Star-studded TV show to help needy dogs find homes

Written by SUE MANNING,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:12

Oscar winner Hilary Swank is unleashing some serious star power to help rescue dogs get adopted by families who want to make a difference on Thanksgiving — or those who just want to watch terriers instead of touchdowns on TV.

“Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular” will air on Nov. 27 and feature a slew of celebrities aiming to find thousands of needy dogs a home by Black Friday.

Ireland's gay bull saved from slaughterhouse

Written by The AP Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:40

He faced execution for failure to perform. But Benjy, the gay bull of Ireland, has been saved following a worldwide appeal backed by "The Simpsons" co-creator Sam Simon.

Ireland's Animal Rights Action Network said this week that Simon is paying for Benjy's transportation to an animal sanctuary in England.

AT&T supports stricter standards for police cellphone tracking

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 18 November 2014 06:02

AT&T has filed a federal court brief arguing that courts must account for people’s Fourth Amendment rights before authorizing law enforcement to get phone location histories from their cell service companies.

The ACLU characterized this as "a landmark move in the battle over privacy rights and new technologies."

Pope denounces euthanasia as ‘sin against God’

Written by The AP Monday, 17 November 2014 09:26

Pope Francis denounced the right to die movement on Nov. 16, saying it’s a “false sense of compassion” to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when in fact it’s a sin against God and creation.

Francis made the comments to the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors.

Chopin’s heart exhumed in secret, like a relic

Written by VANESSA GERA,
Associated Press
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 07:08

As Frederic Chopin gasped for air on his deathbed in Paris in 1849, he whispered a request that became the stuff of musical legend: Remove my heart after I die and entomb it in Poland. He wanted the symbol of his soul to rest in the native land he pined for from self-imposed exile in France.

Ever since, the composer’s body has rested in peace at the famed Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris — while his heart has endured a wild journey of intrigue and adulation.

Senate narrowly votes down approval of Keystone XL pipeline

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 18 November 2014 17:20

The U.S. Senate on Nov. 18 narrowly voted down a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

But the measure could come back with a new Congress — one with a GOP majority in both the House and the Senate.

Report: Pipeline incident occurs every 30 hours in U.S.

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 18 November 2014 05:40

With the U.S. Senate seet to vote on the Keystone XL pipeline today (Nov. 18), an analysis of federal records reveals the destructive toll of pipelines in the United States. In just the 16 months, there have been 372 oil and gas pipeline leaks, spills and other incidents, leading to 20 deaths, 117 injuries and more than $256 million in damages.

Open enrollment for health insurance begins in Wisconsin

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 17 November 2014 09:19

Wisconsin residents started shopping for coverage on the federally run health insurance exchange when its second open enrollment period began Nov. 15.

The Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance says about 166,000 people signed up for insurance during the open enrollment period that ended March 31. Health care experts say they expect about the same number this time.

6 Wisconsin businesses earn perfect scores on equality ranking

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:48

Of the 14 Wisconsin companies ranked on the equality index compiled by the Human Rights Campaign, six earned perfect scores. Four other companies scored 80 percent or above.

Overall, the Wisconsin companies averaged a 79 percent ranking on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index released this week by the HRC, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization.

Sierra Club opposes Wisconsin transportation budget request

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 18 November 2014 06:12

The state organization of the Sierra Club opposes the recently released Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2015-17 biennial budget request.

In addition to a "highway-use fee" for new vehicles, the budget recommends a 5 percent increase to the fuel tax, with part coming from a sales tax, meaning it will increase as the price of gas increases.

Wisconsin urged to end wolf hunting in wake of first statewide vote on the issue

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 17 November 2014 11:37

Animal welfare advocates are urging the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to stop the trophy hunting of wolves, in the wake of the nation’s first statewide vote on wolf hunting in the Nov. 4 election.

In Michigan, voters overwhelmingly rejected two wolf hunting measures, Proposals 1 and 2, with the “no” side winning by a 10-point margin and a 28-point margin, respectively. On Proposal 2, the “no” side received more than 1.8 million votes, more than any candidate who won statewide office, and prevailed in 69 of Michigan’s 83 counties. 

State regulators have approved increases to We Energies’ monthly rates that mean hundreds of thousands of customers will pay a dollar more per month on their electric bill.

The Public Service Commission granted the Milwaukee-based utility permission to raise its monthly rate on residential customers and small businesses from $9 to $16.