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Air Force trainer acquitted in sexual assault at Lackland base in Texas

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – HOUSTON — The latest development in the unfolding sex scandal at San Antonio’s Lackland Air Force Base: An instructor was acquitted of sexually assaulting…

Islamists targeted US diplomats with gunfire, RPGs in planned assault, witness says

By Nancy A. Youssef, Suliman Ali Zway and Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers – BENGHAZI, Libya — The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other American officials died in a coordinated…

Hundreds of L.A. residents rush into street as robbery suspects toss cash into air during pursuit

Hundreds of L.A. residents rush into street as robbery suspects toss cash into air during pursuit

By Andrew Blankstein, Joel Rubin and Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Even in the land of police chases, it was a wild ride. A pair of bank…

Stevens remembered as a man who cared deeply for Libya

Stevens remembered as a man who cared deeply for Libya

By Anita Creamer, The Sacramento Bee – SACRAMENTO, Calif.—After a recent break from work – which included a conference in Germany, a wedding in Sweden and a visit to Vienna –…

US income gap between rich, poor hits new high

US income gap between rich, poor hits new high

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The U.S. poverty rate leveled off last year for the first time since the Great Recession, but the halting recovery deepened the…

US vows ‘justice’ for consulate attack in Libya

US vows ‘justice’ for consulate attack in Libya

By Ned Parker and Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times – CAIRO — The attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in eastern Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans…

New $150,000 southern gateway sign to welcome Cedar Rapids motorists

Rick Smith, CR Gazette – City Hall has been apologizing for some time about the broken-down sign along Interstate 380 that had been welcoming motorists to the city from the…

Five Iowa schools named 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools

Five Iowa schools are among 269 schools nationwide named 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools for their overall academic excellence or for their progress in improving student academic achievement levels: Carroll…

Apple officially announces iPhone 5

Apple officially announces iPhone 5

By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times – SAN FRANCISCO—The iPhone 5 is finally here. After months of rampant rumors and hype, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook debuted the company’s latest smartphone…

Notre Dame moving from Big East to ACC

By Brian Hamilton, Chicago Tribune – SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame will join the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports except football and hockey, both the league and the school…

Minnesota Man Sentenced to 72 Months in Prison for Sexual Abuse of Minors

WASHINGTON – A Minneapolis man was sentenced today to serve 72 months in prison for sexually abusing two minor boys, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice…

Iowa Gaming Commission: “Growing segment of the community has lost confidence” in Worth County Dev. board

Iowa Gaming Commission: “Growing segment of the community has lost confidence” in Worth County Dev. board

The following letter is from the Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission to the Worth County Development Authority (WCDA) as a result of an investigation into the WCDA spearheaded by Worth…

King Rallies With Iowans for “Farm Bill Now”

King Rallies With Iowans for “Farm Bill Now”

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement today after joining several Iowans at the “Farm Bill Now” rally that was held in Washington today. The rally was…

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding to Support Business Growth, Create Jobs and Generate Economic Development in Rural Areas

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2012 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of recipients in 14 states and one territory to receive loans to create or save jobs and…

U.S. ambassador to Libya, 3 other Americans killed in consulate attack

U.S. ambassador to Libya, 3 other Americans killed in consulate attack

By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times – CAIRO — The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans were reported killed as a mob sacked the U.S. Consulate…

Today’s political cartoons

Today’s political cartoons

Political cartoons for readers to enjoy and discuss.  Click each cartoon to view larger.…

Mason City man nabbed for 3rd OWI

Mason City man nabbed for 3rd OWI

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was nabbed last weekend for his 3rd operating while intoxicated (OWI) offense. Jose Maria Hernandez-Pazcual, 46, showing a Mason City address was pulled…

“Narcotics pipe” found outside daycare

MASON CITY – According to a police report, a “narcotics pipe” was found outside a local daycare on Mason City’s north side. The report indicates that a phone call to…

Statement by the President on the Attack in Benghazi

Statement by the President on the Attack in Benghazi

I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Right now, the American people have the…

Iowa City pair accused of trafficking teens to Chicago for prostitution

Vanessa Miller, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – A brother and sister from Iowa City, along with an Ohio man, have been arrested on suspicion of federal sex-trafficking charges after…

Citizen: Tornquist erupts at Hardee’s, says “Who wants to live in a town of 100,000?”

