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Sportsmen favor extended fall trout season
SPARTA?Monroe County sportsmen favored the idea of more trout fishing in the fall but were split on whether to start earlier in the year.

Timberwolves can't turn corner in close loss
The Tomah High School baseball team lost its third straight close game Thursday.

MVC honors two Tomah gymnasts
A pair of Tomah High School gymnasts were recognized by the Mississippi Valley Conference.

Softball squad falls to Marshfield rally in seventh
The Tomah High School girls softball team was one out away from a victory Thursday.

Scam artists look to capitalize on storm damage
Area law enforcement is warning local residents of scam artists who may be trying to bilk local residents out of money over storm damage repairs.

Board to discuss failed referendum impact
The Tomah School Board will discuss the impact of the April 1 referendum vote when it meets Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Robert Kupper Learning Center.

State seeks to commit Monroe County sex offender
The state wants to have an imprisoned former Sparta man declared a sexually violent person and have him committed for treatment.

Statewide severe weather drill April 24
The city of Tomah will participate in a statewide mock tornado watch at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 24.

Letter: Greed, ignorance drive sand-mining boom
Greed, ignorance drive sand-mining boom

?Take back? unused prescription drugs
Like many Wisconsin parents, Julie never thought it could happen to her child. The mother of four from Menomonee Falls lost her 25-year-old son in early 2012 to a heroin overdose.

 

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Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord

Pro-Russian militant walks near a checkpoint which was the scene of a gunfight overnight near the city of SlavianskBy Aleksandar Vasovic SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict. The incident triggered a war of words between Moscow and Ukraine's western-backed government with each questioning the other's compliance with the agreement, brokered last week in Geneva, to end a crisis that has made Russia's ties with the West more fraught than at any time since the Cold War. The separatists said armed men from Ukraine's Right Sector nationalist group had attacked them. Failure of the Geneva agreement could bring more bloodshed in eastern Ukraine, but may also prompt the United States early next week to impose tougher sanctions on the Kremlin - with far-reaching potential consequences for many economies and for importers of Russian energy.




Prosecutors extend Korea ferry captain's detention as death toll mounts

Family members of missing passengers from capsized Sewol passenger ship, which sank in sea off Jindo, cast their shadows as they look at list of fatalities at port in JindoBy Ju-min Park and Jungmin Jang JINDO/MOKPO, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors investigating last week's ferry disaster said on Sunday they wanted to extend the detention of the captain and two other crew as they try to determine the cause of an accident that likely claimed more than 300 lives. The Sewol ferry was on a routine 400-km (300-mile) voyage from Incheon to the southern holiday island of Jeju in calm weather on Wednesday carrying 476 passengers and crew, among them 339 children and teachers on a high school outing. It took more than two hours for it to capsize completely but passengers were ordered to stay put in their cabins.




Abdullah widens lead in Afghan presidential vote

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah speaks during an interview in KabulBy Jeremy Laurence KABUL (Reuters) - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead in the Afghan presidential race has widened, the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday showed, although half of the votes have yet to be counted. Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission said initial results based on almost 50 percent of the vote out of the total 34 provinces showed Abdullah in the lead with 44.4 percent, followed by ex-world bank official Ashraf Ghani with 33.2 percent of the votes it said were not fraudulent. "The lead we were expecting, it didn't come as a surprise, but perhaps we were expecting a bigger lead," Abdullah told Reuters in an interview at his home in Kabul. Final results are due on May 14, and a run-off, if needed, will take place in late May. A run-off is seen as a risky proposition in Afghanistan, given security concerns, the prospect of a low turnout and the cost - the bill for the first round was put at more than $100 million.




Turkey Twitter accounts appear blocked after Erdogan court action

Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in AnkaraBy Seda Sezer ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Two anonymous Twitter accounts used to release secretly recorded conversations implicating family and associates of Turkey's prime minister and senior government officials in a corruption scandal appeared on Sunday to have been blocked. Twitter last week agreed to comply with a Turkish government request to close some accounts that officials said had breached national security or privacy regulations. Twitter said in a tweet on its policy feed: "Reminder: Our Country Withheld Content Policy means we act after due process, e.g., a court order". "We don't withhold content at the mere request of a gov't official and we may appeal a court order when it threatens freedom of expression," it tweeted.




Syria's Assad pays Easter visit to recaptured Christian town

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visits Maaloula townBy Firas Makdesi MAALOULA, Syria (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited an ancient Christian town recaptured from rebels last week, state media said, as he seeks to persuade minorities that the government is their best protection against hardline Islamists. Assad's Easter visit to Maaloula - a rare appearance outside central Damascus - also highlighted growing government confidence in recent gains against insurgents around the capital and along the Lebanese border. Islamist fighters, including some from the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, had taken over part of Maaloula in December and held several nuns captive until releasing them in March in a prisoner-exchange deal.




Malaysian plane search in 44th day, sea bed scans could end in days

Handout of the Phoenix International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Artemis participating in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370By Byron Kaye and Matt Siegel SYDNEY/PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 entered its 44th day on Sunday as Australian search officials said a crucial series of sonar scans of the Indian Ocean floor could be completed within a week. The air, surface and underwater search is now focused on footage taken by a U.S. Navy deep sea drone, which has narrowed its target range to a tight 10-km (6.2-mile) circle of sea floor. The Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) has spent the past week scouring the remote and largely unmapped stretch of ocean floor some 2,000 km (1,200 miles) northwest of the Australian city of Perth for signs of the plane, which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board. The remote controlled submarine is now in its eighth deep sea mission with no sign of wreckage so far.




Wawrinka beats Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, returns the ball to Roger Federer of Switzerland during the final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)MONACO (AP) ? Stanislas Wawrinka won the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time after rallying to beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in a rare all-Swiss final on Sunday.




Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

People stand at a barricade at the regional administration building that they had seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Ukrainian and Russian governments are reporting a shootout at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine that has left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for tougher Western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored U.S. and European efforts to persuade it to back off its confrontation with Ukraine.




McCartney wows Uruguayans in packed stadium concert

Paul McCartney performs during the opening concert of his "Out There" tour on April 19, 2014 in MontevideoEx-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney wowed fans at a concert in Uruguay late Saturday, performing classics from his long career and dazzling the crowd with his rendition of "Let It Be". McCartney opened the Montevideo show -- part of the "Out There" world tour -- with "Eight Days a Week," a 1964 Beatle hit released long before many of the audience members were born. But age was not a factor as "Macca," now 71, belted out decades-old hits like in the good old days with George, John and Ringo. Sir Paul also played post-Beatle songs from the 1970s when he was with the band Wings, hits from the solo period that followed, and tunes from his latest album, "New" (2013).




Arsenal beats Hull 3-0 in Premier League

Arsenal's Lukas Podolski scores his side's third goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Hull City at The KC Stadium, Hull, England, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Lynne Cameron, PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVESHULL, England (AP) ? Lukas Podolski scored two goals for the second straight match as Arsenal beat Hull 3-0 on Sunday to move a step closer to securing the final Champions League place in the Premier League.




 
 
 
 
 
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