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Woman’s body found in a field between Britt and Kanawha

BRITT, IOWA – The Hancock County Sheriff’s office today confirmed that it was notified on July 8th, 2012 of a body in a field between the towns of Britt and…

UPDATED: Fatal accident reported this morning near Manly; 2 fatalities, more injured

MANLY – A mini-van carrying several children headed to a canoe trip ran a stop sign and collided with a semi-truck Tuesday morning near the intersection of Wheelerwood Road and…

Spy agency hasn’t told police about crime confessions

By Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The nation’s spy satellite agency has been extracting polygraph confessions to crimes such as child molestation, but local law enforcement agencies aren’t…

Agency’s view is that whistle-blower is merely a malcontent

By Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Mark Phillips wanted out of the spy business. He was so fed up with petty intrigue that some days he imagined walking…

Official criticizes company, regulators in Michigan oil spill

By Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press – WASHINGTON – The chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that Enbridge Energy Partners knew about the defect that led to…

Lawyers: Spanier never knew about Sandusky allegations

By Jeremy Roebuck, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — Attorneys for former Pennsylvania State University President Graham B. Spanier insisted Tuesday their client had never been told of potential sexual…

Annan says Iran can play positive in Syria crisis

By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times – TEHRAN, Iran — Special envoy Kofi Annan said Tuesday that Iran “can play a positive role” in resolving the crisis in Syria, but…

Judge OKs missile battery on apartment rooftop for London Olympics

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — The British military can deploy a surface-to-air missile battery atop an apartment building during the Olympics, a judge said Tuesday, throwing…

Editorial: Thanks, Vi-COR, for smelling up my hometown

Editorial: Thanks, Vi-COR, for smelling up my hometown

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – I was notified by neighbors of the South Benjamin Vi-COR plant in Mason City that a thermal oxidizer device has arrived there. The oxidizer was…

Mason City Police investigate homicide

Mason City Police investigate homicide

MASON CITY – Mason City police are investigating a possible homicide Tuesday morning after a woman was found unresponsive in an apartment. Mason City police say they responded to 410…

Op-ed: Gary Blodgett is a nice guy, but… (by Peter Children)

Op-ed: Gary Blodgett is a nice guy, but… (by Peter Children)

Gary Blodgett is a nice guy….really a genuinely nice guy…but in his piece in today’s Globe he’s putting you under the ether, and he’s done that same thing for years.…

US spy agency accused of illegally collecting personal data

US spy agency accused of illegally collecting personal data

By Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — One of the nation’s most secretive intelligence agencies is pressuring its polygraphers to obtain intimate details of the private lives of thousands…

At conference, Microsoft unveils steps to regain dominance

By Janet I. Tu, The Seattle Times – TORONTO — Does Microsoft have its mojo back? The company has been on a roll lately, from the announcement of Surface, its…

Some African-Americans think Obama takes their votes for granted

By William Douglas and David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign recently launched a radio ad aimed at African-American voters titled “We’ve Got Your Back.”…

Obama has strongest fundraising month of campaign, but Romney still tops him

By Melanie Mason, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney and the Republican Party claimed victory in the money race last month, outraising President Barack Obama and the Democratic…

Obama calls on Romney to disclose more tax returns

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times – President Barack Obama sought Monday to increase pressure on Republican rival Mitt Romney to release years of personal income tax returns. “What’s important,…

Biden calls Romney ‘George Bush on steroids’

By Theodoric Meyer, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — Vice President Joseph Biden criticized Mitt Romney and the Republican Party on Monday at a fundraiser for Sen. Maria Cantwell in…

Susan Tompor: Special tax on higher incomes isn’t easy to understand

By Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press – The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the health care overhaul could seal the deal on a special tax on higher-income households that’s likely…

On The Money: Protect your money online

By Chuck Myers, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Online banking offers consumers a convenient means of accessing accounts and paying bills online. Yet certain safety considerations and practices should be followed…

7 key steps to get a home loan

By Kathleen Lynn, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – Mortgage rates have plunged to record lows, below 4 percent. That’s great — but only if you can actually qualify for a…

Fareway to collect food for Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank

Fareway to collect food for Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank

MASON CITY – Fareway is pleased to help refill the food pantry of the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank with our Thanksgiving in July event. During the month of July we…

Farmers’ safety net is now a money bag

Farmers’ safety net is now a money bag

Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – One of the largest farm real estate booms in decades could be getting a boost from an unsuspecting player: the U.S. taxpayer. (PHOTO: Farmland…

Clear Lake is a “Sexy Outdoor Date Spot” According to Cosmo

Clear Lake is a “Sexy Outdoor Date Spot” According to Cosmo

CLEAR LAKE, IA, JULY 9, 2012: Clear Lake represents Iowa on Cosmopolitan’s online feature, “The Sexiest Outdoor Date Spots in America.” Cosmopolitan readers were asked to nominate their favorite outdoor…

Tuesday’s prep baseball postseason games

Jeff Johnson, CR Gazette – CLASS 1A DISTRICT QUARTERFINALS Area Alburnett vs. Cedar Valley Christian at Troy Mills, 5 p.m. Belle Plaine at BGM, 7 p.m. Edgewood-Colesburg at East Buchanan,…

Branstad atwitter about business rankings

Branstad atwitter about business rankings

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – How tweet it is. Iowa jumped off to an early lead in a cable TV network’s unscientific Twitter survey of states that are great places…

FBI Seeks MN Bank Robbery Suspect

FBI Seeks MN Bank Robbery Suspect

On July 8, 2012, at approximately 10:56 a.m., a bank robbery occurred at the MidCountry Bank branch located at 1133 Waite Avenue South in Waite Park Minnesota. The robber confronted…

Five Individuals Charged in Connection with Death of a Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Agent; $1 Million FBI Reward Announced

Five Individuals Charged in Connection with Death of a Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Agent; $1 Million FBI Reward Announced

TUCSON, AZ—The indictment charging five individuals involved in the death of United States Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was unsealed today in Tucson, Arizona, and a reward of up to…

The doctor will see you now on ‘NY Med’

By Ellen Gray, Philadelphia Daily News – A couple of months into filming for his latest documentary series, “NY Med,” ABC News producer Terence Wrong began to experience a familiar…

5 Hawkeyes names to watch lists

5 Hawkeyes names to watch lists

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Five members of the University of Iowa football team have been named to preseason watch lists. Senior quarterback James Vandenberg was named to the Maxwell Award…

Eagles’ Lewis facing charge over hotel alarm, apologizes

By Jonathan Tamari, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — Eagles running back Dion Lewis was arrested and charged with a low-grade felony over the weekend after Albany, N.Y., police said…

Alliant Warns Customers of Latest Utility Payment Scam

DES MOINES, Iowa – July 9, 2012 – The Iowa Utility Association, Alliant Energy, MidAmerican Energy Company and Black Hills Energy – Iowa Gas are warning customers about a scam…

Jeff Jacobs: Bashing and praising Ray Allen, all in 140 characters

By Jeff Jacobs, The Hartford Courant – HARTFORD, Conn. — The Connecticut sports fan isn’t the Boston sports fan. New England geography makes for as many nuances as gaping differences.…

Burn Victims visit Mason City Fire Department

Burn Victims visit Mason City Fire Department

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – The Mason City Fire Department ans Jacob Schweitzer, Secretary/Treasurer of the International Association of Fire Fighters, hosted a group of…