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EXPLAINER: How parade crash insanity plea will work

A man accused of driving his SUV through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee has served notice that he'll try to convince a jury that he was mentally ill during the incident and shouldn't go to prison. Prosecutors say Darrell Brooks Jr. drove into the parade in Waukesha on Nov. 21, killing six people. On Monday he entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to more than 80 charges. He'll undergo a mental evaluation and then go through a two-part trial. A jury will determine whether he is guilty of the crimes and, if so,  determine whether he knew his behavior was illegal. That could be a tough sell for a Waukesha County jury.

Senate OKs landmark gun violence bill, House passage is next

The Senate has approved a bipartisan gun violence bill. The vote late Thursday clears the way for expected House passage Friday of what will be Congress’ most far-reaching response in decades to the nation’s run of brutal mass shootings. Republicans have long derailed Democratic efforts to curb firearms. But after last month's mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, Democrats and some Republicans decided that congressional inaction was untenable. It took nearly a month of closed-door talks but a group of senators from both parties emerged with a compromise embodying incremental but impactful movement.

Hearing: Trump told Justice Dept. to call election 'corrupt'

Former top Justice Department officials have testified to the Jan. 6 committee that President Donald Trump hounded the department to pursue his false election fraud claims. They say he contacted the agency’s leader “virtually every day” and strove in vain to enlist the government’s top law enforcement officials in his desperate bid to stay in power. The House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol also revealed Thursday that several Republican loyalists in Congress who trumpeted the president’s claims later sought pardons from the White House after the effort failed.

Missing Madison veteran found safe; Green Alert canceled

MADISON, Wis. -- A Madison veteran who had last been seen Wednesday afternoon has been found and is safe, officials said Friday evening. Family members last saw Michael Segich, 43, leaving his home on Madison's west side around 3:30 p.m.…

Missing Door Co. woman found safe; Silver Alert canceled

STURGEON BAY, Wis. -- A missing 71-year-old Sturgeon Bay woman last seen Thursday afternoon in Two Rivers has been found safe. Maynette Jutila had last been seen just before 4:30 p.m. on Lake Street in Two Rivers. She was traveling…