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Officer Michael Brelo found not guilty

Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo has been found not guilty of two counts of voluntary manslaughter for the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, and lesser charges of felonious... ... more
Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo has been found not guilty of two counts of voluntary manslaughter for the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, and lesser charges of felonious assault. ... more

Judge acquits officer in 2012 fatal Cleveland shooting

A Cleveland judge will announce a verdict for Michael Brelo who was prosecuted in the death of two people where police fired 137 shots at the unarmed couple. ... more
A Cleveland judge will announce a verdict for Michael Brelo who was prosecuted in the death of two people where police fired 137 shots at the unarmed couple. ... more

Selma police asking for information in Thursday night shooting

The Selma Police Department is investigating a shooting that injured a man Thursday night. ... more
The Selma Police Department is investigating a shooting that injured a man Thursday night. ... more

Wiregrass man battles Lyme Disease and promotes awareness

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme is just one of numerous diseases that can be transmitted when a tick bites you. While prevention is key year round, the professionals say its important to be extra... ... more
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme is just one of numerous diseases that can be transmitted when a tick bites you. While prevention is key year round, the professionals say its important to be extra vigilant in the warmer months between April and September. ... more

After break, Senate to reconsider Patriot Act extension

Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency's... ... more
Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency's bulk... ... more

Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable... ... more
In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown... ... more

US officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery

Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants, contributing small numbers of troops -some are operating artillery and other heavy weapons - in support of... ... more
Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants, contributing small numbers of troops -some are operating artillery and other heavy weapons - in support of advancing Iraqi... ... more

Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage, both sides say

Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world's first national vote on the... ... more
Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world's first national vote on the issue. ... more

Fierce gun battle kills 43 in west Mexico cartel territory

The latest in a series of clashes between Mexican authorities and a powerful, fast-growing drug cartel turned into the deadliest confrontation in recent memory, with 42 suspected gang gunmen and one Federal... ... more
The latest in a series of clashes between Mexican authorities and a powerful, fast-growing drug cartel turned into the deadliest confrontation in recent memory, with 42 suspected gang gunmen and one Federal Police officer... ... more

"Legends" honored this Memorial Day weekend

Irma Dryden has left her mark on history. She is one of the original Tuskegee airmen. Dryden was a nurse in the Tuskegee Airmen program.  ... more
Irma Dryden has left her mark on history. She is one of the original Tuskegee airmen. Dryden was a nurse in the Tuskegee Airmen program.  ... more

Congress passes 2-month highway, transit aid extension

Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. ... more
Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. ... more

UPDATE: Cullman Co. Sheriff locates toddler taken by her non-custodial mother

The Cullman County Sheriff's Office has located a young child taken by her non-custodial mother.

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The Cullman County Sheriff's Office has located a young child taken by her non-custodial mother. ... more

Vestavia Hills toddler drowns in Orange Beach

A 2-year-old boy from Vestavia Hills died after drowning in a pool at an Orange Beach home according to Lt. Steve Brown with Orange Beach Police. ... more
A 2-year-old boy from Vestavia Hills died after drowning in a pool at an Orange Beach home according to Lt. Steve Brown with Orange Beach Police. ... more

Education Trust Fund waiting on AL House to approve final version

With virtually no opposition, a $5.9 billion operating budget for education in the state should go to the Governor's office early next week. The Education Trust Fund has input now from both the Alabama... ... more
With virtually no opposition, a $5.9 billion operating budget for education in the state should go to the Governor's office early next week. The Education Trust Fund has input now from both the Alabama House and Senate, and is just waiting on the House to officially approve the final version. ... more

Auburn's softball team overcomes 5-run deficit, wins 12-11 in extra innings

The Auburn Tigers' softball team over came a five run deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning on Friday to defeat the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns 10-5 in the Super Regional opening game. ... more
The Auburn Tigers' softball team over came a five run deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning on Friday to defeat the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns 10-5 in the Super Regional opening game. ... more

Summer fun planned by Montgomery Youth Initiative

The temperatures are rising, and so is interest in events to make the summer as fun as possible for area kids. ... more
The temperatures are rising, and so is interest in events to make the summer as fun as possible for area kids. ... more

