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University of Iowa group to host ‘SlutWalk’ Thursday

Diane Heldt, CR Gazette – A University of Iowa student group will host a “SlutWalk” Thursday, part of an international movement to call attention to sexual assault and the hypersexualization…

Chicago man accused of cyber-stalking former bosses, police officers

By Jeremy Gorner and Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Jicheng “Kevin” Liu was a prolific burglar with a mean streak who cyber-stalked anyone who crossed him, Cook County…

Marine who criticized Obama will be dismissed from the service

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — A Marine sergeant who criticized President Barack Obama on Facebook was notified Wednesday that he is being dismissed from the…

Booby traps along Utah hiking trail targeted humans, officials say

By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times – LAS VEGAS — In a case that stunned authorities with its ruthlessness, two Utah men have been arrested in connection with a…

Mason City man heading back to prison from prescription drug distribution

Mason City man heading back to prison from prescription drug distribution

On Monday, April 24th, 42-year-old Marty John Frank was sentenced in Cerro Gordo County District Court for his distribution of oxycodone during an investigation by the North Iowa Drug Task…

Supreme Court skeptical of striking down Arizona immigration law

Supreme Court skeptical of striking down Arizona immigration law

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court justices, hearing arguments Wednesday over Arizona’s tough immigration law, suggested they were inclined to uphold parts of…

Father arrested after allegedly kidnapping his 5-year-old son from hospital

By William Lee and Steve Schmadeke, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A 5-year-old boy awaiting a heart transplant was taken from a St. Louis hospital Tuesday by his father, who…

Jennifer Hudson stays out of courtroom during graphic evidence

By Jason Meisner and Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — For the second day in a row, Jennifer Hudson stayed out of the courtroom as graphic images of…

Newt Gingrich ending presidential bid next week, aims to help Romney

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – Newt Gingrich will suspend his campaign next week and plans to help presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney in his fall campaign against President…

Northbound I-35 rest area at Ankeny to close April 30

AMES, Iowa – April 25, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is announcing the permanent closure of the northbound Interstate 35 rest area near Ankeny. The facility will close…

Millennials’ support for Obama dips in new poll

Millennials’ support for Obama dips in new poll

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – Although President Obama’s support among Millennials has dipped since the 2008 election, a new poll shows he is widening his lead over likely general…

Drake Relays: High school schedule

Jeff Linder, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — The high school schedule for the 2012 Drake Relays, April 26-28 at Drake Stadium: THURSDAY, APRIL 26 3 p.m. — Boys discus…

Matt Gatens earns Chris Street Award, named Iowa’s top defender

Matt Gatens earns Chris Street Award, named Iowa’s top defender

Scott Dochterman, CR Gazette – From Iowa Sports Information: CORALVILLE — Senior guard Matt Gatens has been named recipient of the Chris Street Award for the 2011-12 men’s basketball season.…

Iowa House approves changes to mental health reform bill

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — Iowans should have access to mental health services regardless of where they live as a result of legislation lawmakers say will…

Senate passes TIF reform, but some say it does not go far enough

Senate passes TIF reform, but some say it does not go far enough

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate voted Tuesday to place new restrictions on cities and counties that use tax increment financing (TIF). Sponsors of the…

Cedar Rapids City Council decides without comment how it will spend the last $30 million in LOST funds — as matching funds for city building projects and flood protection

Rick Smith, CR Gazette – CEDAR RAPIDS — Without comment or mention that the matter was on its agenda, the nine-member City Council last night unanimously approved how it will…

Four Cedar Rapids shootings in less than a month prompts a public report from interim police chief to City Council

Rick Smith, CR Gazette – CEDAR RAPIDS — Four shootings here in less than a month, with people left injured and one dead, prompted City Manager Jeff Pomeranz last night…

Romney claims mantle of GOP nomination after sweeping 5 Northeast states

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – MANCHESTER, N.H. — Sweeping five contests in Northeastern primary states, Mitt Romney claimed the mantle of Republican presidential nominee — though he has…

Army moving away from traditional PTSD definitions

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – SEATTLE — In a move to improve treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder, the U.S. Army is discouraging the use of traditional definitions such…

