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Trooper Pulls Guy Over, Gets Huge Surprise

Michael Kesler helped deliver baby, officials say

(Newser) - An Alabama State Trooper got quite the shock when he pulled over a speeder on US 72 Sunday morning, WHNT reports. Trooper Michael Kesler found Danny Lowe behind the wheel and Lowe's wife, Shawna, on the verge of giving birth—so Kesler lent her a hand. "Without hesitation,... More »

'Bonnie and Clyde's' Run Ends in Deadly Shootout

Blake Fitzgerald is dead and Brittany Harper wounded

(Newser) - A Missouri couple accused in a string of violent crimes across four states is on the run no more, reports WBRC . Police caught up with them in Florida early Friday morning, with the resulting shootout leaving Blake Fitzgerald, 30, dead and Brittany Harper, also 30, wounded in the leg or... More »

'Bonnie and Clyde' Stay One Step Ahead of Cops

They're suspected in robberies across 4 states

(Newser) - A Missouri couple is allegedly robbing its way across the American South with the FBI and US Marshals hot on its heels, AL.com reports. "I guess they see themselves as some kind of modern-day Bonnie and Clyde,'' one Missouri lawman says. The crime spree may have... More »

Dog Enters Half Marathon, Comes in 7th

Ludivine wows runners in Elkmont, Alabama

(Newser) - A half marathon in Alabama might have escaped media attention if not for its unlikely finisher: a hound dog named Ludivine. Owner April Hamlin says she let Ludivine out Saturday morning and only learned later that her 2 1/2-year-old dog had run the full 13.1-mile race in Elkmont, Alabama,... More »

Former Reality- TV Star Charged With Murder

History Channel star accused of shooting co-worker in Alabama

(Newser) - A former reality-TV star who hoped to strike gold in South America has now been charged with murder. Authorities say hunters found the body of a 40-year-old man, Norman Deon Crayton, in a wooded area south of Dadeville, Ala., early Sunday, per the New York Daily News . Witnesses tell the... More »

Mom Dies, Dad ODs in Daughter's Hospital Room

Dad now faces charges over suspect heroin use

(Newser) - On Facebook, Mary Ann and Wesley Landers and their two daughters looked like the "picture perfect family," says a friend. Then came "an eye-opener." Mary Ann, 32, was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose in her 7-month-old daughter's room at Cincinnati Children's Hospital... More »

Alabama's Top Judge Tries to Block Gay Marriage

Roy Moore hasn't got a chance, experts say

(Newser) - Alabama's top judge has bewildered legal experts with a ruling that suggests he believes he can overrule the US Supreme Court. Roy Moore, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has told state officials that they should stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite a landmark ruling last... More »

Severe Storms Hit Several States

Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, among the hardest hit

(Newser) - Severe storms are continuing to strike several states on Sunday. Among the dramatic winter weather noted in media reports:
  • Oklahoma is seeing a range of precipitation, from blowing and drifting snow in the Panhandle to heavy, flood-inducing rains in the east part of the state. National Weather Service meteorologist Jonathan
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Tornado, Floods Hit Alabama City

Severe weather has now killed at least 15

(Newser) - A Christmas Day tornado touched down in north-central Alabama, including part of Birmingham, in the latest wave of severe weather that's hammered the South this week. The funnel was spotted by witnesses outside the city about 5pm Friday. An hour later, the National Weather service confirmed that first responders... 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, AL.com reports. The "senseless foolishness"—in the words of Birmingham city council president Johnathan... More »

Report: Alabama Cops Planted Drugs on Black Men for Years

'Racial extremist' cops blamed for nearly 1,000 wrongful convictions

(Newser) - The Henry County Report dropped a bombshell Tuesday: A group of "racial extremists" within one Alabama police department planted drugs and weapons on young black men for more than 10 years, leading to nearly 1,000 wrongful convictions. The story is based on hundreds of files obtained by the... More »

Don't Shop at Stores With Lights in Windows: Ala. Rep

Because those aren't American-owned, obviously, per Rep. Alan Harper

(Newser) - An Alabama lawmaker is calling on US citizens to show their patriotism this Yuletide season (and, ostensibly, for always)—by frequenting only American-owned convenience stores, gas stations, and tobacco outlets, WALB reports. And GOP state Rep. Alan Harper has an easy way for consumers to tell which stores are true-blue... More »

Alabama Woman Missing in 2011 Tornado Found in Florida

Police think she may have moved without telling her family

(Newser) - A 53-year-old Alabama woman reported missing by her family following a series of deadly tornadoes in 2011 has been found safe and sound—in Florida, AL.com reports. And no, she probably wasn't blown there. The tornadoes that hit Tuscaloosa in April 2011 killed dozens of people and damaged... More »

16 States Say No to Syrian Refugees

Alabama, Michigan governors were the first to cite Paris attacks

(Newser) - The attacks in Paris have prompted the governors of several US states to declare that Syrian refugees aren't welcome. The governors of Alabama and Michigan each issued statements Sunday to that effect, reports the Washington Post . And on Monday, the governors of Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi,... More »

8-Year-Old Charged in Beating Death of 1-Year-Old

'One of the saddest cases that I have witnessed'

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy is being charged with beating a 1-year-old girl to death while they were left home alone as their mothers went to a nightclub, Alabama police said Monday. Birmingham police spokesperson Sean Edwards said the boy beat and killed 1-year-old Kelci Lewis when she wouldn't stop crying.... More »

3 Cops Suspended for Student Party Arrests

Tuscaloosa police chief says city has a black eye

(Newser) - The chief of police in Tuscaloosa, Ala., says the department and the city have a "black eye" after what he sees as the deeply disturbing arrest of three University of Alabama students early Sunday morning. Video posted online shows a city police officer standing in an apartment doorway arguing... More »

Mom Fights School Over Her Son's Right to Die There

He's terminally ill, and she doesn't want him revived

(Newser) - A mother is locked in a battle with an Alabama school district over whether her son should be allowed to die at school. Rene Hoover's 14-year-old son, Alex, has a terminal heart condition that has narrowed his mitral valve. The AP reports that has hampered his blood flow, a... More »

'Teacher of the Year' Quits When Told She's Unqualified

Ann Marie Corgill had taught in Alabama for 21 years

(Newser) - A longtime Alabama educator who has won Teacher of the Year honors resigned last week when her "frustration boiled over" with bureaucracy. Informed that she lacked the state qualifications to teach 5th grade, Ann Marie Corgill resigned from Birmingham City Schools, NPR reports. "After 21 years of teaching... More »

Alabama Junkyard Scraps Important Piece of NASA History

50-year-old lunar rover prototype was spotted in tiny town

(Newser) - Some deep document diving by Motherboard brings us this story of a massive and massively historical NASA lunar rover prototype and the Alabama junkyard that destroyed it for some reason. Motherboard reports a US Air Force historian was visiting his mother in Blountsville, Alabama—population 1,700—when he spotted... More »

Judge to Offenders: Donate Blood or Go to Jail

Experts say judge's ultimatum was 'wrong in about 3,000 ways'

(Newser) - Last month, an Alabama judge gave a courtroom full of offenders a choice: donate blood or go to jail, the New York Times reports. “For your consideration, there’s a blood drive outside," Judge Marvin Wiggins told the offenders, who were there because they owed fees and fines.... More »

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