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Prosecutor: Woman kidnapped baby to raise as own

Prosecutor: Woman kidnapped baby to raise as own

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a Colorado woman faked a pregnancy and kidnapped her newborn nephew in Wisconsin in hopes of passing him off as her own. Prosecutor Stephen Sinnott during closing statements Thursday described 31-year-old Kristen Smith as a manipulative liar whose defense defies common sense. Smith took 4-day-old Kayden Powell from […]

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Target names Pepsi’s Cornell as chairman, CEO

Target names Pepsi’s Cornell as chairman, CEO

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Target has hired Pepsi executive Brian Cornell as its new chairman and CEO as it looks to recover from a huge data breach and troubles in Canada. Cornell replaces interim CEO John Mulligan, who is chief financial officer for the Minneapolis company. Mulligan stepped into the interim CEO post in May when […]

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Ex-officer accused of stealing drugs back in jail

Ex-officer accused of stealing drugs back in jail

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – The former La Crosse police lieutenant accused of stealing drugs from the department’s evidence room is back in jail. A judge issued a warrant for Brian Thomson Wednesday after he tested positive for alcohol. He was later booked into jail for violating terms of his electronic monitoring. In February, Thomson […]

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Obama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors

Obama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is pushing government contractors to stop violating labor laws if they want to keep taking federal money. The White House says Obama will sign an executive order Thursday requiring contractors to divulge any labor violations in the past three years when they seek large contracts. The order also requires […]

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Congress races to finish highway bill

Congress races to finish highway bill

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – A vote is expected today in the House on a $659 million bill to send resources to the border. The measure would also speed the return back home of unaccompanied Central American minors who have recently surged across the southwest border. And a second vote is planned in an effort to block […]

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Senate to vote on VA bill

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is racing to wrap up legislation to revamp the Veterans Affairs Department ahead of lawmakers’ five-week summer break. A Senate vote today would help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat them and make it easier to fire senior executives at the VA.

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Judge rejects suit by Pa. teacher fired over blog

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a former suburban Philadelphia teacher fired two years ago over a blog in which she called students “disengaged, lazy whiners.” Teacher Natalie Munroe had accused the Central Bucks School District and some administrators of violating her free-speech rights by “harassing and retaliating against her” […]

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Court upholds Wisconsin domestic partner registry

Court upholds Wisconsin domestic partner registry

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld as constitutional a 2009 law creating a domestic partner registry that provides limited benefits to same-sex couples. Thursday’s ruling keeps the registry active but is likely to be overshadowed by a pending gay marriage case. A federal judge declared Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional […]

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Wisconsin alert system to start for missing adults

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A new Wisconsin system will send alerts when an at-risk adult has gone missing. The Silver Alert program starts Friday and will operate similar to the nationwide Amber Alert system for missing children. It will use the state’s pre-existing Crime Alert Network to quickly get out information about missing adults who may […]

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33 charges filed involving young victims

33 charges filed involving young victims

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

LANCASTER, Wis. (AP) – A Prairie du Chien man is charged in Grant County with 33 counts of sex crimes involving very young children and child pornography. A criminal complaint says 32-year-old Aaron Bouzek told investigators he sexually assaulted a 2-year-old child beginning in 2007 until last April. Bouzek is also charged with assaulting a […]

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