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Syrian army hitting rebels hard in furious offensive

By David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers – ANTAKYA, Turkey — The bombing last month that killed four top Syrian government figures and was followed by rebel offensives in Damascus and Aleppo…

Mexican federal police wound 2 Americans in attack on US Embassy vehicle

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers – MEXICO CITY — Mexican federal police opened fire Friday on an armored vehicle carrying U.S. government employees, wounding two, in a confusing incident in…

Crowds flee for cover outside New York’s Empire State Building as gunfire leaves two dead

Crowds flee for cover outside New York’s Empire State Building as gunfire leaves two dead

By Tina Susman, Steven Zeitchik and Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — Each morning, Jeffrey Johnson would put on a suit, leave his Manhattan apartment, and walk…

Clear Lake wins long-awaited football game over Mason City, 34-7

Clear Lake wins long-awaited football game over Mason City, 34-7

MASON CITY – Mason City and Clear Lake High Schools met on the football field for the first time in decades Friday night, August 24, 2012. A big, enthusiastic crowd…

Authorities break up Mason City underage drinking party Friday morning

Authorities break up Mason City underage drinking party Friday morning

MASON CITY – Mason City police and Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s deputies shut down an underage drinking party Friday morning. According to police, a report of an underage drinking party…

Casey Anthony off probation, her lawyer says

By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — Casey Anthony is free. More than a year after she was acquitted of murder, Anthony, 26, was slated to complete her…

Fired UI professor says he will appeal

Erin Jordan, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Update: A fired University of Iowa professor says he will appeal to the state Board of Regents and file a court injunction…

Stacy Peterson lied to police to cover up killing, minister testifies

By Steve Schmadeke, Matthew Walberg and Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Hugging her knee to her chest, Stacy Peterson cried as she told a Bolingbrook, Ill., minister…

ATF National Response Team Activated to Motel Fire in Steele, ND

ST. PAUL, Minn — The National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with ATF special agents from the St. Paul Field Division,…

Vikings’ Williams is to revive defense

Vikings’ Williams is to revive defense

By Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Alignment. Assignment. Technique. These are the catchphrases right now for what Vikings defensive coordinator Alan Williams believes can be a defensive…

Lance Armstrong says he will no longer fight doping charges

WASHINGTON — Lance Armstrong said he would no longer contest doping charges filed by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), putting him at risk of losing his record seven Tour de…

Federal Jury Convicts Last of 26-member Drug Ring Trafficking in Twin Cities Area

MINNEAPOLIS—Late yesterday in federal court, a jury found a 43-year-old man from Detroit, Michigan, guilty of conspiring to distribute controlled substances, including oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, and heroin in the Twin…

University of Iowa fires tenured professor Juweid

Erin Jordan, CR Gazette – UPDATE: The University of Iowa has fired a tenured radiology professor based on a judicial panel’s finding Dr. Malik Juweid violated patient confidentiality and acted…

Austin’s QPP charged with safety violations

Adam Harringa, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – OSHA has slapped Quality Pork Processors in Austin with three safety violations. The violations, which the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration has…

Toyota squares off with Volkswagen in Brazil

By Hajime Yamagishi, The Yomiuri Shimbun – SAO PAULO — Toyota Motor Corp. is scheduled to launch production in September of locally assembled small vehicles at a new factory in…

Alley Katz bar starting fresh, changing name

Alley Katz bar starting fresh, changing name

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The sign on the front of the building is gone.  Alley Katz is no more. But don’t be fooled, the bar is still…

Joining Big 12 boosts TCU’s recruiting

By Jarret Johnson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram – FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU is just more than two weeks away from opening its first season in the Big 12 and college…

Gun Store Owner and Wife Arrested for Numerous Alleged Firearms Violations

Laredo, Texas – Robert Jacaman Sr. and his wife, Veronica Jacaman, have been arrested following the return of an 11-count federal indictment alleging a variety of violations associated with the…

Final touches on Adams under way before high school students enter

Final touches on Adams under way before high school students enter

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The final touches on John Adams school are under way as freshman are set to start school there on August 29th. The Sophomores,…

