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    Head of TSA security operations removed from position

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee says the head of security operations at the Transportation Security Administration has been removed from the job. The House Oversight Committee posted on Twitter Tuesday that “Kelly Hoggan has been removed from his position.” The Associated Press has obtained a memo sent by TSA that does not mention Hoggan but names an acting replacement. It says, “Darby LaJoye will serve as the Acting Assistant Administrator of the Office of Security Operations.” LaJoye has directed […]

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    Forensic official: EgyptAir 804 human remains suggest blast

    CAIRO (AP) — A senior Egyptian forensics official says human remains retrieved from the crash site of EgyptAir flight 804 suggest there was an explosion on board that may have brought down the aircraft. The official is part of the Egyptian investigative team and has personally examined the remains at a Cairo morgue. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he isn’t authorized to release the information. He says all 80 pieces brought to Cairo so far are small and […]

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    Alabama House speaker’s trial on ethics charges to start Tuesday

    OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — The speaker of Alabama’s House of Representatives is going on trial on felony charges that could result in his removal from office. A judge told jurors to be in court Tuesday morning to begin the trial of Speaker Mike Hubbard. Hubbard engineered the Republican Party’s takeover of the Alabama Statehouse in 2010. Now he’s charged with 23 felony ethics violations. Conviction on even one would result in his ouster. Prosecutors say Hubbard used both his office […]

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    Report: NFL sought to influence study on brain injuries

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior House Democrat has found that National Football League officials improperly sought to influence a government study on the link between football and brain disease. The report by New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone says the league tried to strong-arm the National Institutes of Health into taking the project away from a researcher that the NFL feared was biased. The NFL had agreed to donate $30 million to the NIH to fund brain research but backed out […]

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    Girl collapses, dies during field day activities at school

    PELL CITY, Ala. (AP) – Authorities say a 12-year-old girl has died after collapsing at a school in Pell City. Pell City police spokesman Don Newton tells the girl was participating in field day activities at Williams Intermediate School when she collapsed. Chief Greg Turley tells WBRC-TV the girl had been playing tug-of-war when she fell to the ground. Newton says nurses began CPR and officials called 911, but the girl was later pronounced dead. Her identity has not […]

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    Oklahoma lawmakers OK bill criminalizing performing abortion

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature has passed a bill that would make performing an abortion a felony punishable by up to three years in prison. The Center for Reproductive Rights says the measure is the first of its kind in the nation. The bill also would restrict any physician who performs an abortion from obtaining or renewing a license to practice medicine in Oklahoma. With no discussion or debate, the Senate voted 33-12 Thursday for the bill by […]

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    Jury chosen for ethics trial of House Speaker Mike Hubbard

    OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Lawyers have picked a jury for House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics trial scheduled to start next week. Our news partners at report that Lee County Judge Jacob Walker on Wednesday instructed the panel not to discuss the high-profile case. The panel of 12 jurors and four alternates is made up of five black men, four white men, four black women and three white women. Hubbard faces 23 felony ethics charges accusing him of using his […]

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    SEC to have officials at headquarters assist on replay calls

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The Southeastern Conference will have officials at headquarters helping with instant replay rulings during the upcoming football season. The SEC said Tuesday the league’s athletics directors voted unanimously in favor of the change. The Atlantic Coast Conference had already announced a similar plan last week. The NCAA Football Rules Committee, in response to a request by the SEC, agreed to allow conferences to use a collaborative process for instant replay on an experimental basis. The SEC […]

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    Colleges announced for Pell ‘dual enrollment’ program

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of low-income students in nearly two dozen states will soon be able get federal grants to take college courses while still in high school, part of a program the Obama administration plans to begin this summer. The experimental program allows high school kids to apply for federal Pell grant money to pay for college courses. The “dual enrollment” program is designed to help students from lower-income backgrounds. On Monday, the administration is announcing the 44 colleges […]

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    New dog medicine fights noise-related anxiety

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Fido and Spot may not have to cower under the bed this summer when fireworks and thunderstorms hit, thanks to the first prescription medicine for treating anxiety over loud noises — a widespread problem linked to property destruction, terrified dogs running away and even life-threatening injuries to some. Veterinary medicine maker Zoetis of Florham Park, New Jersey, says recently approved Sileo will be available through U.S. veterinarians within a week. It gives dog owners an alternative […]

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    Social media will now be checked before security clearances

    WASHINGTON — Investigators can now probe Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites as a part of background checks for security clearances — something that lawmakers said Friday was a classic case of the government playing catch-up with technology. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper signed a policy directive announced Friday that allows investigators to collect publicly available social media information pertaining to the person whose background is being checked. Unless there is a national security concern or the need […]

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    Jury selection set to begin today for indicted Alabama speaker of the House

    OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — The speaker of the Alabama House is going on trial on felony ethics charges that could result in his removal from office. Jury selection is set to begin Monday for state Rep. Mike Hubbard of Auburn. He’s facing 23 counts of using his office and past position as chairman of the Alabama GOP for personal gain. Hubbard says he didn’t do anything illegal. A jury pulled from as many as 140 prospective jurors will decide his […]


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