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King English Amendment Passes

King English Amendment Passes

Washington, DC- Congressman Steve King released the following statement after his amendment that prohibits funding for foreign language services outlined in an Executive Order issued by President Bill Clinton passed…

Austin, MN Felon Pleads Guilty to Possessing an Assault Rifle

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court in St. Paul, a 31-year-old felon from Austin pleaded guilty to possessing an assault rifle. Samuel James Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of being…

Cedar Rapids Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Stolen Firearm

A man who possessed a stolen .38 caliber revolver pleaded guilty on June 5, 2012 in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Germaine Perry, age 38, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was…

Hells Angels Members and Associates Arrested on 91-Count Federal RICO Indictment

COLUMBIA, SC—United States Attorney Bill Nettles and Special Agent in Charge David A. Thomas of the Federal Bureau of Investigation stated that 19 individuals were arrested today after the return…

Massachusetts man sentenced for production of child pornography

BOSTON — A Milford man was sentenced to 18 years in prison in federal court. This investigation has led to an international child pornography case involving the abuse of 138…

HSI arrests 190 child predators, rescues 18 victims during Operation Orion

WASHINGTON – One hundred and ninety individuals were arrested and 18 victims identified and rescued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents during a…

Four More Defendants Plead Guilty in Indiana to Participating in International Child Pornography Distribution Ring

WASHINGTON – Four men have pleaded guilty in the Southern District of Indiana for their participation in an international child pornography distribution ring, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of…

Women bring the action in today’s thrillers

By Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – For most of the history of Hollywood, the formula for an action movie included a hero, a villain and a damsel in distress.…

Battle for control of Best Buy could follow chairman’s resignation

By Thomas Lee, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Richard Schulze’s resignation from Best Buy’s board Thursday sets the stage for a potentially divisive battle for the company’s future, one…

Market tepid for electric vehicles

By Andrew Maykuth, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — Eighteen months ago, Philadelphia entrepreneur Norman P. Zarwin opened an electric-vehicle charging kiosk at a gas station he owns on Columbus…

Wobbly biker arrested for public intox after citizen makes call

Wobbly biker arrested for public intox after citizen makes call

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – At approximately 8:15 p.m. Thursday night, a concerned citizen called the Mason City Police Department on a male subject wearing…

Branstad, Reynolds to take weekly news conferences on the road beginning next week

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced they will be taking some of their weekly news conferences on the road, beginning next Wednesday…

Afghanistan jailbreak frees more than a dozen, including Taliban

By Laura King and Aimal Yaqubi, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Inmates at a prison in northern Afghanistan staged a dramatic jailbreak, blasting through a surrounding wall to…

Two Vehicle Accident with Injury on South Delaware

Two Vehicle Accident with Injury on South Delaware

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – At approximately 3:55 PM Thursday, a two vehicle accident with injury was reported. The accident was said to have happened…

Op-ed: Does NIACC stand for North Iowa Area Crack & Cocaine? (by Peter Children)

Op-ed: Does NIACC stand for North Iowa Area Crack & Cocaine? (by Peter Children)

What Hy-Vee is to this area for food, our local NIACC campus is the same for drugs.  This campus is and has been a virtual supermarket for any drug you…

Woman charged in Iowa bank robbery after stolen $20 found in dresser drawer

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette – A Wall Lake woman was charged in federal court with bank robbery after police recovered a stolen $20 bill from her dresser drawer, and her…

Iowa farmland values continue to rise, but trend expected to slow

Iowa farmland values continue to rise, but trend expected to slow

George C. Ford, CR Gazette – The value of good Iowa farmland continued to rise in the first quarter of the year and scored double-digit gains in every area of…

Report: Garmon arrested in Erie

Marc Morehouse, CR Gazette – WJET-TV is reporting that Iowa incoming freshman running back Greg Garmon has been arrested for alleged marijuana possession. WJET, the ABC affiliate in Erie, Pa.,…

Dames set to duel Push Up Brawlers

Dames set to duel Push Up Brawlers

MASON CITY – The River City Dames of Anarchy Roller Derby team will host another bout this Saturday, June 9th. The Dames will take on the Waterloo Push Up Brawlers…

Afghan villagers say NATO airstrike killed 18 family members

Afghan villagers say NATO airstrike killed 18 family members

By Ali Safi and Jon Stephenson, McClatchy Newspapers – SAJAWAND, Afghanistan — Like any prospective bride, 18-year-old Fatima Akhundzadah was looking forward to her wedding with a mixture of excitement and…

Health care law is helping young adults

By Noam Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s health care law helped as many as 6.6 million young adults stay on or get on their parents’ health…

Dred Scott statue is ready for its debut in St. Louis

By Madeline O’Leary, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — America’s only bronze figure of Dred and Harriet Scott rests atop a black granite base outside the Old Courthouse downtown, the…

“It’s the way we are,” mobster tells judge at sentencing

By Andy Grimm, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Arthur Rachel was not ready for reform — or retirement. The 74-year-old reputed mobster was sentenced Thursday to almost 8½ years in prison…

Battleground states appear receptive to Obama’s attack ads on Bain

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Obama campaign’s jabs at Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital, which have been widely panned across the Northeast, could work quite…

Earth may be near tipping point, scientists warn

By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A group of international scientists is sounding a global alarm, warning that population growth, climate change and environmental destruction are pushing…

Bob Welch, Fleetwood Mac guitarist and singer, dies at 66

By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times – Guitarist and singer Bob Welch, whose work in the early 1970s for Fleetwood Mac set the stage for the band’s multi-platinum success later in…

Ex-President Clinton apologizes for tax comments

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton said Thursday he’s “very sorry” for comments that appeared to undermine President Barack Obama’s position on extending…

Mason City woman turns herself in on child abuse warrant

Mason City woman turns herself in on child abuse warrant

MASON CITY – Gina Marie Bilyeu, age 20, turned herself in on arrest warrant at the Cerro Gordo County Law Enforcement Complex shortly after 8:30 am on Wednesday. The warrant…

Aoki’s walk-off home run lifts Brewers over Cubs

Aoki’s walk-off home run lifts Brewers over Cubs

By Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – MILWAUKEE — Before Thursday afternoon, Norichika Aoki had not hit even one pitch over the fence in a major-league game. What were the odds…

James scores 45 as Miami survives to force Game 7

James scores 45 as Miami survives to force Game 7

By Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel – BOSTON — The Miami Heat are one step away. One step from the sole reason for these past 12 months: NBA Finals redemption. It won’t…

US looking to be more aggressive in World Cup qualifying

By Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times – So this is what Juergen Klinsmann meant when he talked about developing a U.S. style of soccer. “Maybe we don’t want to hurt people…

Jim Souhan: Twins’ parts worth more than their sum

By Jim Souhan, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — They are back from their best road trip in a year, back looking like the team they thought they would be all…

Former players consolidate concussion lawsuits against NFL

By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times – As a head-bashing NFL fullback, Kevin Turner was once knocked into such a daze that he wasn’t sure whether he was playing a football…