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Hamilton family 'disappointed' in lack of charges

The family of Dontre Hamilton is "extremely disappointed" that the officer who shot him at a Milwaukee park in April won't face criminal charges. Hamilton was shot 14 by former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney on April 30th in a downtown Milwaukee Park. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced Monday that former police officer Christopher Manney won't be charged because he shot Hamilton in self-defense. Police have said that Manny shot Hamilton after Hamilton grabbed the officer's baton and struck him with it. A statement from the Hamilton family's attorney says the family has reached out to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Milwaukee and is calling for a federal investigation. In an hour-long news conference Monday morning, Chisolm explained why he was not filing charges against the former Milwaukee Police officer. "Manney's use of force in this incident was justified self-defense and that defense cannot be reasonably overcome to establish a basis to charge Officer Manney with a crime," Chisolm said. Chisolm said he would be releasing all of the investigative documents so that the public could see what went into the decision, including using an independent outside expert in deadly force.  He said his decision only addresses whether Manney was justified in using deadly force. Manney said he moved to frisk Hamilton in a downtown park and Hamilton resisted, striking the officer with his own baton. Manney then opened fire, hitting Hamilton 14 times. Chief Edward Flynn fired Manney in October, saying the officer didn't follow proper procedure when he tried to pat down Hamilton during a welfare check. A statement from attorney Jonathan Safran said the Hamilton family has seen no evidence Manney was attacked. The statement says the case "cries out for justice." A message left with Manney's attorney wasn't immediately returned. Chisolm was asked about the timing and the likelihood of protests following his announcement.   Hamilton's family and others have staged regular protests over what they saw as a lack of police transparency. "I can be deeply aware of the historical reasons for concern but I cannot be swayed by passions or prejudgment," Chisolm told reporters Monday.  "I can't control outside events and outside events can't control me."

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:39:54 GMT

5-7 people hit by lightning outside Packers vs. Bucs game

WTSP, the CBS affiliate in Tampa, is reporting that between five and seven people were struck by lightning at the Raymond James Stadium as the Bucs versus Packers game ended. Paramedics treated seven people after the incident happened in parking lot 14 on the north side of the stadium, WTSP reported. All of the victims were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, and an additional four or five people reported that they would go to the hospital on their own, according to the report from WTSP. Tampa Fire Rescue Spokesman Jason Penny told WTSP it doesn’t appear that anyone was directly hit by the lightning Sunday afternoon. He said the lightning did kick up rocks and knock a few people down shortly after 4 p.m. There were no other injuries reported. WTSP reported the ages of the patients range from early 20s to a man in his 70s.

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:14:03 GMT


Published: Tue, 10 May 2011 13:51:57 GMT

Light snow possible Christmas Eve, Friday

A storm system will develop and move through the Midwest early this holiday week. Monday will be cloudy and breezy with areas of fog, light rain and light snow in the morning. Rain will become more widespread in the afternoon, but may continue to mix with some light snow in areas northwest of Madison. Widespread rain and fog will continue Monday night as temperatures continue to warm through the evening hours. Rain may continue to mix with snow northwest of Madison Monday night. As the area of low pressure moves northeast on Tuesday, southern Wisconsin will be in the warm sector of the system. Light rain and drizzle will be possible. As the low pressure system over Wisconsin moves to the east it will merge with another low pressure system moving up from the Gulf Coast. This will cause the merged system to stall to our northeast as it intensifies into Christmas Eve day. Christmas Eve will be cloudy and breezy with a small chance for light snow. A better chance for widespread snow showers will stay east of Wisconsin. Christmas Day will be variably cloudy and a bit breezy. Snow is possible Friday as another system moves through Wisconsin, and minor snow accumulations are possible. The weekend looks rather quiet with some sunshine, but cold temperatures. 

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:36:31 GMT

Police investigate death of Madison teen

Police are investigating the death of a Madison teen who died after an incident in downtown Madison early Saturday. The Madison Police Department said officers and the fire department responded to a report of a person jumping or falling from an apartment balcony at the Equinox Apartments, 409 W. Gorham St., at about 12:17 a.m. Police said responders found an 18-year-old man injured outside the apartment building. The teen, a high school student, was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Lt. Tim Strassman said Saturday morning that police did not suspect any criminal act but police were investigating whether the fall was accidental or intentional. It also wasn't clear Saturday morning if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the death, but an autopsy was scheduled. Strassman also said the teen didn't live in the Equinox and his connection to the building wasn't clear, as he didn't know anyone living there. Police withheld the teen's name Saturday pending notification of the family.

