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Somalia tries again to form a lasting government

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times – MOGADISHU, Somalia — As Somalia approaches its umpteenth attempt to forge a government that will stick, there’s a deadening familiarity here: bloodstained warlords…

Jordan says Syrian missiles landed in its territory

By Taylor Luck – AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan charged Sunday that four Syrian missiles had landed in the country’s northern region, injuring a child and several others. The government summoned…

Pot fans at Seattle’s Hempfest divided over legalization drive

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – SEATTLE — Washington’s annual Hempfest — a three-day celebration of pot, bongs and hemp bead necklaces that is typically one of Seattle’s largest…

GOP candidate says ‘legitimate’ rape rarely causes pregnancy

By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times – If there is something everyone can agree on, it would seem that the idea that rape can result in unwanted pregnancy would be…

Two injured in ATV accident Saturday

RURAL ROCKWELL – Around 5:30 pm Saturday, a call to Cerro Gordo County Emergency Units reported an accident involving an ATV at 20625 110th St, south of Rockwell. Two people…

Mailbox blown up on North Madison Friday evening

MASON CITY – A mailbox in front of a house on the 1500 block of North Madison was blown up sometime Friday evening. The residents of the home acknowledged the…

Child hurt after alleged drunken driver rams Casey’s

Child hurt after alleged drunken driver rams Casey’s

MASON CITY – Shortly after 3pm Friday, Mason City police responded to Casey’s at 2701 19th Street Southwest in Mason City on a report of a vehicle colliding with the building.…

Charles City man faces more charges after 2nd police chase

Charles City man faces more charges after 2nd police chase

FLOYD COUNTY – A Charles City police officer attempted to stop a motorcycle at 7th Avenue and D Street for a traffic violation at 8:31 pm on Wednesday, August 15th.…

Mason City woman jailed for OWI, child endangerment, and domestic assault

Mason City woman jailed for OWI, child endangerment, and domestic assault

MASON CITY – Shortly before 5:30 pm Friday, members of the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a domestic situation at 15448 300th Court in rural Mason…

Man arrested in Mason City for domestic assault Saturday

Man arrested in Mason City for domestic assault Saturday

MASON CITY – Lyle Harvey Peterson, age 49, was arrested Saturday morning after a Mason City Police officer was dispatched to 616 South Van Buren Avenue at 10:58 am. Peterson…

Teacher watched porn as students took test

Rob Shaw, Tampa Tribune, Fla. – TAMPA — While the sixth-grade geography students were focused on a test, they say their teacher had his back to them, headphones plugged into…

70 years in jail for child porn

Jay Rey, The Buffalo News, N.Y. – Roger S. “Scotti” Luczkowiak faced judgment on Friday for producing child pornography with a 6-year-old and a federal judge showed the Dunkirk man…

Subsidizing CEO welfare: Bush tax cuts gave 57 CEOs million-dollar tax breaks

By Scott Klinger – The debate about President Barack Obama’s plan to end Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy is riddled with references to “the richest 2 percent.” Who exactly…

With new resources, Delaware looks to crack down on child abuse

By Jim Malewitz, Stateline.org – Delaware lawmakers hope that a new law will help the state crack down on child abuse. Governor Jack Markell on Thursday (August 16) signed legislation aiming…

Student, 15, charged with threatening to bomb High School on Facebook

Elizabeth Johnson, The Bradenton Herald – MANATEE — A 15-year-old student is charged with threatening to bomb Manatee High School on the first day of school, according to officials. The student…

Drug agents brought in millions

Judy Walton, Chattanooga Times/Free Press, Tenn. – Why did the drug task force agent sit on the side of the road? Because that’s where the money is. A river of drugs…

Clues or tips sought after thieves enter NIP Fitness

Clues or tips sought after thieves enter NIP Fitness

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Imagine getting an early morning call from the police saying your business has been burglarized. That’s what Jake Prazak and John Berding dealt…

Florida poised to elect first openly gay state lawmaker

By Jim Malewitz, Stateline.org – With a narrow victory in Tuesday’s (August 14) primary, a Miami Beach accountant is set to become Florida’s first openly gay state legislator. David Richardson edged…

