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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 »

100-Year-Old Woman Sees Ocean for First Time

Tennessee's Ruby Holt watched dolphins, ate seafood along Alabama shore

(Newser) - It was during a water-gun fight at her senior living facility over the summer that Ruby Holt told bystanders she had always wanted to see the ocean, which she had never visited in her century on this planet. With the encouragement of employees at the Tennessee facility where she resides,... 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 »

Alabama House Speaker Charged With 23 Felonies

Mike Hubbard, 52, calls it a 'political witch hunt'

(Newser) - Alabama's house speaker dropped by the Lee County jail today, but not to glad-hand: Special agents booked him on 23 felony violations of ethics laws, AL.com reports. Mike Hubbard, 52, a powerful figure in state Republican politics, was accused of using his office to solicit items of value... 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 »

Deacons Sue Pastor Who Had Affairs, Keeping AIDS Secret

Juan McFarland refuses to leave church

(Newser) - Despite a vote to oust him, pastor Juan McFarland has refused to leave his church in Montgomery, Ala.; now, deacons are suing to fire him. McFarland admitted he'd had affairs with parishioners on church property—without telling them he has AIDS, the AP reports. At that point, "we... More »

School to 5-Year-Old Girl: Promise You Won't Kill

Alabama school has girl sign contract against murder, suicide

(Newser) - An Alabama mom says her 5-year-old daughter got in a heap of trouble for drawing a picture of a gun and aiming her crayon in a gunlike fashion, Local 15TV reports via BuzzFeed . In fact, little Elizabeth was assessed for suicidal thoughts and told to sign a contract promising not... More »

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