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:41:35 GMT

Man points gun at officer investigating report of shots fired

A Madison man was arrested early Sunday morning after pointing a gun at an officer who was investigating a report of shots fired on the east side. Madison police officers were dispatched to the area of Hudson and Sommers avenues for reports of shots fired around 2:45 a.m., according to a release. White investigating the incident, officers initially talked with Nathaniel W. Homestead, 23, of Madison, a couple blocks away, authorities said. Homestead told police he heard some shots while he was walking home. About 20 minutes later, an officer saw Homestead walking in the 2700 block of Milwaukee Street, according to the release. As the officer stopped his squad car he noticed Homestead had a handgun, which he pointed at the officer and his squad car, officials said. The officer was able to convince Homestead to put the gun down, and he was arrested. Homestead was intoxicated and had a blood alcohol content of 0.22 percent, according to the release. He faces tentative charges of recklessly endangering safety, endangering safety with the use of a dangerous weapon, and for violating bail conditions.

Published: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:54:42 GMT

State emergency center activated to monitor Milwaukee

The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs has activated its emergency operations center after it was announced a former Milwaukee police officer who shot and killed a man in April won't face criminal charges. The emergency operations center was opened Monday to monitor the situation in Milwaukee. Its opening comes hours after Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced he would not file charges against former officer Christopher Manney in the killing of Dontre Hamilton. Tod Pritchard at the Emergency Operations Center told News 3 they are at "Level 3" which is a minimum staffing level where key agencies are in their center. He said, at this point, they are monitoring and communicating between the Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee Sheriff's Department and the National Guard. The emergency operations center will coordinate activities between any affected state agencies. Gov. Scott Walker said last week he would call up the National Guard if there is any violent reaction to the prosecutor's decision. Police arrested 74 protesters Friday who blocked rush hour traffic on Interstate 43 in Milwaukee.

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:12:50 GMT

ACLU reacts to no charges for officer in Hamilton shooting case

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin says it regrets a prosecutor's decision not to charge a former Milwaukee police officer who was involved in a fatal shooting in April. ACLU of Wisconsin Executive Director Chris Ahmuty says the decision not to charge former Officer Christopher Manney leaves a cloud of uncertainty over the circumstances surrounding the April 30 death of 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton. Ahmuty asks whether anyone is legally responsible for Hamilton's death, and he wants to know what the Milwaukee Police Department will do to ensure officers don't kill unarmed individuals. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said Manney acted in self-defense.

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:08:23 GMT

Thefts from cars spike in Madison

Madison police are urging residents to look out for a “Grinch” who might be breaking into vehicles in parts of Madison. Numerous thefts from cars were reported in the Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood Monday, and police said that so far this month they’ve had more than 30 theft from auto complaints, and 50 since Nov. 1. Police are asking residents to look out for suspicious people in your neighborhood during all hours of the day. They said usually just one or two people are responsible for dozens of thefts. Residents are also asked to lock their cars and to not leave gifts in plain view.

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:46:56 GMT

DCSO: 1 killed in farm accident Saturday

Dane County sheriff’s officials confirmed someone died in a farm accident Saturday in Morrisonville. Dane County sheriff’s Lt. Alecia Rauch said the incident happened Saturday afternoon on Morrisonville Road. No other information was available Sunday morning.

Published: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:15:20 GMT

Squad car crashes as deputy spots deer

A Green County Sheriff’s deputy crashed her squad car early Saturday morning while she was preoccupied by a deer running parallel to her squad. Investigators said the deputy was driving north in the N4100 block of Jordan-Wiota Road in the town of Jordan when she spotted the deer. As she approached a 90 degree corner, she drover onto the shoulder and stuck a road sign. The squad car sustained moderate front end damage and was driven from the scene. The deputy was not injured. The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department took the report.

