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Stillwater jewelry store burglary may be part of smash-and-grab spree

Mary Divine, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – Three suspects who broke into Diamonds on Main in Stillwater are thought to be part of a major smash-and-grab ring operating in Minnesota.…

Charge against one Lisbon wrestler dropped; another pleads guilty in hazing

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette – CEDAR RAPIDS — One Lisbon High School wrestler pleaded guilty last week to an assault charge involving bullying behavior against a teammate, and a charge…

Iowa Senate leader squelches debate on traffic cameras

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – An effort by a dozen GOP senators to ban traffic enforcement cameras come July 1 got pulled to the side of the road by the…

Romney marks anniversary of bin Laden’s death with New York visit

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — Mitt Romney marked the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death Tuesday by alternately praising President Barack Obama for ordering the targeted…

In Afghanistan, Obama says wars of 9/11 nearing an end

By Lesley Clark and Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers – KABUL, Afghanistan — President Barack Obama told Americans Tuesday that after a decade of post-September 11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,…

Jurors see video of house where pregnant Rielle Hunter lived for several months

By Anne Blythe, McClatchy Newspapers – GREENSBORO, N.C. — Jurors for the John Edwards trial saw video on Tuesday afternoon of the house outside Chapel Hill where Edward’s pregnant mistress, Rielle…

Equipment for Afghan army is stranded in Pakistan, Pentagon says

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Thousands of tons of military equipment intended for the Afghan army and police is stranded in Pakistan, which for months has…

Zimmerman judge: No gag order

By Rene Stutzman, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — The judge in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder case has issued a written order, saying there’s no need for a gag…

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s Cuba-crackdown bill turns into fiasco

By Marc Caputo and Patricia Mazzei, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Florida Gov. Rick Scott began Tuesday morning as the darling of Miami’s Cuban exile community, but by day’s end he…

Osama bin Laden notes show plan to overthrow Hamid Karzai

By Brian Bennett and Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden was devising a strategy for overthrowing Afghan President Hamid Karzai and controlling Afghanistan once the U.S.…

Authorities increase amount allegedly embezzled by Dixon, Ill., comptroller to $53 million

By Melissa Jenco and Andy Grimm, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The small northwestern Illinois town of Dixon. Ill., took another body blow Tuesday as federal authorities charged that its longtime…

NIACC softball swept by DMACC to end regular season

NIACC softball swept by DMACC to end regular season

MASON CITY, Iowa – NIACC softball had problems offensively during 7-0 and 4-3 losses to DMACC on Tuesday. In game one, they couldn’t hit.  In game two, they couldn’t get…

Hawkeye athletes of the year announced

Hawkeye athletes of the year announced

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Junior wrestler Matt McDonough and junior field hockey player Jessica Barnett have been named the University of Iowa’s nominees for 2012 Big Ten Male and Female…

State Launches New Protective Order Alert System for Victims of Violence

State Launches New Protective Order Alert System for Victims of Violence

(DES MOINES, Iowa) A new statewide alert system that notifies victims when authorities have served a protective order is now fully operational, announced Attorney General Tom Miller. The system, called…

Branstad applauds FEMA’s decision to award more than $6.7 million for U of Iowa facilities

Branstad applauds FEMA’s decision to award more than $6.7 million for U of Iowa facilities

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today released the following statement in response to FEMA’s decision to award more than $6.7 million in disaster relief funding for Hancher Auditorium…

Op-ed: Time for more competition in North Iowa for cable TV (by Peter Children)

It is time for this community to investigate the possibility of owning and operating our own cable television facility.  As any subscriber to cable knows, the costs are skyrocketing with…

Hunter leads Angels to win over Twins

By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times – ANAHEIM, Calif. — Whatever mental hangups have clouded the Los Angeles Angels’ start, Torii Hunter is immune. The veteran Angels’ right fielder struck his…

Florida city at center of Trayvon Martin case hires interim police chief from Colorado

By Stephen Hudak, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — The former police chief of Colorado Springs, Colo., has been hired as the new interim chief in Sanford, Fla., City Manager…

Obama arrives in Afghanistan to sign cooperation pact

By Jonathan S. Landay and Ali Safi, McClatchy Newspapers – KABUL, Afghanistan — President Barack Obama arrived in Afghanistan late Tuesday to sign a far-reaching pact governing U.S. support for the…

‘Avengers’: Too many superheroes spoil the broth

By Rene Rodriquez, McClatchy Newspapers – The Hulk is the green one. Captain America is the one with the shield. Iron Man is the one in the tin suit. Thor is…

