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Bumgarner throws gem as Giants take 2-0 lead in World Series

Bumgarner throws gem as Giants take 2-0 lead in World Series

By Dave Van Dyck, Chicago Tribune – SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants helped create their own World Series home-field advantage by starring in the National League’s All-Star game victory. And it…

Third-party candidates square off in debate with little fanfare

By Bob Secter, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — As debates go, it was hardly the Romney vs. Obama beat down in Boca Raton or even the curious sleepwalk in Denver. But…

Gone too far? ‘Kill Obama’ sign gets Colorado man a visit from Secret Service

By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times – Colorado resident Lee Mulcahy discovered that there are limits to the discussion when it comes to political signage outside your home in this…

Hamas sends rocket barrage at Israel one day after Qatar’s emir visits Gaza

By Sheera Frenkel, McClatchy Newspapers – JERUSALEM — Hamas militants fired more than 70 rockets into southern Israel on Wednesday, one day after the emir of Qatar became the first head…

Obama, Romney woo voters in Iowa

By Kathleen Hennessey and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – DAVENPORT, Iowa — For Barack Obama, Iowa was the state that launched his path to the presidency, turning a long-shot candidacy…

Fungal meningitis deaths rise to 24, CDC reports

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday that a 24th person had died of fungal meningitis after receiving…

Deadly day in Afghanistan for coalition troops

By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Two U.S. soldiers were killed on patrol Thursday in southern Afghanistan when a man in an Afghan national police uniform opened…

Hurricane Sandy damages war court compound, cancels hearings for week

By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald – GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — Hurricane Sandy swept through this remote base Thursday, ripping boats from their berths, cutting power to all but…

Four charged in robbery of Mason City home Thursday

Four charged in robbery of Mason City home Thursday

MASON CITY – Mason City police and Cerro Gordo County sheriffs responded to a robbery in progress Thursday morning at about 9:20 AM at 110 12th Street SE. A resident…

Fran McCaffery press conference, October 25th, 2012

Fran McCaffery press conference, October 25th, 2012

THE MODERATOR: Joining us now is Fran McCaffery, he welcomes back 10 letter winners and three starters from last year’s team. FRAN McCAFFERY: I am very excited about our team…

Two vehicle accident injures one Wednesday

Two vehicle accident injures one Wednesday

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – At about 3:00 pm Wednesday, Mason City emergency responders and Plymouth Fire and Rescue were called to 305th and Thrush…

Giants crush Verlander, Tigers in Game 1

Giants crush Verlander, Tigers in Game 1

By Alex Pavlovic, San Jose Mercury News – SAN FRANCISCO — After winning six elimination games to reach the World Series, the San Francisco Giants said they wanted to take…

Teen suspect in Craigslist killings case motivated by money, psychiatrist testifies

By Phil Trexler, Akron Beacon Journal – AKRON, Ohio — A psychiatrist doubts Brogan Rafferty’s claims that he helped kill three men out of fear and instead believes the Ohio…

Jeff’s Fresh Produce tries to hold on for one more week

Jeff’s Fresh Produce tries to hold on for one more week

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – For most of the summer, Jeff Rasmusson and Betty Bohl, of Jeff’s Produce, have been selling fresh vegetables on the…

Shooting spree kills three family members in Los Angeles area

Shooting spree kills three family members in Los Angeles area

By Wesley Lowery, Ruben Vives and Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES—Five members of a Downey family were shot — three fatally — in a bizarre shooting that…

Suspect in killing at Ga. megachurch has criminal record

By Fran Jeffries and Bill Torpy, Ernie Suggs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – ATLANTA — A man arrested Wednesday and charged with the fatal shooting of a prayer leader at World…

Cash flow in Missouri race is one-sided in favor of McCaskill

By Dave Helling and Steve Kraske, The Kansas City Star – KANSAS CITY, Mo.—U.S. Rep. Todd Akin’s remarks about “legitimate” rape now appear certain to cost the Republican millions of…

Obama objects to Mourdock’s rape comment, skewers Trump

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – President Barack Obama told Jay Leno Wednesday night that Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s comments about pregnancy and rape illustrate why men…

Sandy hits Jamaica, Haiti, causing at least two deaths

Sandy hits Jamaica, Haiti, causing at least two deaths

By Curtis Morgan and Jacqueline Charles, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — Hurricane Sandy began what could be a long and damaging march out of the Caribbean on Wednesday, leaving…

