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Family: Joan Rivers on life support

Joan Rivers' family is confirming that the comedian is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor's office. More>>

Penn State student gains rep as squirrel whisperer

A Penn State student is gaining an Internet reputation as a "squirrel whisperer" for befriending, feeding and dressing up a furry little friend she has named "Sneezy." More>>

Netflix unveils new way to share recommendations

 Netflix is giving its Internet video subscribers a more discreet way to recommend movies and TV shows to their Facebook friends after realizing most people don't want share their viewing habits with large audiences. More>>

Children's poems by Nick Cannon due in March

Nick Cannon has been keeping a notebook for much of his life, and next year we'll get to see some of the entries.The entertainer and record producer is working on a book of poems for children. More>>

Chris Brown due back in DC court for plea hearing

Singer Chris Brown is expected to appear in a District of Columbia court for what would be a third attempt at a plea deal to resolve an assault case. More>>

School to begin in Chicago with more safety guards

CHICAGO (AP) -- More guards will be watching Chicago students to keep them safe on the first day of school. More>>

PHOTOS: Coast Guard rescues kayaker crossing Lake Michigan Video included

The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued a kayaker who activated an emergency beacon while trying to cross Lake Michigan from Milwaukee. More>>

UPDATE: Name of Medford shooting suspect released Video included

Shots fired inside a Taylor county home halted a high school football game for hours as students and staff were asked to take shelter. More>>

Police: Suspect swallows stolen ring

Two people were arrested on suspicion of felony theft after police said one of them swallowed a stolen ring in an attempt to hide it. More>>

NY's Electric Zoo music fest shut down by storms

New York's Electric Zoo music festival has been shut down as powerful thunderstorms roll through the area, forcing thousands of people to leave. More>>

Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy tie the knot

Donnie Wahlberg's "Favorite Girl" Jenny McCarthy is now his wife. More>>

Carriage drivers to gather at historical site

 Scores of carriage drivers are set to gather at a southwestern Wisconsin historical site this weekend. More>>

UWSP trades in traditional game day programs for digital ones Video included

The UW-Stevens Point athletic department is going green. Starting this year, the athletic department will trade in traditional game day programs for digital ones.
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Cee Lo Green enters no contest plea in drug case

Cee Lo Green has pleaded no contest to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles.  More>>

NY foster agencies settle suit by kids for $17.5M

Attorneys say three private New York foster care agencies will pay $17.5 million to settle a lawsuit by eight people who were fraudulently adopted by a woman and claimed they were repeatedly abused, starved and imprisoned in a "house of horrors."  More>>

Crocodile that bit 2 men dies during capture

An American crocodile that bit two swimmers in a South Florida canal has died. More>>

California Legislature passes 'yes means yes' bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- State lawmakers have passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when "yes means yes" while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses. More>>

Miley Cyrus' date turns self in, posts bail

DALLAS, Ore. (AP) -- The homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who had been sought on an Oregon arrest warrant has turned himself in and posted bail. More>>

ABC names new boss at 'The View'

Rachel Maddow's top producer at MSNBC is the new man in charge on the daytime talk show "The View."ABC announced Thursday that Bill Wolff is the new executive producer of "The View," which begins a new season on Sept. 15.  More>>

No jail for man arrested amid Hoffman probe

A friend of Philip Seymour Hoffman who was arrested on drug charges after the actor's overdose death won't face jail time. More>>

Police officials: Joan Rivers rushed to hospital Video included

Two police officials say Joan Rivers has been rushed in cardiac arrest from a doctor's office to a New York City hospital. More>>

Jolie, Pitt wed in Chateau Miraval, France

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Chateau Miraval, France, says a spokesman for the couple. More>>

Shaun the shaggy Aussie sheep finally shorn smooth

 Shaun the shaggy Australian sheep has at last been shorn smooth.
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Thousands of wasps found nesting in UK Home, devouring bed

A home in the U.K. was invaded by a monstrous colony of wasps, and the infestation was like a scene out of a 1960s Hitchcock movie, a local pest controller said. More>>

Taco Bell contest promises free food for life

Do you like Taco Bell? Then you are going to love the company's new promotion, which will give you the chance to win free food FOR LIFE! More>>

University bets $10 million on poor city's kids

READING, Pa. (AP) -- Public schools in the small Pennsylvania city of Reading are plagued by low test scores in reading, math and science, and fewer than 70 percent of its students graduate higher school. More>>

