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McIlroy dominates in winning PGA Championship

McIlroy dominates in winning PGA Championship

By Bob Spear, McClatchy Newspapers – KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Maybe it’s premature to reserve his place on golf’s Mt. Rushmore, but man, Rory McIlroy took a giant step in that…

Egyptian troops kill 6 suspects in Sinai border incident

Egyptian troops kill 6 suspects in Sinai border incident

By Nancy Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers – AL JORA, Egypt — Egyptian police and soldiers on Sunday killed six people here suspected of participating a week ago in the deadliest attack on…

Rescuers struggle to reach Iran quake victims

TEHRAN — Rescue workers used helicopters to access remote areas in northwestern Iran hit by twin earthquakes, and while the official death toll was Sunday lowered to 227, tens of…

Drought likely to drive up prices, send corn forecast to 17-year low

Jim Spencer, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – WASHINGTON – A withering national drought will likely push corn yields to a 17-year low, the government said Friday in a report that amplifies the…

LeRoy, MN man admits to sexually abusing a 13-year-old family member for nearly eight years

Matt Peterson, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – A LeRoy man accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old family member for nearly eight years admitted guilt after one year of court proceedings. Neal…

US wrestler Jake Varner earns gold medal at London Olympics

US wrestler Jake Varner earns gold medal at London Olympics

By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Jake Varner learned to wrestle in Bakersfield. From his father, Steve. From his cousin, Andy, who coached Jake to two California high…

Palin congratulates Romney on VP pick Ryan

From Sarah Palin’s Facebook page: Congratulations to Mitt Romney on his choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. President Obama has declared that this election is about “two…

Billy Graham hospitalized in North Carolina

By Michael Gordon, McClatchy Newspapers – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For the second time in less than a year, evangelist Billy Graham has been hospitalized in Asheville, N.C., this time for a…

Iowa DNR: Shallow groundwater “at or near historic lows”

DES MOINES — Prior to the rains of August 8, precipitation averaged 50 percent less than normal for the last two weeks. Shallow groundwater levels in parts of Iowa are…

Campaign to oust Iowa Supreme Court justice launched

Campaign to oust Iowa Supreme Court justice launched

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — Conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats announced the launch of an effort Saturday to defeat Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins in the…

Mason City Auto Sales Holds “Second Grand Opening”

Mason City Auto Sales Holds “Second Grand Opening”

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – Mason City Auto Sales on 18 N. Monroe had many things going on Saturday. “It’s kind of a Second Grand Opening but really…

Woman who stole $1,795 from Kohl’s gets deferred judgement, probation

Woman who stole $1,795 from Kohl’s gets deferred judgement, probation

MASON CITY – Former Kohl’s employee Daphne Jo Lincicum, age 20, has received a deferred judgment for treating her employer’s cash register as her personal piggy bank. Lincicum (pictured) was…

Team USA holds off Spain to win gold, 107-100

Team USA holds off Spain to win gold, 107-100

By Michelle Kaufman, McClatchy Newspapers – LONDON — Anyone who thinks NBA players don’t care about winning an Olympic gold medal didn’t see the U.S. megastars dancing in a circle…

Lakers’ fans happy for now but what about tomorrow

By Jeff Miller, The Orange County Register – EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Before Dwight Howard played for the Lakers, before he donned the jersey of the Lakers, before he even…

US women dominate their way to another basketball gold

By Charean Williams, McClatchy Newspapers – LONDON — Yawn if you’ve heard this one before: The U.S. women’s basketball team won a gold medal. They did it with an 86-50…

Mexico’s 2-1 upset of Brazil in men’s soccer not a total shock

By Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Mexico’s national anthem played at a medal ceremony for the first time in the London Olympics on Saturday, following its men’s…

Team USA holds off Spain to win gold, 107-100

By Michelle Kaufman, McClatchy Newspapers – LONDON — Anyone who thinks NBA players don’t care about winning an Olympic gold medal didn’t see the U.S. megastars dancing in a circle…

Despite its best, US 4 x 100 relay can’t reach Bolt status

Despite its best, US 4 x 100 relay can’t reach Bolt status

By Gil LeBreton, McClatchy Newspapers – LONDON — By their own troubling admission, the primary goal of the U.S. men’s 4 x 100-meter relay team Saturday wasn’t the gold medal.…

ProgressIowa.org: Romney/Ryan Budget ‘fails to meet basic moral test’

From Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, Progress Iowa: DES MOINES, IOWA — The Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans and Progress Iowa issued the following statements today in response to the…

A new American generation faces its own struggles with HIV

A new American generation faces its own struggles with HIV

By Daniela Hernandez, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — The frightened teenager spent her 14th birthday at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. For weeks, the doctors didn’t know what was wrong…

Is the era of oil nearing its end?

