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Momentum shift in race after ‘historic’ Romney debate win

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Initial polling conducted since last Wednesday’s debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney confirms the expectations of strategists in both parties:…

Chavez wins Venezuelan presidential election

By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald – CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez — the former soldier and Latin American socialist who has led this nation for almost 14 years…

Obama dedicates Cesar Chavez National Monument

Obama dedicates Cesar Chavez National Monument

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – KEENE, Calif. — President Barack Obama’s stop in this remote and sparsely populated San Joaquin Valley town was about as far off…

Florida man dies after winning roach-eating contest

By Anna Edgerton, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — Edward Archbold was willing to do anything to win an exotic python — even if it meant eating bugs both crunchy…

Chicago Bears fan killed in Jacksonville

By Carlos Sadovi and Dan Hinkel, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The man accused of killing a Chicago Bears fan in a Jacksonville, Fla., restaurant and bar “coldbloodedly” cut William…

Osage police: Teen took weapon to school

OSAGE – An investigation by the Osage Police Department led to the arrest of Josey Iverson, 19 years old of Bassett, Iowa. Iverson was charged with 1st Degree Harassment an…

Register: Osage man died after falling in river

DES MOINES – The Des Moines Register is reporting that an Osage man died after he fell into the Cedar River northwest of St. Ansgar. The Register reported today that…

New style, same old North Korea

By Bruce Klingner, Los Angeles Times – Pyongyang again disappointed those predicting it was about to change its ways. For months, experts and major media organizations have proclaimed imminent economic reform,…

Mercy says it did not order contaminated products linked to meningitis outbreak

Mercy says it did not order contaminated products linked to meningitis outbreak

MASON CITY – As the Center for Disease Control continues to monitor and investigate a multi-state outbreak of meningitis, Mercy Medical Center of North Iowa today reassured patients and North…

Lt. Gov. Reynolds announces recipients of STEM Scale-Up Programs

(DES  MOINES) – Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced that more than 800 schools and community organizations will be participating in scale-up programs for the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and…

Justice David Wiggins coming to Mason City for public forum

Justice David Wiggins coming to Mason City for public forum

MASON CITY – Controversial Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice David Wiggins is coming to Mason City. Justice Wiggins will be the main guest of a non-partisan forum on “The Role…

Families now enjoying pumpkin patch and maze in Clear Lake

Families now enjoying pumpkin patch and maze in Clear Lake

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – CLEAR LAKE – Furleigh’s Farm frightfully fun pumpkin patch and haunted maze for family and friends is open for pumpkin picking. Whether you are…

Iowa DNR to begin stocking walleye into Iowa lakes this week

Iowa DNR to begin stocking walleye into Iowa lakes this week

The Iowa DNR announced today that it will begin stocking Iowa lakes with walleye this week. The walleye are from the Rathbun Fish Hatchery, which is located 7 miles north…

Park board meeting Oct. 9th after open house

Park board meeting Oct. 9th after open house

MASON CITY -The Mason City Parks Board will meet Tuesday evening at a new location. The meeting will be held at the new offices of the Recreation Department, at 710…

Successful SpaceX launch starts mission to resupply space station

Successful SpaceX launch starts mission to resupply space station

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times – A towering white rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday and sped toward the International Space Station in a resupply mission that…

Hawk Nelson’s former frontman is ready to make music on his own

By Rich Copley, Lexington Herald-Leader – LEXINGTON, Ky. — Jason Dunn and his bandmates in Hawk Nelson were frequently asked, “Which one of you is Hawk Nelson?” For nearly a decade,…

‘Taken 2’ nabs No. 1 at box office

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Moviegoers continue to be taken with Liam Neeson as an action hero, as the 60-year-old actor’s latest film, the kidnapping thriller…

Obama campaign announces $181-million haul in September

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON—Spurred on by the Democratic National Convention, new donate-by-text capability and an expanding lead in state and national polls, President Barack Obama raised…

Pennsylvania Ave. faulted on upkeep

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Add Pennsylvania Avenue, the president’s street, to the list of America’s troubled spots. The famed street between the U.S. Capitol and the…

