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Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor Sgt. James Skalberg Jr.

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor Sgt. James Skalberg Jr.

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad is ordering all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2012, until 8 a.m. on…

VIDEO: Rap artists “Guns and Ammunition” entertain M.C. neighborhood

VIDEO: Rap artists “Guns and Ammunition” entertain M.C. neighborhood

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – You can meet some interesting folks in this town if you broaden your horizons. Early this morning on Mason City’s 15th Street NE,…

High-profile study on children of gay parents comes under new scrutiny

High-profile study on children of gay parents comes under new scrutiny

By Tara Merrigan, Austin American-Statesman – AUSTIN, Texas — Allegations of scientific misconduct have prompted the University of Texas to investigate a professor’s study that found adults with gay parents…

Congress considers prosecutions of reporters over leaked information

By Annika McGinnis, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — In response to New York Times stories that relied on leaks of sensitive national-security information, a House of Representatives panel on Wednesday…

Paterno letter stated the Sandusky scandal should not have reflected on football program

By Anne Danahy, McClatchy Newspapers – STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Joe Paterno said the cases surrounding Jerry Sandusky that unfolded at Penn State weren’t a reflection on football or academics…

Freeh issues blistering report on Penn State sex abuse scandal

Freeh issues blistering report on Penn State sex abuse scandal

By Curtis Tate, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Top officials at Penn State University, including the late head football coach Joe Paterno, knew as far back as 1998 that Jerry…

Vintage Russian MiG crashes at Minnesota air show

Vintage Russian MiG crashes at Minnesota air show

By Kelly Smit, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — A vintage Russian jet was destroyed after crashing Thursday morning in Minnesota as it attempted to land for a…

Karzai invites Taliban leader to run for office

By Laura King and Aimal Yaqubi, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai had a suggestion Thursday for Mullah Mohammed Omar, the fugitive leader of Afghanistan’s Taliban…

Bomb threat closes tunnel linking US, Canada

Bomb threat closes tunnel linking US, Canada

By Elisha Anderson and Gina Damrom, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel was shut down Thursday afternoon as authorities investigated a bomb threat. The tunnel was cleared…

IMCA Deery Brothers Summer Series Holds Sports Mod and Late Model Races Wednesday

IMCA Deery Brothers Summer Series Holds Sports Mod and Late Model Races Wednesday

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – The IMCA Deery Brothers Summer Series held it’s special Sports Mod and Late Model races at the I-35 Speedway at the North Iowa…

No injuries in fire at Graham Wednesday evening

No injuries in fire at Graham Wednesday evening

by Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – At approximately 6:30 pm, Wednesday evening, the Mason City Fire Department and Ambulance responded to a fire call to Graham Manufacturing on 19th…

9 dead in French avalanche; missing climbers found alive

By Ralf Krueger and Clare Byrne – PARIS — Nine climbers were killed Thursday in one of the worst avalanches in recent years in the French Alps. The avalanche took…

Duesey Days Held in Garner

Duesey Days Held in Garner

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – GARNER, IOWA – Garner held their 32nd Annual Duesey Days this past weekend, starting Friday and going through Sunday. Duesey Days has quite…

Olympian finds recipes for success

Olympian finds recipes for success

By Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times – BONSALL, Calif. — America’s best race walker is standing in the corner of his kitchen kneading three bags of buttered microwave popcorn into…

The many faces of Bud Selig

By Sam Mellinger, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bud Selig is a former used-car salesman who now makes $18 million and has a private jet but wants to…

ICE-led IPR Center seizes 70 websites duping consumers into buying counterfeit merchandise

WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) seized 70 websites that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise. The…

Former Civilian Contractor Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison for Role in Scheme to Steal and Sell Military Equipment in Iraq

A former U.S. civilian contractor was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for conspiring to steal military generators in Iraq and selling them on the black market, announced Assistant…

Iowa’s Hyde, Ferentz Named to Additional Watch Lists

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa seniors James Ferentz and Micah Hyde were named to the Outland Trophy and Bronko Nagurski 2012 preseason watch lists, respectively, on Thursday. The…

Van Der Kamp on Ray Guy Watch List

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State punter Kirby Van Der Kamp is one of 25 candidates on the watch list for the Ray Guy Award, the Augusta Sports Council sports announced…

Latham: Hardworking taxpayers deserve common-sense reforms

Latham: Hardworking taxpayers deserve common-sense reforms

From U.S. Rep. Tom Latham: Today (Wednesday), I continued my longstanding effort to replace the misguided and unpopular new health care law with real solutions that will get results for…

Vilsack backer taunts voter: Hit me and you’ll get AIDS!

