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Federal Judge Strikes Down Another State's Voting Restrictions

This time in Wisconsin

(Newser) - The same day a federal judge ruled North Carolina's voter ID law was racially discriminatory and unconstitutional, a federal judge made a similar ruling in Wisconsin. While he didn't strike down the state's entire 2011 voter ID law, Judge James Peterson did repeal big chunks of it,... More »

Cop Had Sex Nearly 100 Times While on the Job

Wisconsin officer John Worden has resigned

(Newser) - A Wisconsin police officer has resigned after it was revealed last month that he had sex 98 times while on duty and spent four to six hours per work day on personal calls using his Hudson Police Department phone, the Hudson Star-Observer reports. Back in April, a woman filed a... More »

Court Delivers Blow to 'Slender Man' Girls

Upholds lower court ruling to try suspects as adults

(Newser) - A Wisconsin state appeals court ruled Wednesday that two girls accused of trying to kill their classmate in an attempt to please the fictional horror character "Slender Man" should be tried as adults. The 2nd District Appeals court, in a pair of rulings, affirmed a lower court's determination... More »

Teen to Celebrate 'Last Dance' Before Ending Her Life

Jerika Bolen is going to prom before putting an end to the pain from her incurable illness

(Newser) - Jerika Bolen wakes up every morning with another day ahead of her hooked up to a ventilator and wracked by terrible pain, caused by an incurable illness that usually kills its sufferers when they're in their teens. But the purple-haired 14-year-old from Appleton, Wis., has decided to wrest control... More »

The Grown Woman Who Joined a School Cheer Team

Wendy Brown stole her daughter's identity to realize a long-lost dream

(Newser) - The Atlantic sat down with a woman who, at the age of 33, stole her daughter's identity in order to live out her fantasy of being a high-school cheerleader. Wendy Brown's story made headlines back in 2008; now she explains what she was thinking when she walked into... More »

Thieves Nab 20K Pounds of Cheese From Truck

Anyone transporting crackers should be on high alert

(Newser) - It's a caper of grand proportion in a state that loves its cheddar. The AP reports 20,000 pounds of cheese has vanished from southeastern Wisconsin. The cheese, produced by US Foods, was in a semitrailer parked at a business in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek when it... More »

How This Woman Just Made the FBI's Most Wanted List

Shanika Minor has been on the run for months after alleged murder

(Newser) - Three days after 24-year-old Shanika Minor allegedly shot and killed a nine-months-pregnant neighbor in Milwaukee on March 6, she was charged with murdering both the woman and her unborn child. Then in late April, the feds added charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, reports CBS News . Now, nearly four... More »

Sex Assault Charge Leads to Sobbing Mugshot

Anthony Zingale allegedly held knife to woman for sex

(Newser) - There's nothing at all amusing about the serious charges a Wisconsin man is facing—but his mugshot is getting a few pokes on the Internet. Anthony Zingale, 19, is accused of threatening a Plymouth woman with a knife in a rape attempt at a house party Saturday night, the... More »

Mom Rented Van, Vanished With 3 Sons for 2 Weeks

They've now been found safe

(Newser) - On May 9, Michalene Melges rented a van in Lake Bluff, Ill., more than 40 miles away from her home in Lake Geneva, Wis. She called her sons' school and asked for the boys to be excused for a vacation May 10 to 13. And then they vanished, with the... More »

Long-Lost Daughter Calls Mom After 83 Years

Eileen Wagner never expected to see her daughter again

(Newser) - Eileen Wagner kept a secret for over 80 years—and it was a big one. As a teenager living in a Green Bay suburb in 1932, she was raped by a boy, sent to a home for pregnant girls, and forced to give up the child for adoption. "In... More »

Lawmaker's Residence Under Scrutiny for Airbnb Ad

Frank Lasee stays in 2 different places

(Newser) - If Frank Lasee ran for office using his wife's house as his primary residence, he'd have to run against incumbent Paul Ryan—which the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says would be "political suicide." Instead, the GOP state senator looking to fill a soon-to-be-vacant congressional seat says he... More »

2-Year-Old in Backseat Shoots, Kills Mom

Gun reportedly belonged to security guard boyfriend

(Newser) - A young mother of three was fatally shot while driving with her kids on Tuesday. But this was no road-rage shooting, and the bullet came from the seat behind her. Patrice Price, 26, was driving her boyfriend's car on Highway 175 in Milwaukee around 10:30am when she suffered... More »

2 Injured in Wisconsin Prom Shooting; Gunman Killed

Shooter's identity, motive remain unknown

(Newser) - An 18-year-old gunman opened fire outside of a high school prom in northern Wisconsin, wounding two students before a police officer who was in the parking lot fatally shot him, authorities said Sunday. The attack happened late Saturday outside the Antigo High School prom, said Eric Roller, the chief of... More »

Officer Shoots Hatchet-Wielding Woman in Wal-Mart

The developmentally disabled woman died Friday

(Newser) - A police officer fatally shot a developmentally disabled woman inside a Wisconsin Wal-Mart after she refused to drop a hatchet she had grabbed from a shelf, the AP reports. Chippewa County sheriff Jim Kowalczyk says the woman was shopping with chaperones Friday at the store in Lake Hallie. The sheriff... More »

Wisconsin Could Be Big Setback for Clinton, Trump

Polls suggest front-runners will struggle

(Newser) - Wisconsin holds its primaries Tuesday, and polls suggest that the Badger State is about to deliver big setbacks for both front-runners. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both insist they can win the state, the Washington Post reports, but if recent polls are correct, Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz will be... More »

Cops: Teen Girl Pepper-Sprayed at Trump Rally Should Be Charged

They say she punched a Trump supporter in 'an act of violence'

(Newser) - Investigators said Thursday that they're recommending a disorderly conduct charge be filed against a 15-year-old girl who was pepper-sprayed after she punched a man at a Donald Trump rally in Wisconsin, the AP reports. Video of the altercation on Tuesday shows the girl hit a 59-year-old man in the... More »

Cops: Girl Groped, Pepper-Sprayed Outside Trump Rally

Paul Ryan's name caused boos at rally in his hometown

(Newser) - Donald Trump has encountered protesters as well as hostile radio hosts in Wisconsin, and one of those demonstrators told police that things turned very ugly outside a rally in Janesville on Tuesday. Police say a 15-year-old girl was groped and pepper-sprayed in the face outside the rally in Paul Ryan'... More »

Scott Walker: I'm 'Proud' to Back Ted Cruz

Wisconsin governor says Cruz is 'best-positioned candidate' to take on Hillary

(Newser) - In a move that USA Today calls "not surprising," Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker offered up his "proud" endorsement for Ted Cruz on Tuesday, and he swears it's a real show of support he's throwing behind the Texas senator, not a protest vote against Donald Trump,... More »

Trump Gets a Rough Ride on Wisconsin Radio

Conservative host calls him a fraud and a bully

(Newser) - Judging from how he handled Megyn Kelly's questioning, Donald Trump may be about to go to war with more than one conservative radio host in Wisconsin. The candidate got a rough ride when he called radio shows in the state on Monday, with WTMJ host Charlie Sykes calling him... More »

Woman Reports Abandoned Baby, Learns He's Her Grandson

17-year-old gave birth unexpectedly on Tuesday

(Newser) - Braeley Pettigrew wasn't feeling well and thought she might have a stomach flu. Instead, during a visit to the bathroom early Tuesday, she gave birth to a baby boy in the toilet. Then she started to panic, police say , per the Journal Times . After cutting the umbilical cord and... More »

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