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Updated: 2014-04-25T13:05:44Z

 



In the storm's wake, letting go on Alpine Street: April 27, 2011-April 27, 2014

2016-04-27T13:41:24Z

Of the five houses on Alpine Street, four were wiped clean. The other was essentially destroyed. Of the five houses on Alpine Street, four were wiped clean. The other was essentially destroyed.



Alabama tornado casualties: Database of those who died in the April 27, 2011 storms

2016-04-08T21:23:55Z

Here are names and biographies of those who died in the April 27, 2011, storms, mapped and arranged in a sortable database. Here are names and biographies of those who died in the April 27, 2011, storms, mapped and arranged in a sortable database.



Shadrack McGill: Wife's Facebook post result of strippers coming to house, Facebook hacks from last campaign

2016-02-10T17:13:44Z

Sen. McGill, R-Woodville, said Tuesday that his wife's frustrations "kind of built up from even the campaign," in 2010, when McGill ran against and defeated then-Sen. Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe. Sen. McGill, R-Woodville, said Tuesday that his wife's frustrations "kind of built up from even the campaign," in 2010, when McGill ran against and defeated then-Sen. Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe.



El Nino may be set to return -- what does that mean for Alabama?

2015-12-14T12:31:19Z

An El Nino is forecast to develop over the summer, but what effect will it have on our weather in Alabama? An El Nino is forecast to develop over the summer, but what effect will it have on our weather in Alabama?



Charges dropped against Florida teacher accused of dragging student across floor

2015-10-01T18:57:14Z

Updated on Oct. 1, 2015: On March 11, 2014, Florida prosecutors dropped a child abuse charge filed against Calusa Elementary School teacher Cynthia Ruth Haring saying "the facts and circumstances revealed do not warrant prosecution." Her arrest was later expunged.... Updated on Oct. 1, 2015: On March 11, 2014, Florida prosecutors dropped a child abuse charge filed against Calusa Elementary School teacher Cynthia Ruth Haring saying "the facts and circumstances revealed do not warrant prosecution." Her arrest was later expunged....



Pentagon wastes millions on fleet of unneeded and unused cars, inspector general finds

2015-09-24T20:53:25Z

An inspector general's report shows the Pentagon's lack of oversight on its fleet of vehicles is costing the government millions a year. An inspector general's report shows the Pentagon's lack of oversight on its fleet of vehicles is costing the government millions a year.



Updated: Peru murder trial for Joran van der Sloot postponed as he considers plea

2015-05-12T12:44:09Z

Trial to resume Jan. 11. Trial to resume Jan. 11.



Joran van der Sloot, suspect in Natalee Holloway's disappearance, pleads guilty to murder of Peruvian woman

2015-05-12T12:44:01Z

Van der Sloot's lawyer argued after his client's brief statement that the defendant killed Stephany Flores as a result of "extreme psychological trauma" he suffered from the fallout of Holloway's 2005 disappearance on the Caribbean island of Aruba. Van der Sloot's lawyer argued after his client's brief statement that the defendant killed Stephany Flores as a result of "extreme psychological trauma" he suffered from the fallout of Holloway's 2005 disappearance on the Caribbean island of Aruba.



Updated: Peruvian court sentences Joran van der Sloot to 28 years in prison

2015-05-12T12:40:34Z

The young Dutchman pleaded guilty to killing Stephany Flores in May 2010 in Lima. The young Dutchman pleaded guilty to killing Stephany Flores in May 2010 in Lima.



Update: Joran Van der Sloot to fight U.S. request for his extradition from Peru

2015-05-12T12:39:43Z

The charges are related to the unsolved 2005 disappearance of Mountain Brook teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba. The charges are related to the unsolved 2005 disappearance of Mountain Brook teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba.



Peru's Supreme Court approves Van der Sloot's extradition to U.S. after he serves 28 years in Peru, lawyer says

2015-05-12T12:39:28Z

Van der Sloot remains the prime suspect in the Holloway disappearance and the U.S. charges stem from his alleged acceptance of $25,000 in early 2010 in exchange for an unfulfilled promise to lead her mother's lawyer to the body. Van der Sloot remains the prime suspect in the Holloway disappearance and the U.S. charges stem from his alleged acceptance of $25,000 in early 2010 in exchange for an unfulfilled promise to lead her mother's lawyer to the body.



