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Mason City man turns self in on warrant

Mason City man turns self in on warrant

MASON CITY – A Mason City man turned himself into the Cerro Gordo County Jail on a valid warrant. Spencer Benn Sage, 21, turned himself into the Cerro Gordo County…

9/11 mastermind gets OK to wear camouflage attire at his Guantanamo trial

9/11 mastermind gets OK to wear camouflage attire at his Guantanamo trial

By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald – GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — Alleged Sept. 11, 2001, mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed has the right to wear a camouflage vest to…

Campaign contributions to Mayor Bookmeyer from Mercy associates

Campaign contributions to Mayor Bookmeyer from Mercy associates

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Mayor Eric Bookmeyer remarked at last night’s council meeting regarding the Mercy expansion project that public record of campaign contributions are “not relevant”…

Kirk Ferentz interview, October 16, 2012

Kirk Ferentz interview, October 16, 2012

COACH FERENTZ: Just following up on John Campbell. John’s just such a tremendous guy, so I certainly want to wish him all the best.  I didn’t realize until just now,…

New report on Gadhafi’s death accuses Libyan rebels of executing dozens

By Hannah Allam, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Rebels who ambushed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s convoy not only probably killed the strongman and his son after capture but also summarily…

Analysis: Obama jumps back into campaign with feisty debate

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama leaped back into the presidential campaign Tuesday, aggressively challenging rival Mitt Romney in a tense debate likely to reset…

In rematch, Obama and Romney get testy over jobs, energy and immigration

In rematch, Obama and Romney get testy over jobs, energy and immigration

By David Lightman And Anita Kumar, McClatchy Newspapers – HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney aggressively challenged each other Tuesday night in their second debate,…

Dan Gable Day to be declared by governor

Dan Gable Day to be declared by governor

WATERLOO—Iowa’s greatest sports figure and Iowa’s longest serving governor will be the focal point of a special presentation in Waterloo. Iowa governor Terry Branstad will declare October 25, 2012, as…

Iowa Prison Work Release Escape Notice – Justin Miller

Iowa Prison Work Release Escape Notice – Justin Miller

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 Board of Parole. …

Notice to US citizens: Your actions abroad may have serious consequences

WASHINGTON — American tourists, with twisted overseas travel plans to engage in child sex tourism, may think they are beyond the reach of U.S. law enforcement. However, they should know…

Mason City resident: “Money and campaign contributions” behind fast-moving city council votes on Mercy project

Mason City resident: “Money and campaign contributions” behind fast-moving city council votes on Mercy project

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – A Mason City resident got under the skin of Mayor Eric Bookmeyer and At-Large City Councilman Scott Tornquist at last night’s council meeting. This is…

Railroad bridge to be torn down and replaced; South Pierce closed

Railroad bridge to be torn down and replaced; South Pierce closed

MASON CITY – A contractor working for the Canadian Pacific Railroad will be replacing a railroad bridge near South Pierce Avenue. Due to the location of the bridge and its…

Despite outrage over girl’s shooting, Pakistan still split over confronting Taliban

By Saeed Shah, McClatchy Newspapers – ISLAMABAD — The horrific shooting of a teenage girl by the Pakistani Taliban to silence her campaign for schooling for girls has forced a battered…

Diplomats see Kurds, not Assad, as likely target of Turkish border buildup

Diplomats see Kurds, not Assad, as likely target of Turkish border buildup

By Roy Gutman, McClatchy Newspapers – ISTANBUL — Turkish tanks are deployed on hilltops overlooking Syria and additional combat aircraft have been moved to bases close to that war-torn country in…

Apple sets date for new event; smaller iPad expected

By Jeremy C. Owens, San Jose Mercury News – Apple sent out a media invitation Tuesday to an Oct. 23event expected to be the introduction of a new, smaller iPad to…

Consumer inflation rises 0.6% in September

By Jeffry Bartash, MarketWatch – WASHINGTON — Americans paid sharply higher prices for goods and services in September, the government said Tuesday, mainly because of the elevated cost of gas. The…

Cuba to lift ‘exit visa’ requirement for its citizens

By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY—The Cuban government announced Tuesday that it plans to rescind the requirement that its citizens obtain exit visas in order to travel abroad,…