Delayed passing of education budget possibly causing widespread teacher layoffs

The delay in the passing of the education trust fund budget, some say is having an impact on school systems statewide. Some teachers and staff have been given non-renewal notices, causing concern for not... ... more
The delay in the passing of the education trust fund budget, some say is having an impact on school systems statewide. Some teachers and staff have been given non-renewal notices, causing concern for not only educators but students and parents who are wondering why certain people were let go.  ... more

DCS board revote selects Dr. Charles Ledbetter as Superintendent

Dr. Charles Ledbetter has been voted in as the Superintendent for Dothan City Schools for a second time. A special called board meeting was held Friday morning. This was a result of a meeting held Monday... ... more
Dr. Charles Ledbetter has been voted in as the Superintendent for Dothan City Schools for a second time. A special called board meeting was held Friday morning. This was a result of a meeting held Monday where Ledbetter was voted in by the board. ... more

Auburn woman nominated as local hero for mobility awareness

Doing something as easy as walking outside is easy to take for granted. For 26-year-old Auburn resident Shanae Heard, leaving the house can sometimes take days to plan.  ... more
Doing something as easy as walking outside is easy to take for granted. For 26-year-old Auburn resident Shanae Heard, leaving the house can sometimes take days to plan.  ... more

Sons of Confederate Veterans to replace flags at Union Springs cemetery

After a week of controversy surrounding the removal of flags from the graves of Confederate soldiers at a Union Springs cemetery, members of an international organization revealed they are traveling to... ... more
After a week of controversy surrounding the removal of flags from the graves of Confederate soldiers at a Union Springs cemetery, members of an international organization revealed they are traveling to the small town to replace the memorial flags. ... more

Record gator on display at Montgomery Zoo

On Friday, Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association unveiled the world's largest Alligator at the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum in Montgomery.  ... more
On Friday, Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association unveiled the world's largest Alligator at the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum in Montgomery.  ... more

Alabama unemployment rate at 5.8 percent

Governor Robert Bentley on Friday announced that Alabama's preliminary, seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate is 5.8%. ... more
Governor Robert Bentley on Friday announced that Alabama's preliminary, seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate is 5.8%. ... more

Art on the Lake this weekend at Lake Martin

What better place to showcase an art show than the backdrop of Lake Martin. It's Art On The Lake this Memorial Day weekend at Children's Harbor.  ... more
What better place to showcase an art show than the backdrop of Lake Martin. It's Art On The Lake this Memorial Day weekend at Children's Harbor.  ... more

Thousands expected to converge on Lake Martin this weekend

The sun is out, the lake is full and Shannon Byrd of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is ready to relax and have a good time.  ... more
The sun is out, the lake is full and Shannon Byrd of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is ready to relax and have a good time.  ... more

Man sentenced to life in prison for beating death of neighbor

The suspect arrested in connection to the 2013 homicide of 70-year-old Jesse Stevens was convicted of murder on Thursday. ... more
The suspect arrested in connection to the 2013 homicide of 70-year-old Jesse Stevens was convicted of murder on Thursday. ... more

Correctional officer arrested for discharging firearm at an apartment

On May 21 around 11:30 pm, Lee County Sheriff's Investigators arrested Mechelle Belonn Virgin, 32, of Columbus, GA for discharging a firearm into an unoccupied dwelling. ... more
On May 21 around 11:30 pm, Lee County Sheriff's Investigators arrested Mechelle Belonn Virgin, 32, of Columbus, GA for discharging a firearm into an unoccupied dwelling. ... more

Sentencing continued for Pike Road neighborhood menace

A Pike Road man terrorized neighbors in his subdivision and threatened to shoot deputies if they tried to arrest him. The neighborhood menace is now facing prison time. ... more
A Pike Road man terrorized neighbors in his subdivision and threatened to shoot deputies if they tried to arrest him. The neighborhood menace is now facing prison time. ... more

