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Apple’s quarterly profit nearly doubles

By Patrick May, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — On the heels of a troubling double-digit slump in its share price, Apple Inc. on Tuesday seemed to…

In Cuba, young people long for Web access

By Franco Ordonez, McClatchy Newspapers – PINAR DEL RIO, Cuba — The 24-year-old volunteer shows off the seven computers sitting on wooden desks under a painting of Saint Juan Bosco…

Housing market may be on rise at last

By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The housing market’s long, cold winter may finally be heading into a springtime thaw. New data show price declines easing…

With Big 3 out, Heat’s top-seed hopes die in loss to Celtics

By Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel – BOSTON — In the end, the No. 1 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference was not the priority. Getting to the playoffs further unscathed,…

Twins routed by Red Sox

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Twins hitters drew a few more groans from Target Field’s patrons Tuesday night, as their struggles with runners in scoring position…

Vikings take a chance on wide receiver Simpson

By Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — If you’re familiar with the eye-opening athleticism of wide receiver Jerome Simpson, perhaps it’s because at a gathering last Christmas Eve,…

Timberwolves still missing a few pieces

Timberwolves still missing a few pieces

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — These final, failing weeks have brought more than echoes of Timberwolves seasons past, when they went more than three years without…

Vikings should take Claiborne at No. 3 spot

Vikings should take Claiborne at No. 3 spot

By Mark Craig, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — We’ve all said it at some point during this mind-numbing and seemingly endless NFL draft buildup. “Matt Kalil,” we’ve said, “makes…

High speed motorcycle chase ends in arrest

High speed motorcycle chase ends in arrest

MASON CITY – At approximately 4:10 pm on April 24, 2012 a Clear Lake police officer attempted to stop a motorcycle at 1st Ave N and N 8th Street in…

Watch out for scam that pays you to drive your own car

From the IC3: Although some businesses legitimately pay to advertise their companies’ logos on people’s personal vehicles, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has received several notifications regarding a similar—but…

Brothel Owner Pleads Guilty in Alien Harboring Conspiracy and Prostitution Ring

ATLANTA—Luiz M. Gutierrez, 56, of Marietta, pleaded guilty today in federal district court to conspiracy to entice individuals to cross state lines to engage in prostitution and to encourage and…

Thirty Arrested in Connection with Narcotics Trafficking

OKLAHOMA CITY—James E. Finch, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Oklahoma City Division announces the arrest of 30 individuals for violation of federal narcotic laws. In addition to the…

Iowa football team announces 2012 leadership group

Iowa football team announces 2012 leadership group

IOWA CITY, IOWA – – Fourteen University of Iowa football players have been named to the team’s 2012 Leadership Group.  Head coach Kirk Ferentz announced the group Tuesday following the…

Interview with Iowa Football Coach Kirk Ferentz

Interview with Iowa Football Coach Kirk Ferentz

COACH FERENTZ:  Welcome.  Just a couple things.  We’ll kind of wrap up the spring here a little bit and hit a few things. First of all, the guys voted on…

Lane restrictions on westbound U.S. 20 and southbound I-380 near Waterloo begin Wednesday

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – April 24, 2012 – Construction of a median crossover will require lane closures for westbound U.S. 20 and southbound Interstate 380 from the Iowa 21/Hawkeye Road…

Car bomb explodes in Damascus as violence continues across Syria

Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — A car bomb exploded in a central Damascus neighborhood Tuesday, possibly killing the driver, while explosions were also reported elsewhere in Syria. State media said…

Muscatine residents sue GPC over pollution’s impact

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – Eleven Muscatine area residents have sued Grain Processing Corp., alleging health effects and property damage from the company’s repeated violations of environmental protection laws. The…

Drew Peterson ready to go to trial, attorney says

By Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Drew Peterson is ending the protracted battle over hearsay statements and is signaling he’s ready to go to trial in the…

“A+ location,” hard work pay off to help Jimmy John’s to record store opening week

“A+ location,” hard work pay off to help Jimmy John’s to record store opening week

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The new Mason City Jimmy John’s store already has a great reputation around town for an excellent sandwich. Now completing its first full…

Spending money downtown not enough to ward off parking tickets

Spending money downtown not enough to ward off parking tickets

MASON CITY – Simply coming to downtown Mason City and spending money is not enough to ward off a parking ticket. A young woman from Osage discovered that Tuesday afternoon.…

