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    Woman dies from injuries in recent house fire

    DECATUR, Ala. (AP)–  Authorities say a woman found unresponsive in a recent house fire in Decatur has succumbed to her injuries.  Decatur fire officials say the woman was found without a pulse in her burning home early Friday morning, but was revived at the hospital and survived several hours before dying of smoke inhalation.  A Decatur newspaper reports that 75-year-old Mable Parker died at Parkway Medical Center shortly before 2 p.m. Friday.  The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire […]

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    Actor Leonard Nimoy of ‘Star Trek’ fame dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) – Leonard Nimoy, world famous to “Star Trek” fans through a beloved cult TV series and a half-dozen films as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died. Nimoy’s son, Adam, says the actor died Friday morning in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83. Although Nimoy followed his 1966-69 “Star Trek” run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in the public’s mind he would always be […]

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    Senate passes bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to Selma marchers

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has voted to award the Congressional Gold Medal to honor those who participated in the historic Selma civil rights protest 50 years ago, enduring police violence as they peacefully marched for the right to vote. The unanimous voice vote sends the issue back to the House, which passed its own version earlier this month.The measure honors the mostly black “foot soldiers” who tried to march from Selma to Montgomery to demand voting rights in March […]

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    Alabama GOP gears up for charter school push

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A bill on charter schools will be a top priority for Republicans in the legislative session that begins next week. Charter schools are publicly funded schools that operate outside the rules and regulations of regular public schools. The proposal would allow up to 10 new charter schools in the state each year. However, it would allow school systems to also convert an unlimited number of existing schools to charter status. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh […]

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    Man killed, officer injured in shoot-out at Walmart in Iuka, Mississippi

    IUKA, Miss. (AP) – Authorities say a man has been killed and a police officer injured after an exchange of gunfire inside a Walmart store in northeastern Mississippi. Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain tells The Associated Press the incident began Sunday evening as a traffic pursuit. He says officers from the Iuka Police Department were following a man who bailed out of his car and ran inside the Walmart. Strain says the officers followed and the man opened […]

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    More Alabama counties now granting gay marriage licenses

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – More Alabama counties are issuing marriage licenses to gay couples after a federal judge’s latest order.  Probate courts in several counties, including four in north Alabama, reversed course and began issuing gay marriage licenses on Friday. Marshall County announced Friday afternoon it would issue licenses.  Earlier in the day, Colbert, Lauderdale and Franklin opened up the windows to all couples and issued licenses. In January, U.S. District Judge Callie Granade overturned the state’s gay marriage ban. […]

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    Federal judge orders Mobile County to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – A federal judge in Alabama has ordered Mobile County to start issuing gay marriage licenses.  U.S. District Judge Callie Granade made the ruling after a brief hearing Thursday. Granade overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage last month and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stop gay marriages from beginning Monday. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an 11th hour order telling probate judges in the state they didn’t have to hand out licenses, causing confusion. […]

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    Philadelphia to host 2016 Democratic National Convention

    WASHINGTON (AP) _ Democrats have picked Philadelphia as the site of their 2016 national convention. It’s a patriotic backdrop for the nomination of the party’s next presidential candidate. The Democratic National Committee says the convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016. The two other finalists were Brooklyn, New York, and Columbus, Ohio. The site could serve as a passing of the baton from President Barack Obama to Hillary Rodham Clinton, the leading contender for the party’s nomination […]

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    White House to honor 5 federal agents who rescued boy from bunker in south Alabama

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is honoring five federal agents for rescuing a boy who was held in an underground bunker in southeast Alabama two years ago. Members of the FBI’s hostage rescue team are among the law officers receiving medals of valor Wednesday in a ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. An armed man boarded a school bus in Midland City on Jan. 29, 2013, and killed the driver.  He grabbed a 5-year-old boy off the bus and […]

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    Pentagon: “No doubt” ISIS killed American Hostage

    Reports continue to pour in regarding the death of American Kayla Mueller, the ISIS captive now confirmed dead.  Below is a series of Associated Press reports on a number of developments surrounding her death. Cause of Death WASHINGTON (AP) The Pentagon says American hostage Kayla Jean Mueller died at the hands of Islamic State and not in a Jordanian airstrike targeting the militant group. Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby was asked Tuesday if there was any doubt who killed the […]

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    Tennessee Supreme Court building evacuated after suspicious letter found

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Supreme Court building has been evacuated after an employee there opened a letter containing an unidentified white powder. Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security spokeswoman Jennifer Donnals said in an email that the employee came into direct contact with the powder. Two other people were in the room at the time but did not touch the powder. Chief Justice Sharon Lee said the building was cleared around 4 p.m. Tuesday. Emergency responders dressed […]

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    Probate judge in Covington County says he won’t issue gay marriage licenses

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – At least one probate judge is following Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s advice not to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Covington County Probate Judge Ben Bowden issued a statement Friday that he will not issue the licenses to same-sex couples. Bowden says he does not believe a decision of a federal judge overturning the state gay marriage ban requires him to do so. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade ruled the ban unconstitutional. In a clarification […]

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