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Obama event raises nearly $15 million

Obama event raises nearly $15 million

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — In an exclusive backyard soiree at George Clooney’s house in Studio City, President Barack Obama headlined a star-studded fundraiser Thursday night…

‘Meat glue’ is safe and natural, American Meat Institute says

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The American Meat Institute is striking back at reports that “meat glue,” a binding agent often used to patch together pieces…

Iowa No. 31 in men’s basketball attendance for second straight year

Mike Hlas, CR Gazette – Iowa’s average attendance for men’s basketball games went up in 2011-2012 from the season before, but not enough to elevate it from No. 31 in…

Iowa woman gets probation for shoplifting spree

John Mangalonzo, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – A Burlington woman waiting to be tried on a robbery charge was sentenced Monday in a separate case where she and another woman…

Branstad lifts ban on lead shot in dove hunts

Branstad lifts ban on lead shot in dove hunts

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – UPDATE: Gov. Terry Branstad fired a shot at his executive-branch agencies while issuing a “historic” order Friday rescinding a ban on lead ammunition by dove…

BRIEF: State track 2012: The qualifiers

Jeff Linder, CR Gazette – Here is a list of the qualifiers for the state track meet, courtesy the IHSAA and IGHSAU: Girls Class 4A Boys Class 4A Girls Class…

Bryant is the only one to show up as Lakers forced to Game 7

Bryant is the only one to show up as Lakers forced to Game 7

By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times – DENVER — Kobe Bryant should have stayed in his hotel room. Conserved energy. Continued to drink a lot of fluids. Rest up. Instead,…

TV networks desperately seeking young-adult viewers

By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Earlier this week, long-languishing NBC ordered a fall sitcom with an apt title: “Save Me.” As they get ready to…

Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds issue statement on Legislature’s education reform efforts

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad released the following statement today in response to the conference committee report on education reform: “This is an important first step, with much…

Former School Security Officer Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Production of Child Pornography

WASHINGTON – A former security officer in the Birmingham City School System, who was also a substitute bus driver for Shelby County, Ala., schools, was sentenced today to 30 years…

Partnerships with local law enforcement net criminal alien arrests

It was mid-afternoon when Mario Vidrio, an immigration enforcement agent assigned to the Escondido Police Department’s Gang Task Force, responded to a call involving an unsafe lane change on one…

Estus ready to rumble in May 19th title bout

Estus ready to rumble in May 19th title bout

by Matt Marquardt – CLEAR LAKE – Mixed-martial arts fighter Mike Estus is preparing for what he calls the biggest fight of his career. Estus, 29, of Clear Lake, will…

House passes spending plan along party lines

House passes spending plan along party lines

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House approved a plan for deep spending cuts in food stamps, Meals on Wheels and other domestic programs —…

10 Missed Opportunities at the Iowa Legislature

10 Missed Opportunities at the Iowa Legislature

Senate proposals approved with strong bipartisan support that the Iowa House failed to consider – Statement by Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids: “Below are ten bills that passed the…

Big brother out of control via “social host” law

Op-Ed by Otis Lewis – Just read the “Social Host Law.” We have way too much government.  Our County Board of Supervisors has not used good logic and judgment putting…

UPDATED: Hampton child injured by “MacGyver bomb” on May 4th; five juveniles involved

HAMPTON, IOWA – On May 4, 2012, at approximately 8:22 PM, Hampton Police Department received a report of a plastic bottle exploding on South Federal in close proximity to young…

NIACC baseball wins first round game against Iowa Lakes

NIACC baseball wins first round game against Iowa Lakes

WATERLOO, Iowa – Five players recorded an RBI as No. 19 NIACC took a 7-4 win against Iowa Lakes in the first round of the Region XI Tournament. Freshman second…

Federal officials sue Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona

Federal officials sue Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona

By Richard A. Serrano and Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has sued Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona, asking a federal court to prevent the…

Op-ed: Corridor group is “all hat and no cattle” by Peter Children

The formation of the “North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation,” was triumphed in today’s Globe Gazette.  Sounds impressive, but like a lot of things our own development director says; it’s…

76ers pull off victory over Bulls, advance to face Celtics

76ers pull off victory over Bulls, advance to face Celtics

By Bob Cooney, Philadelphia Daily News – PHILADELPHIA — In the end, none of it really made much sense. The fear of 76ers coach Doug Collins at the beginning of…

MCCSD renovation update

MCCSD renovation update

Construction Update from the Mason City School District: Phase 3A – JAMS/MCHS Cafeteria Areas Larson Contacting o Exterior punchlist was inspected last week. o Closeout documents are being submitted. Phase…

Twin car bombs devastate key Syrian intelligence agency in Damascus

Twin car bombs devastate key Syrian intelligence agency in Damascus

By David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers – BEIRUT — A pair of bombings Thursday outside one of the most feared branches of the Syrian intelligence services killed more than 55 people,…

Foxconn shows off changes at factory campus

Foxconn shows off changes at factory campus

By John Boudreau, San Jose Mercury News – SHENZHEN, China — The global controversy surrounding the treatment of assembly-line workers who manufacture iPhones and iPads — and just about every…

Panetta says US doing everything possible to free captive soldier

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Thursday that U.S. officials were doing everything possible to win the release of an…

Afghan soldier fires on Western troops, killing one

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Another Afghan soldier has turned his weapon on Western troops, killing one, the NATO force said Friday. Such attacks are becoming…

United lifts ban on 9 breeds of dog

By Gregory Karp, Chicago Tribune  – CHICAGO — United Airlines, in response to customer feedback that included an online petition, has changed its pet-restriction policy. It no longer bans nine…

F-16s intercept small plane in Obama’s airspace at LAX

By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Two F-16 military fighter jets were dispatched Friday morning to intercept a general aviation airplane that violated airspace restrictions as President…

Top 25: What corporate America is reading, April 2012

McClatchy-Tribune News Service 800-CEO-READ, a leading direct supplier of book-based resources, compiles a monthly list of best-selling business books based on purchases by its corporate customers nationwide. Here are the…

Real estate Q&A: Brokers might choose flat fee over commission

By Gary M. Singer, Sun Sentinel – QUESTION: I am trying to sell my age-restricted condominium for $25,000. Every real estate agent I speak with wants to charge a flat…

Fundraiser tonight at Roller City for Youth Center

Fundraiser tonight at Roller City for Youth Center

MASON CITY – A fundraiser will be held tonight at Roller City for the North Iowa Youth Center. Skating starts at 6 PM and admission is $7. Roller City will…

City to Spray for Weed Control and Fertilization

MASON CITY – Pending favorable weather conditions, the City of Mason City will be treating Central Park, Muse Norris Youth Baseball Diamonds, Frederick Hanford Baseball Diamonds and the Aquatic Center…

Extreme Makeover: College Edition Returns

Extreme Makeover: College Edition Returns

NIACC has a unique makeover — one that could change your life. Extreme Makeover: College Edition is a contest where two lucky winners receive an entire year of education at…