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Diggity Dog Dip set for Aug. 30
Sign-up is open for the eighth annual Diggity Dog Dip, an event put on by Diggity Dog Daycare that allows dogs to have a play day at the Onalaska Aquatic Center on the last day of operations t…

Money & Politics: AG race matchup could be a sizzler
MADISON ? Mordecai Lee, the former state Democratic legislator turned political wag, was brimming with delight.

La Crosse County delays Lakeview work
La Crosse County officials have decided to postpone construction of four new Lakeview Health Center buildings to 2015 after the first round of bids came in $2.3 million over the anticipated $1…

VA Platoon Run car, cycle show set for Sunday
TOMAH -- The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host Platoon Run XXVIII Car and Motorcycle Show on Sunday.

Viroqua auditions for 'On Golden Pond'
VIROQUA -- Viroqua Community Theatre plans auditions for "On Golden Pond" by Ernest Thompson from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at The Ark, 401 E. Jefferson St.

Fair days for politicking in Minnesota
ST. PAUL, Minn. ? Political candidates foraging for fall votes are settling in at the Minnesota State Fair.

WholeTrees expanding with help from WEDC
WholeTrees Architecture and Structures, a design and construction firm started in Stoddard, has received a $170,000 state loan to launch a new product line.

Report: Police got $28M in surplus military gear
MADISON ? The Pentagon has given Wisconsin police agencies more than $28 million in surplus military gear in the past decade, including assault rifles, grenade launchers and mine-resistant tru…

Lewiston native who lost 100-plus pounds wins Army top honor
Joshua Roberts, a 21-year-old from Lewiston, faced a challenge when he tried to enlist in the Army:

Local schools score well on ACT
La Crosse area students again outperformed the state average on ACT college entrance exams, and most local districts improved from last year?s scores.

McCue crowned hobo king again
Every 25 years or so, Bangor?s John McCue is crowned King of the Hobos ? or so it seems. McCue recently attended the National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa, and just as he did back in 1990, M…

Annual trap shoot to memorialize Holmen man
The annual Rickey Larson Memorial 100 and Two-Man Shoot will start at 9 a.m. Aug. 30 at the Gunslick Trap Club at 96767 Briggs Road in Holmen.

Onalaska clinic offers free dental care to uninsured
Dentist Mike Gavin of Valley Dental in Onalaska will host his third annual Dentistry From the Heart event to provide adults with free dental care Sept. 12.

Tomah mayoral candidate pleads no contest
TOMAH -- Former alderman and Tomah mayoral candidate LeRoy Kelsey was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and court costs after he pleaded no contest to a felony false swearing charge Thursday.

At the Pumps on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Prices Thursday for a gallon of regular gas:


National News
Gaza gunmen execute 18 'collaborators' in Gaza; Israel pursues air strikes

A Hamas militant grabs a Palestinian suspected of collaborating with Israel in Gaza CityBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Allyn Fisher-Ilan GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, a day after Israel tracked down and killed three top Hamas commanders, the highest-ranking militants to be killed in the six-week war. Seven people were shot dead in front of worshippers outside a mosque in one of Gaza's main squares, witnesses said, the first public executions in the Palestinian enclave since the 1990s. A further 11 were killed at an abandoned police station near Gaza City, Hamas security officials said. In the public execution, militants wearing masks and dressed in black gunned down the suspects, whose faces were covered and hands bound, as worshippers emerged from the Omari mosque on Palestine Square, one of Gaza's busiest districts.

Shi'ite militias open fire in Iraqi mosque, killing 30 Sunnis

Peshmerga fighters are seen in vehicles with Kurdish flags as they guard Mosul Dam in northern IraqBy Raheem Salman and Alexander Dziadosz BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen opened fire on minority Sunni Muslims in a mosque on Friday, killing dozens just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni Islamists whose rise has alarmed Western powers. One Iraqi security source said 30 people had been killed when the militias attacked the mosque in Baquba, capital of Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, on the Muslim day of prayer. The bloodbath marks a setback for Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi, from the majority Shi'ite community, who is seeking support from Sunnis and ethnic Kurds to take on the Islamic State insurgency that is threatening to tear Iraq apart. In the northern city of Mosul, Islamic State stoned a man to death, witnesses said, as the United States raised the prospect of tackling jihadist safe havens across the border in Syria.

