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Grassley Receives Briefing from Secret Service Director About Colombia Prostitute Scandal

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley released the following statement after being briefed by United States Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan about the ongoing investigation into several agents’ actions…

Gun and drugs seized in Waterloo

On April 18, 2012 at approximately 5:00 AM, Members of the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force executed a search warrant at 622 Lincoln Street, Waterloo, IA. During the search, Investigators…

3 Secret Service agents leave agency amid scandal

By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Three Secret Service agents implicated in a prostitution scandal in Colombia — including two supervisors — are leaving the agency as investigators…

Teen in Craigslist shootings case to be tried as an adult

By Phil Trexler, Akron Beacon Journal – AKRON, Ohio — A grand jury is now expected to hear murder charges against a Stow, Ohio, teen, who did not contest the prosecution’s…

Illinois couple come forward to claim Mega Millions prize

Illinois couple come forward to claim Mega Millions prize

By Nicholas J.C. Pistor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – RED BUD, Ill. — Merle Butler kept his secret by telling the truth. The day after the 65-year-old discovered he held a winning…

Obama brings dollar drive to Detroit

By David Jesse and Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — President Barack Obama charmed two groups of Michigan friends Wednesday, praising their willingness to take a risk voting for…

Report: Tupac hologram could go on tour

By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGLES — The late Tupac Shakur rose again Sunday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival — brought to life by…

At 25, network is still crazy like a Fox

By Chuck Barney, Contra Costa Times – Fox is marking its 25th anniversary Sunday night with a two-hour special that celebrates the network’s general awesomeness over the years. I’m guessing that…

Turmoil at Best Buy could make it a takeover target

By Thomas Lee, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Best Buy Co., in the midst of an investigation of former CEO Brian Dunn, may have other trouble to fend off. The…

Google CEO evasive, but admits never obtaining Java license

By Brandon Bailey, San Jose Mercury News – SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. CEO Larry Page completed his testimony in federal court Wednesday morning after an hour of laborious grilling by…

National Guard withdrawing 900 troops from U.S.-Mexico border

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Pentagon began flying military helicopters and surveillance planes over the U.S. border with Mexico last month as part of an…

Two years later: Grade the Mayor

Two years later: Grade the Mayor

MASON CITY – Eric Bookmeyer ran for Mayor of Mason City in 2009 and took office in 2010. Has he lived up to his campaign promises? In your opinion, how…

Dick Clark, host of `American Bandstand,’ dies at 82

Dick Clark, host of `American Bandstand,’ dies at 82

By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Dick Clark, the youthful-looking television personality who literally introduced rock ’n’ roll to much of the nation on “American Bandstand” and…

4 dead after police respond to domestic incident

4 dead after police respond to domestic incident

By Tyra M. Vaughn, Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) – HAMPTON, Va. — Four people are dead after a domestic complaint that led to an early-Wednesday confrontation between Hampton police…

Obama: Conduct of troops who posed with dead Afghans ‘reprehensible’

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — President Barack Obama has been briefed on a series of photos published in the Los Angeles Times on…

Afghans revolted by U.S. troops posing with dead suicide bombers

By Laura King and Hashmat Baktash, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Photos showing American servicemen posing for mocking trophy shots with the bodies of Afghan suicide bombers drew…

City announces start to MicroEnterprise Program

City announces start to MicroEnterprise Program

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center has developed a new grant reimbursement program for the City of Mason City that is expected to…

Health Department Offers Interactive Blog

(Mason City) – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is pleased to announce an addition to their recent Health Day, an interactive blog with Daniel Wright and Rebecca…

15 Trojans going to Kansas Relays

15 Trojans going to Kansas Relays

MASON CITY, Iowa –Fifteen NIACC track and field athletes will to go to the University of Kansas for the Kansas Relays starting on Wednesday. The Trojans will send nine men…

Reconstruction of southbound I-380 near Evansdale begins April 23

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – April 18, 2012 – Work on a project to reconstruct the southbound lanes of Interstate 380/U.S. 20 in Evansdale from the U.S. 20 interchange north 6.5…

Zimmerman judge expected to step aside this week

By Rene Stutzman, The Orlando Sentinel – SANFORD, Fla. — With Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler on the way out, who’ll be the judge handling the George Zimmerman second-degree murder case? Court…

