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Rev. Al Sharpton opens new National Action Network headquarters in Birmingham Video included

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It was a big day in Birmingham as the city welcomed the Reverend Al Sharpton for a few events. City leaders joined Reverend Sharpton to cut the ribbonWednesday morning at the National Action Network Freedom headquarters.The center will serve as the central training hub for summer volunteers who are sent to communities across the country to assist in efforts such as voter registration.Wrapping up his day, dozens joined Reverend Sharpton at 16th Street Baptist Church for a community rally .The ... More>>

Tuscaloosa City Schools launching campaign to combat absenteeism

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The Tuscaloosa City School system islaunching a campaign to combat absenteeism.Last year the school system says students in their system missed on average eight days a year. The total number of absences was about 80,000 in the 2013-2014 school year.TCS has developed a “Have Everyone Ready to Educate” campaign to encourage parents and students not to miss school.According to the system chronic absence, at any age, is on the strongest early warning indicators of academic risk. If it is left un ... More>>

National Center for Sports Safety helps audit Fultondale Park and Recreation Football to prevent injuries Video included

The National Center for Sports Safety conducts a safety audit at the Fultondale Park and Recreation Football. They aim to identify risk factors that could help prevent injuries. The National Center for Sports Safety conducts a safety audit at the Fultondale Park and Recreation Football. They aim to identify risk factors that could help prevent injuries.
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According to Safekids Wordwide, 1.35 million children are taken to emergency rooms for sports-related injuries every year. The National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS) is trying to cut down on that number. More>>

Hoover police arrest suspect in Bluff Park car burglaries, break-ins

Taylor Neilson Brown, 19, is charged with burglary and unlawful breaking and entering a motor vehicle in connection with car break-ins in the Bluff Park area. Taylor Neilson Brown, 19, is charged with burglary and unlawful breaking and entering a motor vehicle in connection with car break-ins in the Bluff Park area.
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A Birmingham man is facing charges after being tied to multiple car break-ins and burglaries around the Bluff Park area. More>>

College student still recovering 3 months after brown recluse spider bite Video included

Jessica Blessing was hospitalized for five days after being bitten by a brown recluse spider. Jessica Blessing was hospitalized for five days after being bitten by a brown recluse spider.
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A 19-year-old college student is continuing to recover after she was bitten by a brown recluse nearly three months ago. More>>

Suspect captured in Forrester Gardens shooting that injured 4-year-old, 26-year-old

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A suspect in the Forrester Gardens apartment shooting has been captured. According to the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit, 19-year-old Germerio Martez Bobo was taken into custody at a residence in the 2100 block of 10th Street in Northport. More>>

Former Chilton County school employees arrested on 87 charges involving sexual contact with minors

David and Rebecca Hubbard are facing a total of 87 charges related to having sex with minors. David and Rebecca Hubbard are facing a total of 87 charges related to having sex with minors.
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Two former Chilton County educators are facing a total of 87 charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies relating to their alleged victimization of four minors. More>>

Second suspect arrested in death of man trying to stop burglary; third suspect still at large

Aronde Samuels, 20, of Birmingham, was charged with capital murder in the death of 53-year-old Arthur Mills. Aronde Samuels, 20, of Birmingham, was charged with capital murder in the death of 53-year-old Arthur Mills.
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A second suspect has been arrested in the murder of a man killed while trying to prevent a burglary in Birmingham last month. More>>

Reward offered in McCalla's Bellview Baptist Church arson

Composite sketch of suspect in Bellview Baptist Church Arson in McCalla. Composite sketch of suspect in Bellview Baptist Church Arson in McCalla.
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A $5,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who allegedly set a McCalla church on fire July 26. More>>

Gas prices continue to drop in Alabama, despite rise in crude oil prices

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Gas prices are dropping across Alabama, and the state’s biggest metro area leads the way with the highest average price.According to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, today’s average for regular unleaded is $3.26 a gallon across Alabama.The highest average price is in metro Birmingham, at $3.31 a gallon for regular unleaded.AAA reports that’s down 4 cents from a week ago, and 14 cents lower than this time last month.Today’s lowest average price for regular unleaded in Alabama is in Montgomery,... More>>

Birmingham community rallies for Israel Video included

Birmingham-area residents gather to show support for Israel amid ongoing conflict. Birmingham-area residents gather to show support for Israel amid ongoing conflict.
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As the conflict wages in the Middle East, people in Birmingham came together to show their support for Israel. More>>

SPIRIT OF ALABAMA: Jim Lawrence Video included

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A 24-year-old army lieutenant from Troy, Alabama didn't know much about Vietnam, but he got his orders, obeyed them and shipped out. He came very close to being killed in action. Instead he lived to tell his story of Landing Zone Albany in the Idrang Valley. More>>

13 INVESTIGATES: A New Definition for Rape Video included

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The FBI is making a change to its Uniform Crime Report. Because of that change, rape in our state is up more than fifty percent. But the main reason may surprise you. The FBI is changing the definition of rape to include men and boys. More>>

