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At least 153 killed in Iran earthquakes

TEHRAN — Two strong earthquakes struck northwestern Iran on Saturday, killing at least 153 people and leaving some 1,300 injured, Deputy Interior Minister Hassan Qadami told the Fars news agency.…

UPDATE: Public helps nab escaped Beje inmate

UPDATE: Public helps nab escaped Beje inmate

MASON CITY – Thanks to the public, and escaped Beje Clark inmate has been nabbed and sent back to the slammer. Alyssa Chere Hudson, age 24, was booked into the…

Romney taps Wisconsin congressman to be his running mate

Romney taps Wisconsin congressman to be his running mate

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – NORFOLK, Va. — In the shadow of a military battleship, Mitt Romney formally named Paul Ryan as his running mate Saturday, saying that…

Summer fun continues all day in Hampton

Summer fun continues all day in Hampton

HAMPTON – Join us for the fun all day Saturday in Band Shell Park, Hampton (right on Highway 3 downtown).   Many Greater Franklin County Chamber volunteers have joined together to…

US nuns to continue talks with church officials

By Tim Townsend, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — In her presidential address Friday in St. Louis to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Sister Patricia Farrell compared the…

Pilots, spectators welcome this weekend at River City RC events

Pilots, spectators welcome this weekend at River City RC events

MASON CITY – River City Radio Controlled will be holding flying events this weekend. The event is held both days at the North Iowa Events Center, at the east end…

“Adman” the hobo tells of his arrest experience in Mason City

“Adman” the hobo tells of his arrest experience in Mason City

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Todd Vern Waters, AKA Adman, a hobo on his way to Hobo Days in Britt, was in the process of…

Bachmann allegations stain GOP, Idaho congressman says

By Dan Popkey, McClatchy Newspapers – BOISE, Idaho — Seven-term GOP Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho said Friday that Rep. Michele Bachmann’s claim that an extremist Islamic group has infiltrated…

Waterloo man faces 36 counts of burglary

A Waterloo man being held in the Black Hawk County Jail since May 20, 2012 has been charged with sixteen (16) additional counts of Burglary. James Jack Cowan, age 46,…

Weekly address: All-hands-on-deck response to drought

Weekly address: All-hands-on-deck response to drought

President Obama: “This is an all-hands-on-deck response, and we’ll be doing even more in the coming weeks to help families and communities that are suffering right now. But my Administration…

Hobo Days underway in Britt

Hobo Days underway in Britt

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – BRITT, IOWA – Friday night at Hobo Day’s in Britt was pretty mellow. It was music night and the people were enjoying some…

Blackout in Southwest Mason City Friday Night

Blackout in Southwest Mason City Friday Night

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Around 8:50 PM Friday night, it was reported that a bird had possibly hit a transformer and started a fire…

Sad to see the old MCHS go

Sad to see the old MCHS go

by Matt Marquardt – I took my boy in to register for classes Friday; freshman registration was held at the high school in Mason City. As I passed through the…

Garner brings motherhood, small-town sensibilities to her acting these days

Garner brings motherhood, small-town sensibilities to her acting these days

By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – ORLANDO, Fla. — Jennifer Garner is a mom three times over as of last February, when her son Samuel was born, joining sisters Violet…

Analysis: Portman seen as ‘smartest choice’ for Romney running mate

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — If the conventional wisdom is right, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will reject a more ideological, movement-style conservative and announce soon that…

Airlines set records for on-time service, baggage delivery

By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Complain all you want about full-body searches at the airports, but federal data show that the nation’s biggest airlines are…

4 aides to former Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter are charged with felonies

By Kathleen Gray, Joe Swickard and Jim Schaefer, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — In announcing election fraud charges Thursday against four members of former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter’s congressional staff,…

Ex-tribe leader is sentenced to prison for income tax offense

By Jay Weaver, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Former Seminole Tribe leader David Cypress, believed to be the first Native American ever convicted of a federal tax offense, must surrender next…

Pinterest now open to all as social network continues to bloom

By Jeremy C. Owens, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Silicon Valley social network Pinterest is now open for all to join, with the fast-growing site ditching…

Google hit with record $22.5 million fine for Safari tracking

By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Google agreed to pay a record $22.5 million fine to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission that it violated…

Criminal charges dismissed against soldier in Afghanistan shooting

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – Criminal charges were dismissed Thursday against U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Walter Taylor, who had faced potential imprisonment for negligent homicide in the 2011…

Abusing food stamps? You are being watched

Abusing food stamps?  You are being watched

Vanessa Miller, CR Gazette – The U.S. Department of Agriculture delivered a message Thursday to anyone misusing the food stamp program: You’re being watched, and you will be penalized. The…

Eight members of alleged sex-trafficking ring indicted

By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES—It was a promise that spoke to high school girls of humble means and less than stable homes — quick money to get…

Murder or mercy killing? Man shoots wife of 45 years

By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Murder or mercy killing? One story that dominated headlines this week raised that question in a particularly dramatic fashion: An Ohio…

U.S. women’s basketball not easing up in bid for Olympic gold

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune – LONDON — Obviously, Sue Bird can’t join the British populace who are allowed to wager on these Olympic Games. But if the three-time Olympian…

US women break world record in 4×100 relay

By Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – LONDON — Carmelita Jeter glanced at the clock as she sprinted toward the finish line at Olympic Stadium and then pointed her baton…

Grassley takes issue with Romney’s plan to end wind energy tax credit

Grassley takes issue with Romney’s plan to end wind energy tax credit

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – Sen. Chuck Grassley has endorsed Mitt Romney, but that hasn’t stopped the Iowa Republican’s from taking issue with his party’s presidential candidate over federal…

Fugitive operations team shuts down stolen-car ‘chop shop’ and arrests 2 aliens for illegal possession of firearms

OKLAHOMA CITY — While targeting a previously deported illegal alien, officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) discovered another illegal alien who was in…

School records, released accidentally, show Zimmerman was poor student

By Frances Robles, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Prosecutors preparing to try George Zimmerman on a second-degree murder charge accidentally released protected private academic transcripts Thursday, showing that the neighborhood watch…

Report says oil drilling on all federal lands would yield only modest revenue

By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON—Opening nearly all federal land to oil and gas drilling — including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—would bring modest revenue to the U.S. Treasury…

NBC’s London Olympics ratings defy expectations

By Meg James, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — NBC’s coverage of the London Olympics has blown away the most optimistic projections for audience performance in an increasingly fractured…

Drew Peterson’s son visits courtroom, signs waiver of claims

By Steve Schmadeke, Matthew Walberg and Andy Grimm, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — On the day after his 18th birthday, the youngest son of Drew Peterson and Kathleen Savio visited the…

Chinese official’s wife admits killing British businessman, court says

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — After O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder in 1995, a well-connected Chinese lawyer pointed to the case as proof of the failure…

Syria rebels moving ahead and apart

Los Angeles Times – ALEPPO, Syria — On a city street where shops once stayed open late selling computers and electronics, children in flip-flops and dusty clothes clambered over the…