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  • Guilty plea: Ex-officer says she had sex with supervisor while child was dying in hot car

    BILOXI, Miss. — A former Mississippi Gulf Coast police officer told a judge Monday that she had sex with her supervisor and then fell asleep while her 3-year-old daughter was dying inside an overheated patrol car. Cassie Barker pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter in a plea bargain after being indicted on a second-degree murder charge. The Sun Herald reports prosecutors recommend the 29-year-old Barker spend 20 years in prison. Harrison County Circuit Judge Larry Bourgeois said he wanted more time to consider […]

  • AG Josh Kaul pulls support for Indiana, Ohio abortion laws

    MADISON — Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul has withdrawn Wisconsin’s support for laws in Indiana and Ohio that limit abortion access. Former Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel filed amicus briefs supporting the laws in a pair of lawsuits challenging them. The Capital Times reported Tuesday, March 19that Kaul withdrawn the state’s support on Monday. Kaul said the laws seek to restrict reproductive rights. The Indiana law bans abortions based the fetus’ gender, race, disability or potential disability. The 7th U.S. Circuit […]

  • Woman who shoved friend off bridge pleads guilty

    VANCOUVER, Wash. — A woman has pleaded guilty to pushing her 16-year-old friend from a bridge at a popular swimming area near Vancouver. The Columbian reports 19-year-old Tay’lor Smith pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless endangerment Monday in Clark County District Court. Prosecutors are recommending no jail time when Smith is sentenced later this month. Smith pushed Jordan Holgerson off the bridge Aug. 7 at Moulton Falls northeast of Vancouver. Video posted on YouTube that went viral shows Holgerson being pushed. Holgerson broke […]

  • Report: More than half of income for 13% of Wisconsin residents goes to rent, mortgage

    MADISON — A county health report says about 13 percent of Wisconsin residents are paying more than half of their income on rent or a home mortgage. Sheri Johnson is director of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Johnson told Wisconsin Public Radio that a person spending a large portion of their income on housing can affect whether they can afford medicine or transportation to a doctor. The institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation rank the health of nearly […]

  • AP data analysis: Heat records falling twice as often as cold records since 1999

    MILWAUKEE — Over the past 20 years, Americans have been twice as likely to sweat through record-breaking heat rather than shiver through record-setting cold, a new Associated Press data analysis shows. The AP looked at 424 weather stations throughout the Lower 48 states that had consistent temperature records since 1920 and counted how many times daily hot temperature records were tied or broken and how many daily cold records were set. In a stable climate, the numbers should be roughly […]

  • AP source: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels close to record $432M, 12-year deal

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The deal was disclosed Tuesday by a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been finalized and had not been announced. The contract was likely […]

  • Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered plea deal in prostitution case

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida prosecutors have offered a plea deal to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men charged with paying for illicit sex at a massage parlor. The Palm Beach State Attorney confirmed Tuesday it has offered Kraft and 24 other men charged with soliciting prostitution the standard diversion program offered to first-time offenders. Spokesman Mike Edmondon said the men must concede they would be found guilty, perform 100 hours community service, attend a class on […]

  • Bill would force interlocks for 1st-time drunken drivers

    MADISON — Democratic legislators are proposing a bill that would require all first-time drunken drivers to use ignition interlock devices. Currently first-time drunken drivers must use an ignition interlock device for a year or join a sobriety program for a year if their blood alcohol level was 0.15 percent or higher during the incident. Rep. Christine Sinicki and Sen. Chris Larson’s bill would require judges to order first-timers to use ignition interlocks for a year regardless of blood alcohol level. The sobriety […]

  • Cyclone’s huge floods leave hundreds dead in southern Africa

    CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe— Aid workers rushed to rescue victims clinging to trees and crammed on rooftops against rapidly rising waters Tuesday after a cyclone unleashed devastating floods in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. More than 238 were dead, hundreds were missing and thousands more were at risk. “This is the worst humanitarian crisis in Mozambique’s recent history,” said Jamie LeSueur, head of response efforts in Beira for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. At least 400,000 people were […]

  • Milwaukee Bucks sign guard Tim Frazier with Malcolm Brogdon out

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks signed guard Tim Frazier on Tuesday as they try to shore up their backcourt with Malcolm Brogdon out indefinitely with a plantar fascia tear in his right foot. The 28-year-old Frazier played 47 games this season for the New Orleans Pelicans and averaged 5.0 points, 4.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per game. He was waived Feb. 28. The 6-foot guard from Penn State has played with Philadelphia, Portland, New Orleans and Washington […]

  • Attorney seeks pardon for Laurie Bembenek murder conviction

    MADISON — The attorney for Wisconsin’s famous runaway convict and convicted murderer Laurie “Bambi” Bembenek is asking Gov. Tony Evers for a pardon. Bembenek insisted up until her death in 2010 that she did not kill the ex-wife of her husband in 1982. Her attorney filed a pardon request with Evers earlier this year. Bembenek’s case riveted Wisconsin and the nation. She was a Milwaukee police officer and a former Playboy club hostess who escaped from a Wisconsin prison in […]

  • US-backed force says it captured IS camp in Syria

    BAGHOUZ, Syria — U.S.-backed Syrian forces took control Tuesday of an encampment held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, after dozens of militants surrendered overnight, a spokesman said. A group of suspects involved in a January bombing that killed four Americans in northern Syria were among militants captured by the Kurdish-led forces. The taking of the IS encampment was a major advance but not the final defeat of the group in Baghouz, the last village held by the […]

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