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Syria says chemical weapons are secure, warns against foreign attack

By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times – JERUSALEM — As Israel ramped up its threat to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons cache, Syria’s embattled government said Monday that its weapons were…

LAPD to ration fingerprint analysis to deal with backlog

By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A shortage of fingerprint experts at the Los Angeles Police Department has caused a large backlog of unanalyzed fingerprints, resulting…

Former Chicago mayor won’t be deposed in police torture case

By John Byrne and Hal Dardick, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Chicago aldermen on Monday recommended paying more than $7 million to two men who say they were tortured by…

Suspect makes court appearance in Colorado theater shooting

By Louis Sahagun and Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – CENTENNIAL, Colo. — James Holmes, the suspect in last week’s deadly shooting rampage in a suburban movie theater, made his…

Colorado theater gunman acted alone in Aurora, police chief says

By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times – The suspect in the massacre at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater appears to have acted alone, the police chief said Sunday, adding that…

Opinion: Why I now carry a gun

Op-ed by David McCoy of Mason City – I am a CCW permit holder and I do carry a weapon with me about 90% of the time. Two years ago…

Upmeyer: “It is essential that companies have quick and reliable Internet services”

Upmeyer: “It is essential that companies have quick and reliable Internet services”

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer – Establishing an environment that will encourage job creation and business expansion in our state has always been one of my highest priorities while in office.…

Fight broken up Saturday night on North Federal Ave.

Fight broken up Saturday night on North Federal Ave.

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Mason City Police and Fire Department responded to a call by an officer who noticed a disturbance at the 800…

Van fire reported at south Casey’s Sunday night

Van fire reported at south Casey’s Sunday night

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Around 9:15 pm Sunday evening, the Mason City Fire Department was dispatched to Casey’s at 1607 S. Federal for a…

Alliant Energy urges energy conservation with forecasted heat wave

Alliant Energy urges energy conservation with forecasted heat wave

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – July 23, 2012 – Interstate Power and Light Co. (IPL), an Alliant Energy company, announced today it will cycle air conditioners for all participating Iowa customers…

“Christians know how to have fun” at festival

“Christians know how to have fun” at festival

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – “To show that Christians know how to have fun,” said Rev. Larry Day of the Victory in Christ Free Methodist…

Iowa counties’ offers to firm raises questions about incentives

Terry Coyle, CR Gazette – An Egyptian-owned construction firm has economic development types along the Mississippi River salivating at chance to land its proposed $1.3 billion fertilizer plant. Potential sites…

It’s sheer trivia now, but Big Ten bowl picture has opened wider for teams like Iowa that have avoided NCAA penalties

Mike Hlas, CR Gazette – Penn State’s football team went 9-3 in the 2011 regular-season. Iowa went 7-5. Iowa was invited back to the Insight Bowl to play Oklahoma. Penn…

First responders praised for quick action after shootings

By Ashley Powers and Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times – AURORA, Colo. — It was 12:39 a.m. Friday when the normal rhythms of Aurora went horrifyingly awry. The first inkling…

Mason City Redhawks take 5th place

Mason City Redhawks take 5th place

By Matt Marquardt – DES MOINES – The Mason City Redhawks 8U baseball team took 5th place this weekend in the Global Sports World Series. The tournament, being played at…

5 ways to get off to a good financial start after graduation

By Donna Gehrke-White, Sun Sentinel – You just graduated from high school or college and are starting a new job. You want to get off to a good start? Here…

Banks, stores spar on debit fee caps

By Arielle Kass, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – ATLANTA — Tim O’Connell’s debit card, as well as yours, is ground zero in a battle between banks and stores. A new law…

Stocks are less alluring for young investors

Stocks are less alluring for young investors

By Mark Davis, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The tech bubble wiped out Tyler Sadlow’s first foray into the stock market. He had invested $100 in 1999 with…

Cardinals dominate Cubs as three pitchers combine for five-hitter

Cardinals dominate Cubs as three pitchers combine for five-hitter

By Joe Strauss, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — They failed to gain ground within the division, but they managed to adjust the landscape. Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium,…

Romney tour to emphasize unity with Israel and European allies

By Maeve Reston, Tribune Washington Bureau – BOSTON — Mitt Romney’s seven-day foreign tour this week promises to be an elaborate show of statesmanship — from his meetings with more…

