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Office Supplies Chain Staples Sold for $6.9 Billion

NEW YORK (AP) – Private equity firm Sycamore is buying office supplies chain Staples for $6.9 billion. The companies said Wednesday that shareholders of Framingham, Massachusetts-based Staples will get $10.25 per share. Staples stock had closed Wednesday up 77 cents, or 8.4-percent, to $9.93 on a late-afternoon report of a deal. The stock rose 1.5-percent in after-hours trading. Changing shopping…

‘The Big Bang Theory’ Star Galecki’s Home Destroyed by Wildfire

Johnny Galecki (Matt Sayles / AP) SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif (AP) – The home of “The Big Bang Theory” star Johnny Galecki has been destroyed in a wildfire in California. Nicole Perna, a spokeswoman for the 42-year-old actor, says his home on a ranch in the San Luis Obispo area was destroyed by the wildfire on the state’s central coast….

Appeals Court: No Immediate Release for Dassey

MADISON (AP) – A federal appeals court has refused to immediately release a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” while the state fights the reversal of his conviction. A federal judge in August overturned Brendan Dassey’s conviction in the 2005 death of photographer Teresa Halbach. The judge ruled Dassey’s confession was improperly obtained by detectives who…

Lawsuit Filed to Release Wetterling Information

Judge Will Look Into Documents to See if There's Any Private Family Information in it

ST. CLOUD, Minn.-Several Minnesota journalism groups want to intervene to release documents from the 1989 abduction and killing of Jacob Wetterling. The request was filed Tuesday by the Minnesota Newspaper Association, the Minnesota Broadcasters Association and other media organizations. A judge this month blocked the scheduled release of the documents at the request of Jacob’s parents. Patty and Jerry Wetterling…

Complaint: Woman Blames Video Stunt for Boyfriend’s Death

Mona Lisa Perez HALSTAD, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota woman charged in the fatal shooting of her boyfriend told authorities it was a video stunt gone wrong. Monalisa Perez, of Halstad, was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Pedro Ruiz III. According to the criminal complaint, the 19-year-old Perez told authorities Ruiz wanted to make a YouTube…

Witnesses Heard Engine Backfire Before Fatal Wisconsin Plane Crash

CHETEK, Wis. (AP) – A preliminary report from federal aviation investigators says witnesses described hearing an engine backfire before a small plane crashed in Wisconsin last month, killing the teenage pilot and seriously injuring a passenger. The Leader-Telegram reports that the National Transportation Safety Board interviewed several witnesses who were fishing in a pond near the Red Cedar River at…

Citizens Call for St. Anthony Mayor to Resign

St. Anthony Mayor Jerry Faust left and Police Chief Jon Mangseth packed up after listing to community members speak about racial profiling Tuesday. (Jerry Holt – Star Tribune) ST. ANTHONY, Minn. (AP) – Residents of a Minnesota city that employed the police officer who fatally shot a black motorist during a traffic stop are calling for the mayor’s resignation. Citizens…

Budget Talks Break Down in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis.-Budget talks between Wisconsin state Assembly and Senate Republicans have broken down. Leaders from both sides on Tuesday called each other’s position on how to pay for road construction projects “laughable.” A meeting with Republican leaders abruptly ended after 40 minutes. Both sides are scheduled to meet separately and privately on Wednesday. Leaders also have a meeting with Gov….

Battle Continues Over Legislative Funding in Minnesota

October Court Decision Could Decide Fate of Case

ST. PAUL, Minn.-A Minnesota judge is considering whether Gov. Mark Dayton’s veto of the Legislature’s funding was unconstitutional. The bitter legal dispute between the Democratic governor and Republican-controlled Legislature had its first hearing in Ramsey County court. Chief Judge John Guthmann is also consider an agreement between the two sides to temporarily fund the Legislature through October while the case…

