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College Students' Road Trip Ends in Deadly Shootout

2 alleged forest dwellers charged with killing 22-year-old Adam Simjee in Alabama

(Newser) - A Florida college student exploring the Alabama wilderness with his girlfriend was fatally wounded during a shootout with a would-be robber who appeared to be living with others in the woods, authorities said. Adam Simjee, 22, was shot to death in the Talladega National Forest near popular Cheaha State Park...

Autopsy Reveals 'Lengthy, Painful' Alabama Execution

Victim's family didn't want Joe Nathan James Jr. executed

(Newser) - The family of the woman he killed did not want him executed . But Joe Nathan James Jr. was put to death last month in Alabama anyway, and now an independent autopsy reveals that his was a "lengthy and painful death," according to a reporter who witnessed the procedure....

Here Are the Best, Worst States to Have a Kid

Massachusetts is the No. 1 state, in WalletHub's assessment; Alabama comes in last

(Newser) - If you're thinking of starting a family, or want to expand the one you have, there are some US states that may be better than others, from the birthing process onward. WalletHub looked at nearly three dozen metrics for all 50 states and DC, in four main categories: cost,...

At Execution, Officials Told Journalist Her Skirt Was Too Short
At Execution, Officials
Told Journalist Her
Skirt Was Too Short

At Execution, Officials Told Journalist Her Skirt Was Too Short

Reporter had to change into a male photographer's extra pants

(Newser) - While attempting to report on an Alabama execution last week , a female journalist was informed by a prison official that her skirt was too short and did not meet regulations. Another female reporter says she was subjected to a full-body inspection to make sure her clothing lengths were appropriate, the...

Union Slams 'Outrageous' Order to Pay Coal Company $13M

United Mine Workers of America plans to challenge decision on costs caused by strike

(Newser) - A federal oversight board has ordered the United Mine Workers of America to pay more than $13 million in compensation to an Alabama coal company whose members have been on strike for more than a year, a ruling the union said Wednesday it would challenge. The National Labor Relations Board...

Cops: Girl, 12, Chewed Through Restraints to Escape Kidnapper

Police ultimately found 2 dead bodies after child was found walking alone

(Newser) - Alabama police say a 12-year-old girl chewed through her restraints to escape after she was kidnapped, assaulted, drugged, and tied to bed posts for almost a week. She was found walking alone down a road south of Dadeville Monday, and the ensuing investigation ultimately led authorities to the discovery of...

Family: He Killed Our Mom. His Execution Was 'Tragic'

Alabama executes Joe Nathan James Jr. for 1994 murder of Faith Hall

(Newser) - An Alabama inmate convicted of killing his former girlfriend decades ago was executed Thursday night despite pleas from the victim's family to spare his life . Joe Nathan James Jr. received a lethal injection at a south Alabama prison after the US Supreme Court denied his request for a stay,...

Execution Will Go Forward Despite Plea From Victim's Family

Victim's daughters, brother don't want her killer put to death

(Newser) - Alabama is set to execute a man Thursday evening who was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend nearly three decades ago, despite a request from the victim’s family to spare his life , the AP reports. Joe Nathan James Jr. is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 6pm CDT at...

Daughters, Brother of Slain Woman Want Mercy for Her Killer

They've asked Alabama governor to stop the execution

(Newser) - Terryln Hall was just 6 years old when her mother, Faith, was fatally shot by a former boyfriend. Now, nearly 30 years later, Hall and her sister—along with their uncle—oppose Alabama’s plan to execute the man who killed their mother, the AP reports. Unless a judge or...

Reuters: Hyundai Subsidiary in Alabama Used Child Labor

Insiders say siblings ages 12, 13, and 15 were among numerous underage workers

(Newser) - The use of child labor in dangerous factories isn't a thing of the past, or a thing that only happens in other countries, according to a Reuters report on a Hyundai subsidiary in Alabama. Reuters says that after a 13-year-old Guatemalan girl disappeared from her family's home earlier...

He Escaped With Vicky White, Is Charged With Her Murder

Casey White was indicted on Tuesday

(Newser) - Corrections officer Vicky White died by suicide in May as police pursued the car she was in with escaped Alabama convict Casey White—and now Casey White is charged in her death. The escapee, who was apprehended May 9 in Evansville, Indiana, has been charged with felony murder.

Boys 'Shouldn't Have Been Able to Physically Do What They Did'

10-year-old twins credited with saving dad Brad Hassig from drowning using CPR they saw in films

(Newser) - Ten-year-old twins Bridon and Christian Hassig had never tried CPR themselves, but they knew what it looked like, based on scenes from movies including Hook and The Sandlot. That came in extremely handy on June 14, when their father—the only adult at their home in Mountain Brook, Ala.—...

After Tie, GOP to Pick Nominee by Chance

Alabama Senate challenger is suspicious of outcome

(Newser) - Alabama's Republican Party has declared a tie in the primary race for a state Senate seat and says the winner will be chosen by lot. A state party news release says the party’s Candidate Committee held a hearing Saturday and said the District 27 primary race between Auburn...

In Alabama, an Unusual Test of Trump's Influence

Former president initially endorsed Mo Brooks in Senate race, then unendorsed him

(Newser) - A handful of states are holding contests Tuesday at the midpoint of a primary season that has been shaped by former President Trump's effort to influence the GOP, per the AP . Nowhere is that more in evidence than in Alabama, where GOP Rep. Mo Brooks and fellow Republican Katie...

Death Toll Rises in Ala. Church Shooting, Suspect IDed

3 have died after Vestavia Hills shooting; Robert Findlay Smith faces capital murder charges

(Newser) - Update: Police have IDed a suspect in Thursday night's church shooting in Alabama. Robert Findlay Smith, 70, who's now facing capital murder charges, is said to have been a fairly regular attendee at services at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills, with the reverend's wife...

Bad Time to Capsize Kayak: When Fleeing From Police

Ala. theft suspect had to swim to shore, where police were waiting: report

(Newser) - An alleged thief in Alabama tried to evade police by hopping in a river kayak, only to capsize shortly after, authorities say. Numerous people had called Hokes Bluff Police on Friday to report the man, who was allegedly seen wandering through backyards and stealing a lawn mower and leaf blower,...

Police at Alabama School Kill 'Potential Intruder'

Superintendent says man tried the building's locked doors

(Newser) - A man who tried to enter an Alabama elementary school where a summer program was being held was shot to death by police Thursday morning, authorities said. Gadsden City Schools Superintendent Tony Reddick told reporters that a "potential intruder" went to several doors trying to get into Walnut Park...

Trump's Clout Faces Big Test in Georgia Races

It's another primary day

(Newser) - It's another busy primary Tuesday. Georgia takes center stage as Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger try to fight back challengers endorsed by former President Trump, who's seeking revenge for his 2020 election defeat in the state. An assessment at FiveThirtyEight sees that and other...

Sheriff Says Fugitive Planned Shootout With Officers

Casey White, Vicky White spent 6 days holed up in Indiana motel

(Newser) - Authorities chasing two fugitives from Alabama Monday afternoon "basically rammed the vehicle and pushed it into a ditch," a sheriff in Indiana said Tuesday—and the move may have saved the lives of multiple officers. Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said recaptured murder suspect Casey White has told...

Casey White as He Was Captured: 'Y'all, Help My Wife'

Vicky White ultimately succumbed to her injuries

(Newser) - Within hours of the capture of an escaped Alabama inmate and the corrections officer who allegedly helped him facilitate that escape, the officer had died of injuries sustained during or just after Monday's high-speed chase. Vicky White, 56, was driving as officers closed in on the Cadillac carrying her...

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