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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>>

Germany: Looted painting belongs to Jewish family

Investigators say they have determined a second painting that was part of a massive trove of art found in the Munich apartment of late collector Cornelius Gurlitt was stolen by the Nazis from its Jewish owner. More>>

Ring, ring: London statues want to talk to you

Calling all London tourists: Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes and Queen Victoria want a word with you. More>>

US actress cites roots for husband burial in Oslo

A spokeswoman for the funeral service agency in the Norwegian capital says the wife of U.S. radio personality Casey Kasem has cited her Norwegian heritage as a reason for burying her late husband in Oslo. More>>

Man accused of tweeting threat to governor's son

A Milwaukee man is charged with sending threatening and obscene tweets to Gov. Scott Walker's son. More>>

Ring, ring: London statues want to talk to you

 Calling all London tourists: Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes and Queen Victoria want a word with you. More>>

Police: Wisconsin man bungee jumped off crane

Sheboygan police say a 26-year-old man bungee jumped off a 140-foot crane and posted a video of the stunt online. More>>

Self-serve beer proposed for Miller Park

Self-serve beer could be on its way to Miller Park.Milwaukee Sportservice has filed an application with the city to install two beer vending machines at the Milwaukee Brewers ballpark. 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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Bon Jovi, Christie, Kraft join in ALS fundraiser

Jon Bon Jovi isn't averse to taking ice cold showers -- at least when it's for a good cause. More>>

ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas returns to rehab

ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas has returned to a recovery center to be treated for alcohol dependency. More>>

NYC's Met opera reaches deals with 2 unions

New York's Metropolitan Opera has reached tentative labor deals with two of its largest unions while negotiations continue with 10 more unions in hopes of averting a lockout. More>>

Alabama hunters haul in 1,000-pound alligator

 A group of Alabama hunters is celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot-long alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds. More>>

Report: Cost to raise today's child tops $245,000

 A federal report finds that an American child born last year will cost a middle-income family an average of more than $245,000 until he or she becomes an adult. More>>

Wilder memoir to give gritty view of prairie life

Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted "Little House on the Prairie" fans a more realistic view of frontier living. More>>

What do you want to do before you die? Video included

Have you ever heard of a bucket list? Well, owners at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home in Wausau want to hear what's on yours. On Sunday, they unveiled their "Before I die I Want To.." wall.
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Ice bucket challenge is soaking the nation Video included

A new internet craze is really making a splash. The Ice Bucket Challenge raises money and awareness for ALS, also known as the Lou Gehrig's disease. From Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers to Governor Scott Walker, people across the state and country have taken part in the challenge that's soaking the nation.
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Inspiration for 'Orange' character has book deal

The real-life Alex Vause of "Orange is the New Black" is ready to tell her story. More>>

Agent gives Hollywood edgy look with 'real' people

You couldn't miss Sid Levin's office in the old days: It wasn't much bigger than a closet and was filled with burglars, bank robbers and gang members. More>>

Lucky cat survives 9-story fall in New York City

 A cat named Gizmo has only minor injuries after a nine-story fall at a Manhattan apartment building. More>>

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>>

UPDATE: Wisconsin police arrest intoxicated driver, 13 Video included

Manitowoc police say an officer making a traffic stop found an intoxicated driver behind the wheel -- and she was just 13 years old. More>>

Golden Globes group to air starry dinner online

The organization behind the Golden Globes is hosting another star-studded, Champagne-soaked dinner -- this time for online broadcast. More>>

Letterman nominated for humor prize

David Letterman, maybe your next career should be as an author.
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Bieber fever sweeps Shawano County Video included

A Shawano County sheriff's candidate has defeated the incumbent in Tuesday night's election.  More>>

UPDATE: Teen driver in deadly crash charged Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A 16-year-old girl was accused of juvenile delinquency Wednesday in the deadly Marathon County crash that killed two young girls.

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Bieber ousts veteran sheriff in Shawano County

SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) -- A two-term sheriff in Wisconsin has lost his job to a police officer who shares a last name with a pop star. More>>

Sources: Justin Bieber reaches plea deal in Fla.

Two people involved in the case tell The Associated Press singer Justin Bieber will plead guilty to lesser charges over his arrest in South Florida in what police initially described as an illegal street race. More>>

Celine Dion cancels all shows, cites family health

Celine Dion has cleared her calendar of all performances, saying she needs to focus on her health, her husband's health and raising their three young children. More>>

No joke: Chicken crossing road blocks traffic

 Portland, Oregon, police were told there was a chicken -- and it was attempting to cross the road. More>>

Sources: Justin Bieber reaches plea deal in Fla.

- Two people involved in the case tell The Associated Press singer Justin Bieber will plead guilty to lesser charges over his arrest in South Florida in what police initially described as an illegal street race. More>>

Sources: Justin Bieber reaches plea deal in Fla.

Two people involved in the case tell The Associated Press singer Justin Bieber will plead guilty to lesser charges over his arrest in South Florida in what police initially described as an illegal street race. More>>

AP sources: Bieber reaches plea deal in Fla. case

According to two people directly involved with the case, Justin Bieber will plead guilty to lesser charges in his January arrest in South Florida after what police initially described as an illegal street drag race. More>>

Lauren Bacall, sultry-voiced actress, dead at 89

Lauren Bacall, the award-winning actress and Humphrey Bogart's partner off and on the screen, has died. She was 89. More>>

.Barmageddon: Law students sue when software fails

Thousands of law students attempting to take the bar exam in 42 states got a nasty surprise: They couldn't upload their answers. More>>

Maserati patrol car raises police suspicions

 Police patrol cars are usually Fords or Chryslers, not Maseratis. More>>

Kings of Leon drummer breaks ribs in bus accident

Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill was injured in a tour bus accident over the weekend, forcing the band to postpone a Sunday show in New York. More>>

Pharrell curates soundtrack for 'NBA 2K15' game

Pharrell is teaming up with the world's best-selling basketball video game franchise as a music curator. More>>

Comedian Robin Williams dead in apparent suicide

Oscar-winner Robin Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. More>>

Deal inked for World Trade Center Wi-Fi

NEW YORK (AP) -- Officials say commuters and visitors at the World Trade Center will be able to take advantage of free WiFi. More>>

Woman attacked at party for too-short shorts

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Prosecutors say a 25-year-old Washington state woman attacked another woman at a barbecue because she thought her shorts were too short. More>>

70-year-old man points shotgun at river tubers Video included

FLORENCE, Wis. (AP) -- Sheriff's deputies in Florence County have arrested a man accused of threatening some people with a gun on the Pine River. More>>

Merrill man fires 3 shots at ATV trespasser Video included

MERRILL (WAOW) - Frustrated by trespassing on his land, a 39-year-old Merrill man fired at least three shots from a gun at an all-terrain vehicle, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department said Monday. More>>

Church pig wrestling event held, despite protests

A church in Outagamie County didn't let protests of animal cruelty stop its annual pig wrestling fundraiser. More>>

Thousands lace up to race for the cure Video included

Thousands of people from across central Wisconsin came together to join in the fight against breast cancer on Sunday. Central Wisconsin's 5th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure kicked off. It was held at Wausau's 400 block.
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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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