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Twins fall to Angels

Twins fall to Angels

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Each of the first two home openers at Target Field ended with a capacity crowd on its feet and a thunderous roar…

Additional charges filed in dealership embezzlement case

Additional charges filed in dealership embezzlement case

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Attorney’s office today confirmed that new charges have been brought against two former employees of a Mason City auto…

Remarks by the President at the White House Forum on Women and the Economy

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much.  (Applause.)  Thank you, everybody.  Everybody, please, please have a seat.  (Applause.)  Everybody, sit down, sit down.  I was going to head over here earlier…

Remarks by the President and the First Lady at the White House Easter Egg Roll

South Lawn, The White House – 10:46 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody!  (Applause.)  How about Rachel Crow?  Give her a big round of applause.  (Applause.) I want to wish…

Parent of victim calls ‘Bully’ a powerful film

By Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — A parent who’s experienced the tragedy of bullying is giving the new documentary “Bully” his endorsement. Kevin Epling is the father of…

Fox renews ‘Raising Hope,’ ‘Glee’ and ‘New Girl’

By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times  – LOS ANGELES — Fox announced Monday that it is renewing “Glee,” “Raising Hope” and “New Girl.” That means “New Girl” is back for a…

I-35 Speedway Sunday night highlights

I-35 Speedway Sunday night highlights

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – It was a fun and exciting night at the first race of the 2012 I-35 Speedway racing season. The racers…

Man accused in botched $2 robbery used plastic toy gun, prosecutors say

Dan Hinkel, Chicago Tribune – After failing to procure beer from a liquor store, a Chicago man approached a woman nearby and used a toy gun to try to rob…

Prosecutors: Man who robbed Radio Shack tracked down using GPS he stole

Dan Hinkel, Chicago Tribune – A Chicago man robbed a Radio Shack of $17,000 in merchandise, but police tracked him down quickly thanks to the global positioning equipment he stole,…

Chicago worker hospitalized after hair caught in machine

Rosemary R. Sobol, Chicago Tribune – A woman suffered a head injury when her hair was pulled into a corn bottling machine while working at a plant in southwest suburban…

BRIEF: Former Mankato bank officer charged with embezzling more than $100,000

Susan Feyder, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – A former retail operations officer for the United Prairie Bank in Mankato has been charged in federal court in Minnesota with embezzling about $108,000…

BRIEF: Ex-MN Park Police chief gets maximum sentence in molestation case

Abby Simons, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – A former head of the Minneapolis Park Police was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for molesting a teenage boy over a three-year…

North Tulsa shooting suspects each face bail of $9.16 million

Jarrel Wade, Tulsa World, Okla. – Two men suspected in a string of killings in north Tulsa made their initial court appearance this morning via closed circuit video in Tulsa…

3 adults dead in shooting at Minnesota day care

Paul Walsh and Paul Levyand Stephanie Audette, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Three people were found dead Monday morning following a shooting at in-home day care in Brooklyn Park, and police…

Serial Bank Robber Sentenced to 272 Months in Federal Prison

BOISE—Bryan Mark Johnson, 55, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced in United States District Court today for robbing two Boise banks, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge…

U.S. Attorney Hickton Statement on Bomb Threats to University of Pittsburgh Facilities

PITTSBURGH—David J. Hickton, United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, issued the following statement today on the bomb threats that have been disrupting the University of Pittsburgh community…

Federal Jury Convicts Bank Officer and Customer in Connection with Multi-Million-Dollar Check-Kiting Scheme

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today, a federal jury found a former Twin Cities bank officer and a bank customer guilty of fraud. Their crimes were related to the customer’s multi-million-dollar check-kiting scheme and…

Boston Doctor Sentenced for Traveling to Engage in Sex with a Minor U.S. Attorney’s Office

ANCHORAGE—United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that John Mark Felton, 48 a U.K. citizen who most recently resided in Boston, Massachusetts, was sentenced on April 5, 2012 in federal…

