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40,000 lbs. of meat missing, never delivered

A Pennsylvania meat company has a real beef with a truck driver. Police say 40,000 pounds of meat is missing after a delivery never arrived, according to the Associated Press. Investigators say a trucker loaded $110,000 worth of meat into a trailer at Nicholas Meat in Loganton, Pennsylvania on November 21. Turns out, it never reached its destination in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Authorities say the driver used a fake ID to pick up the load.

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:22:03 GMT

Christmas tree-shaped Reese's Peanut Butter Cups panned

Sometimes, it's best to stick with the classics. The makers of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups have no trouble persuading people to stuff their faces with chocolate-covered treats in circular form (or as pieces). Why bother, then, shaping those delicious morsels into Christmas trees -- at the risk of failing miserably? Maybe time will show it to be a shrewd marketing move; in the meantime, the confectioner's alleged Peanut Butter Trees are drawing comparisons to "turds," turning them into a subject of social media ridicule. The company is apologizing one tweet at a time to consumers who are sharing images of misshapen candy trees with mocking comments. "What part of this looks like a Christmas tree?" one person asked. "#christmastree more like #christmasturd," said another. Reese's has a history of making seasonal candy, from Peanut Butter Eggs to Peanut Butter Pumpkins, with similar results. Consumers shared images with similar complaints over so-called Peanut Butter Pumpkins. Administrators of Reese's Twitter account responded similarly, with links to its customer feedback form: "We're sorry to hear your REESE'S Peanut Butter Pumpkin is less than perfect. Please send us a note." As one consumer noted, regardless of their shape people will eat them. #ItsStillReeses.

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:59:13 GMT


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

12 days of Christmas tops $34k

The price for the 12 days of Christmas items was flat from last year, according to the 32nd annual PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index. According to the latest report released Monday, it’ll cost you $34,131 this year for the 13 gifts. That’s up 0.6 percent from 2014. The costliest gift remains the seven swans a-swimming at $13,125. If someone wanted to purchase the items mentioned in each verse for the entire song would have to fork over $155,407.18. Here’s a breakdown of what each gift costs: Partridge = $25 Pear tree = $190 Two turtle doves = $290 Three French hens = $182 Four calling birds = $600 Five gold rings = $750 Six geese a-laying = $360 Seven swans a-swimming = $13,125 Eight maids a-milking = $58 Nine ladies dancing = $7,553 10 lords a-leaping = $5,508 11 pipers piping = $2,635 12 drummers drumming = $2,855

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:22:13 GMT

Statue of Liberty originally conceived as Muslim woman

The United States’ symbol of immigration and welcoming was originally intended to be a statue watching over the Suez Canal in Egypt, according to The Huffington Post. According to the Smithsonian Institute’s magazine, the Statue of Liberty was originally conceived as a Muslim woman in traditional dress. The Daily Beast reports French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi initially wanted the statute placed in Port Said. The ruler of Egypt at the time, Isma’il Pasha, dismissed the project as being too expensive, according to The Huffington Post. The Smithsonian Institute’s magazine reports Bartholdi eventually altered his plans and ultimately created “Liberty Enlightening the World,” the official name for Lady Liberty, which has been overlooking the New York Harbor since 1886.

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:20:03 GMT

Newborn found buried alive

The crying coming from under a block of asphalt sounded like it was from a cat to Angelica Blount. But it turned out to be an abandoned baby that police say was deliberately buried under debris along a Los Angeles area walking path. Blount was walking in Compton on Friday, when her sister Evangelina McCrary pointed the sound out to her. "She told me, 'Can you hear the baby crying?'" Blount told CNN affiliate KABC. "And I said, 'I don't know; it might be a cat.' And my sister said, 'No, it's a baby crying.'" They called 911. Two deputies from the LA Sheriff's Department found the newborn under pieces of asphalt and debris inside a crevice. She was "cold to the touch" and wrapped in what appeared to be a hospital blanket, the sheriff's office said. "There's indications that the child was born at a medical facility or at a hospital...because of the blanket," LA Sheriff's Dept. Sgt. Marvin Jaramilla told journalists on Saturday. Paramedics treated her at the scene before transporting her to the hospital where she's listed in stable condition. Police say the baby girl was born within the last 36 to 48 hours. She's lucky to be alive. "We do know that if the child had spent the night there in those conditions the baby wouldn't have survived," Sgt. Jaramilla said. If the parents are found, they will face attempted murder and child endangerment charges. Los Angeles County has a so-called "Baby Safe Surrender Program" that provides parents the option to hand their baby over at any LA county hospital or fire station, no questions asked. "I don't know how someone would just dump the baby and throw them in that hole and forget about it," resident Angel Flores told KABC.

