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UK police arrest 2 men over Texas synagogue hostage-taking

Jan. 20, 2022 03:58 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British police say they have arrested two people in connection with a hostage-taking at a synagogue in Texas. Counter Terrorism Police North West said one man was arrested Thursday in Birmingham, central England, and another in the city of Manchester. They were being...

Fund to preserve, assist Black churches gets $20M donation

Jan. 17, 2022 01:09 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A new effort to preserve historic Black churches in the United States has received a $20 million donation that will go to help congregations including one that was slammed during the tornado that killed more than 20 people in Mayfield, Kentucky, last month. ...

Alabama unveiling 'all-in-one' tourism tickets

Jan. 16, 2022 12:38 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A new system will allow travelers to purchase “all-in-one” mobile tickets for admission into attractions in different areas of Alabama, tourism officials said. With ticket packages available by region and attraction types, the new system allows tourists...

Ex-Alabama QB Jay Barker charged with domestic violence

Jan. 16, 2022 01:12 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Alabama quarterback Jay Barker, who is married to country music singer Sara Evans, was arrested Saturday on a felony domestic violence charge, Tennessee authorities said. Barker, 49, was booked into a Nashville county jail early Saturday morning,...

3-year-old boy finds loaded gun, shoots self in Alabama

Jan. 15, 2022 17:59 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a 3-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in an unincorporated community in Alabama. Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies received a 911 call at 8:30 p.m. Friday and responded to a residence in Forestdale, said Deputy...

Alabama man convicted of killing 3 in SW Illinois in 2019

Jan. 14, 2022 18:14 PM EST

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An Alabama man was convicted Friday of killing three people in southwestern Illinois during a multistate crime spree. A jury in Madison County needed less than an hour to return the verdict against Brady Witcher, who faces a mandatory sentence of life in...

Alabama woman who joined Islamic State stuck in refugee camp

Jan. 12, 2022 20:48 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Attorneys for a woman who left her Alabama home to join the Islamic State terror group plan to continue fighting for her and her young son even though the Supreme Court declined to consider her lawsuit seeking to re-enter the United States, one of the lawyers said...

Police: 2-year-old killed after discharging relative's gun

Jan. 12, 2022 11:01 AM EST

HUEYTOWN, Ala. (AP) — A 2-year-old Alabama boy who found a relative's handgun died after shooting himself, authorities said. Tyler Small was inside his home in suburban Birmingham when the gun went off around lunchtime Tuesday, the Jefferson County Coroner's Office said. The...

Ivey: State must be 'smart' about pandemic relief funds

Jan. 11, 2022 20:42 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday urged lawmakers to use federal pandemic relief on longstanding problems such as broadband access and water and sewer infrastructure, but also praised Alabama's legal effort to block the Biden administration's vaccine mandates. Ivey...

Shreveport opens applications for guaranteed income program

Jan. 11, 2022 14:57 PM EST

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A northwest Louisiana city has begun taking applications for a one-year program offering $660 a month to 110 unwed parents with low incomes. It's among many such projects nationwide to give people a guaranteed income and track the results. ...