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UNI Ranked No. 15 in Phil Steele’s Preseason Poll

UNI Ranked No. 15 in Phil Steele’s Preseason Poll

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The University of Northern Iowa football team has been tabbed as the No. 15 team in the Phil Steele FCS Preseason Top-40 poll it was announced today by…

Mason City woman goes for the ice, instead gets put in cold storage

Mason City woman goes for the ice, instead gets put in cold storage

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman was picked up Wednesday afternoon for shoplifting. Susan Marie Schultz, 55, of Mason City, was arrested at Shopko just before 2 PM after…

Naked Randy Travis arrested for DWI, threat to trooper

Domingo Ramirez Jr., Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas – Country singer Randy Travis faces a charge of driving while intoxicated and retaliation against a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper after he…

Bill to make English the official U.S. language is back for another try

Bill to make English the official U.S. language is back for another try

By Brandon Ross, Cronkite News Service – WASHINGTON — Rep. John Conyers didn’t speak a word of English at Thursday’s hearing on a bill to make English the official language of…

US beach volleyball legends go out in style, win 3rd straight gold

By Shashank Bengali, McClatchy Newspapers – LONDON — Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings made their last match together one to remember. The legendary beach volleyball duo won their third straight…

Curiosity’s mysterious Mars photo stirs speculation

By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times – LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. — Did Curiosity capture the galactic equivalent of the Zapruder film when it landed on Mars? Seconds after the NASA…

Egypt launches air strikes in Sinai for first time since 1973

By Nancy A. Youssef and Sheera Frenkel, McClatchy Newspapers – CAIRO — Deploying its air force for the first time in nearly 40 years, the Egyptian military launched an air offensive…

Latham introduces Romney today: “Every road to the White House runs through Iowa”

Latham introduces Romney today: “Every road to the White House runs through Iowa”

By Seema Mehta Los Angeles Times (MCT) DES MOINES, Iowa — Mitt Romney doubled down on his welfare attack against President Barack Obama on Wednesday, and outlined his five-point plan…

Temple gunman’s ex-girlfriend says don’t focus on her

By Molly Hennessey-Fiske and Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times – The former girlfriend of Sikh temple shooter Wade Michael Page said in an exclusive email to the Los Angeles Times that…

Syria conflict expected to fester as world’s attention strays

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times – Shaken by defections and rebel encroachment on its strongholds, the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad is thought by some in the international…

EDITORIAL: Public a no-show on statues and other issues

EDITORIAL: Public a no-show on statues and other issues

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – What does it take to get the public involved in an issue? There were strong opinions on the Chamber of Commerce statue debacle, judging from…

United Way to hold 2012 Campaign Kickoff

MASON CITY, IOWA – United Way of North Central Iowa would like to invite community members to the 2012 Campaign Kickoff. Please join United Way at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, August…

City to work on water mains Thursday

City to work on water mains Thursday

MASON CITY – At 8:00 a.m. Thursday, August 9, the water main will be shut off for installation of a new valve and replacement of water main at 6th Street…

Man to Prison for Punching, Shaking, Squeezing 4-Month-Old Child

DENVER—Ray William Sievers, age 29, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Wiley Y. Daniel to serve 37 months in federal prison for assaulting his…

Governor Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds partner with Iowa State Fair and Iowa Interactive to launch the Iowa State Fair mobile site

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced the availability of the 2012 mobile site developed in partnership with the Iowa State Fair and Iowa…

More Iowa counties designated disaster areas

More Iowa counties designated disaster areas

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, today, issued statements on the USDA disaster designation of four additional Iowa counties as primary natural disaster areas and…

GOP challenger Lange nicks Braley for health care, trade policies

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – CEDAR RAPIDS – A visit to one of northeast Iowa’s largest employers illustrated the impact of federal policy, Republican congressional hopeful Ben Lange said…

4.4 earthquake rattles Southern California

By Shelby Grad, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES—A magnitude 4.4 earthquake rattled Southern California on Tuesday night. The quake was reported at 11:23 p.m. and was centered around Yorba Linda…

Walsh paints rosy picture of downtown Mason City progress

Walsh paints rosy picture of downtown Mason City progress

MASON CITY – Main Street Mason City’s Marty Walsh painted a rosy picture for the city council Tuesday night on development in downtown Mason City. Since May, Walsh listed several…

