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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his

How Stevie Wonder's 'Happy Birthday' helped form US holiday

Jan. 24, 2021 4:51 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In the summer of 1979, Stevie Wonder called Coretta Scott King to tell her about a dream he had. “I said to her, you know, ‘I had a dream about this song. And I imagined in this dream I was doing this song. We were marching, too, with petition signs to make for Dr....

Ex-cop avoids federal lockup, faces state charges in beating

Jan. 24, 2021 4:39 PM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge in Alabama has given five years of probation to a white ex-policeman who admitted trying to obstruct investigators looking into charges that he beat a Black driver who had gotten into an argument with his wife. Former Selma police officer Matthew Blaine Till pleaded...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2021, file photo, two nurses put a ventilator on a patient in a COVID-19 unit at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif. U.S. hospital intensive care units in many parts of the country are straining under record numbers of COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

2 in 5 Americans live where COVID-19 strains hospital ICUs

Jan. 24, 2021 11:47 AM EST

Straining to handle record numbers of COVID-19 patients, hundreds of the nation's intensive care units are running out of space and supplies and competing to hire temporary traveling nurses at soaring rates. Many of the facilities are clustered in the South and West. An Associated Press analysis of federal...

Demolished Union Hill cafeteria was scene of many memories

Jan. 24, 2021 11:35 AM EST

SOMERVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Union Hill School’s old cafeteria will always have a special place in the heart of Melissa Johnson, a reading specialist at the school. She met her husband, Keith, in the cafeteria, and it’s where he eventually proposed to her. “My husband taught the gifted...

Birmingham VA expands vaccine program; more doses still key

Jan. 24, 2021 10:38 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Birmingham VA Health Care System is expanding its ability to vaccinate veterans against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, provided it can get enough doses of the vaccine. A partnership with the United Way of Central Alabama will allow the agency to provide as many as 1,000...

Father arrested in abduction of 2 kids from NY foster home

Jan. 24, 2021 9:06 AM EST

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — The father of two children who were forcibly taken from their western New York foster home and later found in Alabama has been arrested in the kidnapping, police announced. The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports that Dimitri Cash Sr. was arrested Saturday on charges of...

James leads North Alabama over Jacksonville 76-54

Jan. 23, 2021 9:49 PM EST

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Mervin James recorded 18 points and 12 rebounds to carry North Alabama to a 76-54 win over Jacksonville on Saturday night. James Anderson II had 15 points for North Alabama (9-3, 5-1 Atlantic Sun Conference), which won its fifth straight game. Emanuel Littles added 11 rebounds. North...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2021 file photo medical staff members walk between traffic cones at a mass COVID-19 vaccination site set up in the parking lot of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. Five weeks into its vaccination program, California still doesn't have nearly the supply to meet demand and there's growing angst among residents over the difficulty to even get in line for a shot. Social media is awash with people seeking or giving tips on how to maneuver through the system. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)

The Latest: New virus clusters hit China's north provinces

Jan. 23, 2021 9:38 PM EST

BEIJING — A Chinese city has brought 2,600 temporary treatment rooms online as the country’s north battles new clusters of coronavirus. The single-occupancy rooms in the city of Nangong in Hebei province just outside Beijing are each equipped with their own heaters, toilets, showers and other...

Alabama's Herbert Jones puts his arms around teammates in the final minute of Alabama's NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi State, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

No. 18 Alabama wins 9th straight, 81-73 over Mississippi St

Jan. 23, 2021 9:01 PM EST

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — No. 18 Alabama faced down a challenge and kept its winning streak alive, if not the Crimson Tide's string of blowouts. Herbert Jones had 17 points and seven assists to help Alabama win its ninth straight game with an 81-73 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday night. This one...

Crosby scores 19 to carry Alcorn St. over Alabama St. 57-52

Jan. 23, 2021 8:41 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Troymain Crosby scored 19 points and Alcorn State held off Alabama State 57-52 on Saturday to end its six-game losing streak. Kurk Lee had 14 points and six assists for Alcorn State (3-6, 3-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) and Tyree Corbett grabbed 11 rebounds. Brandon Battle had...