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Blagojevich aide sentenced to 2 years

By Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A former chief of staff to Rod Blagojevich who was also a close friend to the disgraced former Illinois governor was sentenced Wednesday…

Alaska’s Supreme Court reviews federal gun-shop liability law

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — A Bush-era federal law that protects gun dealers from being liable for murders committed with guns from their shops is under fire in…

Cross at Chicago Catholic church vandalized

By Rosemary Sobol, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A copper cross that has stood at a Chicago Catholic parish since 1895 was vandalized late Monday or early Tuesday, according to police…

Obama calls GOP budget a ‘Trojan Horse,’ criticizes Romney by name

By Lesley Clark and Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama slammed likely rival Mitt Romney and the Republican Party on Tuesday for the “social Darwinism” of their…

Romney’s set up for a big-win primary night Tuesday

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The Republican Party takes a three-week break from presidential primaries starting Wednesday, poised to rally at last behind Mitt Romney as its nominee…

Romney cruises to easy win in Maryland, anticipates big night ahead

Romney cruises to easy win in Maryland, anticipates big night ahead

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney coasted to a primary victory in Maryland on Tuesday, tightening his grip on the Republican presidential nomination. (PHOTO: GOP presidential hopeful Mitt…

Iowa corn farmers need the nitrogen that’s polluting Gulf

Orlan Love, CR Gazette – As long as Iowa farmers lead the nation in corn production, they will be among the leading contributors of nitrogen fertilizer to the dead zone…

Senate’s turn to tackle education reform

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — Partisans in the split-control Iowa Legislature are optimistic they will be able to send a scaled-back version of Gov. Terry Branstad proposed…

BRIEF: Scranton named dean of University of Iowa engineering college

Diane Heldt, CR Gazette – University of Iowa Provost P. Barry Butler named Alec B. Scranton as dean of the College of Engineering, effective immediately, officials announced Monday. Scranton has…

Threatening letter, white substance sent to Iowa lawmaker

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – The Iowa house came to a standstill this afternoon when a clerk for Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, D-Des Moines, opened a letter…

State help for Field of Dreams project clears Senate

State help for Field of Dreams project clears Senate

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – Legislation offering a sales tax rebate to a company planning a $38 million investment in the Field of Dreams near Dyersville reached…

April Fools’ Day starts off with bar fights in Mason City

April Fools’ Day starts off with bar fights in Mason City

MASON CITY – Mason City police started off April 1st with a report of a fight in progress around 12:10 a.m. at Sidewinders Lounge located at 810 S. Pennsylvania Ave.…

Lawsuit to block Coralville’s Von Maur deal marches on

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – The City of Coralville and Von Maur may have to decide whether to go forward with a deal to bring the department store chain to…

Governor, regents join Iowa students in rally for more funding

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad is urging lawmakers to “restore stability and predictability” to Iowa’s three regents universities by approving his recommendation for…

U.S. offers $10-million bounty for Pakistani militant chief

By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The U.S. government has set a $10-million bounty on Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, the founder of a Pakistani militant group with suspected…

Fla. woman offers sex for 2 cheeseburgers

McClatchy Newspapers – MANATEE, Fla. — A woman was arrested in a prostitution sting but not before she got two double cheeseburgers off the dollar menu at a McDonald’s restaurant.…

Traveling evangelist accused of filming women undressing

By Darren Barbee, McClatchy Newspapers – FORT WORTH, Texas — A Mississippi traveling evangelist who often spoke to Texas youth groups — including several times at a Southlake church — is…

New on DVD: ‘War Horse,’ ‘Torchwood: Miracle Day’

By Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers – An Oscar-nominated film and two good TV series are among the top picks this week on DVD. —“War Horse,” grade B-minus: A horse becomes the…

Chevy Chase feuding with ‘Community’ creator Dan Harmon

By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — It’s still an unanswered question whether or not NBC’s “Community” will be back for a fourth season. But as of…

Teen’s death was murder, Rep. Frederica Wilson claims

By Michael Vasquez, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Trayvon Martin’s death is “definitely” a case of murder, Miami Congresswoman Frederica Wilson told The Miami Herald during a sit-down video interview Tuesday.…

Southwest Airlines to begin service from Des Moines September 30th

(DES MOINES) – The Office of Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today learned that Southwest Airlines will begin flights from Des Moines on September 30, 2012. Upon…