Joran van der Sloot, suspect in Natalee Holloway disappearance, planning wedding next month in Peruvian prison, lawyer tells ABC News

2015-05-12T12:39:02Z

Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch man suspected in the disappearance of Mountain Brook teenager Natalee Holloway eight years ago, plans to get married next month in the Peruvian prison where he's serving time for murder. Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch man suspected in the disappearance of Mountain Brook teenager Natalee Holloway eight years ago, plans to get married next month in the Peruvian prison where he's serving time for murder.



3 dead, 26 injured when church bus crashes just minutes from home

2015-05-12T12:38:49Z

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A bus carrying teenagers returning to Indiana from a church camp in Michigan crashed Saturday afternoon just minutes from home, killing three people and sending 26 others to hospitals, officials said. The bus came speeding off of... INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A bus carrying teenagers returning to Indiana from a church camp in Michigan crashed Saturday afternoon just minutes from home, killing three people and sending 26 others to hospitals, officials said. The bus came speeding off of...



Hannah Anderson 'absolutely' glad DiMaggio is dead, takes to social media to tell her side of the story

2015-05-12T12:38:40Z

View full sizeFILE - This combination of undated file photos provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department shows James Lee DiMaggio, 40, left, and Hannah Anderson, 16. A massive search entered a seventh day Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, for DiMaggio,... View full sizeFILE - This combination of undated file photos provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department shows James Lee DiMaggio, 40, left, and Hannah Anderson, 16. A massive search entered a seventh day Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, for DiMaggio,...



Auburn gameday: tailgaters display their Auburn spirit with suped up grills, tents, wagons and more (photos)

2015-05-12T12:38:30Z

For others, tailgating is a time to share their Auburn spirit with the world, whether it be by displaying their stuffed tiger collection or setting up an inflatable tent complete with lights and smoke machines. For others, tailgating is a time to share their Auburn spirit with the world, whether it be by displaying their stuffed tiger collection or setting up an inflatable tent complete with lights and smoke machines.



LAX shooter comes from 'a good family,' police chief says

2015-05-12T12:38:21Z

Paul Ciancia left his father believing that he intended to take his own life. It was just a short time later that he opened fire at LAX, killing a TSA agent. Paul Ciancia left his father believing that he intended to take his own life. It was just a short time later that he opened fire at LAX, killing a TSA agent.



'I am grateful' says patient saved by doctor who walked six miles in snow to perform brain surgery on him (photos, video)

2015-05-12T12:37:40Z

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Tony Robinson, a 54-year-old Army veteran from Leeds, walked out of Trinity Medical Center today using a cane, wearing a bold blue Auburn University sweatshirt, and carrying much gratitude in his heart. It was 38 days ago,... BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Tony Robinson, a 54-year-old Army veteran from Leeds, walked out of Trinity Medical Center today using a cane, wearing a bold blue Auburn University sweatshirt, and carrying much gratitude in his heart. It was 38 days ago,...



Unofficial Obamacare numbers show evidence of big surge in Alabama

2015-05-12T12:36:45Z

On a clear sunny day, people line up to learn more about Obamacare at Railroad park as the deadline for enrollment ends Monday. (Mike Oliver/AL.com) It appears a surge of sign-ups in Alabama pushed enrollment numbers for the Affordable... On a clear sunny day, people line up to learn more about Obamacare at Railroad park as the deadline for enrollment ends Monday. (Mike Oliver/AL.com) It appears a surge of sign-ups in Alabama pushed enrollment numbers for the Affordable...



Captain detained for questioning after cruise ship 'hit an obstacle' and ran aground

2015-02-11T18:33:07Z

The captain, Francesco Schettino, was detained for questioning by prosecutors, investigating him for suspected manslaughter, abandoning ship before all others, and causing a shipwreck, state TV and Sky TV said. The captain, Francesco Schettino, was detained for questioning by prosecutors, investigating him for suspected manslaughter, abandoning ship before all others, and causing a shipwreck, state TV and Sky TV said.



Passengers describe panic, confusion as cruise ship runs aground off Italy (photos)

2015-02-11T18:33:01Z

Three bodies were recovered from the sea and news reports said 69 people were still unaccounted for after the Costa Concordia ran aground off the tiny island of Giglio near the coast of Tuscany late Friday, tearing a 160-foot gash in its hull. Three bodies were recovered from the sea and news reports said 69 people were still unaccounted for after the Costa Concordia ran aground off the tiny island of Giglio near the coast of Tuscany late Friday, tearing a 160-foot gash in its hull.