Reality star accused of rape, child molestation

The Discovery Channel has canceled reality TV star Will Hayden's popular "Sons of Guns" show after his arrest on an aggravated rape charge.  More>>

Dogs on goose patrol Video included

Gaggles of geese are still making a mess in one area park. Stevens Point city leaders have come up with a unique way to scare them off the shore. Now, people are wondering who let the dogs out?
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How nail polish may fend off sexual assault

Pretty nails may be the newest way to foil date rape. More>>

Toilet paper going tubeless

A toilet paper company is tossing the tube. Scott Naturals debuted its tube-free toilet paper Tuesday. More>>

Rapper arrested for firearms in shooting probe

Authorities in California say platinum-selling rapper Young Jeezy has been arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal firearms during an investigation into a fatal shooting at a rap concert in Silicon Valley. More>>

'Breaking Bad' wins Emmy as best drama series

Nearly a year after wrapping up, the AMC drama "Breaking Bad" has another nice going-away present. More>>

Squiggly lines on highway

Peeling lane stripes caused some confusion on Interstate 66 in Virginia Monday morning. More>>

Prince to release new album this month

Prince is releasing a new album on Sept. 30. More>>

American soccer player Tim Howard has book deal

American soccer hero and international celebrity Tim Howard has advanced to the next round of fame: a book deal. More>>

American soccer player Tim Howard has book deal

 American soccer hero and international celebrity Tim Howard has advanced to the next round of fame: a book deal. More>>

Farmers' Almanac predicts another nasty winter

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) -- The folks at the Farmers' Almanac are feeling a bit smug after correctly predicting the past nasty winter, which featured relentless snowstorms and a polar vortex. More>>

Small actions can reduce wildfire risks

SEATTLE (AP) -- As wildfires burn hundreds of homes and thousands of square miles across the West, fire experts say simple actions like clearing brush around a home or removing pine needles from decks could make the difference in whether a house survives or burns to the ground. More>>

A Brazil World Cup bonanza -- for other countries

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's Central Bank says spending by foreign tourists shot up 60 percent during the two months overlapped by its hosting of the World Cup, reaching nearly $1.59 billion. More>>

Police: Woman with fake baby cited for trespassing

MERCED, Calif. (AP) -- Police say they're investigating why a woman tried to enter the maternity ward at a Central California hospital carrying a doll that looked like a living baby. More>>

Too cute: First look at baby elephant

The Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona is welcoming a baby elephant! More>>

Wis. girl meets donor who saved her life Video included

A northeastern Wisconsin girl who suffered from a rare disease has finally met the man who saved her life.Mira Erdmann, of Howard, was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that affects about one in a million people about three years ago.
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Oops: County wrongly figured blood-alcohol levels

People who told police they were not that drunk while driving may have been right in one Pennsylvania county. More>>

Woman pays fine for climbing into giraffe pen Video included

A California woman who got kicked in the face after trying to climb into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo has paid a fine and apologized. More>>

Pope calls family of slain American journalist

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Pope Francis has called the family of an American journalist whose videotaped beheading by Islamic State militants has touched off torrents of outrage around the world. More>>

Missionary doctor `thrilled to be alive' after recovering from Ebola Video included

ATLANTA (AP) -- A missionary doctor who's been released from the hospital after recovering from Ebola says he's "thrilled to be alive." More>>

New medal to be displayed at Sept. 11 ceremony

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- This year's Sept. 11 observance at the Flight 93 National Memorial in western Pennsylvania will include the first public view of the Congressional Gold Medal given to the site. More>>

Woman, 86, publishes a 'steamy' romance novel Video included

An 86-year-old Utah woman became a first-time novelist by writing a steamy romance novel about a bored housewife. More>>

Emmys: Billy Crystal to pay tribute to Williams

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at next week's Emmy Awards. More>>

Photographer sues Bieber over Hawaii altercation

A photographer who says he was assaulted by Justin Bieber's bodyguard on a Hawaii beach last year is suing the pop singer for assault and negligence. More>>

Dozens of people hit the water while overcoming obstacles Video included

Hitting the water is a popular summertime activity. But for some, it's nearly impossible and only a dream. That's why one local group has taken it into their own hands to make that dream a reality. More>>

George W. Bush takes ice bucket challenge

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) -- Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next. More>>

Trial ordered in Wausau embezzlement case Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - The former executive director of the Wausau Area Builders Association accused of embezzling nearly $170,000 from the group was ordered to stand trial Wednesday. More>>

