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Scott Walker: I've Taken on Unions, So I Can Handle ISIS

Wis. governor isn't even officially running for president yet, but he seems confident

(Newser) - Scott Walker hasn't officially declared he's running for president, but the Wisconsin governor knows if he were president, he'd be able to handle ISIS. Why? Because he's taken on public unions. In a speech yesterday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (aka the "conservative Woodstock"... More »

Scott Walker: I Don't Know If Obama Loves His Country

'I've never asked him,' says Wisconsin governor

(Newser) - As Rudy Giuliani takes heat for comments questioning President Obama's love for his country , Scott Walker, a leading Republican 2016 contender, says he doesn't know how Obama feels. "You should ask the president what he thinks about America," the Wisconsin governor tells the AP. "I'... More »

Guy Tries to Stop Robbery, Gets Charged With Felony

Jeff Steele reportedly threatened robber with Taser he had no permit for

(Newser) - A man who tried to stop a robbery in a Wisconsin bar has been charged with a felony because he wasn't supposed to be carrying the Taser he allegedly threatened the suspect with. According to WKBT-TV , Jeff Steele was at the King's Korner bar in La Crosse just... More »

Workers Shovel All Winter So Widower Can Honor Wife

They volunteered to keep path clear for 82-year-old

(Newser) - Two park employees in Fond du Lac, Wis., have been shoveling a lot of extra snow this winter in the name of love. Since Bud Caldwell's wife of 56 years died two years ago, the 82-year-old has been visiting a bench dedicated to her in the park every day... More »

'Therapy Kangaroo' Kicked Out of Wisc. McDonald's

Even though woman says she has a doctor's note

(Newser) - While she may not have been hopping mad, a Wisconsin woman certainly wasn't happy about being told to leave a McDonald's in Beaver Dam with the animal she says is her support kangaroo. According to TMJ4 , police told Diane Moyer to leave the restaurant after a customer complained... More »

Wisconsin Crater Yields One of the Rarest Minerals

450M-year-old reidite find is most ancient yet

(Newser) - Reidite is one of the rarest minerals on earth—it's been found in only four places. The most recent is Rock Elm, Wisconsin, where scientists discovered the material in a crater, Phys.org reports. The crater has been around since the geologic period known as the Middle Ordovician, and... More »

Police Baffled by Diamond Ring on Xmas Tree

Wisconsin cops say someone left it there on purpose

(Newser) - A Wisconsin police department is trying to figure out who left a diamond ring on its Christmas tree. Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell posted a note on his department's Facebook page yesterday, asking if anyone knew where the ring came from. He says the diamonds are real. Police think... More »

'Screech' Charged in Wisconsin Bar Stabbing

Bail set at $10K for 'Saved by the Bell' star Dustin Diamond, who claims self-defense

(Newser) - The misadventures of Screech don't take a break during the holidays. Dustin Diamond, known for playing the geeky character on "Saved by the Bell," was arrested early this morning after a man was stabbed in a Wisconsin bar with a switchblade, the AP reports. Diamond was charged... More »

Ex-Cop Who Killed Mentally Ill Black Man Not Charged

Christopher Manney shot Dontre Hamilton in self-defense: Milwaukee prosecutor

(Newser) - Christopher Manney, a white Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot Dontre Hamilton, a mentally ill black man, won't face criminal charges because he shot Hamilton in self-defense, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said today. Manney shot 31-year-old Hamilton on April 30 after responding to a call about a... More »

Slender Man Suspects Ruled Fit for Trial

Girls were 12 when they allegedly stabbed classmate

(Newser) - Two Wisconsin girls who allegedly stabbed a classmate 19 times to please the "Slender Man" fictional online character are competent to stand trial, a judge has decided. Both girls, who were 12 when they allegedly tried to kill another 12-year-old girl after a sleepover, have been charged as adults.... More »

