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Train fatalities in Marshfield raise safety concerns Video included

There have been a number of train incidents in Marshfield within the past few months.  More>>

VIDEO: Girl doesn't want brother to grow up

It seems like 5-year-old Sadie doesn't want her little brother to grow up! More>>

Baby kidnapping suspect sobs on witness stand

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The federal trial of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her half-sister's newborn in Wisconsin and abandoning him in Iowa has been halted briefly after the defendant began sobbing uncontrollably on the witness stand. More>>

Indianapolis man buys 2 $1M tickets in 3 months

 An Indianapolis man has won two $1 million lottery prizes in the past three months. More>>

Teen's phone catches on fire under pillow

A safety warning on cell phones -- which can sometimes heat up dangerously.

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>>

Wausau cheese curd stand brings tradition to Wisconsin Valley Fair Video included

There are dozens of food vendors at the Wisconsin Valley Fair that come back year after year, but one has been coming back for more than 40 years.  . More>>

Wisconsin Valley Fair begins in Marathon Park Video included

The Wisconsin Valley Fair kicked off at Marathon Park Tuesday.  More>>

Police use trail cam to catch criminal Video included

Stevens Point police are crediting a popular hunting tool for solving a string of burglaries. Tracy Osowski, 33, of Plover has been convicted of burglary and theft. Police say she was caught stealing on a trail camera. More>>

The Situation due in court for assault charge

The Situation is due to have his day in court. More>>

Dozens treated for illness at Keith Urban concert

Authorities say several dozen people were treated for alcohol-related illnesses at a weekend Keith Urban concert in Massachusetts. More>>

'Of Mice and Men' leaves Broadway on a record high

James Franco's play "Of Mice and Men" has left Broadway with a roar -- a box office record. More>>

Green Bay latest city to weigh phone driving ban Video included

Green Bay is the latest city in Wisconsin to consider banning cell phones for drivers. More>>

UPDATE: Woman killed by train identified Video included

WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - Wisconsin Rapids police have identified the woman who died after walking into the path of a train.


4-H members prepare for Wisconsin Valley Fair

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

84-year-old man hurt while cutting down trees Video included

GREENWOOD (WAOW) – An 84-year-old rural Greenwood man escaped serious injuries Monday when a tree he was cutting for firewood fell on him, the Clark County Sheriff's Department said. More>>

Do dogs get jealous? Video included

Do you feel like your dog gets jealous? You might be right! More>>

Clear rules sought for musical items on planes

A U.S. senator from Rhode Island is calling on government to clarify rules about bringing musical instruments on to commercial flights as carry-on luggage. More>>

Cable on Ohio amusement park ride snaps, hurting 2

An Ohio amusement park ride that swings riders up to 125 feet in the air has been closed indefinitely after a cable snapped, injuring two visitors. More>>

Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel

Sarah Palin is starting her own subscription-based online network. More>>

Hundreds remember jazz legend with fitting tribute Video included

Central Wisconsin is mourning the loss of a jazz legend. Sid Kyler was supposed to be the star of the show at Friday's 4th annual Sid Kyler River Valley Jazz Festival in Wausau. Instead, they honored his legacy.

Thousands turn out for Langlade County Fair Video included

County fairs are a summertime favorite in Wisconsin, and for some at the Langlade County Fair, the sights and sounds take them back to their childhood.  More>>

Zimmerman says he'll appeal NBC lawsuit dismissal

George Zimmerman has filed a notice to appeal the dismissal of his defamation lawsuit against NBC Universal and three reporters. More>>

Queen Elizabeth photobombs selfie Video included

The Queen of England photobombed a selfie taken by two members of the Australian Women's Hockey Team. More>>

SD museum, collector dispute Elvis' broken guitar

An acoustic guitar Elvis Presley smashed during his final tour has sparked a custody fight between a South Dakota museum and a collector who insists he's the rightful owner. More>>

Fox, Arnett share 'TMNT' love with Comic-Con crowd

For the human stars of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," it's all about Michelangelo. More>>

Wausau man breaks world record Video included

A central Wisconsin TV host turned his passion into a world record.

A golf marathon for the animals Video included

MARSHFIELD (WAOW)-- A central Wisconsin man played golf on Thursday for 12 hours in a marathon he organized to raise money for a pet shelter.