Twins turn back the Royals

Twins turn back the Royals

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – KANSAS CITY, MO. — Of the many decisions a manager makes on a daily basis, the first ones deal with…

World AIDS conference begins in Washington

By Farah Mohamed, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Around 20,000 delegates — researchers, activists, advocates and policymakers — from more than 200 countries came to the Washington Convention Center on…

Is Big 12 better with TCU and West Virginia

By Stefan Stevenson, McClatchy Newspapers – FORT WORTH, Texas — No offense to Texas A&M and Missouri, two fine institutions with historic athletic programs, but the Big 12 Conference, at…

Ten intriguing athletes to watch at Olympics

By Michelle Kaufman, McClatchy Newspapers – The London Olympics promises theater as riveting as anything on stage in the West End, and some of the athletes in leading roles are…

Ginny Tyler, voice actress who was Disney legend, dies at 86

By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times – When episodes of “The Mickey Mouse Club” were repackaged for syndication, a new head Mouseketeer held court from Main Street Opera House…

Michael Hunt: Packers’ toughest test just might come in Houston

By Michael Hunt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – MILWAUKEE — Of the two teams that solved the Green Bay Packers last season, only one mattered. It was the same bunch that…

U.S. gymnast Leyva has shot at multiple medals, eyes other awards, too

By Vahe Gregorian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – If he has his way, Danell Leyva one day will be known for his drawing, musical, comedic, acting or culinary gifts. Or all…

Roddick wins title No. 32 where he won No. 1

Roddick wins title No. 32 where he won No. 1

By Doug Roberson, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – ATLANTA — In the city that jump-started his career, Andy Roddick added to his legacy by rallying to beat Gilles Muller, 1-6, 7-6…

Phelps looks to put stamp on perhaps greatest Olympic career ever

By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun – In Michael Phelps’ telling, one of the greatest Olympic careers almost began with a skinny dip. It was the first trip out of…

Several followers say Paterno statue should have been removed

Several followers say Paterno statue should have been removed

By Inga Saffron, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — By the time word came Sunday that Pennsylvania State University was taking down Joe Paterno’s statue, there was not much doubt…

Profile of Aurora shooting suspect keeps getting murkier

By Sam Quinones, Kim Murphy and Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times – AURORA, Colo. — Three days after the mass shooting at a Batman movie screening in Colorado, the profile…

Penn State penalties: $60 million fine, 4-year bowl ban

By Colleen Kane, Chicago Tribune – INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA delivered severe blows to Penn State and its football program Monday, further condemnations of the actions of university officials in…

Aurora seeks solace, unity in the face of madness

Aurora seeks solace, unity in the face of madness

By Ashley Powers, Alexandra Zavis and Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times – AURORA, Colo. — They began arriving hours before the prayer vigil began Sunday, lugging shattered hearts as a…

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…

Lime Creek Seeks Volunteers

Lime Creek Seeks Volunteers

By Stephanie Brindle, Naturalist Intern – Lime Creek Nature Center – In the dynamic, unpredictable natural world, it is often necessary for organisms to work together in order to survive. …

President renews apology for France’s complicity with Nazis in World War II

By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times – PARIS—French President Francois Hollande on Sunday made an emotional mea culpa on behalf of his country for its part in the World War…

Stressed-out skies: Labor issues rampant at major airlines

Stressed-out skies: Labor issues rampant at major airlines

By Gregory Karp, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — As airline passengers fly to and from vacations this summer, they might be surprised to know their pilot may not have had…

Juror in Jerry Sandusky trial watches removal of Joe Paterno statue

By Matt Carroll and Chris Rosenblum, McClatchy Newspapers – STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Gayle Barnes watched early Sunday as workers wearing hard hats and wielding jackhammers did what once would…

Man mauled by grizzly on Alaska trail

Man mauled by grizzly on Alaska trail

By Lisa Demer, McClatchy Newspapers – EAGLE RIVER, Alaska — On a private trail above Eagle River Road, high up in the brush where bears are common, a man hiking…

Penn State’s Erickson says Joe Paterno Library won’t change

By Matt Carroll, McClatchy Newspapers – STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Peter Russell hit the books Sunday evening at the other Penn State landmark bearing Joe Paterno’s name. Hours earlier, the…

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