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Shooting in Montgomery leaves 1 with life-threatening injures

The Montgomery Police Department is currently investigating a shooting that occurred on Wednesday and left a person with life-threatening injuries. ... more
The Montgomery Police Department is currently investigating a shooting that occurred on Wednesday and left a person with life-threatening injuries. ... more

Persons dies from injuries sustained in Montgomery crash

The Montgomery Police Department has confirmed that one person has died, five days after being involved in a two-vehicle wreck in Montgomery. ... more
The Montgomery Police Department has confirmed that one person has died, five days after being involved in a two-vehicle wreck in Montgomery. ... more

AUM students rethinking spring break location in wake of shooting spree

A temporary ordinance passed by the Bay County Commission and Panama City Beach City Council doing some damage control but do spring breakers feel safer? What happened on the Florida panhandle has parents... ... more
A temporary ordinance passed by the Bay County Commission and Panama City Beach City Council doing some damage control but do spring breakers feel safer? What happened on the Florida panhandle has parents and students rethinking their spring break travel plans. ... more

Joni Mitchell fans sending good vibes to hospitalized singer

Joni Mitchell's famous fans are voicing their support and worry for the folk song icon while she is hospitalized in Los Angeles. ... more
Joni Mitchell's famous fans are voicing their support and worry for the folk song icon while she is hospitalized in Los Angeles. ... more

Search for new UA basketball coach continues after Gregg Marshall turns down Tide's offer

The search for the new mens basketball head coach continues from Tuscaloosa after prospective hire Gregg Marshall announced he would remain at Wichita State. ... more
The search for the new mens basketball head coach continues from Tuscaloosa after prospective hire Gregg Marshall announced he would remain at Wichita State. ... more

New Selma City School superintendent anxious to get started

It won't be long before Angela Mangum trades in her 5th floor office with a window in downtown Montgomery for a ground level pad at the Selma City School central office.  ... more
It won't be long before Angela Mangum trades in her 5th floor office with a window in downtown Montgomery for a ground level pad at the Selma City School central office.  ... more

Millbrook man speaks out after sex-related charges dropped

A Millbrook man arrested in Florida on lascivious molestation and lewd and lascivious exhibition charges last year is speaking out after the charges were recently dropped. ... more
A Millbrook man arrested in Florida on lascivious molestation and lewd and lascivious exhibition charges last year is speaking out after the charges were recently dropped. ... more

AL lawmakers begin working on General Fund, Education Trust budgets

Budget talks began in the legislature on Wednesday, with lawmakers taking up the General Fund and Education Trust budgets in committees. ... more
Budget talks began in the legislature on Wednesday, with lawmakers taking up the General Fund and Education Trust budgets in committees. ... more

Woman recants abuse allegations against Jonathan Taylor, charged with false reporting

The woman who accused former University of Alabama football player Jonathan Taylor of domestic violence has been charged with false reporting, according to the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit. ... more
The woman who accused former University of Alabama football player Jonathan Taylor of domestic violence has been charged with false reporting, according to the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit. ... more

Committee approves 'middle path' payday loan regulations

An Alabama Senate Committee has approved what a senator described as a "middle path" approach to regulating payday lenders. ... more
An Alabama Senate Committee has approved what a senator described as a "middle path" approach to regulating payday lenders. ... more

8 women plead guilty in $20M income tax refund fraud ring

Eight Alabama and Georgia residents pleaded guilty on Wednesday for their roles in a $20 million stolen identity refund fraud conspiracy,  ... more
Eight Alabama and Georgia residents pleaded guilty on Wednesday for their roles in a $20 million stolen identity refund fraud conspiracy,  ... more

Justice Dept.: No contempt charges for former IRS official

The Justice Department won't seek criminal contempt charges against Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of a controversy over how the agency treated conservative political groups. ... more
The Justice Department won't seek criminal contempt charges against Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of a controversy over how the agency treated conservative political groups. ... more

New bill would make it a felony to knowingly spread STDs

Stricter penalties were discussed on Wednesday in the Alabama Legislature for those who knowingly spread sexually transmitted diseases. ... more
Stricter penalties were discussed on Wednesday in the Alabama Legislature for those who knowingly spread sexually transmitted diseases. ... more

