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'Flash Mob' Robs $30K Worth of Goods

And so far, they've gotten away with it

(Newser) - It was all over in less than 30 seconds. Police say a "flash mob" of ten people ransacked a North Face store in Wisconsin on Monday and took roughly $30,000 in merchandise, ABC News reports. "Ten black males entered the store and each grabbed as much merchandise... More »

This Is America's Most Patriotic State

New Hampshire tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - It's Independence Day—do you know how patriotic your state is? WalletHub looked at 13 factors, including voting numbers, volunteerism rates, military engagement, trial and grand jury participation, the share of residents participating in groups or organizations, and even a state's civics education requirement. Based on all that,... More »

Wife Dead, Husband Missing in Lake Michigan Diving Accident

Man who failed to surface is presumed dead

(Newser) - An Illinois woman is dead and her husband is missing, presumed dead after a diving accident in Lake Michigan off the shore of Milwaukee, officials say. The Coast Guard says Susan and James Winn, both 53, were diving with three others around 17 miles from the shore on Friday, Fox... More »

10 Best States to Call Home

Bay Staters have it pretty good

(Newser) - California may be the " most fun " state, but it's far from best, according to WalletHub 's latest ranking. To find the best US state to call home, the site compared affordability, economy, education and health, quality of life, and safety—providing each of the 50 states... More »

DNA Arrest of 82-Year-Old Leaves Town in Shock

Ray Vannieuwenhoven is accused in a 1976 double murder

(Newser) - All it took was a licked envelope, and Wisconsin police arrested 82-year-old handyman Ray Vannieuwenhoven for allegedly murdering a young couple on a camping trip in 1976—but some people are struggling to believe it, the AP reports. "I said, 'You gotta be kidding me,'" said... More »

Family of Inmate Who Died of Dehydration Will Get $6.75M

Jail staff cut water to Milwaukee man's cell

(Newser) - The family of an inmate who died a slow death from dehydration after water to his cell was cut off has received one of the largest settlements for a jail death in American history. Terrill Thomas, 38, died in solitary confinement in April 2016, seven days after water was cut... More »

Millennial Wins 3rd-Biggest Jackpot in US History

Wisconsin man quit his job 2 days after winning

(Newser) - A 24-year-old Wisconsin man stepped forward Tuesday to claim a $768 million Powerball prize, the nation's third-largest lottery jackpot , saying he "pretty much felt lucky" the day he bought his tickets and has been worried that people want to steal his ticket, the AP reports. Manuel Franco, of... More »

Teen Allegedly Typed Plan Before Killing Grandparents

Alexander Kraus faces 2 counts of first-degree murder

(Newser) - A 17-year-old typed out pages on how he planned to fatally shoot his grandparents and law enforcement found those notes with a book on an executioner in the teen's backpack after he called 911 and confessed to the killings, prosecutors in Wisconsin said Tuesday. Alexander Kraus was charged Tuesday... More »

Really Good News for 1st Powerball Winner of 2019

Wisconsin ticket buyer gets 3rd largest US lottery jackpot ever

(Newser) - A single ticket sold in Wisconsin matched all six numbers in the Wednesday night Powerball drawing to win the third-largest jackpot in US lottery history. Due to strong ticket sales, the jackpot climbed to an estimated $768.4 million at the time of the drawing. Powerball said the winning numbers... More »

Girl's Accused Kidnapper: 'I Don't Think Like a Serial Killer'

Jake Patterson says he'll plead guilty as a way to shield Jayme Closs from a trial

(Newser) - "The reason I did this is complicated." So writes the Wisconsin man awaiting trial in the October murders of James and Denise Closs and the kidnapping of their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme. Jake Patterson responded to questions sent by KARE11 reporter Lou Raguse with a letter of his own.... More »

