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Cardinals beat Royals 11-8, sweep series

Cardinals beat Royals 11-8, sweep series

By Rustin Dodd, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There were plenty of dismal numbers to dig up on Sunday afternoon, the final day of the Royals’ disappointing three-game…

Willingham drills 2-run HR to rally Twins past Reds

Willingham drills 2-run HR to rally Twins past Reds

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – CINCINNATI — Pick a moment. Any moment. Sunday’s Twins game was about as good as baseball gets, unless you have a strange distaste…

Turkey now says plane Syria shot down was in international airspace

By Roy Gutmanm, McClatchy Newspapers – ISTANBUL — Turkey on Sunday called for a meeting of its NATO allies after charging that Syria shot down a Turkish F4 Phantom jet Friday…

Federal Reserve extends program to prop up economy

Patrice Hill, The Washington Times – The Federal Reserve on Wednesday afternoon signaled its concern about the weakening of the U.S. economy and extended a program aimed at holding down…

How the recession changed school funding

By Ben Wieder, Stateline.org – The recent recession scrambled the traditional balance in education funding, according to a report released yesterday by the U.S. Census Bureau. For the first time…

13-year-old boy among 2 dead, 13 wounded overnight

Peter Nickeas and Deanese Williams-Harris, Chicago Tribune – A 13-year-old boy was one of two people killed, and 13 other people were wounded, in shootings in the city overnight that…

Hundreds of volunteers help clean up flood mess at Lake Superior Zoo

John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune, Minn. – They came with shovels, with pails, with rakes, with chain saws, with gloves and especially with long, sturdy boots designed for thick mud.…

Administration seeks better trade with Russia

Tim Devaney, The Washington Times – The way the Obama administration tells it, improving trade relations with Russia as it prepares to enter the World Trade Organization would be in…

North Dakota surplus to hit $2 billion within a year

By Pamela M. Prah, Stateline.org – North Dakota’s billion-dollar surplus just keeps getting bigger. Thanks in large part to a boom in oil production, the state’s budget reserves are expected…

Gun-toting convicted felon on I-94 flees at 100 MPH, crashes twice

Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – A gun-toting convicted felon suspected of driving without wearing a seat belt sped away from a State Patrol officer on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis…

12th Annual Tour of Garden and Homes held in Clear Lake

12th Annual Tour of Garden and Homes held in Clear Lake

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – CLEAR LAKE – The 12th Annual Tour of Gardens and Homes in Clear Lake took place Saturday, June 23. The tour started by…

American Crystal Sugar workers: For 3rd time, no

Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Union members at American Crystal Sugar’s Red River Valley plants on Saturday rejected a contract offer for the third time, meaning that a lockout…

First Annual North Iowa Herb Festival Entertains Clear Lake

First Annual North Iowa Herb Festival Entertains Clear Lake

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – CLEAR LAKE – A few sprinkles and dark clouds didn’t damper the First Annual Herb Festival held on Saturday, June 23 and hosted…

Iowa GOP should end straw poll, state’s Democratic chair says

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – Days ahead of a Republican panel taking up recommendations to fix what went wrong with the party’s 2012 precinct caucuses, the Democratic Party chair…

Twins shut out in Cincinnati

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – CINCINNATI — The Minnesota Twins went 4-1 in their first five interleague games, raising hope that this part of the schedule could help…

“Riding a Cure Out” Poker Run raised money for juvenile diabetes

“Riding a Cure Out” Poker Run raised money for juvenile diabetes

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – A motorcycle poker pun fundraiser was held Saturday morning starting at 10 AM. “Riding a Cure Out” raised money for…

Earnhardt sees a career revival

By Curtis Pashelka, Contra Costa Times – Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he was looking forward to Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350. That should have been the first indication that something is…

Decathlete sets world record at U.S. Olympic trials

By Gil Lebreton, McClatchy Newspapers – EUGENE, Ore. — On a rainy Friday, they were all there, all the greats of U.S. decathloning. Rafer Johnson. Bruce Jenner. Bill Toomey. Dan…

Cubs fall to Diamondbacks

By Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune – PHOENIX — Despite hitting a two-run home run to give the Cubs the lead, Paul Maholm went another start without a win. He was…

Ortiz quits with a busted jaw

By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Josesito Lopez didn’t come to Staples Center on Saturday night just to fight, but to give the performance of his…

