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Court blocks provisions in immigration laws, lets some controversial ones standupdated: Mon Aug 20 2012 21:39:00

An appeals court on Monday sided with the federal government in blocking several provisions in Alabama and Georgia's controversial anti-illegal immigration laws, while allowing other key parts of those laws to stand.

Suspect arrested in Ala. bar shootingupdated: Wed Jul 18 2012 10:50:00

Several people were shot at a Tuscaloosa, Alabama, bar. Police say they've arrested the man, seen on surveillance video.

Women allege widespread sexual abuse at Alabama prison, nonprofit group saysupdated: Tue May 22 2012 16:41:00

Male guards at an Alabama women's prison engaged in the widespread sexual abuse of female inmates for years, a nonprofit group alleged in a formal complaint filed with the Justice Department on Tuesday.

Alabama legislature passes new immigration billupdated: Wed May 16 2012 21:46:00

Alabama lawmakers passed a new bill Wednesday aimed at improving the state's controversial immigration law, but critics said the new measure might make things worse.

Alabama law scaring students away?updated: Fri May 04 2012 01:17:00

Reports show rising absenteeism among Hispanic students in the wake of Alabama's immigration law. Rafael Romo reports.

Feds: Alabama immigration law caused spike in Hispanic student absencesupdated: Fri May 04 2012 01:17:00

A top U.S. Justice Department official warned Alabama's education department that the state's controversial immigration law has had "lasting" and possibly illegal consequences for Hispanic school children, according to a letter released Thursday.

Tornado debris fuels fire in Alabamaupdated: Wed Mar 21 2012 05:57:00

Less than a year after a tornado swept through central Alabama, killing scores of people, a debris field created by that tornado caught fire Tuesday, threatening more than a dozen houses in the town of Brookwood, an official said.

Tornado debris fuels wildfire in Alabamaupdated: Wed Mar 21 2012 05:57:00

A year after a tornado swept through Brookwood, Alabama, a debris field left by that storm has caught fire.

Court blocks two portions of Ala. immigration lawupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 18:58:00

A federal appeals court in Atlanta on Thursday blocked two more portions of Alabama's tough law against illegal immigration.

Appeals court defers on state immigrations lawsupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 14:24:00

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals announced Thursday that it will not render an opinion on the challenges to tough laws against illegal immigration in Georgia and Alabama. The appeals court will let the Supreme Court first make a decision in a case regarding a similar law in Arizona.

Alabama immigration law foes seek automakers' supportupdated: Wed Feb 29 2012 00:01:00

Groups seeking to repeal a controversial Alabama immigration law are asking the state's highly influential auto manufacturing industry to join their cause.

SI.com: Andy Glockner: Alabama, Seton Hall among week's biggest bubble winnersupdated: Fri Feb 24 2012 14:15:00

One game can mean so much, good or bad, at this point in the season. A number of teams took significant steps toward or away from the Field of 68 this week. Ahead of Tuesday's next full update, here's an interim look at the biggest bubble results from this week (teams in alphabetical order):

Tornado recovery work begins in Alabamaupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 18:25:00

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Tuesday toured communities hit by a tornado that destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and killed two people.

Justices rule for death row inmate after legal mistakesupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 13:35:00

The Supreme Court gave an Alabama death row prisoner another chance Wednesday to appeal his conviction after a mailroom mistake and other circumstances initially left him unable to pursue further claims in court.

Alabama's immigration law under fireupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 05:30:00

CNN's Nick Valencia gives an update on the latest in Alabama's immigration debate.

Auto exec's arrest a new flashpoint in Alabama's immigration debateupdated: Tue Nov 22 2011 16:36:00

Fierce critics of Alabama's controversial new immigration law -- and one of its staunchest supporters -- are pointing to the arrest of a German Mercedes-Benz executive last week to make their case.

Justice Department approves congressional redistricting for Alabama updated: Mon Nov 21 2011 19:01:00

The Justice Department late Monday announced approval of a plan for Alabama's congressional districts that political observers say is likely to protect the seven incumbents.

Alabama legislator working to revise controversial immigration lawupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 11:39:00

A prominent Alabama state senator is leading an effort to revise the state's controversial anti-illegal immigration law, saying "unintended consequences" make some changes necessary.

Alabama's immigration battle not over yetupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 11:23:00

Enforcement of Alabama's anti-illegal immigration law has many Alabama residents wondering about the state's future.

U.S. makes case against Alabama's immigration lawupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 08:25:00

Alabama's immigration law is unconstitutional and aims to threaten "the most basic human needs," the U.S. Department of Justice said in a court filing.

