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Statement by the President on the Passing of Andy Griffith

Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Andy Griffith this morning.  A performer of extraordinary talent, Andy was beloved by generations of fans and revered by…

President Obama Signs Minnesota Disaster Declaration

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Minnesota and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe…

California moves toward passage of ‘anti-Arizona’ immigration law

By Matt O’Brien, Contra Costa Times – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s Legislature is poised to become the first in the nation to pass an “anti-Arizona” law instructing police to release illegal…

George Zimmerman released on $1 million bond

By Frances Robles, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — George Zimmerman posted bond and walked out of jail Friday, a day after the judge in his second-degree murder case set his new…

Movie knock-offs are chips off the new blockbusters

By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Last year’s “Puss in Boots” was made on the lush 13-acre DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale, Calif., by 300 people working…

‘Savages’ is a familiar departure for Oliver Stone

By John Horn, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Oliver Stone’s new movie, “Savages,” based on the Don Winslow novel of the same name, centers on marijuana trafficking and the…

‘Spider-Man’ is enticing throngs of moviegoers

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — “The Amazing Spider-Man” continues to weave an enticing web at the box office as the superhero has ensnared $59.2 million after…

Aerosmith hits the stage with a new source of fans: ‘American Idol’

By Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — Like most brand-name classic rock acts, Aerosmith has never been short of young fans — a kind of perpetual audience regeneration as…

Dave on Demand: The television week in review

By David Hiltbrand, The Philadelphia Inquirer – When Andy Griffith died this week, I went back to look at clips from his old show just for nostalgia’s sake. And what I…

Could Seth Meyers go from ‘SNL’ to ‘Live! With Kelly’?

By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Seth Meyers begins a week-long guest hosting stint on “Live! With Kelly” on Monday and many interested parties will be…

Youth Center to celebrate 14 year anniversary

Youth Center to celebrate 14 year anniversary

The North Iowa Youth Center will be celebrating its 14 year anniversary Saturday from 1 PM to 4 PM at their locaton at 138 5th St. SW. From the North…

Five-run fifth inning helps Cardinals finish series sweep over Rockies

Five-run fifth inning helps Cardinals finish series sweep over Rockies

By Rick Hummel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — Lance Lynn’s last three starts had been, in a word, duds, at least compared to his impressive body of work for…

Speeding driver kills 16-year-old girl sitting outside St. Paul High School, police say

Mara H. Gottfried, Pioneer Press, St. Paul – A speeding SUV lost control on St. Paul’s East Side, traveled about 50 feet down an embankment and fatally struck a 16-year-old girl…

Austin, MN man arrested after punching his wife in church

Matt Peterson, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – A 40-year-old Austin man has pleaded not guilty after allegedly beating a woman during a March 11 church service. Agwak Othow Omat, 40, pleaded…

U.S. June unemployment remains at 8.2%

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement on the June 2012 Employment Situation report released today: “Our nation’s labor market added 80,000 jobs in the month…

Retail sales data disappoint

By Shan Li and Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Consumers anxious about the economy kept their wallets in check, raising worries of a possible slowdown in…

Auto review: Nissan loads Altima with style, substance

Auto review: Nissan loads Altima with style, substance

By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times – You’re not going to see Lindsay Lohan crash a 2013 Nissan Altima into the back of a garbage truck. Your 10-year-old won’t be…

UPDATE: MC police investigating a possible stabbing incident early Friday

UPDATE: MC police investigating a possible stabbing incident early Friday

MASON CITY – Updated at 2 PM: Early Friday morning, Mason City police investigated “loud shouting” at Northside Liquor, 1303 North Federal Avenue. The responding officer found a subject at…

“Disruptive visitor” eludes police, sneaks away from library

“Disruptive visitor” eludes police, sneaks away from library

MASON CITY – Thursday morning, Mason City Police Officers responded to a call of an apparent intoxicated person at the Mason City Public Library. It was said that the person…

Alliant Energy to initiate Appliance Cycling in all of Iowa today

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – July 6, 2012 – Interstate Power and Light Co. (IPL), an Alliant Energy company, announced today it will cycle air conditioners for all participating Iowa customers.…