Gingrich to campaign on, ‘look realistically’ at role in GOP race

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – He may have signaled that he was considering an end to his presidential bid, but Newt Gingrich plans to continue Wednesday on a…

Op-ed: City council should be investigated for collusion (by Peter Children)

Common sense is lacking here in our community, unbelievably so.  The main problem are personalities; conflicting, and entrenched with a sense of entitlement fueled by petty prejudices and spite.  There…

Baseball: Century College sweeps No. 14 NIACC

Baseball: Century College sweeps No. 14 NIACC

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. – No. 14 (Division II) NIACC baseball was handed two non-conference losses by the fourth-ranked team in NJCAA Division III Century College, 6-4 and 9-2. Slow…

ICE nabs illegal aliens in Iowa

On Thursday, April 19, 2012, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed search warrants in Pella, Oskaloosa, and Newton, Iowa. During the execution of these warrants,…

Google launches ‘Drive’ cloud storage service

By Mike Swift, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Google is taking the wraps off a long-anticipated product that it views as one of its most important…

Chiefs tight end Moeaki, who is rehabbing injury, expects to be ready for training camp

By Adam Teicher, McClatchy Newspapers – Tight end Tony Moeaki said his rehabilitation from torn knee ligaments and the resulting surgery is going well, and he expected to be at…

Ford to rely on SUVs in China, target growing middle class

By Alisa Priddle, Detroit Free Press – BEIJING — Ford Motor Co.’s China strategy centers on four new SUVs as that segment gains traction in the world’s largest auto market,…

Metta World Peace returns to throwback days

By Ailene Voisin, McClatchy Newspapers – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In the amount of time it takes to say Metta World Peace, the former Ron Artest derailed his rehabilitated career, infuriated…

Consumer confidence stable, but not strong, reports say

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Americans seem to be in a holding pattern when it comes to consumer confidence, feeling generally upbeat about the state…

Road no respite as Royals’ losing streak hits 12

By Bob Dutton, McClatchy Newspapers – CLEVELAND — Nope. Simply leaving home wasn’t enough Tuesday night for the Kansas City Royals to halt their April nightmare as their skid hit…

Iowa CEOs Collect Big Salaries

Des Moines, IA, April 19, 2012 — According to data released by the AFL-CIO on April 19th, CEOs of S&P 500 Index companies got an average of $12.9 million in…

Goodell says Saints players ‘embraced’ bounty program

By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday he plans to announce punishments soon for the New Orleans Saints players involved in the improper pay-for-performance…

Fitch raises Ford’s credit rating to investment grade from junk

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Fitch Ratings likes what it currently sees in Ford Motor Co., upgrading the automaker’s credit rating Tuesday to investment grade…

Wednesday’s Obama visit reinforces Statehouse fight to reduce student debt

(DES MOINES) A key legislator involved in education funding hopes President Obama’s visit on Wednesday will help resolve the fight at the Iowa Statehouse over the rising level of debt…

19 charged in roving melee at MOA

David Chanen, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Nearly four months after groups of young people tore through the Mall of America, 19 have been charged with rioting, disorderly conduct and trespassing. A…

Judge sides with fired Jimmy John’s workers

Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – A federal administrative law judge has ruled that a Twin Cities Jimmy John’s franchisee violated the union organizing rights of six employees by firing them…

Well-dressed stranger charged in knife attack in downtown Mpls. ramp

Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – A 48-year-old man was charged Tuesday with being the well-dressed stranger who ambushed and stabbed a woman with a hunting knife as she was returning…

Vikings stadium: Big day sees bill clear hurdles at Capitol, Minneapolis City Hall

Doug Belden, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – The Vikings stadium cleared two hurdles at the state Capitol and Minneapolis City Hall. City Council, on a 7-6 vote the evening of…

Outspoken country star Miranda Lambert is hotter than ever

By Jon Bram, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Married her longtime beau: Check. Had a big hit ballad: Check. Scored a No. 1 country song: Check. Got a Grammy: Check.…

Bill Maher gets two more seasons of ‘Real Tiime’ on HBO

By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” has just gotten a lot more time on the cable network.…