Hormel’s 3Q earnings soar to $111.2 million

Adam Harringa, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – Despite a major drought and high grain prices this summer, Hormel Foods Corp. reported a huge increase in third quarter earnings. Hormel claimed…

“Seffner Bandit” Sentenced for Multiple Armed Robberies

Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew sentenced Andre King (33, Tampa) today to 32 years in federal prison for brandishing and using a firearm in connection with…

Capital’s still a bit shaken

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — One year after a rare 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook the Washington, D.C., region, the Washington Monument remains closed for repairs and other…

Leader of BMC Gang Gets 168 Months for Racketeering

BOISE – Alfredo Castro, a/k/a “Papos,” 36, was sentenced today to 168 months in federal prison for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.…

Consumer Confidential: Disabled might be hurt most by Ryan’s Medicare plan

By David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times – Amid all the chatter about whether Paul D. Ryan’s proposed changes would, as Democrats say, “end Medicare as we know it,” one group…

Twins lose to Rangers after defense falls apart

Twins lose to Rangers after defense falls apart

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – ARLINGTON, Texas — The Minnesota Twins did what they could to hang with the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers…

McCaskill derides poll showing her leading Akin by 10 points

By Steve Kraske, The Kansas City Star – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Only in the tumultuous world of Missouri politics could the new leader in the race for the U.S.…

Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced To Life

San Antonio, TX – Matthew Mallory, 36, convicted sex offender, entered a plea of guilty earlier this week to 4 counts of child abuse by intentional infliction of mental injury,…

Ethics board dismisses complaint against Iowa regent Rastetter

Ethics board dismisses complaint against Iowa regent Rastetter

Diane Heldt, CR Gazette – The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board will not move forward with a complaint against state Board of Regents members Bruce Rastetter. The ethics board…

U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Man Wanted for Brutal Assault on Four People

Cleveland, OH – Early this morning, at approximately 12:30 a.m., the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, with the assistance of the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Marco…

One of five caught during Mason City burglary gets deferred judgment and probation

One of five caught during Mason City burglary gets deferred judgment and probation

MASON CITY – A Mason City man who was caught in a house with four other defendants by police after a neighbor reported that the owner was out of town…

Ryan gets little bounce in polls, looks to GOP convention

Ryan gets little bounce in polls, looks to GOP convention

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The lack of any bounce in the polls from Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate is raising…

Syria forces continue to attack rebels in Damascus, Aleppo

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Syrian forces on Thursday renewed attacks against rebel strongholds in the nation’s two largest cities, highlighting the determination of President…

Microsoft gets a new logo for the first time since 1987

By Janet I. Tu, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — For the first time in 25 years, Microsoft Corp. is changing its corporate logo. Microsoft, which has used its solid,…

Feds announce seizure of $150 million in connection with Hizballah money laundering scheme

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart and United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara today announced the seizure of $150 million in connection with a civil…

BRIEF: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ author to sign books in Edina

Mary Ann Grossmann, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – E.L. James will sign copies of her bestselling “Fifty Shades” trilogy at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Barnes & Noble, 3225…

Mayor, council to seek “informal RFP process” for sanitation services

Mayor, council to seek “informal RFP process” for sanitation services

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – A lengthy discussion over the future of Mason City’s Sanitation Department led to the council agreeing to move ahead with an “informal RFP…

Iran expands uranium enrichment capacity, U.N. agency reportedly has found

Iran expands uranium enrichment capacity, U.N. agency reportedly has found

By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency is expected to report next week that Iran has significantly expanded its uranium enrichment capability…

Facebook upgrades iPhone, iPad apps

By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times – SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has rolled out new iPhone and iPad apps rebuilt from the bottom up in a drive to boost speeds…

Many banks sock businesses with improper ‘FDIC’ fee

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Despite an order last month from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to its 7,241 member banks to stop using its name…

Penn State Faculty Senate to ponder whether to ask for sanctions reassessment

By Chris Rosenblum, Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.) – STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The Penn State Faculty Senate will discuss next week whether to ask the NCAA and the…

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