Man who lived as hermit adjusting to society

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- A man who lived nearly three decades in the Maine woods has a job and is adjusting to life back in society. More>>

UPDATE: Sketch released for suspect in attempted sexual assault Video included

An 18-year-old woman told authorities she was able to “kick and bite” a man, escape from his pickup truck and flee into a cornfield after he attempted to sexually assault her, the Waupaca County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday. More>>

MTV Video Music Awards to open with a 'Bang'

The MTV Video Music Awards will open with a "Bang."Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J will kick off Sunday's awards show with their new song, "Bang Bang."  More>>

Calling it a Career: Captain Bob Akey Video included

58-year-old Bob Akey is hanging up his helmet after 27 years at the Merrill Fire Department.
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Glaring mistake in Downton Abbey promotional picture

"Downton Abbey" has released a series of new photos to promote season five, which is slated to premiere stateside in January.  But one stood out for the wrong reason. More>>

Students learn about Hmong culture at camp

More than one hundred Wausau area students are spending part of their summer learning about the Hmong culture. More>>

WATCH: Badgers coach surprises walk-on with scholarship

Wisconsin Badgers redshirt sophomore Connor Udelhoven got the surprise of a lifetime during a team meeting.
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Teacher loses weight from eating 540 McDonald's meals

A teacher from Iowa challenged his students to design his diet plan about a year ago, but the food they had to design the diet around isn't your typical health food. More>>

Golfers dress festive for Aspirus Women's Golf Classic Video included

The Aspirus Women's Golf Classic is not just any regular golf outing. More>>

Wausau West students launch rockets

Some students at Wausau West got to practice their astronaut skills today by launching miniature rockets. More>>

New Pizza Ranch restaurant opening soon in Weston

A new pizza restaurant is getting closer to opening its doors in Weston. More>>

4-H members prepare for Wisconsin Valley Fair

Planning an event the size of Wisconsin Valley Fair is quite an undertaking. More>>

Hu Hot employees prepare for grand opening with V.I.P. service

Hu Hot is bringing its Mongolian cuisine to Rib Mountain, but even a chain restaurant like this one takes a lot of work to get ready for opening day of business. More>>

Students practice engineer skills with Lego robots

Middle school students in Wausau took Lego building to the extreme at Northcentral Technical College. More>>

Credit Union brat fry raises funds for Children's Miracle Network

It was great weather for a brat fry today, and in Weston some people were grilling for a cause. More>>

Credit Union brat fry benefits Children's Miracle Network

A brat fry was served by the Brokaw Credit Union during lunchtime at their Weston office. More>>

SPECIAL REPORT: Calling it a career Video included

A Wausau school administrator is saying goodbye to her passion. More>>

Wausau Ginseng business expands overseas

The ginseng plant has a big impact on the United States and Marathon County. More>>

Unlikely friendship creates some beautiful moments Video included

A veteran and a little boy in Farmington, MN have formed an unlikely friendship.This is a story you just have to watch! More>>

Job opportunities available at Lambeau Field now

If you've ever dreamed of working at Lambeau Field, that dream just might become a reality. More>>

Super Bowl champion coaches Columbus football players

Columbus Catholic High School in Marshfield welcomed back an alumni football star, who taught young athletes about the game. More>>

Golfers get to putt with Green Bay Packers

Packers fans got a chance to golf with current and former players while fighting cancer. More>>

Diane Sawyer leaving World News Video included

ABC News announced Wednesday that Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulous and David Muir are changing their roles within the network. More>>

Discussion about Weston bus service

The village's public health and safety committee will look at possible changes in the route. More>>

College students begin summer courses

More and more college students are taking five or six years to earn a four-year degree. More>>

Rare sight in the sky Video included

Superstitious people might want to stay in bed Friday the 13th. More>>

Wausau gets ready for Badger State Games

People from all over Wisconsin will travel to Wausau to compete in everything from golf, track, soccer, and now even basketball for the Badger State Games.This year, there are 16 different sporting events during the Badger State Games.The games have evolved from year to year, but organizers say this could be the biggest year yet. The games bring 1,000 people to the Wausau area. The next three weekends will benefit the local economy, too. For example, Aspirus YMCA is hosting a duathalon for th... More>>

Wausau schools wrap up Wednesday

After being stuck indoors all these months, Lincoln Elementary students are excited for the school year coming to a close. More>>

Handmade quilt helps celebrate Lake Tomahawk's centennial

Lake Tomahawk continues tradition with a handmade quilt for its 100th birthday. More>>