TLC pulls Duggars' show; judge ordered police record destroyed

TLC pulled the show '19 Kids and Counting' the day after one if its stars apologized for "acting inexcusably."  ... more
TLC pulled the show '19 Kids and Counting' the day after one if its stars apologized for "acting inexcusably."  ... more

Man fleeing from GA on alleged rape warrant arrested in Opelika

A man on the run from Georgia was arrested in Opelika on Thursday. Roberto Gaona-Pina, 38, from Mexico, was arrested as a fugitive from justice at 12:31 p.m. at the Opelika Police Department. ... more
A man on the run from Georgia was arrested in Opelika on Thursday. Roberto Gaona-Pina, 38, from Mexico, was arrested as a fugitive from justice at 12:31 p.m. at the Opelika Police Department. ... more

Fugitives in MO officer-involved shooting case found in AL

Two wanted fugitives connected to an officer-involved shooting in Marshall, Missouri has been located and taken into custody in Gulf Shores, Alabama, according to the Gulf Shores Police Department.Carl... ... more
Two wanted fugitives connected to an officer-involved shooting in Marshall, Missouri has been located and taken into custody in Gulf Shores, Alabama, according to the Gulf Shores Police Department.Carl Clayton Roettgen, 31, and Amber Lynn Friend, 38, were arrested at a Gulf State Park campsite Wednesday night with the help of the South Baldwin Response Team, Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, and Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.The two were taken into custody without incident for numero... ... more

Alabama to join SEC Presidential Primary

State lawmakers have approved a bill to move up the date of our Presidential Primary, in an effort to put Alabama on the national stage.The plan is to move up the primary from the second Tuesday in March,... ... more
State lawmakers have approved a bill to move up the date of our Presidential Primary, in an effort to put Alabama on the national stage.The plan is to move up the primary from the second Tuesday in March, to the first Tuesday. It could also mean more campaigning in Alabama by major candidates, from Marco Rubio to Hillary Clinton.In years past, by the time Alabama made it to the polls for the Presidential Primary, the candidates were pretty much established, now, state leaders say voters will ... ... more

City and state officials discuss I-65, I-85 interchange issues

Every day hundreds of vehicles drive through the Interstate 65-Interstate 85 interchange and many drivers get concerned every time they travel on that section of roadway. ... more
Every day hundreds of vehicles drive through the Interstate 65-Interstate 85 interchange and many drivers get concerned every time they travel on that section of roadway. ... more

Fed. judge reaffirms AL gay marriage ruling; stays it pending SCOTUS ruling

The federal judge whose ruling in February made same-sex marriage legal in Alabama is reaffirming its legality. ... more
The federal judge whose ruling in February made same-sex marriage legal in Alabama is reaffirming its legality. ... more

Autauga County motel finally coming down

What started out as a thriving Ramada Inn in the 1970's has now become a terrible nuisance to northern Autauga County -- but not for much  longer. ... more
What started out as a thriving Ramada Inn in the 1970's has now become a terrible nuisance to northern Autauga County -- but not for much  longer. ... more

County Road 12: Chattahoochee Game Calls

It's the sound of the wild coming from a small shed in Henry County. A father and son make quite a team and share a passion for turkeys. It started a long time ago. ... more
It's the sound of the wild coming from a small shed in Henry County. A father and son make quite a team and share a passion for turkeys. It started a long time ago. ... more

Food for Thought: A mix of good and bad

Montgomery county health inspectors visit restaurants every week. And every Thursday the 12 News Defenders bring you their findings.  ... more
Montgomery county health inspectors visit restaurants every week. And every Thursday the 12 News Defenders bring you their findings.  ... more

Editorial: Memorial Day

This week someone asked me the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day. I knew the answer, but it did give me the opportunity to think again about exactly what Memorial Day is.  ... more
This week someone asked me the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day. I knew the answer, but it did give me the opportunity to think again about exactly what Memorial Day is.  ... more

WSFA 12 News introduces lightning alert feature in weather app

WSFA 12 News now offers lightning alerts sent directly to your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Any time lightning strikes within five miles of your location, a message will pop up on your screen and your... ... more
WSFA 12 News now offers lightning alerts sent directly to your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Any time lightning strikes within five miles of your location, a message will pop up on your screen and your device will play an audible alert.  ... more