Reach Out and Read program spreads the joy of reading to young patients

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It was a way to share the joy of reading to children while they waited to visit with their doctors.Children, parents, staff and volunteers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Pediatric Primary Care Clinic at Children’s of Alabama distributed books to little ones Tuesday, according to a news release.It was part of the Reach Out and Read program.During the day, staff members were reading Nicky Goes to the Doctor by Richard Scarry to the children, as they waited for their visit with their... More>>

Birmingham city leaders revise transportation code allowing ride sharing services in Magic City Video included

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It's a popular service in major cites that's trying to make a move into Birmingham. Web-based service Uber wants to operate here but first city leaders had to revise Birmingham's transportation codes. Tuesday morning, the Birmingham City Council updated its transportation rule to allow ride sharing apps, like Uber, to make rounds in the Magic City."Initially, the current city codes would categorize Uber as a transportation company and we would fall under that regulatory banner as a taxi comp... More>>

Suspect accused of shooting 4-year-old Tuscaloosa girl on the run, considered armed and dangerous

Germerio Bobo, 19, is wanted after a 4-year-old girl and a 26-year-old man were shot on James Harrison Parkway in Tuscaloosa. Germerio Bobo, 19, is wanted after a 4-year-old girl and a 26-year-old man were shot on James Harrison Parkway in Tuscaloosa.
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The search is on for what police officers describe as a dangerous, armed man in Tuscaloosa. More>>

Gunfire erupts at Center Point apartment complex Tuesday

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office confirms the shots were fired inside an apartment complex on Polly Reed Court about 1:00 p.m. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office confirms the shots were fired inside an apartment complex on Polly Reed Court about 1:00 p.m.
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Several rounds ofbullets were fired at an apartment complex near Center Point Tuesday.The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office confirms the shots were fired inside an apartment complex on Polly Reed Court about 1:00 p.m.A man went into an apartment at that location and hit another person on the head with a handgun.The JCSO believes the aunt of the assault victim then fired several shots at the suspect.The suspect ran away, and it appeared he did not suffer any gunshot wounds.Officials believe ev... More>>

Birmingham City Council approves $250K to recruit the DNC, $5 million if chosen

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The Birmingham City Council is bankrolling its efforts to bring the 2016 Democratic National Convention to the Magic City. More>>

Man arrested after breaking into home with children present

William Robert Thomas, 50, of Birmingham was charged with burlgary and theft of property after he was caught burglarizing a Pinson home with children present. William Robert Thomas, 50, of Birmingham was charged with burlgary and theft of property after he was caught burglarizing a Pinson home with children present.
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A Birmingham man is facing charges after allegedly burglarizing a Pinson home with children present. More>>

PHOTOS: Helena High School band warms up for its inaugural year

Helena High School Band members practice for their inaugural year of performances Helena High School Band members practice for their inaugural year of performances
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The sounds of a new school year are in the air in Shelby County and many places in Alabama.The brand-new Helena High School is holding its Band Camp.The camp started July 28, 2014, and runs August 1, 2014.Final steps are being taken to welcome students for the first time at the new school this August 7, 2014.The school is located on Hillsboro Parkway, and is 225,000 square feet, with a gymnasium, band and choral room, football stadium and track.The HHS Band performs at the school’s first foot... More>>

Attorney for doctors sued in penis amputation lawsuit seeks dismissal, calls case 'baseless, irresponsible'

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Court documents filed today call into question allegations surrounding the amputation of a Birmingham man’s penis last month. More>>

Donation given to help men become dads in children's lives

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A donation was made Monday to benefit an organization dedicated to preventing domestic violence.According to a news release, Verizon Wireless presented a $2,000 donation as part of the “Lieutenant James Jackson Domestic Violence Advocacy Award in Birmingham.The annual award is given to a non-profit organization which raises awareness and promotes prevention of domestic violence.This year’s recipient of the grant is the Family Guidance Center – The Center for Families’ Parenting Matters progra... More>>

Jefferson County woman dies after being set on fire by ex; capital murder charges expected

Michael Kennedy, 48, of Mulga, is facing attempted murder charges in the death of his ex-girlfriend. He's accused of throwing gasoline on her and then lighting her on fire. Capital murder charges are expected. Michael Kennedy, 48, of Mulga, is facing attempted murder charges in the death of his ex-girlfriend. He's accused of throwing gasoline on her and then lighting her on fire. Capital murder charges are expected.
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A man in custody for attempted murder of his girlfriend may soon be facing capital murder charges in the case. More>>

Adult and juvenile injured in shooting at Tuscaloosa apartment complex

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Police are investigating a shooting in which a juvenile and an adult were injured. More>>

Ozark man suspected of sexually abusing woman, child captured

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The man wanted for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 30-year-old south Alabama woman and an 8-year-old child has been arrested.  More>>

BURGER BYTES: SEC official conditioning test Video included

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Southeastern Conference football officials met in Birmingham over the weekend for their annual three-day officiating clinic. In addition to going over rules, and watching film, part of the clinic is a mandatory pass-fail conditioning test.
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Alabama PSC commissioners to testify against EPA restrictions on coal-powered electricity Video included

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President Obama's new proposal to fight carbon emissions and climate change is meeting heavy resistance here in Alabama. More>>

2014 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant winner crowned in Hoover Monday

