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Enjoying leftovers: Sheriffs feed inmates, keep extra cash
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Enjoying leftovers: Sheriffs feed inmates, keep extra cash

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — In Alabama, the less sheriffs spend on feeding inmates, the more money they get to put in their pockets. For decades, sheriffs have made extra money – sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars – under a Depression-era system by feeding prisoners for only pennies per meal. Critics...

Gulf Shores unveils changes to public beach area
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Gulf Shores unveils changes to public beach area

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — The city of Gulf Shores has completed another step in a facelift of its main public beach in time for summer. Leaders cut the ribbon last week on a $15 million renovation that includes a new boardwalk, green areas with a playground, shady spots and improved landscaping. The area was...

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2 north Alabama men indicted for counterfeiting money

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal grand jury indicted two north Alabama men in separate counterfeiting cases Friday, a U.S. Department of Justice press release announced. The indictment charges Connor Douglas Glass, 25, with making and possessing counterfeit $100 and $20 bills in Cullman and Jackson counties between January and October 2017. The indictment also...

Joey Logano snaps long losing streak with win at Talladega
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Joey Logano snaps long losing streak with win at Talladega

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Joey Logano had a clear race track in his windshield and a pack of fellow Ford drivers on his bumper. That combination helped the Team Penske driver snap a nearly yearlong losing streak. Logano won Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway to snap a streak that dated...

Convicting America’s Dad: Inside the Bill Cosby prosecution
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Convicting America’s Dad: Inside the Bill Cosby prosecution

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — In the tense moments before a jury convicted Bill Cosby of sexual assault, the prosecutor who had branded him a “con man” and called him out for laughing during closing arguments started to worry about the global implications if the #MeToo era’s first big trial went...

US says crossing is full before caravan tries to seek asylum
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US says crossing is full before caravan tries to seek asylum

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — A group of Central Americans who journeyed in a caravan to the U.S. border resolved to turn themselves in and ask for asylum Sunday in a direct challenge to the Trump administration — only to have U.S. immigration officials announce that the San Diego crossing was already...

Environmentalists challenge Alabama Power’s solar fees
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Environmentalists challenge Alabama Power’s solar fees

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An environmental group claims Alabama Power Co. is wrongly charging fees that increase costs for customers who install solar panels. The Southern Environmental Law Center and others filed a complaint Thursday with the Alabama Public Service Commission challenging surcharges the utility imposes on homes, businesses and schools. The group says Alabama...

Big decisions loom as Trump, Merkel meet with little fanfare
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Big decisions loom as Trump, Merkel meet with little fanfare

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — This time, there were fewer hugs. President Donald Trump welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House on Friday for a visit of less than three hours. He greeted Merkel outside the West Wing with a handshake and a kiss on each cheek, a traditional welcome but...

New South endorses Maddox in gubernatorial primary
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New South endorses Maddox in gubernatorial primary

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A political group related to the Alabama New South Coalition has endorsed Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. The Alabama New South Alliance announced endorsements this week ahead of the June 5 primary. The organization is backing Maddox over former Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb and former...

Lynching memorial and museum in Alabama draw crowds, tears
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Lynching memorial and museum in Alabama draw crowds, tears

By BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Tears and expressions of grief met the opening of the nation’s first memorial to the victims of lynching Thursday in Alabama. Hundreds lined up in the rain to get a first look at the memorial and museum in Montgomery. The National Memorial for Peace and...