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Kohl's donates $30K for anti-bullying PSAs
The Kohl?s Cares program donated $30,238 to the Gundersen Medical Foundation to produce public service announcements for the foundation?s Together Against Bullying campaign.

Allison Geyer: The problem with being a 'basic white girl'
White people can be such nerds.

Clouds threaten viewing of today's partial solar eclipse
Attention stargazers: The good news is that this afternoon's sunset will coincide with a partial solar eclipse. That means the sun -- when spied through eclipse glasses or other special viewin…

Minimum wage hike: Popular, but is it effective?
La Crosse County voters will have a chance to weigh in next month on whether the state should increase the minimum wage.

La Crosse County whooping cough cases double last year's tally
The confirmation of 43 cases of whooping cough in La Crosse County this year ? nearly double last year?s total of 23 ? prompted the county health department to alert hospitals to be on the loo…

Dueling statistics, politics intertwined in Medicaid referendum
Dueling statistics are as much an issue as health care insurance coverage in the advisory referendums Nov. 4 in La Crosse County, 18 other counties and the city of Kenosha on whether the state…

City to look at $1,000 penalty for ramp damage
Continued vandalism in three downtown La Crosse parking ramps led a city panel Wednesday to suggest a $1,000 fine for anyone caught damaging the new pay stations.

Despite project snags, Hwy. 33 expected to reopen Nov. 15
Commuters and other travelers who use Hwy. 33 to and from La Crosse will be relieved on Nov. 15 when it reopens after a construction closure that forced them to detour around Irish Hill for ei…

Stalker placed on probation
A victim testified Wednesday that she lives in constant fear because a man she didn?t know messed with her life.

Local unemployment dips to 3.6 percent, seven-year low
The local jobless rate fell to the lowest point since May 2008 as the La Crosse metro area gained about 500 jobs.


National News
Canada PM vows crackdown after capital shocked by fatal attacks

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a nationally televised address on CBC in this still image taken from video courtesy of CBC in Ottawa,By David Ljunggren and Leah Schnurr OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed to redouble the country's fight against "terrorist organizations" abroad after a reported convert to Islam rampaged through parliament, shocking the usually tranquil capital city. Shortly after a gunman shot dead a soldier at the National War Memorial in central Ottawa on Wednesday morning, a man armed with a shotgun burst into the Center Block of Parliament, pursued by police. He died after dozens of shots rang out a few yards away from where Harper was talking to his legislators. ...

U.S.-led air strikes killed 553 fighters, 32 civilians in Syria: monitor

Smoke and flames rise over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian borderBEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 553 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the vast majority of the deaths, 464, were militants from Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot which has grabbed large areas of Syria and neighboring Iraq. The attacks also killed 57 members of the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, the Observatory said. Six of the civilians were children and five were women, it added. ...

Eight Pakistani Shi'ites killed in sectarian attack
By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA Pakistan (Reuters) - Eight Shi'ite members of Pakistan's ethnic Hazara minority were killed and one wounded on Thursday, when gunmen opened fire on a bus in the volatile province of Baluchistan, police said. No one immediately claimed responsibility. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a radical Sunni militant group, has carried out many gun and bomb attacks on Hazaras in the past. The men were returning from a vegetable market when gunmen intercepted the bus. "Two gunmen boarded the bus and shot the men," police officer Imran Qureshi told Reuters. ...

China says wants closer military ties with Iran
BEIJING (Reuters) - China wants to have closer military ties with Iran, the Chinese defense minister told the visiting head of the Iranian navy on Thursday, state media reported, reaffirming diplomatic links despite controversy over Iran's nuclear plans. Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan told Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari that the two armed forces have seen "good cooperation on mutual visits, personnel training and other fields in recent years", China's official Xinhua news agency reported. ...

Lebanese army kills three men in raid: security sources
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's army killed three men and arrested several others during a raid on an apartment containing weapons and ammunition where authorities suspected an attack was being planned, security sources said on Thursday. The sources said the apartment in the northern town of Asoun housed Lebanese and Syrian gunmen wanted by authorities, including an Islamic State fighter accused of beheading a soldier. ...

Russian prosecutors detain four more suspects in Total CEO plane crash

Christophe de Margerie, CEO of the French oil and gas company Total SA, speaks during an interview with Reuters in ParisMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian prosecutors have detained four more Moscow airport workers over a plane crash which killed the CEO of French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie, the country's Investigative Committee said on Thursday. The committee has moved quickly to detain those it says might be responsible for the crash, which killed de Margerie and the crew of his private jet in a tragedy which has done little to improve Russia's reputation for poor air safety. ...

Credit Suisse Q3 profit more than doubles

FILE - The Oct. 11, 2011 file photo shows the logo of Swiss bank Credit Suisse in Zurich, Switzerland. Credit Suisse posted a third-quarter profit Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 that is more than double from a year ago, benefiting from cost cutting, brisk business in emerging markets and the services it provides for wealthy clients. Reporting a profit of 1.025 billion Swiss francs (US$ 1.07 billion), Switzerland's second-largest bank credited the huge jump from the 454 million francs that it posted for July-to-September 2013 to continued cost cutting drives, stable revenues, and strong results in emerging markets for both its investment banking and wealth management divisions. (AP Photo/Keystone, Steffen Schmidt)GENEVA (AP) ? Credit Suisse's profits more than doubled in the third quarter as Switzerland's second-largest bank benefited from cost cutting, brisk business in emerging markets and the services it provides for wealthy clients.

1st test: Pakistan moves to 328-5 v Australia
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) ? Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq returned to batting form with a resilient half century as Pakistan moved to 328-5 against Australia at lunch on the second day of the first test cricket on Thursday.

Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer

In this Oct. 22, 2014 photo released by Tsinghua University, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a dialogue with students as a newly-appointed member to the advisory board for Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, China. China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Zuckerberg, and he entertained an audience of students with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese at the prestigious Beijing university. (AP Photo/Tsinghua University)BEIJING (AP) ? China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who entertained an audience of students in Beijing with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese.

Russia detains four more suspects in Total crash probe

An image from the Russian Investigation Committee shows the remains of France's Falcone airplane at the Vnukovo airport in Moscow on October 21, 2014Russian investigators detained four more staff members Thursday at the Moscow airport where the CEO of French oil giant Total died when his plane collided with a snow plough. Those detained include an intern air traffic controller, her supervisor, who was in charge of flights at the time, and the heads of the airport's air traffic controllers and runway cleaners. Russian media had reported earlier that the controller in charge of Christophe de Margerie's plane was a trainee. At the same time the Vnukovo airport announced the resignations of its general director and his deputy "due to the tragic event" after the management was accused of "criminal negligence" by investigators.

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