Three eyes on the bus: Video cameras again to be used on Mason City school buses

Three eyes on the bus: Video cameras again to be used on Mason City school buses

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Kids will be kids, but they are more likely to get caught these days, especially on a Mason City school bus. The school…

Dale Earnhardt Jr. hoping for repeat results

By David Scott, The Charlotte Observer – BROOKLYN, Mich. — Seems like whenever Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to the Irish Hills of Michigan, he’s answering questions about his most recent…

Apple stock jumps to record high amid iPhone 5 rumors

By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The frenzy surrounding the rumored release of a new iPhone hit Wall Street on Friday, pushing Apple Inc.’s stock to…

New ocean health index scores world 60 out of 100

By Nika Soon-Shiong, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — After two years of collecting global data and developing models, scientists have a new, comprehensive way to measure the health…

Minneapolis police review up for debate

Randy Furst, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – A controversial plan to overhaul civilian oversight of police misconduct in Minneapolis is wending its way through the political process via community meetings where…

NIACC is Increasing Offerings for GED and ESL Classes

NIACC is Increasing Offerings for GED and ESL Classes

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is increasing the days and times that GED and ESL classes are offered in several North Iowa communities this fall. General…

Japan, US discuss financial, ecological costs of clearing sea-borne tsunami waste

The Yomiuri Shimbun – TOKYO — The Japanese and U.S. governments are concerned about a large amount of Pacific Ocean debris, set afloat by last year’s tsunami caused by the…

Harkin Welcomes USDA Disaster Declaration for Cerro Gordo, other Counties

Harkin Welcomes USDA Disaster Declaration for Cerro Gordo, other Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) last week issued the following statement after learning that Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack had issued a disaster declaration to assist Iowa farmers…

Suspect in Minneapolis killing arrested in Chicago

Abby Simons, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – A Minneapolis man wanted in connection with a deadly shooting in south Minneapolis last month was arrested in Chicago and awaits extradition to Minnesota,…

Cubs win nightcap as teams split

Cubs win nightcap as teams split

By Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune – CINCINNATI — The nightcap of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader was a game of several individual firsts for the Cubs, who hung on for a 9-7…

M’s edge Twins, 3-2

M’s edge Twins, 3-2

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – SEATTLE — With one victory in their previous eight games, the Minnesota Twins turned to Scott Diamond on Saturday night at Safeco Field,…

How to age with grace

By Katy Read, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – We’d all love to age gracefully, but it might be easier if we knew what the heck that meant. Does aging gracefully mean cheerfully…

Around the remote: Television highlights for the week of Aug. 19-25

By Chuck Barney, Contra Costa Times – DONT MISS: COPPER — For its first foray into scripted drama, BBC America chose to focus on this side of the pond with a…

With VP pick, Romney endorses fed-state overhaul on food stamps, Medicaid

By Jim Malewitz, Stateline.org – Mitt Romney on Saturday (August 11) unveiled U.S. Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate, a bold pick that indicates the GOP presidential candidate’s support for…

What’s opening in theaters next week

By Rene Rodriguez, The Miami Herald – Opening Wednesday: HIT AND RUN (R) Dax Shepard co-wrote and co-directed this road comedy about a retired getaway driver (Shepard) who busts out of…

Good bullpens make playoff contenders

By Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune – Want to have a good team? Then build a good bullpen. Relief pitchers often seem like afterthoughts, especially the guys who wind up working…

Former Texas teacher gets 5 years for sex with students

Former Texas teacher gets 5 years for sex with students

By Deanna Boyd, Fort Worth Star-Telegram – FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Kennedale High School teacher was sentenced to five years in prison Friday evening after Tarrant County prosecutors…

Syria denies vice president has defected, but whereabouts unknown

Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syria denied Saturday that Vice President Farouk Shara had defected as opposition reports continued to provide conflicting accounts of whether he had fled…

Obama tees off on Ryan’s tax and Medicare proposals

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON —President Barack Obama took aim at Rep. Paul D. Ryan’s tax proposals Saturday, slamming the Republican vice presidential candidate for a 2010…

St. Paul ‘car surfer’ falls to his death in NW Wis.; driver arrested

Paul Walsh, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – Just as they have for the past several summers, Shawn Swanson and his buddies from St. Paul Johnson High School headed to northwestern Wisconsin…