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    Alabama task force hears ideas on prison overcrowding

    COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) – Recommendations to decrease overcrowding in state prisons include hiring more probation officers and creating a new felony class for low-level offenses. The Alabama Prison Reform Task Force heard a slate of recommendations Thursday from the Council of State Governments. Andy Barbee from the group estimated that the proposed changes would reduce the prison population from nearly 200 percent to 162 percent of designed capacity by 2021. Alternatively, he said the state would have to add 6,000 […]

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    Alabama Senator Shelby to seek another term

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama is planning to run for another term. A spokeswoman for Shelby confirmed his intentions on Thursday. They were first reported by Roll Call. The 80-year-old senator from Tuscaloosa serves as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Shelby spent eight years in the Alabama Senate and eight years in the U.S. House as a Democrat before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986. He switched to the Republican Party in […]

  • State Rep. Patricia Todd (D) -Birmingham (File/AL.com)

    Lawmaker threatens to ‘out’ hypocrites opposing gay marriage

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s only openly gay lawmaker is threatening to expose state politicians who have extramarital affairs but say gay marriage is immoral or bad for children. State Rep. Patricia Todd, a Birmingham Democrat, says she was furious over some of the comments made by some colleagues after they learned gay couples might soon be able to get married in Alabama. Todd says they’re being hypocrites. She says will “out” politicians who cheat on their spouses or have […]

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    Northeast residents hunker down, dig out from snowstorm

    (AP) – Areas of the busy Northeast corridor were left to deal with a storm that packed a winter wallop of heavy snow and high winds for some and left others with more typical snow accumulations.  Here’s what residents of the big cities in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic need to know moving forward. THE STORM The nor’easter was predicted to continue to pound Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine with snow and wind through Tuesday. Total accumulation was […]

  • Winter Travel

    Snowstorm-related travel ban lifted for parts of New York

    NEW YORK (AP)- Motorists can get back on the roads in New Jersey and New York City, and subways and buses are restarting. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a snowstorm-related New York City area travel ban is lifted, except for Suffolk County on Long Island. He says drivers should still use extreme caution.He also says subway, bus and rail service will start phasing in service at 9 a.m. and expects to be back on a Sunday schedule by noon. […]

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    Heavy snowfall in the Northeast; total may fall short of forecasted amount

    NEW YORK (AP) – Tens of millions of people along the East Coast hunkered down for a storm that, for most, failed to live up to predictions that it would be one of the worst they’d ever seen. Forecasters originally said the storm could bring 1 to 3 feet of snow and punishing hurricane-force winds. But early Tuesday, they downgraded most of those numbers, saying New England would fare the worst, but even then not as bad as expected. Bruce […]

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    Senator drops plan for permanent daylight saving time

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama legislator's proposal to put the state on daylight savings time permanently has stalled like a broken clock. Republican Sen. Rusty Glover of Semmes announced in October that he would introduce a bill in the 2015 legislate session that would keep Alabama on daylight savings time year round to provide more daylight in the evenings.

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    UPDATE: 2 Marines killed in California helicopter crash identified

    TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — Two Marine Corps officers killed when their helicopter crashed during a training exercise in the Southern California desert were remembered Sunday as talented pilots. Capt. Elizabeth Kealey and 1st Lt. Adam Satterfield died from injuries in the crash Friday at the Twentynine Palms Marine base. They were the only two Marines aboard theUH-1Y Huey helicopter. “Capt. Kealey and 1st Lt. Satterfield were both outstanding Marine Corps officers and talented helicopter pilots,” said Lt. Col. James […]

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    Analyst: Gas prices may stop dropping soon

    CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of a regular gallon of gas dropped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.07, but it could soon rise. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the lowest prices in more than five years are likely to increase because of rising wholesale prices. Lundberg says rising costs of crude oil the past ten days should eventually be seen at the pump. San Francisco continued to have the highest-priced gas in the […]

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    Opening statements next in ex-New England Patriot Hernandez’s murder trial

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Aaron Hernandez once seemed to be a man with a bright future. At age 23 he had a Super Bowl appearance under his belt and a $40 million contract as a star tight end with the New England Patriots. He and his fiancee had started a family, living in a mansion in the Boston suburbs with their 8-month-old daughter. This week, prosecutors will paint a different picture of Hernandez: they will portray him as a […]

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    Woman gets bag full of cash at Burger King drive-thru

    ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A woman in New Hampshire got a big surprise at a Burger King drive-thru. Instead of food, she got a bag full of cash. Fosters.com reported that Janelle Jones discovered the $2,631 on her way home from the restaurant in Rochester, New Hampshire earlier this week. The cash was a Burger King bank deposit. She reportedly called her husband and they decided to return the money. The couple said they considered keeping the money, but they […]

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    Up to 2 feet of snow possible in coastal New England blizzard

    NEW YORK (AP/WHNT)– Most of the Northeast is bracing for another winter blast that could be worse than a weekend storm that brought rain snow and sleet. A major snowstorm ramping up in the Midwest could bring blizzard-like conditions and drop a foot or more of snow across most parts of the region. Areas east of New York City could get hammered the worst if the storm develops as currently predicted. Blizzard watches are already in effect for coastal New […]

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