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:09:17 GMT

Packers vs. Lions kickoff time moved to 3:25 CT

Sunday night, the NFL announced that the week 17 match-up between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions has been moved to 3:25 p.m. on Fox. The game at Lambeau Field was previously scheduled for noon.  The winner of the game will win the NFC North championship. Also announced, the Steelers and Bengals match-up will be featured on NBC's Sunday Night Football.  

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:25:43 GMT

2 attack, severely beat off-duty State St. bar bouncer

An off-duty bouncer at a Madison bar suffered severe face injuries after he was beaten by customers early Saturday. Madison police said the 21-year-old Madison man entered the restroom at The City Bar on State Street at about 1:15 a.m. The off-duty bouncer told police he saw two men in the bathroom and one was ingesting a white powdery substance. The off-duty worker told the men he was going to get the manager and the two men began attacking him. The bouncer was severely beaten, according to the report. He was taken to the hospital and treated for a broken nose, fractured orbital socket and a facial laceration that required sutures. The two attackers fled out the front entrance with three other men, police said. The attackers were described as Asian, between 22 to 23 years old with thin builds. They were between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall and one was slightly taller than the other. One was wearing a sweater and the other a white plaid shirt.

Published: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:44:15 GMT

Retired couple recalls first years of Castle Rock Inn

Area residents lost a southwest Wisconsin staple when the beloved Castle Rock Inn went up in flames last week. The restaurant, located outside Muscoda, was all but destroyed in the fire - but those who knew it best remember when it was a popular dining destination for decades. Laudie Prochaska, now 97, recalls when his father, John, built the restaurant as a grocery store back in 1923. Laudie and his family lived in the building for years. Decades later, Laudie would return after serving in World War II to live in the top floor again with his wife, Mary.  "I remember I used to spend a lot of time pushing a stroller out in front of the place," Mary says. The couple spent years of their life inside Castle Rock Inn, as Laudie and his father ran the place and even held his wedding reception there. "Was it ever a crowd!" he remembers. "You couldn't walk from the front to the back." Their most recent memories of the restaurant, though, include its loss just last week. "You didn't know how to feel," Laudie says. "You were kind of numb, you know?" That day, Laudie drove out to see the damage for himself. The building, still barely standing, was virtually unrecognizable. "There was nothing you could actually see but just a pile of rubble," Laudie says. The couple may have lost the building that played an vital part in their lives - but both hope out of the rubble might come an opportunity for new memories, with a new restaurant to replace the old. 

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:33:31 GMT

House fire is training, clears space for new fire department

Janesville firefighters are lighting a house on fire for training and to also make room for a new fire station. The fire department is conducting live fire training on several homes in the triangle-shaped property between Milton and Prospect avenues purchased for the construction of a new fire station. The structure at 315 Milton Ave. will be used for live burn training Monday. All asbestos and other hazardous materials have been removed from the structures.

