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Raiders’ McClain ordered to jail

By Jerry McDonald, The Oakland Tribune – The football season of middle linebacker Rolando McClain was in question Thursday after his conviction on charges of assault, reckless endangerment, menacing and wrongful…

Wainwright struggles again as error-prone Cardinals lose

Wainwright struggles again as error-prone Cardinals lose

By Joe Strauss, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – SAN FRANCISCO — The St. Louis Cardinals rolled into AT&T Park on Thursday morning dressed to kill. Unfortunately they played defense like it was…

Volstad fails Cubs again in loss

Volstad fails Cubs again in loss

By Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The opening round of the City Series this weekend is likely to provide the Cubs with the only playoff atmosphere they will see…

SpaceX ready to launch to space station

By Scott Powers, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — An eccentric billionaire intends to blast his rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to the International Space Station early Saturday…

Bomb threat at high school in Hampton; book bags to be checked

From the Hampton School District, May 17, 2012: High School Parents and Students: Late this afternoon, it was reported to high school administration that a bomb threat was written on…

US officials pore over finer points of diplomacy in preparation for NATO summit

By Cynthia Dizikes, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The spelling and pronunciation of some 65 international leaders have been checked and rehearsed. A circular table so massive a school bus could…

Twins complete two-game sweep of Tigers

Twins complete two-game sweep of Tigers

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – DETROIT — Nothing has come easily for the Minnesota Twins this year, so everyone in their clubhouse could only chuckle over how difficult they…

Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, dies at 63

Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, dies at 63

By Howard Cohen, McClatchy Newspapers – Donna Summer, 63, who earned the title Queen of Disco for her era-defining music but who transcended the genre over the years, died of lung…

MCPD called to Fed Up North Iowa founder’s home today

MASON CITY – According to a Mason City Police Department incident summary report, police were called to 938 North Federal Ave. Apartment #1 Thursday at 1:16 p.m. for a disturbance.…

Manchester teen accused of killing grandparents was carrying drugs, hunting knife Saturday

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette – The Manchester teen accused of killing his grandparents over the weekend had a hunting knife, marijuana and bottles of prescription pills with him when he…

Another waste-to-energy battle brewing, this time in southern Iowa

Kyle Wilson, Creston News Advertiser, Iowa – By KYLE WILSON CRESTON — Prairie Solid Waste Board decided during a special meeting Wednesday, May 9, they will not even look at GGI…

CA mother accused of sex with teen son

Glenda Anderson, The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif. – A Lake County woman accused of having sex with her teenage son is scheduled to be back in Napa County Superior Court…

Waterloo man accused of murdering Mason City man out on bond

Waterloo man accused of murdering Mason City man out on bond

MASON CITY – James Eric Farnsworth left the Cerro Gordo County Jail yesterday after posting $200,000 bond.  Farnsworth was required to put up $50,000 and the rest came from Lederman…

Vision Iowa Grants Awarded to Algona, Janesville, Bettendorf

DES MOINES – The Vision Iowa Board awarded $443,316 in grants to the construction of a bicycle/pedestrian bridge in Janesville, an agriculture and motorsports museum in Algona and renovations to…

Wildlife Babies & More Deer

From Iowa DNR: It started with a phone call a couple weeks ago, in Solon, Iowa. “I have eight baby raccoons. Their eyes are barely open. The mother raccoon is…

Law Enforcement Release Cause of Death in Sweet Double Homicide

Law Enforcement Release Cause of Death in Sweet Double Homicide

Manchester, IOWA — As the investigation into the death of 62 year old Janet Sweet and 55 year old Richard Sweet continues, law enforcement are now releasing the cause and…

Facebook’s rich share price may leave little wiggle room for error

By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Facebook Inc. is certain to make a dramatic entrance to the stock market Friday with its hotly awaited initial public offering.…

11 die as insurgents attack government center in Afghan province

By Laura King and Aimal Yaqubi, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Gunmen and bombers stormed the governor’s compound in a southwestern Afghan province Thursday. Afghan police managed to repel…

Lakers blow late lead, lose Game 2 to Thunder

Lakers blow late lead, lose Game 2 to Thunder

By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times – OKLAHOMA CITY — This is the loss that will haunt the Los Angeles Lakers for months, years, perhaps even longer for Kobe Bryant,…

