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Bradley Byrne to challenge Doug Jones for Senate in 2020
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Bradley Byrne to challenge Doug Jones for Senate in 2020

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republican Congressman Bradley Byrne of Alabama announced Wednesday that he will challenge U.S. Sen. Doug Jones in 2020 as the GOP tries to reclaim the high-profile seat previously held by Jeff Sessions. Byrne, 64, is the first Republican to announce his candidacy in what is expected to...

Former Secretary of State testifies in Watkins fraud trial
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Former Secretary of State testifies in Watkins fraud trial

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told a jury Wednesday that she rejected a suggestion that she serve on the board of a company associated with two men on trial in an investment fraud case. Donald V. Watkins Sr., of Atlanta, and Donald V. Watkins Jr., of Birmingham, each face multiple...

Alabama Power closing Gorgas coal-fired power plant
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Alabama Power closing Gorgas coal-fired power plant

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Power Co. announced Wednesday that it is shuttering a coal-fired power plant in central Alabama, a decision the company blamed on federal environmental regulations. The Gorgas plant northwest of Birmingham will close April 15, a company spokesman said. Senior Vice President Jim Heilbron blamed government regulations for the handling of...

‘Excessive fines’ ban applies to states, Supreme Court says
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‘Excessive fines’ ban applies to states, Supreme Court says

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Tyson Timbs admitted he’d sold drugs, and he accepted his sentence without a fight. What he wouldn’t quietly accept was the police seizing and keeping the $40,000 Land Rover he’d had when arrested. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court sided with him unanimously in ruling the Constitution’s ban on...

Democrats’ resolution against Trump emergency coming Friday
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Democrats’ resolution against Trump emergency coming Friday

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border, teeing up a clash over billions of dollars, immigration policy and the Constitution’s separation of powers. Though the effort...

‘Empire’ actor charged with making false police report
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‘Empire’ actor charged with making false police report

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said prosecutors charged Smollett...

Alabama woman who joined Islamic State seeks return to US
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Alabama woman who joined Islamic State seeks return to US

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State group after becoming radicalized online realized she was wrong and now wants to return to the United States, a lawyer for her family said Tuesday. Hoda Muthana, 24, regrets ever aligning herself with the terrorist organization...

16 states sue to block Trump’s emergency declaration
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16 states sue to block Trump’s emergency declaration

NEW YORK (AP) — California and 15 other states, including Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico, filed a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a statement Monday saying the suit alleges the Trump administration’s action violates the Constitution. Gov. Jared Polis...

Malika Sanders-Fortier takes over Senate seat of long-serving father
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Malika Sanders-Fortier takes over Senate seat of long-serving father

For nearly 40 years state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma was a fixture of the Alabama Statehouse.
Sanders, 76, did not seek re-election last year after nine terms in office. When lawmakers convene next month, Senate District 23 will be represented by another member of the Sanders family. His daughter, Sen. Malika Sanders-Fortier, won election to her father's longtime Senate seat.

Aurora shooting victims included plant manager, intern
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Aurora shooting victims included plant manager, intern

By CARYN ROUSSEAU, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The victims of an employee who started shooting after hearing he was being fired at a suburban Chicago industrial warehouse were co-workers that included a plant manager whose wife says he texted her “I love you, I’ve been shot at work,” and an intern in his first day...