‘Great’ stays just a game

By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — One could try to avoid comparing TNT’s new reality show “The Great Escape” with CBS’ long-running and perpetually Emmy-winning reality…

Two Most Wanted Fugitives Arrested

Albuquerque, NM – The United States Marshals Service in El Paso Texas arrested Juan Cruz (33) in El Paso Texas, Tuesday June 5, 2012 on an outstanding warrant for a…

Camping Trip Ended for Registered Sex Offender by U.S. Marshals

Columbia, SC – Anthony Scott Ebersole, AKA: “Tony” was arrested by the U.S. Marshals at a camp ground in Crescent City, Florida late yesterday afternoon. Ebersole has been on the…

Jamaican Drug Lord Christopher Michael Coke Sentenced

(MANHATTAN, NY) Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Wilbert L. Plummer, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s…

Narco-Terrorist, Drug Trafficker Sentenced

WASHINGTON – An Afghan national with ties to the Taliban was sentenced to life in prison today for conspiring to distribute heroin to the United States and for using drug…

Postconviction DNA and Wrongful Conviction Study

NIJ has released a report based on retrospective DNA testing of physical evidence that had been retained in homicide and sexual assault convictions that occurred during a 15-year pre-DNA time…

North Iowa Highland Games played at the North Iowa Events Center Saturday

North Iowa Highland Games played at the North Iowa Events Center Saturday

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – The Inaugural Scottish Highland Games competition was played at the North Iowa Events Center on Saturday, June 23.  The event…

David Haugh: Sandusky conviction doesn’t end harm of Penn State scandal

David Haugh: Sandusky conviction doesn’t end harm of Penn State scandal

By David Haugh, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — For all the innocence he stole, there is not a prison term long enough or a hell hot enough for Jerry Sandusky,…

Bernie Miklasz: In recent seasons, balance of power in baseball has shifted back to mound

By Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — The recent flurry of no-hitters and perfect games created a stir and prompted a frantic search for the meaning of…

Lakeville father reunited with the son he abandoned

Maricella Miranda, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – Lakeville father Steven A. Cross has reunited with his son after abandoning him almost a year ago in their home, leaving the 11-year-old…

Funeral notice: Joseph Andrea, 77

Joseph Andrea, 77, of 1043 Crestmore Way, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.  Arrangements are pending at Fullerton Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be left at…

Motoring Q&A: How to handle a low-miles lease

By Paul Brand, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – QUESTION: I leased a new Scion xD for 36 months, and the lease ends in November. The value of the vehicle at the…

Minneapolis man admits role in St. Paul robbery-rape spree

Richard Chin, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – One of the three men accused in a robbery and rape incident involving a couple in St. Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood pleaded guilty…

Venus Williams unseeded at Wimbledon for first time since 1997

By Michelle Kaufman, McClatchy Newspapers – Venus Williams faces a tough road if she is to win a sixth Wimbledon title. The seedings were announced Wednesday for the tournament, which begins…

Congress Agrees to Add 26 Synthetic Drugs to Controlled Substances Act

Congress Agrees to Add 26 Synthetic Drugs to Controlled Substances Act

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today commended House and Senate negotiators for agreeing on legislation to control 26 synthetic drugs under the Controlled Substances Act.  These drugs include those commonly…

Registration for Summer and Fall Classes at NIACC

Registration for Summer and Fall Classes at NIACC

MASON CITY – The final session of summer school at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) begins July 16. Students are encouraged to call now to enroll. NIACC is also…

Spending Smart: Giving your trash a purpose

By Gregory Karp, Chicago Tribune – Plastic soda bottles, old carpet, out-of-date phone books and lint from the clothes dryer are typical items you might find in any American’s trash…

United expects first Dreamliner in September

By Gregory Karp, Chicago Tribune  – CHICAGO — United Airlines reportedly expects to take delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane in September. United, which will be the first…

Housing experts offer ideas on the new normal in wake of downturn

By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times – DENVER — What’s considered normal in light of the housing downturn? Home price appreciation of 3 percent to 5 percent, 1.6 million household…

‘West Wing’ creator shows his propensity for pontificating in HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’

By Sara Smith, McClatchy Newspapers – As we meet the hero of “The Newsroom,” he makes a college sophomore burst into tears by publicly unleashing his real opinions about America…

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