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Twins win on Mauer’s three-run homer in the ninth

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – BOSTON — The Minnesota Twins were down to their final strike Saturday night, lamenting a night of missed chances at Fenway Park, when…

Detroit mayor thanks 9-year-old lemonade salesman

By Cassandra Spratling, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — In one day, 9-year-old Joshua Smith of Detroit became something of a news media and civic darling. Joshua has set up a…

Wainwright pitches Cards to 6-1 win over Brewers

By Rick Hummel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright, wearing his beltless pants high with the red socks showing, in part to honor of the 1982 World Series…

In wake of Aurora massacre, should ‘Dark Knight’ campaign for Oscar?

By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes made the company’s first public comment on the commercial prospects of “The Dark Knight Rises”…

Finally, a Golden Slam for Serena Williams

Finally, a Golden Slam for Serena Williams

By Elliott Almond, San Jose Mercury News – WIMBLEDON, England — Serena Williams danced Saturday on the green grass of Wimbledon, a rarefied space that has become her personal playground this…

Great Britain and United States own men’s 10,000 meters

By Phil Sheridan, The Philadelphia Inquirer – LONDON — Alberto Salazar’s plan sounded simple enough. Run fast for six miles and then run really, really fast at the end. It was…

Arrest puts spotlight on shady world of ballot brokers

By Marc Caputo, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — For an elderly political junkie who needs money on the side, it’s the perfect job with an exotic-sounding name: Boletero. It literally means…

Batter up: Cops respond to report of “large group of people assembling with baseball bats”

MASON CITY – Friday night at about 10:09 PM, Mason City police responded to a “report of a large group of people assembling with baseball bats.” The incident unfolded near…

Convicted thief arrested for assault Saturday

Convicted thief arrested for assault Saturday

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was arrested late Saturday morning for an assault. Travis Benjamin Roberts, 28, was apprehended at about 11:30 AM in an apartment in the…

Subject may be “watching kids” near pool

Subject may be “watching kids” near pool

MASON CITY – Mason City police were flagged down yesterday near the Mason City public pool at about 1:30 PM and “advised of a subject that complainant thought may be…

Op-ed: Cost of school’s proposed PPEL tax levy

by Jack McCourt of Mason City – $19,500 If you live in Mason City and you have a home that is worth for tax purposes, the above amount, it cost…

Service sector growth picked up in July, index shows

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — The growth of the U.S. service sector picked up in July, beating analyst expectations and providing another good — though not great…

Vikings think Ponder will make great progress

Vikings think Ponder will make great progress

By Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune – MANKATO, Minn. — After losing 11 straight games to NFC North opponents, the Vikings’ view of the division might be similar to an ant’s view…

Team USA struggles against Lithuania before pulling out 99-94 victory

Team USA struggles against Lithuania before pulling out 99-94 victory

By Shashank Bengali, McClatchy Newspapers – LONDON — After a record-shattering 83-point annihilation of Nigeria on Thursday, the U.S. men’s basketball team expected a tougher test Saturday against an experienced Lithuanian…

David Haugh: Bolt is king of the track

By David Haugh, Chicago Tribune – LONDON — They didn’t introduce Usain Bolt on Saturday at Olympic Stadium so much as anoint him. And this is a place that knows something…

In some Olympic sports, competing never gets old

By Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune – LONDON — There’s not much left for Kim Rhode to do in her Olympic career. She’s the only U.S. athlete to win five medals…

Serena Williams breezes to gold on high-flying day for Americans

By Michelle Kaufman, McClatchy Newspapers – WIMBLEDON, England — Serena Williams had just blown Maria Sharapova off Center Court 6-0, 6-1 on a blustery Saturday to win her first Olympic singles…

Rest at ease, Games golden at halfway point as U.S., China — and Britain — battle it out

By Michelle Kaufman, McClatchy Newspapers – LONDON — It seems to happen every four years, doesn’t it? Locals in the Olympic host city fret for months, whine about traffic congestion, gripe…

Three vehicle accident on South Federal injures no one

Three vehicle accident on South Federal injures no one

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Saturday (corrected) at around 11:20 AM, the Mason City Police and Fire Departments responded to an accident at 17th Street…

Mason City woman arrested in Thornton for assault

Mason City woman arrested in Thornton for assault

THORNTON – A Mason City woman was arrested in Thornton early Saturday morning after an assault. According to the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s media report, Nina Irene Read, 32, of…

Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Alabama School District to End the Use of Race in Extracurricular Activities

The Justice Department announced today that it reached an out-of-court agreement with the Escambia County School District in Alabama to end the use of race-based selection criteria for homecoming courts…

Mason City residents cautioned on “Homeserve” offer

Mason City residents cautioned on “Homeserve” offer

From City of Mason City – Mason City residents have recently begun receiving letters from Homeserve USA Repair Management Corp. (“Homeserve”) offering coverage in the event of a needed repair…

California finds $119 million more in untapped funds

By Chris Megerian and Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration on Friday announced that $119 million more in untapped money was…

Solid rainfall finally graces North Iowa

Solid rainfall finally graces North Iowa

MASON CITY – Rainfall finally came to Mason City and parts of North Iowa very early Saturday morning. Strong wind gusts picked up after midnight in the city, and it…

Amanda Ragan attends O’Reilly’s grand opening

Amanda Ragan attends O’Reilly’s grand opening

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Thursday morning, the new O’Reilly Auto Parts Store at 3583 4th St. SW, in Mason City, celebrated it’s Grand Opening…

Sex Offender Charged Federally with Possessing Child Pornography

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier this week, Jeremy Lee Klepperich, a 28-year-old registered sex offender from Woodland Township in central Minnesota, was charged by way of federal criminal complaint with possessing child pornography. The…

EDITORIAL: You can’t be serious about spending my tax dollars on these hideous statues

EDITORIAL: You can’t be serious about spending my tax dollars on these hideous statues

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – Brent Trout found some “excess receipts” in our hotel/motel tax fund and sure enough, he found a way to blow it. At this Tuesday night’s…

Letter to editor: Bus tour saw “great cultural treasures” in Mason City

Letter to editor from Lyell Henry of Iowa City: On April 28, I was one of 35 members of the Jefferson Highway Association who toured the old highway (predecessor of…

An inspiring day for U.S. swimmers

An inspiring day for U.S. swimmers

By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Missy Franklin is bubbly and giggly, sunny and happy, all the adjectives that apply to a happy-go-lucky girl who cannot wait for…

US women coming together, extend win streak to 37

US women coming together, extend win streak to 37

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune – LONDON — Let’s play a contest, seeing how, after Czech Republic’s sizzling first quarter, the U.S. women’s basketball team didn’t have much of one Friday…

Track athletes enjoy some fast times

By Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — When Britain’s Jessica Ennis set an Olympic heptathlon hurdles record Friday morning, she also set the pace for the opening day of…

U.S. men’s beach volleyball team loses to Italy

By John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Defending Olympic beach volleyball gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser were unceremoniously eliminated by a seemingly overmatched Italian team on Friday.…

Dale Earnhardt Jr. loves being NASCAR points leader

By Jim Utter, McClatchy Newspapers – LONG POND, Pa. — — With the way NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup works, simply being the series points leader before the final 10…

Furyk rides putter to 2-shot second-round lead at Bridgestone

By Jason Lloyd, Akron Beacon Journal – AKRON, Ohio — Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods staged one of the most memorable playoffs in Firestone Country Club’s history 11 years ago. If…

Shotputter keeps U.S. streak alive with a bronze

By David Wharton, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Not much felt right to Reese Hoffa on a chilly evening at Olympic Stadium. The American shotputter could not find a rhythm.…

U.S. boxers swing and miss, then get reprieve

U.S. boxers swing and miss, then get reprieve

By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — For a grueling few hours, U.S. boxing faced its saddest reality — no Olympic medals for the first time ever. Then another…

Nearing the end, Michael Phelps heading out on top

Nearing the end, Michael Phelps heading out on top

By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun – LONDON — And then there was one. Michael Phelps came up golden again on Friday, swimming his last individual race, the 100-meter butterfly. He…

Kazakhstani National Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison for Money Laundering

WASHINGTON – Daniyar Zhaxalyk, 26, a citizen of Kazakhstan who entered the United States on a student visa, was sentenced today to 27 months in prison for his role in…

Vikings impressed with Jerome Simpson

By Mark Craig, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MANKATO, Minn. — “Who looks good at Vikings camp?” It’s the question that’s asked most often and yet has no definitive answer. The signs…

Twins defeat Red Sox in 10 innings

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – BOSTON — Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau must have wished he could dig a hole for himself in Fenway Park’s 100-year-old lawn Friday…

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