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Lakeville police ask for help to find missing man

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – Lakeville police are searching for a man who has been missing for more than a month. Christopher Marc Bellino, 50, of Lakeville…

Obama asks for re-election with plea to reignite hope

Obama asks for re-election with plea to reignite hope

By Lesley Clark and Anita Kumar, McClatchy Newspapers – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With his presidency on the line, President Barack Obama on Thursday asked for more time from voters, acknowledging…

F/A-18 workers exposed to toxic materials

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — Workers at the Navy’s top maintenance facility for F/A-18 warplanes have been exposed to “extremely toxic materials” such as lead,…

Troubled mom in Missouri kills 3 daughters, herself

By Leah Thorsen and Kim Bell, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – DE SOTO, Mo. — A woman who fatally shot her three daughters and herself with a shotgun she bought last…

Jury convicts Drew Peterson of 3rd wife’s murder

Jury convicts Drew Peterson of 3rd wife’s murder

By Steve Schmadeke, Matthew Walberg and Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Moments after a jury found him guilty of drowning his third wife, a stone-faced Drew Peterson…

Ten facts about Iowa and Iowa State football

Mike Hlas, CR Gazette – Ten Things you absolutely must know about the Iowa State and Iowa football programs: 1. Iowa’s 18-17 win over Northern Illinois last Saturday was its…

The Big Ten’s football schedule this week is absolutely stunning — in a good way

Mike Hlas, CR Gazette – September is still summertime, and the livin’ is easy for most BCS conference football programs when it comes to scheduling. Play some patsies at home,…

New data bode well for employment numbers

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama may get a boost after his convention speech Thursday night, but will it all be for naught the…

Long-awaited review of AFT’s failed Fast and Furious coming soon

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice inspector general’s office is close to issuing its long-awaited findings in the Fast and Furious case…

Pakistan orders Save the Children group out of the country

By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – ISLAMABAD — Authorities have ordered foreign workers with the Save the Children aid group to leave the country, after alleging ties between the…

Three and Out . . . The good and the wacky

Marc Morehouse, CR GAzette – 1. Good story I – Iowa defensive end Joe Gaglione had a week to remember against Northern Illinois. He made six tackles, including three for…

Cops investigating whether hip-hop feud linked to slaying

Greg Kot and Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune – Police are looking into whether a war of words in the Chicago hip-hop community is linked to the death of an 18-year-old…

Alliant Energy Foundation awards $1,000 grant to Mason City Public Library

Alliant Energy Foundation awards $1,000 grant to Mason City Public Library

Dollars will be used to expand the library’s collection of electronic books and reference materials CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – September 6, 2012 – The Alliant Energy Foundation has provided a…

21 individuals charged in “Operation Knot So Fast 2012”

ORLANDO, Fla. – Multiple indictments charging 21 individuals with conspiracy and/or immigration benefit fraud (marriage fraud) were unsealed Wednesday. The indictments resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and…

Roth honorary captain for Iowa versus Cyclones

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Former Hawkeye All-American defensive end Matt Roth will serve as Iowa’s Honorary Captain this weekend as the University of Iowa opens the home season by hosting…

National search for woman producing child porn is ended with 2 arrests

National search for woman producing child porn is ended with 2 arrests

PORTLAND, Ore. – The nationwide search for a “Jane Doe” suspected child pornographer, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), ended Tuesday with the arrest of…

MCPD responds to dispute on North Federal Wednesday

MCPD responds to dispute on North Federal Wednesday

MASON CITY – According to Mason City police, officers responded to an argument Wednesday on North Federal Avenue. Five Mason City Police Officers and an animal control officer responded to…

Humane Society of North Iowa events planned for September

Humane Society of North Iowa events planned for September

MASON CITY – The Humane Society of North Iowa has a lot of activities planned for the month of September, including a cat adoption event, a cookbook launch and their…

No. 18 Cyclones Win, 3-1, Over No. 25 UNI

No. 18 Cyclones Win, 3-1, Over No. 25 UNI

AMES, Iowa – No. 18 Iowa State (3-3, 0-0 Big 12) prevailed in four sets (25-18, 23-25, 25-14, 27-25) over No. 25 Northern Iowa (3-3, 0-0 MVC) on Wednesday night…

Firefighters raised thousands for charity over weekend

Firefighters raised thousands for charity over weekend

MASON CITY – The Mason City Fire Department raised thousands of dollars over the Labor Day weekend for charity. Today, the Mason City Fire Department announced that the annual “Fill…