SBA giving loans to residents, businesses affected by April 25/26 storms

Alabama businesses and residents affected by the severe thunderstorms and high winds on April 25 and 26, can now apply for low interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. ... more
Alabama businesses and residents affected by the severe thunderstorms and high winds on April 25 and 26, can now apply for low interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. ... more

41st annual River Region Volunteer of the Year celebration

More than 400 people gathered Thursdsay at Trinity Presbyterian Church for the 41st annual River Region Volunteer of the Year Celebration to recognize and honor volunteers for their dedicated service to... ... more
More than 400 people gathered Thursdsay at Trinity Presbyterian Church for the 41st annual River Region Volunteer of the Year Celebration to recognize and honor volunteers for their dedicated service to the community.  ... more

Multiple AL institutions on Education Dept's 'Heightened Cash Monitoring' list

The U.S. Department of Education is releasing the names of colleges and universities on its Heightened Cash Monitoring list, and several institutions in Alabama are present.  ... more
The U.S. Department of Education is releasing the names of colleges and universities on its Heightened Cash Monitoring list, and several institutions in Alabama are present.  ... more

Rain chances through Memorial Day

?No worries about rain on this Saturday afternoon.  High pressure remains in firm control of our weather and continues to usher in comfortable air.  Enjoy the "dry" heat this afternoon because... ... more
?No worries about rain on this Saturday afternoon.  High pressure remains in firm control of our weather and continues to usher in comfortable air.  Enjoy the "dry" heat this afternoon because humid air parked along the Gulf Coast advances northward on Sunday. ... more

Inmate worker walks away from detention center in Cullman

An inmate has escaped the Cullman County Detention Center. At about 8:00p.m. Friday night an inmate walked out of the detention center.Authorities say Joshua James Lay, 37, of Vinemont, AL was cleaning... ... more
An inmate has escaped the Cullman County Detention Center. At about 8:00p.m. Friday night an inmate walked out of the detention center.Authorities say Joshua James Lay, 37, of Vinemont, AL was cleaning the lobby area of the detention center when it appears from surveillance video that someone picked him up and left.Investigators think the driver of the car is Lay's girlfriend Nona Faye Baker, 33, from Clay County.CCSO is currently working with other law enforcement agencies to apprehend Inmat... ... more

Parents concerned over asbestos at Huntsville city school

Asbestos, a cancer-causing material, could possibly be lurking in your child's school. ... more
Asbestos, a cancer-causing material, could possibly be lurking in your child's school. ... more

Biloxi Shuckers extend their winning streak to six games

The Biloxi Shuckers continued their winning way on the road picking up victory No. 26 on the season after beating the Birmingham Barons in Huntsville 4-1.

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The Biloxi Shuckers continued their winning way on the road picking up victory No. 26 on the season after beating the Birmingham Barons in Huntsville 4-1. ... more

Experts offer safe swimming tips for holiday weekend, vacation season

Despite a day and age when people can often swim year round at indoor aquatic centers, the kickoff of summer vacation season still brings a lot of people to the swimming hole at once.  ... more
Despite a day and age when people can often swim year round at indoor aquatic centers, the kickoff of summer vacation season still brings a lot of people to the swimming hole at once.  ... more

Lower gas prices help spur Memorial Day Weekend travel

This Memorial Day Weekend, Alabamians on average, are spending $2.49 for a gallon of gas. ... more
This Memorial Day Weekend, Alabamians on average, are spending $2.49 for a gallon of gas. ... more

Road to Recovery: Cordova ready to open new city hall, police department

The Road to Recovery from the April 27, 2011 tornado continues in Cordova, which is getting a new city hall and police department. 
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The Road to Recovery from the April 27, 2011 tornado continues in Cordova, which is getting a new city hall and police department.  ... more

Coosa Riverkeeper debuts Swim Guide to keep an eye on bacteria in the water

The Coosa Riverkeeper team is working to keep the community safe during the summer months. ... more
The Coosa Riverkeeper team is working to keep the community safe during the summer months. ... more

