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Police: Body in car was dead before Alabama officer fired

Jul. 20, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

ALICEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Police in west Alabama say a person whose body was found after a police shooting was dead before the officers fired. Aliceville Police Chief Tonnie Jones tells the Tuscaloosa News that the driver had a dead body in a stolen car. He tells WTVM-TV that an officer fired at the car...

Agency says mining near Okefenokee poses 'substantial risks'

Jul. 19, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The federal agency that manages the vast wildlife refuge in the Okefenokee Swamp says a private company's plan to mine minerals near the swamp edge could pose "substantial risks" to the environment, and some damage may be irreversible. The written comments from the U.S. Fish and...

1 dead after police shooting in west Alabama town

Jul. 19, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

ALICEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A police shooting has left one person dead in the west Alabama town of Aliceville. Police Chief Tommie Jones tells news outlets the shooting happened about noon Friday. He says an officer fired to stop a vehicle near the city's downtown area. Authorities haven't said who was in the...

Police ID man killed in gunbattle with Alabama officers

Jul. 19, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama have identified a man who was killed by police during a gunbattle that left an officer critically wounded. Officials say 35-year-old Roderick Wilson of Pinson was fatally shot after wounding the officer, Cullen Stafford. Stafford was shot multiple times and is...

Media picks Alabama to beat Georgia again in SEC title game

Jul. 19, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Defending Southeastern Conference champion Alabama is the favorite to once again beat Georgia in the title game in a preseason media poll. The Crimson Tide was selected by 203 of 260 voters this week at SEC media days in results released Friday. Georgia, which lost to Alabama in the...

Ex-Alabama officer gets prison for assaulting detained man

Jul. 19, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

TALLASSEE, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama police officer has been sentenced to prison for slamming a compliant handcuffed man into the ground and then slamming the man's head into his patrol car. News outlets report 27-year-old Michael Brandon Smirnoff was sentenced Thursday to 22 months in prison. Smirnoff...

Shootout leaves officer wounded, man dead in Birmingham

Jul. 18, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police officer was shot as many as seven times by a suspected armed robber who was then killed in a shootout that ended in what authorities described as a running gun battle through downtown, authorities said Thursday. The shooting, which happened Wednesday night, was...

SEC experiencing rare moment with coaching stability

Jul. 18, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference pays big money to its coaches and that's one reason patience is often in short supply when things go wrong. But in a rare quirk, there were no new head coaches at the podium during SEC media days for the first time since 2006. Fans should embrace the...

Kentucky coach Stoops gets Florida question -- again

Jul. 18, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Kentucky ended its 31-game losing streak against Florida last year. Now, coach Mark Stoops was asked a tongue-in-cheek question about whether the Wildcats were ready to start a winning streak against the Gators. The coach drew some laughs Thursday at Southeastern Conference media days...

The Latest: Malzahn says top camp priority is starting QB

Jul. 18, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Southeastern Conference media days (all times local): 1:35 p.m. Auburn's Gus Malzahn makes it clear that his top early priority for preseason camp is picking a starting quarterback. He says he expects "a fierce battle" between redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood and five-star...