Ms. Edna Farrell of Opelika Ms. Edna Farrell of Opelika
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The newest Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant has been crowned.The reveal happened during the Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover Monday.After 58 contestants were narrowed down to 10 during an event in Montgomery, finalists from all parts of Alabama competed for the crown.Here are the results:Winner: 2014 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home: Edna Farrell, Arbor Springs Health Rehab, Opelika, Age 891st Runner-Up: JoAnn Okechukwu, Highlands at... More>>

2001 double-murder cold case comes to an end Monday with plea deal in Bessemer

Cameron Rayford has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a 2001 Bessemer double-murer case. Cameron Rayford has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a 2001 Bessemer double-murer case.
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A plea deal was reached Monday to close a nearly 13-year-old murder case in western Jefferson County. More>>

Man accused of setting ex-girlfriend on fire caught in Midfield Video included

Michael Kennedy is being held at the Jefferson County Jail after allegedly dousing his ex-girlfriend with gasoline and setting her on fire. Michael Kennedy is being held at the Jefferson County Jail after allegedly dousing his ex-girlfriend with gasoline and setting her on fire.
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A man accused of dousing his ex-girlfriend with gasoline and setting her on fire has been apprehended. More>>

Anniston father,son facing charges after dispute leaves 2 with gunshot wounds

Jason Frazier, 38, and his father, Claud Frazier, 65, are facing charges after a dispute left the younger Frazier and one other man with gunshot wounds. Jason Frazier, 38, and his father, Claud Frazier, 65, are facing charges after a dispute left the younger Frazier and one other man with gunshot wounds.
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An Anniston father and son are in custody after a dispute left two men with gunshot wounds. More>>

Cut riser leads to natural gas leak in Birmingham Monday

A cut riser led to a natural gas leak in Birmingham Monday A cut riser led to a natural gas leak in Birmingham Monday
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A natural gas leak in Birmingham was quickly controlled Monday.An ALAGASCO spokesperson says they received a report that a pipe was leaking near Pearson County SW about 9:00 a.m.An employee from ALAGASCO found a cut riser in the area, and that’s what was causing the natural gas leak.A riser is described as something that connects the main distribution line to the gas meter.ALAGASCO is not sure what caused the riser to be cut.No injuries were reported, and crews had the leak repaired by 12:45 ... More>>

Telephone bank phishing scheme hitting Talladega County

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A well-known phone phishing scheme is seemingly targeting the Talladega area for the first time. More>>

Sandra Little Brown says challenge to Jefferson County Commission District 2 run-off results "meritless"

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Jefferson County Commissioner Sandra Little Brown is calling a challenge to election results in the Jefferson County Commission District 2 race"meritless." More>>

VIDEO: MMA-fighting convenience store clerk takes down alleged robbers Video included

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A Houston, Texas convenience store clerk turned the tables on a pair of accused robbers on July 10, and the entire incident was caught on camera. More>>

Blount County family headed home after being stranded in China

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A Blount County family who was stuck in China due to a computer glitch at the U.S. State Department is on the way home to the United States. More>>

Employee's body found inside missing Dreamcakes Bakery truck in Birmingham

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A man’s body was found inside a missing truck belonging to the Dreamcakes Bakery. More>>

Labor relations board rules in favor of Mercedes employees

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After a hearing on July 24th Judge Keltner Locke ruled that Mercedes employees are allowed to solicit and distribute union material at work. More>>

Search underway for man who doused ex-girlfriend with gasoline and lit her on fire Video included

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The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who doused his former girlfriend with gasoline, then lit her on fire. According to the Sheriff’s Office, about 2:30 Sunday morning, deputies responded to a house fire on Nellie Anderson Street in Edgewater. When they arrived, they found a woman suffering from severe burns all over her body. She was taken to a hospital where she is listed in serious condition... More>>

Sunday morning headlines with Alabama's 13 Ashley Roberts Video included

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Ashley Roberts has your morning news for 7.27.14. Click on the link for your complete headlines. More>>

Three people shot while standing in street

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One person died. Two others were injured. Police are now looking for a suspect. More>>

Back-to-school giveaway to help less fortunate students Video included

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Local church, Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, is answering the call to help with a back-to-school giveaway. More>>

Training your dog the right way to ensure obedience Video included

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Dog training tools fall into the "good stick/bad stick" realm. More>>

Sheriff: 300 homes burned in Washington wildfire

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A sheriff in Washington state says a massive wildfire has burned 300 homes, double the number previously estimated. More>>

Police hunt for 2 who carjacked SUV, killed 3 kids

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Police are searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit at a Philadelphia street corner, killing three kids and seriously injuring two women.Police say the victims were 7- and 10-year-old brothers and their 15-year-old sister. More>>

Get ready for City Fest tops Saturday morning news Video included

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Alabama's 13 Ashley Roberts has your morning news for 7.26.14. More>>

Big plans underway to revitalize Woodlawn through Park at Wood Station development Video included

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One neighborhood in the Magic City hasn't seen a lot of magic over the years when it comes adding new homes. Now, lifestyles are about to change in Woodlawn. This afternoon, Mayor William Bell and members of the Woodlawn Foundation broke ground for the new Park at Wood Station. The multi-million dollar development will be built in different phases. The first phase of the project will include a 64-unit townhome complex. A community center is also included in phase one.The heavy machines are in... More>>

Wachovia Bank shooter competency hearing focuses on newfound nurses' notes

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The fourth day of the William Merriweather's competency hearing focused on newfound nurse notes from a federal medical prison. More>>

Victims believe fatal Wachovia bank robbery suspect is competent

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Victims of a fatal Bessemer bank robbery believe this week's competency hearing prove the suspect should stand trial.