Neighbors show support for embattled Sylvania band director

A band director on leave for a Facebook rant is receiving support from friends and neighbors in the community. ... more
A band director on leave for a Facebook rant is receiving support from friends and neighbors in the community. ... more

Large stuffed tiger atop SUV generates 911 call

The sight of a stuffed tiger - a very large stuffed tiger - lashed to the top of an SUV cruising around a southwest Washington lake was enough to generate a 911 call from someone who apparently thought... ... more
The sight of a stuffed tiger - a very large stuffed tiger - lashed to the top of an SUV cruising around a southwest Washington lake was enough to generate a 911 call from someone who apparently thought it was real. ... more

FL dentist who allegedly abused children to stop practicing

Despite several allegations of abuse, fraud and malpractice, the dentist still plies his craft pending an investigation by the state. ... more
Despite several allegations of abuse, fraud and malpractice, the dentist still plies his craft pending an investigation by the state. ... more

Lumber Liquidators CEO quits, catching company off guard

Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch has abruptly quit the company that is embroiled in an investigation over products imported from China. ... more
Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch has abruptly quit the company that is embroiled in an investigation over products imported from China. ... more

Whites moving to Detroit, city that epitomized white flight

Whites are moving back to the American city that came to epitomize white flight, even as blacks continue to leave for the suburbs and the city's overall population shrinks. ... more
Whites are moving back to the American city that came to epitomize white flight, even as blacks continue to leave for the suburbs and the city's overall population shrinks. ... more

Graduate reunites with soldier who saved her life as a baby while fleeing Iraq

Graduation day is usually a time for goodbyes, but for one student at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton, it also marks a very special reunion. ... more
Graduation day is usually a time for goodbyes, but for one student at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton, it also marks a very special reunion. ... more

Tequila? Probablemente - Taco Bell could add alcohol to menu

Could Taco Bell begin serving alcohol? It's a possibility, according to the food blog Eater, a Taco Bell in Chicago's Wicker Park applied to acquire a liquor license last week.  ... more
Could Taco Bell begin serving alcohol? It's a possibility, according to the food blog Eater, a Taco Bell in Chicago's Wicker Park applied to acquire a liquor license last week.  ... more

Sylvania High teacher on paid leave after Facebook comment about senior prank

Four members of the Sylvania High School class of 2015 are up to their knees in a mess after a senior prank gone too far. ... more
Four members of the Sylvania High School class of 2015 are up to their knees in a mess after a senior prank gone too far. ... more

Sea turtle gets 3D-printed, titanium jaw

The sea turtle from Turkey lost two-thirds of its jaw when it was hit by a boat propeller. Volunteers contacted BTech Innovations and the company printed 3D, custom-made titanium implants.

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The sea turtle from Turkey lost two-thirds of its jaw when it was hit by a boat propeller. Volunteers contacted BTech Innovations and the company printed 3D, custom-made titanium implants. ... more

Facing child support, Minneapolis man joins the jihad

Abdifatah Ahmed struggled for years to make ends meet. ... more
Abdifatah Ahmed struggled for years to make ends meet. ... more

Searching for ‘n-word’ in Google Maps brings up White House, Memphis landmarks

People are lashing out at a Google glitch, because of what happens when you search the "N"-word. ... more
People are lashing out at a Google glitch, because of what happens when you search the "N"-word. ... more

B.B. King memorial to mourn blues legend in Las Vegas

B.B. King will be mourned in Las Vegas in a family-and-friends memorial ahead of the start of his final road tour home to the Mississippi Delta. ... more
B.B. King will be mourned in Las Vegas in a family-and-friends memorial ahead of the start of his final road tour home to the Mississippi Delta. ... more

De Niro tells NY arts graduates 'You have to keep working'

Robert De Niro urged new graduates at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts on Friday to keep fighting to create careers in the arts even though it probably would have been easier if they... ... more
Robert De Niro urged new graduates at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts on Friday to keep fighting to create careers in the arts even though it probably would have been easier if they had picked something... ... more

