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Vikings’ Frazier needs all the time he can get

Vikings’ Frazier needs all the time he can get

By Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — More often than not, Leslie Frazier’s press conferences begin with a heartfelt compliment of Mother Nature. “Another beautiful day here in…

Bears’ Cutler in command in victory over Redskins

Bears’ Cutler in command in victory over Redskins

By Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Jay Cutler sat out the Bears’ first exhibition game but did not look the least bit rusty in his debut Saturday night…

Paul Ryan releases tax returns

Paul Ryan releases tax returns

By Ralph Vartabedian and Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times – ARLINGTON, Va. — The two years of federal tax returns released Friday by Paul D. Ryan, the GOP vice presidential…

Japan deported activists to avoid riling China over anticipated protests

By Tetsuya Ito, The Yomiuri Shimbun – TOKYO — The Japanese government deported 14 Chinese activists just two days after seven of them landed on the Senkaku Islands, apparently to…

US Marine Osprey crash attributed to wind, pilots’ errors

By Kentaro Nakajima, The Yomiuri Shimbun – WASHINGTON — The U.S. Marine Corps said Friday its investigation into an MV-22 Osprey crash in Morocco earlier this year found no mechanical…

Penn State trustees to meet for weekend retreat with public sessions

By Anne Danahy, Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.) – STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State trustees will be holding an on-campus retreat next weekend that will include public sessions…

At Swiss concert, Madonna decries Pussy Riot sentencing

ZURICH, Switzerland — Pop star Madonna publicly responded Saturday to the sentencing of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot, saying during a Zurich, Switzerland, concert that she was devastated and…

Ryan warns Florida seniors of Medicare rationing under Obama plan

Ryan warns Florida seniors of Medicare rationing under Obama plan

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – THE VILLAGES, Fla. — Diving deeper into the Medicare fight, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul D. Ryan warned seniors Saturday that a key…

Leno volunteers for pay cut in wake of ‘Tonight Show’ budget slashing

By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES—“Tonight Show” host Jay Leno is taking a significant reduction in pay and roughly two dozen staffers are being let go as…

Op-ed by Peter Children: Obama opponents are racists

August 18, 2012 How many presidential elections have we had in this country? How many involved a black man winning the office of president? How many times during all the…

At-Large Suspect Arrested in Southern Iowa Home Invasion

At-Large Suspect Arrested in Southern Iowa Home Invasion

Des Moines, IOWA — Early this morning, August 18, 2012, the Des Moines Police Department arrested 59 year-old Bobby Eugene McGee, the last suspect in the Southern Iowa home invasion…

Winnebago hosts 112 dealers for training

Winnebago hosts 112 dealers for training

FOREST CITY, IA – Winnebago Industries Product Training Department recently hosted 112 dealer personnel in Forest City for its exclusive dealer training. Two consecutive sessions were held August 13-14 and…

Singers with NIACC Connection Advance to the Finals of the Bill Riley Talent Search

River City Reverb, a quartet of North Iowa natives have advanced to the finals of the Bill Riley Talent Search. The foursome, made up of Tyler VanDyke of Hampton, Jeff…

Mason City family struggles through tough times, seeks help

Mason City family struggles through tough times, seeks help

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Times are tough out there, we’ve all heard it over and over. But it strikes closer to home when you see people in…

Twins can’t rally enough as Mariners win

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – SEATTLE — Two days after tossing the 23rd perfect game in major league history, Felix Hernandez was still the toast of Seattle on…

Davenport woman with four kids in car eludes authorities, smashes up police cars

Davenport woman with four kids in car eludes authorities, smashes up police cars

From the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office: At about 11:37pm, August 17, 2012, a Cerro Gordo County Deputy made a traffic stop of a vehicle, which was found to be…

Gravesite of Muslim man vandalized for sixth time, police say

Ryan Haggerty, Chicago Tribune – The gravesite of a Muslim man in an Evergreen Park cemetery has been vandalized for the sixth time in the last 17 months, police said…

Kitten-burning charges filed against man

The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) – A 22-year-old Fort Wayne man faces multiple charges of animal cruelty in connection with the burning of a kitten earlier this year. Police say…

Jury’s still out on Graham Harrell as Packers backup quarterback

By Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – GREEN BAY, Wis. — The hardest decision general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy will have when rosters are trimmed to the final…

Euthanized dog spent hours in hot car; no felony case planned

Veronica M. Cruz, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson – A Department of Public Safety K-9 euthanized in mid-July was left in a hot patrol car for longer than initially reported,…

