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Twins roughed up by Yankees

Twins roughed up by Yankees

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – NEW YORK — From baseball stadiums in the Bronx to operating tables in Manhattan, Tuesday was a bad night for…

NFL draft preview: wide receivers

By Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune – This is a deep group of wide receivers. There are considerably more draftable players than at any other position. As a result, the order in…

Kim Kardashian mulls run for mayor — ‘for real’

By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Kim Kardashian for mayor in 2017? In a new video clip from E!’s “Khloe and Lamar,” the reality TV star said she…

Colombian escort industry abuzz over summit sex scandal

By Jim Wyss, McClatchy Newspapers – BOGOTA, Colombia — Mixing business and pleasure might kill some careers, but in Colombia, at least, it’s not necessarily illegal. At least 11 U.S. Secret…

North Korea threatens retaliation over scrapping of food aid

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — North Korea on Tuesday answered world condemnation of its recent rocket test with defiance, threatening “retaliatory measures” if the United…

Syrian cease-fire on verge of shattering

Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Six days into the Syrian cease-fire and the term does not seem to fit, according to anti-government activists. Shelling continued in the battered city…

Pakistan deports bin Laden’s family to Saudi Arabia

By Tom Hussain, McClatchy Newspapers – ISLAMABAD — On Wednesday, Pakistan was scheduled to deport the 14 members of Osama bin Laden’s family who had lived with him in a garrison…

Afghan leader Karzai calls for Taliban ‘brothers’ to bargain, not bomb

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai, facing criticism for referring to the Taliban as “brothers” despite a hammer-blow of insurgent attacks on his…

Marine whose wife is missing returning from Afghanistan

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — Cory Killgore, a Marine whose wife is missing under suspicious circumstance, is returning from Afghanistan as attention has shifted to a…

LAPD plans separate jail for transgender suspects

By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Responding to incidents of violence against transgender arrestees, the Los Angeles Police Department plans to open a segregated lockup for biologically…

Michigan lottery winner charged with welfare fraud

By Dawson Bell, Detroit Free Press – LANSING, Mich. — A 25-year-old woman who continued to collect food stamps after winning the Michigan state lottery’s $1 million “Make Me Rich!” game…

Obama proposes new action on oil speculation

By Kevin G. Hall and Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Utilizing the bully pulpit in an attempt to push down stubbornly high oil prices, President Barack Obama on Tuesday…

Iowa state senator, husband hurt while picking up storm debris in Clive

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – State Sen. Pat Ward, R-Clive, an assistant minority leader, issued a statement Monday saying she and her husband were hospitalized for medical treatment of injuries…

Hawkeyes find another Cass Tech recruit

Hawkeyes find another Cass Tech recruit

Marc Morehouse, CR Gazette – Iowa back on pace for 2013 recruiting. You have to remember, Iowa, and a lot of other Big Ten schools that don’t shop off the…

Iowa lawmakers narrow budget gap; say adjournment possible this week

Iowa lawmakers narrow budget gap; say adjournment possible this week

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – Negotiators for the Iowa House, Senate and governor are continuing efforts to narrow their differences on an overall budget number that could pave the…

Man charged with stomping pregnant girlfriend’s stomach in 3-hour assault

David Chanen, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – A Fridley man was charged with attempting to kill his yet-be-born child by stomping on his pregnant girlfriend’s stomach, according to a criminal charge filed…

Waterloo goes ahead with “Sportsplex” as Mason City struggles for answers

Waterloo goes ahead with “Sportsplex” as Mason City struggles for answers

by Matt Marquardt – Mason City is not the only community in the region looking at building a city-run recreation center. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier is reporting that the Waterloo…

Northfield, MN woman charged with killing kennel puppies

Jim Adams, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – A Northfield woman has been charged with 16 counts of felony animal cruelty in connection with the deaths of more than a dozen puppies and…

Report rips banks on ‘payday’ loans

Report rips banks on ‘payday’ loans

Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – As regulators crack down on storefront and Internet payday lenders, a new report says four big banks — including Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank —…

BRIEF: Cargill selling juice business to German firm

Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Cargill Inc. said Tuesday it’s agreed to sell its global juice blends business for an undisclosed price to Wild Flavors GmbH, a German firm. Minnetonka-based…

Lee, owner of Globe Gazette, reports another loss

Lee, owner of Globe Gazette, reports another loss

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Lee Enterprises Inc., owner of the Globe Gazette in Mason City and other newspapers, reported a 54 cent per share loss ($26.6 million)…

Supervisors agree to sell fairground land

Supervisors agree to sell fairground land

by Matt Marquardt – Cerro Gordo County Supervisors agreed to market fairgrounds land for sale at this morning’s meeting. The land that will be marketed is just west of the…

U.S. Bank profits up 28 percent

U.S. Bank profits up 28 percent

Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – U.S. Bancorp beat Wall Street estimates Tuesday on stronger loan growth and mortgage making. Although profits dropped a skosh from the previous quarter, when the…

Mason City man sentenced to Beje Clark again for violating probation

Mason City man sentenced to Beje Clark again for violating probation

MASON CITY – On Monday, April 16th, 27-year-old Billy Lee Jaime Huerta of Mason City was found guilty in Cerro Gordo County District Court for violating the terms of his…

Mason City man jailed on felony OWI charge

Mason City man jailed on felony OWI charge

MASON CITY – A Mason City man identified as 42-year-old Gustavo Eleuterio Gracia-Calderon was arrested following a traffic contact with law enforcement early Sunday morning. As a result Gracia-Calderon was…

President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON, DC—On May 16, President Barack Obama will award Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Specialist Sabo will receive the Medal of…

Antibiotics, animals and us

McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Los Angeles Times Editorial – Voluntary guidelines for pharmaceutical companies will not wean the livestock industry off its addiction to antibiotics. Yet that’s what the U.S.…

Unemployment among those with disabilities climbs to 14.6 percent

By Kristin Samuelson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The unemployment rate for people with disabilities averaged 14.6 percent for the first quarter of 2012, almost 74 percent higher than the 8.4…

Gas prices fall for second week in a row

By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Gasoline prices dropped around much of the nation for the second straight week, an Energy Department survey showed. But don’t…

Supreme Court to weigh crack cocaine sentences

Supreme Court to weigh crack cocaine sentences

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Nearly two years ago, President Barack Obama signed into law a “fair sentencing” act to reduce the long prison terms meted…

Tax cheats can land spouses in hot water

By Claudia Buck, McClatchy Newspapers – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An anonymous letter arrived recently from a worried spouse. The woman said she was “terrified” that her husband’s tax cheating would land…

Student loan debt seen as growing threat to the economy

By Becky Yerak, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Move over, mortgages. Get out of the way, Greece. Another economic doomsday scenario is emerging. Student loan debt has reached about $870 billion,…

Bling Ring leader taken into custody pending sentencing

By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The alleged mastermind of the Bling Ring celebrity burglary scheme is back behind bars after the security for his $200,000 bond was withdrawn.…

New probe of Google is urged

By Jessica Guynn and Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – SAN FRANCISCO — Privacy watchdogs are urging the nation’s top law enforcer to launch a new investigation into Google Inc. after…

Earthquake strikes off Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile — A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Chile early Tuesday, prompting widespread evacuations, but no reports of damage, authorities said. The quake hit northwest of the coastal town of…