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‘Bernie’ is murderously charming

By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — “Bernie,” a quirky tragi-comedy starring Jack Black as a meticulous mortician, a faithful Methodist, a good neighbor and an improbable…

At Edwards trial, Young admits to spending hush money on himself

By Anne Blythe, McClatchy Newspapers – GREENSBORO, N.C. — After four days of testimony, it has been difficult at times to tell who is on trial — John Edwards, the…

LAPD adds 30 officers to area around University of Southern California after shooting

LAPD adds 30 officers to area around University of Southern California after shooting

By Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The University of Southern California and the Los Angeles Police Department announced sweeping new security measures Thursday, including the addition…

Boy Scouts of America seeks to reverse order to release sex-abuse files

By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Boy Scouts of America is seeking to reverse a Santa Barbara, Calif., judge’s order to release 20 years’ worth…

Prescription drug abuse starts at home, drug czar says

By Mitch Mitchell, McClatchy Newspapers – FORT WORTH, Texas — The prescription drug abuse problem starts in our medicine cabinets, and the best way to attack it is to dispose…

Effort to scale back California’s Three Strikes Law appears headed for ballot

By Tracey Kaplan, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — An initiative written by Stanford University professors to scale back California’s tough Three Strikes Law has garnered more…

Google blames FCC for delays in Street View investigation

By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times – SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. fired back Thursday at the Federal Communications Commission, saying it did not obstruct an investigation into its Street…

CA Governor orders consideration of single-drug execution method

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered prison officials to consider a single-drug method of executing condemned inmates as the state…

Afghan policeman opens fire at checkpoint; 2 U.S. troops injured

By Laura King and Aimal Yaqubi, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — In back-to-back blows to Western efforts to forge a crucial partnership with the Afghan police and army,…

Habitat for Humanity Dedicates Home to Mason City Family

Habitat for Humanity Dedicates Home to Mason City Family

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Habitat for Humanity of North Central Iowa and the sponsorship of Principal Financial Group dedicated a new home to Carrie…

Navy helps recruits get ship-shape

Navy helps recruits get ship-shape

John Keilman, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Mason Hawks came to Naval Station Great Lakes in January for eight weeks of basic training. Thirteen weeks later, long after the rest…

Self-driving feature interests 1 in 5 drivers, survey finds

By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Although the technology is just in its infancy, one in five drivers expresses interest in cars that drive themselves, according…

Men’s wages still struggling to recover from recession

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Men continue to take a bigger hit in their paychecks than women because of lingering effects of the Great Recession, according…

SUVs take off in China

By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — Fuel-efficient vehicles are the rage in the United States, but in China gas-guzzling SUVs are looming large. Automakers including Ford Motor…

Despite losing co-ace Carpenter, Cardinals’ rotation largely responsible for team’s first place

By Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — Much to his bemusement so far this season, a lot of attention has been given to Cardinals sinkerballer Jake Westbrook’s…

Reminder: Bull & Barrel Bash set for Friday night

Reminder: Bull & Barrel Bash set for Friday night

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – Last year there were many comments made about not knowing that the North Iowa Fairgrounds had bull-riding until it was too late. Well,…

Chrysler lags in China’s red-hot market

By Alisa Priddle, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — It could still be a while before Chrysler builds Jeeps or any other vehicle in China. Fiat, which manages Chrysler, has…

Consumer Confidential: Ailing economy deals a blow to organized labor

By David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times – American Airlines has spent the week trying to persuade a bankruptcy judge to allow it to chuck all its labor contracts and put…

Memorials to honor 53 Iowans killed in work-related mishaps last year

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – State and local dignitaries, family members and others will gather around Iowa over the next two days to mark the passing of…

Animal-rights group files complaint against University of Washington

By Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — An animal-rights group that watchdogs research facilities across the country has filed a federal complaint against the University of Washington, citing…

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor fallen Korean War soldier

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad is ordering all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff on Friday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in honor of…

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