NORRISTOWN, Pa. — At an age when other Hollywood stars are settling into retirement and collecting lifetime-achievement awards, an 81-year-old Bill Cosby was led away to prison in handcuffs Tuesday, sentenced to three to 10 years behind bars in what was seen by many of his accusers as a reckoning richly deserved and long overdue. The comedian, TV star and breaker of racial barriers became the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison. He was found guilty in April of drugging
UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump poured scorn on the “ideology of globalism” and heaped praise on his own administration’s achievements Tuesday in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly that drew headshakes and even mocking laughter from his audience of fellow world leaders. “The U.S. will not tell you how to live and work or worship,” Trump said as he unapologetically promoted his “America First” agenda. “We only ask that you honor
MADISON — A security official for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says no new threats against election security in Wisconsin have been detected to date ahead of the November midterm election. Wisconsin was the target of Russian hackers before the 2016 election. Federal and state officials have said Wisconsin’s elections systems were not compromised, but the state and Elections Commission have taken numerous steps since then to increase security. Alex Joves, the regional
UNITED NATIONS — Warning that the world has a bad case of “trust deficit disorder” and risks “runaway climate change,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged global leaders Tuesday to abandon unilateralism and reinvigorate cooperation as the only way to tackle the challenges and threats of increasingly chaotic times. The U.N. chief painted a grim picture of the state of the world in his opening address to the annual gathering of presidents, prime ministers,
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump denounced Democratic efforts to block Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation as a cynical “con job” on Tuesday and launched a dismissive attack on a second woman accusing the nominee of sexual misconduct in the 1980s, asserting she “has nothing.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky predicted that Kavanaugh would win approval, despite the new allegations and uncertainty about how pivotal
MADISON — A man who shot and wounded four co-workers at a Wisconsin software company last week passed the firm’s background check. WTS Paradigm CEO Nate Herbst said Tuesday that 43-year-old Anthony Tong passed a background check when he was hired. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Herbst said the company wasn’t aware of Tong’s mental health history, and he didn’t know Tong personally. Tong opened fire in the company’s Middleton headquarters on Sept.
MADISON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers continued his call Tuesday to lower taxes on working families without saying what other taxes may go up or providing any details about his plan that’s drawing ridicule from Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Walker, in a new television ad, hearkened back to a children’s show that was popular when he was in elementary school to say if elected Evers would raise income, property and gas taxes. Evers hasn’t ruled out tax
MINNEAPOLIS — Nearly four years after the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved a settlement plan that includes $210 million for more than 400 victims of clergy sex abuse. The settlement would move the archdiocese out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy and provide some closure to the hundreds of men and women abused by priests over the past decades. On Tuesday morning, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Kressel approved the plan,
MADISON — A sequel to the popular “Making a Murderer” documentary series about an eastern Wisconsin murder case premieres Oct. 19 on Netflix. The first “Making a Murderer” recounted the story of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, who were convicted in the 2005 slaying of photographer Teresa Halbach. Avery and Dassey are serving life sentences in the killing. Halbach’s remains were found in the Avery family’s Manitowoc County salvage yard.
MENOMONIE – Doug Nitek has been found guilty of shooting and killing Rusk County deputy Dan Glaze. The jury deliberated nearly six hours before reaching its verdict Tuesday night. Nitek was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, by use of a dangerous weapon. Nitek also was convicted of two counts of criminal damage to property, and one count each of possessing methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The jury found Nitek not guilty of two counts of attempted first-