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SUV in flames, possible injury

SUV in flames, possible injury

MASON CITY – Mason City emergency responders were at a scene that involved an SUV that was on fire Friday evening at about 7 PM just northwest of East Park,…

UPDATED: Convicted thief Freebury sentenced Friday in federal court

UPDATED: Convicted thief Freebury sentenced Friday in federal court

CEDAR RAPIDS – A woman who was caught stealing thousands of dollars from the Mason City YMCA in 2006 and then later caught stealing tens of thousands from a Rockford…

Steckman chosen to lead education post in Iowa House

Steckman chosen to lead education post in Iowa House

Des Moines, Iowa – House Democratic Leader Kevin McCarthy of Des Moines has appointed Representative Sharon Steckman to several key posts for the upcoming 2013 legislative session. Steckman will lead…

Electric vehicles make slow inroads

By Sandy Bauers, The Philadelphia Inquirer – Behind the wheel in an empty spot of his Cherry Hill, N.J., law firm’s parking lot, Peter Spirgel grinned wickedly. Then he floored…

Buying used cars may be a great holiday strategy

By Jim Gallagher, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – If you’re looking for a car, love snow. Love ice. Delight in shivering. Used car prices tend to dip when the weather is…

Mason City police recover stolen dirt bike and apprehend burglars

Mason City police recover stolen dirt bike and apprehend burglars

MASON CITY – Less than a month after receiving plea bargain deals reducing felony criminal mischief charges down to misdemeanor convictions after a property damage paintball incident, two Mason City…

No. 3 NIACC opens league play at Kirkwood

CEDAR RAPIDS – The NIACC men’s basketball team opens Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play Friday at Kirkwood Community College. Game time is set for 7 p.m. No. 3 NIACC…

Wrestling: Hawkeyes’ strong start fizzles in win

Wrestling: Hawkeyes’ strong start fizzles in win

Michael Bonner, CR GAZETTE (MCT) – IOWA CITY – Tom Brands walked into the postgame media room wanting more from his team. “If you’re going to wrestle a guys out…

Man sent to prison who owned 20,000 child porn images, 120 gigabytes in size

DALLAS—Jonathan Ryan Vittitow, 30, of Mesquite, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 210 months in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release following…

Former Navy Sailor Charged with Attempted Espionage

NORFOLK, VA—Robert Patrick Hoffman, II, 39, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for attempting to provide classified information to individuals who he believed to…

Twins missing its center

Twins missing its center

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The trades of Denard Span and Ben Revere leave the Twins with uncertainty at a position that’s…

Vikings’ Peterson a candidate for 2,000 yards rushing

Vikings’ Peterson a candidate for 2,000 yards rushing

By Mark Craig, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — It’s the Mayans who say the world will end in 14 days. Thank goodness it’s not Adrian Peterson. Nothing that guy…

Marijuana fans in Washington light up to celebrate state’s legalization law

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – SEATTLE — More than 100 hard-core tokers gathered under the Space Needle at the stroke of midnight to light one up in celebration…

US remembers a ‘date which will live in infamy’

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — In just over seven minutes, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave voice to a nation’s outrage, branding Dec. 7 as a…

Diaz set for UFC main event against Henderson

By Carlos Arias, The Orange County Register – Nate Diaz trains with a formidable team that includes his brother, Nick, a former Strikeforce welterweight champion, former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake…

UN agency reports no progress on access to Iran nuclear facilities

By Shashank Bengali, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency acknowledged Thursday that inspectors had made no progress in a yearlong effort…

US spy agencies to detail cyber-attacks from abroad

By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community is nearing completion of its first detailed review of cyber-spying against American targets from abroad, including an…

HUD secretary defends efforts to stabilize FHA finances

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — A top Obama administration official said a key government agency that has helped stabilize the housing market might be able to…

George Zimmerman sues NBC for coverage of Trayvon Martin case

By Susan Jacobson, Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — George Zimmerman, the man charged with murder in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, on Thursday sued NBCUniversal Media over its…