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Attorney: Penis amputation incident was second attempt at circumcision after infection found in leg Video included

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The attorney for a man whose penis was amputated during a recent scheduled circumcision at Princeton Baptist Hospital in Birmingham revealed more information today about the circumstances that led up to the incident. More>>

Birmingham Zoo shows off its 'Baby Bunch'; offers $5 weekend admission

The Birmingham Zoo offers $5 admission for the next few weekends The Birmingham Zoo offers $5 admission for the next few weekends
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You have the chance to meet the “Baby Bunch” this weekend at the Birmingham Zoo.The Zoo is hosting its 5$ Fun Days, starting this weekend, July 26-27, 2013, and happening again August 2-3, and August 9-10.Visitors can meet the members of the “Baby Bunch” which include the new rescued American black bear cubs and a baby De Brazza’s monkey.Besides discounted admission, guests can enjoy $1 hot dogs at the Safari and Kudzoo Cafes.The Birmingham Zoo is open 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. More>>

Shelton State Ambassadors team up to clean up Orange Beach

These Shelton State students are in the Ambassador program at Shelton State, and they chose to include community service as a component of their annual spring leadership training. These Shelton State students are in the Ambassador program at Shelton State, and they chose to include community service as a component of their annual spring leadership training.
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Some students at Shelton State Community College were recognized for their community service.These students are in the Ambassador program at Shelton State, and they chose to include community service as a component of their annual spring leadership training.The Ambassadors developed ideas for fundraising and discussed opportunities for service.The group worked along with the Orange Beach Chamber of Commerce, to take part in a team project of beach repair and clean up.Ambassadors participating... More>>

Explosives training responsible for mysterious Calhoun County explosion Wednesday

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Authorities say a loud blast that frightened some Calhoun County residents was the result of explosives training. More>>

IBM reveals grant findings to make Birmingham "smarter" city

IBM's Smarter Cities team presents their findings at the UAB Alumni House. IBM's Smarter Cities team presents their findings at the UAB Alumni House.
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For the past three weeks, IBM’s top talent has researched and addressed critical issues impacting the city. More>>

Witness: Pedestrian struck on Birmingham's south side Friday

A pedestrian was reportedly hit by a car on Birmingham's 6th Avenue South Friday A pedestrian was reportedly hit by a car on Birmingham's 6th Avenue South Friday
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One person was taken to a hospital, following a wreck on Birmingham’s south side Friday.It happened just before 1:00 p.m. on 6th Avenue South and 23rd Street South.A witness says a car struck a pedestrian.Medics with the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service were seen taken the injured person away to a hospital.It’s unclear why the collision happened, and the victim’s condition is unknown. More>>

Birmingham church giving away school clothes to help those less fortunate

Volunteers collect clothing for a Back to School clothing drive Volunteers collect clothing for a Back to School clothing drive
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A Birmingham congregation is giving away clothes to help those less fortunate get ready for school. More>>

Babysitter leaves 3 children in tub, goes to Walmart

Krystallyn Hussey, 19, was arrested after allegedly leaving 3 children in a bathtub alone while she went to Walmart. Krystallyn Hussey, 19, was arrested after allegedly leaving 3 children in a bathtub alone while she went to Walmart.
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A Coffee County woman is facing charges after allegedly leaving three children in a tub alone while she went to Walmart. NBC Affiliate WSFA reports that the mother was called home after her 6-year-old went to a neighbor's home after being left alone. Authorities say the sitter, 19-year-old Krystallyn Hussey, left snacks for the children and told them to stay in the tub until she returned. The motheralso discovered jewelry and other items missing from their home. Hussey was located and arreste... More>>

Local families stranded in China because of computer glitch at U.S. State Department Video included

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At least three local families are stranded in China because of a computer glitch at the U.S. State Department. This week, the State Department's global database that's used to issue passports and visas, crashed. This glitch is expected to cause delays for millions of people around the world. Families involved in overseas adoptions are seeing major delays. Lifeline, an adoption agency based in Birmingham, says they fam... More>>

Lawyers: Allegations in penis amputation case are untrue

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Two doctors are denying claims by an Alabama man who says his penis was amputated during what was supposed to be a routine circumcision. More>>

Georgia child killed in Interstate 20/59 wreck near Tuscaloosa Thursday

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A child from Georgia died in a single-vehicle crash, which happened just south of Tuscaloosa.The Alabama State Troopers report the wreck happened about 2:30 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 20/59 northbound, near mile marker 65.That’s 11 miles south of Tuscaloosa.A total of 9 people were inside a Dodge Ram pickup truck, which left the roadway and overturned.The child is identified as Anthony Jones, 8, of Fairburn, Georgia.Jones was a passenger inside the cab of the truck, and was not using a seat ... More>>

Birmingham Police say they are investigating a shooting at Club Onyx

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Police are investigating a shooting that happened Thursday night at Club Onyx. More>>

