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Convicted Iowa sexual abuser pleads guilty to abusing another child

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette – A 29-year-old man serving time for sexually abusing a 4-year-old in 2010 pleaded guilty Thursday in Linn County District Court to sexually abusing a different…

Serena Williams is last American left in singles

By John Cherwa and Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Serena Williams remained the last U.S. singles tennis player standing at the Olympics on Thursday at Wimbledon. But…

Deduno leads Twins to 5-0 win over Red Sox

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – BOSTON — On the day before Class AAA Rochester started its season, manager Gene Glynn gathered his players in the clubhouse and asked…

Michael Phelps writes perfect ending

Michael Phelps writes perfect ending

By Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News – LONDON — Michael Phelps lifted himself onto the podium’s top step. He took a deep breath. He puffed out his cheeks. He…

Iowa Lottery reveals winners of latest promotion; Garner man in drawing to win $1 million

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – Iowa Lottery officials on Thursday announced the names of 34 lottery players who each won prizes of $10,000 in the “Mystery Millionaire” drawing, while another…

Facebook pages of MLB clubs hacked

By Juan C. Rodriguez, Sun Sentinel – ATLANTA — The Facebook pages of several Major League Baseball teams were hacked Thursday afternoon. In some cases, existing content was replaced with…

Tens of thousands turn out to hear Glenn Beck

Anna M. Tinsley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas – ARLINGTON — Glenn Beck wanted to focus on one message Saturday night: It’s time to restore love. Speaking before tens of thousands of…

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Standoff becomes spectacle as man arrested near downtown Mason City

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Standoff becomes spectacle as man arrested near downtown Mason City

From the Mason City Police Department – On 08/02/2012 at approx. 5:28 p.m. members of the Mason City Police Department,  along with members of the North Iowa Narcotics Task Force’s…

Biden encourages Iowans to vote early

Biden encourages Iowans to vote early

Today, Vice President Joe Biden encouraged Iowa to vote early. In Iowa, you can vote as early as 40 days before election day. Iowa Starts voting early on September 27th.…

Thursdays on Main tonight in Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE – Thursdays on Main resumes tonight  in Clear Lake. Among the events and entertainment available are: Turbo Tumbling in the 300 block of Main at 6:30 and live music…

UPDATED With Jail Pictures: 3 men arrested after “sex offense” at Mason City YMCA

UPDATED With Jail Pictures: 3 men arrested after “sex offense” at Mason City YMCA

MASON CITY – Three individuals were arrested and booked after a “sex offense” incident at the Mason City YMCA, 1840 South Monroe Avenue, at about 9 AM Wednesday morning. Those…

83 million Facebook accounts estimated to be duplicates or fakes

By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — More than 83 million Facebook accounts are estimated to be duplicates or fakes, the social networking giant said in a regulatory…

Spain detains 3 al-Qaida suspects

By Sinikka Tarvainen – MADRID — Spanish police have detained three al-Qaida suspects who allegedly were planning to use explosives to stage an attack in Spain or elsewhere in Europe,…

Gabrielle Douglas wins gold in women’s gymnastics all-around

Gabrielle Douglas wins gold in women’s gymnastics all-around

By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Gabrielle Douglas, a 16-year-old from Virginia Beach, Va., took the women’s gymnastics all-around lead on her first event, the vault, and never…

Top Democrat takes Romney tax accusation to Senate floor

Top Democrat takes Romney tax accusation to Senate floor

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid took his jihad over Mitt Romney’s personal finances to the floor of the U.S. Senate on Thursday,…

House reprimands Rep. Laura Richardson for ethical misconduct

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday voted to reprimand Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Calif., for ethical misconduct. Richardson agreed to the uncommon discipline, including paying…

Deadly Beijing floods expose flaws in China’s development

By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — China’s army of builders can seemingly raise buildings and cities overnight. But deadly rains in the nation’s capital have revived questions about…

3-plane crash narrowly avoided at Reagan National Airport

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation into how three jets barely avoided a midair collision over Washington’s Reagan National…

Annan to step down as special envoy to Syria

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary-general who has been the point man for a failing international peace plan for strife-torn…

EDITORIAL: Late notice: North Iowa Events center to hold public meeting tonight for suggestions on improvements

