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Blind Cleric Serving Life Sentence Dies in Prison

BUTNER, N.C. (AP) _ A federal prison official says a blind Egyptian cleric serving a life sentence in the United States in connection with a failed plot to blow up landmarks in New York City has died. Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman…

Plaintiff in Roe v. Wade Passes Away

DALLAS (AP) Norma McCorvey, the ``Jane Roe'' at the center of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, has died. She was 69. Journalist Joshua Prager, who is working on a book about McCorvey, says she died Saturday…

Minnesota Lawmaker Strengthens Bid to Lead DNC

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) New Hampshire Democrat Ray Buckley has dropped out of the race for Democratic National Committee chair and is throwing his support behind Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison. Buckley's announcement comes a week before DNC members gather in Atlanta…

Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt as Head of EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Scott Pruitt was approved on Friday by a vote of 52-46. Pruitt served six years as Oklahoma's attorney general and was closely aligned…

White House Denies National Guard Immigration Roundup Report

(AP) - The Trump administration considered a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press. Staffers…

Wisconsin Lawmakers Ditch Plans to End Daylight Saving Time

MADISON (AP) - Two Republican lawmakers have scrapped a bill to end daylight saving time in Wisconsin amid a backlash on social media and now want to make the sunshine-extending time change permanent year-round in the state. Representatives Samantha Kerkman…

Rep. Kind Not Ruling Out Run for Governor Against Walker

MADISON (AP) - Democratic U.S. Representative Ron Kind says he is not ruling out a run for governor in 2018 against Republican Governor Scott Walker. The western Wisconsin congressman from La Crosse has frequently been mentioned as a possible candidate…

Trump Weighs Mobilizing National Guard for Immigration Roundups

UPDATE: http://www.fox21online.com/2017/02/17/white-house-denies-national-guard-immigration-roundup-report/ (AP) - A draft memo obtained by The Associated Press outlines a Trump administration proposal under consideration to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants. Millions of those who would be affected in…

Walker Signs Pro-Cheese Bill, First to Pass this Year

MADISON (AP) - Governor Scott Walker has signed into law the first bill to pass the Legislature this session, a measure to help Wisconsin's cheese industry. Walker on Thursday, signed the bill making it possible for tax incentives to be…

UW-Madison Students Demand Free Tuition for Black Students

MADISON (AP) - The University of Wisconsin-Madison's student government is demanding free tuition for black students. The Associated Students of Madison adopted a resolution Wednesday saying blacks were legally barred from education during slavery and that the flagship school remains…

Monopoly Doing Away with Classic Game Piece

(WTXF) - Hasbro has announced an iconic game token will be removed from the current Monopoly game. After nearly a month of voting, fans from around the world decided the Thimble Token will not "Pass GO" anymore in the next…

14-year-old Boy Accused of Fatally Shooting 2 Brothers

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) - Prosecutors have filed charges against a 14-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting two teenage brothers during a failed attempted to rob them of money and marijuana at a house in a Milwaukee suburb. Charging documents…

Minneapolis Man Shot by Chicago Amtrak Police Officer Dies

CHICAGO (AP) - A Minneapolis man who was shot by Amtrak police near Chicago's Union Station has died. Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says 25-year-old Chad Robertson died Wednesday. Robertson was taking a bus from Memphis to Minneapolis and was…

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