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About 30 children among more than 90 killed in Houla, Syria

By Patrick J. McDonnell and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — The blood-spattered children lay on a patterned rug, their wounds graphic proof that youth offers no protection from…

Multiple arrests Saturday in East Park area

Multiple arrests Saturday in East Park area

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Reports are coming in of multiple arrests today in the East Park area. One source reported that up to 9 juveniles have been…

Op-ed: No leadership in Mason City (by Peter Children)

Whatever it was meant to be, the Main Street crowd pissed in the Chili.  They have fail miserably to mediate an accord between those in charge of operating the Historic…

Ex-security guard at Walmart gets 9 years on child-porn charge

Kathy Lynn Gray, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio – U.S. District Judge Peter C. Economus was not swayed by the apologies and admission of guilt by a man who collected child pornography…

Child porn suspect is charged with rape

Robert Gavin, Times Union, Albany, N.Y. – ROTTERDAM — A Colonie man who taught at a Tae Kwon Do martial arts school in Duanesburg has been charged with raping a child…

3 dead, 5 wounded in Chicago shootings

Peter Nickeas, Chicago Tribune – Three people were killed and five others wounded in shootings across the city Friday night, according to authorities. Two people were found dead inside a Woodlawn home in…

Former drug prosecutor’s life goes wrong

Bo Emerson and Craig Schneider, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Atlanta attorney Rand Csehy made his mark prosecuting drug dealers; somewhere along the way, police say, he joined the enemy. Before he…

Local woman pleads guilty to sexual abuse

John Mangalonzo, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – A Burlington woman authorities said had a sexual relationship with a teenage boy, has accepted an agreement from Des Moines County prosecutors. Lynsey…

City’s request for debt forgiveness denied by state

Michael Anderson, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – Burlington’s request to have the debt from the purchase of the Dresser-Rand complex forgiven was turned down last Friday. The plea to the…

Patients describe being hospitalized, with a bill collector at their side

Christopher Snowbeck, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – One woman says she was asked to pay hundreds of dollars while hooked to a morphine drip in the emergency room. Another patient…

St. Paul mastiff bites another kid

Mara H. Gottfried, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – It wasn’t the first time the big dog had attacked a child. Before biting the face of an 18-month-old girl this week…

Iowa ag secretary reluctantly endorses raising motor fuel tax

Iowa ag secretary reluctantly endorses raising motor fuel tax

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – JOHNSTON – Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey grudgingly endorsed a gas tax increase if no other way to can be found to pay for…

Scattered rain doesn’t scatter the crowd Saturday in East Park

Scattered rain doesn’t scatter the crowd Saturday in East Park

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Despite the late afternoon rain shower, and the threat of more, the first night of Band Fest at East Park…

Attempted burglar apprehended Saturday morning

Attempted burglar apprehended Saturday morning

MASON CITY – Saturday morning at about 2:13 AM a Mason City resident in the 200 block of 27th Street SW heard someone attempting to make entry into his home.…

Other Events for Saturday Include Roller Derby and Hog Roast

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – North Iowa’s women’s flat track roller derby team, the River City Dames of Anarchy, have a home bout Saturday night.…

Facebook ads less than lucrative for many businesses

By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — As the public joined the frenzy around Facebook Inc.’s Wall Street debut, well-connected institutional investors were hearing a more sobering message:…

The Queen’s elaborate costumes cast a spell

The Queen’s elaborate costumes cast a spell

By John Horn, Los Angeles Times – Moviegoers may be impressed by “Snow White and the Huntsman’s” computer-generated trolls, flying fairies and mythical beasts. But it could be Colleen Atwood’s complicated,…

Iowans May Fish Free June 1 – 3

Iowa residents may fish without a license on June 1, 2 and 3 as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources free fishing weekend. Free fishing weekend is the…

How to make a deep fried Twinkie

How to make a deep fried Twinkie

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Troy Levenhagen of the famous Suzie Q restaurant is one of the few local vendors participating in this year’s Band Fest in East…

