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Iowa pastor sent to prison

Steve Woodhouse, The Knoxville Journal-Express, Iowa – Knoxville — The main courtroom in the Marion County Courthouse was filled with hugs and praise moments after former Pella Pastor Patrick Edouard…

Butler County Teacher Arrested for Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee

Butler County Teacher Arrested for Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee

Parkersburg, IOWA — A former teacher with the Aplington-Parkersburg School District was arrested today. Ashley Anderson, 24 years, of Ackley, Iowa was charged with four counts of Sexual Exploitation by…

Bicyclist struck by car and then cited by MCPD for riding on sidewalk

Bicyclist struck by car and then cited by MCPD for riding on sidewalk

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – A woman riding a bicycle was struck by a motorist and then cited by Mason City police for riding her…

Today’s cartoons: October 19, 2012

Today’s cartoons: October 19, 2012

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

Google releases earnings prematurely, triggering stock sell-off

By Jessica Guynn and Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times – SAN FRANCISCO — It was a humiliating corporate gaffe the likes of which few can recall, particularly from a giant…

United States Attorney’s Office to Field Election Fraud Complaints

DENVER—United States Attorney John Walsh announced today that Assistant United States Attorney Thomas O’Rourke will lead the efforts of the Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office in connection with the Justice Department’s…

‘Embarrassing’ playoff loss spotlights Yankees’ flaws

By Bob Klapisch, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) – DETROIT — The notice on the clubhouse chalkboard told the New York Yankees to be ready by 8:30 p.m. — the buses…

UPDATED: Undercover investigation leads to arrest of Mason City man

UPDATED: Undercover investigation leads to arrest of Mason City man

MASON CITY – An undercover narcotics investigation by the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force led to the arrest of Jordan Nicholas Pohlman, age 21, of Mason City. Pohlman was…

Jerry Brewer: Seahawks lose the Bruiser Battle to 49ers

Jerry Brewer: Seahawks lose the Bruiser Battle to 49ers

By Jerry Brewer, The Seattle Times – SAN FRANCISCO – It wasn’t just a showdown for early-season supremacy in the rugged NFC West. It was a brawl to determine the…

Cards, Wainwright, down Giants, 8-3 in Game 4 of NLCS

Cards, Wainwright, down Giants, 8-3 in Game 4 of NLCS

By Matt Kawahara, The Sacramento Bee – ST. LOUIS – For the San Francisco Giants two years ago, it all started and ended with Tim Lincecum. It was Lincecum setting…

Ragan: 13 ways Iowa got safer in 2012

Ragan: 13 ways Iowa got safer in 2012

From Sen. Amanda Ragan – Safety is a key reason Iowa is a great place to live, work and raise a family. Iowa is among the 10 most peaceful states…

Cyclones Will Dig Pink Against Sooners

Cyclones Will Dig Pink Against Sooners

AMES, Iowa – No. 22 Iowa State (10-7, 4-3 Big 12) will host its annual Dig Pink match on Saturday when Oklahoma (16-6, 5-2 Big 12) visits Hilton Coliseum. Iowa…

UPDATE: Mason City teen reported missing

UPDATE: Mason City teen reported missing

MASON CITY – A Mason City teen has been reported missing since Thursday. Savanna Estal was reported missing to the Mason City Police Department (641-421-3636), in Mason City on October…

Anonymous letter claims Mercy employee satisfaction “at an all time low”

Anonymous letter claims Mercy employee satisfaction “at an all time low”

NorthIowaToday.com received the following letter in the mail this week. We make no assertions that anything in the letter is necessarily true. We invite our readers to comment as to…

2-Minute Drill — The Penn State Nittany Lions

2-Minute Drill — The Penn State Nittany Lions

Marc Morehouse, CR Gazette – 2-Minute Drill PENN STATE (4-2, 2-0) at IOWA (4-2, 2-0) IOWA RUSH OFFENSE VS. PENN STATE RUSH DEFENSE This is the marquee matchup. Or it…

State Patrol: Driver who hit cross-country runner glanced down

Vanessa Miller, CR Gazette – The driver of a car that hit and killed 13-year-old Ian McFate during cross-country practice in Tama on Oct. 1 glanced down momentarily before looking…

Accused Fort Hood shooter should shave beard, appeals court rules

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – BEAUMONT, Texas—An Army appeals court in Virginia ruled Thursday that a judge is entitled to order Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, accused in a 2009…

Three and Out . . .

