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US-Mexico tomato fight puts jobs, prices on the line

US-Mexico tomato fight puts jobs, prices on the line

By Tracy Wilkinson and Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY — Mexico and the United States are gearing for a costly showdown over fresh tomatoes — a $3.5 billion…

Activists warned of possible terrorist strike against anti-drone rally in Pakistan

By Saeed Shah, McClatchy Newspapers – ISLAMABAD — U.S. diplomats Friday warned a group of American peace activists not to attend a rally against U.S. missile strikes scheduled for this…

Radical Muslim cleric loses appeal against extradition to US

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — A Muslim cleric who applauded the Sept. 11 attacks and called for nonbelievers to be put to death lost his final…

Mason City woman picked up on warrant Wednesday

Mason City woman picked up on warrant Wednesday

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman was picked up on an arrest warrant on Wednesday. Amanda Kay Butner, 21, was arrested at the 400 block of North Washington Avenue…

Today’s Cartoons – Oct. 5th, 2012

Today’s Cartoons – Oct. 5th, 2012

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

Unemployment drops to 7.8 percent

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Employers added 114,000 jobs in September and the unemployment rate tumbled sharply to 7.8 percent, the government said Friday in a…

Buildings on 2nd Street SW now being demolished

Buildings on 2nd Street SW now being demolished

MASON CITY – McKiness Excavating, Inc. of Mason City is now working to demolish two buildings on 2nd Street SW. The buildings, which were owned by the City,  are located…

Rush vindicated: A Rock Hall of Fame berth for Canadian rock band

By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The cries of progressive rock fans the world over have been heard: Rush has been nominated to join the Rock and…

Man fined $735 for driving while suspended then drives away from courthouse

Man fined $735 for driving while suspended then drives away from courthouse

MASON CITY – On September 20th, 38-year-old, John Paul Compher was cited by local law enforcement for driving while suspended. Compher promised to appear before a magistrate at 3 pm…

‘Taken 2’ is expected to take box-office honors

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — “Taken 2” will hold its rivals hostage at the box office this weekend as the kidnapping thriller is expected to claim…

First-time jobless claims rose slightly last week

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Initial claims for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week as the economy showed continued signs of modest job growth. There were 367,000…

Network of obscure Asian suppliers powers Apple’s success

By John Boudreau, San Jose Mercury News – BADE, Taiwan — On a November afternoon two years ago, a taxi pulled up to the gate of Ta Liang Technology, one of…

‘Star Wars’ invasion of bookstores, libraries, set for Saturday

By Tish Wells, McClatchy Newspapers – Don’t be surprised if you see Imperial Stormtroopers, Jedi, Rebels or various configurations of R2-D2s on the streets of America on Saturday. They will be…

Capsule reviews of feature films

The Philadelphia Inquirer – ARBITRAGE 3 stars. Slick and suspenseful financial-world thriller, with Richard Gere as a hedge fund king whose world is collapsing under the weight of a huge…

Man Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse

PHOENIX—On October 2, 2012, Brice Little, 29, of Parker, Arizona, pleaded guilty to child abuse in federal district court in Phoenix. According to the plea agreement, Little, a member of…

Heal old wounds to help relationships

By Judi Light Hopson, Emma H. Hopson and Ted Hagen, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Are you still stinging from emotional pain somebody inflicted upon you a long time ago? Maybe a…

Ask Mr. Dad: Friend vs. parent — you don’t have to choose

By Armin Brott, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Dear Mr. Dad. I’m the single father of a 6-year-old girl. How do I balance being a parent and a friend? I don’t want…

Family describes slain Border Patrol agent as ‘a hero’

By Cindy Carcamo and Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times – SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. — In the field, Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie was the officer who once carried a pregnant woman…

Liam Neeson gets ‘Taken’ again

By Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – “Taken 2” stars Liam Neeson as Jason Bourne’s grandfather, more or less. Fitting into the odd new “Expendables” genre of AARP-age action heroes, he…

From Minnesota to Minnesota, Kirksey shows growth

From Minnesota to Minnesota, Kirksey shows growth

Marc Morehouse, CR Gazette – IOWA CITY — Christian Kirksey got pinned by a fullback and Minnesota beat the Hawkeyes last season. Gophers quarterback MarQueis Gray took a shotgun snap…