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:01:27 GMT

Packers beat Bucs, set up showdown for NFC North title

Green Bay still has some unfinished business before heading into the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season. The Packers clinched a berth with a 20-3 victory over the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers, setting up a showdown with Detroit for the NFL North title next Sunday at Lambeau Field. Coach Mike McCarthy likes his team's chances, despite not getting as much offensive production as usual in losing to Buffalo and wearing down Tampa Bay the past two weeks. "We've won six out of seven games, so I'd like to classify that as playing a lot of solid football, that's for sure," McCarthy said. "We'll clean this game up (Monday); we'll be on it. We'll also start on Detroit. I like where we're at, and I really like this football team. ... I feel good about the offense, defense and special teams." Aaron Rodgers threw for 318 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's win over the Bucs, however the Packers' defense carried the day. Tampa Bay's sputtering offense was limited to a season-low 109 net yards; Josh McCown was sacked seven times and intercepted once; and Green Bay held running back Doug Martin to 17 yards rushing on 10 carries. "It started and ended with defense, just the constant pressure, the seven sacks. They controlled the game for us," McCarthy said. Rodgers threw a 1-yard TD pass to Jordy Nelson late in the fourth quarter, and Eddie Lacy scored on a 44-yard run and finished with 99 rushing on 17 attempts for Green Bay (11-4). Nelson had nine receptions for 113 yards. Randall Cobb had a big day, too, with 11 catches for 131 yards. "I battled the flu the past couple of days pretty bad, and that's why I was surprised I hurt my calf because I hydrated like no other (week)," Rodgers said. "I was drinking a ton of water before the game. "Unfortunately, the calf kind of gave up on me there. But it was a good win for us. The defense played great. Offensively, it wasn't pretty, but we had enough points to win." Rodgers said he was injured during Green Bay's second possession. He rebounded from the only game this season in which he's failed to throw for a touchdown by completing 31 of 40 passes without an interception. He expects to play next week against the Lions (11-4). "It's too early to give a 100-percent guarantee," the quarterback said. "But it would definitely take a lot to hold me out of that game." The Bucs (2-13) have lost five straight and remain in contention for the first overall pick in the 2015 draft. "We picked the worst possible time to play our worst (offensive) game," Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith said. "We'd liked to have fought them a lot harder than we did. I think the guys tried to play hard. Defensively we hung in there and kept them out of the end zone a lot. But it's hard to win games when you put up that kind of offensive production ... which was very little." The Bucs kept it close with a solid if not particularly flashy defensive performance. They forced Rodgers' fourth turnover in two weeks with Michael Johnson's sack-fumble, and a goal-line stand denied the Packers points in the third quarter after Lacy gained 5 yards on first down to the Bucs 1. Lacy and John Kuhn were stopped for no gain on the next two plays, then Rodgers threw an incompletion in the end zone on fourth down. "To see the defense and the way that it played, it's frustrating, man," McCown said. "You can't do that (the offensive performance). We've got to be better than that." Some reasons the Packers bounced back from an eight-point loss to Buffalo, and the Bucs came up short yet again. QUARTERBACK WOES: McCown was 12 of 26 for 147 yards. Nearly half of that came on two completions — a 40-yarder to Vincent Jackson and 22-yarder to Mike Eavans. In addition to being sacked seven times, the 35-year-old QB was hit on five other occasions. PEPPERS GET IT DONE: Julius Peppers had two of Green Bay's seven sacks and forced a fumble. In 17 career games against Tampa Bay, Peppers has 17 1/2 sacks, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and an interception returned for a TD. RUN, EDDIE, RUN: Lacy just missed rushing for 100 yards. But including a 5-yard gain on his only pass reception, he topped 100 yards from scrimmage for the eighth straight game. He hiked his season rushing total to 1,039 yards and nine TDs. CAN'T RUN: Playing from behind from late in the first quarter on, the Bucs only ran the ball 14 times. Rookie Charles Sims finished with minus-1 on four attempts. Martin gained 12 on six carries in the first half, and managed 5 on the four running plays the Bucs called after halftime. HOME-FIELD DISADVANTAGE: The Bucs fell to 0-7 at home. __ AP NFL website: and

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:08:37 GMT

Protestors interrupt holiday shopping to demand racial equality

The chants of "black lives matter" have been spoken by countless people across the nation and have spread to Madison. "The real issue is poverty. The real crime is poverty. If anybody is incarcerated or jailed or punished, it should be poverty and not people who have to survive that poverty," said M Adams, protest organizer of the Young Black and Gifted Coalition. Around 100 people gathered Saturday to march from Mineral Point Road to West Towne Mall demanding racial equality, equal pay and protesting against prison labor and crimes of poverty. "This is a moment in our nation's history where there is a need to have folks be able to express their concerns, their frustrations, their resentments against the police and other institutions," Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said. Koval said the Madison Police Department staffed 20 officers to cover the protest. The coalition targeted the mall to address the impacts that low wage work has on communities of color. "There are a lot of black people that are employed here who get paid barely minimum wage. So we are saying directly to the mall, we will not sit by and stand by while you choose to pay us less," Adams said. PHOTOS The group's chants and singing reached the ears of hundreds of people at the mall. Some shoppers even came out of stores to hear the group's message for justice. "Everybody knows we have issues in America right now. So for people to come out together, that's a good thing," shopper Tyshaun Campbell said. But it was their 16 minutes of silence during a die-in, representing 16 seconds where Eric Garner was choked that they hope left an impression that will cross racial lines. "Our liberation and our humanities are bound together. If we are not freed, ultimately their own humanity will not be freed," Adams said.

