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    Miami Marlines pitcher Jose Fernandez killed in boating accident

     MIAMI (AP) – The Miami Marlins have announced the death of ace right-hander Jose Fernandez. The U.S. Coast Guard says Fernandez was one of three people killed in a boat crash off Miami Beach early Sunday. The Marlins did not immediately release details, other than releasing a statement confirming the death of one of the top pitchers in baseball. In the statement, the Marlins say they are “devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez Our thoughts and prayers are with […]

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    Man charged in twin brother’s death during robbery attempt

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) _ A 22-year-old Alabama man has been charged in his twin brother’s death after police say the twin was shot while both siblings were trying to rob someone. Media outlets report the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit said Friday that 22-year-old Zhamelle Ware faces a felony murder charge in the death of Zhalil Ware. The robbery victim told investigators that two suspects approached him at gunpoint at an apartment complex Wednesday night, demanding money. The victim pulled out […]

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    Government cuts ties with for-profit college accreditor, impacts Virginia College, others in TN Valley

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Hundreds of for-profit colleges could close, leaving up to 600,000 students scrambling to find other schools, after the Education Department withdrew recognition of the nation’s largest accreditor of for-profit schools. This impacts Virginia College and other for-profit universities in the Tennessee Valley. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools said it would appeal Thursday’s decision to Education Secretary John B. King Jr. In a statement, ACICS Interim President Roger Williams said the council would “continue diligent […]

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    Governor Bentley cut to Medicaid primary care bump to be restored

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ Alabama is restoring enhanced payments for primary care doctors who treat Medicaid patients. Gov. Robert Bentley announced Thursday that the state will restore the enhanced payments that were cut because of budget troubles. The “primary care bump” put some Medicaid primary care reimbursement rates on par with Medicare rates. The Alabama Medicaid Agency this summer ended the payment bump and predicted other program reductions because of a lack of money. Alabama lawmakers this month approved an […]

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    Comcast plans to launch wireless service next year

    NEW YORK – Comcast (CMCSA) plans to launch a cellphone service roughly in the middle of next year, although it would be limited to areas of the country where it’s a cable provider. That could potentially make the cable giant a competitor to carriers like Verizon and AT&T for a subset of the country. Comcast has just over 28 million customers. It plans to create a service that would run on its 15 million Wi-Fi hotspots and use Verizon’s wireless […]

  • Work crews are trying to repair a pipeline that has spilled more than 250,000 gallons of gasoline in a rural area near Birmingham. Colonial Pipeline says most of the gas is contained in a retention pond near the city of Helena, and there's no public safety concern. (Photo: Colonial Pipeline, via ABC3340.com)

    Company restarts gas pipeline after leak in Shelby County

    HELENA, Ala. (AP) – Colonial Pipeline has restarted the gasoline pipeline in Alabama that was shut down after a major leak, which caused shortages and surging fuel prices across the South. Company officials say in a statement that the pipeline reopened Wednesday evening. The pipeline leak was discovered Sept. 9 near Helena, Alabama, when state workers noticed a strong gasoline odor and sheen on a man-made retention pond. The company has estimated that 252,000 to 336,000 gallons of gasoline leaked […]

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    Man charged with planting bombs in New York area

    NEW YORK–Federal prosecutors have charged Ahmad Khan Rahami with planting a series of bombs in New York and New Jersey, including one that injured 31 people when it blew up on a busy street. The criminal complaint was unsealed Tuesday at a federal court in Manhattan.   Rahami was captured Monday after being wounded in a gunfight with police in Linden, New Jersey.   He remains hospitalized. Rahami is already facing state charges in connection with the shootout. Investigators say Rahami planted […]

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    Soccer manager with down syndrome honored by teammates

    PELHAM, Ala. (AP) _ A high school soccer manager with down syndrome was recently surprised by teammates in central Alabama. Al.com (http://bit.ly/2cqWlWU ) reports Oak Mountain soccer players presented 18-year-old Chandler Herrero with a championship ring. Herrero was given the ring by Eagles players to thank him for his consistent support during their championship seasons in 2015-16. Herrero visited coach Daniel DeMasters classroom for the surprise ceremony this week. He was surrounded by his teammates, special education teachers and mother […]

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    Cubs clinch NL Central title with Cardinals loss

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have won the NL Central, becoming the first major league team this season to clinch a division title when St. Louis lost 6-2 at San Francisco. The Cubs lost 5-4 to the Milwaukee Brewers earlier Thursday night, but captured their first NL Central crown since 2008 when the Giants finished off their victory over the Cardinals. Wrigley Field was empty when Matt Adams made the final out on the West Coast, but a loud […]

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    Police seize more than $3M in Marion County traffic stop

    WINFIELD, Ala. (AP) — A Georgia man was arrested after police say he was stopped on an Alabama interstate and found to be in possession of a stolen gun and more than $3 million in cash. Senior State Trooper Reginal King tells local media that 41-year-old Thomas Shane Randler of Douglasville, Georgia, was arrested Tuesday in Marion County by a narcotics agent with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Police stopped Randler shortly after 3 p.m. as he was driving on […]

  • Work crews are trying to repair a pipeline that has spilled more than 250,000 gallons of gasoline in a rural area near Birmingham. Colonial Pipeline says most of the gas is contained in a retention pond near the city of Helena, and there's no public safety concern. (Photo: Colonial Pipeline, via ABC3340.com)

    Workers repairing gas pipeline spill in Shelby County; Gov. Bentley declares State of Emergency to speed up process

    HELENA, Ala. (AP) – Work crews are trying to repair a pipeline that has spilled more than 250,000 gallons of gasoline in a rural area near Birmingham. Colonial Pipeline says most of the gas is contained in a retention pond near the city of Helena, and there’s no public safety concern. But while workers have sealed the leaking part of the pipeline, a spokesman says there’s a possibility some fuel could still be released. Crews are both removing spilled gas […]

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    Court hears challenge to New Hampshire ‘ballot selfie’ law

    BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Boston has heard arguments in a challenge to a New Hampshire law that bans voters from posting photos of their completed election ballots. The New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office wants to keep the law on the books, arguing that it helps deter election fraud. But the American Civil Liberties Union argued Tuesday before the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that prohibiting voters from sharing ballot photos on social media violates […]