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Abducted Girl Rescued Thanks to Observant Strangers

Thomas Lawton Evans was arrested day after Heidi Todd went missing

(Newser) - To the trio of railroad workers, the situation just seemed a bit off: While tending to track for Norfolk Southern in Alabama on Tuesday afternoon, they came upon a truck parked near the tracks. Inside was a sleeping man and a young girl—who turned out to be 4 years... More »

A 'Very Emotional' 36 Hours After Woman Goes Missing

Alabama's Lisa Holman found alive Sunday after she vanished from site of her crashed car

(Newser) - A tense 36 hours for a missing Alabama woman's family has ended in relief. ABC News and WBMA report that volunteers on foot and even a drone were sent out over the weekend to search for 45-year-old Lisa Holman after her smashed-up car was discovered sometime after 9pm Friday... More »

The 5 Most, Least Educated US States

Mississippi ranks last

(Newser) - A good education often brings greater chances of employment as well as higher income potential—two perks that residents of Mississippi and West Virginia might be at a disadvantage of attaining. That’s based on a list of the most and least educated states in the US, compiled by Wallet... More »

Reporter May Have Found the Last American Slave Ship

Ben Raines of Al.com thinks he's uncovered the Clotilda in Alabama

(Newser) - Russell Ladd remembers seeing the shipwreck as a boy fishing with his father at low tide. His father told him it was the Clotilda, the last American slave ship, though Ladd wasn't sure he believed him. He might now. Using Ladd's account and historical records, including the journal... More »

Mom With 2nd Online Life Found Dead Outside This Home

Calera, Ala., buzzing over mysterious death

(Newser) - Kathleen Dawn West described herself as a full-time wife and mom on Facebook but lived another life on other social media platforms, calling herself an exhibitionist and posting risque photos with a chance for subscribers to see sexier images for $15.99 a month. The 42-year-old's partially nude body... More »

$150K Raised for Roy Moore Accuser After Home Burns

Officials in Alabama do not believe it was related to Tina Johnson's accusations

(Newser) - The Roy Moore accuser whose Alabama home may have been torched last week has received over $150,000 from supporters across America. Tina Johnson saw the bulk of that sum pour in over the course of 24 hours after former Obama staffer Katie Jacobs Stanton started a GoFundMe campaign on... More »

He Allegedly Spanked Reporters. 40 Years Later, He's Out

H. Brandt Ayers steps down as chairman of Consolidated Publishing

(Newser) - Following accusations from multiple women that he spanked them when they were reporters in the 1970s, the former publisher of an Alabama newspaper has resigned from his position at the head of the company started by his grandfather, AL.com reports. According to the Washington Post , 82-year-old H. Brandt Ayers... More »

Roy Moore Accuser's Home Burns Down in Apparent Arson

Sheriff's office says it doesn't appear related to Moore or allegations against him

(Newser) - One of the women to have accused Roy Moore of sexual misconduct saw her home burn down this week in a fire authorities are investigating as arson, AL.com reports. "I am devastated, just devastated," Tina Johnson says. "We have just the clothes on our backs."... More »

Accused of Spanking Women, Newspaper Exec Fesses Up

Claims he spanked employee with doctor's approval

(Newser) - A chairman of a newspaper publishing company facing allegations of assault related to at least four women admits he spanked a female employee, but says he did so with a doctor's approval. H. Brandt Ayers—the former publisher of Alabama's Anniston Star, who now heads its publishing company—... More »

Judge Quashes Moore Suit, Jones Officially Given the Win

Doug Jones certified as winner of Dec. 12 special election, despite Moore complaint of voter fraud

(Newser) - Despite an 11th-hour effort by Roy Moore to keep Doug Jones from officially being declared the winner of a seat on the US Senate, Alabama's election officials did just that Thursday, with Jones calling it a "new chapter" for the Yellowhammer State. Per USA Today , the Alabama State... More »

Roy Moore Sues to Block Election Result

Last-minute complaint alleges voter fraud

(Newser) - Roy Moore has been called many things—but nobody can accuse him of being a quitter. The Republican, who refused to concede after losing the Dec. 12 special Senate election in Alabama, has filed a last-minute complaint to try to block state officials from certifying the victory of Democratic candidate... More »

Trump to Roy Moore: Time to Concede

President has already had 'very pleasant phone call' with Alabama victor Doug Jones

(Newser) - Roy Moore isn't giving up hope that he could still be the next senator from Alabama, proclaiming Wednesday night that "the battle rages on," but President Trump is now telling him to retreat. When asked by reporters in front of the White House Friday whether Moore should... More »

Roy Moore: 'The Battle Rages on'

Alabama Republican still won't concede, but another Senate race could be in his future

(Newser) - As recently as Wednesday evening, Roy Moore was refusing to concede the Alabama Senate election to Doug Jones, who bested Moore by 21,000 votes Tuesday to become the first Democrat to win a Senate race in Alabama in 25 years. "The battle rages on," Moore said in... More »

Trump's Take on Alabama: I Knew It

Tweets that he knew Roy Moore couldn't win

(Newser) - President Trump ended his night by congratulating Doug Jones, and began his morning by tweeting that he essentially knew Jones would be the victor. "The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win... More »

5 Black Women on What Happened in Alabama

98% of them voted for Doug Jones

(Newser) - "Alabama's women wrote the verdict on Roy Moore," declares an NBC News headline, with the accompanying story pointing out that 58% of women voted for Doug Jones in Alabama. But a deeper look at the numbers reveals that headline is missing a word: black. As the Washington ... More »

Alabama Result Is a Massive Setback for Trump

Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore in historic victory for a Democrat in Senate race

(Newser) - Roy Moore has refused to concede —but with all precincts reporting in Alabama, Democratic candidate Doug Jones appears to have won a historic victory in the state, which hadn't elected a Democratic senator since 1992. Moore's defeat, which came after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct,... More »

Trump Congratulates Jones; Moore Won't Concede

Moore says they need to 'wait on God and let this whole process play out'

(Newser) - President Trump congratulated Democrat Doug Jones on winning the Senate election in Alabama Tuesday night—but that wasn't a step Roy Moore was willing to take. After the race was called for Jones, the Republican refused to concede, saying he believed the margin of victory could fall below the... More »

In Stunner, Democrat Doug Jones Wins in Alabama

He defeats Roy Moore in Senate race

(Newser) - It's Doug Jones. The Democrat won election to the Senate from Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a political blow to President Trump, reports the AP . Jones narrowly defeated Republican Roy Moore, a one-time GOP pariah who was embraced by the Republican Party and the president even after facing allegations of... More »

Write-In Votes Could Be Crucial in Alabama Results

Polls close at 8 Eastern in Alabama Senate race

(Newser) - Roy Moore and Doug Jones have cast their respective votes in the Alabama Senate race, and the rest of the state must wrap things up before the polls close at 8pm Eastern. Moore made a few last-minute headlines by riding to his voting site on his horse, Sassy, notes the... More »

Roy Moore Lashes Out in Final Campaign Rally

'One of our attorneys is a Jew,' his wife says

(Newser) - "If you don't believe in my character, don't vote for me," Roy Moore said at a campaign rally on the eve of Tuesday's Senate election in Alabama, once again lashing out at the women who've accused him of sexual misconduct. BuzzFeed describes the rally... More »

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