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Bradley wins controversial decision over Pacquiao

By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times – LAS VEGAS — In a stunning slight to punch statistics — and the naked eyes of most everyone else — two Nevada judges…

Janet Evans, 40, swims for another Olympics

By Scott M. Reid, The Orange County Register – LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — A few minutes past 4:30 a.m. on a recent weekday, Janet Evans sleepily raced her BMW through…

Rain makes mess of Djokovic-Nadal French Open final

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – PARIS — As expected, the men’s final at the French Open made history Sunday, but it was for a reason no one wanted:…

MN Motorcyclist dies after ignoring mom’s pleas to wear helmet

Mary Lynn Smith and Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Brittany Larson wanted to feel the wind in her long hair as she rode her motorcycle rather than stuffing it under…

Woman’s suit: Minneapolis police shot my dog, ransacked home

Matt McKinney, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – A north Minneapolis woman whose dog was shot 10 times and whose house was ransacked by Minneapolis police officers has sued the department, alleging that…

No progress at Crystal Sugar

No progress at Crystal Sugar

Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – The bitter lockout of 1,300 American Crystal Sugar Co. workers recently entered its 11th month, and no end is remotely in sight. (PHOTO: American Crystal…

NATO says it won’t bomb homes in Afghanistan

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Stung by Afghan criticism of an airstrike that killed 18 civilians last week, the NATO force has agreed not to bomb…

Republicans poised to hold House, maybe win Senate

Republicans poised to hold House, maybe win Senate

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Five months before Election Day, Republicans are poised to retain control of the House of Representatives and inch close — and perhaps win…

Obama: Congress Must Act to Keep our Teachers on the Job

Obama: Congress Must Act to Keep our Teachers on the Job

WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, President Obama urged Congress to take action now to put our teachers back to work in classrooms, because the best predictor of individual and…

Romney For President Releases New Web Video, “Fine?”

Romney For President Releases New Web Video, “Fine?”

Boston – Today, Romney for President released a new web video, “Fine?.” On Friday, President Obama inexplicably said “The private sector is doing fine.” Since the president is completely out…

Mitt Romney: Sen. Paul Is A Leader In The Effort To Scale Back The Size Of Government

Mitt Romney: Sen. Paul Is A Leader In The Effort To Scale Back The Size Of Government

Boston – Mitt Romney today made the following statement on receiving the endorsement of Sen. Rand Paul: “I am honored to have earned the endorsement of Rand Paul. Senator Paul…

Op-ed: Congratulations to the Globe Gazette editorial team (by Peter Children)

Congratulations to the Globe Gazette editorial team, for their editorial today, June 10, 2012.  They are finally speaking up about drugs in the community, now if they would only become…

Guantanamo defense lawyers seek broadcast of USS Cole trial

By Carol Rosenberg, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — In a war court first, defense lawyers for the accused architect of al-Qaida’s USS Cole bombing are asking the military judge to…

The Week Ahead: JPMorgan in the spotlight

By Tom Hudson, McClatchy Newspapers – It will be easy for senators to score political points Wednesday when JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon testifies before the Senate Banking Committee about…

Spending Smart: Saving at a measured clip

By Gregory Karp, Chicago Tribune – Scoring amazing deals on everyday products has become a craze of the post-recession era. But as with anything that smacks of “free money,” the…

Dimensional Graphics set to expand, add jobs

Dimensional Graphics set to expand, add jobs

MASON CITY – Dimensional Graphics Corporation, of Mason City, was recently awarded $115,000 in NIACOG RLF funding. Established in 1987, the Dimensional Graphics Corporation, located at 325 North Jackson Avenue,  began as…

“Riding the Cure Out” set for June 23

“Riding the Cure Out” set for June 23

by Joe Buttweiler – MASON CITY – Get revved up now for “Riding the Cure Out,” a motorcycle ride to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The June…

Photo of the day: Family of owls

Photo of the day: Family of owls

Photos sent by an NIT reader.  He says there are 7 owls living in his apple tree in Mason City.…

Twins pummel the Cubs

Twins pummel the Cubs

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — It’s warm outside. There’s a National League team in town. It must be time for the Twins to…

Branstad finalizes fiscal 2013 state budget; possible DHS layoffs loom

Branstad finalizes fiscal 2013 state budget; possible DHS layoffs loom

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad put the finishing touches Thursday on a $6.244 billion state budget for fiscal 2013 by taking action on an…

Branstad returns from ‘trip of a lifetime’ to China

Branstad returns from ‘trip of a lifetime’ to China

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – Gov. Terry Branstad said Thursday the relationship that has been cultivated with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is giving Iowa a “leg up” in developing…

NextEra’s legal challenge to big MidAmerican wind project rejected

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – The Iowa Supreme Court sided with the state’s utilities board this week when it rejected a challenge to the board’s ruling on a $2 billion…

Basketball prowess is just one part of well-rounded Jarrod Uthoff

Basketball prowess is just one part of well-rounded Jarrod Uthoff

Mike Hlas, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Two of Jarrod Uthoff’s biggest fans have never seen him play in an organized basketball game. “We know Jarrod Uthoff, the person,”…

LeBron, Bosh and Wade fuel second-half surge as Celtics finally run out of time

LeBron, Bosh and Wade fuel second-half surge as Celtics finally run out of time

By Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel – MIAMI — This was more exhale than exultation. The hope is that will follow. For now, there is the mere satisfaction of traversing the…

Devils just got closer to the Kings

Devils just got closer to the Kings

By Tom Gulitti, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – NEWARK, N.J. — If the Devils didn’t believe before, they should now. They’re halfway to a historical comeback after a 2-1 victory…

‘True Blood’: The fanged gang’s all here for 5th season

By Sara Smith, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sookie Stackhouse is taking a break from love. Let’s enjoy it while it lasts. Sunday night, HBO’s “True Blood” kicks…

10 years in prison sought for Bulger’s girlfriend

By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The longtime girlfriend of Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger should spend a decade in federal prison because she knowingly…

Syrian government shelling kills 17 in Dara, opposition says

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Syrian government shelling in the southern city of Dara left at least 17 dead Saturday, opposition activists said, while fierce…

4 French troops killed by bomber in Afghanistan

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL — A suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan killed four French troops and injured five others Saturday, French and Afghan officials said, deaths…

Pilot emergency lands plane on driving range, just short of runway; no one hurt

By Chris De Benedetti and Matthias Gafni, Contra Costa Times – CONCORD, Calif. — It likely wasn’t the only errant shot at the Buchanan Fields Golf Course in California on…

Family, friends remember Miami causeway attacker as kind, caring

By Nadege Green And Rene Rodriguez, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Family and friends gathered Saturday to say a tearful goodbye to Rudy Eugene, whose body lay in a silver…

What’s next for Tiger Woods?

By Carl Steward, The Oakland Tribune – He’s healthy. He’s hungry. He’s hot. Tiger Woods comes to the Olympic Club this week having recaptured much of the long-misplaced skill, swagger…

Cardinals get only second win with fewer than 3 runs this season

By Joe Strauss, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — Kyle Lohse, sinkerballer, offered the Cardinals a glimmer of hope Saturday night. Matched against a team that tormented him during…