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Climate-change denial getting harder to defend

By Glen M. MacDonald – It was a long hot summer. The United States experienced the warmest July in its history, with more than 3,000 heat records broken across the…

Stop using ‘illegal’ to describe undocumented immigrants

By Ed Morales – The mainstream press should stop using the adjective “illegal” to describe immigrants. Tagging this label on immigrants without proper documentation has become part of the American…

Vikings show new swagger in rout of Titans

Vikings show new swagger in rout of Titans

By Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNERAPOLIS — Amazing what success can do for a team’s confidence. Consider this scenario from midway through the fourth quarter Sunday at Mall…

Falcons hold off Redskins, improve to 5-0 for 1st time

Falcons hold off Redskins, improve to 5-0 for 1st time

By D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – LANDOVER, Md. — Most of the current Falcons aren’t really into historical relevance. But center Todd McClure, who’s been with the team…

Tigers beat Oakland in game 2

Tigers beat Oakland in game 2

By Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — Back and forth, back and forth, back and — the Detroit Tigers are headed forth to Oakland with a two-game lead.…

Ravens a little less sloppy than Chiefs in 9-6 win

Ravens a little less sloppy than Chiefs in 9-6 win

By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Baltimore Ravens can’t get out of Kansas City soon enough. It wasn’t a good performance by any means,…

Nats take Game 1 from Cards, 3-2

Nats take Game 1 from Cards, 3-2

By Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals’ offense had every opportunity to take Game 1 of the National League division series from the…

Colts shock Packers 30-27

Colts shock Packers 30-27

By Reggie Hayes, The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) – INDIANAPOLIS — Reggie Wayne asked the Indianapolis Colts equipment manager to track down some orange gloves for him to honor ailing…

Steelers stop Eagles, 16-14

Steelers stop Eagles, 16-14

B y Zach Berman, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PITTSBURGH — Through the season’s first month, the Philadelphia Eagles fostered a mind-set that they could win games like the one they…

Dolphins hold on to late lead, defeat Cincinnati Bengals

Dolphins hold on to late lead, defeat Cincinnati Bengals

By Adam H. Beasley, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — The Miami Dolphins finally made a late lead hold up. After blowing fourth-quarter advantages in each of the last two…

Seahawks’ defense stifles Newton, drops Panthers

Seahawks’ defense stifles Newton, drops Panthers

By Ron Green Jr., The Charlotte Observer – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — So much for turning things around. The Carolina Panthers’ disappointing season took another negative turn Sunday with a 16-12…

Kelly’s sac fly wins game 2 for Tigers

Kelly’s sac fly wins game 2 for Tigers

By Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — Back and forth, back and forth, back and — the Detroit Tigers are headed forth to Oakland with a two-game lead.…

Baysa wins women’s title in Chicago Marathon by 1 second

By Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Rita Jeptoo raised her arms in celebration as she crossed the finish line of the Chicago Marathon, yet the Kenyan said she…

Burn ban lifted in Hancock county

A burn ban that was set in Hancock county on September 11th was lifted on Sunday at noon. A burn ban is still in effect for Cerro Gordo, Winnebago and…

Twins’ Ryan faces a simple, though difficult, task

Twins’ Ryan faces a simple, though difficult, task

By Jim Souhan, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Two theories have become popular among vocal Twins fans in the past few months. The first is that the franchise is…

Obama, Romney campaigns trade accusations of lies

Obama, Romney campaigns trade accusations of lies

By Jim Puzzanghera, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON – The campaigns of President Obama and Mitt Romney traded sharp accusations of lies and distortions Sunday as the race headed into…

Mystery surrounds drone shot down by Israelis

By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times – JERUSALEM—The day after an unidentified drone penetrated Israeli airspace and was shot down by the Israeli air force Saturday, speculation continued about the…

Mason City man fails to appear in court and is arrested

Mason City man fails to appear in court and is arrested

MASON CITY – A Mason City man failed to show up for court and is now being held in jail. Cameron Joe Brunstein, 21, had an arraignment hearing on October…

NOTICE TO PUBLIC: Escaped Iowa convict

NOTICE TO PUBLIC: Escaped Iowa convict

From the Iowa Dept. of Corrections – The following offender has escaped from a residential work release facility.  The offender was transferred to this facility after being granted a work…

Chilly temps can’t drive away beer drinkers at 1st annual Cheers & Beers

Chilly temps can’t drive away beer drinkers at 1st annual Cheers & Beers

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Main Street Mason City put on the First Annual Cheers & Beers “A Borderland Beer Festival” in downtown Mason City, Saturday. Casey…

