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10 State Names, Deciphered

24/7 Wall St. traces origins to Europe, indigenous cultures

(Newser) - You need look no further than a map to find America's reputation as a melting pot. The evidence is written across the states—specifically in their names, according to 24/7 Wall St. , which surveyed state websites and online resources to trace the origins of those names to England, France,... More »

Mall Shooting Story Gets Way Bigger

'Outraged' parents of shooting victim demand justice

(Newser) - The parents of a man killed by Alabama police Friday are calling for justice after authorities apparently shot the wrong guy, ABC News reports. "I'm outraged as a mother because I carried him for nine months," says April Pipkins, mother of police-shooting victim Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr.... More »

Cops Killed Guy Who Wasn't the Mall Shooter

Seems Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. was fleeing the scene

(Newser) - The guy shot by police at an Alabama mall Thanksgiving night wasn't really an alleged gunman, AL.com reports. The Jefferson County Coroner's Office released a statement Friday saying police actually shot and killed Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., 21, who was carrying a gun as he fled the... More »

Gunman Killed During Black Friday Sales

2 others injured at Alabama mall

(Newser) - Alabama's biggest mall is closed until further notice after a shooting that left two people injured and the suspect dead. The incident happened Thursday night at Riverchase Galleria in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover, which had been scheduled to stay open until midnight ahead of Black Friday sales, NBC... More »

Sessions' Next Job: Maybe His Old One?

Newly fired attorney general might run for former Senate seat in Alabama

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions may be out of a job as attorney general , but this week's resignation means that he could run again for his former Senate seat in Alabama. Politico quotes two sources saying that Sessions is considering a run against incumbent Democrat Doug Jones in 2020, and CNN's... More »

Woman's Costume Sends Her to Emergency Dentist

Woman is warning others not to use the glue that comes with fake teeth

(Newser) - Anna Tew certainly had a scary Halloween experience, though not in the way you might think. The Mobile, Ala., woman bought a $3 pair of fake fangs to complete her zombie costume, and she applied them to her teeth using the glue that was included. Little did she know the... More »

Armed Dad Takes Out Masked Gunman at McDonald's

Worker at Ala. McDonald's describes incident in which pistol-toting customer took out gunman

(Newser) - A man with a firearm may have stopped a burglary, or perhaps something worse, at an Alabama McDonald's. The man, who hasn't been named, was leaving the fast-food eatery in Birmingham with his two sons at around 10:45pm Saturday, report Fox News and AL.com . WBRC notes... More »

Minor League Team's Plucky Logo Goes Viral

Meet the Rocket City Trash Pandas

(Newser) - Minor league baseball teams occasionally get a little cheeky , but a new Alabama team is seeing merchandise fly out the door after it decided to talk a little trash. Meet the Madison-based Rocket City Trash Pandas, which unveiled their logo on Saturday—a raccoon lifting off in a trash-can like... More »

Cops: Dad Played Video Game While Infant Son Drowned

Alabama father charged with reckless manslaughter

(Newser) - A father in Alabama has been charged with reckless manslaughter in the drowning death of his 5-month-old son. Police say Cordarius Cotton, 23, put the boy in the bathtub at his Birmingham home Sunday night, turned the water on, and then forgot about his son for an hour while he... More »

Asteroid Far Brighter Than Moon Dazzles Over US

NASA meteor cameras capture it above Alabama

(Newser) - People up late in the Southeast one night last week had the chance to catch a brief but spectacular light show. In a Facebook post , NASA says its meteor cameras picked up a small asteroid about 1:19am Friday that burned through the night sky and would have been tough... More »

Beach Volleyballers Wreck Protected Birds' Nests

Players on island off Alabama moved eggs from least terns' nests, scared off adults

(Newser) - Beach volleyball players on a small island off Alabama probably killed hundreds of unhatched birds, moving eggs to make room for their court and scaring adult birds from nests, reports the AP . The day after the damage was found, the conservation group Birmingham Audubon put up ropes and signs to... More »

US Secession Group Seeks Ties With Russia

The League of the South sees a future with Russia

(Newser) - Not everyone is hating the Russia thing : Certain neo-confederates are promising to post a Russian-language page to share ideas with Russians about "Southern nationalism," reports AL.com . Called League of the South, the Alabama-based group made its announcement only days after President Trump and Vladimir Putin met to... More »

Hit Podcast Sued for Revealing Man's Intimate Details

'S-town' delved into the life of John B. McLemore

(Newser) - Millions of people know all about John B. McLemore, and that may be a problem. In fact his estate is suing S-Town, one of the most popular podcasts ever, saying it revealed highly personal details of McLemore's sexuality, friendships, and mental-health issues without his consent after he died, Vox... More »

GOP Rep Not Sunk by Former Criticism of Trump

Alabama Rep. Martha Roby disavowed 2016 criticism, had full support of White House

(Newser) - US Rep. Martha Roby won Alabama's Republican runoff Tuesday, fighting through lingering fallout from her years-old criticism of then-candidate Donald Trump in a midterm contest that hinged on loyalty to the GOP president. The four-term incumbent will now represent the GOP on the November ballot having defeated Bobby Bright,... More »

5 Most, Least Violent States

Louisiana and Maine are on opposite ends

(Newser) - The most violent US states tend to be in the South. They also tend to have the least restrictive gun laws in the country. That's according to 24/7 Wall St. , which determined the most and least violent of all 50 states based on the rate of murder, other violent... More »

Tearful Surprise Greets Man Who Walked for Hours to Work

Walter Carr's dedication brings him reward of his CEO's car

(Newser) - Car trouble didn't stop Walter Carr from getting to his first day of work with a moving company Sunday, even if he did have to walk nearly 20 miles in the dark. No longer: Carr was rewarded with his boss' car after making a lasting impression on his first... More »

Woman Faces Prison After Dog's Hot Car Death

Stephanie Thomas charged with felony animal cruelty; criminal past could mean long sentence

(Newser) - A woman faces charges after her dog's death inside her car on a hot Alabama summer day. Stephanie Shae Thomas was in a Trussville Walmart while her 7-year-old rescue pit bull sat inside her Mercedes in the parking lot on July 4, per WVTM . A passerby spotted the dog,... More »

Deaf Puppy Falls Down Deep Hole, a City Responds

Toffee is safe and sound after 31-hour ordeal in Huntsville, Ala.

(Newser) - Puppy love overtook an Alabama city last week, and Toffee is now safe because of it. Per CBS News , Toffee is a 7-week-old deaf puppy that was being fostered in Huntsville when she ran into a bit of trouble: She fell down a 50-foot hole in a yard and stayed... More »

At Protest, Armed Heckler Saying 'Womp! Womp!' Arrested

Shane Sealy in Alabama mimics Corey Lewandowski in immigration debate

(Newser) - A protest of White House immigration policy turned unsettling in Alabama over the weekend when a counter-protester repeatedly chanted the mocking phrase "womp! womp!" and pulled a gun during an altercation, police say. The "derisive womp! womp" line, denoting false sympathy, is the same one uttered to... More »

Alabama Death Row Inmate Apparently Kills Himself

He came within 3 hours of execution last year

(Newser) - A condemned inmate in Alabama apparently decided not to wait for the state to take his life. Jeffrey Lynn Borden, a 57-year-old Death Row inmate convicted of two 1993 murders, was found hanged in his cell early Sunday in what authorities say was an apparent suicide, AL.com reports. Borden... More »

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