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House votes to keep Bush tax cuts

House votes to keep Bush tax cuts

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — House Republicans voted to keep tax rates at their current level through next year, using one of their last votes before…

Employee conduct making TSA’s ‘shattered public image’ even worse

By Jamie Goldberg, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration suffers from an image problem, and recent criminal and negligent behavior by airport screeners has made matters…

Gender test is Olympic hurdle

By Jon Bardin, Los Angeles Times – Of all the obstacles athletes have had to overcome to compete in the Olympics, perhaps the most controversial has been the gender test.…

White Sox beat Twins, 3-2

White Sox beat Twins, 3-2

By Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune – MINNEAPOLIS — The Chicago White Sox achieved a winning six-game trip Wednesday with a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins behind a strong Jake…

The first college football Saturday is one month from today. One month!

Mike Hlas, CR Gazette – OK, I didn’t really need that exclamation point in the headline. Because I can wait. Not that I don’t enjoy college football season. For an…

De’Andre Johnson Dismissed from Hawkeye Football Team

IOWA CITY, IOWA – – University of Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz announced Wednesday that sophomore running back De’Andre Johnson has been dismissed from the program. “I am disappointed that things…

Cyclones To Play In Junkanoo Jam

Cyclones To Play In Junkanoo Jam

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State women’s basketball will play in the Junkanoo Jam on Grand Bahama Island, Nov. 23-24. The Cyclones will play in the Freeport Division of the…

Steve King: “I voted to prevent the largest tax increase in American history”

Steve King: “I voted to prevent the largest tax increase in American history”

From Congressman Steve King: “Today, I voted to prevent the largest tax increase in American history, which is scheduled to occur beginning in 2013,” said King. “This tax increase will…

BEWARE: Man may be taking pictures of children in Mason City

MASON CITY – NorthiowaToday.com is told by several readers today that “there is a man in his mid 30’s early 40’s that is posing himself as an insurance person, and…

Iowa GOP Chairman Calls on Voters to Remove Supreme Court Justice

DES MOINES, Iowa– Today, Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker issued the following statement on the upcoming retention vote of Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins. Justice Wiggins faces a…

13 million Americans will receive more than $1 billion from insurance companies this summer

From the White House: Nancy-Ann DeParle, the Director of the Office of Health Reform at the White House, breaks down new rules will make our health care marketplace more transparent…

Akeel Lynch: Will he run to Iowa City?

Akeel Lynch: Will he run to Iowa City?

Mike Hlas, CR Gazette – Unless all reports of Penn State freshman-to-be running back Akeel Lynch considering a transfer to Iowa are bogus, Iowa could be facing quite the delicate…

Iowa City moving forward on urban chickens

Gregg Hennigan, CR Gazette – IOWA CITY – The City Council Tuesday night gave its approval for an ordinance allowing urban chickens to be drawn up. The council’s unanimous consent,…

Washington County, Iowa candidates face campaign violation charges

Vanessa Miller, CR Gazette – Three political candidates running for seats in Washington County, along with one local business, are being charged with campaign finance violations, marking the first alleged…

Iowa sex offender allegedly abused 17-year-old boy

Iowa sex offender allegedly abused 17-year-old boy

Vanessa Miller, CR Gazette – A registered sex offender in Iowa was arrested Tuesday in Oxford on new sexual abuse charges after authorities say he coerced a 17-year-old boy into…

Volunteerism heats up… literally

Volunteerism heats up… literally

MASON CITY – Apparently it takes fire to slow down Chris Watts and his volunteer efforts. Monday, Watts attended the Cerro Gordo County Supervisors meeting as he always does, then…

Congress helps Camp Lejeune families hurt by tainted water

By Franco Ordonez, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The day after Janey Ensminger would have celebrated her 36th birthday, the House of Representatives passed a historic bill in her honor…

House OKs bill to create Pinnacles National Park

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Pinnacles National Monument in central California would become the 59th U.S. national park under a bill that cleared the House on…

Justice Department officials dismiss GOP report on Fast and Furious operation

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Top Department of Justice officials largely dismissed a new Republican congressional report on the ATF’s Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation,…

University professor plotted killings at son’s high school, DA says

By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Orange County prosecutors are asking that a University of California, Irvine, professor accused of setting fires at his son’s high…

