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The revenge of Ayn Rand

By Tirdad Derakhshani, The Philadelphia Inquirer – Ayn Rand, the novelist and philosophical thinker whose books have for decades been ignored by literature and philosophy departments, had her revenge earlier…

Sound Advice: What does ‘frequency response’ mean?

By Don Lindich, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Q. It seems that advertising the frequency response of audio equipment is no longer done. I would really prefer to have the report…

Ryan Lochte, other Olympians test the reality TV waters

By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — Over the weekend, Ryan Lochte celebrated his five Olympic medals the way any red-blooded American male would do: by heading…

Vikings’ Robison set to take another big step

Vikings’ Robison set to take another big step

By Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Brian Robison’s soft Texas drawl is calming but deceptive. At first you think the Vikings’ left defensive end is cool, maybe…

Twins’ loss means 21 games under .500

Twins’ loss means 21 games under .500

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – OAKLAND, Calif. — The good news is that Twins righthander Liam Hendriks identified a mechanical flaw during his outing on…

Heavy shelling reported in Syria’s capital

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Syrian opposition activists reported heavy shelling Wednesday in Damascus, the capital, as authorities in neighboring Lebanon said a cease-fire had…

King: This Fiscal Cliff is Preventable

King: This Fiscal Cliff is Preventable

Washington, DC- Congressman Steve King released the following statement today in response to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report predicting that a “deep recession” is imminent if Democrats continue to…

Minnesota State University head football coach arrested on child porn charges

Minnesota State University head football coach arrested on child porn charges

Dan Nienaber, The Free Press, Mankato, Minn. – EAGLE LAKE — Minnesota State University head football coach Todd Hoffner was booked into the Blue Earth County jail at 12:40 p.m.…

Man charged in alleged assault of Hermantown, MN police officer

Duluth News Tribune – A 25-year-old man was charged today in Duluth District Court in the alleged assault of a police officer in the Hermantown Walmart parking lot. Bryan James…

Agency to turn methane gas from Cedar Rapids landfill into electricity and heat

Rick Smith, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency is at it again, preparing to turn methane generated by decaying landfill…

The MAC is the Big Ten’s football pinata, and Iowa gets two swings at it in September

Mike Hlas, CR Gazette – Iowa has four nonconference football dates. It has chosen to fill two of them this year with games against teams from the Mid-American Conference. The…

Suspect in fatal Iowa City shooting waives extradition

Vanessa Miller, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – UPDATE: A 27-year-old Illinois man suspected of first-degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting in Iowa City in June waived extradition…

With economy in free fall, Egypt asks IMF for $4.8 billion

By Amina Ismail, McClatchy Newspapers – CAIRO — Facing an angry public spurred by a failing economy, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi formally requested a $4.8 billion emergency loan from the…

Texas epicenter of worst West Nile outbreak in years, CDC says

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – HOUSTON—There’s been an alarming increase in the number of West Nile cases nationwide, with more than 1,100 reported, according to officials from the…

Latino groups will push agenda at party conventions

By Franco Ordonez, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — A coalition of Hispanic advocacy groups on Wednesday unveiled an ambitious policy agenda, which it intends to deliver to party leaders in…

Prince Harry’s nude photos cause royal embarrassment

By Anna Tomforde – LONDON — Prince Harry has been caught in tricky situations before — but never quite like this. The website images showing the 27-year-old prince — naked…

Smell permeates city Tuesday and Wednesday

MASON CITY – A not-so-pleasant aroma has invaded Mason City over the last 24 hours or so and continues to linger. An NIT reader contacted us this morning about the…

Free Market for the Community to Be Held August 25

Free Market for the Community to Be Held August 25

MASON CITY – A Free Market will be held on Saturday, August 25, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the parking lot at Grace Evangelical Church in Mason City.…

Clear Lake man gets prison for preying on child

Clear Lake man gets prison for preying on child

A 32-year-old Clear Lake man has been sentenced to serve up to 10 years in prison for satisfying his sexual desires with a 13-year-old female. On April 21st Clear lake…

VIDEO: Watch council listening post and public forum

VIDEO: Watch council listening post and public forum

MASON CITY – The Mason City Council offers a listening post at the end of council meetings where any citizen can address the council for up to 5 minutes.  The…

