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Online Buying Club Merchant to Refund Iowa Consumers

(DES MOINES, Iowa) BestBrandValues.com, a Florida-based online membership club retailer, has agreed to pay $135,000 in refunds to Iowans who had been charged for memberships in the company’s programs. The…

Adam Scott matches course record, leads British Open by 1

By Jeff Shain, The Orlando Sentinel – LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England — Adam Scott ditched the cautious approach so often preached in major championships and wound up flirting with a…

Marlins fall to Cubs, 4-2

Marlins fall to Cubs, 4-2

By Juan C. Rodriguez, Sun Sentinel – CHICAGO — His hope is flickering, but not extinguished. Miami Marlins President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest has confidence in this team, that…

Orioles hang on for 4-3 win over Twins

Orioles hang on for 4-3 win over Twins

By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun – MINNEAPOLIS — Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter calls the month after the All-Star break the true dog days of summer. It’s the…

Knee problems force Nadal from London Games

MADRID — Beijing gold medalist Rafael Nadal will be forced to miss the London Olympics due to his chronic knee problems. The world No. 3 has been trying to rehab…

Bachmann warning on Muslim Brotherhood gets stormy reception

Bachmann warning on Muslim Brotherhood gets stormy reception

By Kevin Diaz, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – WASHINGTON — Rep. Michele Bachmann is facing a public firestorm over her accusations that the Muslim Brotherhood is infiltrating the federal government and…

Families of killed al-Qaida figures file wrongful death suit against U.S. officials

By Franco Ordonez and Matthew Schofield, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The families of three U.S. citizens killed in drone strikes last year in Yemen filed suit Wednesday against Defense…

Man vacationing in Mason City wins $10K lottery prize

Man vacationing in Mason City wins $10K lottery prize

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Mesa, AZ man was staying with friends in Mason City when he purchased a “Triple Fortune” instant-scratch game and ended up winning a top prize…

Russia, China veto U.N. resolution on Syria

By Patrick J. McDonnell and Emily Alpert, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Russia and China on Thursday vetoed a draft United Nations resolution that could have led to sanctions…

Mason City’s Traveling Softball Team Headed to Nationals

Mason City’s Traveling Softball Team Headed to Nationals

by Jody Spear – Mason City’s traveling softball team, Crossfire, will be heading for national tournaments in Minnesota Thursday. Click here to view photos. Crossfire is a twelve-and-under girls softball…

Attorney General, Iowa DOT Reach $145,000 Settlement with Iowa Concrete Company Convicted of Manipulating Market

(DES MOINES, Iowa)  An Orange City company that pleaded guilty to federal felony charges of conspiring to manipulate the ready-mix concrete market will pay the State of Iowa $145,000 in…

Judge Issues Injunction against what Attorney General Calls “Predatory Scheme” Targeting Iowa Businesses

(DES MOINES, Iowa)  A Polk County judge today issued a temporary injunction against a California man doing business as “Iowa Corporate Compliance” after Attorney General Tom Miller alleged it to…

10 reasons why we love Batman

By Barry Koltnow, The Orange County Register – The box-office numbers for the blockbusters “The Hunger Games” and “The Avengers” were pretty impressive earlier this year, but there are many…

Neil Young fans will want to take this journey

By Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – Forget Crosby, Stills and Nash and maybe even Crazy Horse. Jonathan Demme might be Neil Young’s ultimate collaborator. The third tête-a-tête between the…

Emmy nominations for big screen’s Costner, Kidman, more

By Susan King and Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Hey, wait a sec, is this the Oscars or the Emmys? Several big-screen stars — including Kevin…

HBO dominates the Emmy nominations

By Susan King and Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — As HBO dominated the Emmy nominations on Thursday morning, nominees in the outstanding miniseries or movie category…

Timberwolves lose Batum to Trail Blazers

Timberwolves lose Batum to Trail Blazers

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — The Timberwolves’ tireless, seemingly timeless pursuit of restricted free agent Nicolas Batum finally did end on Wednesday, when Portland officially matched…

‘Dark Knight Rises’ sinks

By Christopher Kelly, McClatchy Newspapers – Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” aims to be nothing less than the be-all, end-all of the comic-book genre, a movie that encapsulates all…

Zimmerman spent $36,000 on phones, Web, credit cards

By Frances Robles, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — George Zimmerman went through almost $36,000 of contributions in 18 days spent mostly in jail, spending a bulk of his newfound cash…

GOP ratchets up criticism of proposed military cuts

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans have begun a drumbeat of opposition to Pentagon cuts they agreed to last summer as part of the debt…

