ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - Friends and family are mourning the death of an Illinois woman who drowned while rescuing a 9-year-old boy in a Wisconsin lake. Forty-seven-year-old Karen Wessel died on Tuesday. The Vilas County Sheriff's Department says she went under the water in Star Lake after helping a boy who was struggling. Janice Potocki calls her sister "a hero" and says she saved the boy's life.
GOODMAN, Wis. (AP) - Authorities say a Green Bay man has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after shooting at a random car on a Marinette County highway. Sheriff's officials say the shooting began yesterday afternoon on Highway 141 near Wausaukee. Deputies spotted the suspect's SUV and gave chase, but authorities say they lost track of the vehicle after the man turned down a dirt road. Officers eventually found the man lying outside his SUV with a gunshot wound to the head.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A federal appeals court has revived a lead paint lawsuit in Wisconsin, which could also reactivate more than 170 other lead poisoning cases. The appeals court reversed a ruling by a federal judge who in 2010 threw out a case involving a Milwaukee boy who suffered lead poisoning and sued six paint manufacturers. The appeals court's ruling sends the case back to federal court in Milwaukee for further proceedings.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin continues to lead the nation in the production of mink pelts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Wisconsin produced 1.13 million mink pelts last year. That's up almost 8 percent from 2011. Two-thirds of Wisconsin's mink pelts were black and another 10 percent were blue iris.
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