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  • Alabama Senate approves Common Core repeal

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has voted to repeal the Common Core academic standards by 2021. Senators voted 23-7 for the bill Thursday. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, who sponsored the repeal, said state test scores have failed to improve since the state adopted the Common Core standards. Marsh said, “It’s time to move on.” Sen. Vivian Davis Figures, a Democrat from Mobile, criticized the rush to approve […]

  • Alabama Senate approves bill to change marriage licenses

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has approved a bill to abolish judge-signed marriage licenses as some conservative probate judges continue to object to giving marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Senators approved the bill Thursday on a 26-0 vote. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. Under the bill, couples would still get a form at the local courthouse to get married, but it would not be called a license. A few Alabama probate judges for years […]

  • State senate approves bill to allow donations to border wall fund

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has moved forward a bill that would allow Alabamians to donate part of their state tax refunds to help build a border wall with Mexico. Senators voted 23-6 Thursday to approve the bill by Republican Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh. It would allow residents to check a box on their state income tax form and donate to Build The Wall Inc., a nonprofit started by veteran and amputee Brian Kolfage. Marsh says […]

  • Facebook says it stored millions of passwords in plain text

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook said Thursday that it stored millions of its users’ passwords in plain text for years. The acknowledgement from the social media giant came after a security researcher posted about the issue online. “Security rule 101 dictates that under no circumstances passwords should be stored in plain text, and at all times must be encrypted,” said cybersecurity expert Andrei Barysevich of Recorded Future. “There is no valid reason why anyone in an organization, especially the size […]

  • Man dies after falling from 3rd floor balcony at Hoover retirement home

    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — A man has died after he fell from his third-floor balcony at an Alabama retirement home. Al.com reported that 69-year-old Terry Hugh Kemp skipped and fell at the Rocky Ridge Retirement Center near Hoover on Tuesday afternoon. Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates said Kemp had recently moved to the retirement community. Investigators say Kemp was standing on the balcony talking to someone on the ground when he apparently fell forward. Kemp was able to briefly hold on but […]

  • Former Birmingham officer gets 6 months in jail on sex charges

    BIRMNGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A former police officer in Alabama has been sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to rape and attempted child sex abuse. Al.com reported former Birmingham police officer Joshua Herbinger of Pleasant Grove turned himself in at the Shelby County jail Tuesday to begin the sentence. Herbinger was arrested in 2014 on allegations he sexually abused a child and raped a woman. Alabaster Police Chief Curtis Rigney said a young female victim reported the abuse to […]

  • New Zealand bans ‘military-style’ guns after mosque attacks

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday announced a ban of “military-style” semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity magazines like those used in the shootings at Christchurch mosques last week. Ardern said a sales ban was effective immediately to prevent stockpiling and would be followed by a complete ban on the weapons after new laws were rushed through. She said people could hand over their guns under an amnesty while officials develop a formal buyback scheme, which could […]

  • Dutch suspect in tram shooting to face terrorism charge

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch prosecutors say they will charge the main suspect in a deadly tram shooting with offenses including multiple murder or manslaughter with a terrorist intent. In a statement Thursday, the public prosecutor’s office in Utrecht says that the suspect, identified by police as 37-year-old Gokmen Tanis, also faces charges of attempted murder or manslaughter and making threats with a terrorist intent. Prosecutors say that investigations so far into Monday’s shooting in a tram in the […]

  • GE Aviation to expand in Alabama city, create 60 jobs

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says GE Aviation is planning a $50 million expansion at its Auburn facility. Al.com reports Ivey on Wednesday announced the expansion, which she says will create about 60 jobs and install new 3D-printing machines at the plant. The state Department of Commerce says the company has already invested more than $100 million at the Auburn plant, which currently employs about 230 people. The expansion will allow the plant to start producing a 3D-printed bracket […]

  • Wife defends Alabama man charged in ’99 double killing

    OZARK, Ala. (AP) — The wife of an Alabama man charged with capital murder in the slaying of two teenagers nearly 20 years ago says he’s innocent. Jeanette McCraney defended her husband, 45-year-old Coley McCraney, during a news conference Wednesday in Ozark. Jeanette McCraney says her husband is a truck driver and minister who puts other people first. She says authorities first began asking him about the slayings of Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley a few weeks ago and he […]

  • Alabama man dies when boulder falls on him at work site

    IRONDALE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man has died after he was hit by a boulder at a construction site. The Jefferson County Coroner’s office told news outlets that 49-year-old Timothy Michael Tumlin of Hoover was found dead at a construction site in Irondale on Monday afternoon. Investigators said a tractor was being used to remove large rocks at the site and drop them into a large dumpster. Tumlin’s co-workers found him dead after the tractor left the area. Chief […]

  • Labrador retriever most pup-ular US dog breed for 28th year

    NEW YORK (AP) — Labrador retrievers aren’t letting go of their hold on U.S. dog lovers, but German shorthaired pointers are tugging on the top ranks of doggy popularity, according to new American Kennel Club data. Labs topped the list for the 28th year in a row. Yet there’s been plenty of movement over time on the purebred pup-ularity ladder. Here’s a look at the 2018 rankings being released Wednesday. THE TOP 10: After Labs, the top five breeds nationwide […]

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