Birmingham Sister Cities Welcomes First Time Japanese High School Student Exchange Visitors

Students from Hitachi North High School in Hitachi, Japan Students from Hitachi North High School in Hitachi, Japan
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For the past two weeks, thirteen high school students from Hitachi, Japan have toured, engaged and explored the best of Birmingham and areas of Alabama as part of the 2014 Birmingham Sister City Commission Japanese High School Student exchange program. The high school students are 10th and 11th grade students from Hitachi North High School in Hitachi, Japan. Hitachi is a sister city to Birmingham and is the city’s first and longest sister city relationship established in April 1982. This yea... More>>

Ribbon cutting for new Birmingham fire station

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A brand new fire station is now serving many who live in Southwest Birmingham. More>>

Birmingham Businessman Mark Jackson named as Alabama Honorary Consul General of Japan

Kazuo Sunaga, Counsel General of Japan-Atlanta, Mark Jackson, Alabama's new Honorary Consul General of Japan, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley Kazuo Sunaga, Counsel General of Japan-Atlanta, Mark Jackson, Alabama's new Honorary Consul General of Japan, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
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Strengthening relations between the state of Alabama and the Japan, Birmingham resident Mark Jackson has been appointed as the Honorary Consul General of Japan for Alabama. The appointment was made official by the Japanese Consulate in Montgomery earlier this week and announced at Birmingham Rotary on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Jackson is the CEO and Chairman of Moreson Conferencing. Jackson will assume the role from Elmer Harris, a former executive with Alabama Power Company, who has serve... More>>

Birmingham man's penis amputated during circumcision, according to Jefferson County lawsuit Video included

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The man says he was not warned that a circumcision procedure could lead to a penis amputation.
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Former Montgomery corrections employee arrested for allegedly having sex with Auburn mass shooting suspect

Shemarra and Curtis Montgomery. Shemarra was charged with custodial sexual misconduct after having sex with a Montgomery County Detention Facility inmate. Curtis was charged with hindering prosecution after lying and assisting in hiding Shemarra. Shemarra and Curtis Montgomery. Shemarra was charged with custodial sexual misconduct after having sex with a Montgomery County Detention Facility inmate. Curtis was charged with hindering prosecution after lying and assisting in hiding Shemarra.
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A Montgomery corrections employee and her husband are facing charges after the woman allegedly had sex with an inmate at the Montgomery County Detention Facility. More>>

Holt's Eagle Bluff Landfill approved to increase capacity

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In a 3 to 2 vote the Tuscaloosa County Commission voted to increase Eagle’s Bluff construction and debris landfill’s daily intake by 2,000 yards. More>>

Federal government may house immigrant children in Montgomery's Maxwell Air Force Base

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Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery could house immigrant children. More>>

Schaeffer Eye Center CityFest: What To Know Before You Go

Schaeffer Eye Center's CityFest will bring The Roots to Railroad Park on July 26. Schaeffer Eye Center's CityFest will bring The Roots to Railroad Park on July 26.
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Schaeffer Eye Center is revamping their annual Crawfish Boil with this year's CityFest. More>>

Man arrested for shooting 16 year-old brother in Tuscaloosa County

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The 21 year-old man originally led authorities to believe the gun went off. Investigators later determined the brother fired the weapon.
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UAB names first director of Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts

UAB named a new director for the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts UAB named a new director for the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts
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A new leader has been named to one of Birmingham’s art facilities.The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s College of Arts and Sciences announced Lisa Tamiris Becker will be the first director of the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.“I am delighted and honored to join UAB as the founding director of the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts,” Becker said. “I look forward to engaging the UAB campus and the broader Birmingham and Alabama community with dynamic exhibitions and pr... More>>

Top 5: FAA Israel ban lifted, hot car deaths and chatting with the astronauts top your Thursday morning headlines Video included

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Here’s a quick look at your top five headlines for Thursday including the ban lifted on U.S. flights to Israel, the Taiwan plane crash that killed 48 people and the latest hot vehicle deaths in the country.
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13 INVESTIGATES: Dangers of distracted driving Video included

Morgan Sanders recovers from distraced driving wreck Morgan Sanders recovers from distraced driving wreck
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Innocent people are dying because some drivers choose to take their eyes off the road to use their electronic devices.

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Spirit of Alabama: the Amelia Center

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The Amelia Center is a remarkable place where healing begins for families who have lost a baby or child. We just can’t imagine how you’d deal with such a loss, but they do great work here. We hope this story captures the dedication of the people who work here. The Amelia Center is tonight's Spirit of Alabama report. More>>

BURGER BYTES: Wakeboard Cable System Video included

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There's a new twist on recreational water activities at oak mountain state park. "We've had them as young as six and as old as 60's," Flip Side Water Sports owner Jeremy Talbot said.Flip Side Water Sports has installed a wakeboard cable system. Talbot said this is a pilot program for the state of Alabama. "It's something that's never been done before," Talbot said. "Part of our goal with the state, is to prove something that we already know, is that there is a demand for cable water sports in... More>>

