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Cops: Woman Kidnapped, Killed by Husband's Mistress

Suspect shot Sandra Barnett, 49, then herself: police

(Newser) - Two women are dead after a dramatic chase that took police from Georgia to Alabama, where a standoff ensued yesterday. Police say Sandra Barnett, 49, was kidnapped from her home in Ellenwood, Ga., on Wednesday and whisked away in a black Dodge Durango, driven by her husband’s mistress. Neighbors... More »

BP Ponies Up $18.7B to Gulf States in Spill

Settlement money to be spread among Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi

(Newser) - Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP today that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The settlement comes as a federal judge was preparing to rule on how much BP owed in federal Clean Water Act... More »

Alabama Capitol Ditches Its Confederate Flags

On orders of the governor

(Newser) - The latest blow to the Confederate flag : The battle flag displayed at the Alabama state Capitol was removed today, quietly, by two workers who took it down around 8:20am, AL.com reports. Though they wouldn't answer questions, Gov. Robert Bentley exited the building soon after and acknowledged he... More »

Marine Corps Vet Sued for Living 'Off the Grid'

But Tyler Truitt calls it an act of 'civil disobedience'

(Newser) - For US Marine Corps veteran Tyler Truitt, the homefront has a battle all its own: The 27-year-old resident of Huntsville, Alabama, is going to court with the city next month over his "off-the-grid" lifestyle, which includes living in a trailer, using solar panels, and catching rainwater in a 550-gallon... More »

Waffle House Diners Wowed by 5-Year-Old's Selfless Act

Kindhearted Josiah Duncan begged his mom to buy a meal for homeless man

(Newser) - Josiah Duncan isn't just any 5-year-old. When he saw a homeless man standing outside a Waffle House in Prattville, Ala., he started quizzing his mom. "Where is his house? Where is his family? Where does he keep his groceries?" were some of Josiah's queries, Ava Faulk tells... More »

Grandmother Gets Life for Girl's Fatal Forced Run

Prosecutors called Joyce Hardin Garrard 'drill sergeant from hell'

(Newser) - An Alabama woman convicted of running her 9-year-old granddaughter to death as punishment for lying about candy has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Joyce Hardin Garrard, the diminutive grandmother whom prosecutors depicted as the "drill sergeant from hell," stood before the judge... More »

2 Dead, 5 Missing as Freak Squall Hits Regatta

Sailing event turns deadly in Alabama

(Newser) - Two people are dead and Coast Guard crews are continuing their search this morning for at least five people missing in the water after a sudden and powerful storm capsized several sailboats participating in a regatta near Mobile Bay, Ala. The storm rolled through the area about 4pm yesterday and... More »

Another Alabama Death Row Inmate Walks

William Ziegler maintains he's innocent of 2000 murder in Mobile

(Newser) - A death row inmate in Alabama is out of prison after 15 years, 50 days, becoming the second such convict to walk in the state this month . William Ziegler, initially convicted of the 2000 murder of Russell Allen Baker in Mobile County, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting murder in... More »

Man on Death Row 30 Years Cleared of Double Murder

Ray Hinton: 'They had every intention of executing me'

(Newser) - A man who spent nearly 30 years on Alabama's death row is free after a decades-long fight to prove his innocence. Ray Hinton, 58, was released this morning from the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham. He hugged tearful family members as he walked out. "I shouldn't have... More »

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 »

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