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Father Killed in Head-On Crash With Own Son

One man had been out late, the other was going to work

(Newser) - A horrific coincidence, and a double tragedy for an Alabama family: A father on his way to work early Saturday was killed in a head-on crash with his own son, who was returning from a late night out. Police say bread deliveryman Jeff Brasher, 50, was killed around 4:10am... More »

Cops: Couple on Killing Spree Choosing Victims at Random

Pair accused of murders in Florida, Alabama

(Newser) - Florida is facing a "running nightmare" with two people on a killing spree that has so far left three women dead and another in critical condition. William "Billy" Boyette and Mary Craig Rice are wanted in the Jan. 31 murders of 30-year-old Alicia Greer—who was in a... More »

After Huge Search, Missing Hunter Found in Jail

He had been picked up for public intoxication

(Newser) - Searchers spent hours looking for a missing hunter in north Alabama until officers realized he was actually in jail. Relatives of 50-year-old Randy Keith Holt of Hartselle reported the man missing Monday afternoon after he failed to return from a hunting trip, the AP reports. Holt didn't have a... More »

She Miscarried at 6 Weeks, Can Sue Her Doctor

Alabama court says wrongful death lawsuit can go forward

(Newser) - A pregnant Alabama woman who suffered a miscarriage at six weeks can sue her doctor for wrongful death, the Alabama Supreme Court has ruled, with judges citing a 2009 state law making it a crime to kill or harm "an unborn child in utero at any stage of development.... More »

NAACP President Arrested at Jeff Sessions' Office

Dozens of activists staged all-day sit-in

(Newser) - Cornell William Brooks, national president of the NAACP, was among six people arrested Tuesday evening after an all-day sit-in at the Alabama offices of Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general. Around two dozen civil rights activists occupied the Republican's Mobile offices at around 11am, denouncing... More »

Storms Kill 4 in Alabama, Wreak Havoc Across South

Tree fell on family's mobile home

(Newser) - A powerful storm system that moved across the South on Monday killed four people in Alabama and left a trail of damage over several states, officials say. The line of severe thunderstorms spawned several possible tornadoes, and the threat continued into early Tuesday for southern Alabama, southwest Georgia, and the... More »

Woman Upset Postal Service Crushed Her Canaries

The dead birds were supposed to be alive when they arrived

(Newser) - US Postal Service officials say they've apologized to an Alabama woman who says her package of six live canaries arrived, but the birds were crushed and dead. Rhonda King tells Al.com that the box containing the birds was marked with tire tracks when it arrived from Texas earlier... More »

Things This Man Used to Propose: Cops, Tasers, a 'Gun'

But nobody got Tasered—or dumped

(Newser) - Daiwon McPherson got the unusual marriage proposal he was looking for and lived to tell the tale. The Alabama man faked a standoff with police Friday night to surprise girlfriend Shawna Blackmon with a ring. McPherson, 33, arranged the proposal with the help of two police officers and some fellow... More »

Advocates Call Alabama Execution 'Avoidable Disaster'

Ronald Smith coughed and heaved for 13 minutes

(Newser) - Defenders of a condemned inmate in Alabama are calling his execution an "avoidable disaster," the AP reports. For 13 minutes after he was sedated to avoid an unconstitutionally painful death, Ronald Smith Jr. was seen coughing, gasping, and moving . Smith's legal team says these movements Thursday night... More »

After Abuse Claims, 22 Boys Removed From Boarding School

But no charges are pending

(Newser) - Authorities say 22 boys have been removed from a Christian boys' boarding school in Alabama after claims of abuse, the AP reports. Anthony Lowry of the Sheriff's Department tells AL.com some kids at the school ran away to a neighbor's house and "made allegations of abuse.... More »

Alabama Inmate Coughs 13 Minutes Into Execution

Jury recommended life for Ronald Smith

(Newser) - A man who killed an Alabama convenience store clerk more than two decades ago was put to death Thursday night, an execution that required two consciousness tests as the inmate heaved and coughed 13 minutes into the lethal injection. Ronald Bert Smith Jr., 45, was pronounced dead at 11:05pm,... More »

2 Arrests After Mannequin Challenge Featuring 19 Guns

More arrests could be on the way

(Newser) - They succeeded in making a viral video, but it might have been in exchange for their freedom. Alabama police say they've arrested two men after they were alerted to an ill-advised "mannequin challenge" video making the rounds on Facebook, per AL.com . Posted on Nov. 9 and shared... More »

3 Dead, 4 Kids Critically Hurt as Storms Rip Through South

Line of severe weather moves through the South overnight; deadly tornado suspected in Ala.

(Newser) - A suspected tornado killed three people in Alabama as a line of severe storms moved across the South overnight, authorities said. The three who died were all in a mobile home in the northeastern community of Rosalie, reports the AP . The storms in Alabama also left four children critically injured... More »

He Works at Home Depot—When Not Messing With Venezuela

Gustavo Diaz once tried to overthrow Chavez; now he lives in Alabama

(Newser) - When he's not selling padlocks at Home Depot in Hoover, Ala., 60-year-old Gustavo Diaz is heading what Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro calls an "economic war" against his country, laid out in full by the Wall Street Journal . Diaz's instrument: his DolarToday.com website, which Venezuela insists posts... More »

Man Gets 40 Years for Killing Daughter's Molester

'My father was protecting me, like a father should do'

(Newser) - "He is an amazing father—actually the best," says Julia Maynor of the man just sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of her abuser. For years as a child, Maynor, now a 24-year-old mother of three, was sexually abused by Raymond Earl Brooks, her adopted... More »

Ala. Gas Pipeline Reopens After Explosion

Service to New York City restarted early Sunday

(Newser) - The company that owns a gasoline pipeline that exploded in Alabama last week says the pipeline is back in service. Colonial Pipeline Co. says service was restarted at 5:45am Sunday, reports the AP . The pipeline transports gasoline from the Gulf Coast to New York City. It exploded Monday while... More »

1 Dead, 6 Hurt in Alabama Pipeline Blast

Blast happened near site of September leak

(Newser) - An explosion along the Colonial Pipeline in rural Alabama killed one worker and injured six others Monday not far from where the line burst and leaked thousands of gallons of gasoline in September, authorities say. The blast, which sent flames and thick black smoke soaring over the forest, happened near... More »

Got $36M? This Nuke Plant Could be Yours

Unfinished Alabama nuclear power plant goes on auction block next month

(Newser) - It's not the Brooklyn Bridge, but authorities in Alabama do have a nuclear power plant they want to sell you. Minimum bids for the never-finished Bellefonte nuke plant start at $36.4 million , which is essentially the value of the 1,400-acre patch of land on the Tennessee River... More »

Mom: Teen Brutally Attacked for Supporting Police

Police say black assailants targeted white victim

(Newser) - An Alabama mother says her son is fighting for his life because he expressed pro-police comments online. Sylacauga High School student Brian Ogle, 17, suffered a fractured skull and brain trauma after he was beaten by multiple people Friday night after a football game. Brandi Allen calls what happens to... More »

Gay Marriage Stance Gets Alabama Chief Justice Booted

Roy Moore suspended for rest of term after he's seen as defying US Supreme Court

(Newser) - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's defiance of federal court rulings on gay marriage violated judicial ethics, a disciplinary court ruled on Friday before suspending him for the rest of his term. The punishment effectively removes Moore from office without the nine-member Alabama Court of the Judiciary officially ousting him,... More »

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