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U.S. women’s soccer wins 1-0 over North Korea

By Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Let the Games begin. For the U.S. women’s soccer team there was little drama in the first week of the Olympic…

U.S. beats Tunisia in hoops after starters benched

By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times – LONDON—Coach Mike Krzyzewski had seen enough. The U.S. was barely beating the Tunisia men’s basketball team at halftime of a preliminary game at…

US women grab team gymnastics gold

US women grab team gymnastics gold

By Linda Robertson, McClatchy Newspapers – LONDON—One after another, American gymnasts sprinted down the runway, flipped onto the takeoff board and soared over the vault. They never really came down.…

Vikings’ Peterson working out again after allergy scare

Vikings’ Peterson working out again after allergy scare

By Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MANKATO, Minn. — The Great Mankato Seafood Scare of 2012 has passed. A day after suffering an allergic food reaction, presumably to his…

Phelps still has a golden touch

Phelps still has a golden touch

By Charean Williams, McClatchy Newspapers – LONDON — Michael Phelps stood on the podium and tried to put on a happy face after the 200-meter butterfly. But his forced smile…

Branstad, Reynolds pledge continued efforts in addressing the drought’s impact on Iowa

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds used their weekly press conference Monday morning to highlight the state’s ongoing efforts to address the impact of this…

Mason City library to replace chairs in commons area at no cost

Mason City library to replace chairs in commons area at no cost

MASON CITY – The manufacturer who supplied the chairs for the Mason City Library after its renovation will be replacing the chairs at no cost to the library. MCPL Director…

Next phase of road construction on I-380/U.S. 20 in Evansdale begins Aug. 1

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – July 30, 2012 – The next phase of road construction on the Interstate 380/U.S. 20 project in Evansdale will include changes in traffic patterns and on/off…

Bridge repair work closes eastbound Iowa 57 off-ramp to northbound U.S. 218

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – July 31, 2012 – Bridge repair work has resulted in the closure of the eastbound Iowa 57 off-ramp to northbound U.S. 218, according to the Iowa…

Escaped convict apprehended: David Leroy Kreider

David Leroy Kreider, who had been placed on escape status on July 29, 2012 after failing to return to the Sioux City Residential Correctional Center, was apprehended by US Marshalls…

Op-ed: NIACC dorms: send refunds to those who served their sentences in that hell hole (by Peter Children)

Op-ed: NIACC dorms: send refunds to those who served their sentences in that hell hole (by Peter Children)

It was but a couple weeks ago or maybe a little longer that I wrote about drugs on the NIACC campus.  In that same article I also touched on the…

UPDATE: Union Pacific Railroad employee killed in work-related Accident

The Mason City Police have released the following information about the accident early Tuesday morning that took a man’s life: At approximately 2:30 AM on July 31, 2012, Mason City…

Despite spoilers, excess and wobbly NBC reporting, we just can’t resist the Olympics

By David Hiltbrand, The Philadelphia Inquirer – I am, like many people, I suspect, an Olympics hostage. Whenever the Games approach, summer or winter, I resolve that this time I…

New on DVD: ‘Hatfields & McCoys,’ ‘ATM’

By Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers – This week’s DVD selections include a look at a historical feud and a tale of financial terror. “Hatfields & McCoys,” Grade B-plus: This first…

Opening statements to begin in trial of Drew Peterson, accused of drowning third wife

By Steve Schmadeke, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Former Bolingbrook, Ill., Police Sgt. Drew Peterson placed his third wife into a sleeper hold until she lost consciousness, lifted her into…

Husband of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to serve year in Afghanistan

By Jeff Wilkinson and Andrew Shain, McClatchy Newspapers – COLUMBIA, S.C. — In what could be a first nationwide, the husband of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is heading on…

Operator of party bus that had fatal incident in N. California has had violations in past

By Cathy Kelly, Santa Cruz Sentinel – SAN JOSE, Calif. — The operator of a limousine “party bus” involved in a fatal accident Friday on California State Highway 17 was…

Analysis: Romney’s travels take another detour into controversy

Analysis: Romney’s travels take another detour into controversy

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – WARSAW, Poland — Mitt Romney took a major risk when he embarked on a foreign tour, inviting complex policy questions and the sort…

More than 600 million people affected by latest blackout in India

By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times – NEW DELHI — India’s electricity grids suffered another massive failure Tuesday, the second in two days, frustrating commuters, stranding coal miners and leaving…

“Young K Rapper” comes to Clear Lake, abducts young teen to South Dakota, commits rape