BURGER BYTES: SEC Media Day Fans Video included

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Every year SEC football fans flock to the lobby of the Hyatt Regency waiting to catch a glimpse and maybe even a autograph from their favorite players and coaches. More>>

Mom of child killed in hot car seen in Alabama; groomsman reacts to allegations against father Video included

Ben McRea served as a groomsman for Justin Ross Harris, who is facing murder charges for the death of his 22-month-old son. McRea remembers Harris as a loving person and the life of a party.  Ben McRea served as a groomsman for Justin Ross Harris, who is facing murder charges for the death of his 22-month-old son. McRea remembers Harris as a loving person and the life of a party.
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As the mother of the 22-month-old child who died in a hot car in Atlanta last week returns to Alabama, a groomsman of the child's father reacts to the allegations being made against his friend. More>>

Suspect in hot car death fired from his job at Home Depot

Justin Ross Harris appears in court July 3, 2014 for a probable cause hearing. Justin Ross Harris appears in court July 3, 2014 for a probable cause hearing.
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The father charged in the Atlanta hot car death of his son has been terminated from his job. More>>

Friend of Justin Ross Harris speaks out

Chris Wilkerson knew Justin Ross Harris for four years when the Harris' lived in Moundville. Chris Wilkerson knew Justin Ross Harris for four years when the Harris' lived in Moundville.
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We're learning more about Justin Ross Harris who is accused of killing his toddler after leaving him in a hot car in Atlanta.The father's friend talked with news crews about her four year friendship with Harris.Harris is facing murder and child cruelty charges for allegedly leaving his son in his car on June 18 for about seven hours after forgetting to drop him off at day care.Justin Ross Harris and his wife Leanna use to live in a quiet neighborhood in Moundville, just outside of Tuscaloosa.... More>>

“What’s Working?”: Etowah Co. pushes outdoor sporting event and community unity to attract tourists

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If you are looking for a challenge that will test your physical grit, stamina and drive, the Gadsden’s Barbarian Challenge in Etowah County is an event you don’t want to miss. Gadsden, the county seat is roughly an hour northwest of the state’s most populous area , the Birmingham metropolis, and is nestled in a geographically different landscape teeming with flowing creeks, calm lakes and the second tallest waterfall in the state. In recent years, officials with the local Chamber of Commerce ... More>>

Spirit of Alabama: The Lyric Theater

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The Lyric Theatre in downtown Birmingham was built in 1913 and was a regular stop on the Vaudeville circuit. The Lyric was built for stage shows and the intimate theatre seats 750 people. 8 million dollars has been raised to restore the Lyric and that work should be completed by August of next year. In this Spirit of Alabama see how people are working together to make the new Lyric a reality. More>>

13 Investigates: Whose road is it?

Fultondale versus Jefferson County. Whose responsible for the maintenance of Carson Road? Jeff Eliasoph searches for answers. Fultondale versus Jefferson County. Whose responsible for the maintenance of Carson Road? Jeff Eliasoph searches for answers.
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What do you say we go for a little spin? We'll travel a busy Jefferson County thoroughfare where the ride is bumpy and the scenery isn't so pretty. Carson Road in Fultondale needs fixing, but the city and county are at odds over which one is responsible. So, who are you gonna call? Jeff Eliasoph is asking the questions as "13 Investigates: Whose road is it?" More>>

Top 5: “Missing” 5 year-old found, Ryan Sims verdict and Shelby County School security top your Tuesday morning headlines

Jaderian Holloway was reported missing by his mother. Police later learned he was with a family member. Jaderian Holloway was reported missing by his mother. Police later learned he was with a family member.
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Here’s a quick look at your top five headlines for Tuesday including potential criminal charges against a mother who reported her 5 year-old missing because a family member said she was too intoxicated and took the child from her care. We'll also take a look at the verdict of Ryan Sims, the man accused of holding some Chelsea Middle School students hostage at gunpoint.
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One person dead following early morning shooting in Center Point

Officials remain on the scene of a homicide in the Center Point area. Officials remain on the scene of a homicide in the Center Point area.
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Officials remain on the scene of a homicide in the Center Point area. One man is dead and another injured.
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13 INVESTIGATES: Undermining your property

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Underground mining in one Jefferson County neighborhood is causing several houses there to sink. More>>

Funeral planned in Tuscaloosa for 22-month old who was left in a hot vehicle in Georgia, father being held without bond

Justin Harris is charged with murder after leaving his 22-month old in a hot vehicle in Georgia. Justin Harris is charged with murder after leaving his 22-month old in a hot vehicle in Georgia.
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A funeral service will be held Saturday for a 22 month old who died after being left in a hot vehicle for several hours last week in Georgia. The incident happened in Cobb County, Georgia on June 18. More>>

13 INVESTIGATES: Donation Bin Battle

Local charities pay the price when thieves steal donations. Plus, for-profit businesses are putting out their own bins confusing donors who often think they're giving to charity. Local charities pay the price when thieves steal donations. Plus, for-profit businesses are putting out their own bins confusing donors who often think they're giving to charity.
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Local charities pay the price when thieves steal donations. Plus, for-profit businesses are putting out their own bins confusing donors who often think they're giving to charity.

