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After Ala. Peace Rally, Gunfire Kills 1, Injures 5

Residents in Birmingham community say it was chaos

(Newser) - It was a night that kicked off with peace and ended up in violence. Police in Birmingham, Ala., say one person was killed and five were injured as they stood in the streets of a public housing community after an anti-violence rally Sunday night, reports. Cops say as... More »

Klansman Behind 1963 Bombing to Stay in Prison

Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., 78, denied parole

(Newser) - The lone surviving Ku Klux Klansman imprisoned for killing four black girls in a church bombing in 1963 will remain behind bars after Alabama's parole board heeded the victims' families Wednesday and refused an early release. The board rejected parole for Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., 78, who has served... More »

The 10 Worst US Cities to Call Home

Life isn't so sunny in Miami

(Newser) - Think life is sunny in Miami? Not so, according to 24/7 Wall St . The city tops a ranking of the worst US cities to call home based on various economic and social factors—including the affordability of housing, employment growth, crime rates, educational achievement, and nearby attractions and restaurants. The... More »

Back-Room Brawl Breaks Out Between Alabama Mayor, Council Member

'Senseless foolishness'

(Newser) - A routine day of city governance ended with a mayor and city council member hospitalized and lobbing legal threats and accusations at each other via staff, coworkers, and official city social media accounts, reports. The "senseless foolishness"—in the words of Birmingham city council president Johnathan... More »

Fox Pundit: UK's 2nd-Biggest City 'Muslim-Only'

News comes as a surprise to Birmingham residents

(Newser) - The residents of Birmingham, England, may have been startled to learn from a Fox News terrorism "expert" that their city is a "Muslim-only" one where "non-Muslims just simply don't go." Steven Emerson, founder of the Investigative Project on Terrorism group, also claimed there are parts... More »

Crooked Cop Drove Ferrari to Work

UK officer Osman Iqbal now serving 7 years

(Newser) - Police officer Osman Iqbal of Birmingham, England, had lucrative sidelines in drugs, prostitution, and money laundering—and he might have gotten away with it for longer if he hadn't started driving a $250,000 Ferrari to his day job. After the officer, who made roughly $60,000 a year,... More »

Woman Has Worked for One Company for 75 Years

Alabama's Frances Moore started out polishing jewelry

(Newser) - Seventy-five years ago today, Alabama's Bromberg & Co. hired 18-year-old Frances Moore to polish silver ahead of the holiday rush. This morning, the company hosted a breakfast for its most loyal employee, who never left, reports AP . "I didn't think I'd live 75 years let alone... More »

Guy Beat by Police Gets $1K, Lawyers Get $459K

Anthony Warren accused 5 cops of excessive force in 2008 chase

(Newser) - Anthony Warren doesn't have much to show for his five-year legal battle with police. The Alabama man ran over an officer during a 20-minute high-speed chase back in 2008 before he crashed and was thrown from the vehicle. It was at that point, however, that an officer's dash... More »

'Heroic' Soldier Pulls Grenade From Guy's Leg

Staff Sgt. David Mensink drove 200 miles to defuse the situation

(Newser) - Well, this is terrifying: An Alabama man was dismantling a grenade last Friday when the device launched into his thigh, the Washington Post reports. Paramedics were called to assist, but no one knew quite how dangerous the grenade was. Though the man first visited a Walker County hospital, he was... More »

Dog Hit by Car Then Survives Euthanasia

Worker finds 'Lazarus' walking around morning after injection like 'it's nothing'

(Newser) - One rescue worker has dubbed him "Lazarus," while another calls him "Houdini." But a mixed-breed dog who now bounds happily around the yard in a suburb of Birmingham, Ala., has escaped death not once, but twice, the AP reports. Lazarus (what he's officially being called)... More »

UPS Shooter Sought Prayer, Says Pastor

Kerry Joe Tesney's friends, family recall loving man

(Newser) - The man who shot and killed two former colleagues and himself at an Alabama UPS facility had "asked for prayer" amid a "troubled" period in his life, a pastor at his church tells the AP , adding, "He's just a guy who went through his trials at... More »

Gunman, 2 Others Dead in UPS Shooting: Reports

Birmingham, Ala., shooter was believed to be former employee

(Newser) - Three people, including the gunman, are dead after a shooting this morning at a Birmingham, Ala., UPS facility, a local police lieutenant tells the AP . The shooting, which took place around 9:30am, was at the hands of a man described as being a white male in his late 40s,... More »

For Alabamans Missing Mail, This Might Explain

Video shows postal worker apparently chucking packages

(Newser) - A postal worker in Birmingham is out of a job after a video showed him throwing packages into a ravine, reports . After the video began making the rounds locally, federal officials looked into it, and the employee soon resigned. It's not clear what he was throwing, and... More »

10 Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians

Florida in particular does not fare well

(Newser) - Head's up, Florida pedestrians. It just may save your life. A new study about the most dangerous cities for those who get around by foot finds that the top four are in Florida. The top 10 offenders, via Smart Growth America :
  1. Orlando, Fla.
  2. Tampa, Fla.
  3. Jacksonville, Fla.
  4. Miami, Fla.
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Sick of Allergies? Avoid These 10 Cities

Louisville is worst offender, says allergy group

(Newser) - Allergy experts have unveiled the worst cities in the US for those with spring allergies, and Louisville, Ky., is the place you most want to avoid if you're an allergy sufferer. It moves up from No. 5 last year to the top spot this year. "The river provides... More »

Surgeon Walked 6 Miles in Snowstorm to OR

Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw helped out a few stranded strangers along the way

(Newser) - You think you're dedicated to your job? Probably not compared to this guy: Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw was needed for an emergency brain surgery at Birmingham, Alabama's Trinity Medical Center on Tuesday morning, but he was six miles away at another hospital. With a snowstorm raging and traffic at... More »

Birmingham Bomb Victim's Dad Gets Early Release

Chris McNair out on compassion grounds

(Newser) - A judge sided with the Obama administration today and ordered the early release from prison of a former Alabama politician whose daughter died in Birmingham's racist church bombing of 1963. US District Judge Lynwood Smith approved the release of Chris McNair after the Justice Department sought McNair's freedom... More »

UPS Pilots Got 2 Warnings

Automated system told them descent too low seconds before crash

(Newser) - The pilots killed in this week's crash of a UPS plane in Birmingham got two automated warnings that they were coming in too low, says the NTSB. But they didn't have much time to process them—the first came 7 seconds before impact, reports the Wall Street Journal... More »

Doomed UPS Plane Sent No Distress Signal

One pilot identified: Shanda Fanning

(Newser) - The UPS cargo plane that crashed yesterday near Birmingham, Ala., didn't send out a distress signal prior to the disaster, ABC News reports. "We were told that there was no distress signal emitted from the airplane itself, and there were no calls for the airport or the control... More »

Pilot, Co-Pilot Dead in UPS Plane Crash

Cargo plane went down near Birmingham airport

(Newser) - The pilot and co-pilot of a UPS cargo plane are dead after the plane crashed near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport this morning, the mayor's office says. The Airbus A300 went down before dawn in calm weather as it approached the airport, report AP and CNN . The pilot and co-pilot... More »

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