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1 dead after police shooting in west Alabama town

Jul. 19, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

ALICEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A police shooting has left one person dead in the west Alabama town of Aliceville. Police Chief Tommie Jones tells news outlets the shooting happened about noon Friday. He says an officer fired to stop a vehicle near the city's downtown area. Authorities haven't said who was in the...

Police ID man killed in gunbattle with Alabama officers

Jul. 19, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama have identified a man who was killed by police during a gunbattle that left an officer critically wounded. Officials say 35-year-old Roderick Wilson of Pinson was fatally shot after wounding the officer, Cullen Stafford. Stafford was shot multiple times and is...

Shootout leaves officer wounded, man dead in Birmingham

Jul. 18, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police officer was shot as many as seven times by a suspected armed robber who was then killed in a shootout that ended in what authorities described as a running gun battle through downtown, authorities said Thursday. The shooting, which happened Wednesday night, was...

Lawyer sentenced to 5 years for scamming Barkley, others

Jul. 16, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A lawyer convicted of swindling NBA star Charles Barkley and using the name of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to bolster an investment scam was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre also ordered Donald Watkins to pay about $14...

Company wants to mine at edge of protected Okefenokee Swamp

Jul. 16, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A company is seeking permits to mine minerals near the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp, a vast untamed wilderness that's home to the largest national wildlife refuge in the eastern U.S. The proposal comes 20 years after chemical giant DuPont abandoned plans to mine outside the Okefenokee...

Underwater forest hampers search for missing Alabama woman

Jul. 16, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — An underwater forest with trees as tall as 60 feet (18 meters) is hampering the nearly 2-week-old search for the body of a woman who was thrown off a boat in Alabama. Many trees weren't cut down when workers created Smith Lake more than 50 years ago, The Cullman Times reported Tuesday....

The Latest: Ed Orgeron, LSU facing championship expectations

Jul. 15, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on SEC media days (all times local): 5:45 p.m. LSU won 10 games last season and even more is expected this fall. Coach Ed Orgeron said Monday he knows what needs to happen if the Tigers want to make that jump. The 58-year-old said LSU must "get better at the lines of...

Sankey talks link between sports gambling, mental health

Jul. 15, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey considers the mental health of athletes an important issue to be considered when it comes to legalized betting on college sports. Sankey opened the league's media days Monday with plenty to say about sports gambling and continuing efforts...

SEC media days kicks off with Sankey in old Alabama home

Jul. 15, 2019 4:01 AM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference media days begins at the event's longtime home. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey kicks the four-day event off Monday with his annual media address about the state of the league and college football. Media days returns to the Birmingham suburb of Hoover, Alabama after...

ACC adds Boston, San Diego to bowl destinations for 2020-25

Jul. 11, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

The Atlantic Coast Conference has agreements with 13 bowl games from Boston to San Diego for the 2020-25 seasons. The ACC announced its bowl partners for the next postseason cycle Thursday and they included a few new additions. The conference will now send a team to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego and a newly...