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Alabama Authorities Hunt Escaped Murderer

Daniel Miner escaped from work-release facility

(Newser) - Authorities in Alabama are hunting a 43-year-old man who has been serving a life sentence for murder since he was a teenager. Daniel Miner, who was convicted of a 1993 Marshall County murder in 1994 and sentenced to life with the possibility of parole, escaped from a minimum-security work-release facility... More »

All Men Must Have Vasectomies at 50: Ala. Rep

In response to the state's contested abortion ban, Rolanda Hollis wants guys snipped

(Newser) - If you're an Alabama male of a certain (middle) age and haven't gotten around to planning that family you've always wanted, you might want to step to it. That's according to a most-unlikely-to-pass bill put forth by Rep. Rolanda Hollis that would require all men to... More »

Woman, Her 5 Kids Are Among the Dead in Dock Fire

The victims were living on boats in Alabama marina

(Newser) - A woman and her five children were among the eight people who died in a dock fire at a north Alabama marina, authorities and relatives said, per the AP . Grace Annette Watson Miles, 40, was killed in the blaze early Monday, along with Dezli Nicole Miles, 7; Kesston Damien Miles,... More »

8 Confirmed Dead in Alabama Dock Fire

Blaze destroyed at least 35 boats

(Newser) - A massive boat dock fire in Alabama early Monday killed at least eight people, including minors, authorities have confirmed. Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Necklaus says it will take days to confirm the identities of the victims and learn the cause of the fire, which destroyed dozens of boats, More »

Sheriff: We Have Fatalities After Massive Dock Fire

Blaze destroys about 3 dozen boats in Scottsboro, Ala.

(Newser) - A dock fire in Scottsboro, Ala., was both huge and deadly, but authorities don't know how bad just yet. “We have some confirmed fatalities, but we don't have an exact number yet,”Jackson County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Rocky Harnen tells the AP . The blaze along... More »

Alabama Boy Kills Family, Hits the Hay: Police

Landon Hudson Durham, 16, is accused of murder

(Newser) - Police say an Alabama teen murdered his mother and twin brothers this week and calmly went to sleep, reports. Landon Hudson Durham, 16, is accused of fatally stabbing Holli Christina Durham, 36, Branson Durham and Baron Durham, both 13, at 3am Tuesday in Munford. Investigators say the suspect... More »

The 10 Most, Least Educated US States

Massachusetts comes in at No. 1, Mississippi is last

(Newser) - Looking to surround yourself with brainiacs? Some states have more of an emphasis on education than others, and WalletHub looked at the data to see which ones graduate at the top of the class. The site analyzed all 50 states in terms of educational attainment (meaning such factors as the... More »

She Sent a Troubling Text. Now, a 'Heartbreaking' Find

Alabama police say body discovered in shallow grave is 29-year-old Paighton Houston

(Newser) - She disappeared the Friday before Christmas after being seen leaving a bar in Birmingham, Ala., with two men. Now, what People calls a "heartbreaking end": Cops say they found the body of 29-year-old Paighton Houston in a shallow grave in the backyard of a home in Hueytown. In a... More »

Family: After Woman Left Bar, a Worrying Text

Paighton Houston was last seen leaving the Tin Roof with 2 men in Birmingham

(Newser) - Alabama police say a Trussville woman hasn't been seen since she left a Birmingham bar Friday night; hours later she allegedly sent a friend a troubling text. The Trussville Tribune reports Paighton Houston, 29, was seen leaving the Tin Roof with "two heavy set black males," per... More »

On Day of Girl's Kidnapping and Murder, Suspect Bought a Pill

But Patrick Stallworth blames girlfriend for Kamille McKinney's death

(Newser) - Two suspects charged with capital murder and kidnapping in the death of a 3-year-old girl in Alabama are each pointing the finger at the other. At Tuesday's preliminary hearing for Patrick Stallworth, defense attorney Derrick Collins said his client had initially lied to authorities out of love for his... More »