North Iowa drivers cautioned about passing a stopped school bus

North Iowa drivers cautioned about passing a stopped school bus

MASON CITY, Iowa – May 17, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation, at the request of the West Fork School District, is alerting motorists to pay close attention when…

Alliant Energy warns of potential customer scams

Alliant Energy warns of potential customer scams

May 17, 2012 – Alliant Energy is warning its utility customers of a potential customer scam. A small number of customers have reported receiving calls from individuals claiming to be…

OP-ed: The clock is running (by Peter Children)

The clock is running, it never stops, and there is nothing you can do to slow it down.  I will admit it is not something to dwell on but it…

Op-ed: Why NATO is bad for the world

By Vijay Prashad – The coming NATO summit in Chicago will see a lot of protests, as it should. Once constrained to the defense of Europe, NATO has now put…

Border tunnels used for drug smuggling are targeted in new get-tough law

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Responding to an increase in smuggling tunnels along the California and Arizona borders, the House on Wednesday passed legislation aimed at…

Verizon says it’s ending unlimited data plans

By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A Verizon official announced the company will begin forcing users with grandfathered-in unlimited data plans to choose data share plans…

In Florida, Romney raises cash, bashes Obama

By Marc Caputo and Adam C. Smith, McClatchy Newspapers – TAMPA, Fla.—Mitt Romney swung through Florida on Thursday, picking up more than $2 million in political contributions while bashing President…

Research links coffee to lower death rates

By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Researchers have some reassuring news for the legions of coffee drinkers who can’t get through the day without a latte,…

Facebook hires staff of smartphone photo-sharing firm

By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — In another move to beef up its mobile offering, Facebook has hired the entire staff of Lightbox, a tiny start-up…

At G-8, Obama to champion growth to fix European financial crisis

By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — U.S. presidents have long sought relief from battles inside the Beltway and have entertained visiting heads of state at Camp David, the…

Gaffney Grading Roads in Rural Clear Lake for 33 Years and Counting

Gaffney Grading Roads in Rural Clear Lake for 33 Years and Counting

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – CLEAR LAKE – The Cerro Gordo Secondary Road Department has it’s hands full maintaining the gravel roads of Cerro Gordo County. After wintry…

US troops’ Yemen presence signals deeper role

By Ken Dilanian and David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — In an escalation of America’s clandestine war in Yemen, a small contingent of U.S. troops is providing…

LeBron’s last-shot debate rages on

By Barry Jackson, McClatchy Newspapers – Including playoffs, the Heat this season has gone 6 for 18 on shots to take the lead or tie the game in the final…

Uncle Sam, say goodbye to Eduardo Saverin and $67 million in taxes

By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — How much will Eduardo Saverin save by ditching his U.S. citizenship? At least a cool $67 million in federal taxes…

Lies About Terrorism Send Man to Prison

ATLANTA—Henry Guy Jones, 51, of Marietta, Georgia, who falsely claimed that he was hired by terrorists to build a weapon that could contain a combustible, poisonous, or a toxic substance…

Divisions persist in Congress as Obama holds meeting on economy

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama welcomed congressional leaders for a White House chat over hoagies about setting aside differences to improve the…

Hormel Institute’s second major expansion set to begin

AUSTIN, Minn. – Tuesday, May 15 – Local leaders today thanked their local legislators Sen. Dan Sparks and Rep. Jeanne Poppe , among other state legislators, for their successful efforts…

Closing arguments in Edwards trial set for Thursday

By Anne Blythe, McClatchy Newspapers – GREENSBORO, N.C. — When prosecutors and defense lawyers in the John Edwards trial take their turns before jurors Thursday morning for closing arguments, each…

Roger Clemens’ lawyers poke at former trainer Brian McNamee’s veracity

By Ian Duncan, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Brian McNamee, the key prosecution witness in the Roger Clemens perjury trial, said he had never made up details about the…

DNA evidence helps prosecutors get maximum 10-year sentence against driver in deadly DUI case

By Paul Walsh and Curt Brown, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Prosecutors can usually rely on blood-alcohol tests to put the worst drunken drivers in prison. But in a…

ABC looks to more nighttime soaps for fall

By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — ABC is doubling down on nighttime soaps in its bid to get out of third place. The network of “Revenge” and…

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