On the stump, Midwestern political contenders talk up their farm cred

Written by Catherine Lucey,
AP writer
Saturday, 16 August 2014 20:41

For candidates in the Midwest, almost nothing tops a photo opportunity with a barnyard animal or a colorful anecdote about life on the farm.

Court: Transgender man can keep pursuing divorce

Written by the Associated Press Friday, 15 August 2014 08:56

A transgender man in Arizona who gave birth to three children after beginning to change from female to male can continue to pursue a divorce, a state appeals court said Wednesday in reversing a judge who refused to end the marriage.

Not so golden: Wealth gap lasting into retirement

Written by MICHAEL HILL,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 20:20

William Kistler views retirement like someone tied to the tracks and watching a train coming. It’s looming and threatening, but there’s little he can do.

Kistler, a 63-year-old resident of Golden, Colorado, has been unable to build up a nest egg for himself and his wife with his modest salary at a nonprofit. He has saved little in a 401(k) over the past decade, after spending most of his working life self-employed. That puts him far behind many wealthier Americans approaching retirement.

Judge refuses to toss case against law banning animal cruelty probes

Written by The Associated Pres Tuesday, 12 August 2014 05:59

A federal judge has refused to toss out the country’s first lawsuit challenging an “ag-gag” law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms.

It's a jungle out there for animals in campaign ads

Written by By David Espo,
AP Special correspondent
Saturday, 16 August 2014 08:40

It’s a jungle out there in political television advertising, what with parrots, chicks, dogs and pigs taking turns in commercials that bite and scratch in a way no nonpartisan pet ever would.


Local police in Ferguson, Missouri, were stripped yesterday of their authority after days of violent clashes during which police used surplus military weapons against crowds protesting the police slaying of an unarmed black teen.

Comic actor Robin Williams dead at 63

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 11:47

Robin Williams, the Academy Award-winning comedian and actor who delighted generations of audiences with his rapid-paced wit and eye for roles that tugged the heartstrings as much as the funny bone, died Monday at his San Francisco Bay area home, of an apparent suicide. He was 63.

Wisconsin’s congressional primaries at a glance

Written by The AP Monday, 11 August 2014 13:47

Wisconsin voters will choose candidates for the U.S. House on Aug. 12 in eight primaries in five congressional districts. Here’s a look at the races:

DISTRICT 1-DEMOCRATIC — Kenosha businessman Rob Zerban, 46, faces independent filmmaker Amar Kaleka, 36, of Franklin.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicted for abusing power

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 15 August 2014 18:23

A grand jury today indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption, The Associated Press reports.

Robin Williams' daughter quits Twitter after "cruel" messages about father's death

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 14 August 2014 09:12

Robin Williams’ daughter has abandoned her online social media accounts in disgust following what she called “cruel and unnecessary” messages following her father’s death, a move that has prompted Twitter to explore how it handles such situations.

Uruguayan pot marketplace may go up in smoke

AP writer
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 08:05

Uruguay’s plan to create the world’s first national, government-regulated marketplace for legal pot may be going up in smoke.

Delays in implementing the plan are putting it at risk as polls point to opposition gains in October’s election and say most Uruguayans oppose a legal pot marketplace. Opposition politicians have said they will seek to repeal or modify the legislation, which gives the national government power to oversee the production, sales and consumption of marijuana.

Study: Red squirrels cause evolutionary change

Written by The AP Friday, 08 August 2014 14:55

When most people think about Yellowstone National Park and animals, the big ones come to mind: bison, wolves or grizzly bears.

They’re the species that draw tourists from around the globe. They’re also the ones that raise controversy and debate. But when it comes to actual impact on the forest, scientists recently discovered a much smaller, much more common creature is causing large, evolutionary changes to the park: the red squirrel.