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Money & Politics: GOP has edge in fall elections
Sometimes it seems as though the predictive tools used in elections have become so powerful that actual voting is superfluous: The pollsters and pundits can just look at the data and declare t…

Sparta student grow their own greens -- hydroponically
SPARTA ? Students at Sparta High School ate lettuce Wednesday, that was grown just down the hall ? in the school?s greenhouse.

Eagles rescued, released after being balled up in battle
ONALASKA ? When bald eagles flared, humane society workers dared ? dared to step into the mortal combat and separate their talons.

Trails open for use after spring thaw
Trails in La Crosse city parks will open again for hiking and biking today after a nearly four-week closure to prevent damage during the spring thaw.

Logan assembly to honor 500 students
Logan High School will honor more than 500 students at 8:50 a.m. today at its 14th annual Academic Pep Assembly.

Four apply for La Crosse County Board vacancy
Four people have stepped forward to fill the District 9 La Crosse County Board seat vacated by Andrew Londre just a week after he was re-elected, a move that raised eyebrows and questions abou…

Family Fun Walk Saturday at Riverside
The Coulee Region Child Abuse Prevention Task Force will sponsor its 1-mile Family Fun Walk on Saturday in Riverside Park.

Sparta 5k promotes anti-smoking efforts
SPARTA -- The†Lung Bustin? Justin 5K Trail Race/Run/Walk will be held Saturday at Justin Trails Resort near Sparta.

'Wombs with a View' duo returns to Muse for 'Indecent' performance
The comedic team of Sue Ann Davis-Mitley and Marsha Rubinelli return †at 7:30 p.m. May 2 and 3†to The Muse Theatre stage with the latest installment in their ?Wombs with a View? series.

Walker signs jail transfer, training bills
MADISON ? Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed bills introduced by area legislators into law Wednesday.

Hankel ordered to treatment, medication to regain competency
A Madison man convicted in a town of Barre man?s fatal drug overdose is not contesting a doctor?s findings that he is incompetent.

La Crosse jobless rate falls on gains in manufacturing, education, services
The local jobless rate fell in March, as Wisconsin posted its lowest statewide rate since the recession, though the rate of improvement appears to have slowed.

U.S. News and World Report high on Houston
Houston has the third-best high school in Minnesota, according to U.S. News and World Report. And on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River, Onalaska ranks 17th in the state and Prairie d…

Eagles tribute band to play at Viterbo
Eagles? hits are set to rock Viterbo University?s Fine Arts Center Main Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, when members of the band Hotel California take the stage.

Wisconsin unemployment: See trends by county
MARCH 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-period) t…

 

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Obama uses Japan visit to reassure wary Asian allies

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a joint news conference at the Akasaka Palace in TokyoBy Linda Sieg and Matt Spetalnick TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama used a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up U.S. engagement in the region, despite Chinese complaints that his real aim is to contain Beijing's rise. Obama is being treated to a display of pomp and ceremony meant to show that the U.S.-Japan alliance, the main pillar of America's security strategy in Asia, remains solid at a time of rising tensions over growing Chinese assertiveness and North Korean nuclear threats. "As you said, my visit here, I think, once again represents my deep belief that a strong U.S.-Japan relationship is not only good for our countries, but good for the world," Obama told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the start of their summit. "Our shared democratic values mean that we have to work together in multilateral settings to deal with regional hot spots Around the globe, but also to try make sure we are creating a strong set of rules that govern the international order." Behind the scenes, U.S. and Japanese trade negotiators for the two countries were working around the clock in Tokyo on a two-way trade pact seen as crucial to a broader trans-Pacific agreement.




Body of Korean boy who raised ferry alarm believed found

A mother whose teenage child was onboard the capsized Sewol ferry and is missing, cries as she reads messages dedicated to the missing and dead passengers on the ship at a port in JindoBy James Pearson and Kahyun Yang SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean boy whose shaking voice first raised the alarm that an overloaded ferry with hundreds of children on board was sinking has been found drowned in the submerged wreckage of the vessel, his parents believe, the coastguard said on Thursday. More than 300 people, most of them students and teachers from the Danwon High School, are dead or missing presumed dead after the April 16 disaster. Of the 476 passengers and crew on board, 339 were children and teachers from the school in Ansan, a gritty suburb on the outskirts of Seoul, who were on an outing to Jeju. As the ferry began sinking, the crew told the children to stay in their cabins.




Ukraine revolt shows faces, but whose are the brains?