TLC pulls Duggar family series amid misconduct reports

TLC pulled the reality series "19 Kids and Counting" from its schedule on Friday, a move that follows reports of sexual misconduct allegations against one of the stars, Josh Duggar, stemming from when... ... more
TLC pulled the reality series "19 Kids and Counting" from its schedule on Friday, a move that follows reports of sexual misconduct allegations against one of the stars, Josh Duggar, stemming from when he was a juvenile. ... more

APNewsBreak: Casey Kasem's widow won't face criminal charges

Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday that they won't file elder abuse charges against Casey Kasem's widow despite efforts by three of the radio personality's children to... ... more
Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday that they won't file elder abuse charges against Casey Kasem's widow despite efforts by three of the radio personality's children to have her prosecuted. ... more

Final preparations begin for Eurovision Song Contest

Everything appears to be running according to plan ahead of this year's Eurovision Song Contest - except for the weather. ... more
Everything appears to be running according to plan ahead of this year's Eurovision Song Contest - except for the weather. ... more

Gordon, Tristano, Johnson voted into Jazz Hall of Fame

Saxophonist Dexter Gordon and pianists James P. Johnson and Lennie Tristano are the newest inductees into Jazz at Lincoln Center's Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame. ... more
Saxophonist Dexter Gordon and pianists James P. Johnson and Lennie Tristano are the newest inductees into Jazz at Lincoln Center's Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame. ... more

Cannes hails premiere of a bloody, stylish 'Macbeth'

Something wicked came the way of the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday when Justin Kurzel premiered his bloody, stylish adaptation of "Macbeth" with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. ... more
Something wicked came the way of the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday when Justin Kurzel premiered his bloody, stylish adaptation of "Macbeth" with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. ... more

Love battles revenge in Audiard's refugee drama 'Dheepan'

For much of its running time, Jacques Audiard's new film, "Dheepan," is a gritty and naturalistic depiction of Tamil refugees trying to build a new life in France. ... more
For much of its running time, Jacques Audiard's new film, "Dheepan," is a gritty and naturalistic depiction of Tamil refugees trying to build a new life in France. ... more

TV miniseries 'Texas Rising' takes big-screen approach

The success of "Hatfields & McCoys" and "The Bible" inspired the History channel to go Texas-sized big with its new miniseries. ... more
The success of "Hatfields & McCoys" and "The Bible" inspired the History channel to go Texas-sized big with its new miniseries. ... more

Venice officials shut down mosque-inside-church art exhibit

Authorities in Venice on Friday closed a working mosque in an ex-church that was Iceland's contribution to the 56th Venice Biennale contemporary art fair on the grounds that it was being improperly... ... more
Authorities in Venice on Friday closed a working mosque in an ex-church that was Iceland's contribution to the 56th Venice Biennale contemporary art fair on the grounds that it was being improperly used as a place of... ... more

Agent fired from Alabama AG's office to appeal termination

A special agent who was fired from the state attorney general's office says he's appealing his termination to the state Personnel Board. ... more
A special agent who was fired from the state attorney general's office says he's appealing his termination to the state Personnel Board. ... more

Freed from death row: 'I refuse to give them my joy'

A man who was released after nearly 30 years on Alabama's death row, says he refuses to let himself be consumed by anger but says those that send him to prison decades ago will "answer to God" ... more
A man who was released after nearly 30 years on Alabama's death row, says he refuses to let himself be consumed by anger but says those that send him to prison decades ago will "answer to God" ... more

2 Fantasy 5 players each win $115,724.55 jackpot

Two "Fantasy 5" players have selected all five winning numbers to win a jackpot worth $115,724.55 each. ... more
Two "Fantasy 5" players have selected all five winning numbers to win a jackpot worth $115,724.55 each. ... more

Lucky Money jackpot rises to $700,000

No "Lucky Money" tickets matched all four numbers plus the Lucky Ball, and the next jackpot rises to $700,000. ... more
No "Lucky Money" tickets matched all four numbers plus the Lucky Ball, and the next jackpot rises to $700,000. ... more

