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Chrysler reports best quarterly profit in years

By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Chrysler Group LLC reported its third consecutive quarterly profit and logged its best financial performance in more than a decade,…

Violence surges across Afghanistan, killing at least 18

By Laura King and Aimal Yaqubi, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Violence across Afghanistan killed at least 18 people in 24 hours, officials said Thursday, including an American…

Marine wife’s blood found in car of fellow Marine charged with murder

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — The blood of Brittany Dawn Killgore was found in the car of Marine Staff Sgt. Louis Perez, a prosecutor said Thursday…

Dance club encounter set the stage for Secret Service scandal in Colombia

By Alfonso Chardy, McClatchy Newspapers – CARTAGENA, Colombia — In the early hours of April 12, the booze flowed and a thumping techno rumba shook the walls at Tu Candela,…

Ohl busy finalizing Food Fun & Frank sculpture

Ohl busy finalizing Food Fun & Frank sculpture

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – “One man think tank” Ozzie Ohl was busy Thursday putting the final touches on his “Food Fun & Frank” sculpture to benefit the…

MCPD Chief Lashbrook, other men walk for sexual assault awareness

MCPD Chief Lashbrook, other men walk for sexual assault awareness

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Tuesday in Mason City’s Central Park, the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event was held to promote sexual assault awareness. Th…

Timberwolves set again for meaningless finale

Timberwolves set again for meaningless finale

By Kent Youngblood , Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – An indication of how this season went for the Timberwolves: Their most important game this month didn’t actually involve them. That game…

Andrew Luck says he ‘couldn’t ask for a better opportunity”

By Daniel Brown, San Jose Mercury News – NEW YORK — Along with being the first pick in the NFL draft, Andrew Luck is keeping a busy schedule in the…

Jellyfish-like creatures force California nuclear power plant to curtail operations

By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Strange, jellyfish-like creatures swarming a coastal nuclear power plant: It might sound like the premise of a cult horror flick,…

Local woman heading to prison for prescription drug distribution

Local woman heading to prison for prescription drug distribution

On Monday, April 23rd, 26-year-old Chelsea Lee Meinecke was sentenced in Cerro Gordo County District Court for her distribution of Lortab during an investigation by the North Iowa Drug Task…

Edwards’ defense targets ex-aide Young’s credibility

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – GREENSBORO, N.C. — After days of salacious testimony about a mistress, a love child and naked political ambition, John Edwards’ criminal campaign finance…

NIACC softball gets into win column at Ellsworth

NIACC softball gets into win column at Ellsworth

IOWA FALLS, Iowa – NIACC softball has broken through. The NIACC Trojans won their first conference game of the season during game two in a split with Ellsworth, 3-4 and…

Iowa lawmakers still trying to bridge major differences on budget

Iowa lawmakers still trying to bridge major differences on budget

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – Hopes for the Iowa Legislature adjourning this week gave way to the reality of fiscal and philosophical differences that already have…

Public split over elimination of U.S. energy subsidies, poll finds

By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times – The American public is divided about whether to eliminate federal subsidies for any form of energy and is giving less support to nuclear…

New group touts economic benefits of hunting in Iowa

New group touts economic benefits of hunting in Iowa

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – Declines in pheasant and deer numbers, wildlife habitat and interest among young people are threatening a hunting industry in Iowa that advocates said Wednesday generates…

Burger King promises to use cage-free eggs, pork

Burger King promises to use cage-free eggs, pork

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Burger King Corp. promised Wednesday to switch to only cage-free eggs and pork — a day after the re-emergence of…

Mason City Jaycees to hold Sandbox Fill

(Mason City, Iowa)- The Mason City Jaycees will once again be holding a Sandbox Fill the morning of Saturday, May 5, 2012. The Jaycees will deliver wheelbarrow-loads of sand right…

Jobless rate will fall slowly, Fed predicts

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve upgraded its outlook for the economy, predicting the unemployment rate would fall to as low as 7.8 percent…

Facebook partners with security firms

By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times – SAN FRANCISCO — As it closes in on 1 billion users, Facebook Inc. has formed partnerships with five security software outfits to crack…

Struggling Twins the victim of timely Red Sox sweep

Struggling Twins the victim of timely Red Sox sweep

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — There is no doubt that, this week, the Twins have been very good for Boston’s ego. The Red…

Branstad to attend Mitas Tires grand opening

Branstad to attend Mitas Tires grand opening

CHARLES CITY – Governor Terry Branstad will attend the Mitas Tire grand opening in Charles City on Thursday, April 26. The event begins at 10 a.m. The plant is located…