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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin judge could decide at a hearing Monday whether use of force experts can testify at Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial for shooting three people during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha last year. The hearing is likely the last before Rittenhouse’s trial on November 1. He killed two people and injured another during chaotic protests in Kenosha on August 25, 2020, just two days after that town’s police shot a black man as he responded to domestic unrest. Rittenhouse claims he shot the men in self-defense. Prosecutors seek to exclude a defense expert. They say his expertise in using law enforcement, not civilian power, is irrelevant to Rittenhouse’s actions.

HART, Michigan (AP) – More than 100 people gathered in a small town in Michigan to pray for the safe release of a local family among 17 members of a missionary group kidnapped by a gang in Haiti he Over a week ago. The Sunday night vigil in the community of Hart, western Michigan, took place after a video broadcast Thursday showing the leader of the 400 Mawozo gang threatening to kill those abducted if his demands are not met. Those who watched Sunday in a city park sang and prayed with pastors in the area. A spokesperson for Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries said the families of those kidnapped were from conservative Amish, Mennonite and other Anabaptist communities.

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – An American Airlines plane traveling from New York to Los Angeles has been forced to make an emergency landing in Wisconsin. An official at Dane County Regional Airport in Madison said the plane landed without incident around 2:19 p.m. Central time after reports of smoke in the cabin. Passengers and crew evacuated safely and no injuries were reported. Officials say there were 190 people aboard the Airbus 321, including the pilots and crew. A separate plane was planned to take the passengers to Los Angeles. The runway was closed for approximately five minutes. American Airlines is holding the plane at Madison until it can be inspected.

MARENGO, Wisconsin (AP) – Authorities say two people died when a single-engine plane crashed into a house in northeastern Wisconsin. The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office received numerous 911 calls around 2:40 p.m. Saturday with reports of the crash in the town of Marengo. No one on the ground was injured. The Sheriff’s Department said the victims were a 29-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman from Marengo, about 80 miles from Duluth, Minnesota. Investigators do not believe there was anyone else on the plane. A press release from the Sheriff’s Department said he would “share further information with the public regarding this incident as it becomes available.” The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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