furor over $16 muffins? That’s nothing compared to the $100-plus-per-person reception by the government’s procurement agency. The 2010 event featured…

Overturning health care law would be ‘extraordinary step,’ Obama says

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he remains confident that the Supreme Court will uphold his health care reform law, warning Monday that…

Mexican President Calderon calls for assault weapon ban in US

Mexican President Calderon calls for assault weapon ban in US

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Monday pushed for a revival of a ban on assault weapons in the U.S., arguing that the…

Bulls blow 15-point lead, fall to Rockets

Bulls blow 15-point lead, fall to Rockets

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Thanks to the come-from-ahead debacle that resulted in a 99-93 loss to the Rockets on Monday night at the United Center, the Bulls…

Kansas-Kentucky final is a matchup of legendary dimensions

By Blair Kerkhoff, McClatchy Newspapers – NEW ORLEANS — The story goes that seldom-used guard Adolph Rupp asked to hold the ball in one of his Kansas team photos from the…

Knott, Klein ranked among Big 12’s 10 best players

Knott, Klein ranked among Big 12’s 10 best players

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State linebacking duo A.J. Klein and Jake Knott have each been ranked as one of the top 10 football players at all positions in the Big…

Hawkeye Sweep; Iowa Downs Illinois in 10 Innings

Hawkeye Sweep; Iowa Downs Illinois in 10 Innings

IOWA CITY, Iowa — It took three hours and 12 minutes and there were 375 pitches thrown before the University of Iowa softball team got a bases loaded walk from…

Alliant: Utility moratorium on disconnections ends for this heating season

Alliant: Utility moratorium on disconnections ends for this heating season

Customers behind on bills encouraged to use self-service payment options CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – April 2, 2012 – Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), an Alliant Energy company, encourages Iowa…

Waterloo police say they can’t stop a driver just for texting

WATERLOO – The Director of Safety Services for the Waterloo Police Department, Daniel J. Trelka, said today in a press release that a driver cannot be stopped by law enforcement…

Street closures in Mason City to begin Wednesday

MASON CITY – Beginning Wednesday, April 4, sanitary sewer maintenance will be performed at three locations in Mason City: 12th Street NW between North Jefferson and North Monroe Avenues, 15th…

Four indicted in undercover investigation in Omaha, NE

OMAHA, Neb. – The United States’ Attorney’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Omaha Police Department announced today four defendants have been charged with federal…

ATF offers reward in Des Moines gun store burglary

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Kansas City Field Division and the Des Moines Police Department announced today ATF is offering a reward of $2,500…

JetBlue Pilot Charged with Interference with a Flight Crew

AMARILLO, TX—A federal criminal complaint was filed in the Northern District of Texas today that charges JetBlue pilot Clayton Frederick Osbon, 49, with interference with a flight crew, announced U.S.…

Today is Laugh Out Loud Day (LOL)

Today is Laugh Out Loud Day (LOL)

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is partnering with Governor Branstad’s Healthiest State Initiative to encourage all Iowans to ‘laugh out loud’ for their health’s sake on Monday, April…

Police working with City to clean up town

Police working with City to clean up town

by Matt Marquardt – The Mason City Police say they have been proactive in dealing with junk and nuisances within the city, according to a press release today. “During the…

BRIEF: Minneapolis: Officer shoots knife-wielding suspect

Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – A Minneapolis police officer shot and wounded a suspect reportedly wielding a knife at a busy intersection Sunday morning, April 1. Police were called…

Packers seeking a Super defense again through NFL draft

By Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – There’s a reason the Green Bay Packers have been pursuing defensive linemen as if they are a desperate team. Because they are desperate. Except…

Tom Watson and Fred Couples boast a combined 67 Masters, and they’re still going

By Tom Smith, McClatchy Newspapers – The temperatures are in the 80s, and Tiger Woods is in the spotlight. The golf season must be about to start for real. Sure, the…

Djokovic tops Murray to win third Sony Ericsson Open title

By Shandel Richardson, Sun Sentinel – KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Novak Djokovic was already in select company on the tennis court. Now, he is an even more exclusive group. Djokovic defeated…

