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'Please Bring Cupcake Home': 3-Year-Old Kidnapped at Party

Alabama girl still missing after arrest made

(Newser) - "We're going to find her if it's the last thing I do on this earth," says Dominic McKinney, whose 3-year-old daughter, Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney, was kidnapped from a birthday party in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday night. Police say a major breakthrough in the case was... More »

It's a Historic Day in Montgomery, Ala.

Probate judge Steven Reed elected as city's first black mayor

(Newser) - Alabama's capital, a city once known as the cradle of the Confederacy and later the birthplace of the civil rights movement, elected its first African-American mayor Tuesday. Steven Reed, already the first black probate judge elected in Montgomery County, clasped the history-making victory to be elected the next mayor... More »

Dad Leaves Toddler Twins in Hot Minivan for 3.5 Hours

The tragedy unfolded at a Honda dealership in Alabama

(Newser) - In another hot-car tragedy, an Alabama father left his 11-month old twins in a minivan for nearly 3 1/2 hours—and the result was not good, reports. Police officers and firefighters responded to his 911 call Friday at the Honda dealership in Oxford where he works. "He... More »

Alabama School Fights Vaping in Unusual Way

Bathroom stall doors are no more

(Newser) - An Alabama high school has decided to remove some of the doors from its bathroom stalls in an effort to stop students vaping in campus bathrooms, reports the AP . Gary Horton, principal at Wilson High School, tells WAFF the removal of some of the stall doors in the boys restroom... More »

Before Alabama Controversy, NOAA Staff Had Been Warned

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told staff not to contradict Trump

(Newser) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Friday issued a statement backing President Trump's claim, nearly a week prior, that Alabama faced serious risk from Hurricane Dorian. NOAA's support of Trump was a head-scratcher, because the National Weather Service (a NOAA agency) had quickly refuted Trump's claim... More »

NOAA Takes on NWS in Trump Storm Controversy

NOAA backs Trump; head of NWS Employees Organization calls NOAA remarks 'disgusting'

(Newser) - We're in Day 6 of the metaphorical storm swirling around President Trump regarding a literal storm, and now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been dragged into it. CNN reports the government agency issued a statement Friday backing the president's claim on Sunday that the state of... More »

Trump Pressed Fox Reporter Over Alabama Controversy

President again tweets about the hurricane controversy

(Newser) - President Trump really doesn't want to let this days-long Alabama-Hurricane Dorian mess fade to memory. Not content with numerous tweets repeating his claim that the state was threatened by the storm, Trump called Fox News senior White House correspondent John Roberts into the Oval Office on Thursday to repeat... More »

Trump Doubles Down on Alabama Controversy

He says state was in the crosshairs and the media is unfairly going after him

(Newser) - The controversy over Alabama and Hurricane Dorian is going to live at least another day. President Trump tweeted about the subject three times Thursday morning, reiterating his claims that the state was in the crosshairs of Dorian in early forecasts and that the media is showing its bias by criticizing... More »

Teen Accused of Killing Family Just Learned About Stepmom

Relative says the 14-year-old just found out Mary Sisk wasn't his biological mom

(Newser) - The Alabama teen accused of killing his five family members in Elkmont on Monday had been exhibiting some worrisome behavior, says his cousin in an interview with WAFF . Daisy McCarty is the niece of the boy's father, John Sisk, who was murdered along with his wife Mary and his... More »

Alabama Gov.: 'Heavens No, I'm Not Going to Resign'

She apologizes for 1967 blackface skit

(Newser) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Tuesday that she should not have worn blackface in a college skit decades ago, but she does not plan to resign over something that happened so long in the past. In her first public appearance since issuing a public apology last week, Ivey reiterated that... More »

Cops: Teen Used Illegal Handgun to Kill 5 Family Members

14-year-old confessed to murders, police say

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy accused of killing five members of his family confessed to the crime after being confronted with "some of the inconsistencies" in his story, police in Alabama say. The Limestone County Sheriff's Office says the boy is accused of killing his father, 38-year-old John Sisk, his... More »

Cops: 14-Year-Old Killed His Whole Family

Police in Alabama say 14-year-old murdered his father, stepmom, and 3 siblings

(Newser) - The alarming call came into the Limestone County Sheriff's Office in northern Alabama about 10:30pm Monday: A 14-year-old boy said he was at home in the basement and heard gunshots upstairs. When deputies arrived, however, the teen's story quickly unraveled. Now police say that the teen was,... More »

Video Captures Shooting of 6 Teens at Football Game

In all, 10 people were injured at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Alabama

(Newser) - A 17-year-old student was arrested Saturday in connection with a shooting that happened at a high school football game in Alabama, leaving at least 10 people injured, the AP reports. Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste tells news outlets that six people were directly shot Friday and one person had a... More »

Man to Be Freed After Serving 36 Years for Stealing $50

Alabama man was sentenced to life without parole

(Newser) - An Alabama man who has served close to 36 years in prison for robbing a bakery with a pocket knife will be free within days. Alvin Kennard was 22 when he was sentenced to life without parole for the 1983 crime, in which nobody was injured and he made off... More »

Alabama GOP Goes After Omar, So She Goes After It

'Maybe don't nominate an accused child molester as your Senate candidate'

(Newser) - Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar fired back at Alabama Republicans on Tuesday after they approved a resolution calling on her to be removed from office. The resolution requests that Alabama's congressional delegation "proceed with the expulsion process in accordance to Article 1, Section 5 of the U.S.... More »

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Gender Equality

Maine is looking good for women's rights

(Newser) - Despite making up more than half the US population, women are still lagging behind their male counterparts in pay and in leadership positions, and still claiming the lion's share of minimum-wage jobs. Some states are making better strides than others in closing the gender gap, per WalletHub , which looked... More »

10 Best, Worst States to Give Birth

Vermont comes out on top, Mississippi on bottom

(Newser) - Having a baby is a beautiful—and also expensive and possibly stressful—thing. WalletHub analyzed all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, on 30 factors related to cost (on average, the cost of a conventional delivery in the US is more than $10,000, but some states are pricier... More »

Cops: Fourth of July Boat Crash Was Murder

41-year-old had been drinking ahead of collision in Alabama: cops

(Newser) - Authorities have arrested a man on charges of murder and boating under the influence following a Fourth of July collision on an Alabama lake that killed two people. Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Marine Patrol troopers on Monday announced the arrest of 41-year-old Damien Bruno of Clanton, per the AP . Authorities... More »

Drug Dog Collapses, Dies After Prison Search

Officials believe reaction to synthetic pot killed Jake

(Newser) - An Alabama Department of Corrections drug-sniffing dog was carrying out a contraband search at a prison last week when he sniffed out something that killed him. Authorities say Jake, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, collapsed after detecting the substance during a contraband search Thursday at the Staton Correctional Facility, the Montgomery ... More »

Pussy Riot Going to Fight 'Patriarchal Ghosts' in Alabama

Feminist punk-rock group is heading there to hold protest concert on strict new abortion law

(Newser) - Alabama's strict new abortion law is "ridiculous." So says Pussy Riot, which has decided to take action on it, per AFP . The Russian punk-rock group will perform a protest concert in Birmingham on Thursday, with all proceeds set to go to Planned Parenthood and the Yellowhammer Fund,... More »

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