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Political group demands shared prosperity, investment in public services and infrastructure in light of strong state finances

DES MOINES – Thursday morning working class Iowans will demand that Governor Branstad and elected officials use the state’s $1 billion surplus to invest in all Iowans, not just in tax breaks for…

St. Ansgar man injured Wednesday in motorcycle accident

St. Ansgar man injured Wednesday in motorcycle accident

MITCHELL COUNTY – A St. Ansgar man was injured Wednesday morning in a motorcycle accident in rural Mitchell county. Donald Juenger, 34, was riding a 1975 Harley Davidson motorcycle at…

County Engineer proposes options to Heartland Asphalt in B-20 pavement “deficiencies”

County Engineer proposes options to Heartland Asphalt in B-20 pavement “deficiencies”

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – In a letter obtained today by NorthIowaToday.com, County Engineer Mary Kelly proposes three options to Heartland Asphalt to remedy asphalt pavement cores that…

Council OK’s street conveyance, zoning change for Mercy expansion project

Council OK’s street conveyance, zoning change for Mercy expansion project

MASON CITY – The Mason City Council unanimously approved zoning changes in Forest Park and the conveyance of 1st Street SW between South Taylor Avenue and Linden Drive, paving the…

Help catch a terrorist

Help catch a terrorist

The FBI on Wednesday announced a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest of Ahmad Abousamra, a U.S. citizen from Massachusetts charged with traveling to Pakistan…

Judge Foy, prosecutor Tynan let alleged Mason City thief, burglar off hook

Judge Foy, prosecutor Tynan let alleged Mason City thief, burglar off hook

Mason City man gets away with attempted burglary and stealing truck MASON CITY – A Mason City man who took a person’s truck without permission after trying to break into…

Authorities Ask Rural Iowans to be Vigilant, Report Hidden Marijuana Grow Operations

Authorities Ask Rural Iowans to be Vigilant, Report Hidden Marijuana Grow Operations

DES MOINES, IOWA — In recent weeks, agents with the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, in partnership with local officers, have discovered and eradicated several large, outdoor marijuana growing operations…

Mason City parolee heading back to prison after another car theft

Mason City parolee heading back to prison after another car theft

MASON CITY – A Mason City man who was paroled from prison in December of 2011 after serving a prison sentence for drunken driving while eluding police in a stolen…

Across Latin America, quest for gold brings riches, conflict

Across Latin America, quest for gold brings riches, conflict

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers – MEXICO CITY — Steadily high prices for gold are having a dramatic impact on parts of Latin America, bringing a flood of foreign investment…

Who will win Wednesday’s debate- Obama or Romney?

By David Lightman and Anita Kumar, McClatchy Newspapers – DENVER — President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will offer voters two starkly different prescriptions for fixing the ailing economy…

McQueary, witness to Sandusky abuse, sues Penn State

By Jeremy Roebuck, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — Mike McQueary, the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach and witness in Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse trial, filed a whistleblower…

German authorities investigating Pa. man who worked as guard at Auschwitz

By Tobias Peter, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — The note is on a small, yellow piece of paper, written out in thin letters, all capitals. It is pinned to the…

More senior living facilities are making room for pets

By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Shirley Skirvin’s retirement community has its share of grumblings about aches and pains. But Skirvin, 78, who lives with her husband, Sid, in…

Cable networks have become TV’s biggest stars

By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Showtime’s terrorism thriller “Homeland” has nearly everything: big-name stars, glossy production values and a surprising triple Emmy sweep last week. The…

Schwarzenegger says Maria Shriver hasn’t read his tell-all book

By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Maria Shriver has not read his new book in which he discussed the affair with…

Recession, law enforcement cut into teens’ drunken driving

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Pricey gasoline is brutal on the wallet. But it may also be lifesaving for certain drivers — namely, penny-pinching teenagers who…

Chicago teachers vote on contract deal as charter supporters hold rally

By Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah and Bridget Doyle, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Chicago teachers voted on a tentative contract agreement Tuesday even as the battle over the future of the city’s…

Home prices rose 4.6% in August, CoreLogic says

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Home prices nationwide are recovering, making their largest leap in more than six years in August, according to a new…

Beer tasting event to close public parking lot

MASON CITY – Beginning Friday, October 5, the gravel parking lot located at North Federal Avenue and 2nd Street NE will closed for a Beer Tasting Event to be held…

Chicago woman holds record for largest collection of different sugar packets — 9,596

Chicago woman holds record for largest collection of different sugar packets — 9,596

By Rob Manker, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The Guinness Book of World Records is not what it once was. Thirty years ago, it was a pocket-size paperback front-loaded with the…

New video games releases

Lexington Herald-Leader – The following games are among those scheduled for release this week, according to Gamestop.com: Oct. 1: Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone (3DS, rated E10+) Crosswords PLUS (3DS,…

Slain Border Patrol agent identified; motive for shooting unknown

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – HOUSTON — Border Patrol officials have identified the agent shot and killed Tuesday during a patrol south of Tucson as Nicholas Ivie, an almost…

The Parent ‘Hood: Is ex’s wife welcome at daughter’s party?

