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ISU Picks Up Experienced Transfer From USC

ISU Picks Up Experienced Transfer From USC

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State men’s basketball program received good news today with the addition of an experienced player to its backcourt in USC transfer Maurice Jones, a 5-7,…

Neighborhood riled up after gun fire Friday evening

Neighborhood riled up after gun fire Friday evening

MASON CITY – A north end neighborhood in Mason City is on edge after a gun was fired, neighbors said Friday evening. Mason City police officers were in the area…

Drunken Clear Lake woman arrested for new assault on peace officer incident

Drunken Clear Lake woman arrested for new assault on peace officer incident

MASON CITY – Mason City police responded to a report of a subject causing a disturbance at 311 5th Street NW shortly before 1am Wednesday morning. When officers arrived 26-year-old…

Man accused in Thursday’s robbery has rap sheet, owes thousands to court

Man accused in Thursday’s robbery has rap sheet, owes thousands to court

MASON CITY – Accused robber Joshua Albert Rutledge, now in the Cerro Gordo County Jail held on $25,000 bond, is no stranger to dangerous criminal charges and owes courts thousands in unpaid fines…

UPDATED: Schools, police took steps to protect children after home invasion

UPDATED: Schools, police took steps to protect children after home invasion

MASON CITY -Mason City police and school officials took steps Thursday to protect children in schools after a nearby home invasion. After several people people were on the run after…

Vikings again can’t stop a little back, this time Doug Martin

Vikings again can’t stop a little back, this time Doug Martin

By Mark Craig, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings’ defense was doing exactly what everyone thought it needed to do in order to beat Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams…

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs injured in Beverly Hills car crash

By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES—Entertainment impresario Sean “Diddy” Combs was injured in a two-car traffic accident in front of the Beverly Hills Hotel, police said Wednesday. Combs,…

OPINION: Iowans, we are better than this

Iowans, we are better than this. Women are still underrepresented in 48 states, with 19 states and 22 percent of the nation’s population without a female U.S. Senator or Representative. …

Clear Lake man jailed on felony marijuana charge

Clear Lake man jailed on felony marijuana charge

MASON CITY – An early morning traffic stop by Cerro Gordo County Sheriff deputies has led to a felony drug charge for a Clear Lake man. Deputies made traffic contact…

Pheasant numbers up in Iowa; hunting season begins Saturday

From Iowa DNR – Upland game hunters have a good reason to step out into the fields this weekend across Iowa. Pheasant numbers are up, for the first time in…

Eight Self-Identified ‘Boy Lovers’ Sentenced to Federal Prison for Sexual Exploitation Crimes After FBI Investigation

CHICAGO—Three years after several self-identified “boylovers,” who met in person and online to discuss their sexual interest in children and trade child pornography, were arrested in an FBI sting during…

Today’s Cartoons: October 26th, 2012

Today’s Cartoons: October 26th, 2012

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

Friend of ex-Chicago cop testifies no bribe offer was made to beating victim

By Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Friends since the fourth grade, Gary Ortiz knew his pal Anthony Abbate was in trouble nearly six years ago after the off-duty Chicago…

South Carolina man accused of selling surreptitious sex tapes online

By R. Darren Price, The State (Columbia, S.C.) – COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina man being sued by a female college student who said he surreptitiously filmed them having sex…

‘Cloud’-y, with a chance of confusion

By Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – Three directors, plus six story lines, times five centuries equal one grandly conceived, impressively mounted megaflop. “Cloud Atlas” gene-splices genres, spans planets and leap-frogs…

Most Americans want less foreign involvement, polls show

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney agreed strongly in their third and final debate that the United States needed to vigorously expand…

Romney rakes in $111.8 million in first two weeks of October

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – CINCINNATI — Buoyed by his strong performances in the first two debates, Mitt Romney raised $111.8 million from Oct. 1 to Oct. 17 —…

U.S. Border Patrol Agents Arrest Violent Mexican Criminal

Calexico, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Calexico Station apprehended a 50-year-old male, Mexican national, attempting to enter the United States illegally near Calexico, California. On July 6, 1989,…

‘Smashed’: Message in a bottle

By Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer – “We’ll just be wine-with-dinner people,” is how Charlie and Kate Hannah, the Los Angeles couple played by Aaron Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in…

‘Nuns on the Bus’ tour coming to Mason City

DES MOINES — NETWORK today announced the return of ‘Nuns on the Bus’ to Iowa for a one-day, three-stop tour on Thursday, November 1st. The tour will feature Sr. Simone Campbell,…

Authorities ‘botched’ search for N.J. girl found strangled, family says

By James Osborne and Darran Simon, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — The family of Autumn Pasquale, the 12-year-old found strangled to death inside a curbside recycling bin in Clayton,…

Illinois police chiefs group president under investigation over helicopter program

By Joe Mahr, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Seven years ago, a small-town Illinois police chief launched a big dream to nab criminals and thwart terrorists from the air. Chief…

Border Patrol Officers Intercept ‘Date-Rape’ Drug

Border Patrol Officers Intercept ‘Date-Rape’ Drug

Nogales, Ariz. — A female Mexican national was apprehended yesterday after Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Port discovered the she was in possession of animal tranquilizers often…

‘Cloud Atlas’ reminds us that eye candy is never all that filling

By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – A work of stunning images, staggering ambition and epic length, “Cloud Atlas” is an attempt to create nothing less than a “unified field” theory…

David Stern, iron-fisted NBA commissioner, to step down

By Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — If David Stern ruled the NBA with an iron fist, he cushioned the blows by transforming a league that couldn’t get…

Volunteers recognized for service to community

Volunteers recognized for service to community

MASON CITY, IOWA, October 25, 2012 – The 10th Annual Volunteer Recognition Award Banquet was held at the MacNider Art Museum Salsbury Room on October 25, 2012.  Nearly 30 volunteers…

Syrian military, some rebels accept 4-day UN cease-fire

By David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers – BEIRUT — The Syrian military announced Thursday that it would abide by a United Nations-sponsored cease-fire during the four-day Eid al-Adha holiday, the first such…

Obama casts vote in his hometown of Chicago

Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — President Barack Obama returned to Chicago’s South Side on Thursday and cast an early vote near his Kenwood home. The Democratic president chatted with poll…

Egypt seizes Libyan weapons, suspects in further sign of spreading terrorist influence

By Mel Frykberg and Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers – CAIRO — Egyptian police have arrested five Libyans who allegedly are members of al-Qaida, intercepted two truckloads of arms from Libya…

‘Halloween’ slashes again in theaters

By Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Michael Myers, the masked silent Shape that emerged from the shadows of Haddonfield, Ill., to stalk generations of moviegoers, will return…

Battleground state blitz continues for Obama, Romney

Battleground state blitz continues for Obama, Romney

By Maeve Reston and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times – CINCINNATI, Ohio — In battleground states across the country, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney pressed voters to their sides on…

U.S. returns more than 4,000 stolen antiquities to Mexico

By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY—U.S. officials Thursday returned more than 4,000 pieces of stolen and looted pre-Columbian art and artifacts to the Mexican government, the result of…

Chicago rapper takes heat for apparent video fight with woman

By Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO—A South Side rapper who posted taunting tweets about the fatal shooting of aspiring rapper Lil Jojo is under fire again after video footage of…