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‘Madagascar 3’ to stay on top of box office

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” will be at the top of the box-office food chain for the second consecutive weekend,…

Warner Bros. to give new ‘Dallas’ series overseas TV audience

By Aida Ahmad, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Top brass at Warner Bros. International Television Distribution have unveiled plans to capitalize on the instant popularity of the studio’s…

Perhaps we need some help with PR, say Catholic bishops in U.S.

By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times – ATLANTA — There’s no doubt that America’s Roman Catholic bishops have had their share of what might quaintly be called bad press. The…

R. Allen Stanford sentenced to 110 years for Ponzi scheme

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – HOUSTON — Texas billionaire financier R. Allen Stanford was sentenced to 110 years in prison Thursday for running what authorities have called one…

Study finds couch potatoes are thriving around world, not just US

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times – DURHAM, N.C.—Too many Americans may be overweight couch potatoes, but a new study finds that people in four other big countries are just…

Founder and operator of Ukrainian-based hardcore child pornography website extradited to U.S. from Thailand

NEWARK, N.J. – A Ukrainian citizen who founded and operated a hardcore child pornography website appeared in Newark federal court today to face child exploitation charges. He was extradited from…

ICE deports ex-Indonesian bank executive convicted in multi-million dollar fraud scheme

JAKARTA, Indonesia – A former Indonesian bank executive convicted in absentia in that country for her role in a massive fraud scheme that cost that country’s government more than $260…

Nick Gerhart named new Iowa Insurance Commissioner

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today named Nick Gerhart as the new Iowa Insurance Commissioner. Gerhart will begin work within the department this fall, and will fully assume…

Gas leak prompts quick action from authorities today

Gas leak prompts quick action from authorities today

MASON CITY – At just after noon Thursday, a gas leak was reported on South Illinois Avenue.  Road work was being completed on that street by Larry Elwood Construction when…

Tim Culpepper performed at Hampton Tuesday on the Town

Tim Culpepper performed at Hampton Tuesday on the Town

HAMPTON – Tim Culpepper was the featured artist Tuesday in Hampton for Tuesday on the Town. Culpepper, a Nashville, TN country music recording artist, performed several songs including his new…

What happened to Cell-U-Byte?

What happened to Cell-U-Byte?

MASON CITY – Cell-U-Byte has closed its doors in Mason City. The phone message at the store says it closed due to “unfortunate circumstances.” Cell-U-Byte, now formerly located at 1531 4th…

Work Release Escape Notice – Burlington Work Release Facility

Work Release Escape Notice – Burlington Work Release Facility

NAME: Maurice Lee Carl Lewis AGE: 32 SEX: Male FACILITY: Burlington Work Release Facility OFFENSE: Domestic Abuse Assault-3rd or Subsequent Offense SENTENCE: 5 Years COUNTY OF COMMITTMENT: Des Moines PHYSICAL…

NIACC golf recruits seven men, two women for next season

NIACC golf recruits seven men, two women for next season

MASON CITY, Iowa – The NIACC men’s and women’s golf teams have signed a number of players to add to the already existing rosters for next year’s teams. Levi Fink…

Bank of America settles maternity discrimination allegations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that Bank of America has agreed to pay up to $161,180 to settle allegations that one of…

Advice for City Hall: Spend that $76,500 on law enforcement

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – I’ll make this quick this morning.  City Hall is about to blow $76,500 to move a few walls in its first floor.  The mayor, council…

Op-ed: Certain people want to protect NIACC (by Peter Children)

If you live your life in accordance to the rules set forth by a lawful society, and that constitutes the community you live in, then you must believe that law…

Winnebago reports strong profits

FOREST CITY, IOWA, June 14, 2012 – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO), a leading United States (U.S.) recreation vehicle (RV) manufacturers, today reported financial results for the Company’s third quarter of…

Scientists map genome of the bonobo, a key human ancestor

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Researchers have assembled the complete genome of the bonobo, an African ape that is one of humans’ closest relatives. The…

Camp Pendleton Marine charged in the deaths of 3 fellow Marines

By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A 25-year-old Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton was charged Wednesday with drunken driving in an Orange County crash that left…

Bishops defend sparring with Obama over contraception mandate

By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times – ATLANTA — Stung by criticism that they are engaging in partisan attacks in a presidential campaign, the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops insisted Wednesday…

Three more Sandusky accusers testify to abuse

By Andrew McGill, Adam Clark and Peter Hall, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) – BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky waited three years to make his move. He met the boy…

Witnesses’ consistent testimony bolsters prosecution, experts say

By Matt Carroll, McClatchy Newspapers – BELLEFONTE, Pa. — A legal expert sitting in on the Jerry Sandusky trial said the challenges for the former Penn State coach’s defense team…

Janitor testifies that co-worker saw Sandusky abusing boy in shower

By Mike Dawson, McClatchy Newspapers – BELLEFONTE, Pa. — A Penn State janitor didn’t know who Jerry Sandusky was, but he was sure about one thing: He told his fellow…

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency brings charges against Armstrong

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency brings charges against Armstrong

By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Lance Armstrong could be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and is banned from competing as a triathlete…

Tigers top Garza, Cubs

Tigers top Garza, Cubs

By Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The dismantling of the 2012 Cubs won’t be done in a day or a week. But when the process gets under way,…

Cain fans 14, throws 1st perfect game in Giants history

By Alex Pavlovic, San Jose Mercury News – SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Cain has talked openly of his lifelong dream of throwing a perfect game. It’s no longer just a…

UPDATE: MCFD battles TWO dumpster fires this morning

UPDATE: MCFD battles TWO dumpster fires this morning

MASON CITY – The Mason City Fire Department was called to another dumpster fire early Thursday morning around 1 AM. This latest incident was in an alley just south of…

Photo of the day: Demolish the Courthouse

Photo of the day: Demolish the Courthouse

Photo sent by an NIT reader, with the following note: “Snapped this picture just north of St. Ansgar on hwy 105.  Where can I get one?” (Apparently referring to the…

NIACC Named #14 in the Nation for Student Success

NIACC Named  #14 in the Nation for Student Success

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College is ranked #14 in the nation for student success, according to an article published this week on CNNMoney.com Read the complete article…

Fishing derby held last week a success

Fishing derby held last week a success

MASON CITY – A Mason City Recreation Department fishing derby was held on June 2nd at East Park. According to persons in attendance, “the event went great, the sun was…

Conferences coming together on BCS plan

By Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — For college football fans hoping to hear a plan has been reached for a postseason playoff, keep waiting. But maybe not for…

Twins can’t overcome rocky start vs. Philly

Twins can’t overcome rocky start vs. Philly

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Righthander P.J. Walters was on the mound for about 10 minutes Wednesday, but enough happened during that time…