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Grassley: Happy Anniversary, U.S. Constitution

Grassley: Happy Anniversary, U.S. Constitution

From Senator Charles Grassley: It’s something we use every day yet rarely take the time to celebrate.  It’s as solid as the ground beneath our feet and still extremely flexible. …

Prison Inmate Escape – John Bennett Unit, Fort Madison

Prison Inmate Escape – John Bennett Unit, Fort Madison

Steven Adcock, a minimum outs worker from John Bennett Unit at Fort Madison escaped from a work detail on Keokuk, Iowa. He was last seen by his Keokuk city work…

Chicago Public Schools fails to get court order ending teachers strike

By Jason Meisner, Hal Dardick, Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah and Joel Hood, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Lawyers for Chicago Public Schools were rebuffed Monday in their hopes of winning a temporary…

Statement from FBI Special Agent in Charge Regarding Activities Near Federal Building

FBI Kansas City Special Agent in Charge Michael Kaste issued the following statement: The FBI is aware of media reports concerning the person who walked into the Kansas City Federal…

Closing the book on CIA torture

The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times: ——— Thanks to the Obama administration and belated action by Congress, the Central Intelligence Agency is no longer in the business…

UPDATED: Sources say MCHS homecoming dance went bad

UPDATED: Sources say MCHS homecoming dance went bad

by Matt Marquardt – Sources are now following up today with NIT with reports that the Mason City High School homecoming dance went bad. NIT is told by several sources…

Car fire threatens ditch and field Sunday afternoon

Car fire threatens ditch and field Sunday afternoon

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – The Mason City Fire Department and Mason City Police were dispatched to South California Avenue Sunday afternoon for a car…

Shell scales back Alaska offshore drilling efforts until next year

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – Shell Alaska said Monday it has abandoned its efforts to drill into hydrocarbon deposits in the offshore Arctic after the latest in a…

Niners stop Lions, 27-19

Niners stop Lions, 27-19

By Cam Inman, Contra Costa Times – SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco 49ers opened their penultimate season at Candlestick Park with more than just another win for their growing…

Jay’s double sparks Cardinals’ win over Dodgers

By Joe Strauss, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – LOS ANGELES — A week of disappointment behind them, the St. Louis Cardinals slogged through 12 innings Sunday afternoon to find a shiny…

Nigerian national admits to using deceased man’s identity for work at Newark airport

TRENTON, N.J. – A Nigerian man, who came to the U.S. in 1989 and assumed the identity of a murder victim to remain in the country illegally, has pleaded guilty…

Mason City man arrested after assault at local bar

Mason City man arrested after assault at local bar

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was arrested after an alleged assault at a local bar. Luke Andrew Chodur, 39, fled the scene after he allegedly assaulted a Mason…

School district spending millions on bricks and mortar, but what is end product?

School district spending millions on bricks and mortar, but what is end product?

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – As the Mason City School District completes a multi-year upgrade of school facilities in Mason City, tearing down landmark schools and replacing…

West Park trails under repair

West Park trails under repair

MASON CITY – Trails south of West Park tennis courts are currently under repair. The Mason City Council at their September 4th meeting selected Heartland Asphalt to do the work. …

Authorities extinguish grass fire Saturday in Mason City

Authorities extinguish grass fire Saturday in Mason City

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – A lady and her three sons, riding their bikes along the north/south railroad tracks by the Ray Rorick Skate Park…

Latest from Steve King

Latest from Steve King

Congressman Steve King (R-IA) spoke at the Values Voter Summit 2012 on September 14, 2012. — Sept. 14th, 2012: King Introduces “No Hungry Kids Act” Washington, DC- Congressman Steve King…

Boy Scouts helped child molesters cover their tracks, files show

By Kim Christensen and Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES—Over two decades, the Boy Scouts of America failed to report hundreds of alleged child molesters to police and often…

Chicago teachers extend strike; mayor plans legal action to end walkout

By Noreen Ahmed-Ullah, Joel Hood and Diane Rado, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Sunday that he will go to court to force an end to the Chicago…

Actor gives us an Urban take on Judge Dredd

Actor gives us an Urban take on Judge Dredd

By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – ORLANDO, Fla. — The British comic book “Judge Dredd” made its debut in the mid-1970s, starring a helmeted lawman who was judge, jury and…

Netanyahu again urges Obama to draw ‘red line’ against Iran nuclear program

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday renewed his campaign to get President Barack Obama to take a harder line toward Iran…