Police arrest girlfriend of Sikh shooting suspect

Police arrest girlfriend of Sikh shooting suspect

By Kim Murphy and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Police arrested a former girlfriend of the gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple, saying…

New cutbacks in local help for unemployed Iowans

New cutbacks in local help for unemployed Iowans

From State Senator Mary Jo Wilhelm – (DES MOINES) – “You have to call Des Moines” is the new motto at local Iowa Workforce offices around Iowa. This change is…

Sveum gives young Cubs a pep talk

By Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune – SAN DIEGO — Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum isn’t much for clubhouse speeches, preferring to give his players a chance to figure things out on…

U.S. looks to Belize for alleged ties to Sinaloa drug cartel

By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY — The U.S. government’s effort to dismantle Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa drug cartel is a war with multiple fronts. The latest is the…

For some companies, ‘reshoring’ jobs gains appeal

For some companies, ‘reshoring’ jobs gains appeal

By Dee DePass, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Two years ago, Calibur11 in Duluth, Minn., did what any other cash-strapped manufacturer looking to prune costs would do: Turn to China.…

With stars like these, ‘Hope Springs’ eternal

By Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers – “Hope Springs” is a return to the classic romance. Seasoned actors Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep play a long-married couple who have reached apathetic…

Drake releases posthumous Aaliyah single ‘Enough Said’

By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Twenty seconds into “Enough Said,” the posthumous Aaliyah single that Drake released Sunday, it’s impossible not to feel an eerie…

Chick-fil-A vandalism not about hate, gay artist says

By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A gay artist who said he painted graffiti on the wall of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Torrance, Calif., said he did…

An Interview With: Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz

An Interview With: Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz

COACH FERENTZ: Certainly welcome to everybody. It’s good to get started. It’s a little different for us, the routine. Have been on the field for four days already, so maybe…

Iranian official reaffirms his country’s support for Syrian President Bashar Assad

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Iran’s top security official reaffirmed Tehran’s support for Syrian President Bashar Assad on Tuesday as the United States warned of a…

Trio Named Preseason All-Big 12

Trio Named Preseason All-Big 12

AMES, Iowa – Cyclones Kristen Hahn, Alison Landwehr and Jamie Straube have been named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team, the league office announced Tuesday. Iowa State, Texas and Kansas…

Appeals court overturns ruling, says government wiretapping of Islamic group was OK

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times – SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court Tuesday threw out a lawsuit by lawyers for an Islamic group that charged the federal government had…

Romney offers no clues on vice presidential pick

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — With the Olympics winding down and a swing-state bus tour planned for the weekend, the attention of the political world is…

On The Money: Making kids money-wise

By Chuck Myers, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Imparting the importance of saving money to children, teens and even young adults is no small challenge. A few good websites, however, offer tips…

Sex offender to serve out remainder of prison sentence at Beje Clark

Sex offender to serve out remainder of prison sentence at Beje Clark

MASON CITY – Convicted 30-year-old sex offender Joseph Charles Hill was released from prison after serving four years of a ten year sentence on July 31st. Hill is to complete…

Heat was on Lolo Jones, and she got burned

By Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — In the end, the most hyped Olympian was also the most alone. Lolo Jones finished the 100-meter hurdles in a desperate lunge,…

US soccer women face World Cup champion Japan for the gold

By Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – LONDON — It was the epitome of the instant classic, a riveting match that ended in the 123rd minute, included a hat trick by…

St. Paul Man Charged with Filing False Insurance Claim for Purportedly Stolen Art

MINNEAPOLIS—Yesterday in federal court, a 39-year-old St. Paul man was charged with filing a false insurance claim for $250,000. Jason William Sheedy was charged via an information with one count…

Tina Wald, Author of “Railroad Man, Legend of Lil’ Jay” will be at Hobo Days

Tina Wald, Author  of “Railroad Man, Legend of Lil’ Jay” will be at Hobo Days

By Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – BRITT, IOWA – Britt, Iowa is famous for its annual Hobo Days where hobos and friends from across the country and literally around…

Pop culture Q&A: Cryer, Sheen appear together in comedy called ‘Hot Shots!’

By Rich Heldenfels, Akron Beacon Journal – Q: A couple of years ago I viewed a movie on TV with Jon Cryer and Charlie Sheen, it was very good and I…

FAA tells air traffic controllers to stop ‘opposite-direction’ moves

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Federal Aviation Administration appears to be changing its rules about some air traffic control procedures in the wake of an…

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