Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
Video shows Milwaukee police confrontational from start of incident with Sterling Brown: Ashley Luthern,Gina Barton and Mary Spicuzza of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel write: "Milwaukee police were confrontational from the start of their January interaction with Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown, who was thrown to the pavement and tased over a parking violation, body camera video shows. Department members 'acted inappropriately' and have been disciplined, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said at a news conference Wednesday. 'I am sorry this incident escalated to this level,' he said. The video shows the situation getting progressively worse after an officer who was doing a business check at a Walgreens near West National Avenue and South 26th Street stopped to question Brown about a parking violation about 2 a.m. Brown initially gave his name and showed an identification card. The officer apparently did not recognize him as a player with the Bucks. The officer called for assistance. Half a dozen squad cars showed up. Eight officers ended up on the scene; three were disciplined. After the additional officers arrived, the situation became more tense, with police standing in a circle around Brown and using profane language before yelling at him to take his hands out of his pockets — now. Brown, who had taken his hands in and out of his pockets several times before that, replied: 'Hold on. I've got stuff in my hands.' Police swarmed him, shouting 'Taser! Taser! Taser!' Brown yelled in pain as he was shocked." Read more.
North Korea claims nuclear test site demolished with series of explosions: CBS News reports: "North Korea said Thursday that it had destroyed its Punggye-ri nuclear test site. North Korean officials brought about two dozen international journalists to the testing area, in the northeast part of the country. CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy was the only U.S. broadcast network correspondent there to witness several large explosions, and he filed this report: 'We are now on a train having just left North Korea's main nuclear test site in far northern North Korea. We were on the site for about nine hours, and it was surreal to see it in person after reporting on this for so long. Now the North Koreans brought a small group of media there for a very specific purpose. They wanted to show that they were decommissioning, that they were destroying this nuclear test site. So what they did is they blew up the three remaining test tunnels at that site. They claimed two of the tunnels were still usable, that they could have conducted further tests there, but they put in explosives and blew them up. Before they did that, they opened up the tunnels. We were able to walk right up to them, see the explosives inside. Then they removed us to viewing stands farther away and blew them up.'" Read more.
US employee in China suffers brain injury after reporting strange sounds, pressure: Morgan Winsor, Conor Finnegan and Chad Murray of ABC News write: "A U.S. government employee in southern China suffered a brain injury after reporting strange 'sensations of sound and pressure,' a strikingly similar account to what American personnel experienced in recent years in Cuba, State Department officials said on Wednesday. In a health alert to American citizens in China posted online Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in China said an employee stationed in the sprawling port city of Guangzhou had 'recently reported subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure.' The cause of the reported symptoms remains unknown. 'The U.S. government is taking these reports seriously and has informed its official staff in China of this event,' the U.S. Embassy said in the alert. 'We do not currently know what caused the reported symptoms and we are not aware of any similar situations in China, either inside or outside of the diplomatic community.' Jinnie Lee, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, told ABC News in an email that the Guangzhou employee reported experiencing a 'variety of physical symptoms' starting late last year and continuing through April. The unidentified individual was sent to the United States for further evaluation. The embassy was informed on Friday that 'the clinical findings of this evaluation matched mild traumatic brain injury,' according to Lee." Read more.
U.S. launches criminal probe into bitcoin price manipulation: Matt Robinson and Tom Schoenberg of Bloomberg write: "The Justice Department has opened a criminal probe into whether traders are manipulating the price of Bitcoin and other digital currencies, dramatically ratcheting up U.S. scrutiny of red-hot markets that critics say are rife with misconduct, according to four people familiar with the matter. The investigation is focused on illegal practices that can influence prices -- such as spoofing, or flooding the market with fake orders to trick other traders into buying or selling, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the review is private. Federal prosecutors are working with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a financial regulator that oversees derivatives tied to Bitcoin, the people said. Authorities worry that virtual currencies are susceptible to fraud for multiple reasons: skepticism that all exchanges are actively pursuing cheaters, wild price swings that could make it easy to push valuations around and a lack of regulations like the ones that govern stocks and other assets. Bitcoin extended its Thursday declines after Bloomberg News reported the investigation, and was down 3 percent to $7,409 as of 9:32 a.m. London time. It’s down more than 20 percent since a May 4 peak." Read more.
More ways Minnesota beats Wisconsin: Bruce Thompson of Urban Milwaukee writes: "Last week’s Data Wonk column examined a recent report by David Cooper of the Economic Policy Institute that compared the economic performance of Wisconsin and Minnesota since 2010. In January, 2011, Republican Scott Walker became Wisconsin governor and Democrat Mark Dayton took the same post in Minnesota. The two governors’ policies generally reflect those advocated by their respective parties. On every economic measure, Cooper found that Minnesota outperformed Wisconsin: Job growth was markedly stronger in Minnesota than Wisconsin; Wages grew faster in Minnesota than in Wisconsin at every decile in the wage distribution; Gender wage gaps shrank more in Minnesota than in Wisconsin; Median household and family income grew more in Minnesota than in Wisconsin; Minnesota made greater progress than Wisconsin in reducing overall poverty, child poverty, and poverty as measured under the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure; Minnesota residents were more likely to have health insurance than their counterparts in Wisconsin; Minnesota has had stronger overall economic growth, stronger growth per worker, and stronger population growth than Wisconsin. The big question in comparing states, of course, is how much of the economic differences can be attributed to the difference in the governors’ policies and how much to other differences between the states." Read more.
Koch brothers group to run ads backing Wisconsin's Glenn Grothman: Lee Bergquist of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers-funded conservative advocacy group, says it is launching an ad campaign over Memorial Day weekend on behalf of Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., lauding the congressman for his voting record to control government spending. The group said in a statement that Grothman is the only politician from Wisconsin to be featured in a national campaign 'to hold both Republicans and Democrats accountable for their records on government spending and (to) thank champions who have protected taxpayers.' The ads will come in the form of mailers and digital and print advertising and will point to Grothman's vote opposing a $1.3 trillion spending bill in March that was signed into law. Grothman, of Glenbeulah, is seeking a third term and has said the 2018 race is his toughest. His 6th Congressional District covers portions of eastern Wisconsin. He is expected to face Democrat Dan Kohl of Mequon in the general election. His primary opponent is Scott Olmer, a Republican from Plymouth."