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Garza extra sharp in Cubs’ 8-0 victory over Brewers

Garza extra sharp in Cubs’ 8-0 victory over Brewers

By Dave van Dyck, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — So this was the way it was supposed to go when the new regime was making plans for its first Cubs team:…

Twins bats come alive, batter Angels

Twins bats come alive, batter Angels

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Twins newcomer Ryan Doumit was searching for the right word Monday after the team fell to 0-4 while scoring a whopping six…

Heat road woes continue in 96-86 overtime loss in Chicago

Heat road woes continue in 96-86 overtime loss in Chicago

By Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel – CHICAGO — The Miami Heat went into Thursday night seeking change. They wound up only with the manufactured type. (PHOTO: The Chicago Bulls’ Luol Deng guards the Miami Heat’s LeBron James (6)…

Democrat’s remark about stay-at-home mothers sparks media storm

By Lesley Clark and David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — It was the gift Mitt Romney has been seeking — and it came from a Democrat. Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen’s…

Cease-fire begins in Syria

By David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers – BEIRUT — Syrian government forces appeared Thursday largely to have ended their attacks on anti-government strongholds, adhering to a United Nations-brokered cease-fire. But the United…

Prosecutors: Zimmerman ‘profiled,’ confronted Trayvon Martin before shooting him

Prosecutors: Zimmerman ‘profiled,’ confronted Trayvon Martin before shooting him

By Frances Robles, McClatchy Newspapers – SANFORD, Fla. —George Zimmerman went from 45 days of being a hunted man in seclusion to eating Jolly Ranchers and killing time with puzzle books…

Man gets 35 years for detonating bombs near apartment complex

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Daniel Richard Garcia, 30, of Fairfield was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton to 35…

Woman gets prison for setting fires to collect Red Cross funds

DALLAS — Following her guilty plea in May 2011 to one count of wire fraud and one count of arson, Marthella Broadus, 37, was sentenced this afternoon by U.S. District…

Louisiana woman injured in one car rollover Thursday afternoon

Louisiana woman injured in one car rollover Thursday afternoon

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer At approximately 11:45 a.m. Thursday, emergency units were dispatched to a one car rollover at the 190th Mile Marker on the Avenue of the…

50 cent clothes rack helps “Cultural Crescent” business get back on its feet

50 cent clothes rack helps “Cultural Crescent” business get back on its feet

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – It was a rough stretch for many businesses in the “Cultural Crescent” during Streetscape construction last year. New Beginnings clothes consignment shop didn’t…

Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Leaving Bomb at Mall

DENVER — Earl Albert Moore, age 66, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge John L. Kane to serve life in federal prison for use of a destructive device…

Fort Dodge Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

A man who illegally possessed a firearm was sentenced April 9, 2012, to more than 4 years in federal prison. Sterling Clark, 21, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, received the prison…

Bloods Convicted in Violent Crime Conspiracy

Montgomery, Alabama — United States Attorney George L. Beck, Jr. announced today that five individuals that were either members of or associated themselves with the Bloods street gang in Montgomery,…

NIACC softball gives No. 4 Iowa Central problems in losses

NIACC softball gives No. 4 Iowa Central problems in losses

FORT DODGE, Iowa – No. 4 Iowa Central swept NIACC for the second time in eight days, but the Trojans gave the Tritons a fight in game two during the…

6.9 quake shakes Baja California, but no tsunami expected

By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A magnitude-6.9 earthquake shook Baja California early Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, but no tsunami was expected…

Gunmen kill two illegal immigrants in Arizona

By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times – Two illegal immigrants were shot to death by camouflaged gunmen northwest of Tucson in an incident evoking a pair of 2007 attacks, Arizona…

Beginning of Obama-Romney race sparks Twitter war over women

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – HARTFORD, Conn. — As Mitt Romney continued his efforts to make inroads with women by bashing President Barack Obama’s record, his campaign’s hesitation…

Obama enlists wealthy in support of ‘Buffett rule’

By Christi Parsons and Seema Mehta, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plugged his plan to increase taxes on the wealthy yet again on Wednesday, but this…

Accusations of massacres and continued fighting as Syria deadline looms

Accusations of massacres and continued fighting as Syria deadline looms

By David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers – BEIRUT — Syrian security forces on Wednesday undertook fewer military operations involving armor and heavy artillery ahead of Thursday’s cease-fire deadline but conducted raids…

Second-degree murder charge may be hard to prove in Trayvon Martin case

By Scott Hiaasen and David Ovalle, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey likely has an uphill climb to prove that George Zimmerman acted with the malicious…

‘Stand Your Ground’ laws challenged with launch of nationwide campaign against them

By William E. Gibson, The Orlando Sentinel – WASHINGTON — The crusade to repeal or replace Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law has gone national. State Sen. Chris Smith of Fort…

Mason City man gets deferred judgment in burglary case

Mason City man gets deferred judgment in burglary case

MASON CITY – A Mason City man who was just released from Cerro Gordo County Jail on Monday after serving 15 days as part of a negotiated guilty plea in…

Iran urges U.S. to exit Afghanistan

By Mina Habib, The Institute for War & Peace Reporting – KABUL, Afghanistan — Given the state of relations between Tehran and Washington, it should have come as no surprise…

Zimmerman is jailed on second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin shooting

Zimmerman is jailed on second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin shooting

By Jeff Weiner and Rene Stutzman, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — On a rainy night in February, George Zimmerman fired a single shot, killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and…

RC Aircraft club to hold annual show at Southbridge this weekend

RC Aircraft club to hold annual show at Southbridge this weekend

MASON CITY – The River City RC club will be having their annual show at the Southbridge Mall in Mason City on April 14 and 15, 2012 from 9:00am to…

A Prayer for the Earth exhibit open Friday at MacNider Museum

A Prayer for the Earth exhibit open Friday at MacNider Museum

MASON CITY – A Prayer for the Earth, a one-person exhibition by California artist Linda Vallejo, opens on Friday, April 13, at 9 a.m. in the Charles H. MacNider Art…

Blair Kerkhoff: BCS postseason format is about to change

By Blair Kerkhoff, McClatchy Newspapers – Hark, the sounds of spring football: Coaches barking, pads bashing, motorcycle s crashing. If we’re finished rubber-necking at the wreckage of a Harley and…

Publishers, Apple deny price-fixing allegations

By Jim Puzzanghera and Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Former Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs was a key player in a conspiracy with five major book…

Diagnostic aid for Alzheimer’s gets FDA approval

By Linda Loyd, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — A radioactive compound that lights up plaques in the brain to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease has been approved by the Food…

Axl Rose says no to Rock Hall

By Todd Martens and Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — This weekend, Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will throw its annual induction ceremony and concert…

Twins lose Baker for season

Twins lose Baker for season

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Going through three consecutive seasons with elbow problems was enough for Twins righthander Scott Baker. “I guess the…

Top recruit Shabazz Muhammad opts for UCLA

By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The biggest enhancement to the fan experience at Pauley Pavilion will cost UCLA only a scholarship. Top prep prospect Shabazz…