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Chicago teen’s death shines light on police code of silence

Written by DON BABWIN
Associated Press
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 18:55
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For more than a year after an officer shot and killed a black teen named Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Police Department had video footage that raised serious doubts about whether other officers at the scene tried in their reports to cover up what prosecutors now contend was murder.

Planned Parenthood video maker refuses probation, wants to use trial as public platform

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 06 February 2016 07:27

An anti-abortion activist’s plan to reject a plea deal offering probation for charges related to making undercover Planned Parenthood videos likely means his goal is to use a trial as a public platform to criticize the nonprofit.

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A Houston grand jury has indicted anti-abortion activists who released a phony undercover video making it appear as if Planned Parenthood sold fetal tissue to researchers for a profit — a violation of federal law. The video stirred Republican outrage and led to investigations and defunding of the group in many states, including Wisconsin.

Supreme Court will review Obama's executive order on immigration

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 16:22
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Scene at a 2013 immigration reform rally in Washington, D.C. — PHOTO: Robb Friedlander, Fair Immigration Reform Movement

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed today to review President Barack Obama's December 2014 executive order granting up to 5 million undocumented residents the right to work legally in the United States, including 34,000 in Wisconsin.

Confronting the ‘heroin tsunami’ in Kootenai County, Idaho

Written by BRIAN WALKER
Coeur d’Alene Press
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 14:48

Crushing news came shortly after Cindy Schaffner heard sirens just a few blocks from her Post Falls home.

The sirens, Schaffner learned, were for her 19-year-old daughter, Cathryn Mason.

Thanks to Congress’ recent tax-and-spending spree, Republicans vowing to balance the budget will have to raise taxes and propose far deeper cuts than the public would accept.

Stranded motorist fatally shoots Good Samaritan who stopped to help him

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Sunday, 24 January 2016 05:27

A North Carolina man is charged with killing a motorist who stopped to help after the suspect’s car slid off an ice-covered road.

Obama: NRA pushed ‘conspiracy’ theory that ‘somebody’s going to come grab your guns’

Written by Kathleen Hennessey
and Kevin Freking,
AP writers
Sunday, 10 January 2016 06:40

President Barack Obama mocked conspiracy theorists and tore into the National Rifle Association for pushing “imaginary fiction,” as he described his plans to tighten gun control rules as modest first steps toward tackling gun violence in America.

Former Janesville couple among 4 remaining armed holdouts at Oregon refuge

Written by Keith Ridler
and Scott Sonner,
Associated Press
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 07:56

The four armed activists still occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon have shown no signs they are ready to leave more than a week after the main figures in the standoff were arrested.

Lead pipes lurk in neighborhoods across the nation

Written by The AP Tuesday, 26 January 2016 06:51

Lead pipes like the ones that led to contamination of the tap water in Flint, Michigan, carry water into millions of older homes across the United States every day, a legacy of an era before scientists realized the severe long-term health consequences of exposure to the heavy metal.

For Sanders, Iowa is chance to turn revolution into reality

Written by JULIE PACE
AP White House Correspondent
Thursday, 21 January 2016 08:34

Bernie Sanders was halfway through his opening statement — a stern, 45-minute lecture on domestic policy leavened with a dash of political pep talk — when he realized the crowd had missed one of his rare attempts at humor.

Grand jury indicts Texas trooper for perjury in traffic stop that led to Sandra Bland's death

Written by Michael Graczyk,
AP writer
Thursday, 07 January 2016 17:58

A July 31, 2015, march in Minneapolis{break}to honor Sandra Bland and protest the deaths of black
women in police custody. Within 17 days of Bland's death on July 13, four other black women died in police custody in the United States. —PHOTO: Fibonacci Blue

A Texas state trooper was charged with perjury yesterday in connection with the contentious traffic stop last summer of Sandra Bland, a black woman who wound up arrested for assault and then died three days later in jail.