Photo of the day: Bookmeyer at Clear Lake parade

Photo of the day: Bookmeyer at Clear Lake parade

From NIT reader: Photo of Mason City Mayor Eric Bookmeyer walking in Clear Lake 4th of July parade.…

Man found not guilty in beating of priest he says raped him years ago

Man found not guilty in beating of priest he says raped him years ago

By Tracey Kaplan, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — A jury Thursday acquitted a San Francisco man of felony charges that he beat up and abused the…

Fired lifeguard offered his job back; he declines

By Ihosvani Rodriguez, Sun Sentinel – HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — The lifeguard fired earlier this week for leaving his post to help a drowning man was offered his job back…

Judge sets George Zimmerman’s bail at $1 million

By Rene Stutzman, The Orlando Sentinel – SANFORD, Fla. – A judge Thursday ordered George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, released on $1 million…

Iowa economic indicators rebounded in May

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — The index of leading economic indicators for Iowa rebounded into the positive column in May, after a slight monthly downturn, and continued…

Michael Johnson says slave descendants make better athletes

By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Four-time Olympic gold medalist sprinter Michael Johnson has been quoted as saying he believes slave descendants make superior athletes —…

Bob Ford: Perhaps it’s time to change Dream Team approach in basketball

By Bob Ford, The Philadelphia Inquirer – Lamar Odom, traded last week from Dallas to the Los Angeles Clippers, informed USA Basketball on Tuesday that he won’t be available to…

Former Olympian Joins Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former Beijing Olympian, Lindsay Seemann will join the University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team for the 2012-2013 season, UI head coach Marc Long announced…

ATF Offers $10,000 Rewards In Two Seperate MN Homicides

ST. PAUL (Minn.) — Special Agent in Charge Bernard J. Zapor of the St. Paul Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Chief Timothy Dolan, Minneapolis…

Chinese National Indicted for Allegedly Smuggling Counterfeit Tobacco Products into the U.S.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A federal grand jury in Providence, R.I., on Wednesday returned a two-count indictment charging a Chinese national with selling and importing counterfeit tobacco products into the United…

Undercover Firearms Investigation Nets More Than 60 Federal and State Arrests, 270 Illegal Firearms Taken Off the Streets

ATLANTA — Federal and state law enforcement officials today announced the takedown of a long–term storefront sting operation designed to focus on illegal gun trafficking in Atlanta, which resulted in…

Braves belt four home runs in victory over Cubs

Braves belt four home runs in victory over Cubs

By David O’Brien, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – ATLANTA — After falling behind early in far too many games during their long, scorching hot and largely disappointing homestand, the Braves and…

Technology: Malware may knock 64,000 Americans off Internet on Monday

Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – As many as 64,000 Americans could be knocked offline Monday as a result of malware unless they change their DNS server addresses, according to…

Obama unveils new campaign press secretary

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – MAUMEE, Ohio — President Barack Obama cranked up his campaign a notch first thing on Thursday, boarding Air Force One with not one…

Romney criticizes his one-time model, Chief Justice John Roberts

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Emphasizing his disagreement with the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Obama’s healthcare law, Mitt Romney criticized Chief Justice John…

Missing Bank Director Charged with Embezzling $17 Million in Bank Funds

A director of a bank in southern Georgia who has been missing for two weeks has been charged in the Eastern District of New York with embezzling approximately $17 million…

Obama focuses on health care as Romney weathers critics

By Christi Parsons and Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times – MAUMEE, Ohio — A week after the Supreme Court upheld most of President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement, the…

Brooklyn Rabbi Sentenced in New Jersey to 46 Months in Prison for Money Laundering Conspiracy

TRENTON, NJ—Mordchai Fish, the principal rabbi of Congregation Sheves Achim in Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for conspiring to launder approximately $900,000 he believed…

Suspected Child Pornographer Arrested After Three-Year Manhunt

A former Chicago resident who has been the subject of a global manhunt since February of 2009 was arrested last week at O’Hare International Airport without incident by special agents…

Republicans looking for help knocking on doors in Mason City

North Iowa Republicans are seeking volunteers. “We are door knocking for Gov. Romney this Saturday in the Mason City area and would love to have additional help from anyone that…

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