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Rules to follow in the hunting game

By Mike North, McClatchy Newspapers – In the world of hunting, there are a lot of written rules that have much to say about what you can’t do out in the…

Twins fall to White Sox

Twins fall to White Sox

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaching, Twins General Manager Terry Ryan wasn’t ready to announce any clearance sales Wednesday. The…

Mets punish Cubs, 17-1, as Samardzija surrenders nine runs on six hits and four walks

Mets punish Cubs, 17-1, as Samardzija surrenders nine runs on six hits and four walks

By Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — There probably are worse things for Cubs fans than enduring a 17-1 loss to the Mets, such as incarceration, being afflicted with gout…

Chicago city council decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana

By Kristen Mack, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s  proposal passed 43-3, allowing Chicago…

Miami man freed in `Stand Your Ground’ ruling killed by stray bullet

By David Ovalle, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Three months after he beat a murder charge under Florida’s controversial self-defense law, Greyston Garcia was shot dead late Tuesday by a…

Winds whip flames in Colorado; 32,000 ordered to evacuate

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – High winds continued to whip through the Colorado Springs area on Wednesday, fanning the flames of the Waldo Canyon fire and more than…

Alliant to manage air conditioners for Iowa customers today

Participating customers north of I-80 included in event CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – June 27, 2012 – Interstate Power and Light Co. (IPL), an Alliant Energy company, announced today it will…

MCPD breaks up domestic dispute Tuesday; one arrested

MCPD breaks up domestic dispute Tuesday; one arrested

MASON CITY – Mason City police were dispatched to Gracious Estates Mobile Home Park, 777 S. Eisenhower Avenue, Tuesday evening at about 6 PM after a female dialed 911, yelling…

Provision of Arizona law upheld by Supreme Court leads to confusion, anxiety

Provision of Arizona law upheld by Supreme Court leads to confusion, anxiety

By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times – PHOENIX — If I’m traveling with other Latinos in a carpool will I be stopped? Will you accept my Mexican passport as ID?…

Miami investigators make arrests in alleged prostitution ring that employed foster children

By Carol Marbin Miller, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The teenage foster kids called their rendezvous with men who paid for their affections “dates.” Sometimes they had several scheduled each…

Lawyer says Rep. Jackson’s leave is unrelated to friend’s arrest

By Katherine Skiba and Deborah L. Shelton, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A day after U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s office announced that he was on medical leave for exhaustion,…

Chicago giving group $1 million grant to help curtail violence

By Jeremy Gorner, Kristen Mack and Rex W. Huppke, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Faced with a surge in homicides, the city of Chicago has taken the unprecedented step of…

Contempt vote will put focus on Attorney General Eric Holder’s record

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The last time he testified on Capitol Hill, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. struggled to predict how his legacy…

Sanford detective doubted Zimmerman’s story, police records show

By Frances Robles, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — George Zimmerman had a broken nose, a bruised head and passed two voice-stress lie-detector tests in the wake of his deadly fight…

Progress Iowa calls on Congressman Tom Latham to apologize for laughing at the idea of ‘pistol whipping’ the Nuns on the Bus

DES MOINES, IOWA — Progress Iowa today called on Congressman Tom Latham to apologize for laughing at and refusing to stand up to Jan Mickelson’s comments about ‘pistol whipping’ the…

Judge in Sandusky sex-abuse trial bars both sides from releasing information not presented as evidence

By Jeremy Roebuck, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — The presiding judge in Jerry Sandusky’s child sex-abuse trial challenged lawyers Tuesday after a recorded interview between state police and the…

N.J. Gov. Christie predicts his state will be ‘Romney country’

By Melissa Hayes, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – WOODBRIDGE, N.J. — Governor Chris Christie stood alongside Mitt Romney before a $50,000-a-plate fundraising dinner on Tuesday and predicted that New Jersey…

Gov. Branstad announces parade details

Gov. Branstad announces parade details

“A Salute to Our Veterans and Service Members Parade” will take place Sat., June 30 (DES MOINES) – Today, Gov. Terry Branstad announced additional details regarding this Saturday’s “A Salute…

