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1 week 11 hours ago

Respiratory illness hits Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State health officials say several cases of a mysterious respiratory illness impacting children in 10 states have been confirmed in Alabama. Officials from the Alabama Department of Public Health said Monday that four out of six specimens from Mobile County that were sent to the Centers...

2 years 8 months ago

Severe storms blast South, Midwest

CLAY, Ala. (AP) -- Two people were killed in the Birmingham, Ala., area as storms pounded the South and Midwest, prompting tornado warnings in a handful of states early Monday. At least one of the areas affected by the storms, which were part of a system that stretched from...

2 years 9 months ago

States suing over health care law collect funding

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials are awarding more money to help states carry out President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The surprise? The list includes seven states suing to overturn the landmark law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Tuesday that 13 states will split grants totaling...

3 years 1 month ago

Alabama county could file for bankruptcy

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Commissioners in Alabama's largest county say they hope to vote on whether to settle with Wall Street or file the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Jefferson County commissioners have delayed a decision for two weeks while negotiating with creditors. Members say they expect to...

3 years 4 months ago

Death toll nears 300

PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Alabama's governor says storms that devastated the South left 180 people dead in that state, bringing the total death toll in the region to 266. Leah Garner, the deputy press secretary for Gov. Robert Bentley, said Thursday that the death toll in...

3 years 4 months ago

Death toll now at 162 in Alabama

PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say the death toll in Alabama has risen to 162 after a storm that spawned dozens of tornadoes pummeled the South, obliterating towns across six states. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency said in a news release Thursday that the total confirmed dead in...

4 years 1 month ago

Shuttle contractor laying off 1,400 workers

The private contractor that handles the bulk of the work servicing NASA's space shuttle fleet is notifying 1,400 employees in Florida, Texas and Alabama that they will be laid off in the fall. United Space Alliance this week began telling workers, including 900 employees at the Kennedy Space Center,...

4 years 2 months ago

1 killed during fireworks display in Alabama

A wooden deck crumpled under a group of Fourth of July partiers in Alabama, killing one person and injuring six others. Seven partygoers plummeted three stories when the deck at an apartment complex in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover collapsed Sunday night. Two uninhabited decks below were crushed by...

4 years 3 months ago

Obama to address nation on gulf oil spill

President Barack Obama will address the nation this evening, in a televised speech you'll see on NewsFirst5 at 6 pm, a revised time. On a visit to Mississippi and Alabama Monday, the president tried to sound both in command and upbeat, saying he's confident the Gulf Coast will eventually...

4 years 3 months ago

Army names new officer to chemical operations

A former commander of the Pueblo Chemical Depot has been named director of stockpile operations for the Army agency that oversees storage of the nation's chemical weapons. The Chemical Materials Agency announced the appointment of Col. John J. Megnia on Monday. The agency is based at Aberdeen Proving Ground,...

4 years 3 months ago

'Serendipity' kicks off 83rd National Spelling Bee

The spellers have taken the stage for the 83rd Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington. Fourteen-year-old Allison Black of Ider, Alabama, started things off Thursday morning by approaching the microphone and correctly spelling "serendipity." The 273 spellers from around the world are vying for the winner's trophy and more...

4 years 4 months ago

Alabama, Mississippi pick up after deadly storms

FEMA takes a look today at the damage from the weekend tornado and storms that lashed four southern states. Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will concentrate on Mississippi, where 10 of the 12 fatalities happened. The inspection is the first step toward a possible presidential disaster declaration. Mississippi...

4 years 6 months ago

Feds in Boston reviewing '93 mail bomb probe

The U.S. attorney's office in Boston is reviewing its 1993 probe of an attempted mail bombing in which authorities questioned a professor recently accused of killing three colleagues in Alabama. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said Wednesday she wants to confirm the office took "appropriate steps" in the investigation. ...

4 years 6 months ago

Husband of Alabama professor wanted "revenge"

Documents obtained by The Associated Press reveal the husband of the Alabama professor accused of gunning down three colleagues once said he wanted violent revenge on a doctor who gave his wife a bad job review. Amy Bishop is charged with killing three colleagues at the University of Alabama-Huntsville...

4 years 7 months ago

South gets 2nd dose of snow in days

A second snow storm in less is than a week is hitting parts of the South unaccustomed to dealing with the frosty precipitation. Snow was falling in parts of Alabama early Monday. But Atlanta was spared after earlier forecasts called for up to 2 inches. Overnight temperatures stayed above...

4 years 7 months ago

Professor charged in university shooting

A biology professor was charged with murder late Friday in the shooting deaths of three colleagues at the campus. Amy Bishop, a Harvard University-trained neuroscientist, was reportedly upset over being denied tenure. Authorities say the researcher opened fire during an afternoon faculty meeting at the University of Alabama's...

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