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Xi Jinping’s rise shatters hopes for democracy in China
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Xi Jinping’s rise shatters hopes for democracy in China

By YANAN WANG, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Orville Schell, a longtime China expert, has vivid memories of his first trip to the country back in 1975. Mao Zedong was leading China through the tumultuous Cultural Revolution, and Chinese were being shamed, beaten and even killed for perceived political mistakes. Things were vastly different when he...

Maxwell honoring Medal of Honor winner
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Maxwell honoring Medal of Honor winner

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery is remembering a Congressional Medal of Honor winner on the 50th anniversary of his death during the Vietnam War. A ceremony will be held Monday honoring Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard L. Etchberger of Hamburg, Pennsylvania. Etchberger died during fighting in Laos on March...

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$315 million to fund projects in Mobile, Baldwin countines

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A $315 million from the RESTORE Act and the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council will help fund projects in southwestern areas of the state. Fifty projects will be given funding for infrastructure, environmental restoration and economic development, Al.com reported . The biggest include $56 million for five major road expansion projects...

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‘Fake news’ smear takes hold among politicians at all levels

By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press An Idaho state lawmaker urges her constituents to submit entries for her “fake news awards.” The Kentucky governor tweets #FAKENEWS to dismiss questions about his purchase of a home from a supporter. An aide to the Texas land commissioner uses the phrase to downplay the significance of his boss receiving...

Gun background check system riddled with flaws
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Gun background check system riddled with flaws

By MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Recent mass shootings have spurred Congress to try to improve the nation’s gun background check system that has failed on numerous occasions to keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous people. The problem with the legislation, experts say, is that it only works if federal agencies, the...

Justice Department proposes banning rapid-fire bump stocks
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Justice Department proposes banning rapid-fire bump stocks

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Saturday it has taken the first step in the regulatory process to ban bump stocks, likely setting the stage for long legal battles with gun manufacturers while the trigger devices remain on the market. The move was expected after President Donald Trump ordered the...

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Montgomery program gives men on parole a chance for rebirth

By MARTY RONEY, Montgomery Advertiser MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Dylan Payne considers himself one of the lucky ones. He weighed 215 pounds before “he started cooking dope, bad,” in his home state of Indiana. Years later he bonded himself out of the Chilton County Jail and got a second chance. He was in jail for about...

Teen charged with manslaughter in Alabama school shooting
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Teen charged with manslaughter in Alabama school shooting

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A 17-year-old high school junior was charged Friday with manslaughter and illegal firearms possession in a classroom shooting that killed a fellow student at an Alabama high school. The charges against Michael Jerome Barber were announced after authorities interviewed witnesses and reviewed video in connection with the shooting at Huffman High...

Ethics Commission director says bill weakens ethics law
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Ethics Commission director says bill weakens ethics law

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The director of the state Ethics Commission said a bill before Alabama lawmakers could open up a potentially wide loophole in state ethics law by carving out an exemption for people doing economic development work. “I think it’s a bad bill that weakens the ethics law considerably,”...

Alabama Department of Education to make personnel cuts
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Alabama Department of Education to make personnel cuts

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Education is planning top personnel cuts. Al.com reports that state interim Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson told board of education members that reducing the number of employees, known as exempt or at-will, is necessary. During a work session this week, he said “hard decisions” will need to be...

Alabama Senate Oks bill to cap payday lending interest rates
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Alabama Senate Oks bill to cap payday lending interest rates

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Payday lending customers would have longer to repay their loan under a bill approved Thursday by the Alabama Senate, which marks the latest attempt to cap the interest rates charged with the short term loans. The bill by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur would give borrowers...

Trump orders stiff trade tariffs, unswayed by grim warnings
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Trump orders stiff trade tariffs, unswayed by grim warnings

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Unswayed by Republican warnings of a trade war, President Donald Trump ordered steep new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the U.S. on Thursday, vowing to fight back against an “assault on our country” by foreign competitors. The president said he would exempt Canada and Mexico as...

President Trump plans to meet Kim Jong Un for nuke talks
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President Trump plans to meet Kim Jong Un for nuke talks

By FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump plan to meet in May for nuclear disarmament talks, a whiplash development that would put two leaders who’ve repeatedly insulted, threatened and dismissed each other in the same room, possibly in the North Korean capital of...

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Alabama communities raising a stink over sewage train

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A train transporting sewage from New York and New Jersey has prompted complaints of a rotten stench and fly infestations in Alabama with Birmingham city officials saying they’re working with authorities to clear the air. The stench is nearly unbearable, Birmingham City Councilman John Hilliard said this week at a city...

Legislature awards medals of honor to Etowah County deputies
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Legislature awards medals of honor to Etowah County deputies

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama legislature awarded a medal of honor on Thursday to three sheriff’s deputies who faced a fire set by inmates in a north Alabama county jail. The medal of honor is the highest award given annually to law enforcement officers in the state. Deputies Andy Reed, Hayden Clements and Tyler...