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Obama-Romney round 2: Another pivotal encounter?

Obama-Romney round 2: Another pivotal encounter?

By David Lightman and Anita Kumar, McClatchy Newspapers – HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — President Barack Obama’s goal in Tuesday’s debate is to more forcefully challenge Republican opponent Mitt Romney, dramatize the sharp…

Three Sept. 11 defendants opt to skip court hearing at Guantanamo

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau – FORT MEADE, Md. — Three of the five alleged Sept. 11 conspirators, including mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, refused to attend a pretrial hearing…

Medical marijuana advocates seek reclassification of drug

Medical marijuana advocates seek reclassification of drug

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A medical marijuana advocate urged a federal appeals court here Tuesday to require the U.S. government to relax, or at least…

Court reverses conviction of bin Laden’s driver

By Lindsay Wise and Carol Rosenberg, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court’s decision to toss the conviction of Osama bin Laden’s former driver could have implications for future…

Postal operating losses widen in digital era

Postal operating losses widen in digital era

Face the Facts USA – FACT: The United States Postal Service operates the world’s largest civilian vehicle fleet: 213,881 vehicles were driven 4 million miles per day in 2011 to…

Alliant Energy Tree Trimming Team is coming to Hancock County

Alliant Energy Tree Trimming Team is coming to Hancock County

BRITT, Iowa – October 16, 2012 – The Alliant Energy Tree Trimming Team is constantly working to keep trees away from power lines, and soon, the team is coming to…

Hoiberg To Receive Ray Pillar of Character Award

Hoiberg To Receive Ray Pillar of Character Award

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State head men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg has inspired many people with his work ethic and success in all areas of his career. This morning, Hoiberg…

Union proposes 5% raise for next four years for county emloyees

Union proposes 5% raise for next four years for county emloyees

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Supervisors met Tuesday morning for their regular meeting. The union that represents county employees at the court house presented…

Indecent exposure charge amended to harassment in plea bargain deal

Indecent exposure charge amended to harassment in plea bargain deal

MASON CITY – As part of a negotiated voluntary plea of guilt a Mason City man had a serious misdemeanor count of indecent exposure amended to a serious misdemeanor count…

Report released Monday in Mason City claims to show “real cost” of the Romney-Ryan plan to Iowans

Report released Monday in Mason City claims to show “real cost” of the Romney-Ryan plan to Iowans

MASON CITY – A report by an east coast think tank claiming to outline the “real cost” of the Romney-Ryan policies to Iowans was released on Monday afternoon at the…

Scotland to hold independence referendum in 2014

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — The people of Scotland will decide in 2014 whether to stay yoked to England and Wales or become an independent nation…

Secretary of State Clinton takes responsibility for deadly attack in Libya

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — As criticism mounted on the Obama administration, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton acted Monday to shield the president from blame…

Hydrology: The Power of Water

By Larry Stone, Cedar River Watershed Coalition – Pitter-patter, pitter-patter. How relaxing to listen to the rhythm of a gentle rain falling on your roof or garden or sidewalk. But…

Indictment: Man attempted to entice child while held in state hospital

WICHITA, KS—A Kansas man has been charged with sex crimes that allegedly occurred while he was being held in the Kansas Sexual Predator Treatment Program at Larned State Hospital, U.S.…

9/11 accused back at Guantanamo war court

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau – FORT MEADE, Md. — Pretrial hearings for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged top al-Qaida terror operatives opened Monday with a…

Photo of the day: Spiderman in Mason City

Photo of the day: Spiderman in Mason City

Spiderman visited Mason City on Saturday, October 13th, 2012 for Oak Leaf comics’ 35th anniversary.…

New research examines modern humans’ ability to extend lifespan

New research examines modern humans’ ability to extend lifespan

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Modern humans have gotten incomparably good at survival, doing more to extend our lives over the past century than our…

Indiana man indicted on charges of producing child pornography

INDIANAPOLIS – An east-central Indiana man was indicted Friday on charges he produced child pornography. These charges resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security…

Analysis: In the presidential debate, nuance likely to trump facts

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — President Barack Obama misstated the rising rate of health care costs. Vice President Joe Biden mischaracterized the drawdown of…

