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Obama appeals for calm after Ferguson decision as violence breaks out

1:48 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama appealed for calm and understanding in Ferguson on Monday after a grand jury decided not to indict in the death of Michael Brown, pleading with both residents and police officers to show restraint.   
 ‘‘We are a nation built on the rule of law, so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make,’’ Obama said.   
Read the full story in today’s Freeman. 



Under pressure, Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief  

1:45 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House’s insular team of national security advisers.   
For more details, see today’s Freeman.


DNR reports deer registrations down by almost 20 percent

1:42 a.m.

WAUKESHA — After facing a variety of conditions around the state, Wisconsin hunters registered just over 90,000 deer during the opening weekend of the state’s gun-deer season, a decrease of 18.5 percent from last year.
For more details, see today’s Freeman.


New study finds holiday spending not expected to increase

1:37 a.m.

WASHINGTON D.C. — Despite an improving economy, consumers appear unlikely to increase their holiday spending this season, according to a nationwide study released Monday.
For more details, see today’s Freeman.



Cops get ready for increased holiday drinking

1:34 a.m.

WAUKESHA — As if snowy road conditions weren’t enough to worry about during the upcoming long holiday weekend, police say the Thanksgiving season causes an uptick in drunken driving that rivals even the year’s last night.
For more details, see today’s Freeman.

Pennsylvania city’s ’ugly’ Christmas tree prompts public outcry
4:03 p.m.

READING, Pa. (AP) — A Christmas tree that might make Charlie Brown think twice is getting kicked to the curb a little early after residents of a Pennsylvania town complained it was too ugly.
Reading’s spindly 50-foot spruce drew the ire of residents who said it was ruining their holiday spirit.
Now a group led by the city council president is raising money to buy and decorate a more impressive replacement. The current tree is topped with a lighted pretzel, a nod to the area’s many bakeries.
The puny pine was a last-minute stand-in taken from a city park. The city had planned to get its tree from a farm, but the owner wouldn’t let the crews drive on the wet ground when they went to pick it up.
Officials are hoping to have a do-over tree lighting ceremony next weekend.


Door County fish business subject of federal probe
4:01 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Door County company that processes Great Lakes fish for sale worldwide has been caught up in a federal investigation into the illegal trafficking of lake trout, lake sturgeon, whitefish and walleye in Wisconsin and Michigan, according to a published report Saturday.
Federal court records show U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents set up a fake fish store in L’Anse, Michigan, recorded conversations on boats and in bars around Beaver Island in Lake Michigan, and recently raided Dan’s Fish in the northeastern Wisconsin city of Sturgeon Bay in Door County.


2 men on sinking boat are rescued on Lake Michigan
1:16 p.m.

BELGIUM (AP) — One Wisconsin man is recovering in a hospital after he and another man were rescued from a sinking boat on Lake Michigan Friday morning.
The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from a man who said his boat was taking on water at about 11 a.m. The boat was less than a mile off the coast of Belgium, Wisconsin, according to the sheriff’s office.
The men and their boat were recovered and brought back to shore. A 31-year-old man from Oak Creek was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. A 24-year-old Neshkoro man was uninjured.
Neither man has been identified.