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Lawyer: Man charged with taping toddler’s mouth just being ‘playful’

Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune – Andre Curry was in the living room playing with his 22-month-old daughter last December when he grabbed a roll of blue painters tape, bound the little…

Man punishes 12 year-old stepchild by shaving her head, forcing her to run outside in diaper

David Chanen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – A Fridley man entered a guilty plea Monday for forcing his 12-year-old stepdaughter to run outside in a diaper — her head freshly shaven —…

Bill Clinton will be at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Wednesday

Bill Clinton will be at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Wednesday

MASON CITY – According to the NIACC marketing department, former President Bill Clinton will be at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) for a public rally Wednesday October 31. The…

What to watch for in the NBA . . .

By Charles F. Gardner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Here are 10 things to watch in the NBA: 1.) The Real 82 Players, coaches and general managers endured a strange 66-game season…

Disney to buy Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion; promises new ‘Star Wars’

By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times – Walt Disney Co. has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in a surprise deal that gives the media giant control of the “Star…

Hurricane Sandy is a duty and opportunity for Obama

Hurricane Sandy is a duty and opportunity for Obama

By Anita Kumar, Lesley Clark and David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — In the final days of his final election, President Barack Obama is finding that a storm IS his…

Obama tells team to be aggressive on Sandy response

By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama told his team he wants them “leaning forward” in their response to the storm that…

US stock exchanges to reopen Wednesday

By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — U.S. stock markets plan to reopen Wednesday after being shuttered for two days following the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. The…

First lady in Iowa City: Progress of last 4 years is at stake

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – IOWA CITY — After the campaign is over next week, first lady Michelle Obama said, she and her husband “will go back to normal…

Sandy’s death toll reaches 12; two N.Y. hospitals evacuated

By Tina Susman, David Zucchino and Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — More than 200 patients were being evacuated from two Manhattan hospitals late Monday after backup…

Cerro Gordo County rejects proposed 5% pay increase for courthouse employees and road workers

Cerro Gordo County rejects proposed 5% pay increase for courthouse employees and road workers

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday morning in Mason City for their regular meeting. No road report was given as County Engineer Mary Kelly…

Monster storm Sandy marches west, leaving death, chaos in its wake

Monster storm Sandy marches west, leaving death, chaos in its wake

By Michael Muskal and Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — Floods and fires, seawater surges and electrical outages, fierce rains and lashing winds continued to pummel parts…

San Francisco 49ers dominate Arizona Cardinals, 24-3

By Cam Inman, Contra Costa Times – GLENDALE, Ariz. — Alex Smith was nearly perfect Monday, completing 18 of 19 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns as the San…

Former skinhead on Bob Vander Plaats: “I know hate when I see it”

Former skinhead on Bob Vander Plaats: “I know hate when I see it”

DES MOINES, IOWA — Progress Iowa today released Do the Right Thing, an online video featuring former Aryan leader and author of Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead, Frank Meeink of…

VOLLEYBALL: Dominguez Earns Big 12 Player of the Year Honor

VOLLEYBALL: Dominguez Earns Big 12 Player of the Year Honor

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State junior forward Jennifer Dominguez was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by College Sports Madness Monday.  Junior midfielder Emily Goldstein was tabbed…

Absentee voting numbers in Cerro Gordo county show Dem’s still with largest turnout

Absentee voting numbers in Cerro Gordo county show Dem’s still with largest turnout

MASON CITY – Through the close of business yesterday, there have been 8,271 active absentee ballot requests in Cerro Gordo county. Here are some breakdowns: 1,513 … outstanding 6,758 ……

Johnson finding form just in time for Texas

By Carlos Mendez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram – Jimmie Johnson knows how to win on the half-mile track at Martinsville Speedway. He knows how to win a Sprint Cup championship. Both…

Op-ed: Chris Watts explains why he deserves your vote for County Supervisor

Op-ed: Chris Watts explains why he deserves your vote for County Supervisor

The following is from Cerro Gordo County Supervisor candidate Chris Watts of Mason City – — Just wanted to take the time here and tell you again why I would…

Nail salon under construction near Wal-Mart in Mason City

Nail salon under construction near Wal-Mart in Mason City

MASON CITY – A new business is under construction on Mason City’s west side. A small structure is being built just east of the North Iowa Community Credit near the…