Americans waste $165 billion in food annually, report says

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Americans are throwing out nearly every other bite of food, wasting up to 40 percent of the country’s supply each year…

GOP platform on abortion is tougher than Romney’s stance

GOP platform on abortion is tougher than Romney’s stance

By William Douglas and David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Republicans who are drafting the party’s platform approved strong anti-abortion language Tuesday that makes no exceptions to allow abortion in…

Consumer credit default index down for 7th straight month

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Americans continue to do a better job paying off their debts, with a leading index of defaults on mortgages, credit cards and…

Ryan takes sharp aim at Obama remarks

By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times – CARNEGIE, Pa. — Rep. Paul Ryan offered a nostalgic revue of some of President Obama’s greatest hits Tuesday — at least, the statements by…

Bettendorf Woman Sentenced to 240 Months Imprisonment for Child Exploitation Offenses

DAVENPORT, IA – On August 15, 2012, Amanda Diener, age 37, of Bettendorf, Iowa, was sentenced to 240 months imprisonment, having previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sexually exploit a…

Man pleads guilty to cutting off acquaintance’s hand for insurance money

By John Monk, The State (Columbia, S.C.) – COLUMBIA, S.C. — Gerald “Trey” Hardin III, a self-described crack cocaine addict, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Columbia to being part…

Street Closure: 200 block of 9th Street NW

MASON CITY – Beginning Wednesday August 22, 2012 at 7:30 a.m., the Mason City Utility Division will begin street repairs at 9th Street NW & North Adams Avenue. 9th Street…

Train derailments fuel debate over transporting coal

By Curtis Tate, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — A string of derailments of trains carrying coal has galvanized opponents of new coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest, who are concerned…

No exceptions for rape in GOP’s anti-abortion platform

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – TAMPA, Fla. — The Republican Party’s platform committee approved anti-abortion language Tuesday without adding exceptions for rape — a suddenly hot issue after weekend…

Obama declares he’s ‘walked the walk’ on education reform

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – COLUMBUS, Ohio — Pressing a contrast with his rivals for the White House, President Barack Obama expanded his critique of the Republican budget…

Doctor behind rape theory supported Romney in 2007

By Kim Geiger, Tribune Washington Bureau – (MCT) WASHINGTON — After saying he “can’t defend” Rep. Todd Akin’s suggestion that women don’t get pregnant from rape, Mitt Romney stepped up his…

Three inexperienced backs still vying for Packers’ job in nickel defense

Three inexperienced backs still vying for Packers’ job in nickel defense

By Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – GREEN BAY, Wis. — Of the two positions still up for grabs on the Green Bay Packers’ defensive unit, the one that is…

House of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer for sale

By Mary Beth Breckenridge, Akron Beacon Journal – BATH TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The childhood home of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is up for sale. The three-bedroom, 2,170-square-foot house is listed for…

Waterloo Motorcycle Accident Results In Fatality

On August 20, 2012 at approximately 11:18 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the area of Franklin St and Nevada St reference a single vehicle (motorcycle) accident. On arrival to this…

Test of Wi-Fi-connected cars poised to begin

By Alisa Priddle, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — Motorists in Ann Arbor, Mich., have a chance to change the future of the auto industry and significantly reduce fatalities from car…

Top U.S. general’s plane damaged by insurgent fire

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Mortars or missiles fired by insurgents hit the plane being used by the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff…

Tropical Storm Isaac emerges, could threaten Florida

By Ken Kaye, Sun Sentinel – FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tropical Storm Isaac emerged in the Atlantic on Tuesday afternoon, and it’s one Florida needs to keep an eye on. Over…

Anderson shines in season debut as A’s defeat Twins

By Joe Stiglich, Contra Costa Times – OAKLAND, Calif. — A flurry of A’s roster activity over a 24-hour period managed to push Brett Anderson’s season debut out of the…

Ryan Tannehill said he’s excited to be named Dolphins starting quarterback

By R.J. Rico, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — So many microphones and TV cameras surrounded Ryan Tannehill in the locker room after practice Tuesday that Will Barker had to…

Floyd County Community Foundation adds Six New Members to Governing Committee

FLOYD COUNTY, August 22, 2012 – The Floyd County Community Foundation would like to announce the addition of six new members to its governing committee. These new members replace outgoing…

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