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The Latest: Trump declares ‘I am not a racist’
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The Latest: Trump declares ‘I am not a racist’

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 7:45 p.m. President Donald Trump says in the wake of his recent comments about Haiti and African countries that “I am not a racist.” Trump has been accused of using a vulgar word to describe African countries during an Oval Office...

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Southern states join to promote civil rights tourism

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southern states that once fought to maintain racial segregation are now banding together to promote civil rights tourism at sites including the building where the Confederacy was born and the motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died. Fourteen states stretching from Kansas to Delaware, including all...

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Hospitals over capacity in Birmingham due to flu situation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Central Alabama hospitals are over normal capacity due to a large number of patients with flu or flu-like illnesses. Al.com reports that health officials say the “flu situation” is not a pandemic, but calling it a major seasonal flu issue in Birmingham. The last major flu event in the city was...

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Alabama judge to decide dispute over Confederate memorial

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The fate of a Confederate monument in downtown Birmingham won’t be decided for months. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Michael Graffeo has scheduled a hearing for April 13 on a state lawsuit challenging the city’s decision to shroud the stone obelisk in plywood. The judge’s decision comes after the state attorney general’s...

Supreme Court to hear sales tax collection case
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Supreme Court to hear sales tax collection case

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to wade into the issue of sales tax collection on internet purchases in a case that could force consumers to pay more for certain purchases and allow states to recoup what they say is billions in lost revenue annually. Under previous Supreme Court...

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Flu outbreak filling hospitals in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama hospitals are filling up with patients because of a worsening influenza outbreak. The acting state health officer, Scott Harris, says hospitals in nearly one-third of Alabama’s counties are at 90 percent of their patient capacity, and some are full. UAB Hospital is rescheduling non-emergency elective operations to help free up...

Trump dismisses Haiti, African countries with vulgarity
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Trump dismisses Haiti, African countries with vulgarity

By ALAN FRAM and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In bluntly vulgar language, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation....

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The Latest: 6 senators say they’ve reached immigration deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump, Congress and immigration (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Six senators say they’ve reached a bipartisan agreement to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation and strengthen border security. The lawmakers say they’re seeking enough support to push the deal through Congress. The significance of...

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Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Alabama’s voter ID law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit challenging Alabama’s voter ID law that requires people to show government-issued photo identification at the polls. U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler on Wednesday ruled in favor of the state, saying the provision does not discriminate against minorities and is not an undue...

Toyota-Mazda plant: Alabama bids to become a major auto hub
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Toyota-Mazda plant: Alabama bids to become a major auto hub

By KIM CHANDLER and TOM KRISHER MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama, seeking the fast lane in its bid to become a major auto making hub in the South, has landed a coveted $1.6 billion joint venture plant by Japanese car giants Toyota and Mazda that will eventually employ 4,000 people. The new plant is to...