Alabama's Teacher of the Year 'Sweet 16' finalists named

The Alabama State Department of Education is releasing the names of the Teacher of the Year "Sweet 16" finalists for the 2015-2016 school year.  ... more
The Alabama State Department of Education is releasing the names of the Teacher of the Year "Sweet 16" finalists for the 2015-2016 school year.  ... more

Settlement reached, cell tower to be built in Montgomery's Deer Creek subdivision

A settlement has been reached in the fight over a proposed cell phone tower that was slated to be constructed in Montgomery's Deer Creek subdivision. ... more
A settlement has been reached in the fight over a proposed cell phone tower that was slated to be constructed in Montgomery's Deer Creek subdivision. ... more

Bill claims ALEA didn't follow rules with driver's license fee increase

On Tuesday, the Alabama Senate passed Senate Bill 44. The bill states that license fee increases enacted by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency on Feb. 9 didn't follow the rule-making procedures of the... ... more
On Tuesday, the Alabama Senate passed Senate Bill 44. The bill states that license fee increases enacted by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency on Feb. 9 didn't follow the rule-making procedures of the Alabama Administrative Procedure Act.  ... more

Southeast AL Child Advocacy Center kicks off Blue Ribbon Campaign

Since 1994, the Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center has raised funds and brought awareness to the issue of child abuse in the Wiregrass. During April, in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention... ... more
Since 1994, the Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center has raised funds and brought awareness to the issue of child abuse in the Wiregrass. During April, in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, they are kicking off the Blue Ribbon Campaign.  ... more

Panama City Beach temporarily bans alcohol on beaches

Following the shooting of seven people, including three Alabama A&M University students, the Panama City Beach, FL, City Council and Bay County, FL, Commission passed emergency ordinances that temporarily... ... more
Following the shooting of seven people, including three Alabama A&M University students, the Panama City Beach, FL, City Council and Bay County, FL, Commission passed emergency ordinances that temporarily ban alcohol on beaches. ... more

What happens next in marathon bomber's death penalty trial

Now that the prosecution and defense have rested in the first phase of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial, there are a few steps left before jurors begin deliberating. After the jury reaches... ... more
Now that the prosecution and defense have rested in the first phase of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial, there are a few steps left before jurors begin deliberating. After the jury reaches a verdict,... ... more

State responds to Hubbard motion to compel Brady production

The State of Alabama is issuing a formal response to Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard's defense team which sought to compel the prosecution to release exculpatory material, or evidence from the state... ... more
The State of Alabama is issuing a formal response to Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard's defense team which sought to compel the prosecution to release exculpatory material, or evidence from the state that would benefit the defense, as required by Brady v. Maryland. ... more

Wicksburg teen killed after reportedly attempting to stop runaway vehicle

A Wicksburg teenager died on Tuesday after attempting to stop a runaway vehicle, according to the Houston County Sheriff's Department. ... more
A Wicksburg teenager died on Tuesday after attempting to stop a runaway vehicle, according to the Houston County Sheriff's Department. ... more

New commissioner takes helm of troubled prison system

Retired Air Force Col. Jeff Dunn has been sworn in as the head of Alabama's troubled prison system. ... more
Retired Air Force Col. Jeff Dunn has been sworn in as the head of Alabama's troubled prison system. ... more

Tuskegee Airman Leslie A. Williams dies in California at 95

Leslie A. Williams, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen, has died in California. He was 95. ... more
Leslie A. Williams, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen, has died in California. He was 95. ... more

Selma native named to leadership role at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Larry K. Mack, a native of Selma, Alabama, has been named deputy director of the Office of Human Capital at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. ... more
Larry K. Mack, a native of Selma, Alabama, has been named deputy director of the Office of Human Capital at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. ... more

Hubbard attorneys seek dismissal citing prosecutorial misconduct

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard's legal team wants the indictment against him thrown out, citing prosecutorial misconduct. ... more
Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard's legal team wants the indictment against him thrown out, citing prosecutorial misconduct. ... more

Obscure Laws: Bear fighting, selling animals after dark illegal in Alabama

A bill filed in the House would remove 100 different sections from the Code of Alabama 1975.  ... more
A bill filed in the House would remove 100 different sections from the Code of Alabama 1975.  ... more

