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    ARMY OFFICIALS: Death of two-star general on Redstone Arsenal ruled a suicide

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army says the death of a two-star general on a military base in Alabama has been ruled a suicide. Maj. Gen. John Rossi was found dead July 31 in his home on Redstone Arsenal, and an investigation was undertaken. Rossi had just moved onto the base and was scheduled to be promoted to lieutenant general and assume command of Army Space and Missile Defense Command. Suicide has been a major problem in the military in recent […]

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    Judge blocks new Alabama restrictions on abortion clinics

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ A federal judge has blocked new Alabama abortion restrictions that would ban clinics near schools and outlaw a common second trimester abortion procedure. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued a preliminary injunction Thursday against the provisions. Lawmakers last spring voted to ban clinics within 2,000 feet of K-8 public schools and bar the second-trimester abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation. Thompson said the restrictions would significantly reduce access to abortions in Alabama, adding abortions starting […]

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    Syrian rebels move to take control of Aleppo

    BEIRUT (AP) _ Syrian rebel groups say they have launched a large-scale offensive to break the government’s siege of eastern Aleppo, a contested city in the north of the country and the current focal point of the six-year war. The Islamic Front rebel coalition announced on Twitter Friday morning that the ultraconservative Ahrar al-Sham group targeted a military airport to the east of the city with Grad rockets and destroyed a government position to the west of the city. The […]

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    Twitter cuts 9 percent of its employees worldwide

    NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter, seemingly unable to find a buyer and losing money, is cutting about 9 percent of its employees worldwide. Twitter Inc., which has struggled amid competition from the likes of Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, said Thursday that it expects to book about $10 million to $20 million in workforce restructuring charges. Since the end of 2014, Twitter has picked up just 15 million monthly users to expand its audience to 313 million people through June. During […]

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    Obama administration confirms double-digit premium hikes

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is confirming that premiums will go up sharply next year for health insurance sold to millions of consumers through Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across states served by the federally run online market. The number of insurers serving the federal market will drop from 232 to 167, a loss of about 28 percent. Administration officials say that despite the sobering numbers, subsidies designed […]

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    Do you rent out an apartment or home in Tuscaloosa during football season? City officials are cracking down

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Tuscaloosa officials are cracking down on temporary rentals, a practice they say proliferates during Alabama football season. The Tuscaloosa News reports Sunday the city is preparing to send out letters to people found advertising their homes for rent on sites such as The letters tell homeowners that the rentals violate zoning, building, fire and business license regulations and are subject to taxes. They could also violate Alabama rules about homestead exemptions. City official Ashley Crites […]

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    Study looks at tornadoes on Alabama’s Sand Mountain

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) _ Researchers are trying to determine why the Sand Mountain area of northeast Alabama seems so prone to tornadoes. The University of Alabama in Huntsville says scientists and students will spend the next year studying the role that the region’s mountains and valleys play in twister formation. The work is being performed with a nearly $250,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A release from the school says the area was affected by 49 tornadoes […]

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    Shelby, 4 House members opposed in Alabama

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ Five Republican members of Alabama’s congressional delegation are seeking re-election against poorly financed Democrats. The GOP candidates include Sen. Richard Shelby, who is seeking his sixth six-year term. Some of the Democratic challengers are trying to make points by tying the Republican incumbents to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Shelby’s Democratic opponent, Ron Crumpton, is sending emails to would-be supporters highlighting some of Trump’s more controversial statements. But Shelby hasn’t been closely linked with Trump like […]

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    Space station accepts 1st Virginia delivery in 2 years

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) _ The International Space Station has received its first shipment from Virginia in more than two years. Orbital ATK’s cargo ship pulled up at the space station Sunday, six days after a sensational nighttime launch observed 250 miles up and down the East Coast. The capsule _ called Cygnus after the swan constellation _ contains 5,000 pounds of supplies. Station astronauts grabbed it using a big robot arm. Last Monday’s liftoff from Wallops Island was the […]

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    Woman’s abdominal pain turns into surprise baby

    STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) – Abdominal pain sent Stephanie Jaegers to the hospital. She told her husband, Michael, she believed it was due to kidney stones. When they arrived at the hospital in Stockbridge, Georgia, on Tuesday, doctors asked if she might be pregnant. She said no, and doctors began preparing her for X-rays. But after some observations, doctors changed plans and began preparing her for an ultrasound. Michael Jaegers tells WXIA-TV doctors told him his wife was pregnant, 38 weeks pregnant […]

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    Toddler dies in Spokane fire, his dog huddled at his side

    SEATTLE (AP) _ A toddler who died in a house fire was found with his dog and teddy bear next to him and authorities believe the dog tried to protect the boy, a spokesman for Spokane’s fire department said Saturday. The dog, a terrier mixed breed, also died in the fire that broke out at about 11:30 p.m. Friday, said the spokesman, Brian Schaeffer. Three other children and two adults escaped the blaze in Spokane’s Hillyard neighborhood, he said. The […]

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    $47 Billion offer to create world’s biggest tobacco company

    LONDON (AP) – British American Tobacco has offered to buy out Reynolds American Inc. for $47 billion in an attempt to gain a strong presence in the U.S., a lucrative market where sales of electronic cigarettes are booming as traditional smoking fades. The takeover would create the world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company and combine BAT’s presence in developing countries, where anti-smoking campaigns are not as strong as in the U.S. and Europe, with Reynolds’ almost exclusive focus on the […]