Obama declares parts of New York, New Jersey major disaster areas

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has signed major-disaster declarations for parts New York and New Jersey, sending additional government aid to those waking…

Mason City man paroled from prison this month arrested again

Mason City man paroled from prison this month arrested again

CLEAR LAKE – According to the Iowa Department of Corrections, 50-year-old Donald Joseph Reuter was paroled from prison on October 9th after serving 5 years and 10 months in prison.…

Poll finds 2012 race dead even, foresees relatively high turnout

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — With only one week left in the 2012 campaign, a major new Pew Research Center poll is projecting a relatively high level…

Court sets date to hear Casey Anthony’s appeal on misdemeanor convictions

By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — An appeals court in Daytona Beach, Fla., is now scheduled to hear Casey Anthony’s appeal of her four convictions for lying to…

Despite hurricane, jobs report still scheduled for Friday release

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — The Labor Department said it hopes to release October’s unemployment report on Friday as scheduled, despite the closure of the federal government…

Young women can tackle pay issue head-on

By Diane Stafford, The Kansas City Star – This is a must read for women graduating from college: Don’t assume your first pay offer will be the same as what a…

African-American ministers criticize Franklin Graham

By Michael Gordon, The Charlotte Observer – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For the second time during the presidential campaign, a group of African-American ministers in North Carolina has criticized Franklin Graham for…

Bartender tells jurors about injuries she received in 2007 beating by cop

By Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — In the video of her 2007 beating by an off-duty cop, petite bartender Karolina Obrycka stands up to Anthony Abbate as he charges…

Central Florida ICE teams arrest 11 sex offenders, criminal aliens during Operation SOAR

TAMPA, Fla. – Eleven convicted alien sex offenders and other criminal aliens were arrested as part of a four-day operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and…

Alliant Energy crews heading to East Coast to assist in storm restoration

Alliant Energy crews heading to East Coast to assist in storm restoration

More than 100 Alliant Energy employees responding to Hurricane Sandy – CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Oct. 29, 2012 — Alliant Energy has sent more than 100 employees to help people…

Council to meet in work session and consider changes to landfill agreement

MASON CITY – The Mason City Council will meet for a work session on Tuesday and consider potential changes to the 28E agreement between the city and the North Iowa…

Young voters feel less engaged this election year than in ’08

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The love affair between young voters and President Barack Obama that ignited his candidacy in 2008 and powered him to the White House…

Did you wash your hands? Probably not properly, studies show

Did you wash your hands? Probably not properly, studies show

By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, Chicago Tribune – Washing your hands after using the bathroom — not to mention after touching any number of public surfaces, from doorknobs to subway handrails to oh-so-disgusting…

Death sentence of California’s longest-serving death row inmate overturned

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times – A federal appeals court Monday overturned the death sentence of California’s longest-serving death row inmate on the grounds that his defense lawyer failed to…

Avoid attacking people to warrant respect

By Judi Light Hopson, Emma H. Hopson and Ted Hagen, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – As our national election day approaches, more people are trying to enlist friends and associates to vote…

Taylor Swift to co-host Grammy nomination special

By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Taylor Swift is having quite the month. Just as “Red,” her latest opus of lovelorn anthems, opened to massive first-week…

Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show won’t get a third season

By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — “Anderson Live,” the daytime talker from CNN news personality Anderson Cooper, won’t be getting a third season from Telepictures, the syndicated…

Consumer spending up 0.8% in September; 3rd-straight monthly gain

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON—Consumer spending rose 0.8 percent in September, the third straight monthly gain and the biggest increase since February, the Commerce Department said Monday. Personal…

Halloween brings sweet bit of business to candy companies

By Ellen Jean Hirst, Chicago Tribune – Halloween candy sales are expected to be higher this year than any time in the past decade, a treat for an industry seeing 1…

Romney tries to balance hurricane sensitivity with electioneering

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – AVON LAKE, Ohio — Trying to strike a delicate balance of sensitivity about the impending hurricane with stumping for votes, Mitt Romney told thousands…

Hundreds of anti-nuclear protestors arrested in India

By Siddhartha Kumar – NEW DELHI — Hundreds of demonstrators were detained in southern India on Monday as they tried to blockade a regional assembly in protest against a nuclear…

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