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Double-murderer Lepsch makes pitch for new trial
A Minnesota man imprisoned for life for murdering a father and son at their downtown La Crosse camera store wants a new trial, arguing biased jurors decided his fate.

Groups split top honors in fair band battle
It was a split decision in Sunday?s La Crosse Interstate Fair Battle of the Bands.

Wisconsin rethinks use of solitary confinement
At Waupun Correctional Institution in 2012, one inmate being transferred to the state prison?s segregation unit, commonly known as solitary confinement, was pepper-sprayed three times and tase…

June home sales surge; Wisconsin's first growth this year
Wisconsin?s lagging housing market showed signs of improvement last month, posting year-over-year gains for the first time in 2014, though not enough to erase a nearly 5 percent gap.

Roosevelt's future still uncertain as officials weigh options
A North Side school could become housing for seniors or low-income residents.

Walker touts tourism, promotes plan for $3.5M rest stop overhaul
Howard and Joan Manthei got a more personal reception than they expected when they pulled off Interstate 90 Monday afternoon.

Felon could face federal gun charge
A La Crosse felon could face a federal charge for trying to buy a firearm.

La Crosse County Circuit Court felonies

City board OKs declaring Barron Island land as surplus property
A city board has recommended La Crosse declare a former water treatment plant on Barron Island surplus property so it can be part of a proposed multi-unit housing development.

The Holmen Area Historical Society antique appraisal fair will be Wednesday, Aug. 6. A story in Monday?s Tribune contained an incorrect date.


National News
Train carrying MH17 bodies on final journey reaches Ukraine city
The remains of some of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as a senior Ukrainian separatist leader handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts.

Israel pounds Gaza despite international peace efforts

Israeli police officers detain a protester suspected of throwing stones during a protest by Israeli Arabs in the northern city of Nazareth, against Israel's offensive in the Gaza StripBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, saying no ceasefire was near as top U.S. and United Nations diplomats pursued talks on halting the fighting that has claimed more than 600 lives. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held discussions in neighbouring Egypt, while U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv and planned to see the Palestinian prime minister in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned U.S. carriers from flying to or from Ben-Gurion International Airport, after a rocket fired from Gaza struck near the airport's fringes, injuring two people. Israel's flagship carrier El Al continued flights as usual.

Iraqi air strikes kill 19 around militant-held Falluja: medical official
By Kamal Namaa FALLUJA Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government air strikes killed 19 people, including children, in Falluja on Monday and Tuesday, a health official in the militant-held city said. The Iraqi army has been shelling Falluja, 70 km (44 miles) west of Baghdad, for months, trying to drive out Sunni militants from the group now known as Islamic State. Ahmed al-Shami, spokesman for the Falluja health office - the local arm of the health ministry - said the 19 dead included women and children and that Falluja hospital had also received 38 wounded people since Monday evening. Residents of Falluja and the nearby town of Garma said helicopters fired artillery and dropped three barrel bombs on Falluja and two on Garma.

IAEA worried about slow progress in Iran nuclear probe: sources

IAEA Director General Amano addresses a news conference after a board of governors meeting at the IAEA headquarters in ViennaBy Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog is concerned about Iran's current lack of engagement with an investigation into its suspected atomic bomb research, ahead of a deadline next month for Tehran to step up cooperation, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday. Western officials want Iran to address questions by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on allegations of past efforts to develop a nuclear weapons capability, something the country denies. They say Iran clarifying the IAEA's concerns would also influence a diplomatic push by six world powers to negotiate an end to a decade-old standoff over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, suggesting some sanctions relief may depend on it. Iran says it is a peaceful project to generate electricity.

Britain does U-turn on ex-KGB agent Litvinenko murder inquiry

Marina Litvinenko holds a news conference alongside lawyer Elena Tsirlina in LondonBy Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Britain announced on Tuesday it would hold a public inquiry into the death of a former Russian spy who accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering his murder, but denied the decision was linked to the Ukraine crisis. A year ago, the British government declined to order an inquiry into the killing of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who died after drinking tea poisoned with a radioactive isotope in a London hotel in 2006. Tuesday's announcement comes as Prime Minister David Cameron leads calls for hard-hitting sanctions against Russia, including freezing the assets of Putin's close allies, after the downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 in a pro-Russian rebel-held part of Ukraine last week.

Russia may ask rich to help foot bill for Crimea with 'solidarity tax'

Vladimir PutinBy Lidia Kelly MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia could ask its richest citizens to help foot the bill for the annexation of Crimea by paying a "solidarity tax" proposed by a group of lawmakers. Deputies from the State Duma lower house of parliament, which is dominated by backers of President Vladimir Putin, have drawn up a draft law that would increase income tax for people earning more than more than 1 million roubles ($28,700) a month. "The main goal is to support regional budgets and that means also the budget of Russia's new territories," Andrei Krutov, the deputy leading the planned legislation, told Reuters. His reference to the "new territories" made clear that a key intention was to help the government pay for Crimea's absorption into Russia.

Reform-minded governor wins Indonesian presidential race

Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo (centre) intervied by journalists at an urban development project in Jakarta, on July 22, 2014The reform-minded governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo, was Tuesday declared the winner of Indonesia's presidential election after a closely-fought race against a controversial ex-general with deep roots in the era of strongman Suharto. Dressed in a traditional patterned shirt, Widodo grinned broadly as election officials in the capital announced that he had beaten Prabowo Subianto by about six percentage points in the fight to lead the world's third-biggest democracy. "Let's become a united Indonesia again, a great Indonesia.

Nigeria school offers hope to children caught in Islamist strife

Children sit in a classroom of the Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School in Maiduguri on May 23, 2014Aisha Abubakar was at home two years ago when Boko Haram Islamists stormed through the door. Children in Nigeria's deeply impoverished north face immense challenges in accessing education, and for the fatherless like 13-year-old Aisha the obstacles are even tougher. With an English textbook spread on a wooden table in a sparsely furnished classroom, Aisha vowed that Boko Haram -- which kidnapped more than 200 girls from a secondary school in April -- would not keep her from reaching medical school. The Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School in Maiduguri offers a modicum of hope to children caught up in the conflict by providing cost-free meals, uniforms, health care and education.

Top Asian News at 6:30 p.m. GMT
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) ? Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, was declared the winner Tuesday of the country's presidential election, calling it a victory for all of the nation's people. A former furniture exporter known to most as "Jokowi," Widodo was the first candidate in a direct presidential election in Indonesia with no ties to the former dictator Suharto, who ruled for 30 years before being overthrown in 1998.

Queen's horse fails drug test

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II with her horse, Estimate, in the winner's enclosure after it wins the Gold Cup on the third day of Royal Ascot, in Berkshire, west of London, on June 20, 2013A horse owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II which won one of England's most prestigious races has failed a drugs test, Buckingham Palace announced Tuesday. Estimate, which lifted the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 2013 and came second in this year's edition, has tested positive for morphine, a banned substance. A statement by the Queen's racing advisor said initial indications were the positive test had resulted from the "consumption of a contaminated feed product". The Queen, renowned for her love and knowledge of horse racing, cheered on Estimate -- whose trainer Michael Stoute has been a leading figure on the English turf scene for more than 30 years -- when the now five-year-old filly won at Ascot last year.

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