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House extends Secret Service protection for former presidents

House extends Secret Service protection for former presidents

By Danielle Ryan, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The House has voted to give lifelong Secret Service protection to former presidents and their wives, due to increased national security threats…

Other news agencies reporting that two bodies found are believed to be missing Evansdale cousins

Other news agencies reporting that two bodies found are believed to be missing Evansdale cousins

ABCNEWS.COM is reporting this evening that “hunters found two bodies Wednesday believed to be those of young Iowa cousins who vanished five months ago while riding their bikes near a…

Putting gamers on the spot with virtual-reality goggles

By Ian Hamilton, The Orange County Register – Strap on the headset and adjust the goggle to your eyes. Look down and you’ll see the floor of a space station. Look…

Hospital reveals details of Kate’s condition to hoax caller

By Janet Stobart, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — A hoax call from Australia duped staff at the London hospital where Catherine Middleton, the duchess of Cambridge, was recovering from acute…

Israel moves forward on plan for West Bank housing

By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times – JERUSALEM — Israel took another step Wednesday toward developing a highly sensitive plot of West Bank land, submitting construction plans for nearly 3,400 units…

Drunk driving suspect Romano now in jail

Drunk driving suspect Romano now in jail

MASON CITY – Drunk driving suspect Andrew James Romano is now in the Cerro Gordo County Jail.  Law enforcement confirmed his arrest this morning. Romano had been in Mercy Hospital…

Solberg wants to require HUD recipients in Mason City to buy renter’s insurance

Solberg wants to require HUD recipients in Mason City to buy renter’s insurance

MASON CITY – At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, fourth ward council member Janet Solberg said she wants to require people in Mason City who pay rent and take HUD…

Legislators hammering out deal on possible commercial property tax reduction

Legislators hammering out deal on possible commercial property tax reduction

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – ALTOONA – Top state legislators said Tuesday the odds have improved for hammering out a bipartisan plan to reduce commercial property taxes in the 2013…

Throat-slasher walks free after reaching deal with County Attorney Dalen

Throat-slasher walks free after reaching deal with County Attorney Dalen

MASON CITY – Michael Young Jr. is back on the streets after sitting in jail for just 60 days after stabbing 54-year-old Ricky DeMaris in the neck on September 22nd.…

NIACC pitching camp set for Sunday

MASON CITY – Openings remain for Sunday’s softball pitching camp at NIACC. The pitching camp is open to high school players in grades through 8-12. “We are offering an opportunity…

Obama rejects GOP fiscal cliff offer, says plan is ‘out of balance’

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama rejected a GOP offer for avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff and underscored his refusal to accept any deal that…

$10K in racing pigeons stolen from St. Paul man

Chao Xiong, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – A St. Paul man reported that 40 to 45 racing pigeons worth $10,000 were stolen from his Dayton’s Bluff home last month. The pigeons were…

Sioux City stalker sent to slammer

A man who stalked his estranged wife and transported her from South Sioux City Nebraska to Sioux City, Iowa was convicted by a jury on November 30, 2012, after a…

Aggression, depression linked to multiple concussions in new study

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — A new study of brains donated after death details the degenerative brain disease that afflicted 68 of 85 subjects who suffered multiple…

Suspect in L.A.-area shootings is arrested in Las Vegas, police say

By Andrew Blankstein and Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Police Department detectives have arrested a suspect in connection with the shooting deaths of four people…

If feds flood your land, Supreme Court says, they may owe you

If feds flood your land, Supreme Court says, they may owe you

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Private property owners might deserve payment when public agencies temporarily flood their land, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a case closely watched…

Real estate Q&A: Does seller have recourse if buyer is rejected?

By Gary M. Singer, Sun Sentinel – QUESTION: I am trying to sell my condominium, and I just found out the association didn’t approve the buyer. Is there anything I can…

More states dig into Libor scandal

By Jake Grovum, Stateline.org – Several U.S. states have joined the investigations swirling around the illegal manipulation of the bank-to-bank interest rate known as “Libor” — an international scandal that may…

Lawsuit: Boy Scouts failed to protect boy from molester

Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A man who says he was molested by a scout leader when he was 10 is suing the Boy Scouts of America and the Chicago…

On The Money: Scam artists prey on giving spirit

By Chuck Myers, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – No mincing the difference between naughty and nice here. Charity scam artists can quickly take the cheer out of the holiday season for generous…

Bus Driver Admits Distributing Images of Child Sexual Abuse Over the Internet

TRENTON—An Ocean County, New Jersey school bus driver today admitted distributing images of child sexual abuse over the Internet through his home computer, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Frank…

Allegedly pushed, subway rider fails to climb off tracks

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — It’s a subway rider’s worst nightmare: being pushed onto the tracks. On Monday, it happened in midtown Manhattan where, according to…

Holiday-season airfares higher this year

By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times – Flying for the holidays has gotten a bit more expensive this year. The average airline ticket price for domestic flights departing in the last…

With $1B in projects, building is booming in Minneapolis

Janet Moore, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – The city of Minneapolis confirmed what many commercial real estate developers already know: The City of Lakes is in the midst of a building boom…

Twins take a risk, but like chances

Twins take a risk, but like chances

La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – NASHVILLE – The Twins are at baseball’s annual winter meetings with a long list of free agent pitchers they are looking at…

It’s still too early to tell if Harvin will be available vs. Bears

It’s still too early to tell if Harvin will be available vs. Bears

Chris Miller, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – The Vikings’ shattered passing offense could use the return of Percy Harvin, who was leading the NFL in receptions when he badly sprained his left…

NASA plans to send new rover to Mars

By Amina Khan and Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — NASA officials announced plans to build a new rover that would join Curiosity and Opportunity on the Red…

Budget crisis scenarios: No deal, big deal, slow deal, rich deal

By David Lightman and Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Trying to predict the outcome of the “fiscal cliff” negotiations is like trying to predict the final standings for your…

Senate rebuffs Dole’s appeal for passage of UN disability treaty

By Lindsay Wise and Dave Helling, The Kansas City Star – WASHINGTON —Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, his 89-year old body now weakened by age, illness and war injuries, sat quietly…

Bielema appears headed to Arkansas, likely won’t coach Wisconsin in Rose Bowl

By Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – MADISON, Wis. — Bret Bielema may have coached his final football game at Wisconsin. Two sources close to the Wisconsin program confirmed Bielema has…

Wrestling: Iowa to host Lehigh Thursday (video)

Wrestling: Iowa to host Lehigh Thursday (video)

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa wrestling team will host Lehigh at 4 p.m. Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa is 7-0 on the season, with its last victory a…

76ers can’t handle Timberwolves’ small ball

76ers can’t handle Timberwolves’ small ball

By Bob Cooney, Philadelphia Daily News – PHILADELPHIA — It is no secret the 76ers struggle with teams that possess strong inside games. That was evident once again Saturday in a…

Bulls fall short in frantic final seconds at home in loss to Pacers

Bulls fall short in frantic final seconds at home in loss to Pacers

By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Here’s hoping Benny the Bull has a combat pay clause in his contract, fans who paid full price for tickets at least won…

Heat loses to 2-13 Wizards, so go figure

Heat loses to 2-13 Wizards, so go figure

By Joseph Goodman, The Miami Herald – WASHINGTON — Comically, the Heat lost to the Wizards on Tuesday night. The Wizards were, without question, the worst team in the NBA to…