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    21 feared buried following mudslide in India

    GAUHATI, India (AP)– Police say they’re searching for 21 people feared buried in a mudslide triggered by torrential monsoon rains in India’s remote mountainous northeast region. A police officer says the mudslide occurred Saturday in Goupi, a village in Manipur state close to India’s border with Myanmar. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters. Police reinforcements have reached the area and were trying to remove the rubble to find the missing people. […]

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    2 Alabama prison inmates escape from work release center

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Corrections officials in Alabama say two inmates have escaped from a work release center in Montgomery. WHNT News 19’s news partner, AL.com, reports 32-year-old Jerry Alan Walker and 27-year-old Mark Wilson were reported missing from the Red Eagle Work Center at 10 p.m. Friday after a bed check. Walker was sentenced to serve 20 years in 2008 after his conviction on a receiving stolen property charge in Montgomery County. Wilson was sentenced in 2008 to serve 25 […]

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    More than 300,000 Dodge Chargers affected in new recall

    DETROIT (AP)– Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 322,000 sedans worldwide because side air bags can inflate if doors are slammed too hard. The recall covers certain Dodge Chargers from the 2011 to 2014 model years, mainly in the U.S. and Canada. Last month, more than 843,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks were recalled for the same problem. The company says the Charger recall came from an internal investigation launched because of the truck recall. In late July, Chrysler recalled 1.4 […]

  • Jane Doe is escorted into Federal Court in Florence Friday for a hearing on an affidavit filed earlier in the week. (Carter Watkins / WHNT)

    Federal judge affirms affidavit for Lauderdale Co. inmate to continue with pregnancy after she previously wanted abortion

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Was an inmate at the Lauderdale County Detention Center pressured into changing her mind about terminating her pregnancy? On Wednesday, the inmate filed an affidavit in federal court reversing her July 20th petition requesting to have an abortion. Covered by a blanket, Jane Doe was escorted by deputies into the Federal Court House in Florence Friday morning. U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon ordered a hearing to speak with Doe about her decision to keep the fetus […]

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    Inmate Tommy Arthur asks for more lethal injection information

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Lawyers for a death row inmate said Alabama should be forced to disclose more information about lethal injection procedures before resuming executions. Attorneys for inmate Tommy Arthur in a Wednesday court filing said the state needs to disclose information including how the drugs are delivered, how inmate consciousness is monitored and the expiration dates of drugs in hand. The state is seeking to resume executions after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Oklahoma’s use of the sedative […]

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    Alabama attorney general responds to complaints on gun laws

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says several local and state agencies have started complying with gun laws after his office investigated complaints against them. Strange said in a statement Wednesday that the Alabama Department of Transportation has rescinded a ban on firearms at rest stops after his office told the agency the ban was illegal. Strange says the City of Moulton has also removed signs saying guns are prohibited at the city’s recreation center and at […]

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    State seeks to end parental rights of prisoner seeking abortion

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The state of Alabama is petitioning a court to strip a pregnant prisoner of parental rights in order to prevent her from obtaining an abortion. Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly said Wednesday the woman won’t have legal standing to seek an abortion if a court takes away her parental rights. The woman has already asked a federal judge to order the county to let her have an abortion. A ruling is expected Friday. Her lawyer […]

  • A helicopter flies over Willow Creek Canyon as a wildfire continues burning in the Sierra near Bass Lake, Calif., Monday, July 27, 2015. More wildfires have torn across California so far this year compared with the same period of 2014, but firefighters said Monday that efforts to confine and extinguish the latest blazes have been more successful than in the past.  (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)

    Growing wildfire threatens hundreds of homes in northern California

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire east of California’s Napa Valley has charred more than 11 square miles after it jumped a containment line in rugged, steep terrain baked by triple digit temperatures, fire officials said Wednesday. At least 136 structures remain threatened, and mandatory evacuations of more than 200 people from their homes stand. The blaze, which sent a smoke plume visible for miles and gave the horizon an amber hue, is one of several blazes burning across the […]

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    Afghanistan examining claim Taliban leader Mullah Omar died

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead. The Taliban could not be immediately reached for comment on the government’s comments about Omar, who has been declared dead many times before. Omar, the one-eyed, secretive head of the Taliban and an al-Qaida ally, led a bloody insurgency against U.S.-led forces after they toppled him from his rule in Afghanistan in 2001. Zafar Hashemi, a deputy spokesman for Afghan President […]

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    NTSB: Co-pilot of spaceship unlocked braking system early

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal safety investigators say the crash of a Virgin Galactic spaceship last year was caused by a catastrophic structural failure triggered when the co-pilot unlocked the craft’s braking system early. The National Transportation Safety Board investigators say the resulting aerodynamic forces caused the brakes to actually be applied without any further action by the crew. Investigators are also telling the board that no safeguards were built into system to overcome the error of the co-pilot. The NTSB […]

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    Police: No injuries after shots fired at Univ. of Florida

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — University of Florida police have taken one person into custody after shots were fired outside a student residence building near the football stadium. School officials sent a safety alert at 3:21 a.m. Monday stating that shots had been fired in the Murphree Hall lot. (1 of 2) UF Alert Shots fired at Murphree Hall lot poss suspects 2 white males in a blue Mazda truck last seen heading north away from — Univ of Florida (@UF) […]

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    ‘Unprecedented’ life sentence recommended for peanut executive in federal food-poisoning case

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Federal court officers are recommending what attorneys are calling an “unprecedented” sentence of life in prison for a peanut executive convicted in a salmonella-poisoning case. Former Peanut Corporation of American owner Stewart Parnell was convicted last fall of selling truckloads of peanut butter from his southwest Georgia plant to food processors even after they tested positive for salmonella. Food containing the tainted peanuts was blamed for killing nine people and sickened more than 700. The U.S. […]

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