EDITORIAL: Late notice: North Iowa Events center to hold public meeting tonight for suggestions on improvements

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – I received word that the North Iowa Events Center as it prefers to be called these days, formerly known as the North Iowa Fair, will…

Struggling parent? Facts about Iowa’s safe haven law

Struggling parent? Facts about Iowa’s safe haven law

MASON CITY – Iowa, along with 30 other states, has established “safe havens” for newborns as an alternative for parents in crisis. Iowa’s safe haven law requires parents to act…

Small egg farmers say roomy cages will squeeze earnings

Mike Hughlett and Jim Spencer, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – LAKE PARK, MINN. – Two years ago, Isaac Baer spent more than $2 million to install a new cage system in…

Drought and dollar cause key business index to sink

Dee DePass, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – The drought and a soaring U.S. dollar soured business conditions across much of middle America, according to a closely watched report issued Wednesday by…

Steve King: Leftist Media and Humane Society Spread Lies

Steve King: Leftist Media and Humane Society Spread Lies

From Congressman Steve King: Think Progress, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other national leftist organizations intent on spreading lies, recently took video out of context from…

Fed policymakers hold off on stimulus

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve officials are holding off on launching more economic stimulus for now, but gave a strong signal that they would take…

Op-ed: I feel the need to clear the air (by Peter Children)

Every now and then I feel the need to clear the air; I need set things in their respective places so we can all understand life as it really is…

Suspect Sought in Violet Ripken Abduction – Harford County Sheriff’s Office

The FBI and local law enforcement authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the person believed to be connected to the abduction of Violet Ripken which occurred on July…

Reward up to $20,000 for serial bank robber

An alleged serial bank robber known as the AK-47 Bandit has struck again. The FBI needs your help to identify and track him down. The FBI is working with law…

ICE, RCMP and other agencies shut down international drug smuggling ring Latest drug smuggler sentenced to 5 years in federal prison

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — The latest drug smuggler who was part of a complex international drug smuggling organization between the United States and Canada was sentenced Monday to five years…

Iowa Lottery sees record sales

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – Iowa Lottery officials are calling fiscal 2012 a jackpot year. Preliminary figures released Tuesday showed the state’s lottery tallied $310.9 million in sales, which translated…

Illegal immigrant rearrest rate is 16 percent, study says

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — In January, Evin Adonis Ortiz was arrested and charged with killing a 24-year-old man in Los Angeles. After running Ortiz’s fingerprints…

National Night Out to be held August 7th in Mason City

Mason City, IA – On Tuesday, August 7th, neighborhoods throughout Mason City are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “Annual National Night Out” crime…

US auto sales increase 8.9 percent in July

By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Automakers sold cars at a steady pace in July, with consumers helping the industry overcome a dip in sales to rental…

‘Wimpy Kid’ never disappoints booger-joke fans

By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Kids, even the wimpy ones, grow up so fast. It’s hard to finish a film franchise with them before they’re shaving, dating and turning…

Win or lose, China’s Olympic athletes draw criticism in London

By Shashank Bengali, McClatchy Newspapers – LONDON — It’s tough being a Chinese Olympian. When you win, people get upset. And if you try to lose, look out. First an…

Romney foreign policy: Some things different, some the same

By David Lightman and William Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers – WARSAW — In some areas, he’d be different from President Barack Obama. In others, even when his fiery rhetoric suggests a…

Chick-fil-A fans come out to show appreciation

By Leon Stafford and John Spink, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – ATLANTA — Chick-fil-A fans were met Wednesday with long lines and an overflow of cars in drive-thrus as thousands packed…

Republicans question transparency of Obama White House

By Kim Geiger, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — House Republicans are accusing President Barack Obama’s White House, and at least one key member of his re-election team, of breaking Obama’s…

Kansas City priest expected to plead guilty in child-porn case

By Tony Rizzo, Judy L. Thomas and Glenn E. Rice, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Rev. Shawn Ratigan is expected to plead guilty Thursday in the federal child…

Video from Aleppo, Syria, draws condemnation of rebels

By Patrick J. McDonnell and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday exhorted his military to maintain “continued preparedness,” as human rights groups condemned…

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