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Cardinals turn back the Marlins behind Molina’s three-run homer

By Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – MIAMI — Several hours before the start of Tuesday’s game, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny lamented that the lineup fiasco from the previous night had…

Rizzo delivers in his Cubs’ debut

Rizzo delivers in his Cubs’ debut

By Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Eric Karros once said every player should spend one year as a Cub to experience the feeling of playing every day at Wrigley…

Missing four year old child found Tuesday evening

Leland, Iowa – Forest City Police confirmed tonight that multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for a missing 4 year old child tonight that may have wandered into a corn…

USS Iowa: From naval dreadnought to floating gaming station

USS Iowa: From naval dreadnought to floating gaming station

By Brian Crecente, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – The USS Iowa is one of the last of a dying breed; a ship of the line, a dreadnought designed to power up alongside…

Updated: Four charged with shooting paintballs within city limits

Updated: Four charged with shooting paintballs within city limits

MASON CITY – The Mason city Police Department was notified shortly after midnight on June 26, 2012 about occupants of a vehicle shooting paintballs on the south side of Mason…

Turkey warns Syria: ‘No more Mr. Nice Guy’

Turkey warns Syria: ‘No more Mr. Nice Guy’

By Roy Gutman, McClatchy Newspapers – ISTANBUL — With the backing of the NATO alliance, which unanimously condemned Syria for shooting down an unarmed Turkish reconnaissance plane last week, Turkey warned…

TSA agent spilled grandfather’s ashes and laughed, traveler says

By Henry Pierson Curtis, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — John Gross remembers frantically trying to scoop up his grandfather’s ashes and wondering why the Orlando TSA agent who spilled…

Wolves: Deal or no deal?

Wolves: Deal or no deal?

Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – The Timberwolves own the 18th overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft. That doesn’t mean they’ll still have it by night’s end. With a team…

Fewer travelers take off from MSP

Adam Belz, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Add one more indicator to the list showing that the Minnesota economy is struggling to build momentum: travel. The number of people who flew…

Pit bull kills chihuahua at new Austin, MN dog park

Matt Peterson, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – A chihuahua is dead after a pit bull attacked and killed it this weekend at Austin’s dog park. Officers went to the 1000…

2 pit bull attacks in Austin, MN this week

Matt Peterson, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – Austin police officers have had their hands full with dog attacks this week. After a pit bull attacked and killed a chihuahua at…

Crowds, crime vex Minneapolis downtown bar closings

Matt McKinney, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – If there was any spot in Minneapolis early Monday morning that police were watching, it was the downtown clubs zone along Hennepin and 1st…

El Paso ICE Intelligence Center turns raw data into actionable intelligence

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agent contacted the El Paso Intelligence Center to place a nationwide alert on a vehicle of interest. The next…

Health Department Confirms Additional Cases of Pertussis

Health Department Confirms Additional Cases of Pertussis

(Mason City) – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health has confirmed 78 suspected or lab confirmed cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in the county since May 16, 2012.…

Supervisors conduct routine business today

Supervisors conduct routine business today

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo County Supervisors today conducted routine business. They heard a road report from County Engineer Mary Kelly, who explained about continued road…

Skateboarders compete at Mason City Skatepark

Skateboarders compete at Mason City Skatepark

MASON CITY – A skateboarding qualifying event for the First Annual All Iowa Throwdown was held this past Saturday, June 23, in Mason City.  The event was organized by the…

MCPD reports “rash of vandalism” and issues warning

MASON CITY – The Mason City Police Department is investigating a “rash of vandalism” today after a night of lawlessness in the city. According to police, motor vehicles on city…

Iowa State Penitentiary inmate died Tuesday

Rick Dwayne Nebinger, an inmate assigned to the Iowa State Penitentiary, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City. Nebinger died of natural causes due…

Federal panel recommends intensive counseling for obese adults

Federal panel recommends intensive counseling for obese adults

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — In a move that could significantly expand insurance coverage of weight-loss treatments, a federal health advisory panel on Monday recommended that…

Liriano, Twins stop White Sox

Liriano, Twins stop White Sox

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — It has taken nearly half a season, a demotion to the bullpen and a few sleepless nights by Twins…

