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Alabama Cop Faces Federal Charges in Brutality Case

Visitor from India, 57, was left partially paralyzed while out for a walk

(Newser) - A former Alabama police officer has been charged with violating the civil rights of an Indian man who was injured during a violent confrontation in February. Former Madison police officer Eric Parker is charged with using unreasonable force that left Sureshbhai Patel hospitalized. He was slammed face-first to the ground... More »

Ala. Agency: Harper Lee Aware of New Book

Securities Commission says author 'able to answer questions ... to our satisfaction'

(Newser) - Alabama investigators looked into whether the recent deal to publish Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird sequel involved financial fraud, but they've closed the inquiry, a state official said yesterday. Alabama Securities Commission Director Joseph Borg said his agency sent an investigator to speak with Lee because the... More »

Ala. Investigates Claim That Harper Lee Is Being Abused

Still much debate over author's competence

(Newser) - Harper Lee has been depicted as alternately obstinate , humiliated , and "happy as hell" since HarperCollins announced her second novel would be published —and now more red flags have popped up. Amid the debate over her mental competence, the state of Alabama has jumped into the fray to investigate... More »

Thousands Jam 'Bloody Sunday' Bridge

Huge crowd marks 50th anniversary

(Newser) - Thousands of people crowded an Alabama bridge on Sunday, many jammed shoulder to shoulder and unable to move, to commemorate a bloody confrontation 50 years ago between police and peaceful protesters that helped bring about the 1965 Voting Rights Act. A day after President Obama walked atop the Edmund Pettus... More »

Ku Klux Klan Sends Message to Selma

Fliers coincide with 50th anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday'

(Newser) - Civil rights supporters aren't the only ones making waves in Alabama—the Ku Klux Klan showed up, too, distributing fliers around Selma and Montgomery over the past two weeks, AL.com reports. The Loyal White Knights of the KKK's grand dragon, Robert Jones, says roughly 4,000 fliers... More »

Obama in Selma: Race 'Casts Its Long Shadow'

President speaks to thousands, 50 years after 'Bloody Sunday'

(Newser) - America's racial history "still casts its long shadow upon us," the nation's first black president said today as he stood in solidarity and remembrance with civil rights activists whose beatings by police a half-century ago galvanized people against racial oppression and hastened passage of historic voting... More »

Alabama Supreme Court Defiantly Halts Gay Marriage

Court goes against federal ruling

(Newser) - The Alabama Supreme Court ordered the state's probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples yesterday, saying a previous federal ruling that gay-marriage bans violate the US Constitution does not preclude them from following state law, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The... More »

Man Who Grew 46DD Breasts Wins $2.5M Drug Suit

Family of Austin Pledger says he developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal

(Newser) - A 20-year-old autistic man won a $2.5 million lawsuit against a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson Tuesday after his family and doctor say he developed 46DD breasts after taking an antipsychotic drug, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. Austin Pledger, from Thorsby, Ala., was first prescribed Risperdal, manufactured by Janssen... More »

Ala. Gov to India: Sorry for Paralyzing Tourist

Officer Eric Parker pleads not guilty to assault

(Newser) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has apologized to the government of India for "the unfortunate use of excessive force" that left an Indian man partially paralyzed and in need of spinal surgery, AL.com reports. Officer Eric Parker allegedly slammed Sureshbhai Patel, 57, to the ground while he walked in... More »

Gay Marriage Back On in Big Alabama County

Federal judge orders Mobile to issue licenses; others may follow suit

(Newser) - It looks like supporters of gay marriage can celebrate again in Alabama. The state has been stuck between two rulings on same-sex marriage—a federal judge said yes-you-can, and a state judge said oh-no-you-can't—and the confusion caused Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis to put everything on hold... More »

Ala. Cops Partially Paralyze Indian Man Out for a Walk

Neighbor called in suspicious activity

(Newser) - A 57-year-old Indian citizen visiting his son in Alabama was "roughed up" by Madison police as he walked through the neighborhood on Friday, leaving him partly paralyzed, AL.com reports. A neighbor called police to report a suspicious man looking in garages; the neighbor "did not recognize the... More »

Most Alabama Counties Buck Feds on Gay Marriage

More than two-thirds halt all marriage

(Newser) - In Alabama, county officials are caught between an order from the state's chief justice not to issue same-sex marriage licenses and a federal judge's ruling legalizing gay marriage—and most of them have decided to just stop issuing any marriage licenses. After the Supreme Court refused to keep... More »

Supreme Court Won't Stop Gay Marriages in Alabama

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange had asked to keep the decision on hold

(Newser) - The Supreme Court says it won't stop same-sex marriages from beginning in Alabama today. The court this morning denied the Alabama attorney general's request to extend a hold on a judge's ruling overturning the state's ban on gay marriage. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange had asked... More »

Alabama's Top Judge: Ignore Feds on Same-Sex Marriage

Courthouse showdowns loom after Moore order

(Newser) - Alabama is set to become the 37th state where gays can legally wed, even as the state's chief justice has made an 11th-hour attempt to put such weddings on hold. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore sent a letter to probate judges last night ordering them to refuse to issue... More »

Trucker Crashes Pulling Own Loose Tooth

'He had the tooth in his shirt pocket as proof'

(Newser) - Alabama authorities say a tractor-trailer crashed on Interstate 20 because the driver lost control while he was pulling one of his teeth. The Alabama Highway Patrol says the truck driver told troopers he had taken his hands off the wheel to pull a loose tooth when he wrecked near Tuscaloosa.... More »

Gay Lawmaker to Critics: I'll Tell About Your Affair

Alabama's Patricia Todd is tired of hearing about 'family values'

(Newser) - If criticism of gay marriage in Alabama quiets down a bit, this might be why: A gay state lawmaker says she will expose "hypocrites" who talk about family values but don't live up to them, reports the TimesDaily . With the state poised to become the latest to allow... More »

Alabama School May Arm Kids—With Canned Goods

Administrators emphasize it's a very small part of keeping students safe

(Newser) - With school threats, shootings, and lockdowns in the news at a dizzying pace, educators are naturally looking at ways to keep kids safe. But while those measures typically include security guards or metal detectors, one Alabama middle school is raising more than a few eyebrows by asking parents to arm... More »

Auburn Football Player Shot Dead

Jakell Mitchell killed in early morning apartment shooting

(Newser) - Alabama police are seeking a suspect in the shooting death of Auburn University freshman football player Jakell Mitchell, who was shot early today at the Tiger Lodge apartment complex, reports AL.com . After police responded at 12:25am to the shooting, Mitchell was taken to the emergency room, where he... More »

Murder Suspects Attack Guard, Escape Prison

Jailer opened cell after he witnessed one inmate throwing up

(Newser) - The search is on in Alabama after two men charged with murder and another charged with armed robbery escaped their shared prison cell. Prior to the escape, one of the three began shouting in the cell, saying a cellmate was ill, the Choctaw County sheriff says. A guard checked up... More »

Neglected, Dying Dog Gets Epic Send-Off

Abandoned Boston terrier lives final days to the fullest thanks to Alabama family

(Newser) - Boston terriers thrive on human companionship, and they deteriorate in the absence thereof, notes the Boston Terrier Club of America . This is apparently what happened to Butch, who wandered an Alabama neighborhood for two and a half years after being abandoned, AL.com reports. He ate garbage, was occasionally fed... More »

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