MADISON — Leah Vukmir, a Wisconsin state senator from Brookfield and close ally to Gov. Scott Walker, defeated a former Marine who cast himself as a political outsider to win the Republican primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Vukmir, who beat political newcomer Kevin Nicholson of Delafield, advances to face Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Republicans nationally have targeted Baldwin and outside groups have already spent millions in television ads attacking her. Vukmir won the endorsement
MADISON — Randy Bryce, a union ironworker known by the nickname “Iron Stache,” won Tuesday’s 1st Congressional District Democratic primary in the race to replace Republican U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan in southeastern Wisconsin for a seat he’s held 20 years. Republicans, for their part, pinned their hopes on a former Ryan aide, picking Bryan Steil, an attorney who is from a prominent family in the same hometown of Ryan, Janesville, in a five-way primary. Steil
ST. PAUL — Democrats embraced diversity Tuesday in a primary night of firsts, while Republicans in Minnesota rejected a familiar face of the GOP old guard in favor of a rising newcomer aligned with President Donald Trump. In Vermont, Democrats rallied behind the nation’s first transgender nominee for governor. Minnesota Democrats backed a woman who would be the first Somali-American member of Congress. And in Connecticut, the party nominated a congressional candidate who could
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — since the 1940s, and senior church officials, including a man who is now the archbishop of Washington, D.C., systematically covered up the abuse, according to a grand jury report released Tuesday. The “real number” of abused children might be in the thousands since some secret church records were lost, and victims were afraid to come
CHELTENHAM, Pa. — Five people were wounded by gunfire inside a Cheltenham Walmart on Tuesday night when a man arguing with another customer grabbed a gun and fired at least 10 shots throughout the store, according to police. Cheltenham Township Police Chief John Frye said at a news conference that none of those struck sustained life-threatening injuries but that the suspected gunman and the woman he was with also injured two city police officers when they crashed their getaway car into
NEW YORK — Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman declared Tuesday that she “will not be silenced” by President Donald Trump, remaining defiant as her public feud with her former boss appeared to shift to a possible legal battle. In an interview with The Associated Press, Manigault Newman, who is promoting her new book about her time in Trump’s orbit, said she believes the president’s campaign organization is trying to keep her from telling her story.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Paul Manafort’s defense rested its case Tuesday without calling any witnesses in the former Trump campaign chairman’s tax evasion and bank fraud trial. Manafort himself chose not to testify. The decision not to call witnesses clears the way for the jury to hear closing arguments in the first trial to emerge from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Those arguments are scheduled for this morning. Manafort is accused of hiding millions
MILAN — A 51-year-old highway bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa collapsed in a driving rain Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and injuring 15 others as it sent dozens of vehicles tumbling into a heap of concrete and twisted steel. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte called it “an immense tragedy ... inconceivable in a modern system like ours, a modern country.” The disaster, on a major interchange connecting Genoa and other northern cities with beaches in eastern Liguria
LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska carried out its first execution in more than two decades on Tuesday with a drug combination never tried before, including the first use of the powerful opioid fentanyl in a lethal injection. Carey Dean Moore, 60, was pronounced dead at 10:47 a.m. Moore had been sentenced to death for killing two cab drivers in Omaha in 1979. He was the first inmate to be lethally injected in Nebraska, which last carried out an execution in 1997, using the electric chair.
OSHKOSH — A judge has approved a plan by the UW-Oshkosh Foundation to auction off one of two biodigesters this month to pay off creditors. Court documents say Fond du Lac County Judge Richard Nuss approved the foundation’s plan to sell its Rosendale Biodigester during an Aug. 27 auction The biodigester converts animal waste into energy. Last month, the foundation reported it had “serious negotiations with over five qualified purchasers” for the property. Foundation