Authorities respond to false alarm at Park Inn Tuesday

Authorities respond to false alarm at Park Inn Tuesday

MASON CITY – A false alarm at the Historic Park Inn Hotel in downtown Mason City brought out fire trucks, ambulance and Mason City Police over the noon hour. “We…

14% of Cerro Gordo County residents on “food assistance”

14% of Cerro Gordo County residents on “food assistance”

MASON CITY – According to figures from the state of Iowa, “food assistance” (formerly known as “food stamps”) has risen at an alarming rate over the past year in the…

1940 census goes online; search your family history

By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The federal government unlocked a treasure trove of U.S. history Monday, allowing researchers, genealogists and the public free online access to…

IA Att. General Settles with Muscatine Used Vehicle Dealer

(DES MOINES, Iowa)  The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division has settled an investigation of a Muscatine used vehicle dealership over the interest rates the dealership charged its customers. The settlement…

Beef processor files for bankruptcy, blames ‘pink slime’ furor

By Marc Lifsher and Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A national ground beef processor owned by Los Angeles private equity firm Yucaipa Cos. and basketball Hall of…

At White House summit, drug violence dominates agenda

At White House summit, drug violence dominates agenda

By Kathleen B. Hennessey and Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama hosted the leaders of Mexico and Canada on Monday in a White House summit aimed…

Liriano finishes strong spring

Liriano finishes strong spring

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Minnesota Twins lefthander Francisco Liriano finished up an impressive spring training by giving up one earned run…

Torture of children, rape by Syrian army ‘routine,’ ex-soldiers say

By Roy Gutman, McClatchy Newspapers – DOMZIN, Iraq — In addition to shooting unarmed civilians, Syrian military personnel routinely have raped women and girls, tortured children and encouraged troops to loot…

Steve King Reflects on “ObamaCare” Hearings

Steve King Reflects on “ObamaCare” Hearings

From Congressman Steve King: “I have said for two years- we need to repeal it, we need to pull it out by the roots. It’s unconstitutional in a number of…

ICE makes record arrest in nationwide crackdown

By Alfonso Chardy, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — During a six-day nationwide operation last week, 3,168 foreign nationals were arrested — the largest amount since a crackdown began in 2009 —…

Airport looking for “experienced restaurateur” to run its restaurant

Airport looking for “experienced restaurateur” to run its restaurant

MASON CITY – According to its Facebook page, the Mason City Airport Commission is seeking proposals for the lease/operation of its airport restaurant concession. “We are seeking a highly motivated…

Syrian military kills civilians in reprisals, ‘executes own troops,’ defectors say

Syrian military kills civilians in reprisals, ‘executes own troops,’ defectors say

By Roy Gutman, McClatchy Newspapers – DOMZIN, Iraq — Former Syrian soldiers who have escaped to northern Iraq are telling grisly stories of how their units executed unarmed civilians for demonstrating…

Alliant Energy starts Power Iowa project in Hanlontown

Alliant Energy starts Power Iowa project in Hanlontown

MASON CITY, Iowa – April 2, 2012 – Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), an Alliant Energy company, is working on another Power Iowa project in Worth County which will enhance the…

GOP is pushing female voters to Obama’s camp, DNC chairwoman says

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – PASADENA, Calif. — The Republican presidential candidates’ focus on issues such as contraception, abortion and health care will push female voters into President Barack…

Santorum courts Wisconsin conservatives on eve of primary

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times – MENASHA, Wis. — If Rick Santorum was weighing whether to abandon his quest for the presidency on Monday, the eve of the Wisconsin primary…

Grassley: Nothing wrong with using all of the edible trimmings of an animal

Grassley: Nothing wrong with using all of the edible trimmings of an animal

From Senator Chuck Grassley: Q: How do you see the recent attention given to lean finely textured beef? A: I enjoy and appreciate beef in a meal as often as…

Supreme Court OKs strip searches for even minor offenses

Supreme Court OKs strip searches for even minor offenses

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court refused to halt routine strip searches of new jail inmates, including those arrested for minor offenses, saying the…

Two Tennessee Bloods Gang Members Convicted for Roles in Three Murders

WASHINGTON – A federal jury in Nashville, Tenn., has convicted two Bloods gang members for their roles in the murder of three individuals, a racketeering conspiracy and committing firearms offenses, announced…

Man Charged with Attempting to Carry on an Explosive Device on a Plane

Joseph Picklo, 29, of Dallas, PA, was charged today by criminal complaint with attempting to carry on an explosive device on a plane, following an incident at Philadelphia International Airport. Picklo…

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