Universal Presses Bid to Void Music Deal with Prince Estate

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Lawyers for Universal Music Group have renewed their request that a Minnesota judge cancel the company’s music rights deal with prince’s estate, saying UMG will otherwise have to sue in litigation that could keep fans from hearing new music from Prince’s vault for years. In a court filing made public Tuesday, Comerica Bank & Trust, which serves…

FBI: Bones Are Not Those of Missing Wisconsin Boy

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) – The FBI has determined that bone fragments dug up from a yard 27 years ago are not those of a 5-year-old Wisconsin boy who vanished in 1983. (Photo: Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department files) Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Departing Inspector Jim Resseeuw tells USA Today Network-Wisconsin the bones were determined to have come from animals. That…

Not Guilty Pleas for Man Accused of Killing Deputy

Doug Nitek LADYSMITH, Wis. (AP) – Not guilty pleas have been entered on behalf of a man accused of killing a Rusk County sheriff’s deputy. Dan Glaze Forty-four-year-old Doug Nitek is facing 31 charges, including first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Deputy Dan Glaze. Nitek appeared in Rusk County Circuit Court Monday where his attorneys entered the pleas on…

Senate GOP Leaders Delay Health Care Vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bruising setback, Senate Republican leaders are delaying a vote on their prized health care bill until after the July 4 recess, forced to retreat by a GOP rebellion that left them lacking enough votes to even begin debating the legislation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., delivered the message to GOP senators Tuesday at a…

52-Year Sentence in Homicide, Kidnapping, and Sexual Assault Case

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) – The man accused of killing a woman in Bemidji and kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl in her care has been sentenced to 52 Jacob Kinn years in prison. Thirty-three-year-old Jacob Kinn earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree unintentional murder, kidnapping, and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Kinn testified he strangled Melissa Norby with a belt at…

NSTB Report says Fabric Tears Caused Blimp Crash at US Open

Source: Twitter / Adam JohnsonERIN, Wis. (AP) – Officials say tears in the fabric envelope of a hot-air blimp caused it to crash their the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. The preliminary report form the National Transportation Safety Board on Monday says the airship was returning to the Erin airport on June 15 because winds were too strong….

Audit Says Senate Healthcare Bill Would Leave 22 Million Uninsured

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate health care bill would result in 22 million more uninsured Americans over the next decade compared to current law. That’s according to an analysis Monday from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The figure may further complicate Senate GOP leaders’ plans to pass their bill this week. It’s barely an improvement upon the health care bill…

UMD Police to Get Body Cameras

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota university is testing body cameras on its police officers for the next two months. The Minnesota Daily  reports that the University of Minnesota Police Department started giving officers tester body cameras June 14. University police department Chief Matt Clark says the university’s Twin Cities, Duluth and Morris campuses are each testing different camera brands. Mike Berthelsen…

Vikings Player Floyd Expected to Appear in Arizona Court

Fox News SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Vikings wide receiving Michael Floyd is expected to appear in Arizona court after being flagged for alcohol tests that are part of his monitoring for house arrest in Minnesota. The Scottsdale City Court hearing Monday will give Floyd a chance to make his case regarding the failed breathalyzer tests and one he missed earlier…

JK Rowling Marks 20 Years Since Harry Potter Appeared

AP LONDON (AP) – Wizarding legend Harry Potter’s tale has turned 20. Author J.K. Rowling’s first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was published in Britain on June 26, 1997. Since then, it has sold more than 450 million copies world wide and has been translated into 79 languages. The books’ magical world has inspired multiple films, spinoffs, memorabilia,…

Wisconsin Lawmakers Consider Introducing Highway Tolling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin lawmakers are considering introducing highway tolling in the state as part of the next state budget. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the tolls would help pay for road construction and repairs. The state’s business lobby and members of the tourism, hospitality, and manufacturing sectors say tolls could deter tourists, increase the cost of transporting…

Part of Trump Travel Ban Approved by Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Supreme Court is letting the Trump administration mostly enforce its 90-day ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, overturning lower court orders that blocked it. The action Monday is a victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency. The court did leave one category of foreigners protected, those “with a…

