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High speed chase ends with man being tazered

High speed chase ends with man being tazered

MASON CITY – Around 4:30 PM Thursday evening, a high speed chase was going on in the rural areas of north Cerro Gordo County. Iowa State Troopers and Cerro Gordo…

MCPD calls: Man can’t talk, man can’t walk, flatbed won’t burn

MCPD calls: Man can’t talk, man can’t walk, flatbed won’t burn

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Starting around 5:20 AM Thursday morning, a call to the Mason City Fire Department reported a fire at 422 N.…

UNI Wins 10th Straight at Home; Drops UNC, 76-59

UNI Wins 10th Straight at Home; Drops UNC, 76-59

Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa won its 10th straight home game with a 76-59 victory over the University of Northern Colorado Bears…

Branstad orders flags at half-staff in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Branstad orders flags at half-staff in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Friday, December 7, 2012, in honor of Pearl…

Iowa man sentenced after arrested with twice the lethal dose of alcohol

Vanessa Miller, CR Gazette – A 24-year-old North Liberty man has been ordered to serve a short jail sentence, pay a $1,250 fine and complete drunken driving courses after he…

Homeless man charged with murder in New York subway death

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — Police on Wednesday filed murder charges against a homeless man who is accused of pushing another man onto a subway track,…

Grammy nominations take on a younger vibe, bypassing veterans

By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES—New York indie-rock trio Fun. and L.A.’s breakout R&B/hip-hop star Frank Ocean scored big in Grammy Award nominations, scoring six nods apiece predominantly…

US, Israel monitoring Syria’s cache of chemical weapons

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton indicated Wednesday that Washington is as concerned about Syria’s chemical weapons falling into the hands…

Typhoon death toll rises to more than 300 in Philippines

By Ellen Cruz – MANILA, Philippines — An estimated 325 people have been killed by Typhoon Bopha in the central and southern Philippines, with 411 injured and 379 missing, officials…

Alvarez to coach Wisconsin at Rose Bowl

By Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – MADISON, Wis. — The news that Bret Bielema was stepping down as head coach at Wisconsin and leaving to take over the Arkansas program,…

Timberwolves’ futility continues in Boston

By Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – BOSTON — It was just after halftime at Boston’s TD Garden that any Timberwolves momentum garnered during a two-game winning streak ran straight into…

Hunters locate remains; possibly missing cousins

Hunters locate remains; possibly missing cousins

Orlan Love and Steve Gravelle, CR Gazette – UPDATE: Two bodies found by hunters this afternoon may be those of missing cousins Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins, police said. Black…

Bank of America is cutting back on at-home workers

By Andrew Dunn, The Charlotte Observer – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bank of America is preparing to add more restrictions to its popular work-from-home program, meaning more employees across the company will…

White House set to ask Congress for added $60 billion in Sandy relief for New Jersey

By Herb Jackson and Melissa Hayes, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) – HACKENSACK, N.J.—The White House is preparing to ask Congress for an extra $60 billion in disaster aid after Superstorm Sandy,…

Typhoon Bopha death toll exceeds 120 in the Philippines

MANILA — The number of people who have died in the Philippines as a result of the powerful Typhoon Bopha has risen to at least 127, with more than 200…

Homeland Security grants abused, report says

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A decadelong, $7 billion federal program to help local police and fire departments prepare for a terrorist attack has allowed communities to…

Rubio calls for small steps to immigration reform

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Wednesday that he wants to tackle small parts of immigration reform before addressing how to create a…

EEOC lawsuit alleges woman fired because of prosthetic leg

By Ameet Sachdev, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A Chicago-area woman with a prosthetic leg was wrongfully terminated from a temporary job because of her disability, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity…

Keyes targeted others before first killing, FBI says

By Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News – ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Back in the 1990s when he was a teenager, Israel Keyes picked his first victim, a teenage girl in Oregon, he…

A Best Buy boost falls flat

Thomas Lee, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – Best Buy Co. had hoped the recent launch of Windows 8 would spark holiday sales. So far, though, Windows 8 sales have largely fizzled. Since…

Regents unanimously approve tuition freeze

Diane Heldt, CR Gazette – IOWA CITY – The state Board of Regents today unanimously approved a tuition freeze next year for in-state undergraduate students at Iowa’s three public universities,…

Family, friends fell for MN drug kingpin

Chao Xiong, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – Jesse Mendoza grew up a poor kid in St. Paul, rising to hometown stardom as a break dancer who performed widely at rented dance halls…

US banks post $37.6 billion in 3rd-quarter profits

US banks post $37.6 billion in 3rd-quarter profits

By E. Scott Reckard and James Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – Four years after a massive federal bailout, banks are recording near-record profits — a development welcomed by regulators but met…

Ravens’ Lewis returns to practice as Suggs’ availability remains uncertain

By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun – BALTIMORE — As Ray Lewis walked onto the practice field in uniform Wednesday for the first time in seven weeks, his longtime Ravens teammate…

ISU’s Klein, Knott, McDonough are 1st Team All-Big 12

ISU’s Klein, Knott, McDonough are 1st Team All-Big 12

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State linebackers A.J. Klein and Jake Knott were named to the first teams of the All-Big 12 Associated Press squad and the league’s coaches team that…

Businesses rush to pay dividends before fiscal cliff

By Steve Johnson and Brandon Bailey, San Jose Mercury News – As the nation gets close to plunging over the metaphorical fiscal cliff, triggering what could be massive tax increases and…

Iowa legislators see property tax relief as priority, but can’t agree on framework

Iowa legislators see property tax relief as priority, but can’t agree on framework

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette (MCT)- DES MOINES – After tamping down expectations for what might be accomplished during the 2013 legislative session, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told a…

Hells Angels Sergeant at Arms Sentenced to Over 21 Years

United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced that Michael Ottinger, Jr., the sergeant at arms of the San Diego Chapter of the Hells Angels and a career offender, was sentenced…

Boy, 12, turns in meth-using mom to his principal

Paul Walsh, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – A 12-year-old boy brought a baggie of methamphetamine to school and alerted his principal that his mother was an addict, according to authorities in Wright…

Native Algonan Waller to sign copies of his book

Native Algonan Waller to sign copies of his book

MASON CITY – Newspaperman and native Algonan Denny Waller has written his first book, “Walkin’ Joe and the Midnight Marauders,” now available on Amazon. While it is memoir of a…