No. 22 Cyclones Down No. 17 Kansas, 3-1

No. 22 Cyclones Down No. 17 Kansas, 3-1

AMES, Iowa – The No. 22 Iowa State volleyball team (12-7, 6-3 Big 12) beat No. 17 Kansas (19-4, 7-2 Big 12) in four sets (25-22, 25-21, 27-29, 25-23) Wednesday…

Johnson named pre-season All-Big Ten

Johnson named pre-season All-Big Ten

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa senior center Morgan Johnson has been named Preseason All-Big Ten.  The announcement was made Thursday at the annual Big Ten Media Day in…

Indiana Named Preseason Big Ten Favorite

PARK RIDGE, Ill. – Already named the preseason No. 1 team in the nation by several publications, Indiana has been chosen as the Big Ten favorite heading into the 2012-13…

13 year-old jailed for drugs, released “right away”

13 year-old jailed for drugs, released “right away”

MASON CITY – A 13 year-old girl was in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on drug charges Wednesday.  Her photo and charges were publicly displayed on the Cerro Gordo County…

Tom Cruise files $50 million defamation suit over abandonment claim

By Christie D’Zurilla, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Tom Cruise is going on offense, suing the publishers of Life & Style Weekly for defamation and seeking $50 million…

Alleged Black Hawk County Sex Offender Charged With Failing To Register And Escape

Howard Sawyer, age 38, from Black Hawk County, has been charged with failure to register as a sex offender and escape from custody. The charges are contained in an Indictment…

Sound Advice: Soundbar with a wireless subwoofer for around $200

By Don Lindich, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Q. I have recently upgraded my TV from an old rear projection box to a 55-inch Samsung flat panel and the sound quality has…

Iowa Man Sentenced To More Than Five Years On Child Pornography Charge

A man who downloaded child pornography was sentenced October 3, 2012, to five and a half years in federal prison. Daniel Lindgren, age 25, of Schaller, Iowa, received the sentence…

HSI dismantles multi-state drug, money laundering operation

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Seven people were sentenced to federal prison Wednesday for their roles in a drug trafficking and money laundering scheme that used Arkansas businesses to hide $315,000 in…

Stratford, IA Woman Sentenced To Federal Prison For Methamphetamine Conspiracy Conviction

A woman who conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine was sentenced October 4, 2012, to more than three years in federal prison. Jody Head, 36, from Stratford, Iowa, received the…

Iowa Meth Manufacturer Sentenced To Federal Prison

A man who conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine was sentenced October 5, 2012, to more than seven years in federal prison. Rodney Mrozek, Jr., 31, from Fort Dodge, Iowa,…

Against all odds, David Mitchell’s novel ‘Cloud Atlas’ now a film

By Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee – LOS ANGELES — While writing “Cloud Atlas,” author David Mitchell never thought about how his novel could be turned into a movie. “My only…

Vikings full of surprises this season

Vikings full of surprises this season

By Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Raise your hand if you had the Vikings winning their first five home games of 2012. Speak up if you thought they’d…

Child predator operation nets 23 arrests

They ranged in age from 18 to 66. They were Army reservists, doctors and students, and they traveled as far as 120 miles to have sex with a child who…

‘Fun Size’ waddles when it should romp

By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – It’s funny how the beloved movies of one’s less politically correct youth turn out to have a lot more edge to them once…

Waterloo Man Sentenced To Over Five Years In Prison For Trafficking Crack Cocaine

A man who conspired to distribute crack cocaine from 2010 through 2012 was sentenced today to more than five years in federal prison. Rico Dixon, 29, from Waterloo, Iowa, and…

Man Sentenced for Assault on a Child

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that United States District Court Judge Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced Charles Phillips, Jr., age 43, of Macy, Nebraska, for his conviction for assault…

Iowa Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Crack Conspiracy

A man who conspired to distribute crack cocaine was sentenced October 5, 2012, to more than six years in federal prison. Roscoe Perry, 26, from Sioux City, Iowa, was convicted…

Digital Savant: Tiny sensors taking us from bulky to wearable to invisible tech

By Omar L. Gallaga, Austin American-Statesman – In the late ‘90s, I thought I was pretty tech-forward when I went to interviews. I carried a Palm Pilot digital organizer, a bulky…