By Heidi Stevens, Chicago Tribune – Your ex wants to bring his new wife to your daughter’s birthday party. Should you discourage this? Parent advice (from our panel of staff contributors):…

American Express, accused of wrongdoing, to refund customers

By Lindsay Wise, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — American Express has agreed to refund $85 million to 250,000 customers after an investigation uncovered numerous violations of consumer protection laws, ranging…

In Denver, Romney says debate will offer clear contrast

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – DENVER — At a roaring rally inside a Denver airplane museum Monday night, Mitt Romney previewed the argument that he will make in his…

Pennsylvania court rules voters can cast ballots without ID

By Angela Couloumbis, The Philadelphia Inquirer – HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Commonwealth Court judge ruled Tuesday that Pennsylvania’s controversial new voter ID law can remain mostly intact for the November election,…

Companies promote programs to keep employees well

By Cindy Krischer Goodman, The Miami Herald – It’s lunchtime, and Gayle Goodman heads to the gym in her office tower, where she and co-workers at AutoNation spend a half-hour…

U.S. program to fly illegal immigrants to Mexico City is scaled back

By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — A U.S. pilot program designed to deport illegal immigrants by flying them to Mexico City will operate for only two months…

Packers’ offensive line at its best when lineup stays the same

Packers’ offensive line at its best when lineup stays the same

By Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – GREEN BAY, Wis. — Chad Clifton, Mike Wahle, Mike Flanagan, Marco Rivera and Mark Tauscher were so good in 2003, they helped the…

Study: Teens’ risky behavior tied to their tendency to embrace the unknown

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — When teenagers engage in dangerous behavior, adults usually chalk it up to some innate fondness for risk — the thrill of…

Council Bluffs Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – On September 18, 2012, Jeffrey Daniel Bozarth, age 29, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was sentenced in United States District Court in Council Bluffs for possession of…

The death of the arcade could mean the future of out-of-home gaming

By Brian Crecente, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Arcades haven’t died, they’ve just become so ubiquitous, so entwined in our everyday entertainment experiences that we may not recognize that our visit to…

Judge blocks enforcement of Pennsylvania’s voter ID requirement

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s strict new photo ID requirement, which critics said could prevent tens of thousands of eligible voters from casting ballots, will…

JPMorgan targeted by US task force for role in financial mess

By Andrew Tangel and Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — JPMorgan Chase & Co. has become the first target of a Justice Department task force set up…

Act now to apply for holiday jobs

By Diane Stafford, The Kansas City Star – In last week’s column, I wrote about how some top professional and managerial workers are now in hot demand. This week, I’m…

Romneys likely gained from complex offshore deals, tax experts say

Romneys likely gained from complex offshore deals, tax experts say

By Greg Gordon, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s former private equity firm used a half-dozen companies and partnerships in the tax havens of Luxembourg, Ireland and the Grand Caymans…

Onetime Twin Cities world record holder in bench press sentenced for steroids

Paul Walsh, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – A onetime world-record Twin Cities weightlifter has been sentenced in federal court after being caught in a sting selling nearly 10,000 units of anabolic steroids.…

Rex Huppke: It’s the corporate ladder, not the corporate escalator

By Rex Huppke, Chicago Tribune – While watching television, the remote control occasionally gets knocked off the couch, presenting an epic quandary. Do I get up and retrieve the remote,…

The Riff Report: New music this week

PopMatters.com – MUSE — “The 2nd Law”: Left to merely find the nearest, most convenient genre to riff on for a bit, Muse have solidified their quest to top 2004’s…

U.S. Marshals Arrest 40 in Operation “September to Remember”

Alexandria, VA – Last week, U.S. Marshal Robert W. Mathieson announced the results from Operation “September to Remember,” a joint operation targeting criminal activity in the Petersburg, Hopewell, and Colonial…

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