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Family Trip to the Ice Cream Shop Ends in Tragedy

Incident happened at Bruster's Real Ice Cream in Auburn, Ala.

(Newser) - At what is normally the happiest of family destinations, a horror: Police investigating a call of a missing child at Bruster's Real Ice Cream in Auburn, Ala., before 1pm Saturday arrived to find the 3-year-old had been located but was unresponsive. Sadie Grace Andrews had been found in a... More »

Bannon: Moore Win Is Start of 'Revolution'

Alabama result shakes up GOP

(Newser) - President Trump has deleted some of his tweets about Alabama's Republican US Senate primary—but it's not an election the GOP will be able to move on from quickly. Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, a conservative Christian who was supported by anti-establishment forces including Steve... More »

After Strange's Ala. Primary Loss, Trump Deletes Tweets

Pro-Luther Strange tweets vanished after Roy Moore win

(Newser) - President Trump was a vocal supporter of Alabama's Sen. Luther Strange during the Republican's primary campaign—which is something he apparently wanted to forget about as soon as Strange was defeated. After Strange lost the race to former state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore on Tuesday, Trump started... More »

Alabama Race Has Makings of a Republican 'Civil War'

President and McConnell back Luther Strange, while Bannon backs Roy Moore

(Newser) - Political eyes are on Alabama on Tuesday, where a Republican primary for the Senate has turned into a proxy war. The race pits Luther Strange, who was appointed to temporarily fill Jeff Sessions' seat, against former State Supreme Court justice Roy Moore. Strange is backed by President Trump and the... More »

Man Jailed on Murder Charge in 2007. He's Still There

Few Americans have waited for a court date longer than Kharon Davis

(Newser) - Kharon Davis has already served half the minimum sentence for murder, but he's never been found guilty. The New York Times reports Davis has been in an Alabama jail awaiting trial since 2007. He was 22 at the time. It's one of the longest waits for a trial... More »

The 5 Richest, Poorest US States

Maryland's median household income is $37K more than Mississippi's

(Newser) - The median household income in the US climbed more between 2014 and 2016 than in any other two-year period on record. But that doesn't mean all Americans shared equally in the gains. Maryland residents enjoy a median household income that is almost twice that of people in Mississippi, per... More »

Raising a Family Is Best in This US City

Overland Park, Kansas, comes in at No. 1

(Newser) - Moving to a new city can be stressful, but even more so when you have little ones to consider. In addition to making sure you find a comfortable place to live, having a family to raise also dictates you look at other factors, such as the quality of the schools,... More »

Alabama Unveils a New Confederate Monument

Other states are tearing down tributes to Dixie

(Newser) - Alabama just got a new Confederate memorial, even as similar monuments have sparked protests and violence elsewhere. AL.com reports that more than 200 people attended the unveiling Sunday of a stone dedicated to "Unknown [Alabama] Soldiers" with the Confederacy at Confederate Veterans Memorial Park in Crenshaw County. "... More »

Alabama Woman Emerges After Month Lost in Woods

'I don't think she could have made it much longer,' says rescuer

(Newser) - "I've never seen anything like it. Her will to live is incredible," a sheriff's deputy says of a 25-year-old Alabama woman who spent 28 days lost in thousands of acres of forest before turning up on the side of a road in Bullock County on Saturday.... More »

Alabama Senate Race a Tough One for Trump's Favorite

Luther Strange trails candidate Roy Moore

(Newser) - The fight for the Alabama Senate seat previously vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions looks poised to go to a Sept. 26 runoff election. But the path there officially kicks off Tuesday with a special election primary in which three candidates will be weeded down to two. President Trump and... More »

12 Inmates Escaped With Peanut Butter Trick

11 have now been recaptured

(Newser) - Peanut butter was the key ingredient in Sunday evening's mass escape from an Alabama jail, Sheriff James Underwood says. The sheriff says the 12 men escaped after using peanut butter to cover up a door number, AL.com reports. They then convinced a new guard in the control room... More »

12 Inmates Escape From Alabama Jail

8 were recaptured within hours

(Newser) - A dozen inmates broke out of the Walker County Jail in Alabama Sunday evening, but they weren't all on the loose for long: Authorities say eight of the men had been recaptured by 10:42pm, about four hours after they escaped, AL.com reports. Police, who asked area residents... More »

Inside One of Worst Sailing Disasters in US History

'Hundreds of moments that went wrong, for everyone'

(Newser) - When the storm hit with enough force to knock a 57,000-ton, 600-foot oil tanker aground, Alabama's Mobile Bay was filled with much smaller vessels. Smithsonian , in a harrowing look at one of the worst sailing disasters in US history, reports 125 boats with 475 sailors and guests—some... More »

How a Student's Rape Allegation Ultimately Led to Her Death

Megan Rondini found herself the subject of investigation

(Newser) - Megan Rondini was a 20-year-old honors student with a 3.8 GPA at the University of Alabama when she was allegedly raped by a 34-year-old businessman, a member of a prominent Tuscaloosa family. After escaping from his home in the wee hours of July 2, 2015, she went immediately to... More »

Man Maintains Innocence as He Faces 8th Execution Date

Tommy Arthur has escaped execution 7 times in past 16 years

(Newser) - When you've faced your own execution seven times with an eighth on the way, it's important to have the right mindset. “You can either let a stressful situation break you ... or you hold on to hope and use your every waking moment to fight," Tommy Arthur... More »

He Asked His Grandma to Prom. School Said No

'Nanny' had never been to her own prom, so Bryce Maine thought it'd be a nice gesture

(Newser) - Alabama's Eufaula High School is very clear in its prom rules, per WTVM : You can't take your grandma, unless your grandma happens to be under the age of 20. Which has left senior Bryce Maine in a bit of a spot since he'd asked his grandmother, Catherine... More »

Man Claims Waffle House's Grease Is Ruining His Property

He's suing for $800K

(Newser) - Mack Crook Jr. may be the only person in America who doesn't love Waffle House. In a lawsuit filed earlier this month, Crook claims grease from a Waffle House in Anniston, Ala., has seeped across the property line and into the building he owns. He's seeking $800,000... More »

Arrest Made After Woman's Dramatic Kidnapping Escape

Manuel Towns was just freed from prison 2 months ago

(Newser) - Last week, a 25-year-old nursing student in Alabama made a dramatic escape from the trunk of her car, where she had been locked at gunpoint, NBC News reports. On Tuesday, her alleged kidnapper was arrested. According to AL.com , 28-year-old Manuel Towns was released from prison two months ago after... More »

Mom, Child Die in 2 Different Accidents 30 Minutes Apart

What appears to be a sad coincidence in Alabama

(Newser) - A mother and her 5-year-old daughter were both killed Tuesday in Alabama—but, in what seems to be a freak coincidence, in two different incidents. Per Valley Head police, the girl was hit by a vehicle on state Route 117 just outside Mentone around 3:30pm, although authorities are still... More »

Bill to Let Church Create Police Force Advances in Alabama

Birmingham congregation says it needs more protection

(Newser) - A bill designed to allow a church to have its own police force is moving forward. Alabama's Senate judiciary panel has passed a measure that would let Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham create the force, reports NBC News . The force would coordinate with local police to protect the 4,... More »

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