“Young K Rapper” comes to Clear Lake, abducts young teen to South Dakota, commits rape

From Clear Lake Police: On Sunday morning July 29th A Clear Lake Couple reported that their daughter as a runaway. They said that when they got up Sunday morning she…

Man dead after railroad accident early Tuesday morning

MASON CITY – Sources have confirmed today that a man has died after an accident at the Union Pacific Railroad in Mason City early Tuesday morning. Mason City emergency responders…

‘Women and children first’ is a myth, shipwreck study shows

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times – It’s a question often asked: Is chivalry dead? According to a recent study by two Swedish economists, that brand of gallantry is not…

Veteran Chicago FBI boss announces retirement

By Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — When the boss of the Chicago FBI placed the infamous early morning phone call to inform then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich that agents…

SeaWorld begins acclimating killer whales to trainers

By Jason Garcia, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — SeaWorld has begun conditioning its killer whales to accept trainers in their pools, the first step toward resuming “water work”…

New breed of Silicon Valley startups aim to take fear out of stock buying

By Peter Delevett, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — For a place that’s made its bones inventing chips and routers, Silicon Valley has carved out a neat little…

Anonymous online ammo sales would be banned under proposed law

Anonymous online ammo sales would be banned under proposed law

By Richard Simon and Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Citing the more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition bought online by the Aurora, Colo., mass shooting suspect, gun control…

North Iowa man who burglarized home and beat woman headed to slammer

North Iowa man who burglarized home and beat woman headed to slammer

MASON CITY – A man who broke into a Mason City residence and assaulted a female occupant has escaped a potential minimum seventeen and a half years prison sentence after plea…

Iowa Supreme Court protects “business model” for nude dancing in bars

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette – The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday state law preempts a city ordinance regulating nude dancing in Hamburg. The Hamburg city council passed an ordinance in…

Is Eagles rookie McNutt the next Jason Avant?

By Les Bowen, Philadelphia Daily News – BETHLEHEM, Pa. — When he was making the transition from quarterback to wideout after his freshman year at Iowa, Marvin McNutt watched film of…

Vikings’ Kalil looks natural at left tackle

By Mark Craig, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – First down … Matt Kalil not only looks like he was built to play left tackle, it seems he might also be able to…

Banks getting into prepaid debit cards

By Doreen Hemlock, Sun Sentinel – FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Big banks are entering the business of prepaid debit cards, as more Americans turn to reloadable plastic as a handy alternative…

Vikings’ Ponder building his passing game — block by block

Vikings’ Ponder building his passing game — block by block

By Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MANKATO, Minn. — For a moment, Michael Jenkins appeared ready to deliver the crowd-pleasing highlight of Monday afternoon’s practice. Freezing cornerback Chris Cook with…

Reward offered in second case of dog found with mouth taped

Domingo Ramirez Jr., Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas – A $5,000 reward has been offered for information in a Kaufman County crime in which a dog was found dead Friday afternoon with…

Warren Buffett’s winning ways, 50 years on

By Jonathan Burton, MarketWatch – SAN FRANCISCO — Warren Buffett doesn’t usually make market predictions, but in an early July letter to shareholders, the legendary investor offered insights to help them…

Judge steps down from Michael Brewer burning trial

By Rafael Olmeda, Sun Sentinel – FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The judge overseeing the Michael Brewer burning trial has stepped down from the case. Matthew Bent was convicted in June…

Free dog wash to be held at Cabin Coffee

Free dog wash to be held at Cabin Coffee

MASON CITY – Cabin Coffee Company of Mason City is hosting a dog wash fundraiser to benefit the Humane Society of North Iowa on August 18th from 10am-2pm.  Bring your…

Liriano goes from last to first in AL Central

Liriano goes from last to first in AL Central

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Francisco Liriano arrived at Target Field early Monday afternoon like he usually does — to start an unusual day.…

2 defendants plead guilty and 4 others are sentenced in identity theft ring

NEWARK, N.J. — Two individuals pleaded guilty and four others were sentenced in Newark federal court in connection with their roles in a large-scale identity theft scheme. The case was…

Suspended theater director accused of having child porn released without having to post bail

Jeremy Pawloski, The Olympian, Olympia, Wash. – A judge allowed suspended Capital Playhouse interim artistic director Troy A. Fisher to be released from custody on his own personal recognizance Monday after…

Peterson hospitalized after allergic reaction

Peterson hospitalized after allergic reaction

By Mark Craig, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MANKATO, Minn. — Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was rushed to a nearby hospital Monday after suffering what coach Leslie Frazier said was an…

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