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Sandusky’s pension revoked by Pa. retirement system

By Mike Dawson, Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.) – STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky’s sex crimes against children means he has to forfeit his $59,000 a year state…

Benghazi consulate attack couldn’t have been stopped, security official testifies

By Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Higher walls and a half-dozen extra guards couldn’t have stopped the Sept. 11 assault by scores of attackers on the U.S.…

Mason City police arrest two Algona women for prescription forgery

MASON CITY – Mason City police arrested two Algona women Wednesday on multiple charges related to prescription forgery. Arrested were Gina Splitt, 34, and Melissa Ricke, 33 after an on-going…

1 dead, two still trapped in parking garage collapse in Miami

1 dead, two still trapped in parking garage collapse in Miami

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – At least one person was killed when a garage collapsed at a Miami college campus and two workers remain trapped in the rubble,…

Former Hawkeye Alex Karras passes away

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Former University of Iowa All-America defensive lineman Alex Karras passed away Wednesday.  He was 77. “All of us associated with the Iowa football program are saddened…

“Suspicious” juveniles banned from Kum & Go after police called

“Suspicious” juveniles banned from Kum & Go after police called

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – A theft in progress was reported at the Kum & Go gas station located at 1303 4th Street Southwest at around…

Microwave likely cause of house filling with smoke Tuesday

Microwave likely cause of house filling with smoke Tuesday

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Around 4:00 pm Tuesday, a call to the Mason City Fire Department reported smoke coming out of a house at…

Op-ed: Jesus Never Rode an Elephant

My fellow Christian friends, we preach of “Right to life” yet we endorse the National Rifle association, we lead our fellow Americans into war under false pretenses, we object to…

Gov’t agency: Top cause of fires in the home is cooking equipment

Gov’t agency: Top cause of fires in the home is cooking equipment

Smoke Alarms and Escape Plans Key to Surviving Fires in the Home; Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13 WASHINGTON – In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, the U.S. Consumer Product…

Romney, in Iowa, draws supporters and Sesame Street characters

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – VAN METER – GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney took aim at President Obama’s rural record Tuesday, saying he will ease burdensome regulations and “kill the…

Iowa inmate escape alert: Marcus Andre Frazier

Iowa inmate escape alert: Marcus Andre Frazier

DES MOINES – The following offender has escaped from a residential work release facility.  The offender was transferred to this facility after being granted a work release by the Iowa…

Clear Lake football team hit the field early today

Clear Lake football team hit the field early today

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – CLEAR LAKE – The Clear Lake Lions football team was practicing under the big lights at 6:00 am Wednesday morning. The dedication and team spirit…

Obama promises supporters he is in it to win it

By Michael A. Memoli and Maeve Reston, Tribune Washington Bureau – COLUMBUS, Ohio — His tepid debate performance has turned a September surge into an October swoon, and President Barack Obama…

Pakistani girl shot in head 3 years after defying Taliban

By Saeed Shah, McClatchy Newspapers – ISLAMABAD — A 14-year-old girl who became a national heroine when she protested the Pakistani Taliban’s ban on education for girls in her home district…

New lawyer for Drew Peterson seeks to overturn conviction

By Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO—As Drew Peterson awaits sentencing for murder, a new attorney is seeking to overturn his conviction based upon possible mistakes made by his defense…

Producer of Child Pornography Sentenced to Spend 40 Years in Federal Prison, Followed by a Lifetime of Supervision

DENVER—Jeffrey Allan Mueller, age 39, of Douglas County, Colorado, was sentenced on October 4, 2012, by U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez to serve 480 months (40 years) in…

In wake of Sandusky sentence, Penn State campus seems routine

By Emily Kaplan, The Philadelphia Inquirer – STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — At 10:31 a.m. on Tuesday, the large flat-screen on the first floor of Penn State’s student center flashed with a…

Romney gains in key polls; Obama fights to hold ground

By William Douglas and Anita Kumar, McClatchy Newspapers – AKRON, Ohio — What a difference two weeks — and a lackluster debate performance by President Barack Obama — has made…

New voter ID laws blocked, for now

New voter ID laws blocked, for now

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Earlier this year, voting rights advocates foresaw a cloud over this year’s election because new voting laws in Republican-led states tightened…

