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Furyk and McDowell lead U.S. Open after three rounds; Tiger tumbles to 14th

By Joe Juliano, The Philadelphia Inquirer – SAN FRANCISCO — It was difficult to tell Saturday what was more help in bringing the best out of Jim Furyk in the…

Woman drives through front of Goodwill store Saturday

Woman drives through front of Goodwill store Saturday

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Mason City Police are still investigating an incident Saturday afternoon at Mason City’s Goodwill store, located at 3575 4th Street Southwest. Police said…

St. Paul man gets 50-year sentence in fatal shooting

Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – A St. Paul man was sentenced Friday to about 50 years in prison for fatally shooting one man and wounding another outside of a…

Southern Minnesota tornado: ‘It was just like a freight train’

Beth Rickers, The Daily Globe, Worthington, Minn. – LEOTA —“It was just like a 100-car freight train going by,” Frank Gunnink, a resident of Leota, said after a tornado struck…

Obama pays tribute to late Saudi Crown Prince Naif for saving Saudi, US lives

By Pat Reber – WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday paid tribute to the late Saudi Crown Prince Naif bin Abdul Aziz, saying his strong leadership against terrorism…

Prince Philip resumes royal duties as queen marks official birthday

By Anna Tomforde – LONDON — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II Saturday marked her official birthday with the traditional Trooping the Colour parade in London, accompanied by Prince Philip for the…

Moody’s reduces Nokia’s credit rating to junk

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Nokia Corp., the faltering Finnish cellphone maker, closed out the week with another hit to its financial condition: Moody’s Investors…

BRIX Firewood, made in St. Ansgar, given away Friday at Casey’s

BRIX Firewood, made in St. Ansgar, given away Friday at Casey’s

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Steve Smith, Casey’s Manager and Dan Freeman, Partner of Renew Energy Systems, were outside Casey’s General Store on 19th Street…

Movie theaters are reluctant to rework the menu

By Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times – If you’re a parent concerned about your kids eating healthful food, where is the last place you’d want them to go? The answer…

Dave on Demand: The television week in review

By David Hiltbrand, The Philadelphia Inquirer – Pop quiz. Who said it? “I would say … that 70-80 percent of the shows on TV are bull—-. They’re loosely scripted. Things…

‘Glass House’ reality show wins court ruling

By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — CBS tried to shutter ABC’s reality series “The Glass House,” but a federal judge Friday said that the show will…

River City Rugby celebrates 40 years this weekend

River City Rugby celebrates 40 years this weekend

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Rugby fanatics helped celebrate 40 years of the game in Mason City this weekend. River City Rugby celebrated its 40th anniversary with a…

Sanctions squeeze Iran’s oil exports to a 20-year low

Susan Crabtree, The Washington Times – Tough U.S. and European sanctions imposed on Iran’s oil industry over its nuclear program are squeezing the country’s crude exports and hitting Tehran where…

In energy policy, a year marked by clashes in federalism

By Jim Malewitz, Stateline.org – Stateline’s annual look at the major budget and policy developments in state legislatures across the country. At a time when market forces are driving huge…

Debt fight poses new risk to U.S. credit rating

Patrice Hill, The Washington Times – Wall Street rating agencies are starting to sound warnings again about the possibility of further downgrades of the once-perfect U.S. credit rating as a…

Obama not getting enough credit for Iowa’s economy, Harkin says

Obama not getting enough credit for Iowa’s economy, Harkin says

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – He didn’t say the Iowa economy is “doing fine,” but Sen. Tom Harkin thinks President Obama is not getting enough credit for the state…

States push to contain health costs

By Christine Vestal, Stateline.org – Stateline’s annual look at the major budget and policy developments in state legislatures across the country. States spent a nervous spring this year wondering how…

Pitchers’ dominance a thing to behold in today’s majors

By Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune – You know what made Wednesday night’s game against the Astros really perfect for the Giants? The guy who turned in the historic performance was…

Conservation officials using aerial photography to monitor farmers

Orlan Love, CR Gazette – Federal conservation officials used aerial photography last month to help ensure Iowa farmers are complying with conservation rules. Unlike recent controversial surveillance flights conducted by…

Iowa’s First Whitewater Competition begins Saturday in Charles City

CHARLES CITY – Join the excitement in Charles City, Iowa, on June 16, 2012, for the first ever competition on Iowa’s first whitewater course! Charles City Challenge: WhiteWater Weekend is…

UI professor at hearing: “I regret the day I set foot in that place”

