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Justice Not Politics Action Chair Sally Pederson responds to Vander Plaats Bus Tour

MASON CITY — Justice Not Politics Action Chair Sally Pederson responded today to the Bob Vander Plaats bus tour stop in Mason City: “While Bob Vander Plaats and out-of-state politicians…

Bus tours in judicial retention battle make their cases in Mason City

Bus tours in judicial retention battle make their cases in Mason City

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Two bus tours on the opposite ends of the judicial retention battle stopped in Mason City Wednesday morning to make their cases. At…

EDITORIAL: Iowa Legal Aid helps deliver justice

CR Gazette Editorial Board – For 35 years, Iowa Legal Aid has provided free civil legal services for Iowans with incomes barely above the poverty level or much lower. The…

Council puts sanitation controversy to rest – for now

Council puts sanitation controversy to rest – for now

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Following a public backlash and no valid bids being submitted from private companies, the Mason City Council and Mayor Bookmeyer finally laid the…

Mason City man found guilty of violating no-contact order

Mason City man found guilty of violating no-contact order

MASON CITY – Judge Rustin Davenport found a Mason City man guilty on Monday of violating a civil no-contact order. Jeremy Joe Barragan, 22, was charged with violating the no-contact…

Iowa City school bomb threat suspects identified as brothers, Regina students

Vanessa Miller, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – UPDATE: Two brothers were arrested Tuesday in connection with a pair of bomb threats. Twice this school year, the threats shut down…

Twins rally to beat Yanks, 5-4

Twins rally to beat Yanks, 5-4

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS—For the Minnesota Twins veterans who’ve been there through so many crushing losses to the New York Yankees, Tuesday night was sweet. With…

Cubs fall to Rockies in rain-shortened game

Cubs fall to Rockies in rain-shortened game

By Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune – DENVER — Dave Sappelt had his first shot at the leadoff spot Tuesday night when the Cubs began a three-game series against the Rockies…

Braves clinch wild-card berth with Freeman’s walk-off home run

Braves clinch wild-card berth with Freeman’s walk-off home run

By Carroll Rogers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – ATLANTA — Kris Medlen was chasing history, and the Braves a wild-card berth, but so much about the 2012 season has been about…

Lions preparing for tough battle with a familiar but surging foe: the Vikings

By Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — Don’t look now, but the Minnesota Vikings are tied for the lead in the NFC North. After Seattle and the NFL…

Staples to close stores, cut costs, boost online presence

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Staples Inc. is speeding up store closures, shaking up management and boosting its online business as the office-supply chain implements a…

Eleven Defendants Charged with Distributing Multi-Kilogram Amounts of Heroin or Cocaine Following DEA-Led Investigation

Two brothers driving a flatbed tow truck carrying a blue Honda Prelude exited the Kennedy Expressway at Armitage Avenue where they failed to stop at a red light about 7:20…

Militiaman gets 5 years in prison for weapons conviction

By Richard Mauer, Anchorage Daily News – ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Fairbanks militia member Coleman Barney was sentenced Monday to five years in prison on two weapons violations, substantially less time than…

Home price index reaches highest level in almost 2 years

By Jim Puzzanghera and Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Home prices in the nation’s biggest cities have risen to their highest level in nearly two years, according to…

Drone strikes in Pakistan have killed many civilians, study says

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times – Far more civilians have been killed by U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas than U.S. counterterrorism officials have acknowledged, a new study by…

Analysis: Romney campaign impaired by shift in voter attitudes

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Republican nominee Mitt Romney faces a fundamental problem as the presidential campaign moves into its final phase: Voter attitudes about the state…

Supreme Court to consider forced tests for DUI suspects

Supreme Court to consider forced tests for DUI suspects

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether motorists suspected of drunken driving who refuse to take a breath test can…

Consumer confidence up this month, Conference Board reports

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Consumer confidence has risen this month as people said they are more optimistic about their situation and the short-term direction of the…

Struggling RIM aims for leading role in mobile industry

By Troy Wolverton, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — Research In Motion Ltd. has been struggling lately, but the company’s new BlackBerry software gives it the chance to…

Romney calls for overhauling US foreign aid

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — Mitt Romney said Tuesday that the United States must rethink how it awards foreign aid, and should work more with the…

