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Bill Clinton’s convention appearance could influence two elections

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When Bill Clinton takes his star turn Wednesday night at the Democratic convention, it will be another step on a remarkable…

Former exotic dancer says suspect in SUV death case visited her at strip club

By Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A former exotic dancer testified Tuesday that Christopher Vaughn visited her several times at a club in the weeks before his wife and…

List of DVD movie release dates for Sept. 4 and beyond

McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change: ——— SEPTEMBER 4: Piranha 3DD — Anchor Bay 4: Safe…

Stock market on rebound, but mutual-fund investors still wary

By Richard Burnett, Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — As Europe’s debt crisis reached a boil earlier this year, John Began jettisoned his investments in stock funds with foreign holdings. The…

Cleanup from Isaac continues in Gulf Coast states

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – Helped by a declaration of a statewide health emergency, Louisiana officials pressed forward Tuesday with their cleanup from last week’s Hurricane Isaac. They also…

Today’s Democrats re-embrace big government

By James Rosen, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — President Bill Clinton may have said the era of big government was over in the 1990s. But as their party meets this week…

Paul Ryan says Obama is worse than Carter

Paul Ryan says Obama is worse than Carter

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times – WESTLAKE, Ohio — With Mitt Romney lying low on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan pounded…

Death toll seen soaring in Syria

By David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers – ANTAKYA, Turkey — The number of people killed in violence in Syria has skyrocketed since U.N. efforts to broker a peace agreement fell apart in…

Obama tells college students GOP interests are hoping they will skip election

Obama tells college students GOP interests are hoping they will skip election

By Kathleen Hennessey and Michael Finnegan, Tribune Washington Bureau – NORFOLK, Va. — President Barack Obama told college students here Tuesday that wealthy Republican interests are hoping they’ll become disillusioned and…

Hurricane Isaac damaged at least 13,000 homes in Louisiana, authorities say

Hurricane Isaac damaged at least 13,000 homes in Louisiana, authorities say

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – It could take weeks to bring Louisiana back to normal after Hurricane Isaac, an unusually wet storm that caused serious flooding in 10 parishes…

Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi kick off Democratic convention

Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi kick off Democratic convention

By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to headline the opening Tuesday of the Democratic National Convention, an emotion-charged finale…

Iowa Pheasant Population Shows Increase After Mild Winter and Spring

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) 2012 August Upland Wildlife Roadside Survey shows the statewide pheasant population has increased 16 percent when compared to last year.…

Webster City Man Claims $1 Million Powerball Prize

Webster City Man Claims $1 Million Powerball Prize

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Webster City man visiting family in the Des Moines area over the Labor Day weekend just happened to buy a Powerball ticket while out to…

UPDATED: School district enforces dress code today at MCHS

UPDATED: School district enforces dress code today at MCHS

MASON CITY – Parents with children attending Mason City High School today informed NIT that the school district has started enforcing its dress code. “I just got back from the…

ARREST UPDATE: Taser inflicted on convicted crook

ARREST UPDATE: Taser inflicted on convicted crook

CLEAR LAKE – A Mason City man with a long rap sheet that includes theft, assault causing bodily injury, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, trespassing, interference with official acts and more…

Suicide attack at Afghan funeral kills 20, wounds dozens more

By Laura King and Hashmat Baktash, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bombing at a funeral in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday killed 20 civilians and injured about…

Supervisors meeting abruptly ended after tough questions

Supervisors meeting abruptly ended after tough questions

MASON CITY – A regular meeting of the Cerro Gordo County Supervisors was abruptly ended by Supervisors Jay Urdahl and Phil Dougherty Tuesday morning after questions from NorthIowaToday.com Publisher Matt…

Sanchez grills Hickey on sanitation department cuts

Sanchez grills Hickey on sanitation department cuts

MASON CITY – Elected officials can run, but they can’t hide, especially if the citizens are determined to confront them about issues they demand answers to.  We will be seeing…

Supervisor Dougherty refuses to answer citizen questions

Supervisor Dougherty refuses to answer citizen questions

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – Something is amiss with the Cerro Gordo County Supervisors. In my experience of attending meetings for the past two years, there seems to be a…

Activists connect drug wars in U.S., Mexico

Ellen Jean Hirst and Antonio Olivo, Chicago Tribune – Chicago: Sunday morning. One man dead after taking three bullets — one to the head, two to the chest. Cocaine clasped in…

