- Associated Press - Saturday, May 3, 2014
Victims in Madison stabbings were mother, daughter

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Madison police said Saturday that the man who fatally stabbed two people and injured a third before he was shot and killed by police had made threats to his neighbors in the past, but the motive for the violence was still being investigated.

Police said the victims included a woman in her 50s and her daughter, who was in her 30s. The older woman’s 16-year-old son was also stabbed multiple times but survived. A 4-year-old boy who was unrelated to the victims was uninjured.

Police said the older woman lived at the apartment with her teenage son. The adult daughter was visiting, and had brought along the child, whom she was babysitting.

Authorities say the suspect, a neighbor, had forced his way into the apartment. The teenager was stabbed multiple times but was able to run for help, and said a neighbor was stabbing his family.

Police arrived to find a fluid scene and the male suspect wielding a knife. He was shot by at least one officer and taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Police say the man, in his 30s, had mental health issues but the motive for the attack was unclear.

Police said the mother was found dead in the home, and her daughter died from her injuries at a hospital.

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Wisconsin Republicans nix secession resolution

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Wisconsin Republicans at their annual convention Saturday defeated a tea party-backed resolution demanding that legislators pass bills affirming the state’s right to secede and nullifying federal laws.

The GOP’s conservative wing in southeastern Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District proposed the measure in March. It called on state lawmakers to uphold the state’s right to secede under “extreme circumstances” based on the U.S. Constitution’s 10th Amendment, which says powers the Constitution doesn’t give the federal government belong to the states.

The measure also called for legislation that would nullify President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, the Common Core academic standards, indefinite detention, any presidential order that circumvents Congress and drone use in Wisconsin.

Rock County delegate Don Hilbig of Beloit tried to convince his fellow convention-goers to adopt the resolution. It’s still unclear whether states have a legal right to secede, he said, so the states should reserve that right for themselves.

“The only way secession was considered was on the battlefield,” he told the convention, referring to the Civil War. “Of course, secession lost on that. But in the court system, secession is still an open question. So it should be retained as a sovereign right.”

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