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Spirit of Alabama: Eldridge Knighton Video included

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Tonight, a story of survival. A working man robbed, shot, left for dead. His survival is like a miracle, his story of forgiveness is more than I could have imagined. His name is Eldridge Knighton. he was a cab driver just doing his job. Little did he know that his last customer had robbery and murder on his mind. Here is tonight's Spirit of Alabama report. More>>

Spirit of Alabama: Ben Tomlinson's new home Video included

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Ben Tomlinson was wounded by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan. Through organizations like the Tunnel Of Towers and the Gary Sinise Foundation Ben will have a new home which will allow him start a new life of independence. He can now put Afghanistan and combat in his rear view mirror. Home town hero Ben Tomlinson is tonight's Spirit of Alabama report. More>>

Burger Byte with Cheese: full Scott Moore's coaching impressions Video included

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Click on the video player above to see Kyle Burger's full interview with coaching and celebrity impressionist Scott Moore. More>>

Spirit of Alabama: Claudia Reach, St. Martin's in the Pines Video included

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In this Spirit of Alabama report, Mike Royer introduces you to Claudio Reach, the Activities Director at St. Martin’s. More>>

13 INVESTIGATES: VA Care Complaints

Two local veterans talk about their complaints concerning their treatment at the Birmingham VA hospital Two local veterans talk about their complaints concerning their treatment at the Birmingham VA hospital
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Amid the national Veterans Administration scandal - two of Alabama's VA medical facilities were found to have some of the longest wait times in the country for new patients. They are in Montgomery and Tuskegee.

Although Birmingham's VA Hospital is not on that list, a couple of local veterans do have complaints about medical care.

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13 INVESTIGATES: Fields of dreams delay

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Due to a bankrupt contractor and other factors, Birmingham is still working to complete Cooper Green Park renovations more than three years after construction began. More>>

World War II veteran recalls his experience at Omaha Beach on D-Day

Former Tuscaloosa mayor Al DuPont recalls serving as a medic in World War II when the US stormed Omaha Beach in Normandy. Former Tuscaloosa mayor Al DuPont recalls serving as a medic in World War II when the US stormed Omaha Beach in Normandy.
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Seventy years after the allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy and turned the tide of World War II, former Tuscaloosa mayor Al DuPont still has vivid memories of serving as an army medic on Omaha beach. More>>

13 INVESTIGATES: Postponed precinct progress

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 There has been no progress at the construction site of Birmingham's new West Police Precinct since we exposed the project's delay seven months ago. More>>

13 INVESTIGATES: Oneonta's wet-dry vote Video included

In Oneonta and across Blount County, residents have been battling for years over whether or not to allow their communities to "go wet" or allow alcohol sales, or if they should remain "dry." In Oneonta and across Blount County, residents have been battling for years over whether or not to allow their communities to "go wet" or allow alcohol sales, or if they should remain "dry."
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For Oneonta, the "wet versus dry" debate isn't just about alcohol sales -- principles of "doing the right thing" and bringing money to the area also come into play. More>>

13 INVESTIGATES: Overseas Adoption Dangers

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An investigation is under way into a locally-based domestic and international adoption agency called Lifeline Children's Services. There is a concern about Lifeline not investigating children's backgrounds for international adoption. More>>

Spirit of Alabama: The Lovelady Center Video included

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The Lovelady Center for ten years has been a home, a shelter, a place of recovery for hurting women. They help as many women as they can, and some folks are trying to make things a little better for them. It's tonight's Spirit of Alabama report. More>>

Spirit of Alabama: Special Mcadory student graduation Video included

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Mike Royer shares the story of appreciating life, family and friendship in this week's Spirit of Alabama report.
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13 INVESTIGATES: Flying through storms Video included

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On April 28, more than a dozen tornadoes touched down in Alabama. Some of the storms wreaked havoc on flights at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. But,a few planes landed and took off while twisters were only miles away. More>>

13 INVESTIGATES: Mega church money

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 When we asked ten of the largest churches in Central Alabama to provide us with a copy of their latest financial statement, seven opened their books to us. More>>

13 INVESTIGATES: The Coaching Culture Video included

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In Talladega, a 16-year-old sophomore honors student and high school  basketball player, is warming the bench at home.  He's been there since mid-January, suspended from school after an altercation with his basketball coach. His family is concerned the young man isn't being treated fairly. Was the incident just a part of the coaching culture, building character or something more? More>>

Birmingham Water Works Board says discolored water is safe

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The company says it is currently flushing the system and expects the water to turn back to normal, though no timeline has been given.
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During these periods of extreme cold, there's a lot more affected than just the amount of clothes someone wears to go outside. More>>

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    Rev. Al Sharpton opens new National Action Network headquarters in Birmingham

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:50 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:50:23 GMT
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    It was a big day in Birmingham as the city welcomed the Reverend Al Sharpton for a few events. City leaders joined Reverend Sharpton to cut the ribbonWednesday morning at the National Action Network Freedom headquarters.The center will serve as the central training hub for summer volunteers who are sent to communities across the country to assist in efforts such as voter registration.Wrapping up his day, dozens joined Reverend Sharpton at 16th Street Baptist Church for a community rally .The ...
  • Tuscaloosa City Schools launching campaign to combat absenteeism