Trial ordered for man accused of trying to kill dog

NEILLSVILLE (WAOW) - A 65-year-old Clark County man who told investigators that he "tried to skin his dog alive" was ordered to stand trial Thursday, according to online Clark County court records. More>>

Hayward hosts Lumberjack World Championships

 International competition begins in Hayward where the very best lumberjacks are gathering. More>>

Dumb Starbucks explained on Comedy Central show

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dumb Starbucks is coming back, but only on TV.The comic who came up with the fake-store concept will discuss its origins and aftermath on next Tuesday's episode of Comedy Central's "Nathan For You." More>>

Merrill art students bring history to life through mural Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW)--Some Merrill art students are trying their hands at a project the entire community can enjoy. More>>

3 NYC students get recording contract approval

Three middle school students in a heavy metal band have gotten permission from a Manhattan judge to sign a multi-year recording contract with Sony. More>>

Swift, Coldplay set for iHeartRadio festival

Taylor Swift, Coldplay and One Direction are part of the star-studded lineup for this year's iHeartRadio Music Festival. More>>

Michael Jackson's hometown to name school for him

Plans are in the works to name a school in Michael Jackson's Indiana hometown for the late pop star. 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>>

Health officials provide tips to avoid heat stroke Video included

Health officials have some safety tips to prevent heat stroke with the warmer temperatures. More>>

A deal is in the works to save the Cedar Creek Mall Video included

 A deal is in the works that could save the Cedar Creek Mall. The Rothschild Village President confirms to Newsline 9 a new owner is expected to take over the mall Wednesday.

Mysterious white flags appear atop Brooklyn Bridge

Someone has replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with mysterious white flags. More>>

One-time "Woman of the Year" convicted of theft

EAGLE RIVER (WAOW) - A woman who just months ago was honored as Eagle River's woman of the year has been convicted of stealing about $16,000 from a civic group that raises money to benefit children in need, according to online court records. More>>

Mississippi's Margaritaville casino closing

Company officials say Mississippi's Margaritaville Casino Restaurant will close on or before Sept. 19.Margaritaville said in Monday's announcement that it will pay 371 employees up to Sept. 19, but could close before then. More>>

Imax, Shanghai Film to open 19 screens in China

Imax and China's biggest state-owned film exhibitor are teaming up to open 19 giant screen cinemas in the world's No. 2 movie market. More>>

Library honors Billy Joel with US pop music prize

The Library of Congress is honoring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. More>>

UPDATE: Doctors say possible health risks for legally drunk boy Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Wausau Police say a 12-year-old Wausau boy received hospital treatment after officers found him legally drunk. More>>

Students practice engineer skills with Lego robots

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

People in Marathon County find ways to stay cool in heat Video included

Monday was one of the hottest days of the year so far in central Wisconsin, so people found ways to cool off. More>>

New York court: Spanking was not excessive

A New York court has ruled that a Long Island father used reasonable force when he spanked his 8-year-old son for cursing at an adult. More>>

Former Destiny's Child member arrested in SC

A former member of the RB group Destiny's Child has been arrested in South Carolina near Myrtle Beach. More>>

Report: Michigan splash pad requires costly fixes

A city-commissioned report has found the Traverse City splash pad that rained sewage-contaminated water on children could cost up to $400,000 to repair. More>>

Obama to bestow Medal of Honor on NH veteran

 President Barack Obama will bestow the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor, to Ryan M. Pitts.

Discover Downtown is underway in Stevens Point Video included

A central Wisconsin community is coming together to show off their downtown. More>>

Common core standards being questioned in Wisconsin Video included

Governor Scott Walker is trying to get rid of some standards that set requirements for what is taught in grade-school classrooms. More>>

Man gets probation for trespassing at Swift's home

A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to probation after being found guilty of trespassing at singer Taylor Swift's seaside mansion in Rhode Island. More>>

Water skiers take over Wisconsin Rapids Video included

Thousands of water-skiers from all over Wisconsin headed to Lake Wazeecha in Wisconsin Rapids today for the 48th annual State Show Ski Tournament. More>>

Lambeau Field hosts grand opening for new Packers pro shop Video included

The Packers pro shop at Lambeau Field has a new look. More>>

Police: Arrested man ordered 5 pizzas to station

Police in southern Kentucky say they got a surprise delivery after charging a man with shoplifting -- five pizzas showed up at the station. More>>

Ron Howard to direct Beatles documentary

 Ron Howard will direct a documentary on the Beatles that focuses on the band's touring years during the early 1960s. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year

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

Reindeer cam

You can now keep an eye on Santa's reindeer.

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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