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UI Men’s Swimming & Diving: 2 School Records Fall on Day 2 of Hawkeye Invitational

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A pair of University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team school records fell during the second day of the Hawkeye Invitational.  Freshman Roman Trussov and…

Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher kills girlfriend, then himself

By Glenn Rice, Randy Covitz and Kevin Collison, The Kansas City Star – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher on Saturday morning shot and killed his girlfriend…

Firefighter fired after putting Obama toilet paper in station

By Tonya Alanez, Sun Sentinel – POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — Placing toilet paper imprinted with President Barack Obama’s face in a fire station has led to a Florida firefighter’s termination. It…

Panty bandits strike Victoria’s Secret store in San Diego

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – Two bandits walked into the Victoria’s Secret store in a downtown shopping center crowded with Christmas shoppers this week and stole about 300…

McCaffery on Iowa’s 88-59 win over TAMU-CC

McCaffery on Iowa’s 88-59 win over TAMU-CC

Post-game interview with Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery: Q. Talk about Melsahn Basabe’s performance today. COACH McCAFFERY: What he was was very aggressive. That’s what we need him to be.…

Out-of-control brush fire contained Friday night (video)

Out-of-control brush fire contained Friday night (video)

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – Bob Havig was on his way home from work when he noticed a brush fire out-of-control at Spruce Avenue and 230th Street, Friday…

Two vehicle accident Friday on Highway 122 causes injuries

Two vehicle accident Friday on Highway 122 causes injuries

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Around 4:20 PM Friday, a two vehicle accident occurred on Highway 122 and South Rhode Island causing injuries. A 41 year old…

Iowa’s freshman guards learning on the fly

Iowa’s freshman guards learning on the fly

Scott Dochterman, CR Gazette – IOWA CITY — The newbies have so much to learn, and yet they’re learning so quickly in their first few weeks of college basketball. Iowa’s…

Klemme man arrested for failure to comply with sex offender registry

Klemme man arrested for failure to comply with sex offender registry

GARNER – A Klemme man was arrested for failure to comply with sex offender registry. Octavio Alonzo, 23, was arrested by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, November 29th,…

Deadra Stanton steals the show at Mason City Blue Zones kickoff event (video)

Deadra Stanton steals the show at Mason City Blue Zones kickoff event (video)

MASON CITY – Mason City officially kicked off its Blue Zone project Friday night at NIACC.  The goal is to eventually help Iowa become the healthiest state in America by…

VOLLEYBALL: Cyclones Battle Back From The Brink To Advance

VOLLEYBALL: Cyclones Battle Back From The Brink To Advance

AMES, Iowa – The No. 18 Cyclones (22-7, 13-3 Big 12) are moving on to the Sweet 16 after taking down No. 24 North Carolina (26-6, 16-4 ACC) in their…

“Meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia” revealed in search warrant at Mason City house

“Meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia” revealed in search warrant at Mason City house

MASON CITY – On Friday November 30, 2012 about 1254 hours, Deputies with the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Mason City Police Department served a…

Obama urges Congress to extend middle tax cuts (video)

Obama urges Congress to extend middle tax cuts (video)

PA – President Obama speaks to the American people from a busy factory floor in Pennsylvania about the urgent need to pass the middle class tax cuts, which will give…

Suicide call sent Minnesota police officer into ambush

By Larry Oakes and Curt Brown, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – COLD SPRING, Minn. — The body of police officer Tom Decker returned home Friday evening in a white hearse, escorted…

Insider Trading Charges Announced Against Two Former Stock Brokers in Scheme That Netted $1 Million

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Mary Galligan, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal…

Man hacks women’s Facebook accounts, demands nude photos

JACKSONVILLE, FL—U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan today sentenced Joshua Jay Williamson (24, Jacksonville) to five-and-a-half years (66 months) in federal prison and a 10-year term of supervised release for…

Timberwolves use 11-0 run in fourth quarter to topple Bucks

Timberwolves use 11-0 run in fourth quarter to topple Bucks

By Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — The excuses were there, waiting. Kevin Love was sick with the flu, a game-time decision. He played, but he wasn’t himself. Andrei…

