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Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip

Justin Bieber has apologized to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer. More>>

Where to bring your leftover prescription drugs

Scores of Wisconsin law enforcement agencies will accept prescription medications this weekend as part of a national effort to safely dispose of expired and leftover drugs.
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Powdered alcohol?

Don't expect powdered alcohol to hit store shelves anytime soon. More>>

NYC mayor: May 16 to be Barbara Walters Day

Mayor Bill de Blasio is proclaiming May 16 as "Barbara Walters Day" in New York City.
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American Meb Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon

American Meb Keflezighi has won the Boston Marathon, a year after a bombing at the finish line left three dead and more than 260 people injured.
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Packers clearing houses for parking

The Green Bay Packers will raze about a dozen houses near Lambeau Field this spring.
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Obama hosting annual Easter Egg Roll

Thousands of children are gathering at the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll. More>>

Lohan says on reality show she had miscarriage

Lindsay Lohan says she suffered a miscarriage during the taping of her reality TV series.
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Northern anglers can keep largemouth bass

 Anglers in northern Wisconsin can keep largemouth bass this season for the first time in 22 years.
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Ever-popular Peeps exhibit back at Racine Museum

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- The Racine Art Museum has opened its most popular community event: an annual Peeps exhibit that centers around the marshmallow candies shaped as bunnies or chicks. More>>

Girl Scouts hand out cookies to returning troops

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- About 75 U.S. troops who landed at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport this weekend got a sweet surprise from local Girl Scouts. A KSTP-TV report says the kids handed out boxes of Girl Scout cookies Saturday evening as they held signs thanking the military members for their service. The 461st Engineering Company was returning from the Dominican Republic, where the troops were building schools. They were met by several dozen cheering members of the Girl Scouts of Minnesota a... More>>

Facebook helps find owner of military bracelet

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Employees at an Appleton supper club have been searching for the owner of a special military bracelet for more than a year.  More>>

Billboard boosts effort to catch serial soiler

A billboard along Interstate 94 is part of an effort to help catch a person who has been soiling slides at an Ypsilanti playground over the last six months.
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Attendance up 2 percent at Midwest Horse Fair

 Attendance was up this year at the Midwest Horse Fair in Madison. More>>

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>>

Toddler gets stuck inside claw machine

Authorities say a toddler has been reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley. More>>

Nirvana, Kiss and the E Street Band join rock hall

 Kiss, Nirvana and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band have been ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Barclays Center.
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Nirvana, Kiss and the E Street Band join rock hall

 Kiss, Nirvana and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band have been ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Barclays Center.  More>>

Spring sports are in full swing at some area high schools Video included

After a long winter, Spring sports are making a comeback. More>>

More cities cancel advisories to run water Video included

WESTON (WAOW) – More central Wisconsin cities are telling its water users to stop running water from a faucet to keep underground lines from freezing. More>>

Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman on late show Video included

Stephen Colbert is replacing David Letterman as CBS' late-night host. CBS announced Thursday that "The Colbert Report" host will replace Letterman when he retires next year.
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Cherry blossoms reach peak bloom on target in DC

The National Park Service says Washington's cherry blossom trees have reached peak bloom this week as predicted.
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Lost wallet returned with $20 and a heartwarming note

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Miami Senior High School student Cristhian Reyes had his lost wallet returned by a total stranger with conditions attached, but not the kind of conditions Reyes was expecting. More>>

Why you might want to change all your internet passwords

You know how you buy stuff or do other business on the Internet, feeling that if the Web site you use says it's secure, it's cool? A new report indicates your online dealings may not have been as cool as you might have thought. Security researchers say millions of Internet surfers may have had their passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of data exposed by computer hackers. The breach -- codenamed "Heartbleed" -- may have gone undetected for more than tw... More>>

Rottweiler-type dog sought after biting Wausau boy Video included

WAUSAU (WAOW) – The Marathon County Health Department is looking for a dog that bit a boy in Wausau as he walked with his mother.  More>>

Former pro wrestler Ultimate Warrior dies at 54

The WWE says James Hellwig, better known as former pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior, has died.
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EAA gathers B-17 flight crew from WWII

The Experimental Aircraft Association is bringing together World War II vets that represent each of the 10 B-17 bomber crew positions.
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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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