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Cops: Man Said Neighbors Didn't 'Deserve Cable,' Cut Their Line

Shannon Pearson charged with hate crime after accusing pair of being undocumented immigrants

(Newser) - A Wisconsin man has been arrested for a hate crime after police say he snipped his neighbors' internet cable because he erroneously thought they were undocumented immigrants and didn't "deserve cable." According to a criminal complaint cited by NBC News and WQOW , 48-year-old Shannon Pearson called the...

Wisconsin Fire Kills 7, Criminal Inquiry Underway

Blaze broke out in apartment building in Hartland

(Newser) - Seven people died in an apartment fire early Friday in the southern Wisconsin village of Hartland, the police chief said. The cause of the fire at a four-unit apartment complex has not been determined, the AP reports. "This is an active criminal investigation by the Hartland Police Department,"...

Negativity in Senate Races Is 'Overwhelming'

Nastiness on display in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Wisconsin races

(Newser) - Senate candidates in battleground states are facing an onslaught of ads attacking everything from their character to their preferred sports teams, showing negative campaign tactics have risen "to a new level" this year, the Hill reports. "You turn on the TV, it's overwhelming with the negativity,"...

Eatery Regrets 'Pro-Life Cupcake Day'

Kopp's Frozen Custard of Milwaukee apologizes: 'It was never our intention to get political'

(Newser) - Kopp's of Milwaukee is known for its burgers, frozen custard, and now, a cupcake-themed controversy. The hubbub began when the Wisconsin eatery put out its October "flavor forecast," which announces upcoming special days around the US and the custard flavors that Kopp's promotes to go along...

Judge Kicks Out Defendant in Parade Deaths on First Day

After interruptions, Darrell Brooks is warned he could lose his right to defend himself at trial

(Newser) - The Wisconsin judge presiding over Darrell Brooks' homicide trial decided last week to let him represent himself, after cautioning that he'd find being his own attorney difficult against educated and experienced prosecutors. That could change, after the first day of the proceeding Monday didn't go well. Brooks, who...

'This Court Has Warned Mr. Brooks What He's Getting Into'

Darrell Brooks is permitted to represent himself against a score of charges

(Newser) - A judge decided Wednesday to allow a Wisconsin man accused of killing six people and injuring dozens more when he allegedly drove his SUV through a Christmas parade to represent himself at trial, finding that he suffers from a personality disorder and faces an uphill fight against an experienced prosecutorial...

Pro Skydiver Dies After Landing in Pond

He was practicing for the national championships

(Newser) - A professional skydiver practicing for the sport's national championships died Sunday when he landed hard in a Wisconsin pond. The 36-year-old and other skydiving pros were doing training runs at Skydive Midwest, near Racine, where the US Parachute Association National Championships are set to start this Saturday, USA Today...

Sightseeing Man Dies When Milwaukee Drawbridge Rises

Richard Charles Dujardin was halfway across when the warning lights and bells activated

(Newser) - Six months after a 79-year-old woman fell to her death while on a drawbridge that was being raised in Florida, a similar tragedy in Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports a 77-year-old man visiting from Rhode Island was crossing a bridge in downtown Milwaukee on Monday as it began to...

Here Are the 10 Best, Worst States to Live In
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This Is the Best State to Live In

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list, while Mississippi comes in last

(Newser) - There's no one perfect state in the US to live in, but you can likely find the perfect state for you. WalletHub looked at all 50 of them, examining more than four dozen metrics in five main categories: affordability, including home prices, taxes, and cost of living; economy (e....

Trump-Backed Candidate Wins Wisconsin GOP Governor Primary

Tim Michels will face Tony Evers

(Newser) - Tim Michels, a wealthy businessman endorsed by former President Donald Trump, won the Republican primary for Wisconsin governor on Tuesday and will face Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in a contest that could reshape elections in the marquee battleground, the AP reports. Michels defeated former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who was...