Marc Morehouse, CR Gazette – 1) Third-and-5 and, wow, that’s longer than it looks — The Hawkeyes are 15 of 55 (27 percent) on third-and-5 and longer this season. Now,…

Indiana No. 1, Big Ten with 5 in coaches’ top 25

Scott Dochterman, CR Gazette – Five Big Ten men’s basketball teams earned top-25 consideration, including three ranked in the top five, in the preseason USA Today Coaches’ poll. Indiana was…

Owners of massage parlors arrested in connection with human trafficking, prostitution

BOSTON — The owners of two massage parlors — one in Wellesley, Mass., and the other in Revere, Mass. — have been arrested in connection with human trafficking and prostitution.…

Hair Cut-A-Thon for breast cancer awareness held Thursday

Hair Cut-A-Thon for breast cancer awareness held Thursday

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – The Head Quarters Salon & Spa, located at 316 1st Street SW, held a Hair Cut-A-Thon Thursday evening between 6:00…

Prosecutors want George Zimmerman’s lawyers muzzled

By Frances Robles, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — The Duval County state attorney has a message for George Zimmerman’s defense attorney: Zip it. Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda…

Federal Court: Gays and lesbians are a minority group deserving of special protection

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in New York struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act on Thursday and became…

Minnesota Timberwolves: Kevin Love out 6-8 weeks with broken hand

Minnesota Timberwolves: Kevin Love out 6-8 weeks with broken hand

Ray Richardson, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – The Timberwolves already were working on ways to survive without injured point guard Ricky Rubio for the first couple of months of the…

Mom protests Confederate flag at Florida elementary school

Mom protests Confederate flag at Florida elementary school

By Michael Vasquez, The Miami Herald – MIAMI—Sunset Lakes Elementary School in Miramar is not your typical school — opened 10 years ago with a “U.S. History” theme, just about every…

Agriculture secretary presses for export support

By Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday that U.S. farm exports are on pace to set a record high in 2013 but that…

Minnesota DNR urges water conservation

Drought conditions are straining Minnesota’s water resources. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is urging everyone to adopt water conservation measures. “Water is essential to our economy, our natural…

‘Weedman’ acquitted after using medical marijuana argument as his defense

By Jan Hefler, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — A flamboyant, longtime advocate of marijuana legalization was acquitted Thursday of drug-related charges, even after admitting that he had a pound in…

Laundering ring moved Medicare money to Cuba bank, US officials say

By Jay Weaver, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — An offshore remittance company called Caribbean Transfers financed a complex money-laundering ring that moved more than $30 million in stolen Medicare money…

FBI says New York bomb suspect considered Baltimore target

By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun – BALTIMORE — A man accused of plotting to attack the Federal Reserve in New York considered striking a lightly guarded military installation in…

‘Cross’ isn’t expected to challenge ‘Paranormal Activity 4’ at box office

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — With “Paranormal Activity 4” expected to dominate the box office this weekend, Tyler Perry may be haunted by his decision to…

Latest O.J. Simpson furor: Reports he is selling the knife

By Julie K. Brown, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — The dagger-like knife is arguably one of the most sought-after weapons in American history. Now, 18 years after the slayings of…

U.S. prosecutors in Sept. 11 case request more restrictions on release of probe material

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau – FORT MEADE, Md. — Government prosecutors in the Sept. 11 conspiracy case broadened their request for secrecy Thursday by asking for more…

State surplus hits record $688 million and growing

State surplus hits record $688 million and growing

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – Iowa’s state government has never been in a stronger financial position. According to figures from the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency to be…

Texas man, married to two women, charged with bigamy

By Deanna Boyd, Fort Worth Star-Telegram – FORT WORTH, Texas—A 38-year-old Grand Prairie businessman has been charged with bigamy on accusations that he was married to two unsuspecting Tarrant County…

Obama and Romney fight for the female vote

By Christi Parsons and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – MOUNT VERNON, Iowa — Picking up where their contentious debate left off, President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney battled…

Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton join forces for Obama in Ohio

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times – PARMA, Ohio — If any doubt remained about how central the state of Ohio is to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, the sight…

NBC cancels ‘Animal Practice,’ sets Nov. 14 return for ‘Whitney’

By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — The outlook for monkeys working in Hollywood got a little bleaker Thursday: NBC has bumped the zany veterinary sitcom “Animal Practice”…

‘Small anomaly’ shuts down Keystone pipeline for three days

By Kim Murphy and Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – SEATTLE — After finding a “small anomaly,” TransCanada Corp. said Thursday that it has shut down its Keystone pipeline, which has…

US reviewing guidelines for use of force by border agencies

By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Department of Homeland Security is reviewing guidelines for use of force by border agencies amid a sharp increase in…