News archive from 12 October 2012

Review: Deft 'Middle of Nowhere' is moving and complex

Review: Deft 'Middle of Nowhere' is moving and complex

To say that "Middle of Nowhere," winner of Sundance's coveted directing award for writer-director Ava DuVernay, sheds long-overdue light on infrequently explored aspects of African American life is true as far as it goes, but it doesn't go...

 

Question of the week: What do you do to psych yourself up for a game?

During the high-school football season, we are asking players and coaches a question of the week. This week's question: What do you do to psych yourself up before a game? "I always have my head phones on listening to music full blast, so I can't...

 

Sen. Scott Brown to donate funds from firm to charity

Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown says he'll donate to charity about $10,000 in campaign donations he received from executives at the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy suspected in a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis. Federal Election Commission...

 

Fla. man accused of returning used enemas

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Prosecutors say a Florida man resealed and returned used enemas to pharmacies who resold them to unsuspecting customers. Thirty-four-year-old Ronald Eugene Robinson, of Jacksonville, faces federal charges of tampering with...

 

US jobless claims fall to 339K, fewest in 4 years

WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted last week to seasonally adjusted 339,000, the lowest level in more than four years. The sharp drop, if sustained, could signal a stronger job market. The Labor Department said...

 

United Airlines' airfare increase loses altitude

DALLAS -- The latest attempt by airlines to raise fares appears to be collapsing. Delta Air Lines said Thursday that it rolled back an increase of $4 to $10 per round trip on many U.S. routes. Delta had raised prices to match an increase started by...

 
Troy University to host Boy Scouts for third annual Merit Badge University

Troy University to host Boy Scouts for third annual "Merit Badge University"

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Troy University faculty will help Boy Scouts from across the Southeast earn merit badges on Oct. 27 in a day-long "Merit Badge University." About 300 scouts and their leaders are expected to attend the event, which...

 

91-year-old Alabama mayor admits to $201,000 theft

ANDALUSIA, Ala. (AP) — A 91-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to stealing $201,000 from the south Alabama town where she was mayor for three decades.Covington County prosecutors say River Falls Mayor Mary Ella Hixon pleaded guilty to theft on...

 
Octavia Spencer writing detective books for kids

Octavia Spencer writing detective books for kids

Oscar winner and Montgomery native Octavia Spencer is looking to make some magic in the book world.The actress best known for "The Help" has a deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for a pair of detective novels for middle...

 

Deadlock on mayor’s race could be decided by next council

If the still-deadlocked runoff race for mayor at Colony ends up tied in an upcoming vote among the town's mayor and council, the matter will be out of the hands of the current administration, and will be taken up by the new council next month....

 
After dominating GOP primaries, Restore Our Future picks its shots

After dominating GOP primaries, Restore Our Future picks its shots

WASHINGTON -- Restore Our Future was a battering ram in the Republican primaries, mowing down Mitt Romney's opponents as he sought to secure the GOPpresidential nomination.In the general election contest, however, the super PAC's impact has been more...

 
USS Alabama Fallen Heroes Memorial Cruise-in Saturday, free admission + $2 parking

USS Alabama Fallen Heroes Memorial Cruise-in Saturday, free admission + $2 parking

USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park's Fallen Heroes Memorial Cruise In is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the cruise in is $2 for parking. If you want to tour the ship you'll pay regular admission:Age 12 & up: $12.00 Ages 6-11: $6.00...

 

Yanks' Girardi managing despite father's death

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been guiding his team through its American League Division Series with the Baltimore Orioles with a heavy heart, as it was revealed Thursday that the skipper's 81-year-old father passed away over the weekend....

 

Gulf oil sheen blamed on 2010 wreckage, not well

NEW ORLEANS -- Federal scientists and BP say oil appears to have leaked last month from the drilling wreckage lying at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico near where a BP well blew out in 2010, causing the nation's worst offshore spill. A probe started...

 

Tropical Storm Patty forms east of Bahamas

MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Patty has formed in the Atlantic east of the Bahamas, but forecasters expect the storm to be short-lived. The National Hurricane Center in Miami named the storm Thursday afternoon. Patty's center was about 255 miles (410...

 

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