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2 Nigerian men sentenced to prison in 'romance scam' case

Jan. 21, 2022 14:16 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two Nigerian men living in New Jersey were sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to laundering money stolen in an online “romance scam” and other schemes though unwitting businesses, including one in Alabama, authorities said Friday. Paulinus...

Number of early NFL draft entrants hits nine-year low at 73

Jan. 21, 2022 11:57 AM EST

The NFL announced Friday that 73 underclassmen have been granted special eligibility for the draft, the fewest in the last nine years. All-American linebacker Nakobe Dean was one of four players from national champion Georgia on the list, along with receiver George Pickens, safety...

Alabama unemployment rate remains stable at 3.1%

Jan. 21, 2022 10:30 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's monthly unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.1%, the state said Friday, holding steady for the fifth straight month. The December rate was below the level of a year before, 4.7%, and better than the national jobless rate of 3.9%. Total weekly wages...

Birmingham closing more than century-old bridge for safety

Jan. 21, 2022 09:22 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A more than 100-year-old bridge that links Birmingham's northern and southern sides is being shut down to cars and trucks because of concerns over its safety. Dedicated in 1919 to an Alabama regiment that fought in the “Rainbow Division” of World War I,...

Ex-Chick-fil-A workers sent to prison in Alabama fraud case

Jan. 21, 2022 09:15 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two former Alabama Chick-fil-A employees have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a scheme to steal nearly $500,000 from the Georgia-based fast-food firm. A federal judge in Alabama handed down the sentences on Thursday, the U.S. Department of...

South Alabama tops Louisiana-Lafayette 77-70

Jan. 20, 2022 22:37 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Charles Manning Jr. had 20 points as South Alabama topped Louisiana-Lafayette 77-70 on Thursday night. Javon Franklin had 14 points for South Alabama (13-5, 3-2 Sun Belt Conference). Kayo Goncalves added 13 points. Jay Jay Chandler had 11 points. ...

Florida beats No. 23 Kentucky women for fourth straight win

Jan. 20, 2022 21:43 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kiki Smith scored 25 points, Alberte Rimdal continued her hot 3-point shooting in adding 15 and Florida won its fourth straight game with a 77-52 victory over short-handed No. 23 Kentucky on Thursday night. Smith was 10-of-18 shooting with six assists....

Gulf Coast schools closing, shelters open over wintry threat

Jan. 20, 2022 19:08 PM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Some schools are closing or switching to virtual classes Friday and shelters are opening on the northern Gulf Coast because of the possibility of icing and freezing temperatures. With forecasters predicting a brief period of light freezing rain overnight and low...

Some schools go remote as thousands of virus reported cases

Jan. 20, 2022 17:39 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama public schools reported more than 26,000 cases of COVID-19 this week, and the outbreaks have prompted some of the state's largest systems to make a temporary switch to remote learning. The Alabama Department of Health dashboard on Thursday showed...

Man accused of killing mother with sword transferred to jail

Jan. 20, 2022 17:03 PM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A man accused of using a ninja-style sword to kill his mother and wound two other relatives was transferred to the county jail following his release from a hospital. Damien Washam, 23, sat in a wheelchair as he was taken into the Mobile County Sheriff's Office...