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Bulls’ starters and reserves make short work of Mavs

Bulls’ starters and reserves make short work of Mavs

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — About the only thing missing Wednesday night from the Bulls’ 101-78 victory over the Mavericks was the United Center faithful breaking out a…

Puppy dragged behind truck on I-55 in St. Louis is improving

Blythe Bernhard, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – A pit bull puppy that was dragged behind a truck on Interstate 55 for a mile on Wednesday is recovering from severe injuries, Humane Society…

Minnesota becomes first state to sell lottery tickets at gas pumps, ATMs

By Alejandra Matos, Star Tribune – MINNEAPOLIS — Lottery jackpots are growing bigger more quickly, and ticket sales are soaring all over the country. Now Minnesota is the first state to…

Mason City woman found guilty of leaving scene of accident; now in jail

Mason City woman found guilty of leaving scene of accident; now in jail

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman who left the scene of an accident last year was finally found guilty in Cerro Gordo County District Court and is now serving…

New home sales dipped 0.3% in October

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — New home sales dipped 0.3 percent in October and the government revised down its figures for September in a report that threw…

Tips for holiday tablet shoppers

By Troy Wolverton, San Jose Mercury News – One item sure to be on many holiday shopping lists this year is a tablet. But which one to choose? Consumers will see…

Apptitude: Turn to apps to find best holiday deals

By Reid Kanaley, The Philadelphia Inquirer – Check out these smartphone applications for shopping in the holiday season. All are free and have versions for Android and Apple devices. ShopAdvisor, by…

New AFL-CIO Report Shows Iowans Could Be Harmed By Any Lame Duck Congressional Deal to Cut Social Security

Des Moines, Iowa – According to a new report released by the AFL-CIO, over one half million Iowans could be negatively impacted if Congress attempts cuts to Social Security, including…

White House greets military families at Christmas display debut

White House greets military families at Christmas display debut

By Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune – WASHINGTON — “Joy to All” is the theme of the Obamas’ fourth Christmas in the White House, which threw open its festive, fir-draped doors Wednesday…

NIT under attack; you can help

by Matt Marquardt – Time for some blunt talk. This is an update to the public on the status of NorthIowaToday.com. Throughout its existence, practically since the day it was…

NIACC is first business in North Iowa to be designated as a Blue Zones Worksite

NIACC is first business in North Iowa to be designated as a Blue Zones Worksite

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is the first business in North Iowa to be designated as a Blue Zones Worksite. The Blue Zones Project™ is a…

Council had been warned about trestle on East State Street underpass; failed to act

Council had been warned about trestle on East State Street underpass; failed to act

MASON CITY – The Mason City Council had been warned months before about the trestle on East State Street, which has been without signage indicating the allowable height of vehicles…

Video: Help catch a vandal and thief

Video: Help catch a vandal and thief

MASON CITY – The public is being asked to help catch a vandal. On Sunday, November 25th at about 5:50 AM, a guest at the Holiday Inn Express in Mason…

Virginia Tech blasts Iowa in ACC-Big Ten Challenge

Virginia Tech blasts Iowa in ACC-Big Ten Challenge

Scott Dochterman, CR Gazette – BLACKSBURG, Va. —Virginia Tech buried Iowa with impressive free-throw shooting and countered a mid-second half Iowa run to beat the Hawkeyes 95-79 in the Big…

Twin car bombs in Damascus kill at least 34 people

Los Angeles Times – AMMAN, Jordan — Dozens of people were killed Wednesday morning in four consecutive explosions that rocked a pro-regime suburb of Damascus, the Syrian capital. Twin car…

Second Decorah eagle electrocuted on power pole

Orlan Love, CR Gazette – D14, a Decorah bald eagle fitted with a satellite transmitter, was electrocuted Monday near Rockford, Iowa, about 50 miles southwest of its natal nest at…

Cyclones Cruise Past Drake, 87-45

Cyclones Cruise Past Drake, 87-45

AMES, Iowa – Bill Fennelly said Monday that he liked how his team was defending. Drake got a first-hand demonstration Tuesday as Iowa State routed the Bulldogs, 87-45 in Hilton…

Hawkeyes ‘didn’t follow the game plan’ in loss

Scott Dochterman, CR Gazette – BLACKSBURG, Va. — In a basketball game filled with runs, Iowa ended up with the streaks. Like extending its consecutive loss streak to seven in…

Post-meeting, Susan Rice still troubles 3 key GOP senators

Post-meeting, Susan Rice still troubles 3 key GOP senators

By William Douglas and Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Republican opposition to the potential nomination of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice as secretary of state appeared to harden Tuesday…

Female service members challenge policy on women in combat

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Taliban fighters didn’t discriminate when they wounded then-Capt. Mary Jennings of the California Air National Guard. She was the enemy, so they shot…