Published: Sun, 29 Nov 2015 13:33:59 GMT

Gas leak prompts restaurant evacuation

A Madison restaurant was evacuated Sunday morning when a gas leak was found in the kitchen. The Madison Fire Department said firefighters were called to Copper Top Restaurant on Schroeder Road at 7:14 p.m. on a report of a fire. The fire was out when firefighters arrived, but the owner said he believed there was still a gas leak in the oven. Firefighters said they found a loose connection between a gas line and a stove top burner. The owner was told not to use the stove top again until it can be repaired. The health department was notified, according to the fire department.

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:50:04 GMT

Thief jumps over hotel’s front desk, police say

A thief hopped over the front desk at a Madison hotel early Thursday morning and stole cash from a drawer, according to Madison police. Police said a nearby employee saw the man run from the Holiday Inn Madison at the American Center on West Terrace Drive after the theft at about 1 a.m. He got into the passenger seat of a car before it sped off. The thief is described as possibly white, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with blue eyes and slender to average build. He was wearing a black mask, black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:25:54 GMT

Man injured in OWI crash, deputies say

A man suspected of drunken driving was injured Sunday night in a two-vehicle crash, according to a release from the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were called to Highway 151 in the town of Belmont at 5:04 p.m. on a report of a crash. Investigators said two vehicles collided and Erik J. Wier, 19, of Coal Valley, Illinois, was taken by ambulance to Southwest Health Center in Platteville with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured. Wier was cited for operating while intoxicated related to a restricted controlled substance. The Platteville Fire Department, Southwest Health Ambulance Service, Grant County Sheriff’s Office and Platteville Campus police assisted at the scene.

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:04:58 GMT

34-year-old killed in rollover identified

A man killed a single-vehicle crash near Portage early Saturday was identified Monday.  The Wisconsin State Patrol said a 25-year-old man from Friendship was driving a 2007 Chevy Malibu west on Interstate 90/94 when the vehicle left the roadway near mile marker 105 at about 3 a.m. The car traveled into the median and overturned multiple times. The front seat passenger, a Evaristo Calzada, 34, of Wautoma, was ejected and killed in the crash, according to the report. Another passenger, Juan Manuel, 33, of Plainfield, suffered serious injuries and was taken to UW Hospital. The driver, Santiago Camacho, 25, of Friendship, was taken to Divine Savior Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. State patrol said alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors in the wreck. According to the report, all three in the car had been drinking. The driver was wearing a seat belt. It wasn't clear if the passengers were belted at the time of the crash. The crash is under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol reconstruction unit. 

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:09:26 GMT

Republican Gudex won't seek re-election to Senate

Republican state Sen. Rick Gudex, of Fond du Lac, says he will not seek re-election to the state Senate in a district Democrats are eyeing to make gains on the GOP majority. Gudex said in a statement Monday that he will be returning to the private sector, but does not say where he will be working after his term ends at the end of this year. Gudex won election in 2012 by just 590 votes over Democrat Jessica King. She held the seat briefly after ousting Republican Randy Hopper in an August 2011 recall election. Prior to that, Republicans had held the seat for 35 years. Democratic Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris announced in September he was running for the 18th Senate District seat. Republicans hold an 18-15 Senate majority.

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:48:47 GMT

Snow begins falling as storm moves north into Minnesota

Snow has begun falling in parts of southern Minnesota including the Twin Cities as a winter storm moves north. A winter storm warning is out for much of southern and western Minnesota, along and west of a line from Glenwood to Litchfield to Faribault and Albert Lea, and it also extends into northwest Iowa and eastern South Dakota. The National Weather Service says snowfall totals over the next two days could top 8 inches for much of west-central and south-central Minnesota, with local amounts near 10 inches possible. The Twin Cities area and much of the rest of Minnesota is under a winter weather advisory. Totals of 5 to 8 inches are possible Monday and Tuesday from central into east-central Minnesota, and 3 to 5 inches into west-central Wisconsin.

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:04:53 GMT

Orangutan, harbor seal coming to zoo next year

An adult female Bornean orangutan and a young male harbor seal will make their home at the Henry Vilas Zoo starting in 2016. “Both of these animals represent the zoo’s ongoing contribution to conservation efforts and play a unique part in the experience of zoo guests,” said County Executive Joe Parisi. The female orangutan is a successful mother and provides the zoo’s current orangutan pair support to help raise future infant orangutans. Orangutans are found only on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. They are the only great ape found in Asia and are endangered. The harbor seal is a young male who will join Betty, who at 46 is the oldest harbor seal in a zoo or aquarium in the country, and her daughters, Lucy and Sparky. Earlier this year, the seals took up residence in their new home in Arctic Passage. Pacific harbor seals in the wild are found north of the equator in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. They can dive to 1,450 feet and stay submerged for 25 minutes. The average harbor seal weighs about 180 pounds and is six feet long. The announcement comes the day before Giving Tuesday 2015, during which the community can support bringing these animals to their new home at the zoo. Friends of the Zoo Shirley and Pat Kubly have challenged the community to help bring these new animals to the zoo by offering a $10,000 matching gift, which will double contributions up to that amount.

