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Adam Scott pulls away for 4-stroke lead in British Open

By Jeff Shain, The Orlando Sentinel – LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England — Adam Scott, seeking a first major championship many thought would have come years ago, put himself in position…

Disastrous seventh inning dooms Cubs to 12-0 loss

By Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune – ST. LOUIS — When Matt Garza left Saturday night’s game against the Cardinals after the third inning and was caught by TV cameras flexing…

Major threat defused at Colorado shooting suspect’s home

Major threat defused at Colorado shooting suspect’s home

By Alexandra Zavis and Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – AURORA, Colo. — Officials said they believed that the major threat of explosions had been eliminated at the booby-trapped apartment…

MCPD: Mason City man arrested in connection with an assault of a “sexual nature”

MCPD: Mason City man arrested in connection with an assault of a “sexual nature”

MASON CITY – Mason City police arrested a Mason City man in connection with an assault of a “sexual nature” of a female teen. According to a police report, at…

Woman riding “borrowed” bike busted

Woman riding “borrowed” bike busted

MASON CITY – According to a Mason City police incident report at 1:29pm on Thursday an officer received a report of a found bicycle that had been stolen. The person…

Favre: Success in 2010 just wasn t to be

Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Brett Favre still has a way with words. Nearly two years since Favre was persuaded into playing a second season with the Vikings —…

2 get a year each for pimping Iowa teen in St. Paul

Anthony Lonetree, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – A couple accused of prostituting a developmentally delayed 17-year-old girl in St. Paul have been sentenced to matching one-year jail terms. Tyree E. Jones,…

N.J. law bans assault rifles, restricts other weapons

By Michael Linhorst, Erinn Connor and Sachi Fujimori, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – HACKENSACK, N.J. — The man who police say killed 12 people in a Colorado movie theater early…

College student killed in Colorado shooting spree, relative says

By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The family of 23-year-old Micayla Medek went through an almost unimaginable emotional torture Friday. They knew she’d been wounded in…

‘My memory is only of the muzzle,’ survivor of Colorado shooting says

By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times – AURORA, Colo. — Stephen Barton and his friend Ethan Rodriguez-Torrent had pedaled their bikes 80 exhausting miles Thursday as part of a cross-country…

Romney tops Obama in fundraising, not spending

By Matea Gold and Melanie Mason, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s sharp turn to the offensive against GOP challenger Mitt Romney last month came at a…

Even before people see it, reactions to ‘Dark Knight Rises’ reviews can be hostile

By Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune – A mixed review of a feverishly anticipated blockbuster in the making — let’s take “The Dark Knight Rises” as an example — works like…

How will Colorado shootings affect ‘Dark Knight Rises’ screenings?

By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — As details emerge about a deadly rampage Friday at a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo., there…

Soul Asylum drops first disc in six years

By Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Due at the airport in three hours for a gig in Washington, D.C., Soul Asylum guitarist Dan Murphy wanted to make…

Contract deal brings Viacom channels back to DirecTV

By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — DirecTV subscribers no longer have to go searching for Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer” or Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” Ending…

London Olympics will be big business across the globe

By John Boudreau, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — The London Summer Olympics have yet to start, but the windfall from the global economic sports behemoth has…

Ford says plug-in hybrid will run 20 miles on electricity

By Alisa Priddle, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — Ford said the C-Max Energi, which will be its first plug-in hybrid when it hits showrooms later this year, can run…

Two vehicle rollover Friday in Mason City

Two vehicle rollover Friday in Mason City

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Around 11:30 am Friday, the Mason City Police and Fire Departments were called to 12th Street NW, near Curries, for…

Nielsen to test new ratings system in 3 cities

By Mark Washburn, McClatchy Newspapers – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dallas, St. Louis and Charlotte, N.C., will be the first three cities in the nation to test a new TV ratings…

Ex-Bank of America executive indicted in bid-rigging scheme

By Kirsten Valle Pittman, McClatchy Newspapers – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A former Bank of America Corp. executive has been indicted for his role in a bid-rigging scheme that played out…

