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Chromebooks are distributed at Austin Middle in Decatur on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 ahead of the beginning of classes.(Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP)

The Latest: 1,200 Alabama students home after positive test

Aug. 12, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

MOULTON, Ala. — More than 1,200 students at two Alabama schools will begin the year at home after a person connected with both schools tested positive for COVID-19. While 12 other Lawrence County schools planned to begin traditional classes Wednesday, Superintendent Jon Bret Smith told the Decatur Daily...

2 Alabama schools go virtual after positive COVID-19 test

Aug. 12, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

MOULTON, Ala. (AP) — More than 1,200 students at two small-town Alabama schools will begin the year at home after a person connected with both tested positive for COVID-19. While 12 other Lawrence County schools planned to begin traditional classes Wednesday morning, Superintendent Jon Bret Smith told the...

Alabama woman charged with sister’s murder

Aug. 11, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman is in custody on a murder charge connected to the discovery in March of her sister's decomposing body. Atmore police on Sunday arrested Josephine Gaines, 34, who was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation, reported. Police said Gaines...

Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Alabama mask order

Aug. 11, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's statewide order to wear face coverings in public places to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Montgomery Circuit Judge Greg Griffin entered the order following a hearing. Real estate...

NAACP seeks rehearing in Alabama voter ID lawsuit

Aug. 11, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is asking a federal appeals court for a rehearing in its lawsuit challenging Alabama’s photo ID law as racially discriminatory. In July, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a split decision to...

Alabama man charged in mother's death found competent

Aug. 11, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — A south Alabama man charged with killing his mother and burning her body has been found mentally competent for trial. Records show a psychologist determined Chad Brogdon, 36, can understand the legal system, but the expert wrote that Brogdon has a long history of drug abuse. ...

Woman gets life in 2016 slaying of 4-year-old daughter

Aug. 11, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A judge has sentenced an Alabama woman to life imprisonment after she pleaded guilty to murder in the killing of her 4-year-old daughter. Stephanie Diane Smith, 29, pleaded guilty Monday in the death of Zadie Wren Cooper four years ago, records show. The Athens News-Courier reported...

Women wearing face masks to help protect against the coronavirus walks by an advertising board displaying an American flag and Statue of Liberty on a street in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. China's biggest recent outbreak of coronavirus has grown slightly. Hundreds people have developed COVID-19 in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang, with more than dozens of new cases reported Thursday in its capital and largest city, Urumqi. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Confirmed coronavirus cases reach 20 million

Aug. 10, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the world has reached 20 million. That’s according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. Health officials believe the actual number is much higher, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all those who...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2019, file photo, Hockey Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Sergei Zubov, Hayley Wickenheiser, Jim Rutherford, Vaclav Nedomansky and Guy Carbonneau flip pucks in the air during a ceremony in Toronto. The Hockey Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction because of the pandemic. The ceremony was to have taken place Nov. 16 in Toronto.
(Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

The Latest: Asian Beach Games postponed

Aug. 10, 2020 9:25 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ he Olympic Council of Asia has postponed the sixth Asian Beach Games in China to April 2-10 next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The games were initially scheduled to be staged in Sanya, China, from Nov. 28-Dec. 6. The...

Alabama parents charged in death of child left in car

Aug. 10, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Two parents in Alabama have been arrested after their 3-year-old child was found dead inside a hot car, authorities said Monday. Brandi Burks, 22, and Dakota Fowler, 20, are charged with manslaughter, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Court records did not...