Mother labels son who fell three stories and survived ‘miracle baby’

Mother labels son who fell three stories and survived ‘miracle baby’

By Carlos Sadovi, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Tiesha Powell has a new nickname for her 10-month-old son: “Aladdin.” A friend suggested it after little Kyan survived a fall from…

Pilot jumps from banner plane just before it crashes

Pilot jumps from banner plane just before it crashes

By Tonya Root, McClatchy Newspapers – NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.— The pilot of a plane carrying a banner jumped from his aircraft just before it crashed into the ocean near…

Romney, Obama turn focus to economy, Ohio

By Jeremy Kelley, Dayton Daily News – BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Aware that jobs and the economy are key issues in the election, both presidential campaigns Wednesday pointed to jobs…

Zimmerman, in interview, says he’s ‘sorry that this happened’

By Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — George Zimmerman told a national TV audience on Wednesday that he doesn’t regret anything that happened the…

ATF official tells agents to keep complaints in house

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The ATF’s acting director has warned agents they risk “consequences” if they complain to anyone outside their chain of command,…

Suspects in slaying of Marine wife had ‘sex dungeon,’ search warrants show

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — The three people accused of killing a 22-year-old Marine wife were engaged in a sadistic sexual lifestyle that may be…

Bulgaria suspects suicide bomber with fake I.D. in Israeli bus attack

By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times – JERUSALEM — As Israeli victims of the Bulgarian bus bombing began arriving home Thursday, security officials said they now believe the attack was…

Accused drug dealer makes plea deal with prosecution

Accused drug dealer makes plea deal with prosecution

MASON CITY – Accused Mason City drug dealer Timothy Lee Rucker, age 37, entered voluntary negotiated pleas of guilty to three drug charges brought against him by the North Iowa…

Justice Department Obtains $855,000 Judgment Against Landlord for Sexually Harassing His Tenants

WASHINGTON – Cincinnati landlord Henry E. Bailey agreed to the entry of an $855,000 civil judgment against him, after admitting that he violated the Fair Housing Act as alleged in…

Hacker Sent to Prison for Role in Hacking Schemes Involving More Than 240,000 Stolen Credit Card Numbers

WASHINGTON – Aleksandr Suvorov, of Estonia, was sentenced today to seven years in prison for his role in two separate hacking schemes involving a total of more than 240,000 stolen…

Man Charged and Arrested for Cyber “Sextortion”

WASHINGTON – A Maine resident was charged in a criminal complaint unsealed today in the District of New Hampshire for allegedly engaging in a type of cyber extortion known as…

Lottery Fraud: If You Have To Pay, You Didn’t Win

The following post appears courtesy of the Consumer Protection Branch of the Civil Division. The pitch is simple.  You receive a call from a foreign lottery announcing that you have won…

Running back Binns no longer a Hawkeye

Following is a comment from coach Kirk Ferentz in regard to Marcus Binns: “Due to injuries, Marcus Binns has not been an active member of the Iowa football program for…

State audit reveals improper use of funds by former Amana Colonies Land Use District administrator

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette – The state auditor’s office released a special investigation Wednesday of the Amana Colonies Land Use District which identified more than $48,000 of improper disbursements, including…

Garmon fined for drug paraphernalia possession, returning to Iowa City

Marc Morehouse, CR Gazette – Former McDowell Senior High School football star Greg Garmon pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia Wednesday morning at the Erie County Courthouse, according to…

Iowa teen accused of killing grandparents faces new assault charge

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette – A 17-year-old accused of killing his grandparents in May is now facing another charge, in adult court, of assaulting a girl with the intent to…

U.S. Rep. Braley wants FBI to offer more help in Evansdale search

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – UPDATE: U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley plans to make a direct request to the FBI director to provide “all assistance available” to the search for…

Franklin County Fair kicks off this week

Franklin County Fair kicks off this week

by Jody Spear – HAMPTON – The Franklin County Fair officially kicked of Wednesday, and there was plenty to do before that and yet this week. On Monday there was…

Op-ed: Work and the American Dream?

Op-ed submitted by One-eyed – I’m not even sure where to start. But from all the comments to a recent article, it just goes to show how narrow minded and…

Grassley: Health Law “Taxes” the IRS

Grassley: Health Law “Taxes” the IRS

From Senator Charles Grassley – The highest court in the land issued a landmark decision just days before the United States celebrated its 236th anniversary declaring independence from a tax-happy…

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