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More communities switch to automated pickup
Two more communities switched to automated garbage pickup this week.

Viterbo announces four Pope John XXIII Awards
Lee Rasch, president of Western Technical College; Dick Record, a familiar voice in the broadcast industry; and Phil and Barbara Quillin, who have longtime ties to the grocery business and vol…

Nurses to team up for 'Research on the Green'
Nurses from both of La Crosse?s major hospitals will join together April 24 at Viterbo University for workshops and presentations on civility.

Mayo to host Runner?s Workshop
Experts will share information on nutrition for the runner, core strength for the running athlete, running analysis/biomechanics and considerations for returning to running after childbirth at…

Vernon County sees influx of state mental health care costs in early 2014 (copy)
VIROQUA, Wis. ? Vernon County might be facing record expenses for state-provided mental health care in 2014.

UW-L faculty seeking academic freedom language after controversial email
Instructors at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are crafting a statement to protect speech in class, after a professor was asked to apologize for comments made in an email to students.

Governor declares energy emergency, lifts limits for propane trucks
MADISON --†Gov. Scott Walker declared a 10-day energy emergency in response to the continuing cold temperatures and the ongoing demand for propane.

Spring Flood Run this weekend; look out for motorcycles
The annual Spring Flood Run this weekend will bring thousands of motorcyclists through southeast Minnesota this weekend.

Walker signs ag business tax law; Shilling says it 'levels the playing field'
CASHTON ? A new Wisconsin law expanding tax exemptions for updating agricultural businesses such as feed mills ?essentially levels the playing field for local companies and farmers,? said Sena…

La Crosse County Circuit Court felonies
La Crosse County Circuit Court felonies:

 

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South Korea ferry captain rushed back to bridge as ship listed-crewman

Rescue workers install floats where the capsized passenger ship "Sewol" sank during the rescue operation in the sea off JindoBy Jungmin Jang and Ju-min Park MOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized two days ago rushed back to the bridge after it started listing severely and tried in vain to right the vessel, one of the helmsmen on the ship said on Friday. A junior officer was steering the Sewol ferry when it capsized on Wednesday, leaving 28 people officially declared dead and 268 missing, almost all of them high school students.




East Ukraine separatists stay put despite diplomatic deal

Students wave national flags during a pro-Ukrainian rally in Luhansk, eastern UkraineBy Pavel Polityuk and Thomas Grove KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Armed pro-Russian separatists were still holding public buildings in eastern Ukraine on Friday, saying they needed more assurances about their security before they comply with an international deal ordering them to disarm. The agreement, brokered by the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union in Geneva on Thursday offered the best hope to date of defusing a stand-off in Ukraine that has dragged East-West relations to their lowest level since the Cold War. Enacting the agreement on the ground though will be difficult, because of the deep mistrust between the pro-Russian groups and the Western-backed government in Kiev, which this week flared into violent clashes that killed several people.




At least 12 Nepali guides killed in Everest avalanche

File photograph of travellers enjoying a view of Mount Everest at Syangboche in NepalBy Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest on Friday killing 12 Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season, a Tourism Ministry official said. The avalanche, the deadliest in eight years, hit the most popular route to the mountain's peak. Three Nepali guides were injured and up to five people were missing, said Dipendra Paudel at the Tourism Ministry's mountaineering department. It was the first major avalanche on Mount Everest this climbing season, when hundreds of foreign and Nepali climbers flock to the mountain to attempt to reach its 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) peak.




Drone risks damage at record depth in search for Malaysian plane

The Bluefin-21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is craned over the side of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield in the southern Indian Ocean during the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370The U.S. Navy's Bluefin-21 and its "side scan" sonar has become the focal point of the search some 2,000 km (1,200 miles) west of the Australian city of Perth, where authorities believe Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 hit the ocean after disappearing from radars on March 8 with 239 people on board. The search has centered on a city-sized area where a series of "pings" led authorities to believe the plane's black box may be located. But the Bluefin-21's searches of the largely unmapped ocean floor have been frustrated by an automatic safety mechanism which sends it to the surface when it exceeds a depth of 4.5 km (14,763 feet). On Friday, as searchers waited for the remote-control submarine to return from its fifth mission, the U.S. Navy said the Bluefin-21 had gone to a record depth of 4,695 meters (15,403 feet) in its previous mission.




Nobel winner Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87

Residents pay homage in front of the house of Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Garcia Marquez in AracatacaBy Anahi Rama MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. A prolific writer who started out as a newspaper reporter, Garcia Marquez's masterpiece was "One Hundred Years of Solitude," a dream-like, dynastic epic that helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. Garcia Marquez died at his home in Mexico City, where he had returned from hospital last week after a bout of pneumonia. Known affectionately to friends and fans as "Gabo," Garcia Marquez was Latin America's best-known and most beloved author and his books have sold in the tens of millions.




Iran says will firmly deter any attacks as military displays might

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during an event to mark Nawroz, the Persian New Year, in KabulBy Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic had the might to deter any attacks as its military displayed a range of drones and missiles at an annual parade in Tehran, state television reported on Friday. Chanting "God is Greatest", troops paraded missiles carriers, some bearing banners saying "Death to America" and "Death to Israel", armored personnel carriers and unmanned surveillance aircraft as well as small submarines with men wearing aqua-lungs alongside. Unlike hardline predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rouhani did not use his speech to lash out at the United States and Israel, which Tehran refuses to recognize. "We don't attack any country and don't want war but we will firmly confront any aggression against Iran," he said, as helicopters and fighter jets flew overhead and parachutists landed in the parade area in the south of the capital near the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.




Al-Qaida splinter group lashes out over Syria

This Monday, April 14, 2014 photo, released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian government soldiers gathering outside a damaged hotel that Syrian rebels had been using, in Maaloula village, northeast of the capital Damascus, Syria. Syrian government troops seized two villages, one of them an ancient Christian hamlet, north of Damascus on Monday, as part of the military's relentless offensive along the rugged frontier with Lebanon, state media and activists said. (AP Photo/SANA)CAIRO (AP) ? The spokesman of an al-Qaida breakaway group has slammed the terror network's chief, blaming him for the widening rift between rival Islamic rebels who are battling each other in Syria.




Ukrainian militia rejects calls to leave buildings

A pro-Russian protester holds icons as he stands outside a city hall bearing flags representing the Donetsk Republic in Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Three pro-Russian protesters were killed and 13 injured during an attempted raid overnight on a Ukrainian National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine's authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) ? Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.




Japan will conduct Pacific whale hunt despite court ruling

A miniature South Korean flag is seen during the 64th annual International Whaling Commission in Panama CityBy Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan said on Friday it would conduct its annual Northwest Pacific whaling campaign this year despite an international court ruling against the program last month, but in a sharply scaled down form. The decision to proceed with the hunt was certain to provoke international anger. Tokyo's decades-old and disputed "scientific whaling" program suffered a blow last month when the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in a surprise ruling, ordered a halt to its annual hunts in the Southern Ocean. That prompted Japan to cancel whaling there for 2014-2015.




Hamilton sets the pace in Chinese GP practice

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain chats with his crew inside the garage during the practice session ahead of Sunday's Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)SHANGHAI (AP) ? Mercedes set the fastest practice times again at the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday, though rivals Ferrari and Red Bull may have closed the gap somewhat on Formula One's runaway leader.




 
 
 
 
 
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