Op-ed: On sale of fairground land: Why now? (by Peter Children)

And now the purple shades of twilight fall, or so the song goes. Or; and now the county board of supervisors look into the possibility of selling the Fairground.  As…

NIACC men place third at Iowa Central Invite

NIACC men place third at Iowa Central Invite

FORT DODGE, Iowa – The Trojan men’s golf team bounced back from a sixth place finish at the AIB Invite with a third place finish at the Iowa Central Spring…

Smith runs away with medalist honors at ICC Invite

Smith runs away with medalist honors at ICC Invite

FORT DODGE, Iowa – Mikayla Smith (Fr., Mason City, IA) was by far the class of the field at the Iowa Central Spring Invitational on Tuesday as she shot a…

Conservative fundraising group raises $77 million in first 19 months

By Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Crossroads GPS, a conservative nonprofit group that is one of the most prominent critics of President Barack Obama, raised nearly $77 million…

Panel: 2 years after Gulf spill, Congress has failed to take action to prevent similar disaster

Panel: 2 years after Gulf spill, Congress has failed to take action to prevent similar disaster

By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Two years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion unleashed the worst oil spill in American history, Congress has failed to take meaningful action…

Obama says he has confidence in Secret Service director as prostitution scandal widens

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has confidence in the Secret Service director, his spokesman said Tuesday, as a prostitution scandal widened with allegations that…

Alliant honors Vi-Cor for going “green”

Alliant honors Vi-Cor for going “green”

MASON CITY, IOWA – April 17, 2012 – Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), an Alliant Energy company, recognizes Varied Industries Corporation (Vi-COR®), for its commitment to using energy efficiently…

Time to get tough on vaccine refusal

MCT FORUM – By Rathi Asaithambi, The Baltimore Sun – Throughout the United States, a potentially lethal war is erupting. It is a war that puts millions of innocent lives in danger…

American Legislative Exchange Council to abandon gun rights, other social causes

By Toluse Olorunnipa and Erika Bolstad, McClatchy Newspapers – TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The organization that helped spread Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law across the country is halting its push for…

Tom Petty and Heartbreakers’ stolen guitars found, man arrested

By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Detectives in Culver City have arrested man in connection with the theft of five vintage guitars belonging to members of Tom…

Iowa’s hiring practices not discriminatory against African-Americans, judge rules

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Iowa’s state government employment practices do not discriminate against African-Americans, a judge ruled Tuesday, rejecting an “uncommon approach” to this area…

NFL draft countdown: tight ends

By Charean Williams, McClatchy Newspapers – Spotlight: Coby Fleener Tight ends aren’t what they once were. “Looks nothing like when I played,” said Jacksonville coach Mike Mularkey, who played tight end…

Iowa corn planting forged ahead despite stormy week

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – Iowa farmers were able to plant a significant amount of corn last week despite some weather drama. The week was the wettest since June 2011,…

Supreme Court told unfair crack sentences may number in thousands

Supreme Court told unfair crack sentences may number in thousands

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A Justice Department lawyer warned the Supreme Court on Tuesday there may be thousands of crack cocaine defendants sentenced to long…

Space shuttle Discovery earns cheers on final voyage

Space shuttle Discovery earns cheers on final voyage

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Cheers broke out from crowds gathered on the National Mall. Workers peered out windows and looked up from sidewalks. Motorists pulled to…

Mega Millions winner who bought ticket in Illinois to come forward

By Nicholas J.C. Pistor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – RED BUD, Ill. — People here are tired of the rumors. They just want to know who won. In a resilient community that…

McConnell joins Boehner in endorsing Romney

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — With Mitt Romney emerging as the likely Republican presidential candidate, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky became the latest GOP congressional…

In wake of Trayvon Martin death, hearing examines racial profiling

By Erika Bolstad, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The Senate has been looking at racial profiling by law enforcement since early 2001, when then-President George W. Bush called for its end,…

Buffalo center man wins $100,000 lottery prize

Buffalo center man wins $100,000 lottery prize

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Buffalo Center man said his gut feeling was right when he chose to play the lottery’s “Did I Win?” instant-scratch game and ended up winning…

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