SpaceX carried ‘cremains’ of 320 people into space

By Scott Powers, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — The SpaceX rocket that launched a spacecraft to the International Space Station also carried the cremated remains of 320 people, including…

Ad-skipping device at heart of legal battle between Fox, Dish

By Meg James and Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Fox Broadcasting Co. has sued Dish Network, becoming the first television network to fire a legal salvo over…

US declines to label China a currency manipulator

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration may be getting tougher with China on trade, but its approach in dealing with Beijing on the thorny currency…

MIT lab’s coating lets bottles pour every clingy drop

By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The research institution that brought you the fax machine and GPS has come up with another potentially world-changing invention: a bottle…

‘American Idol’ finale draws a ratings low

By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — It was a great night for Phillip Phillips, but for “American Idol,” maybe not so much. Phillips, a husky-voiced troubadour, conquered…

GED Accelerated Math and Writing Academy to be offered

GED Accelerated Math and Writing Academy to be offered

North Iowa Area Community College is offering an accelerated GED Math and Writing Academy on the NIACC campus. “The Academy is for people who want to concentrate on these two…

Commentary: ‘Idol’ plays to type, and that no longer is a good thing

By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The winner has been declared. A nation has decided, and we went to bed on Wednesday finally knowing that American Idol…

Bullets fly relentlessly in History channel’s atmospheric miniseries ‘Hatfields & McCoys’

By Sara Smith, McClatchy Newspapers – Revenge is served cold. Sometimes it’s served piping hot. And it’s served again and again, until the gunmen retreat into the foggy woods. Over six…

More people making car loan payments on time in Iowa, U.S.

George C. Ford, CR Gazette – The latest report on car loan delinquencies shows more Iowans and consumers nationwide are making their monthly payments on time. Chicago-based TransUnion said less…

2 female soldiers sue military over ban on combat roles

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Two female soldiers are suing the Department of Defense and the Army to end policies prohibiting women from serving in a…

A phone(y) issue or does this have a ring of truth?

By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — This just in from the technology-and-politics desk: A cell phone user who takes a pollster’s call is more likely to be…

Would Romney really cut spending on ‘Day One’?

By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Mitt Romney has a new ad out, touting what he’ll do on his first day as president. “Day One,” the narrator…

SpaceX capsule docks at International Space Station

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — About 250 miles above northwest Australia, a cargo-carrying space capsule linked up with the International Space Station, marking the first time…

For U.S., Egyptian election results are simply ‘flavors of bad’

By Matthew Schofield, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The United States has been preparing for varying degrees of anti-Americanism with the election of a new Egyptian president. But that doesn’t…

France’s Hollande makes surprise trip to Afghanistan

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — French President Francois Hollande, on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, defended France’s controversial decision to end its combat role ahead…

‘Men in Black’ is poised to unseat ‘Avengers’ at box office

By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Men in Black are invading theaters this weekend with a mission that others have failed to achieve: knock “The Avengers”…

Biden reflects on tragic accident loss in speech to soldiers’ families

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Speaking to the families of dead soldiers, Vice President Joe Biden on Friday delivered an emotional retelling of his own family tragedy,…

Carbon dioxide emissions reach record high

By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide reached an all-time high last year, further reducing the chances that the world could avoid a dangerous…

5 Spanish banks downgraded; Bankia seeks 19 billion euros in aid

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The outlook for the Spanish banking system worsened sharply Friday when Standard & Poor’s slashed the credit ratings of five banks…

Edwards jurors break for holiday with no verdict

Edwards jurors break for holiday with no verdict

By Anne Blythe, McClatchy Newspapers – GREENSBORO, N.C. — The jury deliberating the John Edwards case broke Friday for a long holiday weekend with no verdict and no indication of how…

Tigers batter Twins, 10-6

Tigers batter Twins, 10-6

By Phil Miller, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — It might not have been the best negotiating strategy for Terry Ryan to invite super-agent Scott Boras into the general manager’s suite…

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