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February 1, 2015

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Marriage ruling came sooner than pioneering Alabama couple expected

When a federal judge ruled Friday that Alabama’s Sanctity of Marriage amendment and a related state law was unconstitutional, Chris McCary, 53, and his husband, John Sullivan, 47, were surprised.

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Friday 11/14/2014
Fusion Center function: Open meeting gives glimpse into intelligence agency’s activities
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 1:04 am

Alabama’s  Fusion Center is one of 78 such centers set up around the nation in the years following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, in response to federal findings that law enforcement and intelligence agencies didn’t do enough sharing of information about terrorism pre-9/11.

Monday 10/27/2014
Apple CEO pushes for LGBT rights in Alabama speech
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 11:15 pm

The CEO of the world's most powerful information technology company took his home state to task Monday for its lack of progress on gay rights. "We were too slow to recognize equality for African-Americans ... and too slow on equality for the LGBT community," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a speech at the Alabama State Capitol.

Monday 10/06/2014
Medical workers learning to fight Ebola at McClellan training center
Updated: October 07, 2014 - 7:29 am

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention workers were joined in Anniston on Monday by experts from Doctors Without Borders, among other groups, who are experienced in treating ebola patients and who will help prepare those workers for deployment to Africa.

Friday 09/26/2014
Democrat's Saddam comment sparks GOP backlash
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 6:25 pm

A Democratic candidate for Congress referred to Saddam Hussein as "a necessary evil" in a radio interview earlier this month — a comment that sparked a rebuke from the state's Republican Party.

Monday 06/09/2014
Bid to bring Democratic convention to state a longshot, experts say
Updated: June 13, 2014 - 11:13 pm

Political science experts think Birmingham’s bid for the 2016 Democratic National Convention has about as much a chance of succeeding as Alabama has of turning into a partisan blue state overnight. Which is to say, none.

Thursday 12/19/2013
Patriarch off 'Duck Dynasty' after gay comments
Posted: December 19, 2013

By Lynn Elber

Thursday 12/05/2013
Nelson Mandela, 95, dies
Posted: December 05, 2013

JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95.

Monday 11/25/2013
Rogers: 'Disappointed' in Iran nuclear deal
Posted: November 25, 2013

MONTGOMERY — Anniston's representative in Congress said he's not happy with the nuclear deal the U.S. and its allies struck with Iran over the weekend.

Wednesday 10/16/2013
Congress votes to avoid US default, reopen government
Posted: October 16, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up against a deadline, Congress passed and sent a waiting President Barack Obama legislation late Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown, the culmination of an epic political drama that placed the U.S. economy at risk.

Monday 09/30/2013
Shutdown orders issued as Congress misses deadline
Posted: September 30, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation's health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats adamantly refused.

Wednesday 09/18/2013
Surprise from Fed: No pullback in bond purchases
Posted: September 18, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprise, the Federal Reserve has decided against reducing its stimulus for the U.S. economy because its outlook for growth has dimmed in the past three months.

Monday 09/16/2013
D.C. Navy Yard shooter was reservist until 2011
Posted: September 16, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy says a gunman who opened fire inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard was a full-time reservist from 2007 to 2011.

Obama laments shooting as gun debate has gone cold
Posted: September 16, 2013

By Nedra Pickler

Thursday 09/05/2013
Sessions says Alabamians want to avoid Syria conflict
Posted: September 05, 2013

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions said Thursday that Alabamians are wary of getting involved in conflict in the Middle East, as the president seeks congressional support for action against Syria’s government for alleged chemical weapons attacks on civilians.

Monday 07/29/2013
Trying to save part of Rosie the Riveter's factory
Posted: July 29, 2013

By Mike Householder

Friday 07/26/2013
Feds to investigate 'Redneck Day' at Ariz. school
Posted: July 26, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education plans to investigate a controversial "Redneck Day" celebration two months ago at an Arizona high school.

Supreme Court strikes federal marriage provision
Posted: June 26, 2013

By Mark Sherman

High court strikes down federal marriage provision, clears way for same-sex unions in California
Posted: June 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — In significant but incomplete victories for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.

Tuesday 06/25/2013
High court voids key part of Voting Rights Act
Posted: June 25, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deeply divided Supreme Court on Tuesday halted enforcement of the federal government's most potent tool to stop voting discrimination over the past half century, saying it does not reflect racial progress.

Monday 06/24/2013
Key vote on immigration set in Senate
Posted: June 24, 2013

By Erica Werner

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