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Usain runs a fast 200 meters for gold, then talks even faster

Usain runs a fast 200 meters for gold, then talks even faster

By Scott M. Reid, The Orange County Register – LONDON — Just in case Usain Bolt’s resounding victory in the 2012 Olympic Games 200-meter final didn’t silence his few remaining…

Team USA dispatches Argentina, will play Spain for gold

Team USA dispatches Argentina, will play Spain for gold

By Michelle Kaufman, McClatchy Newspapers – LONDON — The U.S. men’s basketball team had just crushed Argentina 109-83 in the Olympic semifinal Friday night with its high-octane offense, smothering defense,…

Bahamas’ relay ends US run in 1,600-meter event

By Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – LONDON — One of the oldest dynasties in track and field is no more, brought down by a Caribbean nation with a population…

U.S. has too much firepower for Argentina in semifinal win

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune – LONDON — Kobe Bryant sank three 3-pointers and a reverse dunk in the first 4 minutes, 12 seconds. Kevin Durant drained four 3-pointers in…

U.S. women set a world mark in 400 relay

By Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Allyson Felix could not believe what the Olympic Stadium scoreboard was telling her. She had taken the baton from Tianna Madison…

American medal hopeful stumbles in 1,500

By Scott M. Reid, The Orange County Register – LONDON — As the lead group runners in the Olympic Games women’s 1,500-meter final crossed the finish line Friday night, they…

American Jordan Burroughs wins gold medal in wrestling

American Jordan Burroughs wins gold medal in wrestling

By Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune – LONDON—U.S. freestyle wrestler Jordan Burroughs made good on his tweeted promise to bring home a gold medal. Now he’s looking for the Twitterverse…

Osage police arrest carnie with knife at fairgrounds

OSAGE – Osage Police Department officers were notified of a 911 call around 2:48am on August 5th that there was a subject with a knife and that he had assaulted…

Osage police announce several arrests after investigation

OSAGE – A multi-jurisdiction investigation including the St. Ansgar Police Department, Osage Police Department, Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office and Mitchell County Attorney’s Office resulted in several arrests. Taylor Ann Toothman…

Kropf arrested again, this time at Big Blue

Kropf arrested again, this time at Big Blue

MASON CITY – Jared Kropf of Mason City was arrested Friday morning at about 7:30 AM at Big Blue for public intoxication. A couple early morning walkers called into Mason…

Deadly rip currents strike Lake Michigan

Deadly rip currents strike Lake Michigan

By Cynthia Dizikes, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO _ Standing on the Lake Michigan shore, Jackie Kovacs saw her granddaughter fighting to swim back to land Sunday afternoon and immediately dove…

Man drugs, smothers, dismembers 8-year-old boy; sent to prison

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — Leiby Kletzky wanted to walk home alone from day camp, and one day last summer, his protective parents relented. They lived…

Obama fires up crowd in Colorado with rips on Romney, Congress

By John Schroyer, The Gazette – COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—It was so hot and so crowded that several people fainted Thursday afternoon on the quad of Colorado College. But that didn’t deter…

Uniformed Afghan shoots and kills 3 U.S. special forces soldiers after luring them to dinner

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — A gunman in an Afghan uniform shot and killed three American service members in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Friday,…

Britain offers more aid to Syrian rebels

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Britain pledged Friday to give the Syrian opposition an additional $7.8 million in aid, calling it “the right thing to do” but…

Soldier: “I have continued to answer the call of jihad and will continue to”

By Chuck Lindell, Austin American-Statesman – WACO, Texas — A federal judge Friday sentenced Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo to two consecutive life sentences, plus 60 years in prison for plotting to…

Op-ed: Council proves you don’t count (by Peter Children)

The council meeting of August 7th, 2012 should have driven home an important point; none of you count…not even a tiny bit.  You are living in a town without representation…

Osage police issue reminder to pet owners

OSAGE – The Osage Police Department would like to remind pet owners of either dogs or cats that there is a City Ordinance (55.08) which prohibits animals from running at…

Harkin, Vilsack, Ragan, Steckman, others turn out for Dem’s “Wing Ding”

Harkin, Vilsack, Ragan, Steckman, others turn out for Dem’s “Wing Ding”

