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  • Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor announce separation

    LOS ANGELES — Ben Stiller and his wife announced Friday that they are separating after 17 years of marriage. Stiller and actress Christine Taylor released a joint statement Friday announcing their breakup. They were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority. “With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate. Our priority will continue to be […]

  • If FBI wants to talk to Kushner, lawyer says he’s ready

    WASHINGTON — If the FBI wants to talk to Jared Kushner about his Russian contacts, they won’t have to track down the president’s son-in-law. Amid reports the FBI is scrutinizing Kushner’s encounters, his lawyer says he stands ready to talk to federal investigators as well as Congress about his contacts and his role in President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Federal investigators and several congressional committees are looking into Russia-Trump campaign connections, including allegations that there may have been collaboration to […]

  • Wisconsin 2016 job gain smallest in 6 years

    MADISON — A new report shows Wisconsin added the fewest jobs in 2016 of Gov. Scott Walker’s six years in office. The data released Friday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the state added 15,462 jobs in from the period from December 2015 to December 2016. The state added 29,429 jobs in 2015; 37,877 in 2014; 28,095 in 2013; 33,353 in 2012 and 21,662 in 2011. The report also found the manufacturing sector lost nearly 3,800 jobs last […]

  • “Like playing roulette with your life:” Milwaukee man dies after smoking synthetic pot

    MILWAUKEE — There’s a potentially deadly substance, not just sold on the streets, but you can also buy it in some stores. Synthetic marijuana is something state and federal officials are trying to stop. In Milwaukee, it claimed a life Thursday, May 25th. According to a Milwaukee County medical examiner’s report, 43-year-old Kenneth Taylor’s girlfriend called 911 on Thursday after she and Taylor had smoked synthetic marijuana at Taylor’s home. She said Taylor fell asleep and became unresponsive. Paramedics arrived […]

  • Bear saved after getting its head stuck in a bucket

    KIRKWOOD, NY — It looked like a scene from “Winnie the Pooh” — a black bear with a bucket on its head, biding its time in a yard in Kirkwood, New York. The alarmed resident — and more than a few neighbors — called the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation on April 24 to report the ensnared bear. Officials put out two bear traps, and over the next three weeks, they caught three bears — but none with unwanted headgear, […]

  • Brad Pitt, Pharrell among mourners at Chris Cornell memorial

    LOS ANGELES — Brad Pitt, Pharrell Williams and numerous members of rock royalty joined mourners Friday at Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s memorial service at a storied Hollywood cemetery. Soundgarden music played from a portable speaker outside the cemetery’s gates as a group of about a dozen fans gathered outside. Chauffeured cars and sport utility vehicles arrived carrying mourners, including Cornell’s widow and his two youngest children, for a private service on the Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Rows of […]

  • Former Texas nurse accused of killing dozens of kids in ’80s

    DALLAS — A Texas nurse who is in prison for the 1984 killing of a toddler has been charged with murder in the 1981 death of an infant, and authorities said Friday that they think she may have killed up to 60 young children around that time. Genene Jones, 66, has been serving concurrent sentences at a prison in Gatesville for two 1984 convictions: a 99-year prison sentence for murder in the death of 15-month-old Chelsea McClelland, who was given […]

  • Wisconsin Corrections Department closes internal unit

    MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is closing an internal affairs unit whose investigation into employee misconduct at the state’s youth prison prompted ongoing federal investigation into conditions there. Spokesman Tristan Cook said Friday that Office of Special Operations investigators will be reassigned to handle sexual assaults. He says this will position the agency to comply with federal Prison Rape Elimination Act standards and better respond to incidents. Former inmates of the state’s Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake […]

  • Memorial Day: Sister uses her gifts to honor her brother, a fallen soldier

    NEENAH — The art of making or repairing a violin is a methodical one. For Sonja St. John, that structure and routine are a necessity and, in many ways, a saving grace. “It’s a way to stay on track even when chaos can be happening right outside,” she said of a process that she ends with gluing a different handwritten message inside each new violin she creates. One recent one read: “In honor of past, present and future souls of […]

  • Chicago inmates can order fancy Italian pizza made in jail

    CHICAGO — How can you get a gourmet Italian pizza delivered right to your door for no more than $7? Get locked up at Cook County Jail in Chicago. Inmates in the jail’s medium-security Division 11 can now order pizzas made with the finest ingredients in the kind of ovens found in pizzerias. It’s all part of Sheriff Tom Dart’s ongoing effort to make jail a bit more humane while providing inmates skills that might help keep them from returning […]

  • Sheriff: It’s ‘hard to hide’ swan statue stolen by naked man

    LAKELAND, Fla. — Surveillance video shows a naked man driving away from a Florida storage center in a stolen pickup truck loaded with a statue of a large, black and white checkered swan. Now deputies are looking for the swan that was stolen last weekend. In a Facebook posting Thursday, Polk County Sheriff’s officials said they know “it’s got to be hard to hide one of these,” adding, “Someone has seen it.” Investigators say they’ve found the truck that was […]

  • Gov. Scott Walker defends plan to end state property tax

    MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker is defending provisions in the state budget that would end the state’s portion of the property tax. Walker said during an interview the “Jerry Bader Show on WTAQ radio in Green Bay on Friday that critics have ripped the idea because it would permanently erase a state revenue source. Walker said he does indeed want to eliminate a state revenue source because he believes Republicans should make government more efficient and lower the tax burden. […]