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St. Paul man pleads guilty to two rapes

Anthony Lonetree, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – A St. Paul man pleaded guilty Monday to the 2007 rape of a 13-year-old girl and to the 2011 rape of an ex-girlfriend — charges…

Corn planting sped ahead last week despite rains

Corn planting sped ahead last week despite rains

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – Planting of the corn crop surged ahead last week until rains set in, reaching 50 percent completion across Iowa, the USDA reported. The USDA’s weekly…

Ames police nab robbery suspect

AMES – As noted in a previous press release, officers of the Ames Police Department have been investigating a robbery which occurred on March 21, 2012, in which two suspects…

Obama nominates Osage woman for federal library post

Christie Pearson Brandau is a retired State Librarian and an adjunct professor for the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University.  Ms. Brandau served as State Librarian…

Lehman pay revelations spur calls for reform

By Walter Hamilton, Jim Puzzanghera and Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Lawmakers and others say disclosure at financial institutions should be beefed up. Calls for reforming…

2010 Census Shows Interracial and Interethnic Married Couples Grew by 28 Percent over Decade

The U.S. Census Bureau on April 25th released a 2010 Census brief, Households and Families: 2010, that showed interracial or interethnic opposite-sex married couple households grew by 28 percent over the…

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins local health partners and the CDC in reminding Iowans that May is Skin Cancer Awareness month. The rate of melanoma diagnoses in…

United States-Japan Joint Statement: A Shared Vision for the Future

From the White House: The U.S.-Japan Alliance is the cornerstone of peace, security, and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. This partnership has underwritten the dynamic growth and prosperity of the…

Obama’s Weekly Address: Helping Veterans Make Informed Decisions about Higher Education

President Obama discusses a new Executive Order designed to crack down on the bad actors who prey on our veterans and service members considering higher education.…

Prosecutors in Chicago drop case against former priest in sexual-assault case

By Gary Marx and David Jackson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO —Prosecutors said Monday that they are ending their decade-long effort to extradite a former Roman Catholic priest who fled to India…

Lakers’ Jordan Hill charged with third-degree felony in Texas

Lakers’ Jordan Hill charged with third-degree felony in Texas

By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers reserve forward Jordan Hill was charged with a third-degree felony Monday for allegedly choking a woman with whom…

Anniversary of bin Laden’s killing a time for reflection, Obama says

By Michael A. Memoli and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama Monday called the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s killing a time for “reflection” and denied…

Wife of former aide says John Edwards approved deposits

By Anne Blythe, McClatchy Newspapers – GREENSBORO, N.C. — The wife of John Edwards’ former aide Andrew Young testified Monday that Edwards knew of the checks coming from his wealthy supporters…

Rising 9/11 tower to surpass Empire State Building in height

By JT Nguyen – NEW YORK — The skyscraper that is to replace New York’s World Trade Center twin towers, destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, will be…

George Zimmerman defense team launches new website, social-media accounts

By Amy Pavuk, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — George Zimmerman’s defense attorney has established a new website, Facebook and Twitter accounts to provide details about the high-profile, controversial case.…

Clear Lake Council to consider “One Corridor Agreement,” noise ordinance, more

Clear Lake Council to consider “One Corridor Agreement,” noise ordinance, more

by Matt Marquardt – CLEAR LAKE – The Clear Lake Council will meet Monday evening for a special meeting. Read the council packet here for detailed information. Among the items…

State’s cash reserves approaching all-time high

State’s cash reserves approaching all-time high

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — State government is slated to end fiscal 2012 with an estimated $595.5 million in reserve — the largest since spending limitations were…

Hawkeyes edge Gophers in baseball

Hawkeyes edge Gophers in baseball

MINNEAPOLIS – After losing the first two games of the weekend series by one run, the Iowa baseball team posted a thrilling 5-4 one-run win in 12 innings over Minnesota…

Saina, Nelson Set World Leading 10 K Marks

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Oh What a Night. As the clock approached and moved well pass midnight Monday in Iowa, three current pupils of Iowa State head coach Corey Ihmels…

A rundown of other movies featuring heroes of the large-group variety

By Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — “The Avengers,” with its all-star lineup of Marvel superheroes, is one of this summer’s most eagerly awaited movie events. With the…

Iowa Government Shutdown: Is this really the Republican plan?

Iowa Government Shutdown:  Is this really the Republican plan?

