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F ILE - In this Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 file image provided by Greenpeace, coal ash slurry left behind in a containment pond near the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant is shown  in Harriman, Tenn., after the dyke at left broke Dec. 22, 2008. The Obama administration is under court order to unveil the rule Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 ending a six-year effort that began after the massive spill at the Tennessee power plant in 2008. Since then, the Environmental Protection Agency has documented coal ash waste sites tainting hundreds of waterways and underground aquifers in numerous states with heavy metals and other toxic contaminants. (AP Photo/Greeenpeace, Wade Payne)
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FILE - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. speaks with reporters about legislation to extend tax breaks as he heads to the chamber for a vote, in this May 14, 2014 file photo, on Capitol Hill in Washington. In an almost annual ritual, Congress has passed a last-minute package of temporary tax breaks, and the president signed into law Friday Dec. 19, 2014, sparing millions of businesses and individuals from unwanted tax increases just weeks before start of filing season. Congress extends these tax breaks every year or two, usually at the last minute, drawing complaints from business leaders tired of the uncertainty. (AP Photo/File)
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FILE - In this March 8, 2014 file photo, Dr. Ben Carson, professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference annual meeting in National Harbor, Md. In his first visit to Israel, prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he is in awe of the Jewish state, inspired by its ancient holy sites, impressed by the resilience of people living in a perpetual conflict zone _ and deeply disappointed in President Barack Obama.    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
2016 hopeful Ben Carson pledges support for IsraelVisiting Israel, GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson promises strong support for Jewish state
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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, banners of blockbuster films as "Men In Black," "Batman" and "Annie" are displayed at the entrance of Sony Pictures Entertainment studio lot in Culver City, Calif.. Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
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FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2012 file photo, Craig Ferguson appears backstage at the Grammy Nominations Concert, in Los Angeles. Ferguson will spend tomorrow's future yesterdays (as his theme song proclaims) somewhere other than "The Late Late Show." Friday Dec. 19, 2014 was his last hoorah after a decade as host of the CBS talk show.  (AP Photo/Dan Steinerg, File)
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Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum, center, rushes off the bench with other Portland players, during a timeout, to celebrate a play in the second overtime period of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in San Antonio. Portland won 129-119 in triple overtime. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
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FILE - In this Saturday, July 12, 2014  file photo, Iraqi Shiite fighters with the "Peace Brigades" patrol during a sand storm in Samarra, 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. The Shiite fighters are credited for curbing the Sunni militants advance on Baghdad and the surrounding areas and for achieving significant progress on the ground, including breaking the extremists' siege on the northern Shiite-majority town of Amerli in August and later, in operations to liberate Jurf al-Sakher, a town south of Baghdad. (AP Photo, File)
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  • Eagle dies from lead poisoning; another ill

    A bald eagle has died and another is in serious condition after they were found with lead poisoning over the last two weeks. The Dane County Humane Society's Four Lakes Wildlife Center took in a 21-year-old bald eagle on Friday after a motorist spotted the eagle on a road 2 miles west of Dodgeville. Channel3000, Fri, Dec 19 2014 @ 03:48 PM
  • 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. Channel3000, Fri, Dec 19 2014 @ 04:40 PM
  • Dog shot as SWAT team raids Madison house

    Madison police say officers shot an aggressive dog as a SWAT team raised a house as part of a drug investigation. Several people were arrested as they ran from the house during the search around midday Thursday. WEAU-TV Eau Claire, Fri, Dec 19 2014 @ 10:20 AM
  • Wisconsin dog killed during SWAT team drug search

    Several people were arrested and a dog was killed during a SWAT team raid of a Southwest Side home Thursday morning, Madison police said. Officers searched the home on the 4300 block of Britta Drive around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said. TwinCities, Fri, Dec 19 2014 @ 08:22 AM
  • Dane County Board rejects grant to fight marijuana use

    The $5,000 grant would have come from the Wisconsin Department of Justice Cannabis Eradication and Suppression Effort program. Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney said at the meeting that CEASE dollars are used for large-scale operations and not aimed at arresting individuals or enforcement of local ordinances. Channel3000, Fri, Dec 19 2014 @ 10:07 AM
  • How to prepare for 911 outage

    "This is a critical example of why people need to pay attention to a warning system for more than just weather related hazards," said J. McLellan, with Dane County Emergency Management. "Number one I think before the outage you need to understand how you can be informed of such a thing," McLellan said. WKOW-TV, Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 10:38 PM
  • County lease deal could be more space for growing food pantry

    Dane County said Thursday that it plans to lease an empty building to the Verona Area Needs Network for $20 per year for the next 15 years, if the county board approves the move. VANN operates out of the basement of the city's former library on North Franklin Street. Channel3000, Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 07:06 PM
  • Teen Spirit on Stage

    That scent you're catching wafting over the local theater scene of late? Well, it smells an awful lot like teen spirit. Three different companies - Forward Theater , Mercury Players Theatre and University Theatre - have dotted their 201415 seasons with plays that tackle the thorniest of teen issues, everything from bullying and school shootings to sex, drugs, social media and date rape. Madison Magazine, Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 12:33 PM
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