'Water Turned a Red Tint in Places' in River Tubing Stabbing

Nicolae Miu, of Prior Lake, Minnesota, was charged on Monday

(Newser) - A 52-year-old Minnesota man was charged Monday with killing a teenager and stabbing four other people in a dispute that allegedly began with a lost cellphone during a weekend tubing excursion on a western Wisconsin river. Investigators said in court documents that Nicolae Miu, of Prior Lake, Minnesota, attacked the...

River Tubing Trip Turns Deadly, With 5 Stabbed

17-year-old dead in Wisconsin, and 52-year-old suspect is in custody

(Newser) - Police in rural Wisconsin are trying to piece together what prompted a deadly stabbing spree Saturday among people tubing on the Apple River. A 17-year-old male from Minnesota was killed and four other young adults wounded in the attack in Somerset, reports KARE11 . Police arrested a 52-year-old Minnesota man following...

Love Beer? This Is the State for You

Vermont is a 'true beer lover's paradise,' according to VinePair

(Newser) - Previous evaluations from Beer Connoisseur and Groupon named California the best state in the country when it comes to beer. Not even close, according to VinePair , which finds America's "true beer lover's paradise" is just about as far from California as you can get while remaining in...

Wisconsin Court Angers Democrats on Voting Decision

In 4-3 vote, state's top court bans drop boxes for absentee ballots

(Newser) - Wisconsin's conservative-controlled Supreme Court ruled Friday that absentee ballot drop boxes may be placed only in election offices and that no one other than the voter can return a ballot in person, dealing a defeat to Democrats who said the decision would make it harder to vote in the...

Court Lets Homicide Defendant Use Sex Trafficking Defense

Chrystul Kizer will have to provide evidence for the claim, Wisconsin decision says

(Newser) - A defendant will be allowed to argue in her trial defense that she killed a man because he sexually abused her for years, the Wisconsin Supreme Court decided Wednesday. The state's affirmative defense law was designed to safeguard sex trafficking victims from facing prosecution for "any offense committed...

Waukesha Parade Suspect Is Changing His Plea

Lawyer says Darrell Brooks is mounting insanity defense

(Newser) - A man accused of killing six people and injuring dozens more when he allegedly drove his SUV through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee last year has decided to mount an insanity defense, his attorneys said Monday. Darrell Brooks Jr. faces more than 80 charges, including six homicide counts, in...

Former Wisconsin Judge Killed in Targeted Attack
Man Accused of Killing
Former Judge Dies

Man Accused of Killing Former Judge Dies

Slain former judge John Roemer sentenced Douglas Uhde to prison in 2005

(Newser) - Update: The man accused of murdering a retired Wisconsin judge in a targeted killing Friday is dead. Officials say Douglas Uhde was declared brain-dead Saturday morning and was taken off life support Tuesday, CNN reports. The 56-year-old was found with what authorities say was apparently a self-inflicted gunshot wound in...

Gunfire Rang Out During the Burial Service. 2 Were Hit

A juvenile was among the injured after shooting at funeral in Racine, Wis.

(Newser) - Update: After murky initial reports, police now confirm to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that two people at a cemetery in Racine, Wisconsin, were hit when gunfire rang out during a burial service on Thursday. Sgt. Kristi Wilcox tells TMJ4 that one of the injured individuals was flown to a Milwaukee...

Hot Air Balloon Crashes Into Moving Train

3 critically injured in Wisconsin crash

(Newser) - Three people suffered what police described as life-threatening injuries Wednesday night after one of the rarest of transport collisions—a crash between a train and a hot air balloon. Authorities say the balloon hit a northbound Canadian National train in Burlington, Wisconsin, around 8:15pm, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. Two...

Millennials, You May Want to Head to This State

Washington ranks first in WalletHub's rankings for most appealing places for the 26-41 set

(Newser) - Whether you call them Generation Y or millennials, the group wedged between Generation X and Generation Z—ie, those born between 1981 and 1996 —has its own particular wants and needs when looking for a place to settle down. WalletHub wanted to figure out the most appealing states for...

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