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Activists seek to serve justice on Food Day

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:17

Justice throughout the food chain — from farmworkers to child consumers — is the focus of the fourth annual Food Day, which is observed on Oct. 24.

Started by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest and other nonprofits in 2011, Food Day grew to 5,000 events from coast to coast in 2013.

Bush, Reagan, Nixon books burned at Washington library

Written by The AP
and Spokesman-Review
Thursday, 23 October 2014 06:31

Biographies of George Bush, Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon accounted for most of the dozen books burned in a fire at the main public library in Tacoma, Washington.

However, library workers don’t think the motive for the Oct. 18 fire was political. It was set in the American History section.

Who is taking Apple Pay?

Written by The AP Wednesday, 22 October 2014 11:16

More than 200,000 payment locations in the United States are equipped to accept so-called contactless payments, including Apple Pay. Smaller merchants tend to be among the several millions that don't have the required equipment yet.

Apple said it has worked with several retailers to make sure most of their stores, if not all of them, were ready at the launch on Oct. 20: Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Babies R Us, BJ's Wholesale Club, Bloomingdale's, Champs Sports, Chevron and Texaco retail stores including ExtraMile, Disney Store, Duane Reade, Footaction, Foot Locker, House of Hoops by Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Macy's, McDonald's, Nike, Office Depot, Panera Bread, Petco, RadioShack, RUN by Foot Locker, SIX:02, Sports Authority, Subway, Toys R Us, Unleashed by Petco, Walgreens, Wegmans and Whole Foods Market.

Environmental groups seek federal action to clean up Kewaunee County groundwater

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:15

Six environmental groups are seeking federal action on longstanding groundwater contamination issues in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, where roughly 30 percent of tested wells are compromised by bacteria, high nitrate levels, or both.

“Everyone deserves safe, clean and reliable drinking water, but Kewaunee County residents gamble with their health simply by turning on the faucets in their homes,” Elizabeth Wheeler, staff attorney with Clean Wisconsin, said in a news release issued on Oct. 22. “We’re seeking federal action to help create a long-term solution to what’s unfortunately been a long-term problem for thousands of people in the area.”

Puerto Rico judge rules against marriage equality, appeal planned

Written by From WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:21

An appeal is planned after a federal court judge rejected an attempt to end a ban on same-sex marriages in Puerto Rico.

U.S. District Court Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez said political order depends on traditional marriage and derided the logic of courts that have overturned such bans.

Navy veteran gets OK to be buried with her wife in Idaho military cemetery

Written by The AP
and Spokesman-Review
Thursday, 23 October 2014 06:12

A U.S. Navy veteran can be buried with the ashes of her late spouse in a southwest Idaho military cemetery after the state legalized same-sex marriage.

"It's done," 74-year-old Madelynn Lee Taylor said on Oct. 22 after successfully completing paperwork to be buried at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise.

Former Reagan aide suggests Southern states secede, form Reagan nation

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 22 October 2014 11:04

A conservative columnist who worked in Ronald Reagan's administration is suggesting that states in the South secede from the union and form a new country.

The name of the breakaway nation? Reagan.

Thousands of Gov. Walker-related emails released

Written by SCOTT BAUER,
AP writer
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 08:35

Thousands of emails prosecutors collected during the first secret investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's former aides and associates when he was a county executive were released on Oct. 21.

The public release of the documents prompted allegations from Walker and other Republicans that the timing two weeks before the election was politically motivated but freedom of information advocates and Democrats said the release of the documents was a long time coming.

Walker boasts to conservative group of right-wing stances against abortion rights, gay marriage

Written by TODD RICHMOND,
Associated Press writer
Thursday, 23 October 2014 06:42

Republican Gov. Scott Walker hasn’t said much on the campaign trail about his positions on abortion or gay marriage, but he proudly trumpeted his stances on both issues in a letter to a conservative group.

The ultra-right Wisconsin Family Action endorsed Walker earlier this week. In a Sept. 5 letter seeking the group’s endorsement, Walker said he passed legislation that gives women seeking abortions more information and health protection and that he cut off state funding for abortion providers.

4th and final eclipse of 2014 on Thursday

Written by The AP Wednesday, 22 October 2014 18:12
2014-10-23

From NASA.

North Americans, get set for the fourth and final eclipse of the year.

White House opposes benefits payments to former Nazis

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:19

Former Nazis should not be getting the Social Security benefits they are receiving as they age overseas, the White House said this week, responding to an Associated Press investigation that revealed millions of dollars have been paid to war-crimes suspects and former SS guards who left the U.S. for Europe.

"Our position is we don't believe these individuals should be getting these benefits," said spokesman Eric Shultz when asked about the situation.

Hillary Clinton: Midterm elections should motivate women

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 22 October 2014 08:04

Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Democratic voters not to be complacent about the November midterm elections, saying earlier this week that working women and their families will lose out on a better future if Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress.

The former secretary of state made the remarks during a sold-out women's luncheon in San Francisco that raised $1.4 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.