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Health benefits aside, farmer grows shiitake mushrooms because they taste good
WEST SALEM ? Brent Severeid is busy inoculating mushrooms, although the term is misleading because it?s not as if they were sick.

Museum lets moms in for free on Mother?s Day
The Children?s Museum of La Crosse will offer free admission to all moms on Mother?s Day.

Rail expansion prompts worries about dangerous cargo, unsafe rail cars
The issue of safety dominated the conversation Tuesday night as concerned citizens met to discuss the surge in rail cars carrying crude oil and BNSF Railway Co.?s proposed expansion in La Crosse.

Rain and snow delay spring planting
April showers and last week?s snowstorm made for muddy fields and further stalled the spring planting effort.

Shilling plans Cashton office hours Monday
CASHTON -- State Sen. Jennifer Shilling will hold office hours from 1 to 2 p.m. †Monday at the Cashton Public Library, 720 Broadway.

Mobile exhibit marks Mayo's 150 years
A mobile exhibit commemorating the Mayo Clinic?s 150 years will stop for tours from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 1 at the south end of the parking lot near Mississippi Street at Mayo Clinic Heal…

Police and fire calls for Tuesday, April 22, 2014
From 3 p.m. Monday to 3 p.m. Tuesday

Walker touts low unemployment, surplus in economics forum
Unemployment rates in Wisconsin are lower than they have been in more than five years.

MVC offers hike up Miller Bluff
The Mississippi Valley Conservancy is offering a hike up Miller Bluff from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Fire puts brakes on spring joy ride
Tuesday?s beautiful weather got collector car owners revved up for a spring drive. But for Kim Gibson of La Crosse, Triumph turned to tragedy.


National News
Obama reassures Japan, other allies on China ahead of visit

U.S. President Obama gets ready to depart Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington for his visit to AsiaBy Linda Sieg and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has said Washington welcomes China's rise but that engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies - as Chinese state media greeted his imminent arrival in the region with a broadside accusing the United States of wanting to "cage" the emerging superpower. Obama's remarks, aimed at reassuring Japan and other allies, set against a robust commentary from China's state news agency Xinhua that also called the United States "myopic", demonstrate the delicate balancing act Obama faces on a week-long Asia tour. The four-nation trip that starts in Tokyo later on Wednesday comes at a time of rising tension in the region, and as the United States urges Japan's unpredictable neighbor North Korea not to conduct another nuclear test.

Ukraine president calls for new anti-rebel offensive as crisis deal falters

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk attend a media briefing in KievBy Alastair Macdonald and Darya Korsunskaya KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukraine's acting president, Oleksander Turchinov, called on Tuesday for government forces to relaunch an offensive against pro-Russian rebels after a local politician from his own party was found dead with signs of torture. Kiev's first push failed last week to retake one of the towns in the mainly Russian-speaking east occupied by the separatists, and its military has largely suspended operations since the United States, Russia, Ukraine and European Union signed a deal in Geneva last week intended to calm the crisis. But the agreement is already in trouble, with Washington and Moscow putting the onus on each other on Tuesday to ensure that it is implemented, including a stipulation that the rebels must disarm and leave the government buildings they have occupied. One was that of Volodymyr Rybak, a member of Turchinov's Batkivshchyna party, who had recently been abducted by "terrorists", he said in a statement.

Divers feel with their hands for corpses in depths of South Korean ferry

A family member of missing passengers, who were on South Korean ferry Sewol which sank in the sea off Jindo, looks at the list of fatalities at a port in Jindo"We are trained for hostile environments, but it's hard to be brave when we meet bodies in dark water," diver Hwang Dae-sik told Reuters, as the funerals of 25 students were held near the capital, Seoul. Prosecutors investigating the disaster said they raided the home of Yoo Byung-un, the head of a family that owns the Chonghaejin Marine Co. Ltd, the company that operated the Sewol ferry.

Satellites show North Korea nuclear test unlikely: think tank
North Korea is unlikely to be ready to stage a nuclear test timed to coincide with U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Asia, a respected think tank said on Wednesday based on its assessment of satellite imagery. Comments by South Korea's foreign ministry that the North could be moving towards what would be its fourth nuclear test prompted the U.S. State Department to urge Pyongyang to "refrain from actions that threaten regional peace". North Korea continually works on improving testing at its Punggye-ri site. Satellite imagery analyzed by 38North, which is part of Johns Hopkins University, said that while there had been a pickup in activity, there were few signs of an imminent test.

Serendipity aids Egypt in struggle to recover stolen heritage

People stand and walk near the dissolved NDP building, with the Egyptian Museum seen on the right, in CairoBy Stephen Kalin and Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) - When French Egyptologist Olivier Perdu saw a fragment of a pharaonic statue on display in a Brussels gallery last year, he assumed it was a twin of an ancient masterpiece he had examined in Egypt a quarter of a century earlier. The reality was an even more remarkable coincidence: the fragment was part of the very same artifact - a unique 6th century B.C. statue hewn from pale green stone - that Perdu had received special permission to study in Cairo in 1989. "What I had between my hands in Brussels was the object that I had studied in the Cairo museum in 1989." Thanks to his chance encounter, the piece excavated in 1858 has found its way back to Egypt. It is now back in Cairo, where conservation experts have reunited it with the rest of the statue.

Australia vows to keep searching to solve missing Malaysian plane mystery

Handout of crew aboard the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield moving the U.S. Navy's Bluefin-21 into position for deployment, in the southern Indian Ocean to look for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370By Byron Kaye PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Australia vowed on Wednesday to keep searching for a missing Malaysian plane despite no sign of wreckage after almost seven weeks, and as bad weather again grounded aircraft and an undersea drone neared the end of its first full mission. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott admitted the search strategy may change if seabed scans taken by a U.S. Navy drone failed to turn up a trace of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board. "The only way we can get to the bottom of this is to keep searching the probable impact zone until we find something or until we have searched it as thoroughly as human ingenuity allows at this time." The Bluefin-21 drone, a key component in the search after the detection of audio signals or "pings" believed to be from the plane's black box flight recorder, is due to end its first full mission, possibly on Wednesday. In a sign of the families' growing desperation for answers, a group purporting to be relatives of the missing flight's passengers published a letter to Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, urging the government to investigate old media reports that the plane landed in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

Relatives of mountaineers, killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, cry during the funeral ceremony in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 21, 2014. Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche ever recorded on Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community. The avalanche killed at least 13 Sherpas. Three other Sherpas remain missing and are presumed dead. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) ? Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the avalanche deaths of 16 of their colleagues exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits.

AP PHOTOS: Syrians on treacherous trek to safety

In this picture taken on early Sunday April 20, 2014, Saleh Zawaraa, 28, center, arrives on horseback after being severely injured by a tank shell as he tried to bring bread into the Syrian village of Beit Jinn, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. He and other Syrians refugees came over 2,814-meter (9,232-foot) Mount Hermon (Jabal el-Sheikh), into the town of Chebaa in southeast Lebanon. The village of Beit Jinn has been under siege by Syrian troops for months, and no food and medicine has been allowed to reach thousands of trapped civilians inside.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)MOUNT HERMON, Lebanon (AP) ? As the late-day sun slipped behind the mountains in front of them, a ragtag group of around a dozen Syrians desperate to flee their country's bloody civil war set off on their treacherous nighttime trek across the rugged frontier into neighboring Lebanon.

Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT
JINDO, South Korea (AP) ? The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived.

Pakistan's army seeks closure of TV channel
ISLAMABAD (AP) ? A Pakistani official says the army has sought to shut down the country's leading Geo News TV channel.

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