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Wisconsin Republican Party says hackers stole $2.3 million

By Scott Bauer Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hackers have stolen $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party's account that was being used to help reelect President Donald Trump in the key battleground state, the party's chairman told The Associated Press on Thursday. The party noticed the suspicious activity on Oct. 22 and contacted the FBI on Friday, said Republican Party Chairman Andrew Hitt. Hitt said the FBI is investigating. FBI spokesman Brett Banner said that,…

3 dead in church attack, plunging France into dual emergency

By Lori Hinnant and Daniel Cole Associated Press NICE, France (AP) — A man armed with a knife attacked people inside a French church and killed three Thursday, prompting the government to raise its security alert status to the maximum level hours before a nationwide coronavirus lockdown. The attack in Mediterranean city of Nice was the third in two months in France that authorities have attributed to Muslim extremists, including the beheading of a teacher. It comes during a growing…

Heightened unrest in Philadelphia after Black man’s killing

By Claudia Lauer Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A tense Philadelphia braced for more demonstrations Wednesday over the police killing of a Black man following two nights of protests that set off clashes with police and break-ins of stores on the other side of the city. The death of Walter Wallace Jr., who was fatally shot by police Monday after authorities say he ignored orders to drop a knife, came amid already heightened tensions in the battleground state just days before the…

Trump’s diagnosis rocks final stage of presidential campaign

By Bill Barrow and Steve Peoples Associated Press An election year already defined by a cascade of national crises descended further into chaos Friday, with President Donald Trump declaring that he’s tested positive for the coronavirus after consistently playing down the threat. Democratic challenger Joe Biden, who spent 90 minutes on stage with Trump in their Tuesday debate, tested negative and moved forward with plans to attend a campaign event in Michigan Friday afternoon. No one…

US outlines sweeping plan to provide free COVID-19 vaccines

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, assuming a safe and effective shot is established and widely accepted though polls show skepticism remains across America. In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination…

Wild Ones presents virtual program on cemetery prairies in northern Illinois

From Dawn Skupien Publicity Coordinator, Wild Ones Rock River Valley Chapter Chris Benda will present a video program about the native prairie vegetation that can be found in old pioneer cemeteries in northern Illinois at the monthly educational program of the Wild Ones Rock River Valley Chapter on September 17th. A link to the video will be posted on the chapter website, (www.wildonesrrvc.org) beginning on September 17, and will also be distributed via Constant Contact. Known as "the…

Pritzker instructs agency leaders to prepare for cuts of 5-10 percent

By Jerry Nowicki Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – State agency heads are preparing to cut 5 percent of their budgets in the current fiscal year and 10 percent next fiscal year should the federal government fail to provide aid to state and local governments, Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday. The governor made the announcement at a Chicago restaurant during a news conference called to announce another $245 million in grants aimed at giving a boost to…