Truck driver tells of “threat” made by activist at Christie’s Clear Lake event CLEAR LAKE – An activist at a Christie Vilsack campaign event, claiming to be HIV-positive, warned a…

Steve Nash is introduced as a Laker

Steve Nash is introduced as a Laker

By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Steve Nash walked into the Lakers’ practice facility Wednesday wearing a black pinstriped suit with a red pocket square, his…

Tech Q&A: Stop Google ads based on your searches

By Steve Alexander, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – QUESTION: I recently did Google searches for dehumidifiers and for mantel clocks. Now, whenever I use Google to go to a website, I…

Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation Awards Grants to Area Agencies

Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation Awards Grants to Area Agencies

Mason City, July 9, 2012 – The Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation (CGCCF) held its annual awards ceremony Monday, July 9, announcing grants in excess of $86,532.88 to 39 area…

5 High Profile Companies Dump American Legislative Exchange Council

From ProgressIowa.org: Hewlett-Packard, Deere, BestBuy, CVS, and MillerCoors dump ALEC When will Iowa stop sending tax dollars to this extreme organization? DES MOINES, IOWA — Five additional companies have left…

Romney’s speech to NAACP draws boos from audience

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – HOUSTON — Mitt Romney’s speech before the nation’s oldest civil rights organization was framed by his campaign as an olive branch to the…

Iowa Transportation Commission approves 2013 State Aviation Program

AMES, Iowa – July 10, 2012 – The Iowa Transportation Commission today approved $5.6 million for the fiscal year 2013 State Aviation Program, which includes several subprograms detailed below. The…

FAMU president resigns amid hazing scandal

By Denise-Marie Balona, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida A&M University President James Ammons resigned Wednesday amid a growing scandal over the hazing death of drum major Robert…

Silicon Valley pins hopes on new wave of IPOs

By Peter Delevett, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — In the wake of Facebook’s underwhelming Wall Street debut, many in Silicon Valley had been counting on a…

Nursing home residents enjoy car show Wednesday

Nursing home residents enjoy car show Wednesday

MANLY, IA – A car show was hosted by Manly Nursing and Rehab on Wednesday morning. Volunteers came out to share their automobiles with residents and anyone else who wanted…

Fed officials split over new stimulus action

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve policymakers are split over whether to launch another big stimulus program. While “almost all” of the policymakers agreed that…

House GOP leads passage of health care law repeal

House GOP leads passage of health care law repeal

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — For the 33rd time, House Republicans passed legislation taking aim at the nation’s new health care law — this time in…

Defining Mitt Romney: Obama has a head start

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney is now out-raising President Barack Obama’s campaign money machine, the most prodigious in history. But nervousness has crept into…

Obama not attending NAACP convention because of ‘scheduling’ issues

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama chose not to attend this year’s NAACP convention because of “scheduling” issues, aides said, explaining it was not…

House panel rebuffs candy makers, stands by sugar program

By Kim Geiger, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — An effort by food and beverage makers to gut a federal program that protects domestic sugar producers from foreign competition was…

Troy Wolverton: Google Nexus 7 nice, but content lacking

By Troy Wolverton, San Jose Mercury News – If you want a tablet but can’t afford an iPad, Google’s new Nexus 7 is not a bad choice. It’s got a…

Few mammoth laughs, but plenty of chuckles drift into latest ‘Ice Age’

By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – There’s considerably less drift in “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” the latest in a long line of lucrative cartoons from Blue Sky Studios and…

Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic unveil plans for new rocket

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — British billionaire Richard Branson and his space company Virgin Galactic unveiled plans to build a rocket designed to be launched…

International Drug Trafficker Extradited from Czech Republic to United States

(Sacramento, CA) — Shiraz Malik, 34, an alleged international drug trafficker, has been extradited from the Czech Republic to the United States to face criminal charges filed in the Eastern…

Well-cast thriller lurches to a halt a few too many times

Well-cast thriller lurches to a halt a few too many times

By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Here’s one thing the movies get wrong pretty consistently — the reaction of seemingly rational people upon seeing the supernatural, the impossible, the…

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