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Train derails, tumbles from bridge near Baltimore; 2 women killed

Train derails, tumbles from bridge near Baltimore; 2 women killed

By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times – A coal train derailed and tumbled from a bridge in Maryland early Tuesday morning, crushing cars in a nearby parking lot and killing…

Work-from-home scams spread; 2 indicted in Georgia

By Bill Rankin, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – ATLANTA — They promised quick and easy money to those struggling to make ends meet and the chance to earn it in the comfort…

Profit plummets at struggling Best Buy

By Jackie Crosby, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Best Buy’s new CEO has his work cut out for him. A day after tapping former Carlson Chief Executive Hubert Joly as…

Netanyahu calls beating of Palestinian teen ‘reprehensible’

By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times – JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday condemned the brutal beating of a Palestinian teenager by a gang of Jewish youths shouting…

Chicago-area official says drug stance earned Reagan ‘special place in hell’

By Monique Garcia and Hal Dardick, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday said former President Ronald Reagan deserves “a special place in hell” for…

Akin rejects calls to quit Missouri Senate race

Akin rejects calls to quit Missouri Senate race

By Dave Helling, The Kansas City Star – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rep. Todd Akin, a Republican, did not withdraw from the Missouri Senate race before the 5 p.m. CDT no-penalty…

8,500 hotel guests possibly exposed to Legionnaires’ disease

By Mitch Smith, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Three cases of Legionnaires’ disease — a severe form of pneumonia — have been linked to a downtown Chicago hotel where 8,500 guests…

NASA renews Caltech contract to operate Jet Propulsion Laboratory

By Tiffany Kelly and Shelby Grad, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES—NASA has renewed the California Institute of Technology’s contract to operate the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the next five years.…

Train derailment cuts Internet to Guantanamo, delays 9/11 hearing

By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald – GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — A train derailment in Maryland cut Internet service between the war court compound here and the Pentagon on…

MCPD intervene as scultpture tour begins on nasty note

MCPD intervene as scultpture tour begins on nasty note

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The cultural crescent sculpture walk got off to an ugly start today in downtown Mason City. The non-profit group that was awarded…

Mason City School Board outlines celebrations, concerns

Mason City School Board outlines celebrations, concerns

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The Mason City School Board met Monday at the school administration building. The board OK’d again this school year the use of cameras…

Kerry, Emanuel added as speakers for Democratic National Convention

By Tim Funk, The Charlotte Observer – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, are among eight prominent Democrats added to…

Judge to hear argument to restore $10.1 billion tobacco penalty

Judge to hear argument to restore $10.1 billion tobacco penalty

By Marlon A. Walker, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — A Madison County, Ill., judge could decide Tuesday whether to reinstate the controversial $10.1 billion verdict delivered nine years…

Cerro Gordo Supervisors met Tuesday morning

Cerro Gordo Supervisors met Tuesday morning

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY -The Cerro Gordo County Supervisors met Tuesday morning at their usual time with a thin agenda. Jay Urdahl was absent. See meeting agenda here.…

Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds named Secretary of Republican National Convention

(WASHINGTON) – Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus last night named Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds to serve as the Secretary of the Republican National Convention. The Republican National Convention…

Worth Supervisors questioned over possible conflicts of interest

Worth Supervisors questioned over possible conflicts of interest

by Matt Marquardt – NORTHWOOD – Worth County Demands Action, a group of concerned citizens who are scrutinizing how dollars are spent that flow from the Diamond Jo Casino into…

Researchers say declining circumcision rates will raise health-care costs by billions

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Declining rates of circumcision among infants will translate into billions of dollars’ worth of unnecessary medical costs in the United…

Man accused of slashing, stabbing former girlfriend

William Smith, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – An Arkansas man allegedly slashed and stabbed his former girlfriend with a knife Tuesday and was arrested Friday when Burlington Police located…

Ohl explains sledding hill to neighbors

Ohl explains sledding hill to neighbors

MASON CITY – Ozzie Ohl has been busy setting the wheels in motion for a new sledding hill that he hopes will be built in Georgia Hanford Park, ready for…

Obama warns of US intervention if Syria uses, moves chemical weapons

By Jonathan S. Landay and Hannah Allam, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday for the first time threatened U.S. military intervention in Syria’s civil war, warning…

TIF changes create more transparency and documentation for Iowa cities

Mike Menenhall, Newton Daily News, Iowa – In the past decade, the City of Newton has been a heavy proponent of Tax Increment Financing to fund revitalization projects and spur…

