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FSC offers new women?s group for survivors of sexual abuse
Sexual abuse that is ignored often resurfaces later. It can interfere with relationships, school and work, and it robs women of their potential.

Wisconsin woman spends 50 years on Wall Street
OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) ? Fifty years ago, Armene Hafemeister?s search for the perfect job led her to the fifth floor of the First National Bank in Oshkosh.

Elvis Explosion
Ryan Pelton, longtime Elvis impersonator and up-and-coming movie star, will be back at this year?s 17th annual Elvis Explosion at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse.

Storytelling fest aims to spin yarns with a thread of reality
Storytelling maven Sara Slayton has a simple explanation for the popularity of her craft in the age of viral YouTube videos and a bazillion cable TV channels: Homespun tales are a welcome reli…

Food inspectors track the mundane to protect public health
It?s the lull between lunch and dinner at Sushi Pirate, and all hands are on deck.

La Crosse court system to honor jurors
La Crosse County Circuit Court is celebrating September as Juror Appreciation Month.

Medical grants available for Wisconsin children
The UnitedHealthcare Children?s Foundation is seeking grant†applications from families in need of assistance to help pay for children?s health care treatments,†services or equipment not covere…

Harvest the votes and stomp the sour grapes
DE SOTO -- A fundraiser for 96th Assembly Democrats hosted by Phil and Monique Hooker and Phil Mueller will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at E1171 Victory Ridge Road. The district includes all …

Norskedalen twilight tour set for Sunday
Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center will host its annual Twilight Tour, a historical walk through time, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Film series to stimulate discussion on Politics in Film
The UW-La Crosse Politics and Film class will host public screenings of and discussions about four films at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at the La Crosse Public Library on Main Street.


National News
Ukraine accuses Russia of 'undisguised aggression' as rebels advance

Piece of a mortar projectile is pictured on a road near the airport in Donetsk,By Pavel Polityuk and Polina Devitt KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and undisguised aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists. In the latest in a string of setbacks in the past week, Ukraine's military said it had pulled back from defending a vital airport in the east of the country, near the city of Luhansk, where troops had been battling a Russian tank battalion. Poroshenko said in a speech there would be high-level personnel changes in the Ukrainian armed forces, whose troops fled a new rebel advance in the south which Kiev and its Western allies say has been backed up by Russian armored columns. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who called on Sunday for immediate negotiations on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, blamed Kiev's leadership for refusing to enter into direct political talks with the separatists.

Pakistan PM chairs joint parliament session as crisis deepens

Anti-government protesters pull a rope to remove container barricade during the Revolution March in IslamabadBy Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a joint session of parliament on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over violent protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention. It is a rebellion against the state of Pakistan," Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar told parliament. ... They are not revolutionaries, they are intruders and terrorists," he said of the protesters. Pakistan has been in turmoil since mid-August when tens of thousands of protesters led by Imran Khan, a former hero cricket player, and outspoken cleric Tahir ul-Qadri flooded into the capital Islamabad refusing to leave unless Sharif resigns.

Hong Kong pro-democracy group says support fizzles: Bloomberg

A pro-democracy activist is detained by the police during a confrontation in Hong KongHONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong pro-democracy movement that has threatened to blockade the financial district to protest against Beijing ruling out full democracy for the city said support for the group has dwindled, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. "The number of people joining us will not be as big as we expect, because of the very pragmatic thinking of Hong Kong people," Occupy Central with Love and Peace founder Benny Tai told Bloomberg. ...

Philippines Congress dismisses impeachment motions against Aquino

Philippine President Aquino delivers his fifth SONA during the joint session of the 16th Congress at the House of Representatives of the Philippines in Quezon city, metro ManilaLawmakers allied with Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday threw out three impeachment motions in the House of Representatives, the first political challenge to the popular leader in four years. The impeachment motions stemmed from Aquino's controversial economic stimulus fund, which the Supreme Court declared partly illegal in July, and a new military agreement with the United States. Voting 54-4, the justice panel in the lower house of Congress declared the complaints "insufficient in substance", dismissing the three motions only after two hearings. "This is a terrible day for the Filipino people," said Neri Colmenares, a left-wing member of Congress.

Ebola threatens food security in West Africa: FAO

Health workers wearing protective clothing prepare themselves before to carrying an abandoned dead body presenting with Ebola symptoms at Duwala market in MonroviaROME (Reuters) - The world's worst Ebola epidemic has put harvests at risk and sent food prices soaring in West Africa, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday, warning the problem would intensify in coming months. The FAO issued a special alert for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three countries most affected by the outbreak, which has killed around 1,550 people since the virus was detected in the remote jungles of southeastern Guinea in March. ...

Malaysian law professor charged in crackdown on dissent
By Stuart Grudgings KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian prosecutors charged a high-profile law professor with sedition on Tuesday for an opinion he voiced on a political crisis that occurred five years ago, extending a recent crackdown on dissent from opposition politicians to academia. Lawyers said the charge against Azmi Sharom, a lecturer at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur and who writes a regular newspaper column, could have a chilling effect on freedom of speech as the government wavers on its pledges to expand civil liberties. Four opposition politicians have been charged and another convicted this year under the Sedition Act, a relic of the British colonial era intended to keep a tight lid on racial tensions and social unrest in the multi-ethnic country. Four sedition charges have been pressed in the past nine days.

British 'jihadist' mum threatens to behead Christians: reports

An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State's Al-Furqan Media allegedly shows IS fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the trademark jihadist flag in IraqA middle-aged British mother-of-two and former rock band member has joined jihadists in Syria and wants to behead Christians with a "blunt knife", British media reported. The reports identified the woman as Sally Jones, 45, from Kent in southeast England, and said she now goes by the name Sakinah Hussain, or Umm Hussain al-Britani. Security experts estimate that hundreds of Britons have gone to the Middle East to join the Islamic State (IS) militant group, the most brutal to emerge out of Syria's bloody civil war and the most successful. The well-funded group controls large swathes of Syria and Iraq and has proved adept at using social media to boost its profile, attract recruits and terrify enemies with images of mass executions and battlefield victories.

Survey: Foreign companies in China feel 'targeted'

In this April 20, 2014 photo, visitors look at a Mercedes car at the company booth during the Auto China show in Beijing, China. Foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws and might cut investment if conditions fail to improve, a business group said Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING (AP) ? Foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws and might cut investment if conditions fail to improve, a U.S. business group said Tuesday.

US military attacks al-Shabab in Somalia

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2008 file photo, armed al-shabab fighters on pickup trucks prepare to travel into the city, just outside Mogadishu, in Somalia. U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Somalia, the Pentagon said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) ? U.S. military forces attacked the extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia Monday, the Pentagon said, and a witness described ground-shaking explosions in a strike that reportedly targeted the group's leader.

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen blasts pageant boss

May Myat Noe, Myanmar's first international beauty queen, winner of the 2014 Miss Asia Pacific World, sits with her crown that she allegedly ran away with, during a press conference in Yangon, Myanmar Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar said she won't return her $100,000 worth crown until the pageant's organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)YANGON, Myanmar (AP) ? A dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar said Tuesday she won't return her bejeweled $100,000 crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief.

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