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Rose and Hamilton seek right rhythm

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — At this stage of the season, Tom Thibodeau knows a delicate balance exists between the need for rest and rhythm. But even with…

U.N. Security Council approves sending truce monitors to Syria

Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT, Lebanon — The U.N. Security Council on Saturday unanimously approved sending up to 30 unarmed monitors to Syria to help maintain what at best can…

Western officials call Iranians’ tone at nuclear talks constructive

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – ISTANBUL, Turkey — Diplomats from six world powers met with Iranian officials into the midafternoon Saturday in their effort to finally launch a durable…

Israel braces for mass arrival of pro-Palestinian activists

By Jeff Abramowitz – TEL AVIV, Israel — Israel completed preparations Saturday for an expected influx of hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists on Sunday, while the Welcome to Palestine 2012 initiative…

Patrick Reusse: Rangers look like a World Series contender again

By Patrick Reusse, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — The Texas Rangers should be the defending World Series champions. They had St. Louis down to a final strike twice in what…

Baseball rankings

By Larry Stone, The Seattle Times – Larry Stone’s MLB power rankings Last week’s rankings in parentheses Team 1       Tigers (1)      For Prince, best part of being on an Ilitch-owned team:…

Councilman Alex Kuhn to ride along with MCPD today

Councilman Alex Kuhn to ride along with MCPD today

MASON CITY – Councilman Alex Kuhn told NIT today that he is “very concerned” about the crime issues in Mason City. He said that he has spoken with Mason City…

Students Selected to Statewide Honors Orchestra

MASON CITY – Three Mason City Community School District students were selected to perform in the statewide honor orchestra at the ISTA (Iowa Strings Teacher Association) Spring Conference scheduled for…

Girl, 6, dies after getting knocked over by log while playing on beach

By Jessica M. Pasko, Santa Cruz Sentinel – LIVE OAK, Calif. — A 6-year-old girl died after being knocked down by a log while playing on a Live Oak beach.…

More Syria violence seen despite truce

Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Two days into a fragile truce, and the question many are asking is, when is a cease-fire no longer a cease-fire? On the second…

Secret Service agents accused of misconduct removed from summit

By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – CARTAGENA, Colombia — As many as a dozen Secret Service agents have been sent home from the Summit of…

North Hollywood, Calif., Man Sentenced in Los Angeles to 20 Years in Prison for Participating in International Child Pornography Ring

WASHINGTON – A North Hollywood man was sentenced today in Los Angeles to 20 years in prison and lifetime supervised release for his participation in an international child pornography ring,…

Aryan Brotherhood Gang Members Sentenced for Violent Crimes

WASHINGTON – Five members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) have been sentenced to federal prison for their role in an aggravated assault that took place in Tomball, Texas,…

Boston doctor sentenced to 21 years for traveling to Alaska to have sex with minor

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Boston doctor was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison Friday following a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) that…

Waterloo man arrested after stabbing Mason City man to death; held on 1st degree murder charges

Waterloo man arrested after stabbing Mason City man to death; held on 1st degree murder charges

MASON CITY – There was a fatal stabbing in Mason City early Saturday morning. Details are still unfolding, but sources tell NIT that at about 3:00 a.m. a 24 year…

Mason City Best Buy survives the cut

Mason City Best Buy survives the cut

MASON CITY – The Best Buy “big box” store in Mason City is not on the latest list of store closures released by the Best Buy Corporation on Saturday. No…

Locked out workers shown support

Locked out workers shown support

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Locked out union workers from American Crystal Sugar were shown support on Friday. Checks for $500 were presented to some of the 25…

Women’s self defense seminar to be held Saturday

Women’s self defense seminar to be held Saturday

MASON CITY – The Mason City Community Policing Advisory Board has announced plans for a Women’s Self-Defense Seminar event scheduled from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, April 14th, 2012, at the…

Wells Fargo earns $4 billion in first quarter

Wells Fargo earns $4 billion in first quarter

Andrew Dunn, The Charlotte Observer, N.C. – As refinancing applications continue to flood in, Wells Fargo and Co. used a surge in mortgage banking to post another record-setting quarter of profits,…

Anamosa weekly newspaper buyers upbeat on the industry

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – Jim and Bridget Johnson may have had worries about buying the weekly newspaper in the Jones County seat of Anamosa, but the uncertain fate of…

Davenport crack dealer sent to prison

DAVENPORT, IA – On April 12, 2012, Ricky Lee Johnson, age 42, of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced to 262 months of imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute cocaine base (“crack”) and…

Q & A on taxes with Sen. Grassley

Q & A on taxes with Sen. Grassley

Q:    What is Tax Freedom Day? A:    Since 1990, the Tax Foundation has calculated how many days a taxpayer must work from January 1 each year to pay taxes that…

Bulls’ Rose committed to regaining edge

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune – Poor C.J. Watson. His reward for sinking a three-pointer to force overtime in Thursday’s dramatic victory over the Heat? Guarding Derrick Rose in 3-on-3 on…

RSVP Recognizes Volunteers during National Volunteer Week

RSVP Recognizes Volunteers during National Volunteer Week

Celebrating People in Action is the theme of this year’s National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, and RSVP of North Central Iowa is proud to celebrate its volunteers who give back…

Twins fall to Rangers

Twins fall to Rangers

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — The disappointment of losing back-to-back World Series has been compounded for Rangers fans the past two winters. Besides coming so close…

‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ loses his name overseas

By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Abraham Lincoln won’t get top billing in some foreign countries when his vampire-hunting adventure hits the big screen this summer. Hoping…

China exports remain dominant despite rising costs

By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times – HUIZHOU, China — Tony Zhang used to make cents on the dollar churning out cheap sneakers for Wal-Mart. And like every other low-margin exporter…

Stocks end worst week of 2012

By Kate Gibson, MarketWatch – NEW YORK — U.S. stocks fell Friday, with the major indexes recording their worst week this year, after China reported its economy slowed more than anticipated.…

For Mike and Ike, parting is such sweet (and maybe lucrative) sorrow

By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The pair’s split, like many high-profile break-ups, has been public and messy. Mike and Ike, a staple at movie theater concession…

Soon-to-be free agent Michael Beasley says he’s eager to return to Timberwolves next season

Ray Richardson, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – As the Timberwolves wonder if Kevin Love will play in the team’s final six games, Michael Beasley made it clear he wants to…

Sisters accused of beating, sexually assaulting man make court appearance

Andy Rathbun, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – Two sisters accused of beating a man and sexually assaulting him in October made an initial court appearance Thursday, April 12. Amanda L.…

Burnsville ready to offer loan guarantees to grow businesses

Jessica Fleming, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – Burnsville could soon begin offering loan guarantees for businesses – a sign of the times in which banks have become more careful with…