Despite outrage over girl’s shooting, Pakistan still split over confronting Taliban

By Saeed Shah, McClatchy Newspapers – ISLAMABAD — The horrific shooting of a teenage girl by the Pakistani Taliban to silence her campaign for schooling for girls has forced a battered…

Federal investigation clouds Rep. Jackson’s future

By Rick Pearson and Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Out of sight for months and seeking re-election in weeks, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s return to Congress by voters may…

Second amendment groups talk to ‘stand your ground’ task force

By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla.—The task force reviewing Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law met for the sixth time on Tuesday and heard presentations in defense of the…

Bachmann takes in nearly $4.5 million amid close re-election race

By Danielle Ryan, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Rep. Michele Bachmann has raised nearly $4.5 million between July and September to fund what is turning out to be her toughest…

Penn State says it will not renew athletic director’s contract

By Jeremy Roebuck, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania State University will not renew the contract of embattled Athletic Director Tim Curley when it expires in June, the college announced…

Amazon to hire 50,000 for holidays

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – Amazon.com Inc., the online retailer that has many bricks-and-mortar companies on the defensive, said it will hire more than 50,000 seasonal employees nationwide for…

Woman claiming to be drug trafficker’s daughter is arrested

By Richard Marosi and Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — A woman claiming to be the daughter of the world’s most wanted drug trafficker was arrested at a…

LeBron James makes terror suspect’s ‘bad man’ list

By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald – GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — In a bid to illustrate the absurdity of knee-jerk secrecy at Guantanamo, a Navy defense lawyer on Tuesday…

Britain blocks extradition of hacker who broke into Pentagon computers

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — In a case that has dogged Anglo-American relations for a decade, Britain said Tuesday that it would not send a confessed computer…

DEA tells Walgreens: Hand over customer files

By Amy Pavuk, Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — Customer files from Florida pharmacies, details on bonuses given to pharmacists, and two years’ worth of internal correspondence were among the mountain…

Pastor’s killer goes berserk after death sentence

By Dianna Hunt, Fort Worth Star-Telegram – FORT WORTH, Texas — Convicted killer Steven Lawayne Nelson was sentenced to death Tuesday for the brutal suffocation death of an Arlington, Texas, pastor…

Probe launched after reports on Arizona National Guard misconduct

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Officials are investigating the Arizona National Guard after a series of news reports disclosed that military recruiters engaged in repeated misbehavior,…

Factory labor shortage may rise

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – U.S. manufacturing industry executives have bemoaned a skills gap in the nation’s workforce, but a new report says the shortfall isn’t a big deal…

Rupert Murdoch survives calls to step down as News Corp. chairman

By Meg James, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — At the end of News Corp.’s combative shareholders meeting, the titan of old media, Rupert Murdoch, was asked a new media…

Emanuel to stump for Obama in Florida

By John Byrne, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO—Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will continue his role as a surrogate for President Barack Obama this weekend, heading to Florida to try to persuade the…

2 Americans win Nobel in economics

By Don Lee, Larry Gordon and Adolfo Flores, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — For years, transplant surgeons have struggled with a vexing problem: seriously ill patients desperate for new kidneys…

Balancing Act: Health — and purpose — keep angst in check

By Cindy Krischer Goodman, The Miami Herald – Just last month, in a cozy restaurant with family around the table, Debbie Zelman blew out the candle on her birthday cake. It…

Appeals court judges question California greenhouse gas rules

By Howard Mintz, San Jose Mercury News – SAN FRANCISCO — California’s unprecedented regulations to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation fuels appears to face a smoggy future in the courts.…

Iowa State Women Climb to No. 2 in National Poll; Men 25th

Iowa State Women Climb to No. 2 in National Poll; Men 25th

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State head cross country coach Corey Ihmels says his Cyclone teams are right where they want to be heading into the Big 12 Conference Championships, Oct.…

Rapper Bizzle gunned down at Miami car wash

By Nadege Green and Julie K. Brown, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — Robert Labranche was arrested 27 times, spent much of his early life in and out of jail and…

Tyler Perry gets tough with an action-hero role

Tyler Perry gets tough with an action-hero role

By Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — Tyler Perry has a lot to say about his upcoming movie “Alex Cross,” except when it comes to a certain minor plot…