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Alabama town disbands police department over racist text

Aug. 06, 2022 19:51 PM EDT

VINCENT, Ala. (AP) — A racist text message sent by a police officer has prompted officials in a small Alabama town to disband their police department and fire the police chief and assistant chief. Vincent Mayor James Latimore on Thursday confirmed that Police Chief James Srygley...

NLRB: Mine workers to pay Alabama coal company over $13M

Aug. 03, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal oversight board ordered the United Mine Workers of America to pay more than $13 million in compensation to an Alabama coal company where members have been on strike for more than a year, a ruling the union said Wednesday it would challenge. The...

Frustrating recovery could be hurricane harbinger for South

Aug. 02, 2022 02:50 AM EDT

EUTAW, Ala. (AP) — There’s not much in Greene County, a place that stands out even in impoverished west Alabama for its neediness. So the tornado that settled down upon one of its most densely populated areas, a housing community full of seniors and low-income families, felt like a particularly...

Train drivers' walkout brings more misery on UK railways

Jul. 30, 2022 06:32 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Workers, vacationers and sports fans faced travel disruption in Britain as thousands of train drivers walked off the job Saturday, the latest strike in an increasingly bitter labor dispute on the nation’s railways. About 5,000 drivers staged a 24-hour strike against...

Court: 70-year-old indicted in Alabama church triple slaying

Jul. 29, 2022 20:07 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama grand jury has indicted a 70-year-old man on capital murder charges in the fatal shootings of three people at a church potluck dinner in June, according to court records made public Friday. The Jefferson County grand jury indicted Robert Findlay...

Man executed despite calls from victim’s family to spare him

Jul. 28, 2022 23:23 PM EDT

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate convicted of killing his former girlfriend decades ago was executed Thursday night despite pleas from the victim’s family to spare his life. Joe Nathan James Jr. received a lethal injection at a south Alabama prison after the U.S. Supreme...

Daley protests LGBTQ+ intolerance at Commonwealth Games

Jul. 28, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Tom Daley protested intolerance toward the LGBTQ+ community at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday. The British diver, who is married to Oscar-winning director Dustin Lance Black, played a key role as one of...

Alabama gov: Execution set despite wishes of victim's family

Jul. 27, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's governor said Wednesday that she has decided the state will proceed later this week with a plan to execute a man convicted of killing his former girlfriend decades ago, overriding a plea from the victim's family to spare the man's life. Gov. Kay...

US defender Richards joins Crystal Palace from Bayern Munich

Jul. 27, 2022 16:30 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Crystal Palace confirmed the signing of United States center-back Chris Richards from Bayern Munich on Wednesday. The 22-year-old Richards signed a five-year contract with the south London club, which paid Bayern a fee reported to be about $15 million. ...

2 babies killed as tree falls in Alabama, 1 dead in Maine

Jul. 22, 2022 15:01 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two babies were killed when a huge tree crashed into a home during a storm with wind gusts near 50 mph (80 kph) in Alabama, and officials said a third child was killed by a falling tree in Maine. Jalaia Ford, 3 months old, and Journee Jones, 11 months old,...