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Smith not seeking re-election to Alabama Senate
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Smith not seeking re-election to Alabama Senate

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State Sen. Harri Anne Smith of Slocomb is retiring after 20 years in the Alabama Senate. Smith, a five-term member of the Senate, announced Tuesday that she will not seek re-election in November. She was elected three times as a Republican and twice as an independent. Smith said Tuesday that she...

The Latest: FedEx gives “extensive evidence” to authorities
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The Latest: FedEx gives “extensive evidence” to authorities

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on serial bombings in Texas (all times local): 3:45 p.m. FedEx says it has turned over “extensive evidence” to authorities after a package exploded at its processing center in the town of Schertz, south of Austin. In a statement, the company says “the individual responsible” for sending the package...

Sheriff: Teenager dead, 2 wounded in Maryland high school
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Sheriff: Teenager dead, 2 wounded in Maryland high school

By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press GREAT MILLS, Md. (AP) — A teenager with a handgun shot a girl inside his Maryland high school Tuesday before he was fatally wounded during a confrontation with a school resource officer, a sheriff said. The officer and the student both fired a single shot at that point, and it wasn’t...

Alabama lawmakers to debate arming teachers in school
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Alabama lawmakers to debate arming teachers in school

By MALLORY MOENCH, The Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives will debate on Tuesday whether teachers can carry guns on campus. The latest push for school security proposed by Republican Rep. Will Ainsworth would allow designated teachers or school administrators approved by local law enforcement to carry firearms in school. Parents...

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Storms strike college, leave trail of damage across South

By The Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Emergency crews were converging on Jacksonville State University Tuesday in east Alabama, where storms slammed into the campus and did major damage to the coliseum. Jacksonville was among the hardest-hit communities as storms swept across the South, part of a large system that prompted tornado warnings Monday...

Self-driving vehicle strikes and kills pedestrian in Arizona
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Self-driving vehicle strikes and kills pedestrian in Arizona

By FELICIA FONSECA and TOM KRISHER, Associated Press A self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix in the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle — a crash that could have far-reaching consequences for the new technology. The fatality Sunday night in Tempe was the event many in the auto and...

Talks on $1.3T catchall spending bill nearing completion
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Talks on $1.3T catchall spending bill nearing completion

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Battles over priorities in a huge government-wide spending bill are essentially settled, leaving a scaled-back plan for President Donald Trump’s border wall and a huge rail project that pits Trump against Capitol Hill’s most powerful Democrat as the top issues to be solved. An agreement could be announced...

Fear mounts in Austin as serial bomber uses tripwire
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Fear mounts in Austin as serial bomber uses tripwire

By PAUL J. WEBER and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The hunt for the serial bomber who has been leaving deadly explosives in packages on Austin doorsteps took a new, more sinister turn Monday when investigators said the fourth and latest blast was triggered along a street by a nearly invisible tripwire. Police...

Lawmakers head into final days of legislative session
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Lawmakers head into final days of legislative session

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers are headed into the final days of the 2018 session with key votes looming on proposals to allow some teachers to carry guns in school, prison funding and other bills. The final meeting days are expected to bring a flurry of work as lawmakers push to get bills approved...

Severe storms spawn tornadoes, damage homes in Southeast US
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Severe storms spawn tornadoes, damage homes in Southeast US

By JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Severe storms that spawned tornadoes damaged homes and downed trees as they moved across the Southeast on Monday night. Forecasters warned that the storms could threaten more than 29 million people, raising the risk of powerful tornadoes, damaging winds and hail the size of tennis balls. Cities in...