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Cubs lose 7th straight game

By Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune – HOUSTON — Forget about a win. What does a team have to do to get a lead? With Matt Garza turning in his worst start…

EU say Google may have abused its dominance, urges settlement

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — The top European antitrust official said Monday that an investigation has found Google Inc. may have abused its online dominance to squelch…

Zuckerberg loses $2 billion on second day of Facebook trading

By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — For Mark Zuckerberg’s sake, it is hoped he went on a honeymoon because he’ll need something to take his mind off…

Facebook shares fall 11 percent as investors question revenue prospects

By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times – SAN FRANCISCO — Maybe what Facebook really needs is a “buy” button. After a lifeless opening last week, Facebook shares tumbled on their second…

NATO leaders endorse Obama’s Afghanistan exit plan

NATO leaders endorse Obama’s Afghanistan exit plan

By Jonathan S. Landay and Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – CHICAGO — NATO leaders on Monday adopted President Barack Obama’s exit strategy from the nearly 11-year-old U.S.-led intervention in Afghanistan, cementing…

Medical pot not protected by disabilities act, 9th Circuit rules

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Medical marijuana patients cannot use a federal disability law to prevent cities from shutting down pot dispensaries, a federal appeals court…

Minnesota will hold two wolf hunting seasons; 6,000 licenses offered

By Doug Smith, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Details of Minnesota’s first wolf hunting and trapping season released Monday didn’t please everyone. Mark Johnson, executive director of the Minnesota Deer…

Celtics rout 76ers to take series lead

Celtics rout 76ers to take series lead

By John N. Mitchell, The Philadelphia Inquirer – BOSTON — It wasn’t quite the same as the miraculous comeback the 76ers orchestrated in the last meeting between the Sixer and the…

Judge in Jerry Sandusky case won’t delay sex abuse trial

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach now charged with child sex abuse, will get his day in court…

SpaceX again ready to blast off after last-second launch abort

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Just days after aborting a rocket launch at the last second because of an engine problem, SpaceX is once again set…

Obama’s same-sex marriage announcement hasn’t moved the polls

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Almost two weeks after President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, polls provide some measure of the impact — zero.…

Protesters take aim at Boeing during NATO summit

By Todd Lighty, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A few hundred protesters marched toward Boeing Corp.’s headquarters west of the Loop Monday chanting, “We’re gonna beat back the Boeing attack.” They…

Facebook shares close near $34 on 2nd day of trading

By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Facebook Inc. shares skidded on their second day of trading on Wall Street, falling below the initial public offering price of…

Ex-Rutgers student gets 1-month jail sentence in webcam spy case

By Rebecca D. O’Brien, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) – NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A judge ordered a former Rutgers student to serve a three-year probationary sentence with 30 days in jail,…

MacNider Photo Show Award Winners Announced

MacNider Photo Show Award Winners Announced

MASON CITY – Award winners were named in the 32nd Annual Cerro Gordo Photo Show at the MacNider Art Museum on Thursday, May 17th. Thirty-nine entries by twenty-one artists were…

Grassley becomes hypocrite as he blasts costs to taxpayers for judicial conference in Maui

Grassley becomes hypocrite as he blasts costs to taxpayers for judicial conference in Maui

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – Charles Grassley, Iowa’s respected long-time Senator, is talking out of both sides of his mouth today. Grassley blasted the costs to the taxpayers for a…

Submitted photo: Fallen tree in Mason City

Submitted photo: Fallen tree in Mason City

Above: Reader submitted photo of a fallen tree in the 900 block of 8th Street SW in Mason City. Below: NIT photo of tree taken on May 21, 2011.  No…

Obama proclaims this week as “National Small Business Week”

Obama proclaims this week as “National Small Business Week”

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION For centuries, America’s progress has been driven by pioneers who think big, take risks, and work hard. Where their…

Two men charged with stealing scrap metal

Two men charged with stealing scrap metal

MASON CITY – Early Monday morning at about 4:30 AM, Mason City Police Officers were dispatched to check the property owned by McKiness Excavating in the 300 block of 15th…