‘Facebook freeze’ ends as 2 new tech stocks begin trading

By Jeremy C. Owens, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — More than two months after Facebook’s much-hyped initial public offering led to a botched first day of…

Chick-fil-A comments on gay marriage stir response

By Christian Boone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – ATLANTA — From calls for a boycott to pledges of support, Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s recent comments supporting traditional marriage have prompted strong…

Q&A: Cordray marks consumer protection agency’s 1st year

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Richard Cordray has a message for opponents of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Neither he nor the new watchdog agency is…

Sheriff Joe: George Lopez’s profanity laced rant is unacceptable

Sheriff Joe: George Lopez’s profanity laced rant is unacceptable

From Sheriff Joe PAC – George Lopez’s launched a profanity laced rant against me just this week. In fact it was so vile that I cannot even repeat it here.…

Mason City Redhawks drop two on Friday

DES MOINES – The Mason City Redhawks 8U baseball team dropped two games in Des Moines yesterday. The team lost 12-15 to the #1 seed Nebraska Bisons after being up…

Victims’ families await news in agony

By Laura J. Nelson, Jenny Deam and Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times – AURORA, Colo. — Jessica Ghawi narrowly escaped a murderous rampage at a shopping center in Toronto last…

Report of naked man outside of house ends in arrest

Report of naked man outside of house ends in arrest

MASON CITY – Shortly before 9 pm on Thursday, July 19th, Mason City Police Officers responded to a report of a naked man standing outside a house at 823 15th…

410 North Washington Searched Again

410 North Washington Searched Again

by Jody Spear and Kelley Meyer – MASON CITY – One week after the tragic murder at 410 N. Washington, the Mason City Police Department and Cerro Gordo Sheriff’s Deputies…

People who knew Colorado shooting suspect are baffled

People who knew Colorado shooting suspect are baffled

By Joe Mozingo and Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The suspect in the Colorado shooting Friday was described as a shy but polite, highly intelligent young…

Syria says it has chased rebels from Damascus’ Midan neighborhood

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Fighting raged for a sixth consecutive day in Damascus, opposition activists said Friday, even as Syria’s government declared that it…

Roofing contractor gets 6 months for employing illegal workers

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette – CEDAR RAPIDS – A roofing contractor from Texas working in Cedar Rapids and harboring illegal workers was sentenced this week to six months in federal…

California lawmakers give raises to aides before cutting other workers’ pay

By Patrick McGreevy and Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers gave raises worth $4.6 million annually to more than 1,000 of their aides before…

‘Femme fatale’ found guilty of kidnapping

By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times – A San Diego jury convicted a young woman on kidnapping charges Thursday for her “femme fatale” role in a Mexican gang that targeted…

London Olympics threatened with strike by border officials

By Janet Stobart, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Already coping with a shortage of private security staff, the organizers of the 2012 Olympic Games in London are now facing…

Lin prepared to fuel Rockets

By Steve Popper, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – While Jeremy Lin has insisted his first choice would have been a return to New York, at his introductory news conference in…

Video Captures SWAT Frustration

Jeff Proctor, Albuquerque Journal, N.M. – An Albuquerque Police Department SWAT officer has been removed from his position as a team leader after comments were captured on video during a…

After Colorado, undercover cops will be in theaters amid fears of copycat

By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Police agencies across Southern California will have undercover officers inside movie theaters in the wake of the “Dark Knight” cinema…

Branstad reminds public of harvesting grass in state highway ditches

Branstad reminds public of harvesting grass in state highway ditches

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad on Friday encouraged farmers to harvest grass in the state highway right of way as a way to help combat this summer’s drought. “Under the…

Twins nip Royals in 11 innings

Twins nip Royals in 11 innings

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The latest version of Nick Blackburn is back — without a beard — to prove he…

Iowa Unemployment Rate at 5.2 Percent

DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly in June to 5.2. The current rate compares with 5.1 percent in May, and 6.0 percent in June 2011.…

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