Drunk-Driving Suspect Blames Fried Fish

Must have been the beer batter, he tells cops

(Newser) - It was all the fish's fault, a Wisconsin man with nine drunk-driving convictions told officers when he was stopped for driving erratically. According to a police incident report, John Przybyla had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol, but when a deputy asked the 75-year-old how much he had had... More »

Autopsy: Gymnast's Head Crushed by Dumbwaiter

Brooke Baures killed in freak accident at Wisconsin restaurant

(Newser) - An autopsy finds that a waitress died of severe head injuries after getting her head caught in a dumbwaiter at a Wisconsin restaurant last week, police said yesterday. Fountain City Police Chief Jason Mork released the autopsy results for 21-year-old Brooke Baures, a senior and standout gymnast at Winona State... More »

Body of Student Gymnast Found in Dumbwaiter

No foul play suspected at restaurant in Wisconsin

(Newser) - A college gymnast is dead after what appears to be a freak accident at the restaurant where she worked: Brooke Baures was found in its dumbwaiter, reports NBC Chicago . The body of the 21-year-old senior at Winona State University in Minnesota was discovered Monday evening in the food elevator of... More »

Black Friday in Milwaukee Means Long Lines for Beer

Hundreds huddled outside Lakefront Brewery for limited-edition brew

(Newser) - Some people wait for hours in the cold to buy cheap televisions or video games. People in Wisconsin do it for beer. About 800 people were in line by 8am today—waiting in 15-degree, snowy weather—outside of Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee to buy a limited-edition Black Friday brew. In... More »

Governors: Scott Walker, Rick Scott Win; Wendy Davis Loses

Charlie Crist's comeback falls short

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott will not hand his job back to former Gov. Charlie Crist. The Republican Scott fended off the challenge from Republican-turned-Democrat Crist tonight in one of the higher-profile races of the 36 gubernatorial contests on the ballot. Elsewhere, Wisconsin's Scott Walker defeated Mary Burke to keep... More »

RNC Co-Chair: Wisconsin Voters Not That Sharp

Sharon Day tries to explain dead heat in governor's race

(Newser) - With polls showing the Wisconsin governor's race in a dead heat, Republican National Committee co-chair Sharon Day picked a pretty bad time to imply that some of the state's voters are stupid. While speaking of the need to support GOP incumbent Scott Walker, Day said some voters might... More »

Courts: Voters Don't Need ID at Wisconsin, Texas Polls

Critics say requiring ID now would 'virtually guarantee chaos at the polls'

(Newser) - Advocates of voter ID laws say they help address absentee voter issues; critics say the laws are discriminatory against poor, elderly, and minority voters. Two courts went with the nays last night in Wisconsin and Texas, blocking identification requirements at the polls that some say would have "virtually [guaranteed]... More »

Couple Pulled Over for DUI Had Sex in Cop Car

Judge at sentencing says behavior of Travis Husnik, Heather Basten was 'outlandish'

(Newser) - Most people who get pulled over for drunk driving and hauled away in a squad car probably keep their pants on (just a guess). Then again, most people aren't Travis Husnik and Heather Basten. The Wisconsin couple, ages 33 and 29 respectively, were being taken to the Oconto County... More »

Bridesmaids Brave Mud for Bride Killed in Crash

Friends and family wear dresses in Wisconsin 'Udder Mudder'

(Newser) - A group of would-be bridesmaids took part in a mud run on Saturday and wore their bridesmaid dresses through every inch of muck. It was all to honor the bride-to-be, Shannon Hall, who died in a car accident earlier this month. "We thought it would be a good '... More »

Court Rejects 2 More Gay Marriage Bans

Indiana, Wisconsin bans 'totally implausible,' judge says

(Newser) - Two more state bans on gay marriage were rejected as unconstitutional yesterday—the day after a federal judge in Louisiana broke a chain of more than 20 consecutive rulings overturning other bans . The US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, based in Chicago, ruled against the bans in Wisconsin... More »

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