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Walker: Burke ad shows her desperation
WESTON, Wis. ? Gov. Scott Walker said Friday that the latest attack ad by his Democratic challenger Mary Burke shows she is desperate as the election nears and a poll shows her trailing by 7 points.

Photos: Halloween 2014
View photos of Halloween events, trick-or-treaters, and decorations from around La Crosse.

Coulee Region homelessness up slightly as state tally dips
The number of homeless people in Wisconsin declined a mere 1 percent in a one-night headcount, while the Coulee Region experienced a slight uptick during the same tally.

Ho-Chunk Nation gives $10,000 for skate park
TOMAH -- The Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature has given the city of Tomah $10,000 for the city's Backyard Skatepark.

Salvation Army Needs 4,000 bell ringers
The Salvation Army of La Crosse is looking for volunteers for its Christmas Red Kettle Campaign, set to begin Aug. 14 and run through Christmas even.

Decision delayed in Lepsch case
A La Crosse County judge wants two more weeks to decide whether to grant a new trial to a Minnesota man convicted in the 2012 slayings of a father and son in downtown La Crosse.

Early voting ends today
Friday is the final day of the two-week early voting period in Wisconsin.

Valley View Mall seeks holiday workers
Valley View Mall will host a Holiday Hiring Extravaganza Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1 to fill part-time and full-time positions through the holiday shopping season and beyond.

Fire damages Copeland Park shelter
The La Crosse Fire Department is investigating what caused a small fire at the Copeland Park shelter Thursday night.†

La Crosse County Circuit Court felonies

Man found dead in Vernon County died of hypothermia
A 74-year-old Mexican national whose body was found Saturday in the town of Hamburg after wandering away days earlier from Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine died of hypothermia, Vernon County Coron…

Dancing with the La Crosse Stars! tickets on sale
Tickets for Dancing With the La Crosse Stars, a fundraiser for the Scenic Bluffs Chapter of the American Red Crosse, go on sale today at the La Crosse Center box office and through Ticketmaster.

Minnesota auditor candidates clash over experience
ST. PAUL (AP) ? The Minnesota state auditor seeking a third term is being challenged by a Republican who says his accounting degree and finance experience make him better qualified for the job.

Nominations sought for Healthy Heroes
The La Crosse Healthy Living Collaboration is seeking nominations for the second annual Healthy Living Hero awards to recognize efforts to make the area a healthier place to live.

Burke blames Walker for Trek firing story; Walker says no way
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. ? Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke fought back Thursday against accusations that she was fired from her family business at Trek Bicycles, calling the claims by a f…


National News
Kurdish peshmerga forces enter Syria's Kobani after further air strikes

An explosion following an air-strike is seen in the Syrian town of Kobani during heavy fightingBy Humeyra Pamuk and Raheem Salman SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish forces in Turkey rolled late on Friday across the border into Syria to help Syrian Kurds defend the besieged town of Kobani that has become the focus of a Western-backed war against Islamic State insurgents. U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around Kobani earlier in the day in an apparent effort to pave the way for the heavily-armed Kurdish contingent to enter. ...

Protests force out Burkina president, soldiers vie for power

Burkina Faso's new interim leader Gen. Honore Nabere Traore, third from left in front, speaks during a press conference held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. President Blaise Compaore stepped down Friday, pushed from power in Burkina Faso after 27 years by a burst of violent protests that set the parliament ablaze and refused to accept anything short of resignation. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore resigned on Friday amid mass street protests at his attempts to extend his 27-year rule, plunging the West African nation into uncertainty as junior officers vied with top military brass for power. Compaore, a taciturn former soldier in office since a 1987 military coup, had sought to defy popular pressure for him to step down after a day of violent unrest on Thursday in which demonstrators burned parliament and ransacked state television. ...

Kerry, Iran minister to meet ahead of deadline for atom deal

Iranian workers stand in front of Bushehr nuclear power plant, 1,200 km south of TehranWASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Iran's foreign minister and the European Union foreign policy chief in Oman on Nov. 9-10 to discuss the Iranian nuclear issue ahead of a looming deadline for a final agreement, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. Kerry's talks in Muscat, Oman with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the EU's Catherine Ashton are due to take place two weeks before a Nov. 24 deadline for Tehran and six major powers to reach a long-term agreement on Iran's nuclear program. ...

Europe won't recognize vote in eastern Ukraine, Merkel tells Putin

Election information sheets are pictured on display during preparations for the upcoming election, with portraits of Zakharchenko, separatist leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, seen on leaflets, at a polling station in DonetskBERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday. Merkel and Putin held a joint telephone conversation with French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Merkel's spokesman Georg Streiter said at a government news conference. ...

Fourteen dead, 55 injured in Honduras bus accident
TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Fourteen people were killed and 55 injured in western Honduras on Friday when a bus ran off the road and crashed into a ravine, the government said. The bus, which landed with its wheels up, was carrying 69 people, said Moises Alvarado, head of the country's emergency services commission COPECO, who updated a prior estimate of 60 passengers. The passengers, members of a Jehovah's Witness church, were traveling from the northern city of Choloma, said transportation official Quintin Juarez. ...

U.S. blacklists Myanmar official ahead of Obama visit

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode IslandWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a prominent lawmaker and businessman in Myanmar for undermining economic and political reforms in the country, ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's planned visit next month. The U.S. Treasury Department said Aung Thaung, who was industry minister under the former military government and is now a member of Myanmar's lower house of parliament, has been involved in attacks on the democratic opposition. ...

Top Asian News at 2:00 a.m. GMT
BEIJING (AP) ? China has successfully recovered an experimental spacecraft that flew around the moon and back in a test run for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day trip that ended early Saturday marked the first time in almost four decades that a spacecraft has returned to Earth after traveling around the moon. China plans to send a spacecraft to the moon in 2017 and have it return to Earth after collecting soil samples.

Ecuador court clears way for unlimited presidential terms

Ecuador's Constitutional Court has given lawmakers the green light to set new rules on term limits that would allow President Rafael Correa to extend his rule beyond 2017Ecuador's Constitutional Court has given lawmakers the green light to set new rules on term limits that would allow President Rafael Correa to extend his rule beyond 2017. Ecuador's constitution, which was adopted by referendum under Correa in 2008, only allows two consecutive terms for public office holders, including the president. In its decision, the Constitutional Court also approved several amendments that had been voted for by parliament.

Clashes in West Bank as flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque reopens

Israeli soldiers stand near the Western Wall at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on October 30, 2014Clashes erupted in the West Bank on Friday after weekly Muslim prayers while security forces deployed heavily around Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque which reopened following the killing of a Palestinian by police. A rocket was also fired from Gaza and hit southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli army said, although there were no reports of casualties or damage. It was the first rocket to hit Israel since September 16. Al-Aqsa, in Jerusalem's Old City, and adjacent neighbourhoods have seen months of violence, and the mosque compound has been a rallying point for Palestinian resistance to perceived Jewish attempts to take control of it.

China experimental moon orbiter returns
BEIJING (AP) ? China has successfully recovered an experimental spacecraft that flew around the moon and back in a test run for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.

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