Strange out-raises challengers in March; Davis ahead in overall total

According to the latest campaign finance reports, Incumbent Mayor Todd Strange has about $175,000 on hand - behind Candidate Artur Davis, who has nearly $275,000. The biggest chunk of Davis' campaign cash... ... more
According to the latest campaign finance reports, Incumbent Mayor Todd Strange has about $175,000 on hand - behind Candidate Artur Davis, who has nearly $275,000. The biggest chunk of Davis' campaign cash comes from two personal loans made to his campaign in January, totaling more than $403,000. During the mo ... more

Proposed bill in Ala. legislature would allow minors to use handguns

Under the age of 18? Under new bills currently in the Alabama House and Senate, you could legally be allowed to have a handgun. ... more
Under the age of 18? Under new bills currently in the Alabama House and Senate, you could legally be allowed to have a handgun. ... more

Homicide victim's family speaks out following teen's arrest

Shenita James was shot and killed on December 24th 2014. A robbery gone wrong with Jhavarske Jackson accused of pulling the trigger. The 18-year-old's alleged actions have shattered the lives of the James... ... more
Shenita James was shot and killed on December 24th 2014. A robbery gone wrong with Jhavarske Jackson accused of pulling the trigger. The 18-year-old's alleged actions have shattered the lives of the James family. ... more

Huntsville woman wins HGTV Dream Home Giveaway

A Huntsville woman got the surprise of a lifetime on Tuesday when she was selected from 94 million entries to win a home. ... more
A Huntsville woman got the surprise of a lifetime on Tuesday when she was selected from 94 million entries to win a home. ... more

Lawmakers to look at dire General Fund budget

It might be April Fools' Day, but legislators will review a draft budget that is no joke. ... more
It might be April Fools' Day, but legislators will review a draft budget that is no joke. ... more

ASU students 'Walk with Purpose' for National Walking Day

Wednesday is the American Heart Association's National Walking Day and people all over the country will be lacing up their sneakers and walking for 30 minutes to improve their health.Coming up on Today... ... more
Wednesday is the American Heart Association's National Walking Day and people all over the country will be lacing up their sneakers and walking for 30 minutes to improve their health.Coming up on Today in Alabama, Noon Anchor Melissa Johnson will give us a preview featuring interviews from ASU students and the owner of a local grocery store.The President from Alabama State University and groups of students are going to walk from campus into downtown Montgomery, but with a twist – they will be... ... more

City officials respond to backlash over new East Montgomery Walmart

Those who live and work in East Montgomery are speaking out about plans to build a new Walmart near one of the city's busiest intersections. Some members of the community say they don't want it or need... ... more
Those who live and work in East Montgomery are speaking out about plans to build a new Walmart near one of the city's busiest intersections. Some members of the community say they don't want it or need it. ... more

AEA Executive Treasurer Henry Mabry resigns

Henry Mabry, the Executive Treasurer for the Alabama Education Association, has announced he is resigning to pursue other opportunities. ... more
Henry Mabry, the Executive Treasurer for the Alabama Education Association, has announced he is resigning to pursue other opportunities. ... more

911 tapes reveal chaos following Spring Break shooting

After several students were shot over spring break in Panama City, we have the chilling 911 call from that shooting. ... more
After several students were shot over spring break in Panama City, we have the chilling 911 call from that shooting. ... more

Sen. Stutts withdraws maternity stay bill

Senator Larry Stutts announced Tuesday he is withdrawing his Maternity Stay Bill. ... more
Senator Larry Stutts announced Tuesday he is withdrawing his Maternity Stay Bill. ... more

Historic Webber Building in downtown Montgomery to be demolished

The fate of an historic 155-year-old building in the heart of downtown Montgomery has been sealed. Tuesday, Mayor Todd Strange confirmed the Webber Building, which partially collapsed during renovations... ... more
The fate of an historic 155-year-old building in the heart of downtown Montgomery has been sealed. Tuesday, Mayor Todd Strange confirmed the Webber Building, which partially collapsed during renovations in June 2014, will have to be torn down. ... more

Victim identified in weekend Tuskegee murder

The State Bureau of Investigations has taken the lead role in a weekend Tuskegee homicide. SBI is not currently releasing any information, but family members identify the victim as... ... more
The State Bureau of Investigations has taken the lead role in a weekend Tuskegee homicide. SBI is not currently releasing any information, but family members identify the victim as 23-year-old Cortez Ligon. ... more