Romney pledges to make country ‘more united as a people’

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Wrapping up a three-day tour of Florida, Mitt Romney promised voters Sunday that he would do everything in his…

Hungry Hungry Hippos, Action Man, Monopoly headed to big screen

By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Hollywood continues to go crazy for toys and games. Hasbro, the company behind the hits “Transformers” and “G.I. Joe” and the…

Real estate Q&A: Bankruptcy doesn’t stop foreclosure

By Gary M. Singer, Sun Sentinel – QUESTION: I filed for bankruptcy over two years ago and included my primary and rental home loans in the bankruptcy. Even though the loans…

Sex? No thanks, baby, I’m hitting Facebook instead

By David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Turns out that when you think of Facebook, you may be feeling a hunka-hunka burning love. Cue the Barry White makeout…

Chicago-area man held in alleged Oklahoma bomb plot

By Carlos Sadovi and Dawn Rhodes, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — By the time Gregory Weiler II was in his late teens, his family said, the Elk Grove Village, Ill.,…

Google, publishers settle longtime dispute over digitized books

By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Google and a group of U.S. publishers have reached an out-of-court settlement ending a seven-year dispute involving books digitized for…

Anti-drone march in Pakistan aborted after Taliban threat

By Saeed Shah, McClatchy Newspapers – TANK, Pakistan — A convoy protesting U.S. drone strikes led by Imran Khan, the cricket star turned politician, stopped short Sunday of its goal…

Pekovic looks to expand range, settle in with Timberwolves

Pekovic looks to expand range, settle in with Timberwolves

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman ended each of his long training-camp practices in Mankato, Minn., last week the same way: He lined…

Ann Romney will guest co-host ‘Good Morning America’

By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Ann Romney is coming to morning television. The wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will co-host “Good Morning America” on…

Bears finally may have perfect safety match

By Vaughn McClure, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Before coming to the Bears, free safety Chris Conte was somewhat familiar with Mike Brown. Then last season as a rookie, Conte got…

Simple meditation shown to decrease symptoms of stress and depression

By Julie Deardorff, Chicago Tribune – A simple form of mindful meditation can help breast cancer survivors stave off the symptoms of depression, new research suggests. But the potential benefits don’t…

Hot Property: Mel Gibson sells Malibu compound

Hot Property: Mel Gibson sells Malibu compound

By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — It took more than two years and several price cuts, but a compound in Malibu owned by now-divorced couple Mel…

Analysis: Obama’s health care law — historic reform and signature failure

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama had reason to be hopeful in July 2009, as he met one afternoon in the Oval Office with…

Major automakers poised to do battle for midsize-sedan market

By Bob Cox, Fort Worth Star-Telegram – FORT WORTH, Texas — Six big automakers are poised to slug it out over the next year or two in what is shaping up…

50 years later, Sharif marvels that ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ was made at all

By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – ORLANDO, Fla. — Here’s what Omar Sharif, then a young actor who had only worked in Egypt, thought when the offer of a co-starring…

Toys R Us launches website to rent, sell kids’ movies

By Joan Verdon, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) – Toys R Us, which for years has done a big business selling videotapes and DVDs of children’s movies, is launching a sales plan…

Ryan, at fundraiser, says Obama’s campaign is based on distraction

By Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan accused President Barack Obama on Sunday of running a campaign based on distractions to avoid confronting…

New TV series takes viewers behind the scenes with HSI special agents at JFK

It’s the stuff television shows are made of – special agents and officers apprehending and interrogating smugglers who try to sneak drugs and other contraband into the United States. In…

Schwarzenegger says he’s still a credible voice in politics

By Jim Puzzanghera, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Sunday that he doesn’t think the scandal over his affair with a family housekeeper has…

Navigating awkward work conversations

By Rex W. Huppke, Chicago Tribune – There are few secrets in the workplace. People are too curious, too gossipy, too talkative. The details of our personal lives invariably spill over…

Mortgage settlement yields website to help struggling homeowners

By Al Heavens, The Philadelphia Inquirer – You know that mortgage modification you’ve been trying to get for a year, the one where the servicer keeps losing the paperwork and no…

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