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Wisconsin governor skirts touchy casino decision
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) ? Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker portrays himself as a man of action, willing to take on tough political fights. It's a huge theme in his re-election campaign, underscored in h…

Driver found dead after hit-and-run, shooting
MILWAUKEE (AP) ? Police say a male driver has been found dead ? apparently shot after a hit-and-run in Milwaukee.

La Crosse Labor Day festivities include parade, festival
The Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO invites the public to attend a North Side Labor Day parade to be followed by a festival at Copeland Park.

Walker deals with double dose of bad economic news
MADISON ? Gov. Scott Walker tried to put a positive spin Friday on the one-two punch of lackluster job numbers and a drop in tax collections that will likely put the budget in the red next yea…

Recount flips results in Wisconsin Senate primary
MADISON, Wis. (AP) ? A recount that did not include 110 missing ballots flipped the results in a Democratic primary for a state Senate seat in southwestern Wisconsin, the candidates said.

Bad wells spur waste-spreading proposals
In an effort to prevent more taps from running brown, Kewaunee County officials are considering an ordinance that would ban waste spreading in winter and early spring on fields with shallow soil.

Wisconsin teen visits all 50 state capitols
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. ? Nick Nelson has known all of the state capitals since he was 5 years old. Now, at age 15, he can say he?s visited all of the state capitols as well.

Steppin' Out helps fund new researcher, cancer services
As thousands prepare to walk in the Steppin? Out in Pink fundraiser Sept. 6, the Gundersen Medical Foundation is close to hiring another cancer researcher with earnings from the campaign that …

Globetrotter doesn't let cancer stop her from coddling grandkids
ONALASKA ? A diagnosis of breast cancer ?stops you in your tracks,? says Mary Sargent, who has heard that verdict twice but chooses globetrotting with grandkids to show that the disease can?t …

Former Wisconsin deputy charged in double homicide
MADISON ? Prosecutors on Friday charged a former Wisconsin sheriff?s deputy suffering from Lou Gehrig?s disease with shooting his wife and sister-in-law to death earlier this month.

 

National News
Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit as protests continue

Supporters of ul-Qadri carry sticks as they move towards the Prime Minister's house during the Revolution March in IslamabadBy Maria Golovnina and Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters massed outside the residence of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday to demand he step down, after efforts to find a negotiated solution to the country's political crisis failed. Pakistan has been gripped by unrest for more than two weeks, with protest leaders Imran Khan and Tahir ul-Qadri saying they will not back down unless Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns. Pakistan's military stepped in this week to try to defuse the unrest. Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 180 million, has been ruled by the military for half of its entire history and has repeatedly oscillated between civilian and military rule.




EU wields Russia sanctions threat but timing vague

Newly elected European Council President Donald Tusk and newly elected European High Representative for Foreign Affairs Minister Federica Mogherini talk together during a EU summit in BrusselsBy Alastair Macdonald and Andreas Rinke BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union threatened Russia with new trade sanctions if Moscow fails to start reversing its action in Ukraine, but sharp divisions among leaders at a summit in Brussels left the timing of any measures uncertain. After a lengthy briefing by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who warned "full-scale war" was imminent if Russian troops continued an advance in support of pro-Moscow rebels, the EU leaders agreed on Sunday to have officials draw up within a week a list of new measures that could hit a range of sectors. The European Council called on Russia "to immediately withdraw all its military assets and forces from Ukraine" and urged a ceasefire.




Ukraine says Russian tanks flatten town; EU to threaten more sanctions

Pro-Russian separatists walk at a destroyed war memorial on Savur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of DonetskBy Richard Balmforth and Adrian Croft KIEV/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signaled on Saturday they would threaten more sanctions against Moscow over the crisis. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, attending an EU summit in Brussels, said he was hoping for a political solution, but warned that his country was on the brink of full-scale war. Russia has repeatedly dismissed accusations from Kiev and Western powers that it has sent soldiers into its neighbor, or supported pro-Russian rebels fighting a five-month-old separatist war in Ukraine's east.




Heavy fighting in Libya's Benghazi city; airport hit
Heavy clashes broke out between the forces of a renegade general and Islamist fighters in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday, killing at least 10 people and showering the airport with rockets, medical and military sources said. Libya is being racked by factional violence as the armed groups which helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 turn their guns on each other in a struggle to dominate politics and the country's vast oil resources. In Benghazi, forces of retired general Khalifa Haftar have been fighting Islamist brigades including Ansar al-Sharia, blamed by Washington for an attack on the U.S.

