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Tanker carrying oil burns near downtown Mobile, Alabama

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities had to shut down ramps on Interstate 10 in Mobile, Alabama, after a tank truck carrying oil crashed and burned near downtown. Thick, black smoke billowed over the scene after the wrecked occurred Monday. Authorities shut down two ramps, but traffic creeped by on the highway after the flames were...

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Heat records eclipsed in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Parts of Alabama are in the grip of record heat, but a storm system moving through the Gulf of Mexico could bring cooler weather. The National Weather Service says Tuscaloosa reached 95 degrees on Monday to break a record high for the date of 93 degrees set in 1995. Birmingham reached...

U.S. delegates celebrate opening of embassy in Jerusalem
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U.S. delegates celebrate opening of embassy in Jerusalem

By STEVE PEOPLES and ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem attracted more than a dozen Republican members of Congress, two billionaire GOP fundraisers and the president’s eldest daughter, putting on a display of political muscle and Republican unity rare for the Trump era. Even as it sparked...

Melania Trump has ‘successful’ procedure on kidney condition
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Melania Trump has ‘successful’ procedure on kidney condition

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump underwent a “successful” procedure Monday to treat a benign kidney condition and was expected to remain hospitalized for the rest of the week, her staff said. President Donald Trump took a helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to visit her and tweeted...

Melania Trump in hospital for treatment of kidney condition
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Melania Trump in hospital for treatment of kidney condition

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump underwent a procedure Monday morning to treat a benign kidney condition and will likely be hospitalized for the rest of the week, the White House said. President Donald Trump was expected to visit his wife at Walter Reed Medical Center just outside Washington later Monday, according...

Trump, aides celebrate Jerusalem embassy, as border burns
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Trump, aides celebrate Jerusalem embassy, as border burns

By ANNE FLAHERTY and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid deadly clashes along the Israeli-Palestinian border, President Donald Trump declared Monday a “great day” for Israel as his top aides celebrated the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as a campaign promised fulfilled. Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, along with...

Justin Thomas reaches No. 1 in the world
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Justin Thomas reaches No. 1 in the world

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Justin Thomas has come a long way in 18 months. All the way to No. 1 in the world. He had one PGA Tour victory and was No. 35 in the world in October 2016 when he began a steady rise through a deep...

Battle: ‘We can do things better’
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Battle: ‘We can do things better’

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MILLBROOK, Ala. (AP) — Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said the seeds of a planned Toyota-Mazda plant in Huntsville- projected to eventually employ 4,000 people- were first planted a decade ago. Battle said the city optioned the land and, after losing a competition for a Volkswagen plant, worked to get the site...

Maddox seeks lottery to fund education, Medicaid expansion
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Maddox seeks lottery to fund education, Medicaid expansion

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said Alabama has serious problems, but he sees only rhetoric coming out of Montgomery. “We have a state where we are about to leave the next generation worse off than the one we inherited. You look at where we are in every quality...

Birmingham’s Steel City Jazz Festival postponed to 2019
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Birmingham’s Steel City Jazz Festival postponed to 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Birmingham’s Steel City Jazz Festival has been canceled this year, but organizers say the event will be back in 2019. The festival, set for June 1-2, had planned to change its location in 2018, moving from Linn Park to Legion Field. According to a press release from founder Cedric Allen, the...