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

Alabama's jobless rate ticked up slightly to 5.8 percent in April after months of steady decline. ... more
Alabama's jobless rate ticked up slightly to 5.8 percent in April after months of steady decline. ... more

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

Alabama's jobless rate ticked up slightly to 5.8 percent in April after months of steady decline. The state's unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in March, which was the lowest level since July 2008.... ... more
Alabama's jobless rate ticked up slightly to 5.8 percent in April after months of steady decline. The state's unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in March, which was the lowest level since July 2008. Alabama's... ... more

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

The Southeastern Conference agenda for its spring meetings leans heavily toward ensuring other leagues don't have any competitive advantages, whether it's satellite camps or rules restricting graduate... ... more
The Southeastern Conference agenda for its spring meetings leans heavily toward ensuring other leagues don't have any competitive advantages, whether it's satellite camps or rules restricting graduate transfers.... ... more

World record American alligator on display at Montgomery Zoo

The world's largest American alligator ever killed in the wild is on display for the first time since it was caught on the Alabama River. ... more
The world's largest American alligator ever killed in the wild is on display for the first time since it was caught on the Alabama River. ... more

Vanderbilt easily beats Alabama 16-1 at SEC tournament

Vanderbilt pounded out 19 hits, including eight doubles, to easily beat Alabama 16-1 on Friday in the Southeastern Conference. ... more
Vanderbilt pounded out 19 hits, including eight doubles, to easily beat Alabama 16-1 on Friday in the Southeastern Conference. ... more

Alabama unemployment rate increases slightly in April

Alabama's jobless rate ticked up slightly to 5.8 percent in April after months of steady decline. ... more
Alabama's jobless rate ticked up slightly to 5.8 percent in April after months of steady decline. ... more

Ohio patrolman acquitted in 2 deaths amid 137-shot barrage

A Cleveland patrolman who fired down through the windshield of a suspect's car at the end of a 137-shot barrage that left the two unarmed black occupants dead was acquitted Saturday of criminal charges... ... more
A Cleveland patrolman who fired down through the windshield of a suspect's car at the end of a 137-shot barrage that left the two unarmed black occupants dead was acquitted Saturday of criminal charges by a judge who... ... more

California farmers agree to drastically cut water use

California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent... ... more
California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the... ... more

Woman found pushing dead 3-year-old son in swing

A woman was found pushing her dead 3-year-old son in a park swing Friday, and authorities say she may have been there for hours, or even since the day before. ... more
A woman was found pushing her dead 3-year-old son in a park swing Friday, and authorities say she may have been there for hours, or even since the day before. ... more

NY judge: Release testimony by Rosenberg brother in spy case

A judge has ordered the unsealing of key grand jury testimony from 1950 that may give new fuel to suspicions that Ethel Rosenberg was unjustly convicted of espionage and put to death for conspiring to... ... more
A judge has ordered the unsealing of key grand jury testimony from 1950 that may give new fuel to suspicions that Ethel Rosenberg was unjustly convicted of espionage and put to death for conspiring to give nuclear secrets... ... more

DC authorities: Ex-con had help in wealthy family's slaying

An ex-convict likely had help from others holding a family captive inside their mansion for at least 18 hours, authorities said. ... more
An ex-convict likely had help from others holding a family captive inside their mansion for at least 18 hours, authorities said. ... more

Police: Man sought in death of woman kept in box likely near

A man suspected of killing a former girlfriend and her teenage son, weeks after he was charged with restricting her to a crate in their western Missouri home, is likely still near his hometown, authorities... ... more
A man suspected of killing a former girlfriend and her teenage son, weeks after he was charged with restricting her to a crate in their western Missouri home, is likely still near his hometown, authorities said Friday. ... more

Veterans frustrated by presidential debate on Iraq war

By REBECCA SANTANA Associated Press Veterans of the Iraq War are watching in frustration as Republican presidential contenders distance themselves from the decision their party enthusiastically... ... more
By REBECCA SANTANA Associated Press Veterans of the Iraq War are watching in frustration as Republican presidential contenders distance themselves from the decision their party enthusiastically supported... ... more