Amateur astronomers find planet with four suns

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Amateur astronomers in a crowd-sourced science project have discovered a far-off planet that receives light from four stars. The Neptune-sized…

Hashtag politics: Tweets pump up volume on debate

By Josh Shaffer, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) – RALEIGH, N.C. — For millions, the liveliest chatter about Tuesday night’s presidential debate will arrive 140 characters at a time…

Black middle class economically vulnerable

By Dawn Turner Trice, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Generations of Valerie Magee’s family, from her grandparents to her children, have deepened their roots in the black middle class, finding…

Tea party freshmen balance principles, pragmatism, loyalty

By James Rosen, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The tea party congressional candidates whose victories made 2010 a wave election for Republicans came to Washington united in their desire to…

FDA broadens tainted steroid warning to include other drugs

By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — As federal authorities continued to investigate the suspected contamination of a widely distributed painkiller, the Food and Drug Administration warned…

FBI agent testifies in trial of suspect in Craigslist slayings

By Phil Trexler, Akron Beacon Journal – AKRON, Ohio — Accused Craigslist killer Richard Beasley wrote an Ohio woman, giving her instructions on where she could find a dead’s man’s wallet…

Obama vs. Romney: Round 2

Obama vs. Romney: Round 2

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney face off Tuesday in a “town hall” style debate that has the potential to…

N.J. panel OKs mandate to disclose spying

By Michael Linhorst, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) – TRENTON, N.J. — A bill that would require the New York Police Department to alert state officials before conducting surveillance inside New…

In debate hot seat: Obama, Romney and Candy Crowley

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney walk out Tuesday evening for their second debate, they won’t be the only people in…

‘Fast and Furious’ defendant gets prison for buying guns

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — The first of 20 individuals indicted in 2011 on charges of buying high-powered firearms in Arizona to be used by…

Justices to rule on voter proof of citizenship

Justices to rule on voter proof of citizenship

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will weigh in on the controversy over voter fraud and decide early next year whether Arizona can…

Next generation of space flight taking shape in Mojave

Next generation of space flight taking shape in Mojave

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times – MOJAVE, Calif. — Inside one of the bustling ramshackle hangars at the Mojave Air & Space Port, 23-year-old Kyle Nyberg is tightening dozens…

National Teen Driver Safety Week being observed now

Des Moines, IOWA — Today’s youth are busier and more engaged than ever. Unfortunately, this also means they have more things to distract them, especially while driving. Iowa’s young drivers…

Subscription fee scrapped for ‘Call of Duty: Elite’

By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Activision Blizzard Inc. has abandoned its plan to build an online subscription service around its military game series “Call of Duty.”…

Stocks rise, buoyed by health-care, bank sectors

By Wallace Witkowski and Polya Lesova, MarketWatch – SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. stocks closed higher on Monday, buoyed by strength in the health-care and bank sectors after data showed some improvement…

Minneapolis Man Indicted for Bank Robbery

MINNEAPOLIS—This week in federal court, a 51-year-old Minneapolis man was indicted for robbing four separate banks out of more than $13,000 in total. Phillip Leo Nietz was charged with four…

MN Man Pleads Guilty to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Assault by Striking, Beating, and Wounding

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Glen Eagle Thunder, age 38, of Lower Brule, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on October 10,…

US charges N.Y. man with defrauding ‘Rebecca’ producers

By Robert E. Kessler – NEW YORK — A man has been charged by federal prosecutors with three alleged frauds worth close to $5 million, including bilking the producers of…

Kicker’s good day highlights a bad one for Vikings’ offense

Kicker’s good day highlights a bad one for Vikings’ offense

By Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Looking for a silver lining following the Vikings’ 38-26 loss at Washington? Allow us to present kicker Blair Walsh, who…

Student borrowers can’t get help to restructure payments, US agency says

By Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — College students who took out private student loans before the recession hit are telling the government they’re getting a runaround from lenders…

Giants oust Carpenter after four innings, even NLCS

Giants oust Carpenter after four innings, even NLCS

By Joe Strauss, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – SAN FRANCISCO — The National League championship series isn’t going to be quick, or easy, or pretty. The Cardinals probably didn’t need the reminder,…

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