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MCFD: Cigarette lighter “probable cause” of Sunday’s house fire

MCFD: Cigarette lighter “probable cause” of Sunday’s house fire

From the Mason City Fire Department – MASON CITY – The Mason City Fire Department responded to an alarm for a house fire at 1008 15th Street N.E. on Sunday,…

MCPD apprehend subject “armed with a long gun”

MCPD apprehend subject “armed with a long gun”

MASON CITY – On August 8, 2012, at 6:42 PM, officers were dispatched to the 000 block of North Tennessee Aveenue reference an adult male subject in the callers property…

Isaac takes aim at New Orleans, just seven years after Katrina

By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times – Isaac is now barreling toward New Orleans, slated to make landfall late Tuesday or Wednesday on the Gulf Coast. But the name on many…

Christian college’s lawsuit over contraception is dismissed

By Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A federal judge has dismissed Wheaton College’s lawsuit against the Obama administration for requiring the evangelical Christian college to offer health insurance…

Pakistan: Girl with Downs Syndrome arrested for blasphemy

Adnkronos International, Rome – ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Hundreds of Christian families on Monday fled the village near Islamabad where an 11-year-old Christian girl with Down Syndrome had been arrested for…

Harkin Announces $750,000 for Coralville Intermodal Transportation Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the City of Coralville received $750,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to construct a portion of the Intermodal Transportation…

YMCA mum on questions; no press release so far

YMCA mum on questions; no press release so far

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Following up today on the Mason City YMCA arrests, where three individuals were arrested and booked on August 1st after an investigation into…

Man scuffles with Clear Lake police at traffic stop; two with minor injuries

Man scuffles with Clear Lake police at traffic stop; two with minor injuries

CLEAR LAKE – A Nora Springs man caused minor injuries to two Clear Lake police officers at a traffic stop early Monday morning. According to police Chief Greg Peterson, Matthew…

Witnesses sought in connection with sexual assualt

Witnesses sought in connection with sexual assualt

MASON CITY – A family is asking that potential witnesses help solve a sexual assault case. According to details given to NIT, on the morning of June 16th, 2012 at…

Drew Peterson’s lawyers ready to begin defense

By Stacy St. Clair, Steve Schmadeke and Ryan Haggerty, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Assuming the Drew Peterson prosecution rests Monday and the judge does not dismiss the murder charge —…

Chicago violence takes a toll on child’s play

Chicago violence takes a toll on child’s play

By Lolly Bowean and Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Fourteen-year-old Samaiya Butler longs for the freedom just to walk to the corner store or a nearby nail shop for…

Family faces difficulty of classifying hate crimes

Family faces difficulty of classifying hate crimes

By Christopher Leone, Cronkite News Service – WASHINGTON — Since March, someone has repeatedly banged on the front door of Felix Bermea’s Gilbert, Ariz., home, set bushes on fire and written…

Offense out of sync in Panthers’ victory over Jets

Offense out of sync in Panthers’ victory over Jets

By Joseph Person, The Charlotte Observer – EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera wanted to see how his team would perform on the biggest stage – in…

Lack of cooperation stymies most shooting cases, Tribune finds

David Heinzmann, Chicago Tribune – Chicago police have suspended nearly 80 percent of their investigations into nonfatal shootings on the grounds that victims wouldn’t cooperate, according to a review of…

‘The Expendables 2’ holds on to top spot at box office

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — At the box office this past weekend, studios took “what’s been hanging around in their closet out and tried to…

Tennis players could face hard times as US Open starts Monday

By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — This might be the year to expect some surprises at the U.S. Open. Play in the year’s final tennis major begins…

Where Romney and GOP stand on key issues

By William Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Republicans convene in Tampa, Fla., this week not just to coronate Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate, but also to set the agenda…

Ron Paul tells Republicans that his movement will endure

Ron Paul tells Republicans that his movement will endure

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – TAMPA, Fla. — Ron Paul marked the end of his presidential ambitions at a raucous rally Sunday night with a message to the…

Sheffield Sourdough Days Parade Held

Sheffield Sourdough Days Parade Held

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – SHEFFIELD – Sourdough Days was celebrated this weekend in Sheffield, starting Friday with a City Wide Garage Sale and going through the weekend.…

I-35 race season winding down

I-35 race season winding down

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – The days are getting shorter and the evenings darker, but the competition at the I-35 Speedway is still blazing hot.…

Romney says he gained no tax benefit from overseas funds

By Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney said Sunday that he gained no tax benefits by investing in funds based in the Cayman Islands and other…

Dozens more bodies found at Syria massacre site

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Bloodied bodies lay strewn in the streets, in basements and even in the cemetery in the besieged Damascus suburb of…

Isaac largely spares South Florida, but is expected to gain strength in Gulf

Isaac largely spares South Florida, but is expected to gain strength in Gulf

By Curtis Morgan, Cammy Clark and Susan Cocking, The Miami Herald – KEY WEST, Fla. — Big but not bad. Tropical Storm Isaac huffed and puffed but blew little down…

Seahawks: Jackson going to Buffalo; T.O. cut

By Danny O’Neil, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — Three weeks was enough time for Seattle to decide that Terrell Owens wasn’t going to fit into its future, and now…

Twins dodge sweep in Texas

Twins dodge sweep in Texas

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – ARLINGTON, Texas — Music thumped throughout the visitors clubhouse Sunday at Rangers Ballpark. It’s been a while since the Twins…

Hundreds of small earthquakes shake California region

By Kate Mather, David Zahniser and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — An “earthquake storm” continued to rattle Imperial County, Calif., late Sunday, with the region experiencing…

Pediatricians’ group shifts in favor of circumcision

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times – The American Academy of Pediatrics has shifted its official position on the contentious issue of infant circumcision, stating Monday that the medical benefits…

Cyclones Fall To No. 12 Florida State, No. 15 Tennessee

Cyclones Fall To No. 12 Florida State, No. 15 Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 10 Iowa State (1-2, 0-0 Big 12) played 10 sets of top-15 volleyball on Saturday, falling to No. 12 Florida State in five sets (23-25, 25-23,…

It’s make or break time for Chiefs quarterback Cassel

It’s make or break time for Chiefs quarterback Cassel

By Randy Covitz, The Kansas City Star – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — During the offseason, Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel and his wife, Lauren, followed a nightly routine. (PHOTO: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback…

Woman claims state agency fired her for using medical pot

Phaedra Haywood, The Santa Fe New Mexican – A Santa Fe woman says she is preparing to sue the New Mexico State Personnel Office because she was fired from her…

Shell seeks more time to begin exploratory drilling off Alaska coast

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – GIRDWOOD, Alaska — As Shell Alaska’s effort to begin exploratory offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean runs up against a weather-related deadline in…

Vikings have their share of small-college players

Vikings have their share of small-college players

By Mark Craig, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — The Fighting Irish are represented less than one pace to the left. An Oklahoma Sooner towers the same distance to the…

Applications Sought for 2012 Citizen’s Police Academy

Applications Sought for 2012 Citizen’s Police Academy

From the City of Mason City: The Mason City Police Department and the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office are now accepting applications for the 2012 Citizen’s Police Academy. The 2012…