Published: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:38:20 GMT

Former UW football recruit violates criminal sentence

A former top Wisconsin high school football player violated his criminal sentence, going unexcused from his work-release job and also using Twitter and Instagram without permission. Dominic Cizauskas was convicted in June by a Dane County jury of sexually assaulting a University of Wisconsin-Madison student during his official recruiting visit to campus last December. He was subsequently sentenced to 12 months in jail. Cizauskas requested to serve his time close to his family in Mukwonago and was allowed to transfer from Dane County to Waukesha County, where he was afforded Huber privileges, allowing him to work during the day and return to the jail each night. A Department of Corrections report from last month shows Cizauskas on three separate occasions had unaccounted for time when he was supposed to be at work, and on two other occasions, he was found using social media websites like Twitter and Instagram without permission. "After conviction Cizauskas was given the privilege of Huber while he served conditional jail time, however he chose to disregard the rules of the Huber facility," wrote DOC Agent Ryan Barnes in a report dated Nov. 4. "Cizauskas' continued disregard for the expectations placed on him by society and supervising authority show he can pose a significant risk to the community." "Dominic Cizauskas accepts no responsibility for his actions, either the original offender or violations, and continues to blame others," said Barnes. Joy Staab, the director of public affairs for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, told News 3 that Cizauskas' Huber privileges were revoked in Waukesha County and he was sent back to Dane County to complete the rest of his sentence. Staab said Dane County did not revoke his Huber privileges for the rules violations in Waukesha County, and Cizauskas has now been sent to Walworth County for the remainder of his jail term. He does have work-release privileges in Walworth County. After the Cizauskas recruitment, the UW-Madison football program changed its recruiting policies to no longer let freshman players serve as student-hosts for recruits. Recruits will also not be allowed to visit other students on campus whom they might know from their hometown. Also, representatives of the Dean of Students Office will discuss sexual assault with all UW teams before the start of the 2014-15 seasons.

Published: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:40:05 GMT

Low gas prices boosting numbers of holiday travelers

Lower gas prices will drive nearly two million Wisconsinites to travel alongside nearly 99 million Americans this holiday season, according to AAA projections. “Lower gas prices are filling stockings with a little more cash to spend on travel this year as travelers are expected to pay the lowest prices since 2009,” said Victoria Hanson, regional president for AAA Wisconsin. “Lower prices are increasing disposable income and enabling families to set aside money for travel this year.” That sentiment is echoed by the travelers at the BP gas station in Deforest. So as you’re traveling it’s getting less and less and less. So it’s real great if you’re going to visit people,” said Minnesota resident Tim Miller.  "A lot of cars. A lot of Christmas presents in the back. It's been real nice. The pricing." “Whereas you would pay $100 in gas, you can use that extra money to buy extra gifts. Or do some extra things," Indiana resident Asia Wilboren added. AAA also reports airfare wars have led to a 7 percent ticket price drop. “I think air travel is still the quick and easy way to get where you’re going in a relatively short time period, said Brent McHenry, Dane County Regional Airport marketing and communications director. “The benefit we have this year is because the holiday is in the middle of the week, it spreads out that traffic. Everybody doesn’t need to leave tomorrow because it’s Christmas Eve," McHenry said.  "We have many days to get people to where they need to go. That’ll keep the pressure off of people having to get there the very last minute.” The upward travel trend AAA is projecting marks the highest forecast growth rate for the year-end holiday season since 2009 and the highest travel volume for the holiday period on record.  The Wisconsin increase is 4 percent overlast year.