Man Stabbed to Death in Madison

Victim was Pronounced Dead at the Scene

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Madison police say a 52-year-old man is dead after a stabbing in an apartment. Officers were called to a four-unit building on West Badger Road about 5:30 a.m. Saturday. The victim was dead at the scene. Police say he was stabbed multiple times. Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says authorities have detained a 27-year-old man described as…

Plot Targeting Mecca’s Grand Mosque Foiled

11 People Were Wounded as Saudi Security Forces Prevented Suicide Bomber from Attacking Holy Site

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) Lebanon’s Hezbollah has condemned a bombing near the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Saudi security officials said Saturday that a suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends. The suicide attacker was killed, while the blast…

Death Toll in Pakistan Attacks Rises to 85

Country Rocked by Three Bombings

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) A Pakistani official says the death toll from twin bombings at a crowded market at northwestern town of Parachinar has risen to 67, bringing the overall death toll from three separate attacks to 85. Shahid Khan, a government official in Parachinar, said Saturday that many of the victims of the Friday attacks are in critical condition and…

Former Teacher Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting Student

Joel Janke Will Serve Six Years in Prison

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP)  A former Chippewa Falls science teacher has been sentenced to six years in prison for the sexual assault of a student. Joel Jahnke had pleaded no contest to three felony counts, including second degree sexual assault of a child. The victim was 13 years old when she was assaulted. Jahnke admitted to touching the girl inappropriately…

Three Wounded in Twin Cities Shooting

Police Arrested Suspected Shooter

LITTLE CANADA, Minn. (AP)  Authorities say three people were shot and injured following an altercation in a Twin Cities suburb. The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened early Saturday morning near a restaurant and bar in Little Canada. Officers received one call about a report of a disorderly party and another call of a shooting in the area….

Gov. Walker Going on Road to Promote Cheese

MADISON, Wis.-Gov. Scott Walker is hitting the road to promote cheese. Walker announced Friday that economic development officials, members of his cabinet, lawmakers and University of Wisconsin officials will be spreading out across the state to celebrate growing cheese companies. Walker is kicking off “Wisconsin Cheese Day” on Monday with a stop at Klondike Cheese in Monroe. Others will be…

ACLU Accuses Minnesota Officers of Brutalizing Suspect

MINNEAPOLIS-The American Civil Liberties Union is accusing law enforcement officers in Minnesota of a brutal attack on an assault suspect. The group’s Minnesota chapter released squad car video Thursday that it says shows excessive force during the arrest in Worthington last July of 22-year-old Anthony Promvongsa. It shows a drug task force agent pulling over the suspect’s vehicle, then kneeing…

Twins Fans can Exchange Tickets to Delayed White Sox Game

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Twins say fans with tickets to Thursday’s rain-delayed game against the Chicago White Sox can exchange those tickets for a future Twins home game later this season. The tickets can be exchanged for games from Aug. 29 through the end of the season, depending on availability. Tickets may be exchanged at the Target Field Ticket…

Judges Affirm ‘Making a Murderer’ Confession was Coerced

CHICAGO (AP) — The confession of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” was improperly obtained and he should be released from prison, a three-judge federal appeals panel ruled Thursday. Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in photographer Teresa Halbach’s death on Halloween two years earlier. Dassey told detectives he helped his…

US Officials Lift Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Protections

HELENA, Mont. (AP) – U.S. government officials say grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park region are no longer threatened, and they will lift protections that have bene in place for more than 40 years. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday that the recovery of Yellowstone’s grizzlies is one of the nation’s great conservation success stories. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife…

Senate GOP Releases Bill to Cut Medicaid, Alter ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama’s health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid for low-income Americans and erase tax boosts that Obama imposed on high-earners and medical companies to finances his expansion of coverage. The bill would provide less-generous tax credits to help people buy insurance and let states get…

Trump Says He Didn’t Tape His Conversations with Comey

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he “did not make” and doesn’t have any recordings of his private conversations with James Comey — his fired FBI director. Trump also tweets that he has “no idea” whether other “tapes” or recordings exist. Trump has disputed Comey’s assertion that Trump asked Comey for a pledge of loyalty during…

