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  • Widows press Wisconsin lawmakers to OK police insurance bill

    Widows press Wisconsin lawmakers to OK police insurance bill

    MADISON — The widows of three fallen Wisconsin police officers tearfully recounted Tuesday, Sept. 17 how they were forced to scramble for health insurance coverage even as they struggled to cope with the heartbreak of losing their husbands. Ashley Birkholz, Kara Weiland and Charlette Nennig implored the Senate judiciary and Assembly insurance committees during a joint hearing to support a bill that would force municipalities and universities to cover health insurance premiums for the immediate survivors of police officers killed […]

  • Tekashi 6ix9ine testifies for prosecution at gang trial

    NEW YORK — Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine testified on Tuesday against two alleged members of a Brooklyn street gang, describing how he discovered a formula for success with the crew before betraying it by becoming a prosecution witness. 6ix9ine – his rainbow-colored hair gone but trademark “69” tattoo on his forehead visible to anyone in the courtroom – explained that his role in the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods was to “just keep making hits and be the financial support for the […]

  • Facebook to name first oversight panel members by year-end

    BOSTON — Facebook said Tuesday that it expects to name the first members of a new quasi-independent oversight board by year-end. The oversight panel is intended to rule on thorny content issues, such as when Facebook or Instagram posts constitute hate speech. It will be empowered to make binding rulings on whether posts or ads violate the company’s standards. Any other findings it makes will be considered “guidance” by Facebook. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced plans to establish the board last November after […]

  • ‘Let’s get to work:’ Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announces run for Congress

    OCONOMOWOC — The race is on! There is now a Democrat and Republican candidate vying to succeed retiring Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner. Republican Scott Fitzgerald, a 25-year veteran of the Wisconsin Senate, declared his candidacy on Tuesday, Sept. 17. But he may not be the only Republican candidate for long. “Send me to Washington and let’s get to work,” Fitzgerald told reporters at his announcement in Oconomowoc. “Washington is a mess and for too long, liberals and the elite have ignored […]

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    Pittsburgh Pirates’ closer Felipe Vázquez accused of soliciting a child for sex

    PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates’ closer Felipe Vázquez was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 17 on a felony count of soliciting a child for unlawful sexual conduct using computer services or devices, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said. Vázquez, 28, a two-time All-Star who’s among the National League leaders in saves this season, was arrested in Pittsburgh on a felony warrant from Lee County, Florida, according to a FDLE statement. He also faces one count of giving obscene material to a minor, […]

  • Green Bay Packers pick up CB Tremon Smith off waivers

    GREEN BAY — The Green Bay Packers claimed cornerback Tremon Smith off waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday. The second-year player out of Central Arkansas was a sixth-round pick of the Chiefs last year. He appeared in 14 games with one start during the regular season and played in both postseason games for the Chiefs. He also returned 33 kicks for 886 yards (26.8 average), including a career-long 97-yard return at New England in Week 6. Smith appeared […]

  • Governor Tony Evers announces more prosecutors for 56 counties

    MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers is placing more than 60 new assistant prosecutors in multiple Wisconsin counties. The state budget funds 64.95 assistant district attorney positions around the state. Evers announced Tuesday that the positions would be spread out across 56 counties. Evers’ office released a chart that shows Milwaukee and Brown counties will each get three new positions. Dane County would get 1.15 positions; La Crosse and Eau Claire two positions in each county; Marathon 3.5 positions; Outagamie two […]

  • 10th win in 11 games: Milwaukee Brewers beat San Diego Padres at Miller Park

    MILWAUKEE — Corey Spangenberg drove in three runs, including a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the fourth inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Diego Padres 5-1 Monday night to keep up a playoff push with their 10th win in 11 games. Milwaukee began the night one game behind the Chicago Cubs for the NL’s second wild card and three games back of St. Louis, the NL Central leader. San Diego got just two hits and dropped to 68-82, tying […]

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    Michael Jordan teams up with owners of Bucks, Celtics, Lakers for tequila business

    BOSTON — When Michael Jordan decided to get into the tequila business, he could have slapped his name on the label, maybe autographed a few bottles and sold out the whole run in hours. No matter what it tasted like. Instead, the basketball hall of famer and owner of the Charlotte Hornets teamed up with owners from the Celtics, Lakers and Bucks to create an ultra-premium blend of the agave liquor that has already won prizes at tasting competitions from […]

  • US service member killed in action in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan — A U.S. service member was killed in action in Afghanistan on Monday, NATO said, without providing further details. Last week, President Donald Trump abruptly called off talks with the Taliban to end American’s longest war, citing the killing of a U.S. service member in a Taliban attack days earlier. Monday’s death was the 17th U.S. combat death in Afghanistan this year, according to the Pentagon’s count. There also have been three non-combat deaths this year. More than […]

  • Rescuers save 6 orcas from Argentine beach

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Rescue workers and volunteers have saved six of seven orcas that became stranded on an Argentine beach. A person spotted the orcas in the beach town of Mar Chiquita and called authorities early Monday. City workers, firefighters and marine biologists came to help and managed to pull six to safety. Officials say they’re not sure why the orcas beached themselves. Mar Chiquita’s tourism secretary Flavia Laguné said the orcas didn’t appear to be ill. But authorities […]

  • Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger done for season with elbow injury

    PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger likes to point out that he’s played through the end of every contract he’s ever signed. It’s tangible proof of the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback’s commitment both to the game itself and the franchise he’s led to a pair of Super Bowl titles. That commitment will be tested over the coming months. The 37-year-old’s aching right elbow needs surgery. His 16th season is over just two weeks in. His future is uncertain. And the keys to […]

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