Story and photos by Jennifer Golle – CLEAR LAKE – The ninth-annual Wing Ding fundraising event was held Thursday evening at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. This event was…

Anglers Trashing Shoreline is Major Problem

DES MOINES – Littering is not only an eyesore, it shows a lack of respect someone demonstrates by leaving their trash behind for others to clean up. And there may…

Extreme summer heat linked to climate change, scientists say

By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Exceedingly high summer temperatures, longer summers and related catastrophes such as wildfire and drought are poised to be the norm, and they…

Smoking among US youths declines, but less quickly, study finds

By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Nearly 30 percent of middle and high school boys and nearly 18 percent of girls used some form of tobacco…

‘American Idol’ coming to North Iowa

Brianna Darling, The Daily Globe – ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — Small town, big voice? “American Idol,” the television contest famous for producing artists like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Kris Allen,…

At Peterson trial, friend testifies she saw bruises on Savio

By Steve Schmadeke, Andy Grimm and Matt Walberg, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — One of Kathleen Savio’s friends clutched her neck with her right hand as she demonstrated to jurors…

Obama campaign ramps up use of celebrity surrogates

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Banks appears in a new Obama campaign Web video talking about the value of Planned Parenthood for “working-class ladies.”…

Victim of cannibal attack: Stranger ‘just ripped me to ribbons’

By Frances Robles, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Chronically homeless and recently blinded, Ronald Poppo calmly told detectives about the sudden savage assault that cost him parts of his face.…

Too much ‘Legacy,’ not enough action

By Cary Darling, McClatchy Newspapers – The climactic chase scene in “The Bourne Legacy,” the fourth installment in the Bourne franchise and the first without Matt Damon, is a blast…

‘The Campaign’ isn’t the best candidate

By Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times – Like many a political campaign, Jay Roach’s comedy “The Campaign” seems to be two forces — in this case, two movies — battling…

Jason Sudeikis might bolt ‘Saturday Night Live’

By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Just weeks before the national political conventions get underway, a crucial figure has yet to commit to the presidential race.…

In Russia, Madonna defies law, calls for tolerance for gays

ST PETERSBURG, Russia — U.S. pop star Madonna on Thursday followed up on a promise she made in March to defy a Russian law that forbids speaking publicly about homosexuality,…

No time set for Rep. Jackson’s return to Congress

By Hal Dardick, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s wife, Sandi Jackson, on Thursday declined to say when her husband might return to Congress. The Chicago Democrat…

In Iowa, trouble in the wind for Mitt Romney

By Alana Semuels and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – DES MOINES, Iowa — It’s an overriding conservative principle: Scale back government interference and let businesses survive or fail on…

Farmer’s guilty plea may signal tough new attitude on fake organics

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — A major fertilizer producer from California who pleaded guilty to fraud charges this week ran into what appears to be a newly…

Tougher corn reduces drought’s damage

Tougher corn reduces drought’s damage

Orlan Love, CR Gazette – An August staple in Iowa — roadside seed corn signs proudly proclaiming the hybrid brand that produced the bumper crop standing tall in the fields…

CDC reports ‘big increase’ in H3N2 swine influenza cases

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — There have been 145 cases of infection with the H3N2 variant swine flu since July 12 — a significant jump…

Juror misconduct alleged, sentencing delayed in Zoloft rape case

By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times – RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. —The sentencing hearing of a former Westminster, Calif., police detective convicted of kidnapping and rape was postponed Thursday after the…

Census Bureau considers changing questions it asks about race

By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Census Bureau is considering changes to the questions it asks Americans about race, in an effort to keep up…

Scholar saw no hint of violence in supremacist

By Christopher Goffard and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – Years before Wade Michael Page stormed into a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee, killing six and critically wounding three others,…

U.S. women’s volleyball back in final

By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Someone cut Destinee Hooker from a volleyball team once. She was 13 years old. Now Hooker is 24 and the brightest new…

49ers tap Crabtree, Ginn for wideout starts

By Cam Inman, San Jose Mercury News – SANTA CLARA, Calif. — When it comes to exhibition openers, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith learned a valuable lesson last year in…

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