Google should let users phone for assistance

By David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times – If there’s one issue that consistently cheeses off consumers, it’s being unable to get a human being on the phone when you have…

On The Money: Thinking about consolidating student loans? Check here first

By Chuck Myers, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Student loans offer an invaluable avenue to help cover the cost of higher education. But they can also pose a financial burden on students…

Registry tallies over 2,000 wrongful convictions since 1989

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — More than 2,000 people have been freed from prison since 1989 after they were found to have been wrongly convicted…

Suicide bomber kills dozens of soldiers in Yemen; U.S. trainers attacked

By Jeffrey Fleishman and Zaid Al-Alayaa, Los Angeles Times – SANA, Yemen — A suicide bomber targeting soldiers rehearsing for a military parade killed as many as 96 people Monday…

Clippers hang tough but are done in by Spurs

Clippers hang tough but are done in by Spurs

By Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers didn’t go easily when they could have, when many thought they would have. They played Game…

Man injured falling from top of railcars, then arrested

Man injured falling from top of railcars, then arrested

MASON CITY – Mason City police say today that a passer-by called police Monday morning at about 6:50 AM after hearing a person yelling for help in the area of…

A campaign bombshell

By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times – The Supreme Court is about to toss a judicial bomb into the middle of the presidential campaign, and nobody knows what impact it…

14 convicted drug traffickers hanged in Tehran

dpa, Hamburg, Germany – Tehran (dpa) – A total of 14 convicted drug traffickers were hanged on Monday in the Iranian capital of Tehran, the ISNA news agency reported. The…

2012 Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists now available

2012 Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists now available

AMES, Iowa – May 21, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is now distributing the 2012 Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists, a popular publication updated to show new 4-foot,…

Iowa manufacturing jobs are coming back

Iowa manufacturing jobs are coming back

George C. Ford, CR Gazette – Manufacturing is slowly coming back to Iowa. And it has farming, in part, to thank for it. “Anyone making machinery, parts or virtually anything…

White Sox take a broom to Wrigley

White Sox take a broom to Wrigley

By Dave van Dyck, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Maybe the next trade the White Sox need to make is U.S. Cellular Field for Wrigley Field. On their way to…

Lucroy cleans up as Brewers rout Twins

By Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – MILWAUKEE — Simply looking to get Aramis Ramirez a day off, Ron Roenicke might have inadvertently created a lineup controversy Sunday. OK, not…

Hampton Cemetery fence project nears completion

Hampton Cemetery fence project nears completion

by Matt Marquardt – HAMPTON, IOWA -Work is nearing completion on a fence in Hampton that had nearly been lost. Due to the Highway 65 reconstruction project that was completed…

Photo of the day: Eclipse

Photo of the day: Eclipse

Photo from Kelly Elbert of Mason City of Sunday’s solar eclipse.…

Robin Gibb, who rose to pop fame as one-third of the Bee Gees, dies at 62

By Claire Noland, Los Angeles Times – Robin Gibb, a singer and songwriter who joined two of his brothers in forming the Bee Gees pop group that helped define the sound…

Supreme Court considers whether to take up anti-terrorism laws

Supreme Court considers whether to take up anti-terrorism laws

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court, after a four-year break from terrorism issues, is set to decide as soon as Monday whether to again…

Lance Armstrong wins Fla. triathlon

By Austin Lyon, The Orlando Sentinel – HAINES CITY, Fla. — Kevin Davenport arrived at the Ironman 70.3 Florida on Sunday more than an hour before the triathlon. He drove…

Kanawha juggler alerted by Guinness that his record is good

Kanawha juggler alerted by Guinness that his record is good

by Matt Marquardt – Mark Hanson of Kanawha has been alerted by Guinness World Records that his achievement has been made official and added to their website. You can check…

Sixers heading into pivotal Game 5 against Celtics

By Bob Cooney, Philadelphia Daily News – PHILADELPHIA — If there is anything about this Eastern Conference semifinal series between the 76ers and Boston Celtics that makes sense, it is…