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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. AL.com 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 »

Police Seeking Man Who Was in Same Store as Missing Teen

UFC fighter Walt Harris' stepdaughter was last seen Oct. 23

(Newser) - Police in Alabama are asking for the public's help in identifying a person of interest in the disappearance of Aniah Haley Blanchard , the 19-year-old stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris. Police say the person was captured on surveillance video in the convenience store in Auburn where Blanchard was last... More »

Report: Trump Warned Sessions Against Senate Comeback Bid

But Alabaman still plans to announce run

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions is going to take a shot at resuming the Senate career he abandoned for an ill-fated stint in the Trump administration, insiders say. Sources tell the New York Times and NPR that the Republican, who served in the Senate for 20 years before becoming President Trump's attorney... More »

UFC Fighter's Stepdaughter Likely a Victim of Foul Play

Search continues for Aniah Blanchard in Alabama

(Newser) - Some 60 investigators from almost a dozen law enforcement agencies are now searching for the stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight fighter Walt Harris, who was last heard from a week ago . "There is obviously high probability and likelihood that there's some foul play involved," Auburn Police Chief Paul... More »

Judge: Alabama Abortion Law 'Defies the US Constitution'

Would have made it a felony in almost all cases

(Newser) - A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Alabama's near-total abortion ban from taking effect next month, saying the law, part of wave of abortion restrictions by conservative states, is clearly unconstitutional. US District Judge Myron Thompson issued an expected preliminary injunction blocking Alabama from enforcing the law that would make... More »

Report: Jeff Sessions Wants His Senate Seat Back

Sources say he's exploring 2020 run

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions is seriously considering a run for the Senate seat he held for 20 years before briefly becoming President Trump's attorney general, sources tell the Washington Post and Politico . The sources say the 72-year-old Republican has been plotting a 2020 campaign strategy for the Alabama seat currently held... More »

UFC Fighter's Plea: 'Please Help Find My Baby'

Damaged car of Aniah Blanchard, Walt Harris' teen stepdaughter, is found, but there's no sign of her

(Newser) - The 19-year-old stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight fighter Walt Harris is missing. Aniah Haley Blanchard, a student at Southern Union State Community College in Wadley, Ala., was last heard from when she communicated with a friend Wednesday just before midnight, CNN reports. Her family reported her missing the next day. On... More »

Body of Kidnapped Girl, 3, Found in Dumpster

'Tonight our entire city is mourning. Kamille is gone'

(Newser) - Heartbreaking news from Alabama: The body of kidnapped 3-year-old Kamille McKinney has been found, more than a week after her father pleaded for people to "please bring me my Cupcake back home." Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith says the body of Kamille, who was last seen at an... More »

'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 »

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