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Vidal Sassoon, hair stylist who revolutionized the field, dies at 84

By Mary Rourke, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — With one high-profile haircut on the Paramount Studios lot, Vidal Sassoon vaulted to fame in Hollywood. Flown in from London, he…

MCPD make arson arrest

MCPD make arson arrest

MASON CITY – Mason City police said today that an arrest was made in a March house fire after an investigation. Richard Dean Thompson, 30, of Mason City was arrested…

Governor Branstad’s statement on close of the 2012 legislative session

Governor Branstad’s statement on close of the 2012 legislative session

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad today released the following statement following the close of the 2012 legislative session: In January, the lieutenant governor and I brought forward a bold agenda…

Wisconsin voters fiercely, evenly split as recall vote looms

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau – MADISON, Wis. — When Tim Cullen returned to the Wisconsin state Senate after an absence of 24 years, he might have been an ideal…

Lugar’s defeat bodes badly for compromise, centrism

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The political world absorbed a chilling message Wednesday from the fall of Washington icon Sen. Richard Lugar: Rabid partisanship is popular, especially in…

Female Engagement Teams: The Changing Face of the US Marines

From the White House today: “… these female Marines and Afghan women are building relationships based on their similarities rather than their differences. That’s a message we can apply to…

Accused Tennessee Kidnapper Added to FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List

WASHINGTON—The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced today the addition of Adam Christopher Mayes to its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Mayes is wanted in connection with the alleged kidnapping of…

Obama declares support for same-sex marriage

Obama declares support for same-sex marriage

By Michael A. Memoli and Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, marking the end a prolonged “evolution” on the issue, now favors allowing homosexual couples to…

President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON, DC—On May 16, President Barack Obama will award Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Specialist Sabo will receive the Medal of…

Statement by the President on Senator Richard Lugar

As a friend and former colleague, I want to express my deep appreciation for Dick Lugar’s distinguished service in the United States Senate.  While Dick and I didn’t always agree…

Latham: Nurses are the face of health care

Latham: Nurses are the face of health care

From Rep. Tom Latham – Think of the last time you went to a hospital, a nursing home or any other health care facility. Now imagine that same facility without…

Federal law enforcement agencies join movie industry to unveil new anti-piracy warning

Federal law enforcement agencies join movie industry to unveil new anti-piracy warning

WASHINGTON — The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), has joined together with the FBI and…

NBA Champion Don Nelson to hold press conference in Iowa City

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former University of Iowa men’s basketball player, NBA world champion and all-time winningest coach Don Nelson will hold a press conference Saturday in Iowa City. The…

Four NIACC softball players earn All-Region awards

Four NIACC softball players earn All-Region awards

MASON CITY, Iowa – NIACC softball players Hailey Eckstein, Beth Mildenhall, Krista Grutz, and Cassie Pappas have been named All-Region XI players. Eckstein, a freshman out of Larsen, Wisconsin, was…

MacNider Photo Show opens Friday

MacNider Photo Show opens Friday

MASON CITY – The 32nd Annual Cerro Gordo Photo Show, sponsored by the Safford and Lena Lock Photo Endowment Fund, will open on Friday, May 11 at 9 a.m. at…

Zimmerman waives right to speedy trial

By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times – ATLANTA — George Zimmerman has waived his right to a speedy trial, arguing to a Florida court that he needs more time to…

US blacklists sons of ‘Chapo’ Guzman, fugitive Mexican drug lord

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY — The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday added two sons of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to its “designated kingpin”…

Government Agencies Provide Resources to Iowans on Bullying / Cyber-Bullying

Government Agencies Provide Resources to Iowans on Bullying / Cyber-Bullying

Des Moines, IOWA — Bullying has been recognized as a widespread problem and the recent instances of bullying highlighted in the media bring this topic to the forefront for Iowans.…

GOP stumbles in outreach to Hispanic voters

By Erika Bolstad, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — It was supposed to be introducing the team whose savvy grass-roots work will sway Hispanic voters to the Republican Party in six…

Fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event Collects Record 276 Tons

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The American people have again responded overwhelmingly to the most recent DEA-led National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. On April 28th, citizens turned in a record-breaking 552,161 pounds…

Piece of Jesus’ cross stolen from Fresno church

By Jim Guy, McClatchy Newspapers – FRESNO, Calif. — A relic believed to be from the cross on which Jesus died was among the items taken when metal thieves broke…

North Carolina to add marriage amendment to its constitution

North Carolina to add marriage amendment to its constitution

By Lynn Bonner and Jay Price, McClatchy Newspapers – RALEIGH, N.C.—North Carolina has become the 31st state to add an amendment on marriage to its constitution, with voters banning same-sex marriage…

McQueary filing whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State

By Mike Dawson, McClatchy Newspapers – STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Former Penn State wide receivers coach Mike McQueary is filing a whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State. The attorney for McQueary…

Republicans block Senate proposal to keep student loan rates low

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The political battle over President Barack Obama’s plan to keep student loan interest rates from skyrocketing escalated as Senate Republicans blocked…

AIG bailout could reap $15.1 billion profit, estimate says

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON— The U.S. government could end up pocketing $15.1 billion in profit from the bailout of insurance giant American International Group Inc., according to…

Gallardo turns in solid performance in Brewers’ victory

By Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers needed a performance like the one they turned in Tuesday night. Timely hitting up and down the lineup. A…

Players in Saints bounty case appeal suspensions

By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times – All four players suspended by the NFL for their alleged involvement in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal appealed their penalties to the league…

Cubs waste another fine performance by Dempster

Cubs waste another fine performance by Dempster

By Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Kerry Wood’s return from shoulder fatigue coincided with Carlos Marmol’s demotion from the closer’s role, leaving manager Dale Sveum with some difficult bullpen…

Angels blanked by lowly Twins

Angels blanked by lowly Twins

By Bill Plunkett, The Orange County Register – MINNEAPOLIS — In their dreams, the Angels might have thought they put together an offense that could lead the majors in some categories…

Magic’s turbulent season ends with road loss to upstart Pacers

Magic’s turbulent season ends with road loss to upstart Pacers

By Josh Robbins, The Orlando Sentinel – INDIANAPOLIS — The questions about the Orlando Magic’s future gathered momentum as blue and gold streamers fell from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse ceiling, as…

After loss, 76ers head back home with another chance to win series

After loss, 76ers head back home with another chance to win series

By Bob Cooney, Philadelphia Daily News – CHICAGO — The Philadelphia 76ers’ Doug Collins hasn’t coached in this city for 23 years after a three-year run with the Bulls. In his…

Hawks defeat Celtics to avoid playoff elimination

By Michael Cunningham, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – ATLANTA — The math suggests the Hawks have a slim chance of coming back to win their playoff series against the Celtics. Behind those…