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.


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.

Wyoming clerks ready to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 21 October 2014 05:12

Wyoming stood poised today (Oct. 21) to become the latest state to allow gay marriage, bringing the national wave of expanded rights for same-sex couples to a state where the 1998 beating death of Matthew Shepard still influences national perceptions.

The state was scheduled to file a legal notice saying it won't defend a Wyoming law that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Obama: Constitution guarantees marriage equality in 50 states

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 20 October 2014 11:44

President Barack Obama, for the first time, has said in an interview that he believes the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states.

Previously the president has said that each state should decide the issue individually.

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.

Meet the 10 semifinalists for World's Funniest Person

Written by The AP Tuesday, 21 October 2014 04:53

The 10 semifinalists in the World's Funniest Person competition are:

- Mustapha El Atrassi, France. Born in France to a Moroccan family, El Atrassi began doing stand-up as a teenager. He appeared in a one-man show in Paris at age 16 and two years later had his own sitcom in Morocco. Since 2008, he's hosted a morning radio show in France.

Wisconsin wolf hunters exceed limits in 2 zones

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 20 October 2014 10:08

State of Wisconsin officials are poised to close a fourth wolf hunting zone.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources planned to close Zone 5, an oval-shaped area in west-central Wisconsin, at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 20. Hunters had killed 14 wolves in that zone as of Oct. 19, six less than permitted in the zone.

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.

Voters head to polls early in Wisconsin

AP writer
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 05:28

Wisconsin clerks opened their doors to early voters on Oct. 20, giving people a chance to avoid Election Day lines and allowing partisans a window to rally supporters to vote in hopes of swinging the neck-in-neck race between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke.

Wisconsin law requires municipal clerks to offer in-person early voting from the third Monday preceding an election through the Friday before the election. They can hold voting from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays but can set their own hours within those limits. Clerks who don’t have regular office hours must be available via appointment. The election itself is set for Nov. 4.

Suit threatened over possible lease sale of 20,000 acres in Santa Fe National Forest

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 20 October 2014 14:35

A broad coalition of local and national conservation groups announced plans to sue the federal Bureau of Land Management if the agency proceeds with the sale of 13 parcels — almost 20,000 acres of public lands — in the Santa Fe National Forest for oil and gas fracking.

The BLM has received more than a 100 letters protesting the sale and challenging the agency’s failure to consider potentially serious impacts to the area’s air, water, wildlife and surrounding communities.

Nazi war criminals collect millions in U.S. social security payments

Written by David Rising, Randy Herschaft
and Richard Lardner,
AP writers
Monday, 20 October 2014 09:14

The Sachsenhausen death camp in Germany. Martin Hartmann, a former SS guard at the camp, receives U.S. social security payments.

Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found.