Assembly Passes Ban on Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Republican-controlled state Assembly has passed a bill designed to prohibit people with pre-existing health conditions from being excluded from health insurance coverage. Republicans brought the issue up after midnight on Thursday. It was not scheduled for debate and there was no notice that the Assembly planned to take up the issue. It passed on a…

Walker Approves Ending Work Permits for 16-17 Year Olds

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill into law that eliminates requirements that 16 and 17 year olds get parental permission to work. Walker signed the bill Wednesday. Republicans in the Legislature who supported the measure argued it would make it easier for children without parents to work. Democratic opponents countered that doing away with the…

Flu Vaccine Ineffective for People 65 and Older Last Winter

NEW YORK (AP) — The flu vaccine did a poor job protecting older Americans against the illness last winter, even though the vaccine was well-matched to the flu bugs going around. U.S. health officials on Wednesday released new vaccine data showing it did a so-so job overall. The vaccine was about 42 percent effective in preventing illness severe enough to…

Milwaukee Jury Finds Officer Not Guilty in Shooting Death of Sylville Smith

Dominique Heaggan-Brown listens to the statement he made to investigators after the shooting is read back to him in court on Friday, June 16, 2017 (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)     MILWAUKEE (AP) – Sylville Smith (Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office via AP) A Milwaukee jury has acquitted a former police officer of first-degree reckless homicide in the shooting of a black…

Assembly GOP Leaders say Budget Still Stalled over Roads

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Budget talks among Republicans who control the state Legislature remain stalled over how to pay for roads. Budget committee co-chair Rep. John Nygren said Wednesday that Senate Republicans want to increase the level of borrowing to pay for roads beyond the nearly half billion dollars that Gov. Scott Walker proposed. Nygren says transportation funding is the…

Flint Airport Officer Stabbed in the Neck

FLINT, Mich. (AP) – Authorities say a police officer injured at the airport in Flint, Michigan, was stabbed in the neck and his condition is improving. Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said the officer stabbed Wednesday morning is Lt. Jeff Neville with the Bishop International Airport Police. Shaw says Neville’s condition also has been upgraded from critical to stable…

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Exits Health Care Exchange

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is pulling out of the federal health care exchange in Wisconsin. Anthem blames a volatile market for its exit from the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Anthem spokesman Jeff Blunt says making pricing plans is increasingly difficult because of a shrinking and deteriorating individual market. The Associated Press says Anthem also cites…

University of Minnesota to Raise Tuition this Fall

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The University of Minnesota will raise tuition at its Twin Cities campus this fall. The Pioneer Press reports that the university’s board voted Tuesday to approve university President Eric Kaler’s recommended budget, which will raise tuition by 2-percent for Minnesota residents and 12.5-percent for nonresidents at the Twin Cities campus. Kaler says the 2-percent rate…

Hacker Angered by Officer’s Acquittal Claims Attack on State

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A hacker upset about last week’s acquittal of a Minnesota police officer who shot and killed a black motorist claims to have stolen hundreds of email addresses from a state database. Minnesota’s Information Technology Services department confirmed a cyberattack Tuesday, but officials said they didn’t know what inspired the attack and they were still investigating. The…

Minnesota Leaders Approve Deal for Pellet Plant, Ore Project

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota leaders have approved a lease agreement with a company that indents to complete construction on a pellet plant and another facility to produce high-grade iron ore. Minnesota Public Radio reports the governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and state auditor approved the agreement Monday with Chippewa Capital Partners. The deal gives the company and…

Squad Video of Castile Shooting Expected to be Made Public

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Authorities are planning to release evidence from their investigation into the Minnesota police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile, including squad-car camera video that shows last July’s deadly encounter. The evidence form the trial of officer Jeronimo Yanez is expected to be released Tuesday. While the video shows the shooting of Castile, it does not show…