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Alabama high school football team, band under quarantine

Aug. 7, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

ONEONTA, Ala. (AP) — The entire football team and marching band at a small-town Alabama high school are under quarantine following exposure to the new coronavirus. Oneonta High School coach Phil Phillips told WBMA-TV that a fifth player has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. It’s...

Man charged with defrauding fund for slain Alabama officer

Aug. 4, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A man is charged with stealing from a memorial fund that was established to help the family of an Alabama police officer who was killed last year, authorities said Tuesday. Devonte Lemond Hammonds, 27, of Birmingham was charged with multiple counts of fraud, federal prosecutors said...

A worker wearing a mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past space themed displays promoting an online service in Beijing, China on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. An outbreak in China's far northwestern region of Xinjiang is continuing to subside. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Mainland China, Hong Kong report fewer new cases

Aug. 3, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

BEIJING — Both mainland China and Hong Kong reported fewer new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as strict measures to contain new infections appear to be taking effect. Mainland China announced 36 new cases across the country, down from 43 the previous day. Of those, 28 were in the northwestern region of...

Virus testing sites for Alabama college students opening

Aug. 3, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — More than a dozen sites are opening across Alabama to test about 200,000 students before they head to college and university campuses statewide, officials said Monday, but the program will help stem the spread of the new coronavirus only if students abide by guidelines at school....

Alabama sports writers honor Henry, Brown, Shufford, Martin

Aug. 2, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry and former Auburn defensive lineman Derrick Brown headlined the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s annual athlete of the year awards, which were announced Sunday. Henry was named the Pro Athlete of the Year and Brown the Amateur...

A tradition lives on at Alabama’s oldest restaurant

Aug. 1, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — In 1989, Jimmy Koikos, the longtime co-owner of Bessemer’s historic Bright Star restaurant, began an annual tradition that has become known as A Night in New Orleans. Jamie Shannon from New Orleans’ Commander’s Palace restaurant was the guest chef for the first...

Police ID human remains found in burned car in Birmingham

Jul. 30, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Human remains found in a burned-out car last week were those of an Alabama high school student missing for more than two years, authorities said Thursday. Police identified the remains as those of Daniel Rickett, 17, a high school student who was last seen on Feb. 8, 2018, news...

Former Alabama clinic biller pleads guilty to fraud charge

Jul. 30, 2020 2:51 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former clinic worker in Alabama has pleaded guilty for her participation in a scheme authorities say defrauded the state’s medicaid agency of at least $1.5 million by billing for counseling services that weren’t provided. Heidi Elizabeth Robertson, of Birmingham,...

Federal charges filed in Alabama child's abduction, slaying

Jul. 29, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A couple held on state murder charges in the slaying of an Alabama toddler last year have now been indicted on federal charges, authorities said Wednesday. Patrick Devone Stallworth, 40, and Derick Irisha Brown, 29, were named in U.S. District Court on kidnapping and conspiracy...

Authorities: Teen killed in tubing accident on Alabama lake

Jul. 27, 2020 7:30 AM EDT

DOUBLE SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) — A 14-year-old girl was killed over the weekend in a boating accident on an Alabama lake, authorities said. The teenager was being pulled in an intertube on Smith Lake when the accident happened around 5 p.m. Saturday, according to a statement from the Alabama Law Enforcement...