Citizen: Tornquist erupts at Hardee’s, says “Who wants to live in a  town of 100,000?”

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – According to bystander accounts, City Councilman Scott Tornquist yelled at a person at Hardee’s and told him to “go back to Osage.” The…

NIACC crime statistics show spike in three areas

NIACC crime statistics show spike in three areas

MASON CITY – A NIACC campus safety and security document shows a serious spike in two major crime areas. According to the document, on-campus disciplinary actions / judicial referrals for…

Coe College fall 2012 enrollment is second highest ever

Diane Heldt, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – CEDAR RAPIDS – Coe College in Cedar Rapids saw a slight decline in enrollment this fall compared to last year’s record number,…

BBB: Protect Yourself from Investment Scams

From the Better Business Bureau – Before you invest your earnings, it is important to check for scams and verify credibility of the investment firm. Asking questions, research the company,…

Youth, Disabled Hunter Deer Seasons Begin Sept. 15

The first two Iowa deer hunting seasons begin September 15, when the youth season and disabled hunter season open statewide. The youth season is geared toward a positive, one-on-one experience…

Steve Wynn asks jury for $40 million in damages from Joe Francis

By Ashley Powers and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times – An attorney for Steve Wynn asked jurors Tuesday to award the casino mogul an additional $20 million in his slander suit…

US diplomat is killed as protesters storm compounds in Libya, Egypt

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers – CAIRO — A State Department officer was killed Tuesday when armed Islamist militants overran the U.S. Consulate in Libya’s second largest city in…

Kum & Go To Sell 22 Stores to Casey’s

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – (September 11 , 2012) – Kum & Go and Casey’s General Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq symbol CASY) announced today that they have signed an Asset Purchase…

Obit: Beverly M. Deleeuw, 73

Obit: Beverly M. Deleeuw, 73

Beverly M. Deleeuw, 73, of 3056 Highway 18, Charles City died September 9, 2012 at  Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City surrounded by her loved ones. Per her wishes…

Dead Guantanamo detainee won, then lost court-ordered release

By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — The detainee found dead in a maximum-security cell at Guantanamo was a long-despairing Yemeni captive with a history of suicide attempts who…

As ratings erode for the broadcast networks, so does appetite for taking risks

By Neal Justin, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — NBC, the network that brought you “St. Elsewhere,” “Seinfeld” and “30 Rock,” now proudly presents … an adorable monkey. “Animal Practice,” one…

Packers’ Driver puzzled by stalled role

Packers’ Driver puzzled by stalled role

By Tom Silverstein and Tyler Dunne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – GREEN BAY, Wis. — After another fine training camp, Green bay Packers receiver Donald Driver didn’t envision being frozen out…

Sky stops conference leaders Lynx

By Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — With slim playoff hopes dangling precariously in the balance, the Sky probably would have preferred a less imposing opponent Tuesday night than…

‘Saturday Night Live’ adds three new cast members

By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — When “Saturday Night Live” returns this weekend for its 38th season, there will be some familiar faces missing from the…

Defense costs Cardinals in loss to Padres

By Joe Strauss, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – SAN DIEGO — They got a long-awaited quality start on the road and created baserunners almost at a whim. What the St. Louis Cardinals…

Registration Underway for Fall Studio Classes at MacNider Museum

Registration Underway for Fall Studio Classes at MacNider Museum

MASON CITY – Fall is the perfect time to begin an aesthetic adventure.  The studio classes at the MacNider Art Museum will open up new avenues for imaginative projects for…

Obama and Romney tied on economy in new polls

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON—A raft of new polls, all reporting fairly similar numbers, underscores two critical facts about where the presidential race stands: President Barack Obama has…

Treasury tightens trips to Cuba amid complaints

By Juan O. Tamayo, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — An Obama administration “revision” of the regulations on “people-to-people” trips to Cuba, after months of complaints about too much salsa dancing…

University of Iowa names new VP for research, economic development

Diane Heldt, CR Gazette – University of Iowa officials on Tuesday named a Microsoft executive as the new vice president for research and economic development. Daniel Reed, 55, will start…

E-book settlement has publishing world in turmoil

By Dawn Chmielewski and Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Publishing insiders worry that a decisive court ruling benefiting retailer Amazon.com Inc. will undermine an industry already…

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