MPD to charge 18-year-old in 2 homicides, other crimes

The Montgomery Police Department has warrants for the arrest of an 18-year-old in connection to multiple crimes, including two homicides. ... more
The Montgomery Police Department has warrants for the arrest of an 18-year-old in connection to multiple crimes, including two homicides. ... more

Montgomery schools closed Friday for makeup weather day

Montgomery Public School students and employees will have an extra off day this week after a scheduled "weather day" went unused. ... more
Montgomery Public School students and employees will have an extra off day this week after a scheduled "weather day" went unused. ... more

Guest Editorial: Why do I need books and libraries?

Everyone would agree that sprawling out on a couch and watching an exercise video does not provide any actual exercise. Likewise, viewing a movie does not provide the mental exercise that reading a book... ... more
Everyone would agree that sprawling out on a couch and watching an exercise video does not provide any actual exercise. Likewise, viewing a movie does not provide the mental exercise that reading a book would. ... more

Choose the type of mobile alerts you want

Now you can choose the type of app alerts you get from WSFA 12 News on your mobile device.  It's easy to do.  Here are the steps.

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Now you can choose the type of app alerts you get from WSFA 12 News on your mobile device.  It's easy to do.  Here are the steps. ... more

Callers to WSFA 12 Defenders Unclaimed Property Action Line net $875K

To date the action line has helped Alabamians reclaim more than $875,400 in property that is rightfully theirs. One caller was even able to recover $13,000!  ... more
To date the action line has helped Alabamians reclaim more than $875,400 in property that is rightfully theirs. One caller was even able to recover $13,000!  ... more

Family says child shot in Center Point is out of surgery, expected to be OK

A boy who was shot in the stomach at a home in Center Point on Wednesday afternoon is expected to be OK, according to relatives. ... more
A boy who was shot in the stomach at a home in Center Point on Wednesday afternoon is expected to be OK, according to relatives. ... more

Top family beaches of 2015

Wondering where to travel this summer? The site "Family Vacation Critic" has released the top 10 family beaches for 2015. ... more
Wondering where to travel this summer? The site "Family Vacation Critic" has released the top 10 family beaches for 2015. ... more

Installment lenders worried about payday loan legislation

"Don't get a payday loan," says Sam Frazier, president of Frazier Loans. He loans money for a living, but don't mistake his business for one of those neon signs that offer fast money... ... more
"Don't get a payday loan," says Sam Frazier, president of Frazier Loans. He loans money for a living, but don't mistake his business for one of those neon signs that offer fast money with no credit check. ... more

Tuscaloosa authorities investigate after 9-year-old is attacked by a dog

The incident happened around 3:45 p.m. in the 500 block of Garden Hill Drive in Tuscaloosa.


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The incident happened around 3:45 p.m. in the 500 block of Garden Hill Drive in Tuscaloosa. ... more

Fairhope's Farish Beard drafted by professional softball team

University of South Alabama pitcher Farish Beard was selected in the sixth round of the National Pro Fastpitch College Draft by the Dallas Charge tonight. ... more
University of South Alabama pitcher Farish Beard was selected in the sixth round of the National Pro Fastpitch College Draft by the Dallas Charge tonight. ... more

School Board Member: "We probably should have spent some more" on Build Baldwin Now Campaign

Despite the criticism, a Baldwin County School Board member said the board should have spent "more" taxpayer money to encourage a "yes" vote. ... more
Despite the criticism, a Baldwin County School Board member said the board should have spent "more" taxpayer money to encourage a "yes" vote. ... more

Buzzard hit by truck, gets premium care

The driver saw the buzzard stuck in the grill of their truck, but still clinging to life. ... more
The driver saw the buzzard stuck in the grill of their truck, but still clinging to life. ... more

Heart transplant recipient dies in police chase

Roswell police said a teenage burglary suspect who crashed a stolen vehicle during a police chase Tuesday afternoon has died. ... more
Roswell police said a teenage burglary suspect who crashed a stolen vehicle during a police chase Tuesday afternoon has died. ... more