Alleged drunken drivers cause problems in recent days

Alleged drunken drivers cause problems in recent days

MASON CITY – Since last Wednesday at least eight individuals have been charged with OWI in Cerro Gordo County. In one instance a Mason City man hit a parked car…

In North Carolina, Obama seeks to reassure college students

In North Carolina, Obama seeks to reassure college students

By John Frank, McClatchy Newspapers – CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — In his first stop on a two-day college tour, President Barack Obama tried to reassure the seniors venturing into a…

What a Night for Larry Portis at the I-35 Speedway

What a Night for Larry Portis at the I-35 Speedway

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – There was a great turnout for the I-35 Speedway Sunday night; many cars from all over Iowa and Minnesota. Because…

MCPD locates small child wandering alone in parking lot

MASON CITY – Mason City police responded to a missing child reported by phone at 8:49 p.m. Monday evening at Bonanza Restaurant, 2700 4th Street SW. It was reported that…

Report of vehicle driving on wrong side of the road ends in arrest of drunk driver

Report of vehicle driving on wrong side of the road ends in arrest of drunk driver

According to an incident report Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department assisted the Mason City Police department following a report of a vehicle traveling the wrong way on The Avenue of…

Iowa bracing for drop in federal assistance, Branstad says

Iowa bracing for drop in federal assistance, Branstad says

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he already is warning state agencies and departments to brace for an expected reduction in federal money flowing to states…

Senator Hogg Calls for “Branstad Rule” for Tax Fairness after Governor Branstad Pays $52 in State Taxes

DES MOINES – State Senator Rob Hogg today urged the Iowa Legislature to consider a “Branstad Rule” to make Iowa’s state income tax system more fair.  Over the weekend, Governor…

Chicago man pleads guilty in plot to set off bomb near Wrigley Field

By Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A Chicago man of Lebanese descent pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to placing a backpack he thought contained a powerful explosive…

Chinese nationals charged with software piracy and exporting technology to China; former NASA employee also charged

WILMINGTON, Del. — Two Chinese nationals have been charged in a 46-count superseding indictment for a variety of charges including software piracy and illegally exporting technology to China. Additionally, a…

MC Schools construction update

MC Schools construction update

From the Mason City School District: John Adams Middle School renovation: Phase 3A – Larson Contacting o Interior work is complete. o Exterior sheet metal and landscaping should be complete…

Big goals this week before session can end

Big goals this week before session can end

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – Gov. Terry Branstad and legislative leaders believe they are on the verge of historic change this week. Here’s some of what lawmakers hope to accomplish…

Wet, cool week puts corn planting slightly behind

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – Cool wet weather allowed Iowa farmers little time to work in their fields last week and put planting a little behind schedule. Rainfall averaged about…

Supreme Court disappoints landlords, rejects rent-control challenge

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a constitutional challenge to New York City’s famed rent-control ordinance, a post-World War II…

Nebraska DT is commit No. 5

Nebraska DT is commit No. 5

Marc Morehouse, CR Gazette – Nathan Bazata doesn’t come with a mile-high stack of offers. In fact, it was Iowa and South Dakota State. Bazata is the exact player Iowa…

Iowa City armed robbery suspect in custody

Gregg Hennigan, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – IOWA CITY — A suspect in the armed robbery of an Iowa City bank Monday led officers on an hour-long chase by motorcycle…

Nestle to buy Pfizer nutrition unit for $11.9 billion

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Swiss food and nutrition giant Nestle SA will shell out $11.9 billion to buy Pfizer Inc.’s nutrition unit, which owns baby…

US sees first passenger flight by Boeing 787 Dreamliner

By Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — Japan Airlines on Sunday flew the first scheduled Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger service into the U.S. as it inaugurated service between Tokyo…

Facebook says it now has 900 million monthly users

By Mike Swift, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Facebook’s monthly user population has passed 900 million people, increasing the size of its regular user base by one-third…

Tablets expected to oust PCs, report says

By Michelle Maltais, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Personal computers at home and in the office will soon be displaced by the tablet as the primary computing device, according…

New rules aim to speed up short sales

By Jim Buchta, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — The short sale process could get a lot quicker starting this summer under new rules that will require lenders to respond to…

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