Statement by Senator Joe Bolkcom, chair of the Ways and Means Committee and member of the Senate Appropriations Committee – “Governor Branstad, your reckless rhetoric has helped bring Iowa to…

Natural gas is a steal, but heating-oil users are out in the cold

By Betty Lin-Fisher, Akron Beacon Journal – AKRON, Ohio — Charles and Helen Williams have seen the rapidly falling prices of natural gas. But the couple heat their rural Copley…

Mystery-shopper scam still succeeds

By Claudia Buck, McClatchy Newspapers – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Who wouldn’t want to get paid to go shopping? That’s partly the allure behind “mystery shopper” scams. While they aren’t new,…

2 Illinois women plead guilty to selling counterfeit goods

PEORIA, Ill. — Two Central Illinois women have pleaded guilty of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods. The two woman conducted business as “The Purse Lady” and sold counterfeit items.…

Spring brings increased farm equipment movement on roadways

AMES, Iowa – April 30, 2012 – Iowa’s warm winter and early spring have farmers more ready than ever to get into the fields for spring planting, meaning Iowa motorists…

Hawks defeat Celtics in Game 1

Hawks defeat Celtics in Game 1

By Michael Cunningham, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – ATLANTA — After two-time All-Star Al Horford went down with injury and some observers wrote off the Hawks, they quietly stayed the course…

Clippers rally from 27 down, shock Grizzlies in Game 1

By Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times – MEMPHIS, Tenn. — They piled onto the court after it was all over, every Los Angeles Clipper looking for a teammate to hug,…

BCS appears dead, but more change is needed

By Sam Mellinger, McClatchy Newspapers – The most despised entity in sports now has an expiration date. College football’s infuriating BCS system is set to die in two years, and…

Op-ed: Red scarves symbolize failure for Mason City (by Peter Children)

Op-ed: Red scarves symbolize failure for Mason City (by Peter Children)

We’re sitting on the threshold of the fifth month of 2012. As far as we all know we currently have zero prospects on the horizon as it pertains to economic…

“Community Conversation” on health to be held tonight

The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is pleased to announce another component to the “Bringing Wellness Home” campaign encouraging residents to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors.  Daniel Wright and…

Bull and Barrel Bash enjoyed at North Iowa Events Center over the weekend

Bull and Barrel Bash enjoyed at North Iowa Events Center over the weekend

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – The North Iowa Events Center hosted the Circle C Rodeo, Mason City Bull and Barrel Bash Friday and Saturday night.…

Finding work proves harder for veterans

Finding work proves harder for veterans

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Matt Pizzo has a law degree, can-do attitude, proven leadership skills, and expertise in communications and satellite technology from his four…

Minnesota Timberwolves hope to attract some veteran talent with their new ‘vibe’

Minnesota Timberwolves hope to attract some veteran talent with their new ‘vibe’

Ray Richardson, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – David Kahn has been in this position before as the Timberwolves’ president of basketball operations – four times, to be exact. Kahn is…

In rural Ohio, the presidential campaign feels far away

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times – MINGO JUNCTION, Ohio — Hope has been absent for so long from Appalachian Ohio that many people have forgotten what it’s like. Idle…

Obama plays along at annual Washington press dinner

By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama poked fun at his Republican rivals Saturday night, but didn’t spare his own Secret Service, secretary of state or even…

White House defends drone attacks

By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — White House counterterrorism advisor John Brennan Sunday defended the administration’s campaign of drone missile attacks against militants while acknowledging that the airstrikes…

Chicago won’t enforce law against recording and photographing police during NATO summit

By Ryan Haggerty, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Chicago police “do not intend to enforce” the Illinois eavesdropping law during next month’s NATO summit, the city’s corporation counsel said in the…

Predator drones have yet to prove their worth on Mexican border

By Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times – CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The drug runners call it “el mosco,” the mosquito, and one recent evening on the southern tip of Texas, a…

Cool weather doesn’t deter baseball tourney

Cool weather doesn’t deter baseball tourney

Submitted by an NIT reader – MASON CITY – The Hardee’s Classic baseball tournament wrapped up Sunday evening. All the games were played on the north side of Mason City…

Solar tariffs could drive up costs, hurting related US industries

Solar tariffs could drive up costs, hurting related US industries

By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A simmering trade dispute is highlighting a debate about the kinds of jobs America can sustain in a greening economy.…

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