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Band Fest weekend will get off to wet start

Band Fest weekend will get off to wet start

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Much of North Iowa is under a hazardous weather outlook, just as Band Fest festivities are set to kick off. According to the…

UN nuclear agency finds more highly enriched uranium in Iran

By Paul Richter and Emily Alpert, Tribune Washington Bureau – VIENNA — The U.N. atomic watchdog agency has found evidence at an underground bunker in Iran that may mean scientists…

Branstad accepts resignation of Roger Lande

Calls Lande a “great Iowan” who “answers the call to service whenever asked” (DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad has accepted the resignation of Roger Lande as the director…

Governor Branstad signs 16 bills into law

Governor Branstad signs 16 bills into law

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad today signed the following legislation into law: House File 609: An Act relating to trusts and estates including the administration of small estates, and certain…

MCFD: House fire likely started by heating equipment for reptile enclosure

MCFD: House fire likely started by heating equipment for reptile enclosure

MASON CITY – The Mason City Fire Department said today that the likely cause of a Thursday house fire was heating equipment for a reptile enclosure igniting nearby combustible materials.…

As protesters rally, Amazon.com says it will improve warehouse conditions

As protesters rally, Amazon.com says it will improve warehouse conditions

SEATTLE — Amazon.com Inc., addressing issues that have drawn heavy criticism of the company, told shareholders Thursday that it planned to improve warehouse conditions and drop its membership in a…

Elmwood Cemetery Readies for Memorial Day Weekend

Elmwood Cemetery Readies for Memorial Day Weekend

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – A Memorial Day program is planned again this year at Elmwood Cemetery in Mason City. The program is organized by the Mason City…

United States Modifieds visit I-35 Speedway

United States Modifieds visit I-35 Speedway

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – The I-35 Speedway at the North Iowa Events Center hosted a special event, featuring the United States Modified Touring Series Wednesday night. It…

Decorah woman wins $30,000 lottery prize

Decorah woman wins $30,000 lottery prize

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Decorah woman never dreamed she’d win a top prize of $30,000 on her “Roulette” instant-scratch ticket while waiting for her kids to get home from…

Iowa Master Conservationist Class Offered in North Iowa

Iowa Master Conservationist Class Offered in North Iowa

Cerro Gordo County Extension along with Floyd and Franklin County Extensions and Cerro Gordo and Floyd County Conservation Boards will be offering an Iowa Master Conservationist Class this summer. The…

Hawkeyes Earn Preseason Football Honors

Hawkeyes Earn Preseason Football Honors

IOWA CITY, IOWA – – Eight members of the University of Iowa football team have been named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-Big Ten team. The all-conference team is released as…

Three Iowa State Cyclones Qualify for NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Three Iowa State Cyclones Qualify for NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

AUSTIN, Texas – Iowa State throwers Hayli Bozarth and Danielle Frere and distance runner Meaghan Nelson qualified for the NCAA Championships Thursday night at Mike A. Myers Track during the…

Alliant officially requests increase to Iowa retail natural gas rates

Alliant officially requests increase to Iowa retail natural gas rates

Company files for first change in Iowa natural gas base rates since 2005 CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – May 25, 2012 – Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), a subsidiary of…

Unabomber embarrasses, angers Harvard Class of ’62

By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — As the Harvard Class of 1962 prepared to gather this week, many alumni updated their profiles — no doubt proud to…

Beyond oil, can Alaska be tapped as a source for renewable energy?

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Alaska has massive hydro, wind, geothermal and other renewable resources, but the state’s rural villages are chained to diesel and suffer oppressive energy…

Decades of feuding, six hours of TV

Decades of feuding, six hours of TV

By Rich Heldenfels, Akron Beacon Journal – The 19th-century conflict between the Hatfield and McCoy families became the definitive feud of American history. To this day it provides a shorthand way…

Killing al-Qaida’s leaders: It works

By Robin Simcox, Los Angeles Times – In the year since President Obama approved a successful raid against Osama bin Laden, public opinion has been shifting. While many Westerners still celebrate…

Suspect Arrested in Connection with the Prostitution of Minors

Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Cleveland Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), for the Northern District of Ohio, in conjunction with Brian D. Lamkin,…

Human rights report highlights regional violence, abuse

By Jim Wyss, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Drug fueled violence in Mexico and Honduras, mass detentions in Cuba and an executive power grab in Venezuela were highlighted in the U.S.…

Supreme Court limits protection against double jeopardy

Supreme Court limits protection against double jeopardy

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court Thursday limited the Constitution’s protection against double jeopardy in cases involving multiple charges and deadlocked juries. The 6-3…

Probe of US military gear traces counterfeit parts to China

By Molly McMillin, McClatchy Newspapers – WICHITA, Kan. — A yearlong investigation found what federal officials called a widespread problem of counterfeit electronic parts making their way onto critical defense systems…

Federal prosecutors who engaged in misconduct in Ted Stevens case are suspended

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog office has concluded that two federal prosecutors acted with reckless misconduct in the botched case against then-Alaska Sen.…

Six world powers, Iran agree to more nuclear talks

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – BAGHDAD — Six world powers and Iran announced Thursday after a second contentious round of negotiations over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program that they intend…

Europe’s woes put a drag on world growth

By Don Lee and Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — The Eurozone debt crisis is intensifying a global slowdown, with new signs that even powerhouse Germany may be faltering,…

A nightmare, then conviction is tossed

By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Brian Banks logged onto Facebook last year, and a new friend request startled him. It was the woman who, nearly a…

Prosecutors urge Guantanamo judge not to split up 9/11 trial

By Carol Rosenberg, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Pentagon prosecutors argued in a motion Thursday against splitting up the joint death-penalty prosecution at Guantanamo of the five men accused of orchestrating…

Legal fight likely looms over identifying witnesses in Zimmerman case

By Jeff Weiner and Rene Stutzman, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — If George Zimmerman goes to trial in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a jury will be asked to…

LAPD seeks interview tape in hunt for new Manson murder clues

By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Police Department detectives want to review some interviews between a Manson Family convicted murderer and his…

Lingering in airplane bathroom leads to questions from FBI for Orlando-bound Muslims

By Susan Jacobson, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — The director of Orlando Sanford International Airport said Thursday that a cultural misunderstanding over a bathroom ritual led to a group…

Consumer Reports rates sunscreens; drugstore brand a best buy

By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — With the unofficial start of summer just days away, it’s time to stock up on sunscreen. Does it matter which one…

Women’s clinics on alert after fires, burglaries in Atlanta area

By Andria Simmons, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution – ATLANTA — Heightened fears over burglaries and fires targeting abortion and obstetrical clinics around Atlanta have triggered heightened security across the country. The FBI,…

Romney tells Philly teachers that studies show class size does not matter

Romney tells Philly teachers that studies show class size does not matter

By Miriam Hill, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney brought his plan to improve the American educational system to a West Philadelphia charter school Thursday, and…

Jury convicts private of plot to bomb restaurant filled with soldiers

By Jeremy Schwartz, Austin American-Statesman – WACO, Texas — A federal jury on Thursday needed slightly more than an hour to find Pfc. Naser Abdo guilty of all six charges against…

Obama calls for keeping production tax credit to save clean-energy jobs

By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – NEWTON, Iowa — From a wind-power factory in this battleground state, President Barack Obama urged Congress to extend tax credits he…