    Tuscaloosa City Schools launching campaign to combat absenteeism

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:03:36 GMT
    The Tuscaloosa City School system islaunching a campaign to combat absenteeism.Last year the school system says students in their system missed on average eight days a year. The total number of absences was about 80,000 in the 2013-2014 school year.TCS has developed a “Have Everyone Ready to Educate” campaign to encourage parents and students not to miss school.According to the system chronic absence, at any age, is on the strongest early warning indicators of academic risk. If it is left un ...
    The Tuscaloosa City School system islaunching a campaign to combat absenteeism.Last year the school system says students in their system missed on average eight days a year. The total number of absences was about 80,000 in the 2013-2014 school year.TCS has developed a “Have Everyone Ready to Educate” campaign to encourage parents and students not to miss school.According to the system chronic absence, at any age, is on the strongest early warning indicators of academic risk. If it is left un ...
  • National Center for Sports Safety helps audit Fultondale Park and Recreation Football to prevent injuries

    National Center for Sports Safety helps audit Fultondale Park and Recreation Football to prevent injuries

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:16:51 GMT
    The National Center for Sports Safety conducts a safety audit at the Fultondale Park and Recreation Football. They aim to identify risk factors that could help prevent injuries.The National Center for Sports Safety conducts a safety audit at the Fultondale Park and Recreation Football. They aim to identify risk factors that could help prevent injuries.
    According to Safekids Wordwide, 1.35 million children are taken to emergency rooms for sports-related injuries every year. The National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS) is trying to cut down on that number.
    According to Safekids Wordwide, 1.35 million children are taken to emergency rooms for sports-related injuries every year. The National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS) is trying to cut down on that number.
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  • NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

    NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:52 AM EDT2014-07-31 06:52:16 GMT
    The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing...
    The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn't go...
  • 5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit

    5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:51 AM EDT2014-07-31 06:51:12 GMT
    Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed as part of a company's $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC related to the network's coverage of a meat product derided...
    Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product...
  • Century-old pipe break points to national problem

    Century-old pipe break points to national problem

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:35 AM EDT2014-07-31 06:35:13 GMT
    The quiet summer campus of UCLA found itself suddenly steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some eight million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the...
    The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles, into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many...
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  • 19 swimmers drown off Pakistan beaches

    19 swimmers drown off Pakistan beaches

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:14 AM EDT2014-07-31 07:14:49 GMT
    Rescuers say at least 19 people have drowned off southern Pakistan beaches because of heavy waves and strong currents.
    Rescuers say at least 19 people have drowned off southern Pakistan beaches because of heavy waves and strong currents.
  • Landslide buries Indian village; at least 25 dead

    Landslide buries Indian village; at least 25 dead

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:29 AM EDT2014-07-31 06:29:33 GMT
    Rescue workers and desperate villagers dug through deep mud, rocks and the debris of shattered homes Thursday after a massive landslide buried a remote village in western India, killing at least 24 people and...
    Rescue workers and desperate villagers dug through deep mud, rocks and the debris of shattered homes Thursday after a massive landslide buried a remote village in western India, killing at least 25 people and trapping more...
  • Israel calls up another 16,000 reserves

    Israel calls up another 16,000 reserves

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:12 AM EDT2014-07-31 06:12:22 GMT
    Israel's military says it is calling up another 16,000 reserves.
    Israel's military said Thursday it was calling up another 16,000 reserves, a move that allows it to substantially widen its 23-day campaign against Islamic militants in the Gaza Strip.
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  • 'Faces of Meth' program launched by Sheriff's office

    'Faces of Meth' program launched by Sheriff's office

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:37:35 GMT
    'Faces of Meth' is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
    'Faces of Meth' is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Former Chilton County school employees arrested on 87 charges involving sexual contact with minors

    Former Chilton County school employees arrested on 87 charges involving sexual contact with minors

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:24:32 GMT
    David and Rebecca Hubbard are facing a total of 87 charges related to having sex with minors. David and Rebecca Hubbard are facing a total of 87 charges related to having sex with minors.
    Two former Chilton County educators are facing a total of 87 charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies relating to their alleged victimization of four minors.
    Two former Chilton County educators are facing a total of 87 charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies relating to their alleged victimization of four minors.
  • Rev. Al Sharpton opens new National Action Network headquarters in Birmingham

    Rev. Al Sharpton opens new National Action Network headquarters in Birmingham

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:50 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:50:23 GMT
    It was a big day in Birmingham as the city welcomed the Reverend Al Sharpton for a few events. City leaders joined Reverend Sharpton to cut the ribbonWednesday morning at the National Action Network Freedom headquarters.The center will serve as the central training hub for summer volunteers who are sent to communities across the country to assist in efforts such as voter registration.Wrapping up his day, dozens joined Reverend Sharpton at 16th Street Baptist Church for a community rally .The ...
    It was a big day in Birmingham as the city welcomed the Reverend Al Sharpton for a few events. City leaders joined Reverend Sharpton to cut the ribbonWednesday morning at the National Action Network Freedom headquarters.The center will serve as the central training hub for summer volunteers who are sent to communities across the country to assist in efforts such as voter registration.Wrapping up his day, dozens joined Reverend Sharpton at 16th Street Baptist Church for a community rally .The ...
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