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Slender Man juror: Doctors’ testimony key to finding

MILWAUKEE (AP) — One of 10 jurors who decided a Wisconsin girl was mentally ill when she helped stab a classmate to please the fictional horror character Slender Man said Monday the most powerful evidence was testimony by medical experts. Anissa Weier, now 15, will go to a mental hospital rather than prison when she More >

Vinehout to announce whether she’s running for governor

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout is holding a pot luck dinner to announce whether she’s running for governor or for re-election. Vinehout announced Monday on Facebook that she will make a “special announcement” in Black River Falls on Sept. 25 to speak about the next election and her vision. She does More >

West Allis officers, DEA agent cleared in deadly shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee County’s district attorney has cleared two West Allis police officers and a federal drug agent in the shooting death of a Milwaukee man last March. DA John Chisholm concluded the officers were justified in using deadly force when 32-year-old Jermaine Claybrooks was shot on Milwaukee’s north side. Claybrooks was shot March More >

Paul Ryan discusses tax reform at Harley-Davidson

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Monday after a tour of a Harley-Davidson factory in Wisconsin he understands why the motorcycle-maker is opening a manufacturing plant in Thailand, calling it a “market-access move.” Ryan toured the Harley plant in Menomonee Falls, spoke with company and union officials at a closed-door meeting More >

Kohl’s to accept Amazon returns in 82 stores

MENOMEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) — Kohl’s, which is opening some in-store Amazon shops, will start accepting returns for the online retailer at some of its stores in Los Angeles and Chicago starting next month. Kohl’s Corp. said Tuesday it will pack and ship eligible Amazon return items for free at the 82 stores offering the More >

Wis. photographer who died in Vietnam named honorary Marine

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The photographer believed to be the first female American journalist killed in a war has become an honorary Marine. Wisconsin native Dickey Chapelle was 47 when she was killed by shrapnel from an exploding land mine while covering the Vietnam War in 1965. She also covered the battles of Iwo Jima and More >

Bicyclist struck and killed in Kenosha County

TREVOR, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a bicyclist has been struck and killed in Kenosha County. First responders were dispatched shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday after the bicyclist was found in Trevor. Authorities say the driver that struck the victim fled the scene. A deputy reported finding fragments of a Volvo headlight at the scene.

Police: Shooting confirmed deadly in Grand Chute

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (AP) — Police in Grand Chute are investigating a deadly shooting. Authorities say two teens are in custody after a third person was found dead in the driveway of a home on Sunday. Police say the three had been in a verbal fight that turned physical. Officers were called to the scene More >

Police: Man kills wife, blows up their home to cover up crime

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police have arrested a Wisconsin man suspected of killing his wife and blowing up their home to try to cover up the crime. Authorities arrested 59-year-old Steven Pirus of Madison Saturday night. He is jailed on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide, arson and recklessly endangering safety. Pirus is accused of fatally More >

DOJ halts review of Milwaukee Police after program changes

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has halted a review of Milwaukee’s police department that the police chief requested after a white officer fatally shot a mentally ill black man in a downtown park. The Justice Department said it is changing a program that once focused on improving trust between police and communities. More >