In suicide epidemic, military wrestles with prosecuting troops who attempt it

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Marine Corps Pvt. Lazzaric T. Caldwell slit his wrists and spurred a legal debate that’s consuming the Pentagon, as well as the nation’s…

Diplomat Fined for Failing to Properly Pay Housekeeper

NEWARK, NJ—The Republic of Mauritius’ ambassador to the United States was fined $5,000 today for failing to properly pay a domestic worker minimum hourly and overtime wages, U.S. Attorney Paul…

Western senators want refineries probed over high gasoline prices

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Six U.S. senators from West Coast states urged the Justice Department on Tuesday to conduct a refinery-by-refinery probe to determine the causes…

Minnesota teen stumbles into bear while deer hunting

By Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald – Morgan Knable stumbled on more excitement than he bargained for Nov. 11, the last day of deer season in the area he hunts…

Justice Department Launches Investigation of the Albuquerque, N.M., Police Department’s Use of Force

The Justice Department announced today that it has opened a civil investigation into use of force by the city of Albuquerque, N.M., Police Department (APD).   The investigation will focus…

State of Iowa offering “targeted” small business assistance

DES MOINES – Good news for small business owners in Iowa who are not able-bodied white men. The Targeted Small Business (TSB) Assistance Program supports the creation and expansion of…

Alleged Gambino Associate, Westies Member, and Demon Knights Motorcycle Gang Member Charged with Violent Extortion

James Ferrara, Daniel Hanley, and Peter Kanakis were arrested today on a federal indictment charging them with extortionate extension of credit, extortionate collection of credit, and conspiracy to do the…

Aid groups warn of food crisis in Syria as winter nears, refugee numbers surge

By Roy Gutman, McClatchy Newspapers – ISTANBUL — The top U.S. aid official said Tuesday that Syria faces an immediate humanitarian emergency and that international plans to feed and support millions…

Climate talks must consider impact of melting permafrost, scientists say

By Erika Bolstad, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Scientists who study the Arctic say they’re worried that nations meeting this week to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions aren’t adequately…

NIACC men up to No. 3

NIACC men up to No. 3

MASON CITY – The NIACC men’s basketball team moved up to No. 3 in the NJCAA Division II poll Tuesday. NIACC was No. 11 in the Nov. 13 poll and…

Iowa Utilities Board approves settlement in IPL’s (Alliant Energy) natural gas rate case

Iowa Utilities Board approves settlement in IPL’s (Alliant Energy) natural gas rate case

Alliant claims settlement will lower customer costs from current interim bills – CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – November 27, 2012 – The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) has approved the settlement Interstate…

Minn. man charged with murder for killing teens who broke into his home

Minn. man charged with murder for killing teens who broke into his home

By Curt Brown, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — Insisting the case crosses the line from self-defense to a cold-blooded double execution, Morrison County authorities filed second-degree murder…

Truck scrapes bridge, is damaged; driver blames no height restriction sign

Truck scrapes bridge, is damaged; driver blames no height restriction sign

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Around 10:15 AM Tuesday morning, Mason City Police responded to a report of a semi trailer truck stuck under the…

Cerro Gordo county awarded $400,000 for more work on B-20

Cerro Gordo county awarded $400,000 for more work on B-20

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors met for their regular meeting Tuesday morning at the courthouse. County Engineer Mary Kelly said that more tests are being…

Panama Canal’s history not without blemishes

By Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald – PANAMA CITY, Panama — The Panama Canal Zone was a little slice of American life in Central America — a parallel society with…

Veterans find jobs, and new mission, in clean tech

By Dana Hull, San Jose Mercury News – When military veterans search for jobs, they often want more than a paycheck. Many say they look for rewarding work and a…

Iowa GOP should replace straw poll with regional events, Branstad suggests

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he supports a regional system of fundraising forums and events for GOP presidential candidates in 2015 rather than the traditional…

Iowa state agency heads ask for more money as budget hearings open

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – Gov. Terry Branstad and his financial officials have advised executive branch departments to plan for status quo funding in fiscal 2014, but the first presenters…

Ragan, Steckman, Gronstal to hold meeting on efforts to fill skilled worker shortages in Mason City

Ragan, Steckman, Gronstal to hold meeting on efforts to fill skilled worker shortages in Mason City

Senator Ragan, Representative Steckman and Senator Majority Leader Gronstal seek strategies to help Iowans recover from national recession – (Mason City)  – State Senator Amanda Ragan and State Representative Sharon…

Astronauts chosen for groundbreaking yearlong mission in space

By Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — NASA and Russia’s space agency are pushing ahead with plans for a yearlong stay in space, choosing the two men who…