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Valley View Mall seeks employees for holiday season
Valley View Mall will hold a Holiday Hiring Extravaganza today to fill part-time and full-time positions for the holiday shopping season.

Judge blames toxic well contamination on ?massive regulatory failure?
MADISON ? An administrative law judge says ?massive regulatory failure? led to groundwater contamination in a dairy farming region and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources must use it…

Catholic relief official to bring message of service to Viterbo
The president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services dreams of putting her international agency out of business.

Walker: Burke ad shows her desperation
WESTON, Wis. ? Gov. Scott Walker said Friday that the latest attack ad by his Democratic challenger Mary Burke shows she is desperate as the election nears and a poll shows her trailing by 7 points.

'Souper' Halloween raises money for CMN
Employees of businesses in Riverside Center in La Crosse got into the Halloween spirit Friday during Logistic Health Inc.?s 12th annual Soup-a-Thon to raise money for Children?s Miracle Networ…

Salvation Army Needs 4,000 bell ringers
The Salvation Army of La Crosse is looking for volunteers for its Christmas Red Kettle Campaign, set to begin Aug. 14 and run through Christmas even.

Plans raised for another downtown hotel
Another new hotel could be in the works for downtown La Crosse, this one in the shadow of the Cass Street bridge.

New La Crosse Warming Center expects full house
Mary Fitzpatrick, executive director of the La Crosse Warming Center, expects a full house when it opens in its new location tonight, when overnight temperatures are expected to be in the upper 20s.†

Dave Markos: Thanks for quick response to fire
On behalf of my family, I would like to say thank you to Division Chief Craig Snyder and his colleagues for their rocket-fast response to the fire that took place Monday on Pearl Street. Their…

Judy and Bob Hall: Eagle Crest is great place to live
This last year has been a tough one for both of us, but at our home here at Eagle Crest, everyone has been wonderful to us.


National News
Kurdish peshmerga arrive with weapons in Syria's Kobani

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters celebrate atop an army vehicle as they move towards the Syrian town of Kobani from the border town of SurucBy Humeyra Pamuk and Mariam Karouny MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish forces arrived in the Syrian town of Kobani with heavy weapons to help Syrian Kurds fend off attempts by Islamic State insurgents to seize the town and cement control in the Turkish border region. Syrian Kurdish fighters welcomed the fighters who are known as peshmerga or "those who defy death", and said that with the weapons they had brought with them, they could help tip the balance in a battle raging for more than 40 days. ...

Islamic State kills 85 more members of Iraqi tribe

Foreign fighters flood into Syria and IraqBy Raheem Salman and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State executed 85 more members of the Albu Nimr tribe in Iraq in a mass killing campaign launched last week to break their resistance to the group's territorial advances, a tribal leader and security official said on Saturday. Sheikh Naeem al-Ga'oud, one of the tribe's chiefs, told Reuters that Islamic State had killed 50 members of Albu Nimr who were fleeing the al Qaeda offshoot on Friday. In a separate incident, a security official said 35 bodies were found in a mass grave. ...

Al Qaeda group seizes bastion of Western-backed rebels in Syria's Idlib region
By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamist militants affiliated to al Qaeda seized the last remaining stronghold of Western-backed rebels in Syria's northwest province of Idlib on Saturday after days of fighting, rebels and a monitoring group said. Backed by other hardline Islamist groups, the Nusra Front are waging a major military campaign against the Syria Revolutionaries' Front led by Jamal Maarouf, a key figure in the armed opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, after accusing him of being corrupt and working for the West against them. ...

China's Xi calls on army to remember past in graft fight

China's President Xi Jinping arrives before the opening session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in BeijingBEIJING (Reuters) - China's military must not let down those who gave their lives for the Communist Party in the revolutionary struggle and must resolutely fight corruption, state media on Saturday quoted President Xi Jinping as saying after a high-level scandal. Xi has made weeding out corruption in the armed forces a top goal. This week the government said one of China's most senior former military officers, Xu Caihou, had confessed to taking "massive" bribes in exchange for help in promotions. ...

A majority of Scots would vote for independence now: poll

Pro-union protestors chant and wave Union Flags during a demonstration at George Square in GlasgowLONDON (Reuters) - A majority of Scots would back independence if another referendum were held today, according to a poll published on Saturday, just six weeks after Scotland voted against leaving the United Kingdom. The YouGov poll for the Times newspaper put support for independence at 52 percent against 48 percent who wanted to stay in the union. By including those who would not vote or do not know, the split was 49 percent in favor of a split and 45 percent against. In September's referendum, 55 percent of Scots voted against independence. ...

Soldiers vie for power after Burkina Faso president quits

Anti-government protesters gather in the Place de la Nation in OuagadougouBy Mathieu Bonkougou and Nadoun Coulibaly OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Military factions vying for power in Burkina Faso after the resignation of longtime President Blaise Compaore met for talks on Saturday after an officer in the presidential guard said he was ousting the army chief of staff as leader of the transition. ...

Burkina Faso president in Ivory Coast after ouster

Anti government political leader Boukari Kabore, center, among anti government protestors in Burkina Faso after the announcement of a new interim leader, Gen. Honore Traore, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending the 27-year reign of one of Africa's longest-serving rulers who had survived previous attempts to topple him. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) ? Ivory Coast says it has taken in former Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore after protests drove the longtime president from power.

Tunisia elections possible model for region

In this Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, file photo a supporter of the moderate Islamist Ennahda Party waves party flags during a campaign rally in Tunis. Tunisians voted Sunday, Oct. 26. to elect a permanent parliament and complete a democratic transition that began when they overthrew their long-ruling dictator in 2011. (AP Photo/Aimen Zine, File)TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) ? Tunisia's orderly parliamentary elections are being hailed as a model of democracy for a region torn by strife and full of dictatorships. Regional rivalries, however, may put pressures on this fledgling democracy to move away from the dialogue and consensus that has made the country's transition a success so far.

Iraqi officials: IS extremists line up, kill 50

FILE - In this file photo taken Monday, June 23, 2014, militants from the Islamic State parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle on a main street in Mosul, Iraq. The Islamic state group has accelerated killings of former policemen and army officers, apparently fearing they might join a potential internal Sunni uprising against its rule. Such killings, including the deadly attack on police Col. Mohammed Hassan and his son in mid October, have accelerated in recent days, as the extremists' opponents - Kurdish fighters and Shiite militias, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes - have made some gains, taking back several towns that the militants had overrun. (AP Photo, File)BAGHDAD (AP) ? Islamic State group extremists lined up and shot dead at least 50 tribesmen and women in Iraq's Anbar province, officials said Saturday, the latest mass killing committed by the group.

Nigeria's purported Boko Haram leader says has 'married off' girls
By Isaac Abrak ABUJA (Reuters) - A man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said more than 200 girls kidnapped by the group six months ago had been "married off" to its fighters, contradicting Nigerian government claims they would soon be freed. Nigeria's military says it killed Shekau a year ago, and authorities said in September that they had also killed an imposter posting as him in videos. In the latest recording it is hard to see the man's face as he his filmed from a distance. ...

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