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2 dead after train crashes into vehicle on tracks in Alabama
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2 dead after train crashes into vehicle on tracks in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead after a train crashed into a passenger vehicle on its tracks in Alabama. News outlets report a vehicle was attempting to cross the tracks in Birmingham at about 6 p.m. Saturday when it was struck by an Amtrak passenger train. Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service...

US conducts 6 airstrikes against Somalia extremists, 62 dead
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US conducts 6 airstrikes against Somalia extremists, 62 dead

By The Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military says it has carried out six airstrikes in the Gandarshe area of Somalia which killed a total of 62 al-Shabab extremist rebels. In a statement issued Monday, the U.S. military’s Africa Command said it carried out four strikes on Dec. 15 in which 34 people...

Teen drug use is down, but officials fret vaping boom
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Teen drug use is down, but officials fret vaping boom

NEW YORK (AP) — Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes this year compared with last year, an unprecedented jump in a large annual survey of teen smoking, drinking and drug use. It was the largest single-year increase in the survey’s 44-year history, far surpassing a mid-1970s surge in marijuana smoking. The...

Alabama students to stage rock shows for learning
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Alabama students to stage rock shows for learning

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — High school students in an Alabama city are being introduced to a new tool for learning: Rock-and-roll. The city school board in Decatur has approved a $70,000 contract for a program meant to let students gain real-world skills by planning and promoting a rock concert. The Decatur Daily reports the contract...

Judge’s ruling on ‘Obamacare’ poses new problems for GOP
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Judge’s ruling on ‘Obamacare’ poses new problems for GOP

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR,  Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge’s ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who’ve seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul’s core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and Medicaid for more low-income people....

Zinke resigns as interior secretary amid numerous probes
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Zinke resigns as interior secretary amid numerous probes

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, MATTHEW BROWN and JONATHAN LEMIRE,  Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will be leaving the administration at year’s end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. In his resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Zinke said “vicious...

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Latino voters allowed to join Alabama suit over Census

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge says out-of-state voters can intervene in Alabama’s lawsuit trying to exclude people living in the country illegally from being counted in the 2020 U.S. Census. U.S. District Judge David Proctor ruled Thursday that a group of Latino voters from California, Florida, Arizona, and Texas can join in the...

Alabama House speaker treated for heart problem
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Alabama House speaker treated for heart problem

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon has been hospitalized for a cardiac procedure after being diagnosed with a heart problem. A statement released Friday by the speaker’s office says a doctor recommended a heart catheterization for McCutcheon after tests showed he had a blocked blood vessel. The statement says the problem was...

NASA moves liquid hydrogen tank to Huntsville for testing
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NASA moves liquid hydrogen tank to Huntsville for testing

By REBECCA SANTANA,  Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NASA is moving a massive liquid hydrogen tank to Huntsville, Alabama, for testing as part of its plans to eventually return to the moon. The 149-foot-long tank is part of the Space Launch System. The version moved Friday from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans...

In plea deal, Russian woman admits to being a secret agent
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In plea deal, Russian woman admits to being a secret agent

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian gun-rights activist admitted Thursday that she was a secret agent for the Kremlin who tried to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups as Donald Trump rose to power. Maria Butina, 30, agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge as part of a deal with federal prosecutors....