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JPMorgan’s profit surges 34% on mortgage growth

By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s profits surged 34 percent in the third quarter as the country’s largest bank by assets saw its…

Texas mom gets 99 years for beating, gluing girl’s hands

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – HOUSTON — A Dallas judge sentenced a young mother to 99 years in prison Friday after she admitted to gluing her toddler’s hands to…

Social media sites abuzz with rumors of Castro’s death

By Tere Figueras Negrete and Kathleen McGrory, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — Rumors swirled Friday that former Cuban leader Fidel Castro had died. But reports from a blogger and Fidel…

Mason City teen reported missing since Thursday

Mason City teen reported missing since Thursday

MASON CITY – A Mason City teenager has been reported missing since Thursday. Nicole E. Krueger, age 15, was reported missing to the Mason City Police Department (641-421-3636), in Mason…

Today’s Cartoons: October 12th, 2012

Today’s Cartoons: October 12th, 2012

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

Mason City man cited after traffic accident Thursday

Mason City man cited after traffic accident Thursday

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY –  Thursday at about 5:15 pm the Mason City Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the 300 block of First…

Absentee voting continues; Democratic turnout still outpacing Republican

Absentee voting continues; Democratic turnout still outpacing Republican

MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo County Auditor Ken Kline today released the following voter turnout statistics, through the close of business Thursday,October 11th, 2012. Here are some breakdowns: 1,977 outstanding…

Four Arrested for Waterloo Home Invasion

WATERLOO – On Sunday, October 7, 2012 at approximately 8:30 PM, four male subjects forced their way into 3217 Darlene Court, Apartment #5. One of the subjects had a gun.…

Waterloo police nab conveniece store robber

WATERLOO – On Thursday, October 11, 2012 at approximately 3:45 PM, Waterloo Police were dispatched to the 5 Star Snacks and More Store, 315 Fletcher Avenue, on report of a…

Waterloo police say man tried to coax child into his van

WATERLOO – Waterloo police are reporting that on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at approximately 1:30 PM, Waterloo Police were sent to Blessed Sacrament School, 600 Stephan Avenue, on a report…

Mason City couple say they are being evicted with no place to turn

Mason City couple say they are being evicted with no place to turn

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – A Mason City couple is being evicted from their lot in Gracious Estates in Mason City and say they have no place to…

Retailers large and small find advantages to mobile payments

By Celeste Smith, The Charlotte Observer – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The way we pay for things is changing. Those credit-card keypads yielding paper receipts are giving way to a new group…

Army Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Facilitating Theft of Fuel in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Army Sergeant Christopher Weaver pleaded guilty today to bribery charges for his role in the theft of fuel at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Fenty, near Jalalabad, Afghanistan,…

Man Ordered to Serve 60 Years for Producing and Advertising Child Pornography

HOUSTON—Edward Jorodge Gladney, 28, of Houston, has been sentenced to serve a total of 720 months in prison following his convictions for producing and advertising child pornography, U.S. Attorney for…

Severe weather possible in North Iowa area starting Friday evening

DES MOINES – The National Weather Service reported Friday morning that sever weather could hit Iowa starting Friday night. Scattered thunderstorms are expected to begin this evening. There will be…

Foreclosure filings drop to 5-year low in September

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Foreclosure filings fell in September to their lowest level in more than five years as a housing market rebound showed another sign…

An unusually pristine piece of Mars

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Blasted into space by a collision with an asteroid, the jagged hunk of Mars rock tumbled silently through the solar system…

Man Indicted for Bomb-Making

BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Duncan Badding, 25, of Williamsville, New York, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of unlawfully making and…

Suspected Child Sexual Abuser Sought by FBI

Vida G. Bottom, Special Agent in Charge of the Honolulu Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is seeking the public’s help in providing information that may identify an…

Mother and Son Real Estate Professionals Sentenced to Prison for $8 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced today that Orange County attorney Stephen Kenneth Chrysler was sentenced to serve 37 months in prison for his role in an $8 million…

Teen terror suspect takes light approach at his arraignment

By Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO—A Hillside teenager accused of attempting to bomb a Loop bar appeared relaxed and upbeat Thursday in federal court, even cracking a joke when asked…

Syria-bound plane was carrying ammunition for defense ministry, Turkey says

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – ANTAKYA, Turkey — A Syrian passenger airliner forced to land in Turkey while it was on a scheduled flight from Moscow to Damascus…

A Chinese partnership in Austin, MN

Kevin Coss, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – Hormel Institute partners with Chinese province; Dayton visits Austin – The delegation from a Chinese province unrolled its gift to Minnesota before the crowd.…

Does the vice president matter?