Erin Jordan, CR Gazette – UPDATE: A University of Iowa professor said his erratic behavior and unprofessional conduct can be explained by cultural differences and by the mental stress he…

Minnesota CB gives Iowa commit No. 9

Minnesota CB gives Iowa commit No. 9

Marc Morehouse, CR Gazette – Malik Rucker visited Iowa City on Friday and let the world know on his Twitter account in the evening that he committed to play football…

MCFD, MCPD respond to false alarm at Mercy

MCFD, MCPD respond to false alarm at Mercy

MASON CITY – Friday at about 11:15 AM, Mason City police, fire and ambulance all responded to a fire call at Mercy Hospital east campus, 1000 4th Street SW. A…

Branstad statement on the sale of E15

Branstad statement on the sale of E15

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad released the following statement regarding the EPA’s decision of the sale of E15: “I am pleased with the announcement (Friday) regarding the EPA’s…

Winona Man Sentenced for Sending and Possessing Child Pornography

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 57-year-old Winona man was sentenced for sending and possessing child pornography. United States District Court Judge John R. Tunheim sentenced Dennis Gale Chase to…

Analysis: Cross-examinations in Sandusky trial have focused on witnesses’ motives

By Peter Hall, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) – BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky’s lawyers have been laying the groundwork for the retired Penn State football coach’s defense since prosecutors…

Twins fall to Brewers

Twins fall to Brewers

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Third baseman Trevor Plouffe continued his power surge with two home runs, but his efforts could not make…

Admitted New England La Cosa Nostra Leader Sentenced to 108 Months in Federal Prison

WASHINGTON – Edward “Eddy” Lato, 65, of Providence, R.I., an admitted capo regime in the New England La Cosa Nostra (NELCN), was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Providence today…

Former Fort Deposit, Alabama, Police Officer Arrested for Stealing Money from Motorists and Obstructing Justice

Former Fort Deposit, Ala., Police Officer Carlos Tyson Bennett was arrested today on charges of stealing money from motorists on Interstate 65 in central Alabama and subsequently trying to conceal…

Mitt Romney heads to Obama country, vowing big government is over

Mitt Romney heads to Obama country, vowing big government is over

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – STRATHAM, N.H. — Mitt Romney plunged into Obama country Friday as he began a six-state bus tour telling voters that if he becomes president,…

Foreign nationals charged in multi-million dollar counterfeiting scheme

BOSTON — A federal indictment unsealed this week, charges three foreign nationals in a sophisticated counterfeiting operation uncovered through a 17-month undercover operation, spanning two continents. The charges are the…

Check cashers in Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Los Angeles charged for alleged violations of anti-money laundering laws

WASHINGTON — Seven individuals and four check cashing businesses were charged today in the Eastern District of New York and the Central District of California for their alleged roles in…

Sandusky’s ‘histrionic’ defense raises eyebrows

By Colby Itkowitz, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) – Common in the middle of the last century but rarely used anymore, histrionic personality disorder was diagnosed for people, mostly women,…

Multiple allegations against Sandusky went unanswered for years

By Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy Newspapers – BELLEFONTE, Pa. — The boy, only 11 in 1998, said he felt uncomfortable when Jerry Sandusky, then a powerful assistant football coach from the…

Obama acts to halt deportations, politics ensues

Obama acts to halt deportations, politics ensues

By Franco Ordonez, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced plans Friday to prevent the deportations of hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the…

Vick downplays notion his future is now with Eagles

By Les Bowen, Philadelphia Daily News – PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick’s future. Andy Reid’s future. That load sits squarely on the shoulders of Vick’s red No. 7 Eagles practice jersey,…

Man Charged for Pointing Laser at Police Helicopter

OKLAHOMA CITY—A federal felony complaint was filed late yesterday charging Derrick M. Sullivent, 20, of Oklahoma City, with two counts of aiming the beam of a laser pointer at an…

Tsunami sent invasive species to US West Coast

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – SEATTLE—The 65-foot-long floating dock that washed up in central Oregon last week from last year’s tsunami in Japan was surprising enough. What stunned scientists…

North Carolina Resident Found Guilty of Terrorism

Today in federal court in the Eastern District of North Carolina, a jury found Anes Subasic, 35, guilty of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder,…

Vintage Apple 1 computer sells for $374,500 at auction

By Patrick May, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — It took only one minute and fifty-two seconds Friday morning for a bit of Apple history to be…

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