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An Unlikely Sex Scandal, Revealed by His Wife's iPhone

'GQ' digs into the travails of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley

(Newser) - Sex scandals are nothing new to politics, but GQ digs in to one more unusual than most that rocked Alabama politics earlier this year. It involves the state's grandfatherly 73-year-old governor, Robert Bentley, and his relationship with Rebekeh Mason, an aide 30 years his junior. Bentley remains in office,... More »

Ex-NASA Astronaut Faces Murder Charges

2 young girls killed in car wreck involving James Halsell Jr.

(Newser) - A retired NASA astronaut who flew on five space shuttle missions has been charged with murder after an early-morning car crash in Alabama took the lives of two young half-sisters, per AL.com . A 2015 Chrysler allegedly being driven by James Halsell Jr., 59, smashed into a Ford Fiesta at... More »

Teacher on Leave After Math Quiz on 'Pimps,' 'Ho's'

Alabama middle school teacher was set to retire this month

(Newser) - Murder, AK-47s, "pimps and ho's"—topics you'd expect to see covered in a police report, not on a middle school math quiz. Yet a teacher in Mobile, Ala., included those subjects on her exam, and she's now been placed on administrative leave because of it,... More »

Fire Ants Kill Woman Planning Mom's Funeral

Such a death is rare in Alabama

(Newser) - Kalyn Rolan's mother died on May 19. Less than 24 hours later, Rolan was dead, too. In what WSFA calls "a story so tragic, it's almost hard to believe," Rolan, 29, was in Selma, Ala., making funeral arrangements when she was attacked by fire ants as... More »

Police: Woman Kills Dog to Help Fake Miscarriage

Husband: 'I loved that dog, man'

(Newser) - An Alabama woman is facing felony animal cruelty charges after, authorities say, she killed her Chihuahua in a failed attempt to fool her husband into thinking she had a miscarriage. After killing the animal, Anita Parker, 43, allegedly sliced open its stomach to gather blood and tissue to aid in... More »

Teen Girl Dies While Playing Tug-of-War at School Event

Maddison Wentworth reportedly complained of a headache and dizziness before collapsing

(Newser) - An Alabama family is reeling after their 13-year-old daughter collapsed and died during a game of tug-of-war during her school's field day last week, WVTM reports. Leslie Wentworth says her daughter Maddison had been excited for the annual event. "She was a beautiful kid," Wentworth says. "... More »

Alabama Judge in Trouble Over Gay-Marriage Fight

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore may lose his job

(Newser) - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore—ousted from office more than a decade ago over a Ten Commandments display—now faces possible removal from the bench over his effort to block gay marriage from coming to that state after the US Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, the AP reports.... More »

Parents of 6 Die Within 48 Hours of Each Other

Sister says stress was too much for heartbroken Alabama man

(Newser) - Six children in Alabama lost their parents when tragedy struck twice in the same weekend, leaving both their mom and dad dead of unrelated causes. Family members say last weekend, 40-year-old Jennifer Norsworthy developed a blood clot in her sleep and died after being rushed to a hospital in Huntsville,... More »

Married Ala. Teachers Each Charged With Student Sex

Charged 2 days apart in separate incidents with students under age 19

(Newser) - Private-school teachers Jamie and Charli Parker have been arrested a day apart in Alabama on separate yet identical charges of having sex with a student under the age of 19, reports AL.com . The husband and wife both teach and coach at Pickens Academy, a private school in Carrollton, a... More »

As Sex Scandal Deepens, Ala. Gov Insists He'll Stay

Aide involved in alleged affair steps down

(Newser) - A top political aide to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Wednesday—a week after he publicly admitted making inappropriate remarks to her but denied the two ever had an affair. The resignation of senior political adviser Rebekah Mason capped an explosive eight days in state politics that rocked the administration... More »

Alabama Gov. Admits Sexual Remarks, But Not Affair

Scandal erupted after state's top cop was fired

(Newser) - Alabama's governor says he is "truly sorry" for a recording in which he makes sexual remarks to an aide—but there was never any "sexual activity." Robert Bentley held a press conference Wednesday amid allegations of a long-running affair with married aide Rebekah Mason, the New ... More »

Brink's Worker Swiped $200K in Quarters: FBI

That's 10K pounds' worth of coin, which he's accused of replacing with beads

(Newser) - An ex-money processing manager for Brink's Company in Alabama who had access to bags and bags of quarters swapped out coins for beads and made off with nearly $200,000 in 2014, per the FBI. Stephen Dennis, 49, has agreed to plead guilty and pay Brink's back for... More »

SCOTUS Rules on Gay Adoption, Apple ... Batmobile

And other Supreme Court decisions on this busy Monday

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Alabama's top court went too far when it tried to upend a lesbian mother's adoption of her longtime partner's children, the AP reports. Before their breakup, one partner bore three children; the other formally adopted them in Georgia, which they were... More »

Man Killed After Tracking Down Stolen Phone

Alabama man confronted thief, cops say

(Newser) - A 23-year-old man in Alabama has become the latest person to follow a phone-tracking app all the way to his grave. Police say the man was shot dead outside a Baptist church in the Birmingham suburb of Fairfield Sunday night after he used an app to trace an iPhone that... More »

Murdered Teen Told Mom Man Was Trying to Kill Him

Days later his body was found wrapped in a blanket in the woods

(Newser) - Nineteen-year-old Nicholas Hawkins called his mother Saturday night and told her a man was trying to kill him, WVTM reports. The call was cut off, and Hawkins wasn't seen alive again, according to CorridorMessenger.com . On Tuesday night, his body was found at an illegal dumping site in the... More »

'Drill Sergeant From Hell' Dies in Prison

Joyce Garrard was convicted of punishing granddaughter to death

(Newser) - An Alabama woman convicted of punishing her 9-year-old granddaughter until the girl vomited, collapsed, and died has herself died in prison, the Washington Post reports. Joyce Garrard, 50—dubbed by prosecutors the "drill sergeant from hell"—suffered a heart attack last Sunday after a family visit and died... More »

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 »

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