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4th and final eclipse 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.

Dallas Cowboys release Michael Sam

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 21 October 2014 14:41

Michael Sam, who made history as the first openly gay player in the NFL, was released by the Dallas Cowboys.

The team made the announcement on Oct. 21.

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.”

In San Diego, a U.S. House race has made-for-TV drama

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 22 October 2014 07:52

A late-night break-in, a stolen campaign playbook that ended up in the hands of the opponent and sexual harassment accusations made by a fired staffer against one of the candidates.

It sounds like a soap opera, but it's a real-life race for a House seat in California that's one of the tightest in the country, and perhaps, the most dramatic. No criminal charges have been filed.

-PHOTO: wisconsinwatch.org

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said that he’ll abide by the U.S. Supreme Court decision blocking implementation of the state’s voter ID law for the Nov. 4 election.

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.

Toys R Us yanks 'Breaking Bad' dolls after Florida mom complains

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 22 October 2014 05:28

Toys R Us is yanking four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC’s hit series Breaking Bad after a Florida mom launched a petition crusade against it.

Wisconsin man bikes to raise pipeline awareness

Written by The AP Tuesday, 21 October 2014 07:35

An 80-year-old Wisconsin man is riding his bicycle across 16 counties in Wisconsin to raise awareness about a proposed Enbridge Energy oil pipeline and call for greater transparency around the project.

WDIO-TV reported that Bruce Noble is biking through counties where the Canada-based company’s crude oil Pipeline 61 could be built. It’s expected to start in Superior and end in Illinois.