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:22:24 GMT

Walker to sign bill returning excess Lambeau taxes

Gov. Scott Walker plans to sign a bill into law that would return $17 million in excess Lambeau Field taxes to Brown County taxpayers and local government. Walker planned to sign the bill Monday at Lambeau Field. The bill approved by the Legislature earlier this year with broad bipartisan support calls for 25 percent of the money to go to Brown County. The county's municipalities would use the rest to lower property taxes, debt relief or for economic development. A half-cent sales tax went into effect in January 2001 in Brown County to help pay for stadium upgrades. The tax was supposed to end this spring but retailers could keep collecting it until September, resulting in $17.6 million in excess taxes.

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:24:11 GMT

Monroe County deputy delivers baby on side of the road

A Monroe County deputy delivered a baby on the side of the road early Saturday morning. Monroe County Sheriff Scott Perkins said a woman in Norwalk went into labor around 4:09 a.m. As her husband was driving her to the hospital, she started giving birth. Perkins said the woman’s husband pulled the vehicle over on Highway 71 and waited for EMS to arrive. However, Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Ethan Young got to the woman’s side before the EMS could get there. Authorities say within three minutes, Deputy Young successfully helped deliver a baby girl at about 4:21 a.m.  When EMS arrived, the mother and newborn daughter were taken to Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in stable condition.

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:22:06 GMT

Authorities investigate hunting-related death near Spencer

Authorities say the shooting death of a man near Spencer in central Wisconsin is being investigated as a hunting-related incident. The Marathon County Sheriff's Office says authorities were called to a wooded area northeast of Spencer around 9:15 p.m. Sunday. Officials have provided few details so far and haven't said if they consider the shooting suspicious. The name of the 50-year-old man has not been released. Marathon County sheriff's deputies and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are investigating.

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:25:26 GMT

Report: 15K recipients lose food stamps under Wisconsin law

New state data show that nearly 15,000 Wisconsin residents lost access to food stamps in the first three months of a new law that requires some recipients to seek jobs. The Wisconsin State Journal reports it obtained the data from the Department of Human Services under the state open records law. The rule took effect in April for participants in the state's food stamp program, FoodShare. It requires able-bodied adults without children living at home to work at least 80 hours a month or look for work to stay in the program. The DHS data show about 25 percent of the 60,000 recipients eligible to work were dropped from the program between July and September. But about 4,500 found work through a new job training program for FoodShare recipients.

Published: Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:12:49 GMT

Fitchburg police investigating two weekend stabbings

Two people were taken to the hospital over the weekend due to two separate stabbings in Fitchburg, police said. The first one was called in on Saturday at 4:45 p.m. for a man stabbed inside an apartment along Whispering Pines Way. Investigators said the victim was stabbed multiple times. He was taken to UW Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.  Authorities took the victim's roommate, 22-year-old Aaron Wiater into custody for first-degree reckless injury. The second incident was called in on Sunday at 7:45 a.m. for a man stabbed inside an apartment along the 2900 block of Fish Hatchery Road. The victim was taken to the hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Investigators believe a woman, who also lives in the apartment, is the suspect, however no arrests have been made. Authorities say neither stabbing was a random act. Officers continue to investigate both incidents.

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 01:42:43 GMT

Wisconsin gun-deer season on pace to exceed last year's kill

Preliminary information shared by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources indicates hunters killed more deer during this year's gun-deer season compared to last year. The agency reported Sunday that hunters registered nearly 175,400 deer through the first seven days of the nine-day season. The seven-day total included almost 85,800 bucks and more than 89,600 antlerless deer. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that 191,550 deer were registered by hunters in last year's gun-deer season. This was the state's deadliest gun-deer season in the past five years, while last year was the safest on record. A final deer harvest report by the agency is expected early this week. The season began Nov. 21 and ended Sunday.

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:34:44 GMT

Police: Woman drives car into river after medical issue

A 24-year-old woman is recovering after the vehicle she was driving went into the Fox River in suburban Milwaukee. Police say the woman experienced some sort of medical issue and passed out behind the wheel while driving in Waukesha on Friday afternoon. WTMJ-TV reported that the vehicle went into the river and drifted about 50 feet. The woman was able to climb through the sunroof and sit on the roof until a rescue crew from the Waukesha Fire Department helped her to shore. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Published: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:25:04 GMT