Voters strongly favor government funding for PBS, poll finds

By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — Mitt Romney has vowed to cut government funding for Big Bird and his PBS friends, but the results of a new…

Vikings perfecting the bubble screen

Vikings perfecting the bubble screen

By Mark Craig, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — The bubble screen pass to Percy Harvin is the best example of the five favorite words in Bill Musgrave’s vision for the…

Bill Clinton, seeking to help Obama recover, campaigns in Nevada

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times – LAS VEGAS — Nearly a week after President Barack Obama stopped his campaign’s momentum with a lackluster debate performance, Bill Clinton sought Tuesday to…

American, Frenchman share Nobel Prize in physics

By Eryn Brown and Jon Bardin, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Two scientists who invented methods to observe and measure the behavior of tiny particles, a key step toward…

M.C. Fire Dept. open house to be held Sunday

M.C. Fire Dept. open house to be held Sunday

Mason City, IA– The Mason City Fire Department’s annual open house will be this Sunday (October 14) at Fire Headquarters (350 5th St SW) from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. “This…

Carnival atmosphere follows Romney in Ohio

Carnival atmosphere follows Romney in Ohio

By Gina Mace, Akron Beacon Journal – CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio —:The scene outside the Natatorium in Cuyahoga Falls resembled a carnival in the hours before Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrived…

Winds blamed as attempt to break free-fall record is aborted

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — After squeezing into a white spacesuit and helmet, daredevil Felix Baumgartner entered a pressurized capsule and waited to be taken to…

Sandusky to undergo psychological tests for prison placement

By Bonnie L. Cook, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — In the wake of his sentencing Tuesday, Jerry Sandusky starts a 30-day assessment process at Camp Hill prison that will decide…

NATO warns Syria over Turkey as rebels fight on

Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — As Turkey sought to increase its military presence along its border with Syria, opposition fighters inside Syria were waging an offensive Tuesday to seize…

Jury selection begins in Craigslist murder case against Ohio teen

By Ed Meyer, Akron Beacon Journal – AKRON, Ohio — Jury selection began Tuesday in the Ohio trial of a teenager charged with aggravated murder and other crimes in the deaths…

George Zimmerman’s brother’s media tour leads to Twitter tirade in Martin case

By Frances Robles, The Miami Herald – MIAMI—Seven months after the killing of unarmed high school junior Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman’s family is on a national media crusade to clear the…

MN Man Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud

MINNEAPOLIS—Today in federal court, a 51-year-old Brooklyn Park man pleaded guilty to executing a scheme to defraud Medicaid out of more than $500,000. Allwell Tam Inimgba pleaded guilty to one…

Seven sentenced in bribery scheme at Navy base

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — Four former government workers and three defense contractors were sentenced in San Diego federal court Tuesday for their roles in a…

Conspiracy theories run wild in campaign’s waning weeks

By Curtis Tate, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — In case you missed it, we learned in just the past week that: the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cooked the unemployment numbers,…

Protestants lose majority in US for first time; unaffiliated increase

By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Protestants, whose ideals of hard work, individualism and democratic governance have fundamentally shaped the national character, no longer make up a…

Texas judge stays execution of man who raped, killed 12-year-old

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – HOUSTON — A federal judge in Houston on Monday stayed the execution of a Texas man and granted him a competency hearing days before…

Death of roach-eating contest winner remains a mystery

By Anna Edgerton, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — Eddie Archbold ate so many live roaches he had to cover his mouth with his hand to keep them from crawling out.…

US sues Wells Fargo, claiming mortgage fraud

US sues Wells Fargo, claiming mortgage fraud

By Andrew Dunn, The Charlotte Observer – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The U.S. attorney in Manhattan announced Tuesday that the government has sued Wells Fargo & Co., alleging that the bank failed…

Ohio secretary of state asks Supreme Court to block early voting

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Ohio’s secretary of state is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a pair of rulings that will open the polls…

Colleges need to better police their sports programs, reports say

By Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — On the same day that former Penn State football coach and convicted child abuser Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 years in prison,…

Mexico confirms death of Zetas leader, but his body is snatched from funeral home

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY — The Mexican navy said Tuesday that fingerprint samples confirm that its forces had shot and killed the head of one of…

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