Photo of the day: MCPD questions suspect

Photo of the day: MCPD questions suspect

This photo was shot after 1 AM June 27, 2012 at the corner of South Federal Avenue and Highway 122 by NIT Publisher Matt Marquardt. The man sitting on the…

Incumbents Hatch and Rangel beat primary challengers

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Two congressional veterans survived career-threatening primary challenges Tuesday night as voters weighed in on races that could help define the next…

Stockton to file for bankruptcy, will be largest U.S. city to fail

By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times – STOCKTON, Calif. — This Gold Rush-era port city, an epicenter of California’s agricultural exports, will become the nation’s largest city to seek protection…

Minor injury reported after accident Tuesday evening

Minor injury reported after accident Tuesday evening

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – A two vehicle accident occurred on the east bound lane of Highway 122 Tuesday evening around 5:40 pm in front…

MCPD arrest two men for tresspassing

MCPD arrest two men for tresspassing

MASON CITY – Mason City police responded to an alarm at Alliant Energy in the 600 block of 15th Street SE shortly after 4 AM today.  As officers were checking…

Microsoft to buy Yammer for $1.2 billion

By Jeremy C. Owens, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Microsoft Corp. announced Monday that it will purchase San Francisco enterprise social-networking company Yammer for $1.2 billion in…

Turning a summer internship into a job

By Scott J. Wilson, Los Angeles Times – Summer internships offer an opportunity for young people to try out a profession and for employers to evaluate possible future hires. If you’re…

Iowa ‘Freedom Rock’ could be next plate

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – A Greenfield couple has won approval from the Iowa Department of Transportation to gather orders for a license plate featuring a red, white and…

Market booms for men’s cosmetics — but don’t call it makeup

By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Like most guys, Eric Lugo wants to look handsome. But he doesn’t want to be caught applying makeup. So the 26-year-old…

‘Ted’ marketing campaign balances raunch with heart

By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Two very different trailers debuted on the same day in April for “Ted,” the new comedy movie starring Mark Wahlberg as…

New video game releases

McClatchy Newspapers – The following games are among those scheduled for release next week, according to Gamestop.com. June 26: The Amazing Spider-Man (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, 3DS and DS, rated…

List of DVD movie release dates for June 26 and beyond

McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change: ——— JUNE 26: The Artist — Sony 26: Bullhead —…

Avengers’ closing in on ‘Titanic,’ expected to top $600 million

By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — “The Avengers” now has “Titanic” in its sights at the domestic box office. Marvel Entertainment’s hit superhero team-up was expected to…

Judge refuses to dismiss deafness group’s Netflix lawsuit

By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A federal judge in Massachusetts has denied Netflix Inc.’s request to throw out a lawsuit brought by the National Association…

Verizon, T-Mobile agree to swap spectrum

By Jeff Gelles, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — A spectrum exchange between Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA would improve T-Mobile’s service in some areas, enhance both carriers’ national networks, and…

Rising new-home sales point to strengthening market

By Alejandro Lazo and Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Sales of newly built single-family homes rose last month to their highest level in more than two years,…

Liz Reyer: Making the most of less space at work

By Liz Reyer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – QUESTION: My company moved and downgraded its workspaces from offices to small cubes for everyone in my grade level. I’m not thrilled, especially with…

Consumer confidence falls to 5-month low

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — It’s the consumer version of June gloom: Americans this month are the most down and out they’ve been in five months,…

Media giant News Corp. considering breakup

By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Meg James, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — News Corp. is contemplating what once was unthinkable — splitting its entertainment and publishing operations into separate…

Obama courts Latinos in Miami appearance

Obama courts Latinos in Miami appearance

By Patricia Mazzei, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — President Barack Obama made a swing through Miami Beach on Tuesday evening to pursue two re-election campaign goals: Raise money from well-heeled…

Stocks build on housing data

By Kate Gibson, MarketWatch – NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rose Tuesday, with consumer discretionary and energy companies gaining on signs of stabilization in housing but investors still on shaky ground…

Immigration ruling ‘shuts the door’ on such laws in state

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Monday that struck down most of a controversial Arizona immigration law likely slowed Iowa policymakers from trying…

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