US ramping up pressure on Iran over nuclear program

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration and Congress each moved Tuesday to further pressure Iran over its disputed nuclear program. Scrambling on an issue…

Tentative deal reached to avert government shutdown

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders reached a tentative budget deal with the White House on Tuesday that would avert a politically risky government shutdown…

Democrats choose Latino mayor as keynote speaker at convention

By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A 37-year-old Latino mayor and rising star in Texas politics will deliver the keynote speech on the opening night of…

Miami-Dade investigators widen absentee ballot-fraud probe

By Scott Hiaasen and Patricia Mazzei, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Investigators looking into possible vote fraud in Hialeah, Fla., are now examining at least 31 absentee ballots collected by…

Syria’s most populous city endures more shelling

Syria’s most populous city endures more shelling

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT—As explosions and gunfire sounded in the distance, the parishioners of St. Joseph’s Church in Aleppo, Syria, prayed for peace Tuesday evening.…

Police still not sure of details in shooting of woman, 2 children in Missouri

By Christine Byers, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – GLENDALE, Mo. — Almost 30 hours after Mitchell Murch II told police his wife had fatally shot their two children and then herself,…

2 former councilmen in Lynwood, Calif., guilty of illegally boosting salaries

By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Two former council members in the Los Angeles-area city of Lynwood accused of illegally boosting their salaries were convicted Tuesday…

House votes to fire tax-delinquent federal workers

House votes to fire tax-delinquent federal workers

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Attention, federal workers: Pay your taxes or lose your job. That was the message sent Tuesday by the House, which approved…

Arizona lawmaker’s bill to restrict abortions in Washington, D.C., fails in House

By Brandon Ross, Cronkite News Service – WASHINGTON — A bill by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., to ban abortions in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks of pregnancy failed…

Prosecutors get off to rocky start in Drew Peterson murder trial

By Steve Schmadeke, Andy Grimm and Matthew Walberg, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Kathleen Savio’s stepmother sobbed quietly in the courtroom gallery when prosecutors showed pictures for jurors of Savio’s…

Developer’s plan to build new road into Yosemite National Park rebuffed by federal court

By Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — A Southern California developer has lost a five-year-legal battle to build a new road into Yosemite National Park…

PG&E knew gas-line records posed a danger to public, engineer says in deposition

By Joshua Melvin, San Jose Mercury News – REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Pacific Gas & Electric knew its gas-line records were inaccurate and knew those errors could mean death or…

Prop. 8 backers ask Supreme Court to hear gay marriage ban challenge

Prop. 8 backers ask Supreme Court to hear gay marriage ban challenge

By Howard Mintz, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Proposition 8 backers on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a challenge to California’s voter-approved…

Army to stop using forensic psychiatrists to evaluate soldiers diagnosed with PTSD

By Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE—The Army will no longer use forensic psychiatrists to evaluate soldiers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder who are under consideration for medical retirement,…

Zimmerman judge holds ‘stand your ground’ hearing in another murder case

By Rene Stutzman, The Orlando Sentinel – SANFORD, Fla. — The judge in the George Zimmerman case will hold a “stand your ground” hearing Wednesday in the case of an…

x-leader of major California union faces theft, tax charges

by Paul Pringle and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Not long ago, Tyrone Freeman was a rising star in the national labor movement, already the head…

Shell scales back number of Arctic wells

By Laura Nelson, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Shell has reduced the number of exploratory offshore Arctic wells it plans to drill this year as construction delays continue…

New state report finds Medicaid expansion is good for ALL Iowans AND is affordable, sustainable

New state report finds Medicaid expansion is good for ALL Iowans AND is affordable, sustainable

From State Senator Jack Hatch: (DES MOINES) A newly released report by the Iowa Department of Human Services found that an expansion of Medicaid would reduce costs to Iowa taxpayers…

Black and Gold Blowout to Make Return… On a Friday Night

Black and Gold Blowout to Make Return… On a Friday Night

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery will look back in UI basketball history to move the Hawkeyes forward this fall when the UI Athletics…

Conservative advocacy group tries to squeak past disclosure window

By Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A hard-hitting new TV spot by the conservative advocacy group Crossroads GPS is scheduled to air within 30 days before the…

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