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Iconic Coach Tests Positive, for Real This Time

Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban last tested positive on Oct. 14

(Newser) - Alabama football is No. 1 in the country, and coach Nick Saban won't be leading his team in Saturday's annual Iron Bowl rivalry game against No. 22 Auburn. The university on Wednesday confirmed Saban has tested positive for COVID-19. The same thing happened in mid-October , but that diagnosis...

4-Foot-Long Lizard Is Spreading in Southeast US

Hardy, invasive tegu appears to have begun its spread in south Florida

(Newser) - Wildlife authorities are asking Americans to be on the lookout for a dog-sized, egg-hunting lizard spreading across the southeastern US. The Argentine black-and-white tegu, which reaches up to 4 feet long, is believed to have spread through south Florida after escaping captivity or being intentionally released more than a decade...

25 Years Later, Caller Confesses
25 Years Later,
Caller Confesses

25 Years Later, Caller Confesses

Alabama man wasn't a suspect in the killing

(Newser) - The days without an arrest turned into months and then years after someone killed Christopher Alvin Dailey in 1995. While never closed, the Alabama case went cold without new evidence. Then the phone rang at the Decatur Police Department. Johnny Dwight Whited called investigators saying he wanted to confess to...

Police Capt. on Certain Voters: 'Bullet in Skull for Treason'

Alabama police captain insists he was only talking about actual traitors

(Newser) - An Alabama police captain is under investigation after allegedly posting on social media that Biden voters should be shot for treason. Replying to a social media post criticizing the "idiots" who voted for Joe Biden, Flomaton Police Captain Scott Walden allegedly wrote, "They need to line up ev1...

US Navy Plane Crashes in Residential Area

The training plane from Florida goes down in Mobile, Alabama

(Newser) - A US Navy training plane that took off from Florida crashed Friday in an Alabama residential neighborhood near the Gulf Coast, killing both people in the plane, authorities said. Zach Harrell, a spokesperson for Commander, Naval Air Forces, said both people in the T-6B Texan II training plane died, but...

Iconic Coach Gets COVID Right Before Big Game

Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban says he's isolating at home

(Newser) - Alabama coach Nick Saban and athletic director Greg Byrne have tested positive for COVID-19, three days before the second-ranked Crimson Tide is set to face No. 3 Georgia in a clash of Southeastern Conference and national powers, the AP reports. Both said their tests Wednesday morning came back positive, but...

Woman Sentenced to 20 Years for Killing Her Alleged Rapist

Brittany Smith should be released to house arrest in 7 months in controversial case

(Newser) - Brittany Smith says that an acquaintance raped and strangled her in 2018—and that she killed him hours later, as he held her brother in a headlock and threatened to kill both of them after her brother came over to confront him. The 32-year-old Alabama mother of four on Friday...

A Tree Fell Through Her Roof. That Wasn't the Worst of It

Pinned to the bed, Rosetta Kimbrough was stung at least 15 times

(Newser) - Rescuers in Alabama say Rosetta Kimbrough is lucky to be alive—though the Mobile resident probably wasn't feeling particularly lucky last Wednesday when Hurricane Sally sent a tree through her roof—a tree that was home to a nest of bees. Kimbrough found herself pinned to the bed as...

Wealthy Alabama Man Survives 'Horrid Life Experience'

Elton B. Stephens Jr. was kidnapped and forced to pay a ransom, per court documents

(Newser) - A wealthy retired businessman in Birmingham, Ala., was kidnapped before he was forced to wire $250,000 to his captors in a "horrid life experience," according to the man's attorney. Around 1am on Sept. 11, intruders entered the rented home of Elton B. Stephens Jr., whose family...

Downtown Pensacola Is Underwater
Downtown Pensacola
Is Underwater

Downtown Pensacola Is Underwater

People are being rescued from flooded homes in 2 states thanks to Hurricane Sally

(Newser) - The second hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast in less than three weeks is "every bit as bad as predicted," according to the Pensacola News Journal , whose hometown is swamped . Nearly three feet of water covers streets in downtown Pensacola, Fla., which endured hours of rain before and...

