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Suspicious, early morning fire damages Planned Parenthood

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — A pre-dawn fire heavily damaged a Planned Parenthood clinic in the college town of Pullman, Washington and a regional terrorism task force is working to determine whether it was arson. The cause of the fire is not yet known, but FBI Special Agent Frank Harrill said federal agencies are involved because More >

Wisconsin lieutenant governor heading to Japan, Taiwan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is headed to Japan and Taiwan on a seven-day trade mission this month. Kleefisch and a group of executives from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will be in Japan from Sept. 13 through Sept. 15. They’ll attend the 47th joint meeting of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association, which More >

Republicans tweak fetal tissue bill to allow some research

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans pushing a bill that would make it a felony to perform research using tissue from aborted fetuses have amended the measure to allow some work. The bill would outlaw selling, donating and experimenting with cells, tissues, organs or other fetal body parts. University of Wisconsin researchers and private scientists have More >

Police: Madison officer faced threats in breaking up fight

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police say they’re alarmed by the anti-police sentiments expressed in a crowd when an officer intervened to stop a fight. The incident played out amid heightened tensions between police officers and some civilians, especially those in minority neighborhoods, both locally and nationally. Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says officer Caleb Johnson More >

Wisconsin Democrats target health insurance rates with bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature are pushing a bill that is designed to prevent large increases in health insurance rates. Democrats and supporters of President Barack Obama’s federal health care law unveiled the measure on Thursday, but it’s unlikely to gain traction in the Republican-controlled Legislature. But supporters say they hope More >

Schools closed in DeForest due to ‘potential threats’

DEFOREST, Wis. (AP) — Public schools have been closed for the day in DeForest due to what officials are calling “potential threats.” The DeForest School District issued a statement late Thursday saying that an ongoing investigation had revealed “a potential safety issue.” It says all schools will be closed Friday. All home games are canceled More >

2 children die in Milwaukee house fire overnight

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Two children have died in an early morning house fire in Milwaukee. Authorities say it started around 2 a.m. Friday. They arrived to find the two-story home fully engulfed. Milwaukee Fire Department Battalion Chief Ralph Gallow tells WITI-TV ( that firefighters searched the home and found a 10-year-old in a second floor More >

Death of Rock County Jail inmate set for independent review

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Last month’s death of a Rock County Jail inmate is set for an outside review. The Rock County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that reports related to 39-year-old Dante Tyreese Wilson’s death have been turned over to the Dane County Sheriff’s Office for an independent review. According to the Rock County Sheriff’s More >

Police: Woman killed, man hurt in Milwaukee shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police say a 39-year-old woman has died in a shooting that also injured a 41-year-old man. The Milwaukee Police Department says the shooting happened in front of a residence around 10:20 p.m. Thursday. According to police, the man and woman, both from Milwaukee, were shot by “unknown subjects” from across the More >

Harley riders rumble into Milwaukee for custom bike show

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gearheads are converging on the Harley-Davidson Museum near downtown Milwaukee to show off and talk shop over Labor Day weekend at a motorcycle rally and custom bike show. Organizers say the event draws thousands of enthusiasts to see world-class designs. The museum campus has been set up with dozens of tents, selling More >