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Alabama attorney general launches lab to fight cybercrime
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Alabama attorney general launches lab to fight cybercrime

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is launching a cybercrime lab with federal and state law enforcement. Marshall announced the initiative with prosecutors and Secret Service, FBI and Homeland Security officials in Montgomery on Wednesday. He says the lab will use cutting-edge tools to investigate cybercrime like online sexual exploitation, human trafficking...

Panel moves to strike anti-gay phrase in Alabama sex ed law
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Panel moves to strike anti-gay phrase in Alabama sex ed law

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Wednesday took the first step to strike anti-gay language from the state’s sex education law that says students should be taught that homosexuality is both socially unacceptable and illegal. Although sex education is optional in Alabama’s public schools, a 1992 law sets requirements for...

House panel opens investigation of ex-Trump aide Rob Porter
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House panel opens investigation of ex-Trump aide Rob Porter

By DEB RIECHMANN and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Capitol Hill want to know how former presidential aide Rob Porter was allowed to work at the White House under an interim security clearance — despite allegations of spousal abuse. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government...

Ivey touts successes; launches gubernatorial campaign
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Ivey touts successes; launches gubernatorial campaign

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Ten months after being suddenly catapulted to the governor’s office, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday launched her campaign to win the office in her own right. In her first campaign rally of the 2018 race, Ivey fell back on themes she has used since her sudden...

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Court in desegregation case blocks Alabama school split

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A mostly white Alabama city can’t break away from a heavily black county school system to form its own educational district, a federal appeals ruled Tuesday in a desegregation case dating to 1965. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a judge...

House approves teacher pay raise
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House approves teacher pay raise

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Teachers and school employees could get a 2.5 percent pay raise later this year, under legislation approved Tuesday by Alabama House of Representatives. Representatives, who face party primaries in June, unanimously approved the proposed raise. It now moves to the Alabama Senate. Democrats spent much of the debate arguing that teachers...

Interior to replace Obama-era rule on methane emissions
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Interior to replace Obama-era rule on methane emissions

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is replacing an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. A rule being published in the Federal Register this week will replace the 2016 rule with requirements similar to those in force before the Obama administration...

Trump says ‘OK with me’ if plan to rebuild roads founders
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Trump says ‘OK with me’ if plan to rebuild roads founders

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sent Congress a sweeping plan Monday to rebuild the nation’s depleted roads and bridges — then immediately raised doubts about how committed he was to delivering on that campaign promise. “If you want it badly, you’re going to get it,” Trump told state and local...

The Latest: Retired generals, vets urge against US aid cuts
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The Latest: Retired generals, vets urge against US aid cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s proposed 2019 budget (all times local): 2:15 p.m. More than 150 retired U.S. generals and admirals and more than 1,200 veterans are urging the Trump administration not to make steep cuts to the State Department, foreign aid and other overseas programs. In separate letters, the former...

Police: Donald Trump Jr.’s wife exposed to white powder
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Police: Donald Trump Jr.’s wife exposed to white powder

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say Donald Trump Jr.’s wife opened an envelope that contained white powder, felt ill and has been taken to New York City hospital. They say Vanessa Trump called 911 Monday morning after opening a letter addressed to Donald Trump Jr. at their midtown Manhattan apartment. Police say she said she...