Obama asks GOP to keep middle-class taxes low for Christmas

Obama asks GOP to keep middle-class taxes low for Christmas

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – HATFIELD, Pa. — President Obama cast himself in the role of Santa Claus during a visit to a toy factory  Friday, suggesting that Republican…

Shock, then panic as Miami-bound Amtrak train strikes dump truck

Shock, then panic as Miami-bound Amtrak train strikes dump truck

By Desiree Stennett, Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — Joe Dorrity of Newark, N.J., was sleeping next to his father on an Amtrak train from New York to Florida when he…

Mason City woman gets probation for her part in home invasion

Mason City woman gets probation for her part in home invasion

MASON CITY – Allison Josephine Kiroff walked out court Monday, November 26th, getting no jail time after sentencing in her newest felony. Kiroff has become accustomed to plea bargains, suspended…

MN Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of a Child

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin man charged with sexual abuse of a child was sentenced on November 26, 2012, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.…

HSI recovers 23-month-old child from human smuggling venture

HOUSTON — Late Wednesday night special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) recovered a toddler who had been separated from her mother during a…

More price-gouging suits filed in Sandy’s aftermath

By Harvy Lipman, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) – HACKENSACK, N.J. — Ten more businesses are being sued by New Jersey for alleged price gouging in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The…

Man faces felony charges in death of puppy he had just one day

Elinor J. Brecher, The Miami Herald – When Mathew Milewski’s new puppy, Molly, arrived by plane from Arkansas on Nov. 11, 2011, her paperwork included a note from the folks at…

Your Office Coach: When you fight the boss, the boss wins

By Marie G. McIntyre, McClatchy Newspapers – QUESTION: One of my co-workers, “Andrea,” was recently promoted to a higher-level position. I applied for the same job, but was never even…

FBI Top Ten Fugitive Wanted for Multiple Homicides Arrested in Mexico and Deported

GUADALAJARA, ME—A Los Angeles man charged with multiple homicides in Los Angeles and listed in 2009 as one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives was taken into custody after…

Medical worker charged in Hepatitis C infections

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A nomadic medical technician who wandered in and out of hospital jobs from the desert Southwest to New England was indicted…

Despite promises to improve, delays on veterans’ claims skyrocket

By Chris Adams, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The time needed to process veterans’ disability claims shot up by nearly 40 percent last year despite years of effort by federal officials…

Online options multiply for holiday greeting cards, invitations

By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times – We’ve all received them — cheesy holiday greeting cards and party invites with messages like, “Ho ho hope you have a very merry Christmas.”…

First marine wilderness in continental US is designated

First marine wilderness in continental US is designated

By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times – The federal government cleared the way Thursday for waters off the Northern California coast to become the first marine wilderness in the continental United…

Israel announces plans for 3,000 more housing units in West Bank

By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times – JERUSALEM — Following a landmark United Nations vote upgrading the status of the Palestinian territories to become a “nonmember observer state” in the international…

Sex Trafficker Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison

OAKLAND, CA—Helen Jean Singh (née Kearney) was sentenced yesterday to nine years in prison for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced. Singh, 22, pleaded guilty…

Tech Q&A: A DJ rides the WAV of high sound quality

By Steve Alexander, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – QUESTION: I am a contemporary ballroom DJ and have been looking in vain for software that can copy .WAV format music files and a…

llinois State Representative Indicted on Federal Bank Fraud Charges Related to Real Estate Investments

CHICAGO—LaShawn K. Ford, an Illinois State Representative who also invested in real estate in Chicago, was indicted today on federal bank fraud and related charges for allegedly fraudulently obtaining a…

Deer Hunters Encouraged to Hunt Safely

From the Iowa DNR – Iowa’s first shotgun deer season opens Dec. 1, and while optimism for a successful hunt is the primary focus, hunters are encouraged to brush up…

UI Women’s Swimming & Diving: Kabacinski Sprints to 50 Free Record

IOWA CITY, Iowa  — University of Iowa freshman Olivia Kabacinski sprinted to a school record in the 50 freestyle during the opening day of the Hawkeye Invitational on Friday at the…