'Spicy' scent of a Burger King store entices cologne buyers

The whiff of a Whopper made hundreds of customers hungry for a Burger King special Wednesday - "Flame Grilled" cologne. ... more
The whiff of a Whopper made hundreds of customers hungry for a Burger King special Wednesday - "Flame Grilled" cologne. ... more

State Department found 4 emails about drones sent by Clinton

The State Department says it can find only four emails sent between former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and her staff concerning drone strikes and certain U.S. surveillance programs, and those notes... ... more
The State Department says it can find only four emails sent between former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and her staff concerning drone strikes and certain U.S. surveillance programs, and those notes have little to do... ... more

Chesterfield woman arrested for 'Facebook thugging'

A Facebook feud ends with a Chesterfield woman in police custody. She was charged with harassment by computer. ... more
A Facebook feud ends with a Chesterfield woman in police custody. She was charged with harassment by computer. ... more

Study shows connection between wealth, brain development

The old adage is that money can't buy happiness.  ... more
The old adage is that money can't buy happiness.  ... more

Ole Miss student booted from frat after biting off hamster's head

One spring break video is leaving people horrified and sick.


The British newspaper, ... more

One spring break video is leaving people horrified and sick.The British newspaper, The Daily Mail, came across a video showing Ole Miss student Brady Eaves biting the head off of a live hamster. ... more

Astronauts board space station for 1-year mission

Two Russians and an American floated into the International Space Station on Saturday, beginning what is to be a year away from Earth for two of them. ... more
Two Russians and an American floated into the International Space Station on Saturday, beginning what is to be a year away from Earth for two of them. ... more

New Mitch Albom novel a story of world-famous guitarist

Mitch Albom's next novel will have strings attached. ... more
Mitch Albom's next novel will have strings attached. ... more

Antiquities looted from India end up at Honolulu museum

An international investigation into antiquities looted from India and smuggled into the United States has taken authorities to the Honolulu Museum of Art. ... more
An international investigation into antiquities looted from India and smuggled into the United States has taken authorities to the Honolulu Museum of Art. ... more

Jeremy Renner, estranged wife, settle custody dispute

Oscar-nominated actor Jeremy Renner will share joint custody of his 2-year-old daughter with his estranged wife after the pair reached a custody agreement after a day of negotiations on Wednesday. ... more
Oscar-nominated actor Jeremy Renner will share joint custody of his 2-year-old daughter with his estranged wife after the pair reached a custody agreement after a day of negotiations on Wednesday. ... more

'Boyhood' actress Patricia Arquette planning memoir

Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette has lot more to say off screen than her Oscar acceptance speech. ... more
Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette has lot more to say off screen than her Oscar acceptance speech. ... more

Dish's Internet TV, Sling, gets HBO service for $15 a month

HBO lovers have one more way to watch "Game of Thrones." ... more
HBO lovers have one more way to watch "Game of Thrones." ... more

Marlon James among winners of Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Novelist Marlon James and poet Marilyn Chin are among this year's winners of the Anisfield-Wolf (AN'-is-feeld) Book Awards, given for literature that "confronts racism and examines diversity." ... more
Novelist Marlon James and poet Marilyn Chin are among this year's winners of the Anisfield-Wolf (AN'-is-feeld) Book Awards, given for literature that "confronts racism and examines diversity." ... more

Cynthia Lennon, first wife of John Lennon, dies of cancer

Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of former Beatles guitarist John Lennon, died of cancer Wednesday at her home in Spain. She was 75. ... more
Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of former Beatles guitarist John Lennon, died of cancer Wednesday at her home in Spain. She was 75. ... more

No more 'no girls allowed' at Spike

With this week's premiere of a series based on Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight" show feature of lip sync-dueling celebrities, the Spike television network is throwing open the door of its boys' clubhouse... ... more
With this week's premiere of a series based on Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight" show feature of lip sync-dueling celebrities, the Spike television network is throwing open the door of its boys' clubhouse to women. ... more

Exhibit in ex-psychiatric ward celebrates Brazilian artist

When Arthur Bispo do Rosario needed art supplies within the psychiatric institution where he lived, he'd barter cigarettes or trade favors with the guards. When that didn't work, he'd sometimes... ... more
When Arthur Bispo do Rosario needed art supplies within the psychiatric institution where he lived, he'd barter cigarettes or trade favors with the guards. When that didn't work, he'd sometimes rough up fellow... ... more

