Mid-size U.S. cities are largely unprepared for Paris-style terrorist attacks

Written by Stateline Monday, 23 November 2015 12:09

Many chief executives and police departments in midsize U.S. cities may not realize that terrorism could put their people and infrastructure at just as much risk as high-profile targets like New York City and Washington, D.C.

Christmas bonus: Farm animals in demand for Nativity scenes

Written by Melissa Kossler Dutton,
AP writer
Friday, 13 November 2015 18:05

Farm animals, reindeer and camels are in high demand between Thanksgiving and Christmas, said Megan Powell, event coordinator at Honey Hill Farm, a mobile petting zoo with locations in Berry, Kentucky, and Utica, Ohio.

Florida bear hunt ends after 295 kills in two days

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 26 October 2015 14:49

Florida black bear and cub

After just two days, Florida has ended its controversial black bear hunt because a higher than expected number of bears had been killed.

ACLU sues architects of CIA torture program

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 16 October 2015 08:00

Three former Central Intelligence Agency prisoners represented by the American Civil Liberties Union suing two psychologists who designed and implemented the CIA’s torture program.

NRA-backed Republicans fight Dem bill to stop terrorists from buying assault weapons

Written by Michael Biesecker
and Alan Fram,
AP writers
Saturday, 21 November 2015 17:56

People on the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list often can’t board commercial airliners, but they can walk into a gun store and legally buy pistols and powerful, military-style assault rifles.

U.S. Episcopal Church installs first black leader

Written by Juliet Linderman,
AP writer
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 05:55

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, installed Sunday as the first black leader of the U.S. Episcopal Church, urged Episcopalians to evangelize by crossing divides of race, education and wealth.

Louisiana ordered to continue funding Planned Parenthood pending ruling

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 21 October 2015 05:31

Planned Parenthood, which does not provide abortions in Louisiana, had challenged the state’s right to end the funding for cancer screenings, gynecology exams and other health services

In a case that mirrors what's happening in Wisconsin, a federal judge ruled that Louisiana must continue providing Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics for 14 more days while a legal battle continues over Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent order to block the funding.

Genital searches interfere with client, attorney meetings at Guantánamo

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 15 October 2015 08:33

Two men detained at Guantánamo failed to meet with their attorneys because the U.S. prison has reinstated genital searches.

Human rights advocates expressed concern that the searches are deliberate attempts to stop detainees from meeting with their lawyers. 

A U.S. sexually transmitted diseases epidemic is increasing and the most common infection, chlamydia, has risen to record levels, government officials say.

Investigation: 1,000 police officers lost badges in a 6-year period for sex crimes

Monday, 02 November 2015 11:03

In a yearlong investigation of sexual misconduct by U.S. law enforcement, The Associated Press uncovered about 1,000 officers who lost their badges in a six-year period for rape, sodomy and other sexual assault; sex crimes that included possession of child pornography; or sexual misconduct such as propositioning citizens or having consensual but prohibited on-duty intercourse.

Fox News commentator charged with fraud for falsifying his credentials

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 17 October 2015 06:31

Federal prosecutors say a man Fox News presented as a credentialed naional-security expert has been charged with fraud for falsely claiming a CIA career.

Should the smoking age be 21? Some legislators say yes

Written by Jenni Bergal,
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 11:52

—PHOTO: Pixabay

While a growing number of states have turned their attention to marijuana legalization, another proposal has been quietly catching fire among some legislators — raising the legal age to buy cigarettes.