Surf Ballroom Announces 2013 Winter Dance Party Entertainment Lineup

Surf Ballroom Announces 2013 Winter Dance Party Entertainment Lineup

CLEAR LAKE, IA – The Surf Ballroom & Museum announced today the artists who are scheduled to appear at the 2013 Winter Dance Party event, scheduled for January 31st-February 2nd. …

Alleged drunk Clear Lake man leads MCPD on pursuit

Alleged drunk Clear Lake man leads MCPD on pursuit

MASON CITY – An allegedly intoxicated Clear Lake man led Mason City police on a chase through the City Sunday morning. Police attempted to stop Robert Troy Knutson, 48, just…

Cyclones Beat No. 13 TCU, 37-23

Cyclones Beat No. 13 TCU, 37-23

Courtesy: cyclones.com – FT WORTH, Texas – David Irving tipped a pass, intercepted it and ran 21 yards for a touchdown and Iowa State ended the nation’s longest win streak…

Court says paralyzed woman, 28, can choose death over parents’ wishes

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — A cancer-stricken woman fighting a right-to-die battle against her parents won the backing of an appellate court Friday, which ruled that…

Mason City man violates parole

Mason City man violates parole

MASON CITY – A wanted man with numerous drug and operating while intoxicated offenses on his record turned himself into authorities on Thursday. Gary Edward Showman, 45, showing a Mason…

Ikea’s Saudi Arabia catalog erases women; company expresses regret

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – The Ikea catalog distributed in Saudi Arabia is the same as in other countries except for what it’s missing — women. The Swedish…

Video games are serious about music

By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times – Ramin Djawadi always dreamed of composing a film score, and the Berklee College of Music graduate has done plenty, including 2008’s “Iron Man.” But…

Reds lose Cueto, win the game, 5-2, over Giants

Reds lose Cueto, win the game, 5-2, over Giants

By Alex Pavlovic, San Jose Mercury News – SAN FRANCISCO—A San Francisco Giants team that prides itself on resiliency was beaten at its own game Saturday night. The Reds lost…

Grassley Comments on Cybersecurity Staff Meeting at White House

Senator Chuck Grassley made the following statement after the White House called a meeting with Senate staff about the President’s upcoming executive order on cybersecurity.  Grassley is a co-author of…

‘No-Bama’ hanging chair: Is it a protest? Or a symbolic lynching?

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – SEATTLE — If a chair hangs in a tree, does it represent murder? The debate on whether lawn chairs with the president’s name…

North Korean soldier defects after killing his unit

SEOUL, South Korea — A North Korean army sergeant defected to the South on Saturday, crossing the heavily armed border after shooting his unit leaders, a South Korean military spokesman…

‘Steel Magnolias’ gets a fresh reboot Sunday on Lifetime

By Chuck Barney, Contra Costa Times – “Steel Magnolias,” the 1989 film starring Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine and a young Julia Roberts, gained a well-earned reputation as a quintessential “chick flick”…

Andrew Bird is flying high with a musical career built from scratch

By Walter Tunis, Lexington Herald-Leader – LEXINGTON, Ky. — Among the modest breakthroughs in the unobvious pop career of Andrew Bird was a journey to New Orleans to record with the…

35th Anniversary of Oak Leaf Collectibles to be celebrated Oct. 13th.

35th Anniversary of Oak Leaf Collectibles to be celebrated Oct. 13th.

From Carmen and Mike Tickal, owners of Oak Leaf Collectibles in downtown Mason City – MASON CITY – Oak Leaf Collectibles opened for business in Mason City on October 1,…

Governor Branstad, Iowa Economic Development Authority, and ICoF announce $11 million for community foundations

CHARLES CITY – Governor Terry Branstad and officials from the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Council of Foundations (ICoF) announced on Thursday the funding of the 2012 County…

Sheldon Adelson drawing fire over plight of Israeli newspapers

By Sheera Frenkel, McClatchy Newspapers – TEL AVIV, Israel — The economic crisis that has hit the newspaper industry in the United States and elsewhere is threatening some of Israel’s…

Americans donate $7 million toward $16 trillion U.S. debt

Americans donate $7 million toward $16 trillion U.S. debt

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Uncle Sam is in your debt — to the tune of more than $16 trillion and counting. But Americans have been voluntarily…

SpaceX readies for historic flight

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Rocket maker SpaceX is poised to return to the International Space Station with its Dragon spacecraft to carry out the first…

Kelly Clarkson to release greatest hits package, new single

By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A decade after being crowned the inaugural “American Idol” champion, Kelly Clarkson has announced that she will issue her first…

The science of love popular among female students

By Ayako Nishidoji, The Yomiuri Shimbun – OSAKA, Japan — It is often said love is not logical. Yet, the “study of love,” which attempts to objectively and scientifically analyze romance…

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