Dogfights, cockfights become targets in Senate and House

Dogfights, cockfights become targets in Senate and House

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Watch a cockfight, go to jail. A provision of a Senate-approved farm bill would impose a sentence of up to one year…

Symmonds puts on a show in 800 at Olympic trials

By Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times – EUGENE, Ore. — Ah, the fringe benefits of being an elite track and field athlete. Free gear, access to physical therapists and sports psychologists,…

Dana Vollmer sets records in 100 butterfly

By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times – OMAHA, Neb. — In the morning, Dana Vollmer set an Olympic trials record in her event. In the evening, she set an American record.…

Jury selection to begin in case of Fla. teen accused of beating girl over text messages

By Rafael Olmeda, Sun Sentinel – FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — No one is disputing what Wayne Treacy did to Josie Lou Ratley on March 17, 2010. Enraged by a callous, dismissive…

28% of Americans have no emergency savings

Corilyn Shropshire, Chicago Tribune – Nearly half of Americans — 49 percent –don’t have enough emergency savings to cover three months expenses – up from 46 percent last year, according…

New admiral takes charge at Guantanamo Bay camps

By Carol Rosenberg, McClatchy Newspapers – GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — A native New Yorker who came up in the military as a Navy helicopter pilot took charge of the…

Court rejects mandatory life without parole for juveniles

Court rejects mandatory life without parole for juveniles

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — It is cruel and unusual punishment to send a young murderer to “die in prison” if a judge has not weighed…

Burglaries are up: Here are some ways to protect your home

By Alan Heavens, The Philadelphia Inquirer – Burglaries across the United States increased 0.3 percent from 2010 to 2011, the FBI said in a preliminary report earlier this month. No…

Defense in Florida shooting files for suspect’s release

By Jeff Weiner, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — George Zimmerman’s defense lawyer has filed a motion arguing that Zimmerman should be granted bond on the second-degree murder charge he…

Supreme Court ruling highlights divisions on immigration

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times – The Supreme Court’s decision Monday on Arizona’s tough immigration law gave both sides an opportunity to celebrate, criticize and, inevitably, point fingers. Above…

Turkey may ask NATO for strong response to downing of plane by Syria

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Turkey hinted that it would ask its NATO allies to consider Syria’s downing of a Turkish jet to be an attack…

Jesse Jackson Jr. takes medical leave from Congress

By Rick Pearson and Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s office disclosed Monday that the veteran Democratic congressman has been on medical leave from Congress…

US increasing funding in bid to boost flow of uncensored information in Cuba

By Juan O. Tamayo, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The U.S. State Department is increasing funding for the technology side of its Cuba democracy programs in hopes of expanding the flow…

Arizona governor says police can begin enforcing law

By Paloma Esquivel and John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times – PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer called it “a victory for the rule of law.” But for police chiefs, Monday’s…

Sandusky is maintaining innocence, attorney says

By Mike Dawson, McClatchy Newspapers – STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — One of Jerry Sandusky’s attorneys said the former Penn State assistant coach is maintaining his innocence from inside the confines of…

18 accused in telemarketing scam that allegedly targeted elderly investors

By Jackie Borchardt, Dayton Daily News – COLUMBUS, Ohio — A widespread telemarketing fraud ring used video clips of bogus dinners in Las Vegas and other cities to convince elderly investors…

Romney wishes Supreme Court gave ‘more latitude’ on immigration

By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times – SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Mitt Romney touched down briefly onto ground zero of the national immigration debate Monday, telling a crowd of Republican donors in…

Deputy who smuggled heroin-stuffed burrito to inmate gets 2 years

By Jack Leonard and Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy accused of trying to smuggle a burrito stuffed with heroin into…

Restive Iowa could decide the presidency

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – DES MOINES, Iowa — In Iowa, 2012 has brought an enticing possibility to voters used to being cast aside after their winter caucuses:…

Director of National Intelligence announces anti-leak measures

By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — In an effort to make it more difficult for the news media to divulge secret programs, America’s top intelligence official plans to…

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