Matchup capsule for Monday’s NCAA Tournament championship game

By Mike Huguenin, Rivals.com – A look at Monday’s national final: ——— KANSAS vs. KENTUCKY ——— Where: Superdome, New Orleans TV: CBS Time: 9 p.m. EDT. Announcers: Jim Nantz play-by-play, Clark…

Bulls’ Rose hints he may return next week

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune – OKLAHOMA CITY — Asked directly if his injured groin will allow him to play at any point in the Bulls’ final 12 regular-season games, Derrick…

Scoring well on par-5s always critical at Augusta

By Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it 1,000 times: the key to winning the Masters Tournament is mastering the greens at Augusta National.…

Kentucky’s Calipari won’t apologize for way he assembles teams

By Randy Covitz, McClatchy Newspapers – NEW ORLEANS — Kentucky coach John Calipari swears he’s never watched the tape from his only appearance in an NCAA championship game, when his Memphis…

US sees no signs of Assad’s grip loosening in Syria, congressman says

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence agencies don’t see signs that Syrian President Bashar Assad is losing his grip on power, said the chairman of the…

Tijuana drug-cartel leader to get 25-year maximum sentence

By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — For years, Benjamin Arellano Felix eluded U.S. law enforcement while running a Mexican drug cartel that terrorized rivals and poured hundreds…

Consumers left in dark during fight between Tribune, DirecTV

By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Consumers are caught in the middle of a fight between media giants. This time, it’s Tribune Co. and satellite broadcaster DirecTV…

Apple to improve conditions at Chinese factories after probe

By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — An investigation into the Chinese factories that produce Apple products found “significant issues with working conditions,” according to a report released…

Yahoo sites to offer ‘do not track’ feature by early summer

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Yahoo Inc. will offer a “do not track” feature on all its websites by early summer that will allow consumers to opt…

The spring lineup of Iowa’s 10 most invasive threats

Orlan Love, CR Gazette – Invasive plants and animals, many of them deliberately imported and without natural controls, continue to displace beneficial native species, degrading Iowa’s natural environment. With the…

‘Hunger Games’ easily defeats 2 new foes at box office

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Despite the arrival of new foes at the multiplex, “The Hunger Games” survived another weekend in the No. 1 position at…

Twins to open with revamped roster

Twins to open with revamped roster

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – FORT MYERS, Fla. — After losing 99 games a year ago, the Twins knew changes had to be made. And that…

Blazers down short-handed Wolves

Blazers down short-handed Wolves

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – PORTLAND, Ore. — The last time the Minnesota Timberwolves visited Portland, they walked out of the Rose Garden and into the night winners over…

In Yemen, lines blur as U.S. steps up airstrikes

By Ken Dilanian and David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A surveillance aircraft operated by the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command flew over southeast Yemen on the evening…

More than 1,000 rally in Miami to demand action in Trayvon Martin’s death

More than 1,000 rally in Miami to demand action in Trayvon Martin’s death

By David Ovalle and Diana Moskovitz, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — As more than 1,000 people flocked to Miami’s Bayfront Park Sunday under a blazing sun, Trayvon Martin’s hometown rolled out…

Number of Cerro Gordo County employed persons inches down

by Matt Marquardt – The Cerro Gordo county unemployment rate inched down in February to 6.4%, from 6.7% in January. The number of unemployed persons in Cerro Gordo county in…

Details of Friday’s Mega Millions Drawing Results In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa – The official results show that 108,143 tickets sold in Iowa won prizes in Friday’s world-record Mega Millions jackpot drawing, including two tickets that came within one…

President’s weekly address: Passing the Buffett Rule so that Everyone Pays Their Fair Share

WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, President Obama calls on Congress to pass the Buffett Rule, a principle of fairness that ensures that millionaires and billionaires do not pay less…

Baseball: NIACC takes two from Kirkwood, now 6-2 in ICCAC

Baseball: NIACC takes two from Kirkwood, now 6-2 in ICCAC

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – No. 7 NIACC swept Kirkwood 7-1 and 5-4 to win the weekend series 3-1 and move to 23-4 so far this season. The Trojans, 6-2 in…

Robbery Investigation in Ames

On Friday, March 23, 2012, at 1:25 a.m., the resident of 4130 Lincoln Swing #3, contacted the Ames Police Department and reported that a robbery had occurred at his residence.…