Law Enforcement Heightens Traffic Enforcement Labor Day Weekend

Des Moines, IOWA — Together with agencies across the nation, Iowa’s law enforcement will participate in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP), an initiative…

Syrian refugees stream into Iraq

Syrian refugees stream into Iraq

By David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers – NEAR FAYSH KHABUR, Iraq — The 20 refugees who walked across the border from Syria refused to go back. “We have to ask our…

Minnesota man admits he sexually abused 4-month-old

Emily Gurnon, Pioneer Press – A Maplewood man has pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct involving a 4-month-old male relative. Errick Noe Rios, 24, entered the plea Monday, Aug. 20,…

ProgressIowa.org: Will Iowa’s Congressional delegation Protect Iowa Seniors?

DES MOINES, IOWA — Iowans are petitioning their members of Congress today to ask: will you protect Iowa seniors? The petition drive was launched at ProtectIowaSeniors.com by the Iowa Alliance…

Wristwatches standing the test of time

By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Wristwatches are ticking back to life. For years, doomsayers predicted the death of the watch as clock-equipped cellphones exploded in…

Upmeyer: Republicans to “roll out our vision for the next legislative session”

Upmeyer: Republicans to “roll out our vision for the next legislative session”

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer – Iowans deserve and expect to know where their representatives stand on important issues that impact their pocketbooks and livelihood. They want to know how their…

‘Hit and Run’ brings back the car-chase comedy

By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – In ancient times, before the phrases “global warming” and “peak oil” ruined our fun, Hollywood used to make car-chase comedies, automotive epics that were…

Alliant to trim trees in Mason City, Clear Lake, Manly, other towns

Alliant to trim trees in Mason City, Clear Lake, Manly, other towns

MASON CITY, Iowa – August 20, 2012 – The Alliant Energy Tree Trimming Team is constantly working to keep trees away from power lines, and soon, the team is coming…

Some boomers to their mortgage: ‘Til death do us part’

Some boomers to their mortgage: ‘Til death do us part’

By Donna Gehrke-White, Sun Sentinel – FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — More baby boomers are retiring while still paying mortgages — and some expect to make house payments into their 90s,…

Flu clinics to be held in September

Flu clinics to be held in September

The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health will be hosting several public flu clinics this year. Here are the locations, dates and times: Ventura Community Center, Wednesday, September 5,…

GOP presses Rep. Todd Akin to quit Senate race after saying pregnancy from “legitimate rape” is rare

GOP presses Rep. Todd Akin to quit Senate race after saying pregnancy from “legitimate rape” is rare

By Lisa Mascaro and Mark Z. Barabak, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Leading Republicans sought Monday to pressure Rep. Todd Akin into quitting the U.S. Senate race in Missouri,…

For $50, I can get the Iowa running backs curse lifted

For $50, I can get the Iowa running backs curse lifted

Mike Hlas, CR Gazette – After the first 10 or 12 University of Iowa running backs either left the program or suffered a cruel injury, I said it was just…

University of Iowa ranked second-best ‘party school’

University of Iowa ranked second-best ‘party school’

Diane Heldt, CR Gazette – The University of Iowa is the nation’s No. 2 “party school,” according to an annual review that ranks things such as academics, campus life, politics…

Bad math skills cause customers to miss bargains, study finds

By Melissa Caceres, Sun Sentinel – FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Poor math skills are leading to bad shopping decisions, according to a recent study by the University of Miami School…

Cuban spy appeals conviction in Miami

By Juan O. Tamayo, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — An appeals lawyer for the leader of five Cuban spies convicted in a Miami trial filed an affidavit Monday arguing…

Medical opinion similar to Akin’s has been cited for decades

By Tim Townsend and Blythe Bernhard, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — “The question of rape always stirs the emotions whenever it is introduced into the abortion debate,” Dr.…

Driver licenses for some illegal immigrants flares into burning question

By Matt O’Brien, Contra Costa Times – WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — The California Department of Motor Vehicles is waffling on whether it will issue driver’s licenses to young illegal immigrants…

Porn industry announces moratorium after reported syphilis cases

By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Jolted by the possibility of a syphilis outbreak among its ranks, a Los Angeles-based trade group that represents the adult…

Jury hears case against Illinois man accused of killing his family

By Steve Schmadeke, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — As his family lay shot dead in their SUV, one daughter clutching a stuffed animal and Harry Potter novel, Christopher Vaughn was…

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