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Report: 60 percent of security jobs vacant at Alabama prison

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — As Alabama grapples with a shortage of correctional workers, more than 60 percent of the required staff positions are unfilled at the overcrowded, violence-plagued prison which houses the state’s death chamber. The Montgomery Advertiser reported Tuesday that maximum-security Holman prison, where authorities are investigating a string of assaults and one homicide...

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3 Alabama prison officers arrested

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say three Alabama correctional officers who worked at two different prisons have been arrested on corruption charges. The Department of Corrections says two officers from the Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton are charged with using their jobs for personal gain. Both are accused of soliciting contraband items to inmates for...

UAB’s Johnston, Ubosi torch N. Illinois in Boca Raton Bowl
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UAB’s Johnston, Ubosi torch N. Illinois in Boca Raton Bowl

By HARVEY FIALKOV, Associated Press BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Two seasons after shutting down its football program, UAB closed out the year on an electrifying note. Tyler Johnston III threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns, three of them to Xavier Ubosi, and UAB beat Northern Illinois 37-13 in the Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday...

Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks
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Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration Tuesday banned bump stocks, the firearm attachments that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns and were used during the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The regulation gives gun owners until late March to turn in or destroy the devices. After that,...

Report: Russia still using social media to roil US politics
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Report: Russia still using social media to roil US politics

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia’s sweeping political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media was more far-reaching than originally thought, with troll farms working to discourage black voters and “blur the lines between reality and fiction” to help elect Donald Trump in 2016, according to reports released Monday by the Senate intelligence...

Little if any progress as partial government shutdown looms
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Little if any progress as partial government shutdown looms

By LISA MASCARO, MATTHEW DALY and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight over President Donald Trump’s $5 billion wall funds has deepened, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington. It wasn’t always like this, with Congress and the White House at a crisis over government...

Family: Alabama tries to shield officer who killed black man
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Family: Alabama tries to shield officer who killed black man

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Relatives of a black man killed by police in Alabama’s largest shopping mall claimed Monday that a state takeover of the investigation is a bid by authorities to protect the officer. Holding a photo of her son Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr., April Pipkins said the move by...

AP sources: Trump plans to create US Space Command
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AP sources: Trump plans to create US Space Command

By ZEKE MILLER and LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order soon, possibly as early as Tuesday, creating a U.S. Space Command that will better organize and advance the military’s vast operations in space, U.S. officials say. Vice President Mike Pence will make the announcement...

Country band Alabama mark 50 years with new tour
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Country band Alabama mark 50 years with new tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country band Alabama will mark their 50th year together with a new tour in 2019, more than a year after founding member Jeff Cook announced that he has Parkinson’s disease. The Grammy-winning trio of Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Cook formed in 1969 in Fort Payne, Alabama, and went on to...

Scientists search for relics of Mobile’s past at work site
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Scientists search for relics of Mobile’s past at work site

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Demolition work near a south Alabama jail is giving archaeologists an opportunity to learn more about Mobile’s past. Al.com’s Lawrence Speckler reports that the work near the Mobile County Metro Jail is being done in preparation for a proposed Interstate 10 bridge, and archaeologists want to learn more about what’s at...