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Cubs finally get lead but can’t hold it as losing streak hits nine

Cubs finally get lead but can’t hold it as losing streak hits nine

By Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune – HOUSTON — Jeff Samardzija was one sliding catch away from possibly ending the Cubs’ losing streak. But when Darwin Barney knocked the ball out of…

Twins blanked by Sale and White Sox

Twins blanked by Sale and White Sox

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – CHICAGO — Until his final few years in the Windy City, Mark Buehrle was a major Twins nemesis. Buehrle has taken…

Zimmerman rode with cops, ripped department

By Frances Robles, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — A year before George Zimmerman killed a Miami Gardens teenager, he stood before a City Hall community forum with a grievance: Sanford cops…

Former pastor denies abusing Haitian kids

By Joe DePriest, McClatchy Newspapers – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A former Gaston County pastor has denied having illicit sex with two minors in Haiti while he was giving them food and…

Thousands of pages of evidence detail the killing of FAMU drum major

By Jeff Kunerth, Stephen Hudak, Denise-Marie Balona and David Breen, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — The beatings began well before the Nov. 19 hazing death of Florida A&M University…

USC slaying suspects portrayed themselves as party boys

By Richard Winton, Garrett Therolf and Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — In the stream of photos on their Facebook pages, Javier Bolden and Bryan Barnes look like…

Excellent Fishing Expected to Continue Through Memorial Day Weekend

Iowa’s postcard spring weather continues to provide excellent fishing across the state and heading in to the Memorial Day weekend, one must have as part of any holiday plans is…

SBA, AARP Team Up to Connect Older Americans With Resources to Start, Grow Businesses

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP are launching a strategic alliance to provide counseling and training to entrepreneurs over the age of 50 who want to start or…

Skeletal Remains Thought To Be Mt. Pleasant Woman Missing Since Last May

Mt. Pleasant, Iowa- On May 22, 2011, Jackie Douthart was reported missing to the Mt. Pleasant Police Department by her fiancé and family members.  At the time, Jackie Douthart was 24…

ISP Identifies Deceased in Woodbury County Fatal Crash

Woodbury County, IOWA — The Iowa State Patrol is investigating a fatality crash in Woodbury County that happened on Monday, May 21, 2012 on county road K45 just north of…

Senate debate on the FDA user fees bill

Floor Statement of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley Prescription Drug User Fee Act Reauthorization Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Mr. President, today we will be considering a vital piece of legislation that…

Grassley on the President’s Visit to Iowa on Wind Energy

Grassley on the President’s Visit to Iowa on Wind Energy

From Senator Charles Grassley – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa authored and won enactment of the first-ever wind energy production tax credit in 1992.  The incentive was designed to give…

Defending Super Bowl champion Giants expect higher focus this season

By Art Stapleton, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eli Manning now has two Super Bowl rings and a pair of MVP awards from the big game as…

Tax hikes, budget cuts could bring recession, budget office warns

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Congressional Budget Office warned that the country could be thrown into a recession if Congress tries to reduce the nation’s deficit…

Washington man arrested for punching 10 year-old boy in movie theater

By Jennifer Sullivan, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — With Celine Dion crooning, Leonardo DiCaprio proclaiming himself “king of the world” and the Titanic taking on water — all in 3-D…

6 world powers open talks with Iran to curb nuclear program

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – BAGHDAD — Officials of six world powers and Iran gathered at an imposing guest house in Baghdad’s international zone in a hopeful but subdued…

Pakistan hands 33-year sentence to doctor who helped CIA track bin Laden

By Saeed Shah, McClatchy Newspapers – ISLAMABAD — The Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA in the hunt for Osama bin Laden was sentenced to 33 years in prison for treason…

The parts of ‘Men in Black 3’ are greater than its sum

The parts of ‘Men in Black 3’ are greater than its sum

By Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – Aliens again. “Men In Black 3” revives the long-dormant franchise for an inessential new chapter in Hollywood’s never-ending story of Earth guys battling space…

Health Department Confirms 22 Cases of Pertussis in Cerro Gordo County

Health Department Confirms 22 Cases of Pertussis in  Cerro Gordo County

(Mason City) – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health has confirmed 22 suspected or lab confirmed cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in the county. Disease Prevention Specialists encourage…

