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Inmate escapes from Alabama prison for elderly and sick

HAMILTON, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a 61-year-old old inmate has escaped from Alabama’s prison for elderly and sick prisoners. A statement from the Department of Corrections say Davis Curtis Wood was wearing only white boxer shorts when he fled the Hamilton Aged and Infirmed Center on Monday morning. The medium-security prison in northwestern Alabama...

ADC endorses Maddox in race for governor
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ADC endorses Maddox in race for governor

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox Saturday won a key endorsement Saturday from the Alabama Democratic Conference, the state’s largest African-American political organization, as he seeks to win the Democratic primary for governor. The group gave the nod to Maddox over former Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, one...

Arrest records of Rosa Parks, MLK to be preserved
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Arrest records of Rosa Parks, MLK to be preserved

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Yellowing court records from the arrests of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others at the dawn of the modern civil rights era are being preserved and digitized after being discovered, folded and wrapped in rubber bands, in a courthouse box. Archivists at historically black Alabama...

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Alabama closes shellfish growing waters in Baldwin County

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Public Health has closed shellfish growing waters in Baldwin County. Authorities announced Friday that Area III is closed and includes Bon Secour Bay and Navy Cove. The order by State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris closed harvesting as of 7 p.m. Thursday as a result of possible...

Finalists named for book award honoring Harper Lee
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Finalists named for book award honoring Harper Lee

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Three books have been announced as finalists for the 2018 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, and the public can vote for the winner online. The prize is presented by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal. It was started eight years ago to commemorate the 50th...

Trump ‘demands’ Justice Department investigate FBI
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Trump ‘demands’ Justice Department investigate FBI

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he will “demand” that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said the special counsel indicated the investigation into the president could be concluded...

Texas mourners endure grief that ‘none of us can comprehend’
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Texas mourners endure grief that ‘none of us can comprehend’

By JUAN A. LOZANO and CLAIRE GALOFARO, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Congregations in this deeply religious community near Houston gathered Sunday for their first services since a gunman blasted his way into a high school and killed 10 people, with one pastor lamenting the grief “that none of us can comprehend.” Just two...

US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks
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US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER and PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the world’s two biggest economies reported progress in talks aimed at bringing down America’s massive trade deficit with Beijing. “We are putting the trade war on hold,” Treasury...

Houston-area media reporting fatalities from school shooting
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Houston-area media reporting fatalities from school shooting

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Houston-area media citing unnamed law enforcement officials are reporting that there are fatalities following a shooting at a local high school Friday morning. Television station KHOU and the Houston Chronicle are citing unnamed federal, county and police officials following the shooting at Santa Fe High School, which went on lockdown...

Laurel, Yanny or … covfefe? White House joins in on debate
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Laurel, Yanny or … covfefe? White House joins in on debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is joining in on the viral debate over whether people hear the names “Laurel” or “Yanny” in a much-shared audio clip. The White House on Thursday released a video featuring various members of the staff weighing in. Senior adviser Ivanka Trump says, “So clearly Laurel.” Strategic-communications director Mercedes Schlapp...