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Two Detroit teens charged for viciously beating motorist who stopped to help boy he struck

By Brendan O’Brien (Reuters) – A Detroit teenager was charged as an adult on Monday in the severe beating of a motorist who stopped to help a 10-year-old boy he accidentally struck last week, prosecutors said. Bruce Wimbush, 17, was charged with assault with intent to murder and assault with…

Ousted Wisconsin GOP Assembly leader charged with sexual assault

By Brendan O’Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – A state lawmaker in Wisconsin ousted weeks ago as a Republican leader of the Assembly over accusations of sexual harassment was charged Friday with sexually assaulting a female aide to a senator in 2011, according to a criminal complaint. Republican Bill Kramer was accused…

Michigan appeals court rules in favor of anti-union ‘right to work’ law

By Brendan O’Brien (Reuters) – The Michigan Legislature’s right to create a law that bans mandatory union membership trumps the authority of a state agency that oversees public employment, an appeals court ruled on Thursday. The state legislature passed the “right to work” law in December amid union protests in…

Documents show Cardinal Dolan — top U.S. Catholic official — shielded pedophile priests

By Brendan O’Brien and Geoffrey Davidian MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Roman Catholic Church officials in Milwaukee vigorously shielded pedophile priests and protected church funds from lawsuits during a decades-long sex abuse scandal, according to hundreds of documents released on Monday. The documents include letters and deposition testimony from Cardinal and Archbishop…

Indiana grain silo explosion kills one

By Brendan O’Brien (Reuters) – An explosion in a grain silo killed an employee at an agricultural co-op in rural northwestern Indiana on Monday, authorities said. James Swank, 67, of Union Mills was killed in the afternoon explosion at the Co-Alliance fertilizer and grain facility in Union Mills, some 70…

Tiger mauls worker at exotic feline sanctuary in Indiana

By Brendan O’Brien (Reuters) – A tiger kept at an Indiana sanctuary for abused and neglected felines mauled a caretaker who was cleaning the animal’s pen on Friday, gripping the woman’s head in its mouth at one point in an attack that left the victim in critical condition, authorities said.…

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