Funny or Die’s Adam McKay on his site’s comedy influence after 5 years

By Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Five years ago the influential comedy website Funny or Die took a few baby steps and uploaded its first video, a rough, hastily…

Hollywood bets heavily on razzle-dazzle action and effects

By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — As Hollywood’s major movie studios try to trim costs every way they can — including layoffs, mergers and slashed expense accounts…

Crowded community colleges hit crunch time

By Rita Giordano, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — The community college is being asked to save America. But like a small-town fire department straining to contain a big-city blaze,…

Balancing Act: Teens the latest generation to hit workplace

By Cindy Krischer Goodman, McClatchy Newspapers – Overwhelmed with school exams, Tiffany Fernandez picked up her cellphone and did what any teen might do to let her boss know she…

Fannie Mae backed principal reductions, internal documents show

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Officials at mortgage giant Fannie Mae supported principal reductions for some struggling homeowners in 2009 and believed they would save taxpayer…

Night raid in Afghanistan kills 2, triggers protests

By Laura King and Aimal Yaqubi, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Once again, NATO officials and Afghan villagers are telling dramatically different stories about a night raid: an…

Rupert Murdoch unfit to lead company, British lawmakers say

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Rupert Murdoch “exhibited willful blindness” toward the illegal phone hacking that was rife at the News of the World tabloid and…

Declassified Bin Laden material sheds new light on al-Qaida

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden’s personal notes and letters, which were seized a year ago in the U.S. raid on his compound in…

5 arrested in alleged plot to blow up Cleveland-area bridge

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Five men, including three “self-proclaimed” anarchists, have been arrested in connection with a plot to blow up a bridge over…

Pleasant Hill man shot in Waterloo

From the Waterloo Police Department: On Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at approximately 4:15 AM, Waterloo Police were sent to the 900 block of Oneida Street on report of shots fired.…

Photo of the day: Shoppers in the trash

Photo of the day: Shoppers in the trash

Photos submitted by an NIT reader: Bundles of Mason City Shoppers, all dated May 1, 2012, found in dumpster.  Photos were taken at about 11 a.m.…

City Hall launches new website, social media, online bill payment

City Hall launches new website, social media, online bill payment

MASON CITY – The City of Mason city is pleased to announce several more options for citizens to stay connected with the City’s business and provide another opportunity for efficient…

Planned Parenthood scores a legal victory in Texas

By Chuck Lindell, Austin American-Statesman – AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge in Austin ruled Monday that Texas officials cannot exclude Planned Parenthood from a health care and contraception program…

A year after bin Laden raid, Pakistan still harbors US’ biggest enemies

By Saeed Shah, McClatchy Newspapers – ISLAMABAD — A year after Osama bin Laden was found and killed, Pakistan still harbors, willingly or unwillingly, America’s greatest enemies: current al-Qaida chief…

Girl Scout Troop Builds Squirrel Feeders for Lime Creek Nature Center

Girl Scout Troop Builds Squirrel Feeders for Lime Creek Nature Center

MASON CITY – The squirrels frequenting the feeders at Lime Creek Nature Center will find grabbing a peanut or corn snack a little easier, thanks to Mason City Girl Scout…

Branstad to lead trade mission to Chile and Brazil this July

(DES MOINES) – Governor Terry E. Branstad will lead a trade mission to Brazil and Chile July 21-28, with the aim to expand trade opportunities for Iowa companies and products.…

NIACC men’s golf place 4th at Iowa Lakes

NIACC men’s golf place 4th at Iowa Lakes

OKOBOJI, Iowa – The NIACC men’s golf team placed fourth out of seven at the Iowa Lakes Invitational Tournament at Brooks National Golf Course in their final test before the…

DMACC completes sweep of NIACC baseball

DMACC completes sweep of NIACC baseball

MASON CITY, Iowa – No. 13 NIACC was close, but No. 6 DMACC was always just one run better than the Trojans on Monday. The Bears took three games from…

MCHS moving to middle school for 2012-13 school year

MCHS moving to middle school for 2012-13 school year

By Joe Buttweiler – MASON CITY – High school students will be in the middle school, eighth-graders will be in the portable classrooms outside of Mohawk Stadium, and seventh-graders will…

Mitchell County Officials, State Fire Marshal to Collect Unwanted Ammunition

Mitchell County, IOWA — In their efforts to maintain safety in homes across the county, law enforcement and fire officials in Mitchell County, Iowa will host a collection day for…

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