Some women actually have men on the brain

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times – For decades after a woman has carried a male child in her womb or shared her mother’s womb with a brother, she carries a…

Living with Children

By John Rosemond – Q: When I attempt to put my 3½-year-old daughter in her room for punishment, she refuses to go. I have to pick her up and take…

Winnebago announces new sales manager

Winnebago announces new sales manager

FOREST CITY, IOWA, October 4, 2012 – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO), one of the leading United States (U.S.) recreation vehicle manufacturers, today announced Niles Whitehouse has joined the Company as…

Private survey suggests job growth remains mediocre

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — September looks like another mediocre month for job growth. Private-sector employers added 162,000 jobs last month, according to a survey released Wednesday…

Wild-card intrigue again focuses on Cardinals, Braves in one-game showdown

By Joe Strauss, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ATLANTA — Two teams that haven’t seen each other since May 30 confront each other anew on Friday. Cloaked in late afternoon shadows, the…

Voices of Faith: Is demon possession a real thing?

McClatchy Newspapers – VOICES OF FAITH: IS DEMON POSSESSION A REAL THING? ——— MINDS CREATE IMBALANCE The Rev. Duke Tufty, pastor, Unity Temple on the Plaza: If we define “demon”…

Lenovo bucks trend with decision to manufacture in US

By David Ranii, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) – MORRISVILLE, N.C. — Lenovo is portraying its relatively modest plans to manufacture personal computers in North Carolina — creating 115 jobs…

Researchers grow mouse eggs and sperm from stem cells

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES —Japanese researchers have demonstrated in mice that eggs and sperm can be grown from stem cells and combined to produce healthy offspring,…

Manson follower Bruce Davis is granted parole

By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A convicted killer described as a top follower of mass murderer Charles Manson was granted parole Thursday. Bruce Davis, 69, imprisoned…

Man Gets Seven Years in Child Pornography Sting

KANSAS CITY, KS—An Olathe man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison in a child pornography case, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. Marc Dolgenow, 46, Olathe, Kansas, pleaded…

Latin Kings Member Pleads Guilty for Role in Racketeering Enterprise

WASHINGTON—A member of the North Carolina Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (Latin Kings) pleaded guilty to racketeering-related charges, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s…

Man Arrested for Making a Terroristic Threat

Stephen L. Morris, Special Agent in Charge of the Houston Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announces the arrest of 19-year-old Patrick Joseph Hudson. Agents and officers of…

Former Magistrate Sentenced for Accepting Bribes

NORFOLK, VA—Deborah Clark, 52, a former state magistrate in Portsmouth, Virginia, was sentenced today in Norfolk federal court to 12 months in prison for accepting bribes from a bondsman in…

Matchup for NL wild-card playoff game

By Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune – National League wild-card playoff ——— Starters: Kris Medlen is the modern Greg Maddux, a modestly built right-hander with uncanny command. He’s on a roll. Kyle…

Matchup for AL wild-card playoff game

By Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune – American League wild-card playoff: Rangers vs. Orioles ——— Starters: Yu Darvish was imported from Japan to win big games, and this is the biggest they’ve…

NHL cancels regular-season schedule through Oct. 24

By Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES—The NHL season canceled its regular-season schedule through Oct. 24, carefully wording its announcement to say it wasn’t canceling games—in order to leave…

Illinois Man Pleads Guilty to Production of Child Pornography

A Fairview Heights man, Andrew Gerald Millas, 43, pleaded guilty in federal court in East St. Louis on October 2, 2012, to three counts of production of child pornography and…

Staggered Rangers get one swing at redemption

By Jeff Wilson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram – ARLINGTON, Texas — The one thing the Texas Rangers probably needed most Thursday — a day off — was granted to them by manager…

Hundreds of thousands turn out for Chavez rally ahead of Venezuela vote

By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald – CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez danced in the rain and led his followers in song Thursday, as the former military officer and…

US airlines in no rush to allow in-flight cellphone use

By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — In the skies over Europe, Asia and the Middle East, airline passengers can chat and text on cellphones without getting an…

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