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Off to the races: 2018 Alabama contests take shape
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Off to the races: 2018 Alabama contests take shape

MOMTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama political parties on Friday closed out qualifying for the 2018 elections, with several notable last-minute entries in the primaries. On the Democratic side, Joseph Siegelman, the son of former Gov. Don Siegelman, filed paperwork to run for attorney general as a Democrat. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Bob Vance announced a...

The Latest: Blackwell running for governor
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The Latest: Blackwell running for governor

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on qualifying for 2018 elections (all times local): 6:06 p.m. State Sen. Slade Blackwell is running for governor. The Alabama Republican Party indicated Friday that Blackwell had filed paperwork to run for governor. The Mountain Brook Republican joins a crowded GOP field challenging Republican incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey in...

Kelly getting scrutiny after senior aide’s resignation
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Kelly getting scrutiny after senior aide’s resignation

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, CATHERINE LUCEY and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressure mounted on White House chief of staff John Kelly as questions swirled Friday about his defense of a senior aide he fought to keep in a highly sensitive West Wing job despite accusations of spousal abuse from two ex-wives. White House staff...

The Latest: Omarosa says she wouldn’t vote for Trump again
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The Latest: Omarosa says she wouldn’t vote for Trump again

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on Omarosa Manigault Newman on “Celebrity Big Brother” (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Former reality TV star and White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman says she would never again vote for President Donald Trump. Manigault Newman made the remark Thursday on “Celebrity Big Brother.” Manigault Newman was an assistant...

Frontier Airlines to bring $39 flights from Birmingham
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Frontier Airlines to bring $39 flights from Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Frontier Airlines will begin direct flights from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on April 11. At a news conference Thursday, Al.com reports the airline will offer direct service to Denver, Orlando and Philadelphia from Birmingham. Introductory prices will start at $39 and must be purchased by Feb. 12. Flights to and from Denver...

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Judge sets prison deadline on mentally ill inmates

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge presiding in a lawsuit involving mental health treatment in Alabama prisons is giving officials until Friday to move mentally ill inmates who’ve been held too long in single-person cells. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued the order Thursday following a hearing where inmate attorneys argued that mentally ill...

How the market’s turmoil could affect Fed’s rate decisions
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How the market’s turmoil could affect Fed’s rate decisions

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Wall Street has thrown a rather sour welcoming party for Jerome Powell. On Monday, Powell’s very first day as Federal Reserve chairman, the Dow Jones industrial average suffered its worst percentage drop since 2011. The selling has raged on in the days since, fueled partly by fear...

Senate leaders’ budget deal faces opposition in both parties
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Senate leaders’ budget deal faces opposition in both parties

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders brokered a long-sought budget agreement Wednesday that would shower the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years. But both Democratic liberals and GOP tea party forces swung against the plan, raising questions about its chances just a day before...

US adding air power, intelligence gathering in Afghanistan
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US adding air power, intelligence gathering in Afghanistan

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is shifting combat and intelligence-gathering aircraft to Afghanistan as part of an intensified focus on the Taliban, now that the campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria is winding down, the commander of coalition air forces in Afghanistan said Wednesday. Air...

Senate leaders announce two-year budget pact
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Senate leaders announce two-year budget pact

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top leaders announced Wednesday they have sealed agreement on a two-year budget pact that would shower both the Pentagon and domestic programs with almost $300 billion above existing limits, giving wins to both GOP defense hawks and Democrats seeking billions for infrastructure projects and combatting opioid...