Aniah Blanchard 'Went for the Gun,' Suspected Killer Says

Suspected killer of UFC fighter's stepdaughter allegedly told witness what happened

(Newser) - Aniah Blanchard's alleged murderer admitted he fatally shot the 19-year-old after she "went for the gun," according to court documents cited by ABC News . The Alabama college student, stepdaughter to UFC fighter Walt Harris, was last seen Oct. 23 at a convenience store; police have arrested Ibraheem... More »

Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty in Aniah Blanchard Case

Ibrahim Yazeed charged with capital murder

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Alabama say Ibraheem Yazeed kidnapped and murdered 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard—and he deserves to die for his crimes. Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes said Monday that charges against the 30-year-old have been upgraded from first-degree kidnapping to capital murder and his office plans to seek the death... More »

Beloved College Football Figure Is Gone

Pat Sullivan 'died peacefully at home' at age 69

(Newser) - Pat Sullivan, a revered figure in Alabama sports, died Sunday at age 69. The Heisman Trophy winner had a varied career but was best known for his years as a college football quarterback and coach—and his optimism in the face of cancer, 247 Sports recalls. "I was blessed,... More »

Deputy's Son, 18, Charged With Killing County Sheriff

Witnesses say Alabama sheriff was killed after approaching truck that was playing loud music

(Newser) - An 18-year-old accused of fatally shooting a sheriff in Alabama is the son of another lawman in a neighboring county. Chase Johnson was charged with murder in a brief court appearance Monday, the New York Times reports. Police say the teen, who allegedly shot Sheriff John Williams of Lowndes County... More »

Sheriff's Shooting Death Raises Question of Race

Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams was killed in the line of duty

(Newser) - Law enforcement agencies in Alabama and beyond posted messages of condolences on social media Sunday in the aftermath of the fatal weekend shooting of a sheriff in the state, the AP reports. Few details were immediately available about the circumstances surrounding Saturday evening's shooting and the capture of an... More »

Man: Slashing 'Baby Trump' Was Matter of Good vs. Evil

'I get so mad about people not taking a stand,' he says

(Newser) - An Alabama man charged with criminal mischief in the slashing of a towering "Baby Trump" balloon has defended his actions, saying it was a matter of good versus evil. reports Hoyt Deau Hutchinson called the syndicated radio "Rick & Bubba Show" on Monday to describe what... More »

Mom Now 'Person of Interest' in Disappearance of Girl, 5

Search for Florida girl shifts to Alabama

(Newser) - The Florida mother who claimed that she woke up last Wednesday to find her 5-year-old daughter missing is now a person of interest in the investigation, police confirmed Monday. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Brianna Williams, a 27-year-old US Navy petty officer, has not talked to investigators since last week,... More »

A Waffle House Worker Was in a Pickle. Enter a 'Mystery Man'

That man, plus other 'everyday heroes,' helped out at understaffed restaurant in Birmingham

(Newser) - "A little gap in staffing" could have led to chaos at an Alabama Waffle House, but thanks to a few generous customers and a worker named Ben, the food and the coffee kept flowing. Ethan Crispo relays what happened on Nov. 2 when he made a late-night stop at... More »

After 'Someone Doing the Right Thing,' an Arrest

Cops say Ibraheem Yazeed was at Aniah Blanchard's last known location

(Newser) - A man is in custody on kidnapping charges in connection with the disappearance of UFC fighter Walt Harris' stepdaughter, who has been missing for more than two weeks . Alabama police say Ibraheem Yazeed was at the Auburn convenience store where 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard was last seen on Oct. 23 and... More »

Jeff Sessions Confirms Senate Run, Praises Trump

He says he's still president's 'strongest advocate'

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions confirmed Thursday that he is running to reclaim the Senate seat he held for 20 years—and while President Trump has called naming Sessions as attorney general the "biggest mistake" of his presidency, Sessions wants to let bygones be bygones. The Alabama Republican described himself as Trump'... More »

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