Syria massacres seem to show slow, steady killing strategy

Los Angeles Times – DARAYA, Syria — As he hid from soldiers in a field next to his neighborhood, a young man watched as a cat wandered down a street.…

Cubs’ Samardzija finally finds comfort zone in baseball

Cubs’ Samardzija finally finds comfort zone in baseball

By Dave van Dyck, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Who would have dreamed that on a weekend when Notre Dame, NFL and Cubs seasons overlap that Jeff Samardzija’s role would be…

Keselowski passes Johnson to win Chase opener

Keselowski passes Johnson to win Chase opener

By Jim Utter, The Charlotte Observer – JOLIET, Ill. — Brad Keselowski and Penske Racing met the “gold standard” in NASCAR on Sunday. To win a championship, however, they will have…

Game console price war ahead, analyst predicts

By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Gamers could become winners in a price war this holiday as console manufacturers slug it out for scarce consumer dollars, according…

Capers adjusts and Packers improve

Capers adjusts and Packers improve

By Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – GREEN BAY, Wis. — Feeling the sting of an opening day loss in which his unit made too many mistakes to contend with a…

Pope closes Lebanon visit by urging interfaith harmony

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Pope Benedict XVI closed a three-day visit to Lebanon on Sunday with an impassioned plea for peace, reconciliation and interreligious harmony,…

Timberwolves’ Andrei Kirilenko has his reasons

Timberwolves’ Andrei Kirilenko has his reasons

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – Speaking from Russia on Thursday, new Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko listed the reasons — beyond $10 million a season, of course — why he…

St. John urges community to say ‘God Bless the Comets’ during homecoming week in Charles City

St. John urges community to say ‘God Bless the Comets’ during homecoming week in Charles City

CHARLES CITY (IOWA) – It is Homecoming Week in the Charles City school system and a local church wants to make sure the whole student body knows the whole Charles…

Mason City man held on violating no-contact order

Mason City man held on violating no-contact order

MASON CITY – A Mason City man is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on charges that he violated a civil no-contact order. Jeremy Joe Barragan, 22, is…

Greasing the wheels of an urban oil-drilling boom

Greasing the wheels of an urban oil-drilling boom

By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — In the early days of California’s oil boom, derricks crowded beaches, covered hillsides and dominated cityscapes. If a road was…

Recreation workshop brings dozens to Mason City

Recreation workshop brings dozens to Mason City

MASON CITY – The Iowa Park & Recreation Association Fall Workshop was held in Mason City last week, September 11th through the 13th. The workshop was coordinated by Mason City…

Chicago teen charged in ‘violent jihad’ car-bomb attempt

By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times – An Illinois teen has been arrested on suspicion of trying to detonate a car bomb in front of a Chicago bar, authorities said Saturday.…

No NHL deal reached; lockout begins

By George Richards, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — With no formal negotiations taking place Saturday, the NHL locked out its players for the third time since 1994 at midnight. The…

Mason City Council to hold three public hearings Tuesday

Mason City Council to hold three public hearings Tuesday

MASON CITY – The Mason City Council will meet Tuesday night at the Mason City Library at 7 PM. On the agenda, the Council will set October 31st from 5…

Companies set sights on aging consumers

By Ely Portillo, The Charlotte Observer – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Easier-to-chew foods, brighter lights in stores and bigger, clearer fonts on packaging: Those are a few of the changes marketers discussed…

Higher gas prices fuel August jump in retail sales, inflation

Higher gas prices fuel August jump in retail sales, inflation

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — The gas pump helped the economy last month, and also hurt it. Retail sales jumped 0.9 percent in August, the biggest increase…

Fall and rise of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., all in one fight

By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times – LAS VEGAS — After the 10th round of what would be Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s first loss, boxing’s power brokers briefly huddled. The big…

In Syria’s largest city, rebellion takes an overtly religious tone

In Syria’s largest city, rebellion takes an overtly religious tone

By David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers – ALEPPO, Syria — Two months into the battle for Syria’s second largest city, the airstrikes have become a part of daily life. Sometimes they…

People gather to get tickets for Biden stop

William Smith, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – About 25 people gathered around the entrance to the Port of Burlington building Saturday morning, patiently waiting to grab a free ticket to…

Obama and Romney on Global warming

Obama and Romney on Global warming

Graphic comparing and contrasting Mitt Romney and Barack Obama on the key issue of global warming.…

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