3 Swiss convicted in nuclear smuggling case

By Albert Otti – BELLINZONA, Switzerland — Three engineers from the same family were convicted Tuesday in Switzerland for their central roles in an international smuggling network that has supplied…

In an election swamped by secret money, corporations choose openness

By Melanie Mason, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Undisclosed political money is playing an outsized role in the 2012 election cycle. But as some political donors are seeking to hide…

Obama, Romney focus on foreign policy in New York

By Lesley Clark and David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – NEW YORK — With the United Nations as a backdrop, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney engaged in a de…

MN Man Sentenced for Assault on a Federal Officer

BISMARCK, ND—U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on September 24, 2012, Bruce Flying Horse, 23, of Cannon Ball, North Dakota, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland…

Fewer women graduating with computer-science degrees

By Walter Pacheco, Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — High school senior Vanessa Pena fell in love with computer science the day her fifth-grade teacher brought a computer to class, dismantled…

Bank of America-owned homes shabbier in minority areas, groups say

By Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — The National Fair Housing Alliance and five affiliated organizations announced on Tuesday the filing of a federal housing discrimination complaint against…

Russia reacts to study, halts imports of Monsanto corn

By Georgina Gustin, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — A Russian government watchdog agency has called for the suspension of a Monsanto-developed corn after a controversial French study, published last…

Man gets jail term in Stevie Wonder extortion plot

By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A man who had falsely claimed to be Stevie Wonder’s nephew and threatened to sell erroneous information unless the singer paid…

Former Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Production of Child Pornography

James L. Santelle, United States Attorney of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced on Monday that Philip Wentzel (age 41), formerly of West Allis, Wisconsin, and formerly a sergeant with…

Meet and greet with power lifters for children to be held Saturday at N.I.P. Fitness

Meet and greet with power lifters for children to be held Saturday at N.I.P. Fitness

MASON CITY – North Iowa Powerlifting along with P-town Barbell and South Side Bully (both gyms from Minnesota) and 22nd Street Barbell (from Des Moines) will be hosting a meet…

In Chicago, voter registration lags behind ’08 figures

By Hal Dardick, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — With two weeks left to register to vote, the number of people on Chicago’s voting rolls is about 225,000 less than it was…

3 sentenced to prison in Ohio baby’s meth death

By Ed Meyer, Akron Beacon Journal – AKRON, Ohio — Patrick Nicholas Lerch spent the last weeks of his short life in the rat-infested basement of a home in the Goodyear…

Akin stays in Missouri Senate race as final deadline passes

By Kevin McDermott, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — As expected, Todd Akin let pass the final deadline for his withdrawal from the U.S. Senate race Tuesday, defiantly predicting to…

Notre Dame opting out of football series against Michigan

By Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — The Michigan vs. Notre Dame football series is coming to an abrupt end. Contrary to the indications Notre Dame athletic director Jack…

Romney, Obama have competing ideas on how to bring school quality up, college tuition down

Romney, Obama have competing ideas on how to bring school quality up, college tuition down

By Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Should money for federal student grants for college be cut back? Should parents be able to spend local tax dollars to pay for…

Obama condemns anti-US protests, defends Arab Spring strategy

Obama condemns anti-US protests, defends Arab Spring strategy

By Paul Richter and Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – UNITED NATIONS — Warning of a deepening rift between the West and the Muslim world after two weeks of anti-American violence,…

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer tells employees her turnaround strategy

By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times – SAN FRANCISCO — Can Marissa Mayer save Yahoo Inc.? That’s the question Mayer tried to address in an all-hands employee meeting Tuesday as she…

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs driverless car law

By Mike Rosenberg San Jose Mercury News (MCT) MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — With Google co-founder Sergey Brin by his side, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill to allow…

MN Man Sentenced for Distribution of Marijuana

BISMARCK, ND—U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on September 24, 2012, Joseph C. Ramirez III, 26, of Fort Yates, North Dakota, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L.…

Man Sentenced to More Than Six Years in Federal Prison for Receiving Child Pornography Over the Internet

JACKSONVILLE, FL—United States District Judge Marcia Morales Howard sentenced Christian Yvon Lapierre (47, a Canadian citizen residing in Jacksonville) to 77 months in federal prison for receiving child pornography over…

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