Outlook remains negative for US banking industry, Moody’s says

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — While the majority of banks have improved their finances during the past four years, looming economic threats mean the outlook for the…

Gov. Branstad signs proclamation allowing overweight loads for harvest season

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad signed a proclamation to allow the transportation of oversized and overweight loads of soybeans, corn, hay, straw, silage and stover. The proclamation took…

Death notice: Orval V. Thayer, 92

Orval V. Thayer, 92, of Rockwell, IA, died September 5, 2012 at Rockwell Community Nursing Center in Rockwell. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, September…

‘Bachelorette’ tries to out-raunch ‘Bridesmaids’

By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – You could, if you wanted, sit in a dark theater and simply check off the similarities between the blockbuster “Bridesmaids” and this fall’s “Bridesmaids”…

Herman Cain on ‘a mission’ to help defeat President Obama

Rick Smith, CR Gazette – CEDAR RAPIDS — One-time Godfather’s Pizza executive and unsuccessful Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is back with his numbers, this time it’s 30-30-3. Cain came…

Police vow to rebuild Muslims’ trust in wake of NYPD spying scandal

By Hannan Adely, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) – HACKENSACK, N.J. — New Jersey’s law enforcement leaders have pledged to improve diversity training and expand recruitment in Muslim communities in an…

Branstad announces home loans for Iowans with disabilities

Branstad announces home loans for Iowans with disabilities

Steve Gravelle, CR Gazette – A new state program will help finance housing for Iowans with disabilities, Gov. Terry Branstad’s office announced today. Diana Stromer, housing programs specialist for the…

Democrats scramble to rectify platform snafu

By Matea Gold and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The second night of the Democratic National Convention began in confusion and dissent Wednesday over a last-minute…

Romo tosses 3 touchdown passes as Cowboys beat Giants

Romo tosses 3 touchdown passes as Cowboys beat Giants

By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times – EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — If the Dallas Cowboys are indeed America’s Team, Wednesday night was sort of like their national convention. Lots of…

Federal agency begins probe into deaths of patients at UC Davis

By Marjie Lundstrom, The Sacramento Bee – SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A federal watchdog agency has initiated an investigation into the care of three University of California, Davis patients who died after undergoing…

Clinton delivers vintage spellbinder in defense of Obama’s presidency

Clinton delivers vintage spellbinder in defense of Obama’s presidency

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Declaring that “America is better off” than it was when Barack Obama became president, former President Bill Clinton lauded the…

US drops to seventh in global-competitiveness ranking

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — A lack of economic stability highlighted by a soaring national debt, combined with a lack of trust in government by the…

Credit cards offer pricey, unnecessary extras

By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun – Open a credit card account and you might walk away with more than just plastic. Banks and their vendors heavily hawk card-related services, such…

Second terms often problematic for presidents

By Franco Ordonez, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Barack Obama might want to think twice before accepting his party’s nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Should he win…

Democrats’ platform includes ‘marriage equality’ plank

By Aaron Gould Sheinin and Lynn Hulsey, Dayton Daily News – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For the first time in history, a major political party is formally supporting gay marriage, as Democrats…

Reviews of new pop, country/ blues, jazz and classical releases

The Philadelphia Inquirer – Pop: ANIMAL COLLECTIVE “Centipede Hz” (Domino, 3 stars) With 2007’s “Strawberry Jam” and 2009’s “Merriweather Post Pavilion,” Animal Collective harnessed their wildness by employing wonderful Beach…

Pop culture Q&A: ‘The Killing’ won’t return to AMC

By Rich Heldenfels, Akron Beacon Journal – Q: We all want to know if there is going to be another season of “The Killing.” A: Not on AMC. The network said…

Richie Sambora honestly faces his demons in his latest solo album

By August Brown, Los Angeles Times – The lowest moment of Richie Sambora’s life was the night in 2008 when he was arrested for DUI with his then-10-year-old daughter, Ava, in…

East Texas man sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison for possessing child pornography

BEAUMONT, Texas – A local man was sentenced to 6 ½ years in federal prison Tuesday for child pornography violations, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales, Eastern District of Texas.…

Hacker group alleges it stole 12 million Apple IDs from the FBI

By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A hacker group known as AntiSec claims it stole the identification numbers for 12 million Apple devices and has posted information…

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