Morning Headlines - Monday, May 13, 2024

U.S. & World and Wisconsin headlines, and today's meme.

Morning Headlines - Monday, May 13, 2024

U.S. and World Headlines

U.S., Israel "Drifting Apart," Former Head Of Israeli Army Intelligence Says

All eyes are on Rafah, the city in southern Gaza where Israel is expected to launch a ground incursion, but Brigadier General Omer Tischler, second in command of the Israeli air force, said Israel is facing a 360-degree war with Iran.

One month ago, on April 13, Iran targeted Israel in retaliation for the assassination of a top Iranian general, attacking despite a warning from President Biden not to. Now Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be the one ignoring Mr. Biden, saying Thursday that Israel will stand alone if needed after the president said the U.S. would not provide Israel with weapons for a Rafah offensive.

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Apple Store Employees In Maryland Vote To Authorize A First Strike Over Working Conditions

Workers at the first Apple Store to unionize have now also authorized a first strike against the tech giant’s retail operations.

Apple Store workers in Towson, Maryland, voted late Saturday to authorize a strike, according to a statement from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers’ Coalition of Organized Retail Employees, which represents the workers.

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You Only Live Once: How The Pandemic Helped Fuel Early Retirements

Americans don't want to work past the traditional retirement age of 65. In fact, increasingly we don't even intend to work past 62.

The COVID-19 pandemic was a pointed reminder that we only live once. Millions of workers seem to have taken that lesson to heart.

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GOP Senators See Warning Signs For Trump After Embarrassing Week

Senate Republicans see some warning signs flashing after an embarrassing week for former President Trump, despite his strong poll numbers in battleground states against President Biden.

Some Republican lawmakers think Trump needs to step up his appeals to disaffected GOP voters, especially women, after Nikki Haley won 128,000 votes in solidly Republican Indiana despite ending her presidential campaign in early March.

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Roger Corman, Prolific Producer Who Mentored Hollywood Luminaries, Dead At 98

Roger Corman, a prolific producer of inexpensive B movies who also mentored future Hollywood luminaries, including directors Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard and Martin Scorsese, has died. He was 98.

He died on May 9 at his home in Santa Monica, California, his family said on social media. A cause of death wasn't given.

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Wisconsin Headlines

Superior Utility’s Proposed Rate Hike Prompts Calls To Cut Costs

The city of Superior, a Canadian energy firm and consumer advocates are weighing in with utility regulators on a Superior utility’s proposal to significantly raise water and natural gas rates next year.

Superior Water, Light and Power, a subsidiary of Duluth-based Allete, is asking the Public Service Commission to increase water rates by roughly 18 percent, natural gas rates by 17.1 percent and electric rates by 2.2 percent. Average monthly bills for residential customers would increase nearly $4 for electricity and about $11 each for water and gas.

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Wisconsin DNR Puts Out Air Quality Advisory For Canadian Wildfire Smoke

An air quality advisory was put out Sunday by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The department says the advisory is due to Canadian wildfire smoke drifting into the U.S. The smoke could be dangerous for some sensitive groups.

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Barbs Fly In U.S. Senate Race Over Obamacare, Refugees

Voters on a Dem call knocked GOP U.S. Senate candidate Eric Hovde for past comments saying people struggling with obesity should pay more for health care and that “Obamacare” should be repealed.

Meanwhile, Hovde slammed Baldwin for not outright opposing the Biden administration’s consideration of a plan to allow U.S. entry for some Palestinian refugees.

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Conservative Wisconsin Law Firm Taking On Loneliness Epidemic

At the same time experts, including the Surgeon General, warn of epidemic of loneliness in the United States, studies show Americans are worried about citizens’ deep distrust of each other. 

These trends are not new, but an increasing lack of social connectedness to family and friends continue to perpetuate the issues.

The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty is exploring this topic in three research papers being released throughout the summer.

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Court Rejects Avid Telecom’s Attempts To Dismiss Illegal Robocalls Case

Attorney General Josh Kaul today announced that the United States District Court in Arizona denied Avid Telecom’s multiple attempts to dismiss and delay a bipartisan, 49-state lawsuit against the company Michael D. Lansky, L.L.C., dba Avid Telecom, as well as its owner Michael D. Lansky and its vice president Stacey S. Reeves.

Forty-nine attorneys general who are also members of the Anti-Robocall Multistate Litigation Task Force sued Avid in May 2023 for initiating and facilitating billions of illegal robocalls to millions of people across the nation.

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Last Update: May 13, 2024 7:27 am CDT

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