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Wisconsin special election for Congress will be May 12

Oct. 18, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The special election to fill the northern Wisconsin congressional seat that was held until recently by Republican Rep. Sean Duffy will take place May 12 and the primary will happen Feb. 18, Gov. Tony Evers said Friday. The decision, which was to be made official on Saturday, keeps the...

Can Pete Buttigieg, cool and cerebral, second that emotion?

Oct. 18, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — John McAnear, a 77-year-old Air Force veteran, stood in an audience of hundreds in suburban Des Moines with an oxygen tank at his side, wheezing as he implored Pete Buttigieg to protect the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Democratic presidential hopeful offered a respectful, if...

Book: Trump mulled order to close parts of VA health system

Oct. 16, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager for changes at the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Donald Trump toyed early on with issuing an executive order to close parts of the VA health system without consulting Congress, according to an upcoming book by his former VA secretary. In the book, obtained by The...

Murder, arson convictions upheld in death of Army veteran

Oct. 15, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina court has upheld a man's first-degree murder and arson convictions in the death of an Army veteran set on fire in a hotel room. The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected arguments by Garry Joseph Gupton, now serving life in prison for Steven White's 2014 death....

Officer who shot naked man found not guilty of murder

Oct. 14, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia police officer who fatally shot an unarmed, naked man was found not guilty of murder Monday but was convicted of aggravated assault and other charges that could send him to prison for more than 30 years. Robert "Chip" Olsen's face turned red and he squeezed his eyes...

Wausau school board president running for Congress

Oct. 14, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Democratic president of the Wausau School Board announced Monday that she is running for Congress in her heavily Republican northern Wisconsin district, in a race that could provide an early signal of voter moods ahead of next fall's presidential election. Tricia Zunker, a justice...

The Latest: Judge sets $80K bond for cop who shot naked man

Oct. 14, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on a jury acquitting a former Georgia police officer of murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed naked veteran (all times local): 2:20 p.m. A judge has set a bond of $80,000 and ordered a dusk-to-dawn curfew for a former Georgia police officer convicted of aggravated...

Soldier who was wounded in 2009 search for Bergdahl has died

Oct. 14, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

LOGANVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A retired soldier who was shot in the head while searching for Army Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl has died. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 46-year-old Master Sgt. Mark Allen of Loganville, Georgia, died Saturday. His obituary says he died from complications of an injury sustained...

New Army Reserve center being built in Starkville by 2021

Oct. 13, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A veteran-owned company has been awarded a $10.3 million contract to build a new U.S. Army Reserve center in north Mississippi. The Commercial Dispatch reports that new center will be in Starkville, and the company, Trans4Fed, is based in Purvis. The 25,000-square-foot...

World War II vet receives French Legion of Honor medal

Oct. 13, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The young boys who didn't come back are the real heroes of World War II. That's how Albuquerque resident John Rumancik feels about his service in the effort to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany's grip more than seven decades ago. But the French government believes Rumancik and...