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  • The FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint deal in party-line vote

    WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission has approved the $26.5 billion combination of Sprint and T-Mobile on a 3-2 party-line vote. The wireless merger still faces opposition from a coalition of state attorneys general, who argue the deal is bad for competition. The companies won’t merge while litigation persists. The antitrust trial is scheduled to start in New York in December, an unusual situation given that the Trump administration’s Justice Department approved the deal. The FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, a Republican, backed it months ago […]

  • New Orleans man, 62, free after 42 years and plea agreement

    ANGOLA, La. — A 62-year-old man is free for the first time in 42 years after always maintaining that he was innocent of the killing for which he’d been given a life sentence. Elvis Brooks walked past the Louisiana State Penitentiary’s guard tower and razor wire Wednesday to greet the younger brother who is providing an apartment and a job for him. View this post on Instagram Elvis Brooks is free! Today, our client Elvis Brooks left Angola after 42 […]

  • Hundreds of birds crash into NASCAR Hall of Fame building

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An animal rescue group says more than 300 birds crashed into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte, killing some 100 of them. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue says on its Facebook page that 100 of the chimney swifts are severely injured with broken legs, wings and other fractures. They say the rest of the birds were stunned by the impact and it’s hoped they can be released in a few days. The agency says it received a […]

  • Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney

    Update: Police find no sign of abducted Alabama girl

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Authorities searching for a missing 3-year-old girl who was abducted say a search of a Birmingham, Alabama, apartment complex didn’t turn up signs of the child. Multiple police officers descended on a small apartment development Wednesday morning in Birmingham less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) from where Kamille McKinney was last seen Saturday at a birthday party. A police spokesman, Sgt. Johnny Williams, says officers were acting on a tip. But he says police searched every apartment […]

  • Complaint could make up to 234K Wisconsin voters ineligible

    MADISON — More than a quarter-million voters in Wisconsin identified as having moved could be made ineligible to vote before next year’s presidential primary election if a complaint filed Wednesday by a conservative law firm is successful. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty argues that the state Elections Commission broke the law when it decided to wait up to two years, rather than 30 days, to make ineligible voters who may have moved. The complaint asks for that decision […]

  • GM and union reach tentative deal that could end strike

    DETROIT — Bargainers for General Motors and the United Auto Workers reached a tentative contract deal on Wednesday that could end a monthlong strike that brought the company’s U.S. factories to a standstill. The deal, which the union says offers “major gains” for workers, was hammered out after months of bargaining but won’t bring an immediate end to the strike by 49,000 hourly workers. They will likely stay on the picket lines for at least two more days as two […]

  • President Trump urges Italy’s leader to increase defense spending

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump urged Italy on Wednesday to increase its defense spending as he welcomed Italian President Sergio Mattarella to the White House. President Trump says Italy is only spending 1.1 percent of its gross domestic product on defense, short of a goal set by NATO allies of spending 2 percent. However, President Trump also says Italy has agreed to purchase 90 “brand new beautiful F-35s.” President Trump is praising the investments that Italy and United States have […]

  • Wisconsin boy says man strapped him to chair in basement

    SHAWANO, Wis. — An 8-year-old boy told authorities that a man who lives with him and his mother strapped him to a chair in the basement of their northeastern Wisconsin home, but that he escaped and sought help from strangers. WLUK-TV reports that police arrested 36-year-old Nathan Pogrant Monday on charges including false imprisonment and child abuse. The boy’s relationship to Pogrant is unclear. They live in Eland, Wisconsin. The boy told police that he urinated on himself after Pogrant left […]

  • Rachelle Bergeron

    American prosecutor from Wisconsin slain in Pacific nation of Micronesia

    ELLINGTON, New Zealand — Friends said Tuesday that lawyer Rachelle Bergeron, a prosecutor from Wisconsin, planned to soon return to the U.S. after a challenging stint prosecuting criminals on the Pacific nation of Micronesia, but she was shot and killed as she returned home from a run with her dog. Bergeron’s husband was inside the couple’s house Monday night baking brownies with a local child the couple was helping care for when somebody fired three shots at Bergeron as she […]

  • Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Uline in Pleasant Prairie to be rescheduled

    MILWAUKEE — Vice President Mike Pence was expected to pay a visit to Uline in Pleasant Prairie on Thursday, Oct. 17 to talk about trade policy. But that visit has been postponed. A White House official noted Pence will be leading a delegation to Turkey on Wednesday to try to reach a ceasefire deal. This, after President Trump demanded an immediate end to Turkey’s assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria. Vice President Pence will lead a delegation to […]

  • Egypt says archaeologists uncovered 20 ancient coffins

    CAIRO — Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists have uncovered at least 20 ancient wooden coffins in the southern city of Luxor. A brief statement from the ministry says Tuesday says archaeologists found the coffins in the Asasif Necropolis. The necropolis, located in the ancient town of West Thebes, includes tombs dating back to the Middle, New Kingdom and the Late Periods (1994 B.C. to 332 B.C.). The Al-Asasif Cachette. Intact and sealed coffins. More details to be announced on Saturday..Keep […]

  • 7-story building collapses in Brazil; 1 dead, others trapped

    RIO DE JANEIRO — A seven-story building collapsed Tuesday in an upscale part of the Brazilian city of Fortaleza, killing one person and leaving others trapped with some communicating with family members by cellphone from under debris, officials said. Fire department commander Cleyton Bezerra said nine people were missing, though it was unclear if they were under the rubble or just unreachable by relatives and friends. Ten survivors have been found along with an unidentified body. “It is a difficult […]

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