File photo shows Commander of the Slaviansk self-defence battalion Ponomaryov addressing the media at the mayor's office in SlavianskBy Alissa de Carbonnel and Aleksandar Vasovic DONETSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - One is a dapper former croupier and promoter of Ponzi scams run by "Russia's Bernie Madoff"; In an uprising whose calling cards are the Kalashnikov and the black balaclava, Denis Pushilin and Vyacheslav Ponomaryov have become the unmasked faces of the pro-Russian separatist movement in eastern Ukraine that has plunged Moscow and the West into their most ominous confrontation since the Cold War. But many in the Donetsk region, including officials who have negotiated with the activists, see the pair as mere fronts for brains behind the scenes: a "puppeteer" in the words of one local Ukrainian mediator; Pushilin, a 32-year-old who won 77 votes when he ran for parliament a few months ago, emerged this month as leader of the self-styled People's Republic of Donetsk, occupying the regional governor's office in Ukraine's industrial heartland.




Thai opposition leader seeks compromise to avert bloodshed

Thailand's opposition leader and former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva gestures during an interview in BangkokBy Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Alarmed by the prospect of bloodshed in Thailand as a six-month political crisis nears a critical juncture, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has called for talks between the government and its foes, urging compromise to restore stability. The 49-year-old leader of Thailand's main opposition Democrat Party has joined street demonstrations in Bangkok aiming to force out Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, and his party boycotted a February 2 election, which was nullified by a court in March after widespread disruption.




China bans petitioners appealing directly to higher authorities

Red flags flutter next to a national emblem and a national flag of China on top of the Great Hall of the People, which is the venue of the closing ceremony of the CPPCC, in BeijingChina has banned petitioners from taking their grievances directly to higher levels of government without first going through local authorities, state media reported on Thursday, in the latest effort to streamline its chaotic petitioning system. The system of petitions dates back to imperial times as a means for citizens to bring grievances to the attention of government officials by bypassing the legal system or authorities, especially at the local level. In practice, few of the cases are ever resolved and petitioners are frequently forced home or imprisoned by regional or provincial authorities when they seek to escalate their complaints to higher-level officials. The State Bureau of Letters and Calls, responsible for handling petitions, stipulated in a new regulation that the central government will not accept complaints about issues that should be handled at provincial level, the People's Daily said.




Australia rules out link between debris and Malaysian plane

Handout of crew aboard the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield moving the U.S. Navy's Bluefin-21 into position for deployment, in the southern Indian Ocean to look for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370By Byron Kaye and Sonali Paul PERTH/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Authorities ruled out any link between debris picked up on an Australian beach and a missing Malaysian jetliner on Thursday as a tropical cyclone again threatened to hamper a 26-nation air, surface and underwater search of the Indian Ocean. The debris, found on Wednesday on a beach at the southern tip of Western Australia state, was seen as the first lead since April 4 when authorities detected what they believed was a signal from the black box of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board. But it took Australian authorities less than a day to analyze detailed photographs of the beached debris, no description of which was given, and dismiss the possibility that it may be linked to the plane. "We're not seeing anything in this that would lead us to believe that it is from a Boeing aircraft," Australian Transport Safety Bureau commissioner Martin Dolan the Australian Broadcasting Corp. That puts the focus of the search, the most expensive in aviation history, back on U.S. Navy undersea drone Bluefin-21, which will soon finish scouring a 10 square kms (6.2 square mile) stretch of seabed where the acoustic pings were located.




Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks during a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Akasaka Palace State Guest House in Tokyo Thursday, April 24, 2014. Obama says new sanctions targeting Russia are, quote, "teed up." But he says the United States needs support from allies to make the sanctions work and says he is working to build such backing. Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)TOKYO (AP) ? Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute peacefully.




Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT
TOKYO (AP) ? Standing next to Japan's leader, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute peacefully. Wading cautiously into a diplomatic minefield, Obama insisted the U.S. takes no position on whether the islands in the East China Sea are ultimately in the dominion of China or Japan. But he noted that historically Japan has administered the islands, triggering America's NATO obligations to defend its ally Japan should tensions escalate militarily.

Camilla's brother dies in NYC of head injury

FILE - A June 24, 2010 photo from files showing Mark Shand, left, brother of The Duchess of Cornwall showing her an elephant sculpture titled Mr. Cameron as she is escorted around the Elephant Parade exhibition at Chelsea Hospital Gardens. Royal officials in Britain say that the brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after sustaining a serious head injury following a fall in New York. Clarence House said that the 62-year-old Mark Shand died in the hospital Wednesday, April 23, 2014, after falling late Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ian Nicholson, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? The Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, are "utterly devastated" by the death of her brother, who fell outside a hotel bar and suffered a head injury, royal officials said.




Strong 6.6 earthquake strikes off Canada's Vancouver island

A strong earthquake measuring 6.7 struck late Wednesday off Canada's Vancouver island in the Pacific, the US Geological Survey said. File picture for illustration onlyAn earthquake measuring 6.6 struck off Canada's Vancouver island in the Pacific, the US Geological Survey said. There were no initial reports of casualties or damage. The quake, which hit at 0310 GMT, was at a depth of 11.4k m (7.1 miles) and 94 km (58 miles) south of Port Hardy, Canada. The US tsunami warning office in Palmer, Alaska said there was no tsunami danger for potentially affected areas: Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California.




 
 
 
 
 
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