Fukushima fallout: Resentment grows in nearby Japanese city

File photo of reactors in Fukushima PrefectureBy Mari Saito and Antoni Slodkowski IWAKI Japan (Reuters) - Like many of her neighbors, Satomi Inokoshi worries that her gritty hometown is being spoiled by the newcomers and the money that have rolled into Iwaki since the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost three and a half years ago. Property prices in Iwaki, about 60 km (36 miles) south of the wrecked nuclear plant, have jumped as evacuees forced from homes in more heavily contaminated areas snatch up apartments and land. "The situation around Iwaki is unsettled and unruly," said Ryosuke Takaki, a professor of sociology at Iwaki Meisei University, who has studied the town's developing divide.†"There are many people who have evacuated to Iwaki, and there are all kinds of incidents caused by friction." HOSTS WEARY, GUESTS FRIGHTENED Residents across Fukushima prefecture hailed the first wave of workers who arrived to contain the nuclear disaster in 2011 as heroes. Cities like Iwaki also welcomed evacuees from towns closer to the meltdowns and explosions.




Iraqi and Kurdish forces bid to break Islamic State siege of town

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters guard their position on the Jalawla front line in the northeastern district of Baquba near the city of KhanaqinBy Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi army and Kurdish forces closed in on Islamic State fighters on Saturday in a push to break the Sunni militants' siege of the Shi'ite town of Amerli, army sources said. Two officers said Iraqi troops, militia and Kurdish peshmerga were advancing from four directions on the northern town, which has been surrounded by Islamic State forces for more than two months. In a separate incident on Saturday, a suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives killed at least 11 people in a town just south of Baghdad. Armed residents of Amerli have managed to fend off attacks by the Islamic State fighters, who regard its majority Shi'ite Turkman population as apostates.




Top Asian News at 4:00 a.m. GMT
MANILA, Philippines (AP) ? Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers who were surrounded and came under fire by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights made a daring escape, the Philippine military chief Sunday, while 44 Fijian soldiers remained in the hands of the insurgents. After coming under rebel attack Saturday, the first group of 35 Filipino peacekeepers was successfully escorted out of U.N. encampment in Breiqa by Irish and Filipino forces on board armored vehicles, said Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang and other military officials.

All Filipino peacekeepers escape Golan standoff

In this photo released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office, Philippine Military Chief Gen. Gregorio Catapang, center, reacts after learning about the safe repositioning of Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights as they monitor the situation with Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, second left, Philippine National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, third from left seated, at Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, Philippines on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Catapang said more than 70 Filipino peacekeepers have escaped from two areas in the Golan Heights that came under attack by Syrian rebels. (AP Photo/Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office)MANILA, Philippines (AP) ? Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and coming under fire by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, the Philippine military chief said Sunday, while 44 Fijian troops remained in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents.




Guatemala Mayans: from victims of discrimination to perpetrators?

A member of a folk group holds a Mayan mask at the Tikal archaeological site in Peten departament, north of Guatemala city on December 20, 2012Fearful of losing their culture and land, ethnic Maya people in Guatemala -- who have faced centuries of discrimination themselves -- drove out a group of 230 ultra-Orthodox Jews, experts say. The Jewish group's departure from San Juan La Laguna, on the banks of Lake Atitlan some 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the capital Guatemala City, followed failed efforts reach a deal Wednesday. "We are very pleased with the decision made by that group to avoid conflicts with (local) people," Miguel Vasquez, spokesman for the San Juan Council of Elders, told AFP by phone. Most members of the small Jewish community are from the United States, Israel, Britain and Russia, and around 40 are Guatemalan.




Philippine UN peacekeepers safe after 'greatest escape'

Members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) drive their armoured vehicles in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights near the Quneitra crossing, the only border crossing between Israel and Syria, on August 30, 2014All 75 Filipino troops serving as UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights are safe after the last batch slipped away under cover of night from besieging Syrian rebels, military spokesmen said Sunday. Military chief General Gregorio Catapang called it "the greatest escape," and praised the soldiers. The troops are part of a UN peacekeeping force which has been stationed in the Golan Heights since 1974 to monitor a ceasefire between Israel and Syria. We left our (old) position but we brought all our arms," said Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala.




 
 
 
 
 
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