Syrian official says report of Assad looking into political asylum are ‘laughable’

By Juan O. Tamayo, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — Israel’s Haaretz newspaper has reported that beleaguered Syrian President Bashar Assad is studying the possibility of seeking political asylum in…

Bill on Russian trade approved with human-rights provision

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — After months of delays, Congress finally passed a trade bill with Russia. And perhaps no one was as deeply moved as…

Little movement is made on ‘fiscal cliff’ budget talks

Little movement is made on ‘fiscal cliff’ budget talks

By Christi Parsons and Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Congress and the White House appear no closer to an agreement on the year-end budget crisis, although House…

Chemicals linked to cancer found in baby products, group says

By Sandy Kleffman, Contra Costa Times – OAKLAND, Calif. — High levels of a potentially cancer-causing flame retardant have been found in products for babies and young children, an environmental…

Michigan lawmakers fast track right-to-work legislation

By Paul Egan, Kathleen Gray and Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press – LANSING, Mich. — Michigan, considered the birthplace of the American organized labor movement, was on a fast track…

Air Force orders search for obscene materials at Ohio base’s work areas

By Barrie Barber, Dayton Daily News – WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Air Force officials started hunting this week for obscene material in all work areas at Wright-Patterson Air…

Obama, Romney surpassed $2 billion in campaign fundraising

By Melanie Mason and Joseph Tanfani, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney shattered spending records during their 2012 campaigns, eclipsing $2 billion in fundraising,…

Minneapolis hospital investigating temporary mix-up between 2 baby boys

By Maura Lerner, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Tammy Van Dyke had hoped to get one good night’s sleep before taking her newborn son, Cody, home from the hospital.…

West Point cadet who quit over ‘religious bigotry’ going home amid firestorm

By Mark Brunswick, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Six months short of graduation, West Point cadet Blake Page resigned over what he says is a culture that promotes prayer…

‘Reign of fear, it’s over,’ jury foreman says of convicted murderer in UC-Davis case

By Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee – SACRAMENTO, Calif.—His eyes welled red Thursday when he shared a moment of emotion with the families of the murdered college kids, but they…

New company to offer moon flights, for just $1.5 billion

By Mark K. Matthews, Orlando Sentinel – WASHINGTON — The idea sounds so preposterous that even its backers admit it seems lifted from the pages of an Isaac Asimov novel.…

Comedian ‘Katt’ Williams does not appear in court for arraignment

By Jennifer Sullivan, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE—Stand-up comedian Micah “Katt” Williams was a no-show Thursday morning at his arraignment in Seattle Municipal Court. But he had an excuse. Williams’…

NIACC shooting club places fourth

LENEXA, Kan. – The NIACC shooting club, which is in its first year of existence, placed fourth at the Association of Colleges Union International Upper Midwest Conference championships last month.…

McCaffery on Iowa State game: ISU “has a lot of weapons”

McCaffery on Iowa State game: ISU “has a lot of weapons”

Fran McCaffery interview, December 6th, 2012 – Q. How do you see the point guard match up? COACH McCAFFERY: He’s played really well, Korie Lucious. I’ve been really impressed with…

MN Man Indicted for Producing Child Pornography

MINNEAPOLIS—Yesterday in federal court, a 24-year-old Hastings man was indicted for producing child pornography. Mark Matthew Cortes was charged with one count of production of child pornography. The indictment was…

Insider tells about I.C. System

Insider tells about I.C. System

MASON CITY – There are some out there spreading the word that I.C. System is leaving Mason City as a part of some kind of payback to the city after…

River Recreation Brings Big Bucks

By Larry Stone, Cedar River Watershed Coalition Hikers. Paddlers. Tubers. Anglers. Sight-seers. Loungers. Bikers. Birders. Photographers. Hunters. Waders. Iowa’s 18,000 miles of navigable rivers and streams are veritable magnets for…