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5 Murdered After Trying to Protect Woman From Her Ex

Citronelle, Alabama, rocked by mass murder

(Newser) - Laneta Lester had been trying to end her relationship with 27-year-old Derrick Dearman, who allegedly abused her. And so she headed to Citronelle, Alabama, in hopes of finding shelter at a relative's house. The home's inhabitants gave it to her, but Dearman allegedly wrested it away in a... More »

Infant Is Lone Survivor in Grisly Murder of 4, Pregnant Woman

Ala. police say gruesome scene will take them days to sort out

(Newser) - A four-month-old child is the only survivor of a murder scene that Alabama officials are saying is the worst they've encountered, and one that will take days to untangle, reports Al.com . Five people, including a woman reportedly five months' pregnant, were found murdered in rural Citronelle on Saturday... More »

11 Children Orphaned After Plane Crash Kills 3 Couples

4 of the 6 passengers who died Sunday were dentists

(Newser) - Three married couples killed in the crash of a small airplane in Alabama all lived in the university town of Oxford, Mississippi, where city flags were lowered Monday as residents grappled with the loss of so many lives at one time. "I don't even know what to say,... More »

Klansman Behind 1963 Bombing to Stay in Prison

Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., 78, denied parole

(Newser) - The lone surviving Ku Klux Klansman imprisoned for killing four black girls in a church bombing in 1963 will remain behind bars after Alabama's parole board heeded the victims' families Wednesday and refused an early release. The board rejected parole for Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., 78, who has served... More »

Suspected Burglar Wrapped in 'Layers' of Tape Dies

Alabama homeowner was waiting for him

(Newser) - Authorities in Washington County, Ala., are investigating the death of a burglary suspect who was tied to a tree by a homeowner. "I would say this is a very unusual case," Sheriff Richard Stringer tells FOX 10 . Tired of his mobile home being broken into, Nathanial Johnson on... More »

Klansman Who Killed 4 Girls Up for Parole

Thomas Blanton has served only 15 years for deadly 1963 church bombing

(Newser) - A Ku Klux Klan member currently serving four life sentences in Alabama for murdering four black girls in 1963 is up for parole after serving only 15 years, AL.com reports. Thomas Blanton was convicted in 2001 of planting a bomb outside a Birmingham Baptist church that killed an 11-year-old... More »

Alabama Campers Arrested Over Colorado Wildfire

More than 600 acres have been scorched, 2K people evacuated

(Newser) - More than 50 Colorado National Guardsmen are helping hundreds of firefighters battle a blaze that the Boulder County Sheriff's Office says was started by two careless campers from Alabama, USA Today and the AP report. Jimmy Suggs, 28, and Zackary Kuykendall, 26, of Vinemont were arrested Sunday and charged... More »

On an Alabama Beach, 57 Dead Sharks

The majority were caught in a net: witnesses

(Newser) - Beachgoers were treated to a jarring sight—and smell—on the western shore of Alabama's Mobile Bay Saturday when they discovered dozens of dead bull sharks. "We kept smelling this awful smell every time a gust of wind would come," a beachgoer tells FOX6 . "We [checked]... More »

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 »

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