Man Busted for Breaking Quarantine to Squeeze In a Workout

Wisconsin's Jeffery Murawski allegedly was 'going crazy' during measles mandate

(Newser) - Possible contagious disease be damned—some people just can't miss shoulder day. NBC News reports on charges filed last month against Wisconsin man Jeffery Murawski, who'd been quarantined for measles in his Brookfield home last year but allegedly broke that quarantine to go to Gold's Gym. ABC... More »

Cheer Coaches Banned From Competition Over Gag Awards

Wisconsin coaches gave out 'Big Booty,' 'Big Boobie' awards at banquet

(Newser) - The coaches of a Wisconsin cheerleading squad have been banned from a competition following complaints about a banquet that included gag awards for team members' breasts and buttocks, per the AP . The Kenosha News reports that Kenosha Unified School District's superintendent says the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches is... More »

News From Steven Avery's Lawyer: 'We Won!'

Kathleen Zellner says subject of Netflix's 'Making a Murderer' has won his motion to appeal

(Newser) - With one tweet, a big victory for one of the subjects of Netflix's Making a Murderer has been revealed. "We Won!!!!!! Back to the circuit court," Steven Avery's lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, posted Monday afternoon, announcing the news that her most high-profile client had won his motion... More »

Attraction at New Museum: 6.5K Bobbleheads

Even Donald Trump is represented at Milwaukee's latest attraction

(Newser) - A new museum in Milwaukee may well hold the largest collection of bobbleheads anyone has ever seen, displaying more than 6,500 figures of athletes, mascots, celebrities, animals, cartoon characters, politicians, and more. The recently opened National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is the brainchild of friends Phil Sklar... More »

Foxconn: Trump Changed Our Mind

The Taiwanese company will build a smaller plant in Wisconsin

(Newser) - Foxconn Technology Group said Friday that after its chairman spoke directly with President Donald Trump the Taiwanese company will proceed with plans to construct a plant in Wisconsin that will make liquid crystal display screens that can be used for small electronic devices, the AP reports. The news capped a... More »

Foxconn Changes Course on Big Wisconsin Plan

Operation in the state will be devoted mostly to R&D, not manufacturing as originally planned

(Newser) - Electronics giant Foxconn reversed course and announced Wednesday that the massive Wisconsin operation that was supposed to bring a bounty of blue-collar manufacturing jobs back to the Midwest—and was offered billions of dollars in incentives from the state—will instead be devoted mostly to research and development, the AP... More »

Cops: Fired Valet Brutally Killed Nurse Found in Parking Garage

Kenneth Freeman says he 'deliberately and purely murdered' Carlie Beaudin

(Newser) - The nurse practitioner found frozen under a vehicle at a Milwaukee County hospital was brutally murdered by a former valet, authorities say. Kenneth Freeman, who was fired by a parking services provider at Froedtert Hospital in October, has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of 33-year-old Carlie... More »

Nurse Dies After Being Found Frozen Underneath Vehicle

Carlie Beaudin was unconscious, bleeding in hospital parking garage

(Newser) - Deputies in Wisconsin who were dispatched to the parking structure of a Milwaukee County hospital at 3:45am Friday found a horrifying sight: Carlie Beaudin, a 33-year-old nurse practitioner, frozen to the ground and unconscious beneath a vehicle that had crashed into the wall of the Froedtert Hospital garage. She... More »

Deputies Passed a Single Car en Route to Closs Home

It was allegedly Jake Patterson's car

(Newser) - During Jake Patterson's arraignment on Monday, Jayme Closs' family sat on the prosecution's side in court. So too did Patterson's father, at least until he was asked by a deputy to move to the defense's side. CNN reports it tried to speak with Patrick Patterson Tuesday... More »

Jayme Closs' Family: We're Not Pressing for Details

Aunt recalls the moment she heard the good news

(Newser) - The family of Jayme Closs says it's not pressing the 13-year-old for details on her three-month ordeal . "We have to take little steps," one of her aunts, Sue Allard, tells CBS News . "Jayme, when she's ready to talk, she will." Allard; another aunt, Lynn... More »

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