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:33:22 GMT

What you need to know: Monday

It's Monday, Dec. 22 and here is your day ahead: In local news... WEATHER: Today will be cloudy and breezy with areas of fog, light rain and light snow this morning. Rain will become more widespread in the afternoon, but may continue to mix with some light snow in areas northwest of Madison. Full forecast  1. HOLIDAY TRAVEL FORECAST Crowded roads expected: A busy travel week is upon us. AAA projects lower gas prices will drive four percent more Wisconsinites to travel this holiday season. From tomorrow to Jan. 4, 98 million Americans are expected to journey at least 50 miles from home. On the average, gas is 70 percent cheaper than last year. That increasing disposable income is enabling families to set aside more money for holiday travel. More on this story 2. PACKERS Playoff bound: The Green Bay Packers are headed to the playoffs for the fifth straight year. They beat the Buccaneers 20-3 yesterday down in Tampa Bay. The Packers will play the Detroit Lions Sunday at Lambeau Field, with the NFC North title on the line. That game has been moved to a 3:25 p.m. start. More on this story 3. LIGHTNING STRIKE Hits after Packers, Bucs game: A lightning strike hurt several people near Raymond James Stadium in Tampa following the Packers, Buccaneers game yesterday. At least 11 people were in a nearby parking lot when the lightning hit. Paramedics took seven of them to the hospital and few others made it to the ER on their own. Fire officials say it does not appear anyone was directly hit, but the lightning did knock a few people to the ground. More on this story 4. TEEN DEATH Questions remain: We should learn more today about the teen who died outside an apartment building in downtown Madison this weekend. It's still unclear if the 18-year-old jumped or fell accidentally from The Equinox, or if drugs or alcohol were involved. We do know the teen did not live in the building, and we're told he didn't know anyone living there. More on this story 5. WHITE HOUSE DECORATOR Deck the Halls!: A Baraboo woman had the chance to decorate the halls at one of the most famous addresses in the country, 1600 Pennyslvania Ave. Nancy Meiller was picked as one of the 100 volunteers from across the country who were invited to decorate the White House. Meiller recently retired after teaching middle school history for the past 32 years, but she decided she wasn’t quite finished with the subject. After watching an HGTV special on volunteers who help decorate the White House, she applied for the 2014 season. More on this story In national news... 1. NYPD COP SHOOTING Complicated feelings: The killings of two New York police officers over the weekend sparked passionate responses. Former New York Gov. George Pataki and police union officials quickly lashed out at New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. The governor accused de Blasio of putting officers' lives at risk because the mayor supported recent protests over the killing of Eric Garner by a New York police officer who was not indicted. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Pataki was wrong for making those comments, calling it "an overreaction." Social media users joined the fray, with many objecting to blaming anyone other than the gunman for the killings. Some turned to hashtags #BlackLivesMatter for Garner and Brown – and #BlueLivesMatter to show respect and support for police officers. More on this story 2. NORTH KOREA THREAT A contradiction?: While North Korea is denying any involvement in the hacking of Sony Pictures, it's also warning the United States that more is to come. "Our toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland, the cesspool of terrorism," a report on North Korea's state-run KCNA said. On Friday, the FBI pinned blame on North Korea for the hack into Sony's computer systems. In an interview broadcast yesterday on CNN, President Obama called it "an act of cybervandalism," not war. He said that the United States is going to review whether to put North Korea back on a list of states that sponsor terrorism. What about Santa's "Naughty or Nice" list? More on this story 3. AUSTRALIA KILLINGS Charges filed: Police have charged a 37-year-old woman with eight counts of murder in Friday's deaths of eight children in the northeastern Australian city of Cairns. She remains under police guard at a hospital, where she is recovering from lacerations, authorities said. She appeared before a magistrate in a bedside hearing yesterday. The children were between ages 2 and 14, Queensland police spokesman Bruno Asnicar said. The woman was the mother of seven of the children. The eighth child killed was a niece, Asnicar said. The children had five fathers, who are all shocked and devastated, authorities said. More on this story 4. SPY BABY Hmmm: Last week's spy exchange with Cuba came with a pregnant pause. Cubans gasped when Gerardo Hernandez greeted his obviously pregnant wife. Since 2001, he had been serving a double life sentence in a U.S. prison. So how did this happen? Hernandez says he's the baby daddy and government officials agree. During the negotiations to free him and other Cuban spies, Hernandez's sperm was collected and sent to Cuba, where his wife, Adriana Perez, was artificially inseminated. The U.S. Justice Department confirmed the story, without going into the details. Hernandez said their baby daughter is due to arrive in two weeks and they will name her Gema. More on this story 5. JAMEIS WINSTON Winston cleared: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been cleared by a school panel that considered whether he violated the student conduct code two years ago when he allegedly sexually assaulted another student. The independent hearing officer on the panel, Major B. Harding, a former chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, ruled that "in sum, the preponderance of the evidence has not shown that you are responsible for any of the charged violations of the code." Florida State will play Oregon in the Rose Bowl on January 1. The winner will advance to the National Championship game against either Alabama or Ohio State. More on this story

Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:18:51 GMT