Torturously Slow Hurricane Sally Makes Landfall

Category 2 expected to cause dangerous flooding from Fla. Panhandle to Mississippi

(Newser) - Hurricane Sally made landfall Wednesday morning near Gulf Shores, Ala., as a Category 2 storm, pushing a surge of ocean water onto the coast and dumping torrential rain that forecasters said would cause dangerous flooding from the Florida Panhandle to Mississippi and well inland in the days ahead. Moving at...

Hundreds of Students Breaking UA's COVID Rules

Student groups also facing discipline at University of Alabama

(Newser) - Hundreds of students and three student organizations have been sanctioned by the University of Alabama for violating its COVID-19 safety guidelines in the midst of an outbreak . A fourth group is facing suspension, reports NBC News . Students must "strictly adhere" to the guidelines issued last month, which promote face...

Harlem Globetrotter Calls Out Anchors Who Threw Banana at Him

Maxwell Pearce wonders how someone in media could 'not know this is offensive'

(Newser) - A member of the Harlem Globetrotters says a reckoning on racial injustice has forced him to revisit an incident from January, in which news broadcasters threw a banana at him on live TV. Maxwell "Hops" Pearce appeared on WBRC's Good Day Alabama to promote an upcoming basketball game....

Brothers, 3 and 1, Die After Climbing Into Car on Own

Hot car tragedy strikes in Alabama

(Newser) - Unimaginable tragedy struck in Alabama on Saturday, where two brothers, ages 3 and 1, died in a hot car that they climbed into themselves, USA Today reports. The boys' parents told authorities they thought the toddlers were playing in their bedrooms, but following a frantic search after being unable to...

4 Guards Face Prison After Inmate's Beating

Alabama corrections officers are charged

(Newser) - Four former corrections officers have been charged in the 2018 beating of an inmate in Alabama. A male prisoner was taken down by officers at the Bibb Correctional Facility in Brent, Ala., on Sept. 12, 2018, after running out of his cell. Jordan Thomas, Kevin Blaylock, and Sgt. Keith Finch...

Baptist Revival Infects 40 People—With a Twist

And 24 lifeguards have tested positive after going out to parties

(Newser) - A Baptist revival in Alabama has infected more than 40 people with the coronavirus—a flare-up apparently caused by someone who exhibited no symptoms, reports. "The whole church has got it, just about," says pastor Daryl Ross, who adds that two cases were serious: "One...

Body of Civil Rights Icon Crosses Historic Bridge

A procession accompanies the body of Rep. John Lewis across the Edmund Pettus Bridge

(Newser) - The late US Rep. John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, for the final time Sunday as remembrances continue for the civil rights icon, the AP reports. A crowd began gathering near the bridge that became a landmark in the fight for racial justice when Lewis and...

'We All Know That John Got in Trouble'

Georgia congressman John Lewis is remembered in Alabama

(Newser) - Civil rights icon and longtime Georgia congressman John Lewis was remembered Saturday—in the rural Alabama county where his story began—as a humble man who sprang from his family’s farm with a vision that "good trouble" could change the world, the AP reports. The morning service in...

Jeff Sessions Is Out, and Other Primary Results

Tommy Tuberville, endorsed by Trump, beats former AG in Alabama

(Newser) - Former US Attorney General Jeff Sessions lost the Republican nomination for his old Senate seat in Alabama to former college football coach Tommy Tuberville on Tuesday, likely ending a long political career with a bitter defeat egged on by President Trump. Tuberville, 65, beat Sessions in Tuesday’s Republican runoff...

Alabama Senate Runoff Could Be Anyone's Game

Tommy Tuberville, backed by Trump, takes on ex-AG Jeff Sessions to see who'll face Doug Jones

(Newser) - The Alabama runoff election for US Senate was supposed to have been at the end of March, but the pandemic pushed it off for more than three months. Now, Tuesday is the big day for former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, 73, and ex-Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville, 65, facing off...

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