4 shot at family party

William Lee, Chicago Tribune – Four people, including an 11-year-old girl, were shot and wounded late Sunday when a gunman opened fire at a family party in the Pill Hill neighborhood…

Gingrich defends Akin’s right to stay in Senate race

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich broke with Mitt Romney and other Republican leaders Sunday by defending the right of Missouri Rep. Todd Akin…

Productive workers put brakes on hiring

Adam Belz, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – Americans have gotten so productive, they may have worked themselves out of 4.4 million jobs. It’s a paradox playing out across the country: Economic output…

Muslim grave site in Chicago area vandalized again

Manya Brachear, Chicago Tribune – A grave site in the Muslim section of Evergreen Cemetery in Evergreen Park has been defaced for the second time in two weeks. Evergreen Park Police…

MCPD seeking grant to help pay for traffic light pre-emption kits

MCPD seeking grant to help pay for traffic light pre-emption kits

MASON CITY – The Mason City Police Department is looking to obtain grant funding from the Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant to install Global Positioning System (GPS) kits on squad…

Alleged guinea pig thief pleads not guilty

Trey Mewes, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – An Austin man who allegedly broke into an apartment and stole a guinea pig pleaded not guilty to theft and trespassing charges in Mower…

Wis. Democrats look to convention as way to spotlight battleground-state status

By Jason Stein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin Democrats have gone south in search of redemption. For nearly two years, the state’s Republicans have had the national spotlight,…

Obama courts the student vote; Romney praised by fellow Mormon

By Kathleen Hennessey and Maeve Reston, Tribune Washington Bureau – BOULDER, Colo. — While his campaign aides like to say they take nothing for granted, President Barack Obama showed a…

Vikings must make decision on Adrian Peterson

Vikings must make decision on Adrian Peterson

By Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — If the calendar is correct, Sunday will be Sept. 9. Which is the Sunday of Week 1 in the NFL. And…

No bond for teen charged with killing teen in front of victim’s mother

Chicago Tribune – A 17-year-old has been charged with killing another teen who was with his mother and brother outside of a laundromat in the Back of the Yards neighborhood,…

Recrafting the cabin: Airlines add, adjust amenities inside jets

Recrafting the cabin: Airlines add, adjust amenities inside jets

By Gregory Karp, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — After decades of relatively little change, aircraft cabins in the United States are undergoing a renaissance that promises to make the flying…

Q&A: The perils of workers using personal phones, tablets

By Steve Alexander, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — To keep up with the times, companies are allowing their employees to use personal smartphones and tablet computers at work. But the…

The unemployed wish campaign spotlight would stay on economy

The unemployed wish campaign spotlight would stay on economy

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Two weeks after Allen Black bought a brand-new Nissan Altima, his coal mining job at Booth Energy in Martin County, Ky. was…

Packers’ priority No. 1: A fast start on the scoreboard

Packers’ priority No. 1: A fast start on the scoreboard

By Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – GREEN BAY, Wis. — Last year, the Green Bay Packers scored the most points of any team in Week 1. Three weeks later…

Astronomy star gets his due for discovering the Kuiper Belt

Astronomy star gets his due for discovering the Kuiper Belt

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Dressed as usual in jeans and Velcro-secured sneakers, University of California, Los Angeles astronomer David Jewitt sat at his desk…

Seattle-area sniper apparently acted alone

The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — The sniper who opened fire in the woods northeast of Arlington, Wash., on Sunday, wounding one man and peppering vehicles with gunfire, apparently acted…

How insured farmer may make more because of drought

Orlan Love, CR Gazette – As an example of a winning crop insurance scenario that may prove common this year, Environmental Working Group Vice President Craig Cox cited a farmer…

Wright in Central Park held Monday in Mason City

Wright in Central Park held Monday in Mason City

MASON CITY – A nice crowd was in downtown Mason City Monday for the Wright in Central Park event. Food vendors from Coffee Cat, Ruby Tuesday, Birdsall’s Ice Cream, and…

Questions linger for friends of slain salon owner

Naomi Nix, Chicago Tribune – Friends and family mourned after a 45-year-old mother and neighborhood beauty shop owner was killed early Sunday, apparently in her apartment building in Chicago’s Uptownneighborhood. Yolanda…

A&E’s ‘Coma’ is not quite a sleeper hit

By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The good news about “Coma,” A&E’s four-hour miniseries adaptation of the Michael Crichton film airing Monday and Tuesday night, is that…

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