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Defense: Man innocent in death of exhibitionist wife
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Defense: Man innocent in death of exhibitionist wife

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man charged with killing his wife, an exhibitionist who posted provocative photos online, is both innocent and “heartbroken” over her death, his lawyer said Monday. The statement from an attorney for William Jeffrey West represented the man’s first public comments since the death of Kathleen...

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Study shows SNAP benefits don’t cover most meal costs in US

By MALLORY MOENCH, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Most Americans receiving food assistance benefits can’t afford the cost of an average low-income meal, a new national study reported on the heels of the federal government’s proposal to limit the program. The study from the Urban Institute reported that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) fell...

The Latest: Florida lawmakers consider gun proposals
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The Latest: Florida lawmakers consider gun proposals

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The Florida Senate Rules Committee has voted 9-4 for a bill that would raise the age to purchase rifles from 18 to 21 and create a three-day waiting period to...

Gorsuch silent as divided Supreme Court spars over unions
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Gorsuch silent as divided Supreme Court spars over unions

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With the justice holding the decisive vote silent, a divided Supreme Court sparred Monday over a case that could undermine the financial footing of labor unions that represent government workers. The justices heard arguments in a challenge to an Illinois law that allows unions representing government employees to...

Trump says he’s willing to buck NRA; Congress not so sure
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Trump says he’s willing to buck NRA; Congress not so sure

By LISA MASCARO and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Monday he’s willing to take on the National Rifle Association over gun legislation, but Republicans who control Congress aren’t so sure. They prefer to consider only modest changes to firearms limits in response to the mass shooting at a Florida high...

Man arrested after crash kills daughter of state rep
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Man arrested after crash kills daughter of state rep

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested after the daughter of state representative and police captain was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Alabama. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency told news outlets that 33-year-old Brandon Adam Hamm was arrested Sunday and charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident. Cullman...

Supreme Court declines to decide fate of ‘Dreamers’ just yet
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Supreme Court declines to decide fate of ‘Dreamers’ just yet

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Trump administration’s highly unusual bid to bypass a federals appeals court and get the justices to intervene in the fate of a program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. The decision affecting “Dreamers” means the case will almost certainly have to...

Attorneys seek information on aborted Alabama execution
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Attorneys seek information on aborted Alabama execution

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Execution team members stuck an inmate repeatedly in the lower legs, ankles and groin in effort to find a usable vein before the state called off the lethal injection, according to a Friday court filing by the inmate’s lawyer. Attorney Bernard Harcourt said he is seeking more...

Congress releases redacted, declassified Democratic memo
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Congress releases redacted, declassified Democratic memo

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked the full release of a classified Democratic memo, the House intelligence committee published a redacted version of the document that aims to counter a narrative that Republicans on the committee have promoted for months — that the...

Alabama promotes storm supplies with tax-free sales
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Alabama promotes storm supplies with tax-free sales

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama shoppers have until midnight Sunday to buy storm preparedness supplies without the normal state sales tax. A state law waives the state’s 4 percent sales tax on storm supplies during the last full weekend in February, and some local governments do the same with local taxes. That means shoppers can...