At least 23 dead as tornadoes, severe storms ravage South

U.S. 03/04/19, 04:45

A tornado roared into southeast Alabama and killed at least 23 people and injured several others Sunday, part of a severe storm system that caused catastrophic damage and unleashed other tornadoes around the Southeast. “Unfortunately our toll, as far as fatalities, does stand at 23 at the current time,” Lee County ...

Update: Sanders says much work to do for civil rights

2022 Campaign 03/04/19, 01:50

The Latest on Democratic presidential hopefuls at events commemorating the 54th anniversary of the civil rights march on Selma, Alabama, known as "Bloody Sunday" (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is recalling his start in the civil rights movement at the University of Chicago in the early 1960s, ...

Alabama Sheriff: 22 confirmed dead in apparent twister

U.S. 03/03/19, 23:16

The Latest on Deep South storms (all times local): A sheriff says the death toll is now at 22 from an apparent tornado that devastated an Alabama community. Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones told The Associated Press late Sunday evening that children are among the dead. He says it’s possible the death ...

President Trump tweets to Alabama: ‘Be careful and safe’

U.S. 03/03/19, 22:52

The Latest on Deep South storms (all times local): 10:15 p.m. President Donald Trump has tweeted to Alabama residents to be safe in the wake of deadly storms, including an apparent tornado that has claimed several lives in that Southern state. Trump wrote in the tweet Sunday evening: “To the great people of ...

Update: Part of hard-hit Alabama town blocked to traffic

U.S. 03/03/19, 21:31

The Latest on Deep South storms (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Authorities are blocking traffic to some of the most heavily damaged areas in an Alabama county where the sheriff says at least 14 people are confirmed dead. Patrol vehicles from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office could be seen by an Associated Press ...

At least 14 dead as storms, possible tornados hit Deep South

U.S. 03/03/19, 20:43

An apparent tornado roaring across southeast Alabama killed at least 14 people and injured several others Sunday as severe storms destroyed mobile homes, snapped trees and scattered destruction and weather warnings into Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. Dozens of emergency responders rushed to join search and rescue efforts in Lee County, ...

Democratic presidential candidates marking Selma anniversary

2022 Campaign 03/03/19, 08:18

Several Democratic White House hopefuls are visiting one of America's seminal civil rights sites to pay homage to that legacy and highlight their own connections to the movement. Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who already are in the 2020 race, and Sen. Sherrod Brown of ...

Bone’s big game helps No. 7 Vols beat No. 4 Kentucky 71-52

Sports 03/02/19, 16:31

Jordan Bone scored a career-high 27 points and No. 7 Tennessee beat No. 4 Kentucky 71-52 on Saturday to maintain its home-court dominance and snap the Wildcats' four-game winning streak.Tennessee (26-3, 14-2 SEC) earned its 25th straight home victory to remain tied for first place in the Southeastern Conference with ...

50 years after it opened, Alabama music studio plans a party

Entertainment 03/02/19, 12:41

A small northern Alabama music studio where The Rolling Stones, Cher, and other stars recorded their hit songs is turning 50 this year.Muscle Shoals Sound Studios will host an April 27 celebration of the milestone in Sheffield, Alabama.David Hood will perform as part of a Muscle Shoals All-Stars revue, fronted ...

Members of Congress make civil rights pilgrimage in Alabama

U.S. 03/01/19, 13:35

Dozens of members of Congress are making a weekend-long civil rights pilgrimage through Alabama, visiting spots that were instrumental in the fight for equality decades ago.The mostly Democratic group made its first stop Friday at Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church, where four black girls died in a Ku Klux Klan ...

Waters start to slowly recede in parts of flooded South

U.S. 02/28/19, 17:05

The Tennessee Valley Authority says river levels in its expansive network of waterways are starting to recede, but flood-stricken residents should not exhale just yet as TVA continues to release water from dams and forecasters predict more rain in the coming days.TVA River Forecast Center manager James Everett says river ...

Update: Sentencing delayed in Alabama investor scam

U.S. 02/28/19, 12:51

The Latest on the sentencing of admitted con-man Kyle Sandler in the Round House investor fraud (all times local):12:45 p.m.A federal judge has delayed sentencing for a con-man who bilked investors in Alabama of nearly $2 million.This booking photograph provided by the Brazos County Sheriff's Office in Bryan, Texas, shows ...

Sentencing set in nearly $2M Alabama scam

U.S. 02/28/19, 01:07

A man who pleaded guilty to scamming an Alabama town for nearly $2 million is due in federal court to find out how long he will go to prison.A judge scheduled sentencing for 43-year-old Kyle Sandler for Thursday morning in Montgomery.Sandler moved to the east Alabama town of Opelika (Oh-puh-LIE-kuh) ...

Supreme Court rules for Alabama death row inmate

U.S. 02/27/19, 16:03

The Supreme Court is ordering a new state court hearing to determine whether an Alabama death row inmate is so affected by dementia that he can't be executed. The justices ruled 5-3 on Wednesday in favor of inmate Vernon Madison, who killed a police officer in 1985. His lawyers say he ...

Alabama chemical spill sends dozens to hospitals

U.S. 02/27/19, 15:19

More than 50 people have been sent to hospitals around Birmingham, Alabama, following a chemical spill at a water treatment plant.Authorities tell news outlets that irritating gas caused by a mixture of ferric sulfate and sodium hypochlorite was causing breathing problems for about a dozen workers.Roughly 40 more people were ...

Water surrounds Mississippi town as rivers rise across South

U.S. 02/27/19, 10:11

Rain-swollen rivers are spilling over their banks across the South, and a Mississippi mayor says water has surrounded his town and forced some families to leave their homes. Forecasters say flood warnings were in place Wednesday in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. In Glendora, Mississippi, The Greenwood Commonwealth ...

Startup maestro dupes Alabama town through network of lies

Business 02/26/19, 10:26

When Kyle Sandler rolled into Opelika (Oh-puh-LIE-kuh), he cast himself as a former Google executive who got rich on the West Coast and decided to move to the Alabama town.He talked about startups and high-tech innovation. He always seemed to be in search of the next big thing and drove ...

Tennessee River crests in north Alabama, leaving damage

U.S. 02/26/19, 08:39

The Tennessee River and other streams are lowering in hard-hit areas of north Alabama after days of flooding.The National Weather Service says the Tennessee has crested throughout the region, even though the water is still high in many areas.Flooded-out homeowners are now removing soggy carpet and furniture from their homes. ...

Protesters remembered on anniversary of 1960 Alabama sit-in

U.S. 02/25/19, 19:36

Joseph Peterson was a college student on Feb. 25, 1960 when he and other African-American students walked to the whites-only lunch counter at the Montgomery County Courthouse, sat down and asked to be served.He and eight other students at what is now Alabama State University were later expelled for leading ...

Rivers rising in the South as 2 missing people sought

U.S. 02/25/19, 12:35

With rivers still rising after days of storms that dumped more than a foot of rain on the Southeast, authorities searched Monday for two missing people along Alabama waterways as a Mississippi community cleaned up from a killer tornado.Crews looked along the Cahaba River near Birmingham for a woman who ...

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