Wade feels good about knee, LeBron and Lakers’ challenge

By Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel – MIAMI — Dwyane Wade said he will be ready. Ready for the start of the Heat’s championship defense, even if it means having to sit…

Trial begins for man charged with murdering mother, mutilating family dog

Matt Swearengin, Durant Daily Democrat, Okla. – A non-jury trial for a man charged with murdering his mother and the family dog began Wednesday and was scheduled to resume today.…

Schultz Asks Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit Involving Voter Fraud Probe

Schultz Asks Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit Involving Voter Fraud Probe

Emergency rules protect voting rights of Iowans, Schultz says in response to suit – (Des Moines)—Secretary of State Matt Schultz asked a Polk County judge to deny a stay and…

EDITORIAL: Voter fraud hunt not Lone Ranger task

By The CR Gazette Editorial Board —- Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is hunting for evidence of voter fraud in Iowa. As commissioner of elections, that’s his prerogative. And…

Iowa Sec. of State Schultz responds to voter registration fraud lawsuit from ACLU

Iowa Sec. of State Schultz responds to voter registration fraud lawsuit from ACLU

(Des Moines)—On Wednesday, August 8, 2012, a suit was filed against the Iowa Secretary of State regarding procedures for removing ineligible non-citizens from voter registration rolls in Iowa. Secretary Schultz…

Iowa Atty. General Miller Sues Florida Fundraiser, Alleges Callers Deceived Iowans

Iowa Atty. General Miller Sues Florida Fundraiser, Alleges Callers Deceived Iowans

Courtesy Health Watch raised money for several non-profit organizations – (DES MOINES, Iowa)  Attorney General Tom Miller on Wednesday alleged that a Florida-based professional fundraiser deceived Iowans to generate donations…

Los Angeles losing the core of its TV production to other states

By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The five broadcast television networks will be rolling out 23 new one-hour dramas for the upcoming season. That would normally be…

Castro says he wants to remain with Cubs

By Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune – CINCINNATI — Starlin Castro said he wants to be with the Cubs his entire career and Theo Epstein is intent on retaining the club’s young…

Reward offered to find suspect in fatal dog abuse

Darrell Smith, The Sacramento Bee – The sight was unspeakable. The tan-and-white Chihuahua mix, its snout and legs bound, its body broken, was left dead on a sun-scorched lot off…

Federal Loan to Fisker Produces Few Jobs, New Response Shows

U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and John Thune of South Dakota continue to seek details on why the U.S. Department of Energy chose Fisker Automotive for a $529 million…

Tom Morello rips Rage Against the Machine fan Paul Ryan

By August Brown, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — First New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was rebuffed by Bruce Springsteen. Now another well-known liberal musician has spurned the advances of…

Terrell Owens set to play for Seahawks on Saturday

By Danny O’Neil, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — Terrell Owens’ reputation preceded him in Seattle. That’s unavoidable given that his career includes his own reality-television show, a trail of messy…

Browns rookie QB Weeden brushing off hits, criticism

By Nate Ulrich, Akron Beacon Journal – BEREA, Ohio — Brandon Weeden has taken shots on and off the field through two preseason games. He’s still standing. Weeden said he was…

Graham Harrell a backup failure so far for Packers

Graham Harrell a backup failure so far for Packers

By Bob McGinn, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – GREEN BAY, Wis. — It’s difficult not to keep returning to two facts when it comes to evaluating Graham Harrell. For three years,…

Brewers get a winning lift from Gallardo despite family matters

By Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – MILWAUKEE — One would have never known Yovani Gallardo was dealing with a family issue by the way he pitched Friday night. The…

Ex-leader of Border Patrol union is accused of fraud

By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The former president of the National Border Patrol Council was indicted Thursday on suspicion of diverting union funds to finance…

Five things to watch for in Cowboys-Chargers preseason game

By Clarence E. Hill Jr, Fort Worth Star-Telegram – SAN DIEGO — Dallas Cowboys fans could allow themselves to be depressed about all the players who won’t participate in Saturday night’s…

DCI may release part of video showing Hot Lotto purchase

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – CEDAR RAPIDS — The public may get a glimpse of the person who bought a multimillion Hot Lotto ticket that has led to intrigue,…

Illinois lurches forward, one budget crisis at a time

By Daniel C. Vock, Stateline.org – CHICAGO — Every time it seems Illinois might be pulling out of its budgetary tailspin, a new crisis hits. The latest one, which Democratic Governor…

After ‘Dark Knight’ shooting, moviegoer reluctance persists

By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Four weeks after the shooting at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Colorado, 17 percent of moviegoers are…

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