Photo of the day: Water tower sunset

Photo of the day: Water tower sunset

Photo of a Mason City, Iowa water tower submitted by Corey Jacobson.…

East Park prepped for Band Fest weekend

East Park prepped for Band Fest weekend

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – It is Band Fest weekend again, quite likely the busiest time of the year in Mason City, and preparations are well underway in…

Watch Clear Lake Council meeting

If anyone is interested, video of Monday’s Clear Lake Council meeting is below, including discussion of the proposed noise ordinance in the city. Read council packet here. Watch video: httpv://youtu.be/cRUXHBteHu4…

Obama could have an in among white evangelicals

By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times – CINCINNATI — The Rev. Chris Beard is a theological conservative, make no mistake about it. He believes the Bible is the word of…

Recession predicted for Europe as leaders struggle for consensus

By Shashank Bengali and Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – BRUSSELS — With the United States and financial markets pressing for decisive action, European leaders will meet Wednesday on their…

Suits, regulators await Facebook on charges of select disclosures

NEW YORK — Facebook Inc and the underwriters of its initial public offering (IPO) face legal action and the scrutiny of regulators as investor anger mounts over its falling share…

“World premiere” held for students’ public service announcement for MCFD and MCPD

“World premiere” held for students’ public service announcement for MCFD and MCPD

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY -A “world premiere” was held Tuesday at the Mason City Fire Station for a video created by three NIACC students. (PHOTO: NIACC students, from…

Op-ed: $25 million hockey rink is not sustainable (by Peter Children)

Sustainability seems to be the word coming out of City Hall these days, at least according to John Skipper official reporter for Bookmeyer and Trout.  In his Monday column  John…

Ragan: Thanking our veterans and servicemembers everyday

Ragan: Thanking our veterans and servicemembers everyday

From Senator Amanda Ragan – As we take time this Memorial Day to honor America’s servicemembers and veterans, we can be proud of the steps we’re taking here in Iowa…

MacNider Issues Call for Entries for Exhibition

MacNider Issues Call for Entries for Exhibition

MASON CITY – The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in Mason City, IA would like to announce a call for entries for its biennial Area Show exhibition. The deadline for…

Apple once again the world’s most valuable brand

By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — For the second year in a row, Apple is the most valuable brand in the world, according to a study…

Iowa corn planting nearly complete

Iowa corn planting nearly complete

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – Iowa farmers are almost done with their 2012 corn planting after a week of nearly trouble-free weather. The USDA’s weekly crop report said 98 percent…

Indians reliever Joe Smith involved in bar incident

By Sheldon Ocker, Akron Beacon Journal – CLEVELAND — Indians reliever Joe Smith was handcuffed, and he and his party were questioned by police early Sunday morning when officers received…

Jeff Schultz: Goodell appears unfazed by Vilma’s lawsuit

By Jeff Schultz, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – ATLANTA — Troy Vincent heard it from coaches since his days in youth football. “Tough it out! Get up! Suck it up!’ —…

Bryan Stow beating suspects face federal weapons charges

By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Two men charged in state court in connection with the brutal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow will…

Better Business Bureau warns of scams targeting vets

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – The Better Business Bureau this week released a list of active scams targeting military veterans and their supporters. Scams include those that target service personnel…

Browns quarterback McCoy wants fair competition with rookie Weeden

By Nate Ulrich, Akron Beacon Journal – BEREA, Ohio — Colt McCoy insists the idea of competing for the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback job doesn’t bother him, provided he gets…

BRIEF: General Mills cutting 850 jobs, Cedar Rapids impact not known

George C. Ford, CR Gazette – CEDAR RAPIDS — It will likely be some time before employees of the General Mills plant in southwest Cedar Rapids learn if they will…

Angry veterans demand end to backlog of disability claims

Angry veterans demand end to backlog of disability claims

By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times – SAN FRANCISCO — Horatius A. Carney spent seven weeks in a military hospital after injuring his knee while in the segregated Army…

Facebook testing redesigned Timeline

By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Facebook didn’t wait long after its IPO to begin shaking things up again and messing with its layout. The social…

Ford credit rating upgrade wins back iconic oval logo pledged away

By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Moody’s Investors Service raised the credit rating for Ford Motor Co. to an investment grade Tuesday, giving its seal of approval to a corporate…

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