Ukraine accuses Russia of invasion after aid convoy crosses border

Trucks of a Russian convoy carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine drive onto the territory of Russia-Ukraine border crossing point "Donetsk" in Russia's Rostov RegionBy Dmitry Madorsky DONETSK-IZVARINO BORDER CROSSING Russia (Reuters) - Ukraine declared on Friday that Russia had launched a "direct invasion" of its territory after Moscow sent a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are fighting government forces. Moscow, which has thousands of troops close on the Russian side of the border, warned against any attempt to "disrupt" the convoy but did not specify what action it was prepared to take if Kiev's forces intervened. Kiev, for its part, said Ukrainian forces would not attack the convoy and had allowed it to pass to avoid "provocations". "Ukraine will liaise with the International Committee of the Red Cross so that we, Ukraine, are not involved in provocations (accusations) that we have been holding up or using force against the vehicles of so-called aid," he told journalists.

Mine collapse in Central African Republic kills 25
At least 25 people have died in a collapse at a gold mine 60 km (40 miles) north of the Central African Republic town of Bambari, Ahmat Negat, spokesman for the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels, said on Friday. The mine at Ndassima is carved deep into a forested hilltop north of Seleka's military headquarters in Bambari.

Tens of thousands of Yemeni Houthis protest against govt in capital

Protesters wave Yemeni national flags as they march during demonstration organized by Shi'ite Houthi movement to demand the government to rescind decision to curb fuel subsidies in SanaaBy Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Yemenis demonstrated in the capital Sanaa on Friday in a protest called for by the Shi'ite Houthi movement, which wants the government to resign and reverse a decision on cutting fuel subsidies. Earlier this week, the Houthis mobilized tens of thousands of supporters in Sanaa and warned they would resort to "legitimate pressure tactics" if authorities did not comply with their demands by Friday. The Houthis have fought the government repeatedly since 2004 seeking more power for the Zaydi Sh'ite Muslim sect in north Yemen. On Friday, the demonstrators gathered in a main street that leads to the airport, chanting "the people want the fall of the government" as well as slogans against cutting fuel subsidies.

Arab states, Israel set to clash at U.N. nuclear meeting

The flag of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA flies in front of its headquarters during a board of governors meeting in ViennaBy Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - As war rages in Gaza, Arab states will likely try to heighten diplomatic pressure on Israel over its assumed nuclear arsenal at next month's annual meeting of the U.N. nuclear agency's 160 member states, diplomats said on Friday. "I would expect ongoing conflict to lead many (Arabs and any others critical of Israel) to want to lash out in any forum available." Israel and Palestinian militants who dominate Gaza have been fighting for most of the past six weeks. Israel is believed to possess the Middle East's only nuclear arsenal, drawing frequent condemnation by Arab countries and Iran which say it threatens regional peace and security.

Mercury's Brondello, Griner earn WNBA awards

FILE - This is a July 2, 2014, file photo, showing Phoenix Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello calling a play during the first half of a WNBA basketball game against the Chicago Sky in Phoenix. A person close to the situation says Brondello has won the WNBA coach of the year award. The person says Brondello will receive the award Friday night, Aug, 22, 2014, in Phoenix before the Mercury host Los Angeles in the Western Conference semifinals opener. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)Phoenix's Sandy Brondello is the WNBA's coach of the year for guiding the Mercury to a league-record 29 wins this season, and Mercury center Brittney Griner is the defensive player of the year.

McEvoy stunner as Phelps strikes gold at Pan Pacs

Yuki Kobori (L) of Japan and Michael Phelps (R) of US react after the men's 4 x 200m freestyle relay final at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre on August 22, 2014Australia's Cameron McEvoy upset a star-studded field to win the 100m freestyle at the Pan Pacific Championships Friday as Michael Phelps claimed his first international gold medal since coming out of retirement. McEvoy swam the race of his life to hit the wall in the third-best time this year of 47.82 seconds ahead of US Olympic champion Nathan Adrian (48.30) and dual world champion James Magnussen (48.36). Phelps, the 18-time Olympic champion, led to the turn before finishing fourth in 48.51sec, which clinched his place on the US team for the event at next year's world championships.

Top Asian News at 1:30 p.m. GMT
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) ? Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of both tragedies. The bodies and ashes of 20 victims from the Malaysia Airlines jet that was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July were given full military honors and a day of national mourning was declared, the first for civilians in the country's five-decade history.

Pakistan cricket hero's party quits parliament

Supporters of Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, shown in the banner, jostle to get food while in a rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, Aug. 22, 2014. Thousands of Imran Khan's and Tahir-ur-Qadri's supporters are besieging parliament in the capital to pressure Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign over alleged election fraud. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)ISLAMABAD (AP) ? The party of Pakistan's famed cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who has led a week of anti-government protests in the capital, resigned from parliament on Friday in its latest bid to drive Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from power over alleged election fraud.

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