Commentary: Get started on tax return

Commentary: Get started on tax return

By Mary Cornatzer, McClatchy Newspapers – The deadline to file state and federal tax returns is bearing down on us. For last-minute-types, that probably feels like plenty of time. For…

Op-ed: Establish your identity (by Peter Children)

The majority of what we are really about, no one can see at first glance. That is because it is inside of us; what you are is stored in the…

Roller Derby: Dames crush Rebels this weekend

Roller Derby: Dames crush Rebels this weekend

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Saturday, April 7th, the Mason City Dames of Anarchy took on the Newton Rollin Rebels in a home bout of…

It’s do or die for Santorum in Pennsylvania

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Rick Santorum is back on familiar ground, seeking redemption and a lifeline for his presidential candidacy in the state that…

April a busy month at the Mason City Library

April a busy month at the Mason City Library

MASON CITY – April will be a very busy month at the Mason City Public Library! Not only will we celebrate National Library Week from April 9 – 14th, but…

Mason City traffic stop leads to arrest of known meth dealer

Mason City traffic stop leads to arrest of known meth dealer

MASON CITY – A member of the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s department made a stop of a vehicle Saturday afternoon in the 300 block of North Federal. During the traffic…

Fund raising efforts to begin for restoring “Floyd” to Courthouse

Fund raising efforts to begin for restoring “Floyd” to Courthouse

by Matt Marquardt – CHARLES CITY – The Floyd County Supervisors approved plans on March 27th to restore the word “Floyd” back on the courthouse. The Supervisors, by a 3-0…

Health Department Offers Worksite Wellness Assistance

Health Department Offers Worksite Wellness Assistance

(Mason City) – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is offering county businesses a FREE and unique opportunity to participate in a year-long Worksite Wellness Programming initiative. The…

Propective jurors to tell what they know about Jennifer Hudson’s in trial of defendant in deaths of her relatives

By Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO—To sit in judgment of William Balfour, prospective jurors will have to reveal everything they know about singer Jennifer Hudson, including whether they watched…

Follow-up: State tells upstart Cedar Rapids company with failed, bio-based gizmo to return its state economic-development grant

Rick Smith, CR Gazette – CEDAR RAPIDS — The state of Iowa wants its money back. An upstart company that surfaced in Cedar Rapids in 2011, secured support from local…

NATO summit prompts city to remove solar-powered garbage barrels

By John Byrne, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO—Expensive solar-powered garbage receptacles are being removed from around downtown Chicago before next month’s NATO summit in favor of wire trash cans that police can…

College seniors face better job prospects but continued angst

By Meghan Farnsworth, The Hechinger Report – Meredith Ballard is an economics major at Colorado College. But when she began her senior year last fall, she started feeling she was spending…

Time to kill the cent

The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune: ——— They cost too much to make. They weigh down your pockets. Retailers hate counting them. As a unit of value, they’re…

Russia allows anti-Putin demonstration in Red Square

By Sergei Loiko, Los Angeles Times – MOSCOW—Russian authorities relented Sunday and let demonstrators wearing white ribbons take to the cobblestones of Moscow’s Red Square, strolling unhindered past the Kremlin walls…

Tornado warning systems rose to the challenge in Dallas-Fort Worth area

By Susan Schrock, McClatchy Newspapers – ARLINGTON, Texas — As an EF-2 tornado tore its way along Arlington’s western edge Tuesday afternoon, warning sirens wailed for 23 minutes straight, warning residents…

Cardinals rough up Brewers, 9-3

By Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – MILWAUKEE — In the event the Milwaukee Brewers thought the St. Louis Cardinals would be any less formidable this season sans Albert Pujols and…

4 wounded in Winston-Salem drive-bys

News & Record, Greensboro, N.C. – WINSTON-SALEM — Four people were wounded Sunday night in two separate incidents that police believe are related. Three people were wounded at an apartment…