By Julia Shaw – It’s clear that Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan want the No. 2 job. But why? After all, the vice presidency hasn’t always been…

MS-13 gang labeled an international criminal organization

By Sam Quinones, Andrew Blankstein and Danielle Ryan, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Federal authorities Thursday designated the notorious MS-13 street gang, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, as a…

Turkey says cargo on Syria-bound plane violated rules, but won’t say what was found

By Roy Gutman, McClatchy Newspapers – ISTANBUL — Turkey on Thursday said cargo aboard a Syrian aircraft that was forced down over Turkey on a flight from Moscow to Damascus…

Giants make history in baseball playoffs and advance

Giants make history in baseball playoffs and advance

By Alex Pavlovic, San Jose Mercury News – CINCINNATI — A third straight road victory over the Cincinnati Reds that transformed the San Francisco Giants’ season from improbable to historic also…

Americans shun colored cars in favor of neutral hues

By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — When it comes to autos, white is the new white. Automakers in North America offered more white cars than vehicles in…

Ford board ends meeting without word on CEO succession

By Alisa Priddle, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — Ford will continue to pay a fourth-quarter dividend of 5 cents per share, the board of directors declared as it wrapped up…

Are these Vikings built to last?

Are these Vikings built to last?

By Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune – EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Apostle Matthew was not referring to the Vikings when he wrote in his gospel “the last shall be first,” but…

Latinos less certain than others about voting, Pew survey says

By Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The good news for President Barack Obama: Latino registered voters prefer him over Mitt Romney by more than a 3-to-1 ratio,…

Ohio State Representative Clayton R. Luckie II Indicted on 49 Counts

COLUMBUS, OH—Edward J. Hanko, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Cincinnati Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien today announced that the…

Nationals’ Werth homers off Cardinals’ Lynn in ninth to set up decisive Game 5

Nationals’ Werth homers off Cardinals’ Lynn in ninth to set up decisive Game 5

By Joe Strauss, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – WASHINGTON — The St. Louis Cardinals have spent six months constructing a narrative of constant obstacles, some self-imposed, some happenstance. Within that context, what…

New jobless claims fall 30,000 from previous week to 339,000

By Ricardo Lopez and Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The number of people filing new jobless claims plunged last week to a 41/2-year low. Analysts said the report…

Ottumwa Man Pleads Guilty in Fraudulent Investment Scheme

DES MOINES, IA – United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt announced today that John Francis Holtsinger, age 52, of Ottumwa, Iowa, has pled guilty to five counts of wire fraud…

Yankees fall to Orioles in 13 innings; it’s winner-take-all on Friday

Yankees fall to Orioles in 13 innings; it’s winner-take-all on Friday

By Pete Caldera, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) – NEW YORK — Facing postseason elimination, the unyielding Baltimore Orioles — who fought the Yankees step-for-step nearly all of September — found a…

Verlander, Tigers down Athletics, 6-0, to move on to ALCS

Verlander, Tigers down Athletics, 6-0, to move on to ALCS

By Matt Kawahara, The Sacramento Bee – OAKLAND, Calif. — A night earlier, in the chaotic moments after the Oakland A’s forced the American League Division Series to a decisive Game…

Endeavour crews remember shuttle as a home and workplace

By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The space shuttle Endeavour drank in fuel on its launchpad, condensation rising off its metal body as gases leaked through vent…

Voices of Faith: Is the death penalty wrong?

The Kansas City Star – VOICES OF FAITH: IS THE DEATH PENALTY WRONG? TOO MANY ERRORS Lama Chuck Stanford, Rime Buddhist Center & Monastery: Nearly all religions consider killing to be…

Meeting on Trumbull Lake Restoration Set for Oct 23 in Okoboji

OKOBOJI, Iowa – One of Iowa’s larger shallow lakes will be the focus of a water quality improvement project that was born out of the historic drought of 2012. The…

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