81-year-old strawberry farmer celebrates 50th anniversary

Most people hope to retire and relax when they're 81 years old, but one central Wisconsin farmer has no plans of slowing down. More>>

Wausau food shelter grows garden for summer

The Neighbor's Place is growing fresh food for the community to take home this summer. More>>

'Brady Brunch' actress Ann B. Davis dies in Texas Video included

Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, who played the housekeeper on "The Brady Bunch," has died at a San Antonio hospital.
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Elementary students learn about agriculture on the farm Video included

The Spencer FFA taught third and fourth graders about agriculture by giving the students a hands-on experience. More>>

Spencer FFA kicks off day on the farm

The Spencer FFA is presenting farm and food safety presentations to elementary students today on a local farm. More>>

How to prepare for tick season Video included

There are ways to stay safe from ticks this season. More>>

Eagle crashes into boat shrink wrap on Wis. Interstate

A Minnesota couple driving their boat home from Florida got quite a surprise: a bald eagle crashed through the shrink wrap while the boat was on Interstate 94 in Wisconsin.
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Internet sensation: Rodgers featured in promotion for new film

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is making an appearance in the movie trailer for “Neighbors,” with actors Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. More>>

Beer makers pull sponsorship for St. Patrick's Day parades over policies

Guinness beer announced Sunday it's pulling out of the Saint Patrick's Day parade in New York City because lesbian and gay groups aren't allowed to march openly. More>>

Crash victim reunites with man who helped her

A Rib Mountain crash victim has found the person she says helped her get through it. More>>

First lady bringing soul singers to White House

First lady Michelle Obama is bringing together an impressive group of female artists for a White House concert celebrating women of soul. More>>

Cuba humidor auction tops $1.1M in Havana

HAVANA (AP) -- Cigar enthusiasts paid more than (euro) 798,000 ($1.1 million) for six handmade Cuban humidors early Saturday at the gala closing of Havana's 16th annual Cigar Festival. More>>

Ukrainian Olympian drops out of the winter games

A Ukrainian skier has withdrawn from the Olympics to protest the deaths of anti-government protesters in her country.
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Bieber had pot, Xanax in system at arrest

A preliminary toxicology report shows that Justin Bieber tested positive for marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax after his arrest last week in South Florida. More>>

ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas: 'I am an alcoholic'

ABC News reporter Elizabeth Vargas is publicly acknowledging that she's an alcoholic, and says it took her years to admit it. More>>

Is Twitter appropriate for the classroom?

Some school officials try to prevent students from tweeting in class. But others are embracing social media as a learning tool, saying sites like Twitter can expand discussions beyond a classroom's four walls. More>>

Lay's "Do Us a Flavor" contest returns

Do you have a great idea for a new potato chip? Then Lay's is looking for you! More>>

German brewers fined over price-fixing

German antitrust authorities have fined a group of beer brewers a total of 106.5 million euros for illegal price-setting agreements.
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Car in Walker crash may have been going 100 mph

A coroner's report says the Porsche carrying "Fast Furious" star Paul Walker may have been going 100 mph or more before it crashed, killing both Walker and the driver.
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Boy told he couldn't be Santa because of race

The issue of Santa Claus' race continues. More>>

Brimfield police chief calls out Kanye West

An Ohio police chief famous for his department's Facebook posts has taken on Kanye West. More>>

Von Trapps' Vt. lodge taps interest in new musical

The hills of Vermont are alive with phones ringing at the Trapp Family Lodge. Yes, those Trapps. More>>

Rhinelander's connection to the Heisman Trophy

The Heisman Trophy is arguably one of the most coveted awards in American athletics.

But the connection between John Heisman, whom the trophy is named after, and the city of Rhinelander in Oneida County is arguably one of Wisconsin's best kept secrets.
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Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year

Pope Francis has been selected by Time magazine as the Person of the Year.
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Reindeer cam

You can now keep an eye on Santa's reindeer.
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Holiday shopping gives way to Giving Tuesday

First there is Thanksgiving, then comes black Friday then small business Saturday, cyber Monday, and now giving Tuesday. More>>

NJ town honors late actor James Gandolfini

Cast members of "The Sopranos" were on hand as a New Jersey town remembered native son James Gandolfini.    More>>

'Reindeer Cam' goes live at Como Park Zoo

Animal Planet has set up a "Reindeer Cam" at Como Park Zoo. The camera is up and running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More>>

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