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Bitter cold sets new record low temperatures in South

Nov. 13, 2019 2:25 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A blast of bitterly cold weather has set new records in the Deep South, the National Weather Service reported Wednesday. The overnight temperature late Tuesday into early Wednesday morning dropped to 18 degrees (-8 Celsius) in Birmingham, Alabama, breaking the previous low record of...

Police: Broom-wielding clerk fights off Alabama thief

Nov. 13, 2019 4:51 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Police in Alabama say a convenience store clerk used a broom to fight off a knife-wielding man trying to steal from a cash register. Birmingham police Sgt. Johnny Williams told news outlets they're still searching for the suspect, who is accused of entering a store early Monday and...

Alabama man becomes second to die from oxygen tank explosion

Nov. 11, 2019 4:26 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man critically injured in an explosion last week has died. Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service tells Al.com that 53-year-old Larry Bush died Friday. Bush succumbed to injuries from a blast Tuesday in Birmingham's East Lake neighborhood, which also claimed the life of...

Mobile could become state's 2nd-largest city with annexation

Nov. 9, 2019 1:09 PM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Mobile's mayor is proposing to annex 13,000 residents into the city. The proposal — if it happens — would make the south Alabama city the second-largest in Alabama, Al.com reported. Mobile, with a population just under 190,000, is currently the fourth-largest city in...

Customers help Waffle House worker left to run diner alone

Nov. 8, 2019 2:52 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Waffle House is known to not close for anything - even if there's only one worker behind the counter. Ethan Crispo told AL.com that was the case early Sunday morning at a location in Birmingham, Alabama. He says he came in just after midnight to find a single man tending to "the...

Alabama police make arrest in fatal shooting of teacher

Nov. 8, 2019 3:15 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Police in Alabama have charged a man accused of shooting a 53-year-old elementary school teacher to death. Al.com reports court records made public Thursday show 27-year-old Brandon Keith Taylor is charged with murder in the shooting of Orlando Robinson. He's also charged with...

Suit: Guards attacked student at historically black school

Nov. 7, 2019 1:23 PM EST

A former student at a historically black college in Alabama says he was beaten and injured after a college dean ordered campus security guards to "taze" him. In a federal lawsuit, Justin Rollins says he was body slammed by guards in the quad at Miles College near Birmingham in November 2017. It happened shortly...

Church: Our pastor is not texting you asking for gift cards

Nov. 7, 2019 8:36 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The largest Episcopal church in Birmingham, Alabama, says none of its pastors are texting people and asking for gift cards. Al.com reports the Cathedral Church of the Advent announced Wednesday that it had learned of requests purporting to be from the Rev. Dean Andrew C. Pearson Jr....

2 held in slaying of son of Alabama prosecutor

Nov. 6, 2019 1:55 PM EST

MOODY, Ala. (AP) — Two people were in custody following the slaying of an Alabama prosecutor's son, who was found shot after what appeared to be a traffic accident, authorities said Wednesday. Sheriff's officials told a news conference that Nicholas Sloan Harmon, 20, was killed Tuesday night. Harmon was...

Crash leads police to missing teen, escapee in Alabama

Nov. 4, 2019 2:17 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A registered sex offender who scaled a jail wall to escape was arrested Monday along with a teenage girl who went missing the day after he fled. Police said John Kaleb Gillespie, 30, and the teen were captured following a car crash and a chase in suburban Birmingham, authorities...