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Jackson County authorities looking for wanted man
Jackson County authorities need help finding a wanted man awaiting sentencing for sexually assaulting a child.

Prairie du Chien driver hospitalized after crash
TOWN OF FRANKLIN -- A 75-year-old Prairie du Chien man was injured Wednesday in a one-car accident caused by a medical problem.

Kohl's donates $30K for anti-bullying PSAs
The Kohl?s Cares program donated $30,238 to the Gundersen Medical Foundation to produce public service announcements for the foundation?s Together Against Bullying campaign.

Despite project snags, Hwy. 33 expected to reopen Nov. 15
Commuters and other travelers who use Hwy. 33 to and from La Crosse will be relieved on Nov. 15 when it reopens after a construction closure that forced them to detour around Irish Hill for ei…

City to look at $1,000 penalty for ramp damage
Continued vandalism in three downtown La Crosse parking ramps led a city panel Wednesday to suggest a $1,000 fine for anyone caught damaging the new pay stations.

Dueling statistics, politics intertwined in Medicaid referendum
Dueling statistics are as much an issue as health care insurance coverage in the advisory referendums Nov. 4 in La Crosse County, 18 other counties and the city of Kenosha on whether the state…

Local unemployment dips to 3.6 percent, seven-year low
The local jobless rate fell to the lowest point since May 2008 as the La Crosse metro area gained about 500 jobs.

Minimum wage hike: Popular, but is it effective?
La Crosse County voters will have a chance to weigh in next month on whether the state should increase the minimum wage.

Allison Geyer: The problem with being a 'basic white girl'
White people can be such nerds.

As election nears, Burke highlights differences from Walker
With a year of campaigning behind her and less than two weeks before the November election, Mary Burke says she?s feeling more confident than ever about her decision to run for governor of Wisconsin.

La Crosse County whooping cough cases double last year's tally
The confirmation of 43 cases of whooping cough in La Crosse County this year ? nearly double last year?s total of 23 ? prompted the county health department to alert hospitals to be on the loo…

Update: Forecast favorable for eclipse viewing
Attention stargazers: The good news is that this afternoon's sunset will coincide with a partial solar eclipse. That means the sun -- when spied through eclipse glasses or other special viewin…

Stalker placed on probation
A victim testified Wednesday that she lives in constant fear because a man she didn?t know messed with her life.

Wisconsin unemployment: See trends by county
SEPTEMBER UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: The ratio of unemployed (those with no employment but were available for work and had made specific efforts to find employment some time during the four week-perio…

Two UW-L administrators hit by car
Two University of Wisconsin-La Crosse administrators were injured Tuesday when a car struck them on State Street.


National News
Canada's Harper pledges tougher security laws after attack

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a nationally televised address on CBC in this still image taken from video courtesy of CBC in Ottawa,By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged more surveillance and detention powers for security forces in Canada on Thursday after a gunman killed a soldier and raced through parliament before being shot dead. Addressing the House of Commons just meters from the spot where the gunman, a reported convert to Islam, was shot dead on Wednesday, Harper said lawmakers would expedite new powers to counter the threat of radicals. "The objective of these attacks was to instill fear and panic in our country," Harper said. ...

Islamic State militants seize Iraq village, press assault on Yazidis
By Saif Sameer and Ned Parker BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State wrested a Sunni Muslim village in western Iraq on Thursday from tribal defenders who put up weeks of fierce resistance, and the insurgents tightened a siege of the Yazidi minority on a mountain in the north. The attacks showed Islamic State's continued operating resilience despite air strikes by U.S. ...

Suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnap 25 girls in northeast Nigeria
By Imma Ande and Isaac Abrak YOLA/ABUJA (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses said, despite talks on freeing over 200 other female hostages they seized in April. John Kwaghe, who witnessed the attack and lost three daughters to the abductors, and Dorathy Tizhe, who lost two, said the kidnappers came late in the night, forcing all the women to go with them, then later releasing the older ones. ...

U.S.-led air strikes killed 521 fighters, 32 civilians in Syria: monitor

Smoke and flames rise over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian borderBEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 521 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the vast majority of the deaths, 464, were militants from Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot which has grabbed large areas of Syria and neighboring Iraq. The attacks also killed 57 members of the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, the Observatory said. Six of the civilians were children and five were women, it added. ...

China does not rule out Tibet visit by U.N. rights chief

Jordan's Prince Zeid al-Hussein High Commissioner for Human Rights attends news conference at UN in GenevaBEIJING (Reuters) - China has not ruled out a visit by the United Nations human rights chief to its unrest-plagued regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, but said on Thursday he must apply through "appropriate channels". Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said last week he was in talks with Chinese authorities on visiting Tibet. Asked whether he would also visit Xinjiang, he did not rule out the possibility, but said it would be premature to discuss details of the trip. "China hopes to develop cooperation with the U.N. ...

Ukrainian PM warns Russia may try to disrupt Sunday's election

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk gives an interview on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New YorkBy Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's prime minister warned on Thursday of possible attempts by Russia to disrupt an election in Ukraine at the weekend, a vote being held against a background of Russian support for separatist rebels and an unresolved row over gas. Sunday's poll is the first parliamentary election since street protests last winter drove Moscow-backed leader Victor Yanukovich from office and ushered in a pro-Western leadership. ...

US stocks jump following strong corporate earnings

This Oct. 2, 2014 photo shows a Wall Street sign adjacent to the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Earnings gains from General Motors, 3M and other big companies are driving stocks sharply higher in early trading Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) ? U.S. stocks rose sharply in afternoon trading Thursday, driven by encouraging earnings from companies including Caterpillar and 3M. Investors were also encouraged by some positive manufacturing news out of Europe.

EU leaders produce more Ebola funding at summit

British Prime Minister David Cameron, center, speaks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. EU leaders will gather Thursday for a two-day summit in which they will discuss Ebola, climate change and the economy. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)BRUSSELS (AP) ? The European Union on Thursday came up with another 24.4 million euros ($31 million) to fight Ebola, as the bloc's leaders pressed to create a 1 billion-euro ($1.26 billion) fund to fight the deadly virus.

Top Asian News at 5:30 p.m. GMT
LAKE CHON, North Korea (AP) ? When North Korea opens its doors, it does so for a reason. So it was when the authoritarian government granted permission for a road trip so extensive that few North Koreans ? let alone a pair of American journalists ? could imagine taking it. We drove 2,150 kilometers (1,336 miles) in a country that has barely 25,000 kilometers of road, and only 724 kilometers of those paved. By the time we returned to the capital a week later, our Chinese-made Great Wall SUV had a few new scratches and one less hubcap.

US: IS earns $1M per day in black market oil sales

In this Dec. 1, 2011 file photo, Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Treasury Department says Islamic State militants are amassing wealth at an unprecedented pace, earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales alone. Cohen said Thursday that the militant group also has taken in at least $20 million in ransom payments this year from kidnappings. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Islamic State militants are amassing wealth at an unprecedented pace, earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales alone, a Treasury Department official said Thursday.

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