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Authorities continue their investigation of a shooting at Riverchase Galleria shopping mall, Friday, July 3, 2020, in Hoover, Ala., that left an 8-year-old boy dead and three other people hospitalized. (Carol Robinson/The Birmingham News via AP)

Man charged in Alabama mall shooting that left boy, 8, dead

Jul. 5, 2020 10:44 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — A man has been arrested on a murder charge in connection with a recent shooting at an Alabama shopping mall that left an 8-year-old boy dead and three other people injured, authorities said Sunday. Hoover police announced the arrest of Montez Coleman, 22, in connection with the shooting...

Authorities continue their investigation of a shooting at Riverchase Galleria shopping mall, Friday, July 3, 2020, in Hoover, Ala., that left an 8-year-old boy dead and three other people hospitalized. (Carol Robinson/The Birmingham News via AP)

8-year-old killed, 3 injured in shooting at Alabama mall

Jul. 3, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy was killed Friday in a shooting at an Alabama shopping mall that left three other people injured, police said. Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis said the child was killed in the afternoon shooting at the Riverchase Galleria. The police chief said a girl and two adults...

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump holds a chart as he talks with reporters after receiving a briefing on Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. A government watchdog says the Commerce Department is trying to block the findings of an investigation into the agency’s role in rebuking forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump’s inaccurate claims about the path of Hurricane Dorian in 2019. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci. File)

Watchdog says govt blocking report on Trump-hurricane flap

Jul. 2, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says the Commerce Department is trying to block the findings of an investigation into the agency’s role in rebuking forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump’s inaccurate claims about the path of Hurricane Dorian last year. The accusation...

Alabama mayor resigns after post on Crimson Tide's BLM video

Jun. 29, 2020 8:28 AM EDT

CARBON HILL, Ala. (AP) — A controversial Alabama mayor has resigned after posting disparaging comments about the University of Alabama football team voicing its support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Carbon Hill Mayor Mark Chambers submitted his resignation letter to the city clerk on Saturday, news...

A Wendy's restaurant, background, burns Saturday, June 13, 2020, in Atlanta after demonstrators set it on fire. Demonstrators were protesting the death of Rayshard Brooks, a black man who was shot and killed by Atlanta police Friday evening following a struggle in the Wendy's drive-thru line. (Ben GrayAtlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Alabama officer fired over post of protester in rifle scope

Jun. 27, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police chief says one of his officers has been fired after posting a photo on social media that depicted a protester in the crosshairs of a rifle scope. Former Officer Ryan Snow was fired Friday, Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis said. The officer posted the image on Facebook...

Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh leaves the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in Annapolis, Md., after pleading guilty to a state perjury charge Friday, June 19, 2020, for failing to disclose a business interest relating to her “Healthy Holly” children’s books on her financial disclosure forms when she was a state senator. Pugh, a 70-year-old Democrat, already has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for netting hundreds of thousands of dollars in the self-dealing scandal over the books that touted exercise and nutrition. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Attorney: Ex-Baltimore mayor surrenders for prison term

Jun. 26, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

Baltimore’s disgraced former mayor surrendered to federal authorities Friday to begin serving a three-year prison sentence stemming from a public corruption scandal. Catherine Pugh's attorney, Steven Silverman, told The Associated Press his client “surrendered as directed.” Pugh was sentenced...

FILE-This undated file photo shows Alabama inmate Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., a one-time Ku Klux Klansman convicted in the 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls in Birmingham, Ala. Blanton, the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted of a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, has died in prison, the governor's office said Friday. He was 81. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Thomas Blanton, KKK bomber of 16th St Baptist Church, dies

Jun. 26, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted in a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four Black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, died Friday in prison, officials said. He was 82. Gov. Kay Ivey’s...

Munich's Chris Richards, right, and Freiburg's Changhoon Kwon from Freiburg are on the pitch during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and SC Freiburg, Saturday, June 20, 2020. American defender Richards made his competitive debut for Bayern Munich, entering in the 84th minute of a 3-1 home win over Freiburg in the Bundesliga. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)

American defender Chris Richards makes Bayern Munich debut

Jun. 20, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

American defender Chris Richards made his competitive debut for Bayern Munich, entering in the 84th minute of a 3-1 home win over Freiburg on Saturday in the Bundesliga. The 20-year-old from Birmingham, Alabama signed with Major League Soccer's Dallas franchise in April 2018, was loaned to Bayern for the 2018-19...

Police: Woman charged with sex trafficking teens in Alabama

Jun. 16, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) — A Georgia woman was arrested and accused of bringing two teenage girls to Alabama to sex traffic them, authorities said Tuesday. The teens were found and brought to an advocacy agency. Marlette Lychelle Smith, 26, of Rome, Georgia, was charged with first-degree human trafficking on...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump holds a chart as he talks with reporters after receiving a briefing on Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. A report from the National Academy of Public Administration released on Monday, June 15, 2020 says that NOAA’s acting chief Neil Jacobs and its then-communications director, Julie Kay Roberts, twice breached the agency’s rules designed to protect scientists and their work from political interference, putting out a press statement that “did not follow NOAA’s normal proves and appear to be the result of strong external pressure.” (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Panel: NOAA bowed to political pressure in Dorian dispute

Jun. 16, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration leaders violated the agency’s scientific integrity when they chastised a local weather office that had contradicted President Trump’s inaccurate comments about Hurricane Dorian, an outside panel found. NOAA’s acting chief, Neil Jacobs, and its...