Contractors cleaning spill near Alabama train derailment

Norfolk Southern Railway officials say they're working to clean the area near the scene of a train derailment in Irondale. ... more
Norfolk Southern Railway officials say they're working to clean the area near the scene of a train derailment in Irondale. ... more

Boy critically injured in Tuscaloosa County dog attack

Tuscaloosa County police say a boy has been hospitalized after being mauled by a neighbor's pit bull. ... more
Tuscaloosa County police say a boy has been hospitalized after being mauled by a neighbor's pit bull. ... more

Committee approves 'middle path' payday loan regulations

An Alabama Senate Committee has approved what a senator described as a "middle path" approach to regulating payday lenders. ... more
An Alabama Senate Committee has approved what a senator described as a "middle path" approach to regulating payday lenders. ... more

Body of Alabama A&M University student found in pond

Madison County sheriff's officials say the body of an Alabama A&M University student has been found in a pond at the school's research farm in Meridianville. ... more
Madison County sheriff's officials say the body of an Alabama A&M University student has been found in a pond at the school's research farm in Meridianville. ... more

Third defendant guilty in fatal Alabama Krystal shooting

A third defendant charged in a fatal double shooting at a north Alabama Krystal restaurant has pleaded guilty. ... more
A third defendant charged in a fatal double shooting at a north Alabama Krystal restaurant has pleaded guilty. ... more

Boy wounded in Center Point shooting

Authorities say a 10-year-old boy has been wounded in a shooting in Center Point. ... more
Authorities say a 10-year-old boy has been wounded in a shooting in Center Point. ... more

Lawmakers to look at dire General Fund budget

It might be April Fools' Day, but legislators will review a draft budget that is no joke. ... more
It might be April Fools' Day, but legislators will review a draft budget that is no joke. ... more

This Hour: Latest Alabama news, sports, business and entertainment

Retired Air Force Col. Jeff Dunn has been sworn in as the head of Alabama's troubled prison system. ... more
Retired Air Force Col. Jeff Dunn has been sworn in as the head of Alabama's troubled prison system. ... more

Central Arkansas officials apply to host football bowl game

A group of government, civic and business officials in Central Arkansas have submitted an application to the NCAA for a college football bowl game to be played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. ... more
A group of government, civic and business officials in Central Arkansas have submitted an application to the NCAA for a college football bowl game to be played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. ... more

News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press

A bill to change how Alabama recruits businesses to locate or expand is getting closer to the governor's desk. The Alabama Senate approved economic development legislation yesterday that would change... ... more
A bill to change how Alabama recruits businesses to locate or expand is getting closer to the governor's desk. The Alabama Senate approved economic development legislation yesterday that would change how Alabama... ... more

Getty oil heir's death latest in string of family tragedies

It's a family name that has long been associated with unimaginable wealth and sometimes unspeakable tragedy. ... more
It's a family name that has long been associated with unimaginable wealth and sometimes unspeakable tragedy. ... more

Arkansas Senate takes up religion bill at governor's request

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics of the measure, including his own son and some of... ... more
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics of the measure, including his own son and some of the state's... ... more

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges

Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions... ... more
Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a... ... more

California governor orders mandatory water restrictions

California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack... ... more
California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of... ... more

McDonald's: Workers to get pay hikes at company-owned stores

McDonald's says it's raising pay for workers at company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy. ... more
McDonald's says it's raising pay for workers at company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy. ... more

NYC detective's video rant at Uber cab driver spurs transfer

A detective heard on video berating an Uber driver and asking, "How long have you been in this country?" was stripped of his gun and badge Wednesday and will be transferred from the police anti-terrorism... ... more
A detective heard on video berating an Uber driver and asking, "How long have you been in this country?" was stripped of his gun and badge Wednesday and will be transferred from the police anti-terrorism division,... ... more

Things to know about indictment against Sen. Menendez

Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, and Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor, were indicted Wednesday on federal corruption and bribery charges. ... more
Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, and Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor, were indicted Wednesday on federal corruption and bribery charges. ... more

Live in a Porsche? Designer labels draw Miami home buyers

The wow factor for Miami's skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view. ... more
The wow factor for Miami's skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view. ... more

Seattle begins to phase in $15 minimum wage

Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into providing... ... more
Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into providing higher wages. ... more