Is the era of oil nearing its end?

By Greg Gordon, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — After nearly a decade of warnings that the world’s oil supply was running out, Americans now are hearing about technology breakthroughs that…

Coca-Cola’s Freestyle fountain is all about variety

Coca-Cola’s Freestyle fountain is all about variety

By Leon Stafford, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – ATLANTA — Coca-Cola’s Freestyle fountain dispenser, which the company launched three years ago, is one of its biggest innovations in years, and many…

Auto review: Cadillac XTS luxury sedan has elegant lines, comfortable ride

Auto review: Cadillac XTS luxury sedan has elegant lines, comfortable ride

By Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press – The stylish, technically advanced and roomy 2013 Cadillac XTS Platinum AWD luxury sedan is trying to roll a tricky 7-10 split by simultaneously…

The Week Ahead: Like the weather, gas prices are heating up

By Tom Hudson, McClatchy Newspapers – It has been a record breaking summer but not at the gas pump.  While July was the hottest month on record and a majority…

Investment insured? Take the time to know

By Gail MarksJarvis, Chicago Tribune – Question: With seemingly stable companies such as AIG, JPMorgan (Chase), Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers, MF Global and Peregrine having financial problems, how…

Netflix CEO buys $1 million of Facebook stock

By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Some investors have lost faith in Facebook whose shares are down more than 40 percent since their May stock market…

Google praised for move to penalize sites hosting pirated content

By Alex Pham and Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Hollywood and other content owners, whose relationship with Google is fitful at best, gave the Silicon Valley…

DNR: Golden Grain releases sulfuric acid and rust into Cheslea Creek; flows into Mason City

DNR: Golden Grain releases sulfuric acid and rust into Cheslea Creek; flows into Mason City

MASON CITY – A discharge of iron-laden cooling water and resulting fish kill is being investigated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on Cheslea Creek on the south…

Team USA Officials happy with medal count

By Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – LONDON — The object at the Olympics is to get to the podium, and Team USA was the winner in that regard at…

Stars align to good effect for Team USA men’s basketball

By K.C. Johnson, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Kevin Durant is one of the more polite and accessible stars in the NBA. Thus, it wasn’t surprising when he patiently…

Colorado shooting trial likely to hang on suspect’s mental state

By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times – Now that a defense attorney for Colorado shooting suspect James E. Holmes has referred in court to his client’s unspecified “mental illness,” it…

Goldman Sachs won’t face U.S. charges for mortgage securities

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said it would not pursue criminal charges against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. or its employees related to allegations…

Both parties unfazed as campaign ads fail fact-check

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — For the past two election cycles, news organizations have devoted increasing resources to fact-checking political claims. The past week vividly demonstrated…

1.76 million illegal immigrants could be eligible for a two-year reprieve from deportation under federal program

1.76 million illegal immigrants could be eligible for a two-year reprieve from deportation under federal program

By Meghan McCarthy, Cronkite News Service – WASHINGTON — Up to 1.76 million illegal immigrants could be eligible for a two-year reprieve from deportation under an Obama administration program that…

Man Sentenced to More Than Seven Years in Federal Prison for Receiving Child Pornography Over the Internet

JACKSONVILLE, FL—United States District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan today sentenced Alfredo Roberto Townsend (48, Columbus, Georgia) to 90 months in federal prison and a 15-year term of supervised release for…

Around the remote: Television picks for the week of Aug. 12-18

By Chuck Barney, Contra Costa Times – DON’T MISS: OLYMPICS CLOSING CEREMONY — It’s hard to tell who had a better time in London: Michael Phelps, who cemented his claim…

Investigative Findings Showing Constitutional Rights of Children in Mississippi Being Violated

The Justice Department released a letter of findings today determining that the Lauderdale County Youth Court, the Meridian Police Department (MPD), and the Mississippi Division of Youth Services (DYS) are…

Man indicted on charge stemming from international child pornography probe

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Shasta County, Calif., man was formally indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on a criminal charge stemming from a far-reaching international child pornography probe by…

Volunteer opportunities available at “Victory Office”

Volunteer opportunities available at “Victory Office”

MASON CITY – The Republican Party or “Victory Office” in Mason City has volunteer opportunities available. The office opened up last week in preparation for the November elections, featuring the…

Summer Fishing Day to be held at Blue-Bill Lake

Summer Fishing Day to be held at Blue-Bill Lake

CLEAR LAKE – A “Summer Fishing Day” will be held on Wednesday, August 22 from 9 a.m. – Noon at Blue-bill Lake. This outing is for families of all ranges…

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