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Statement by the President on the Elections in Japan

I congratulate Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe on his party’s success in the elections in Japan today.  The U.S-Japan Alliance serves as the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in…

Packers thump Bears, 21-13

Packers thump Bears, 21-13

CHICAGO – James Jones caught three touchdown passes from Aaron Rodgers as the Packers clinched the NFC North division title Sunday with a 21-13 win over the Chicago Bears. The…

Vikings beat Rams, 36-22

Vikings beat Rams, 36-22

ST. LOUIS – Adrian Peterson rushed for 210 yards, including an 82 yard touchdown run, in leading the Minnesota Vikings past the St. Louis Rams Sunday. The Vikings never trailed…

Newman boys beat Central Springs, 56-37

Newman boys beat Central Springs, 56-37

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – The Mason City Newman boys basketball team beat Central Springs 56-37 Saturday evening at the North Iowa Conference/Corn Bowl Conference…

Boehner: Washington Has a Spending Problem that Can’t Be Fixed with Tax Hikes

At his weekly press conference on Friday, Dec. 14th, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) underscored the need for serious spending cuts to avert the fiscal cliff, begin addressing our staggering…

Mason City to hire two new police officers

Mason City to hire two new police officers

MASON CITY – The Mason City Council will consider approving for hire two new police officers at Tuesday’s regular meeting. The council will consider hiring Dan Borchardt and Cody Brown.…

Blue Zones, Micro-Enterprise could eat away city general fund reserves

Blue Zones, Micro-Enterprise could eat away city general fund reserves

MASON CITY – As the City Council continues to ponder potential major tax revenue losses from a very real possibility of commercial property tax cuts initiated by Governor Branstad, at…

North Iowa Bucks defeat St. Peter Panic, 36-26

North Iowa Bucks defeat St. Peter Panic, 36-26

MINNEAPOLIS – The North Iowa Bucks defeated the St. Peter Panic 36-26 Saturday at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis in Southern Plains Football League action. The event, dubbed the…

Iowa Wrestling tops Hofstra and Bucknell at Grapple at the Garden

Iowa Wrestling tops Hofstra and Bucknell at Grapple at the Garden

NEW YORK – The University of Iowa wrestling team swept a pair of duals Sunday at the inaugural Grapple at the Garden inside Madison Square Garden. Iowa won 18-of-20 matches…

Guest commentary: How to choose the fitness facility that’s right for you

by Charles L. Green of Mason City – In my role as a personal trainer I consult with many clients and patients who are in the beginning stages of planning…

Photographer Sentenced to 10 Years on Child Pornography Charges

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Michael B. Steinbach, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, announce…

MS-13 Clique Leader Sentenced to 210 Months for Child Sex Trafficking

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Yimmy Pineda-Penado, aka “Critico,” 22, of Alexandria, Virginia, was sentenced today to 210 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for his role in a gang-run…

Assault weapon ban bill headed to Congress

Assault weapon ban bill headed to Congress

The Washington Post is reporting that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will introduce legislation to ban assault weapons when Congress is back in session. Feinstein made the declaration on Sunday on NBC’s “Meet…

School construction update presented to board (video)

School construction update presented to board (video)

MASON CITY – Construction continues on the Mason City High School building. John Adams Middle School is mostly complete. Project Superintendent Dan Drefke of Story Construction provided the Mason City School…

Man Found Guilty of Manufacturing and Distributing Child Pornography

A 33-year-old Macomb Township man was convicted today by a federal jury in Detroit of producing and distributing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today. McQuade was joined…

Alliant Energy Announces Strategic Adjustments to Executive Leadership

MADISON, WI and CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – December 14, 2012 – Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE: LNT) announced strategic adjustments to the company’s executive team. Patricia Kampling, Chairman, President and Chief…

President Obama headed to Newtown, CT for prayer vigil

President Obama headed to Newtown, CT for prayer vigil

The White House said Saturday that President Obama would be headed to Newtown, CT on Sunday to attend a prayer vigil for the victims of the mass shooting there on…

Man Arrested on Charges of Receiving Illegal Kickbacks in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON—The former vice president of a construction company doing work in Afghanistan was arrested today on allegations of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in gratuities from subcontractors during his…

Letter from the President — War Powers Resolution

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) I am providing this supplemental consolidated report, prepared by my Administration and consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), as part of…

Wolves beat Mavs in Rubio’s return

Wolves beat Mavs in Rubio’s return

MINNEAPOLIS – Ricky Rubio returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves lineup Saturday night and helped lead a 114-106 overtime victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Rubio blew out a knee last year…

Provident CFO Indicted in $485 Million Investment Fraud Scheme

PLANO, TX—A 59-year-old Plano Texas, man has been indicted in connection with a $485 million investment fraud scheme in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.…

U.S. Census Bureau Projections Show a Slower Growing, Older, More Diverse Nation a Half Century from Now

The U.S. population will be considerably older and more racially and ethnically diverse by 2060, according to projections released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. These projections of the nation’s population by age,…

Mason City library invites public for music performances

Mason City library invites public for music performances

MASON CITY – Ring in the holiday season with local musicians at the Mason City Public Library’s Live Holiday Music Celebration. Musicians will perform in the library Commons from 11:00am…

When Women Drive Economic Growth

Op-Ed from Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues and Robert O. Blake, Jr., Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Given the overwhelming evidence of women being a force…

EPA Announces Next Round of Clean Air Standards to Reduce Harmful Soot Pollution

WASHINGTON – In response to a court order, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized an update to its national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution (PM2.5),…

Former U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer, His Girlfriend, and Two of Their Associates Plead Guilty to Participating in Multi-Year Bribery and Alien Smuggling Activities Along U.S./Mexico Border

WASHINGTON—A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer, his girlfriend, and two of their associates pleaded guilty today in federal court for their participation in multi-year bribery and alien…

Shopping Bags May Contain Lead in Violation of State Laws; Overall Compliance Improving

Shopping Bags May Contain Lead in Violation of State Laws; Overall Compliance Improving

DES MOINES – Vibrant solid-colored shopping bags are at risk for containing high concentrations of lead in violation of Iowa laws; however, overall compliance is improving. The Toxics in Packaging…

Payment Processor for Scareware Cyber Crime Ring Sentenced to 48 Months in Prison

Scareware Scheme Defrauded Victims of More Than $71 Million – WASHINGTON—A Swedish credit card payment processor was sentenced today to 48 months in prison for his role in an international…

Seven Members of the Cash Out Boyz Street Gang Indicted in Racketeering Conspiracy

SOUTH BEND, IN—United States Attorney David Capp announced that seven individuals alleged to be members of the Cash Out Boyz street gang were charged in an indictment with RICO violations.…

Obama plans to nominate Kerry for Sec. of State

President Obama is planning to nominate Massachusetts Senator John Kerry to be the next secretary of state, media outlets reported on Saturday. ABC News said that Obama is waiting to make…

Iowa Resident Sentenced To 86 Months For Possession Of Child Pornography

DES MOINES, IA – On December 12, 2012, Everett David Moles, a 33 year old resident of Mills County, Iowa, was sentenced to 86 months imprisonment for possession of child…