Feds answer Alabama on immigration-related civil rights violations updated: Fri Nov 04 2011 15:33:00

The Justice Department sent a letter to the Alabama's attorney general Friday asserting that federal civil rights lawyers have the authority to investigate Alabama schools for discrimination based on immigration status -- and will continue to do so.

Alabama's attorney general balks at giving feds school dataupdated: Thu Nov 03 2011 05:52:00

Alabama's attorney general questioned Wednesday whether the federal government has the legal right to ask for data from school districts in the state, which has recently passed controversial legislation intended to reduce illegal immigration.

Why immigration uproar went nationwideupdated: Mon Oct 24 2011 19:57:00

Alabama now has the toughest immigration law in the nation. The law went into effect on September 29, prompting hundreds of families to pull their children from school and workers to disappear from Alabama farms. A federal appeals court has blocked some provisions, including the one requiring state officials to check the legal status of students in public schools. No doubt, the issue is far from being settled.

Lawsuit challenges Alabama county policies on marriage licensesupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 22:05:00

A lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center is challenging policies in several Alabama counties that, the center says, bar undocumented immigrants from getting marriage licenses.

Parts of Alabama immigration law blocked by federal appeals courtupdated: Fri Oct 14 2011 15:22:00

A federal appeals court has blocked enforcement of parts of a controversial immigration enforcement law in Alabama.

Judge denies motion to block Alabama immigration lawupdated: Wed Oct 05 2011 22:37:00

A federal district judge in Alabama denied on Wednesday an emergency request aimed at blocking parts of the state's new immigration law during an appeal process.

New Alabama law unsettling for some undocumented immigrantsupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 20:14:00

The ink had barely dried on the order signed by Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn, allowing most of Alabama's anti-illegal immigration law to go into effect, when fear settled into some in the state's Hispanic community.

Judge again blocks parts of tough Alabama immigration lawupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 12:11:00

A federal judge has again temporarily blocked enforcement of key parts of a tough immigration law in Alabama.

Attorney: Trial in Alabama college shootings set for Marchupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 16:30:00

A Harvard-educated former biology instructor will stand trial beginning March 19, 2012, in the shootings at a northern Alabama university that left of three of her colleagues dead and three wounded, her attorney said Thursday.

Judge temporarily blocks tough Alabama immigration lawupdated: Mon Aug 29 2011 16:14:00

A federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of a tough immigration law in Alabama on Monday.

Mexican government: Alabama law could promote racial profilingupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 20:29:00

A new Alabama immigration law could lead to racial profiling and adversely affect the rights of Mexican nationals living in or visiting the state, Mexican officials said Friday.

Major employer to rebuild in tornado-ravaged Alabama townupdated: Mon Aug 01 2011 22:43:00

After an anxious three-month wait, residents of a northwest Alabama town that lost 18 residents and its business core to an EF-5 tornado learned Monday night that their largest employer will rebuild -- and may add jobs.

Couple and 5 children killed in rural Alabama plane crashupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 00:11:00

A small plane went down short of an airport in rural Alabama, killing a couple and five of their children, authorities said.

Civil rights groups sue challenging Alabama anti-illegal immigrant lawupdated: Fri Jul 08 2011 16:55:00

Several prominent civil rights groups filed a class action lawsuit Friday challenging Alabama's new anti-illegal immigration law, the latest such legal effort aimed at similar bills passed in various states.

Alabama Reps discuss new lawupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 05:39:00

State representatives in Alabama discuss the immigration bill just signed into law by Gov. Robert Bentley.

Alabama governor signs tough new immigration lawupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 05:39:00

Alabama's governor has signed what he billed as tough illegal immigration legislation, requiring police to check the status of anyone they suspect may be in the country illegally when stopped for another reason.

Survivors start road to recoveryupdated: Fri May 06 2011 13:30:00

The storms that devastated the South are gone, but the survivors are just beginning to realize how much they've lost.

Picking up the pieces after stormupdated: Mon May 02 2011 10:21:00

CNN's Ines Ferre reports on how insurance claims are helping Alabama storm victims put their lives back together.

Storms leave trail of death, destruction across Southupdated: Sat Apr 30 2011 21:12:00

The storm system that plowed through the South left scenes of destruction described as "surreal" and "sickening" by those who saw them. Authorities were working to reach those trapped; some states are facing a long and arduous recovery. Here's a look at the latest confirmed death toll as provided by state authorities as well as reports from some of the worst-hit areas.

In Alabama city, 'everything is gone and I am not exaggerating'updated: Sat Apr 30 2011 16:06:00

In a matter of minutes, a way of life disappeared in Hackleburg, Alabama.

Tornado caught on tapeupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 22:41:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to a man who videotaped a tornado in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Video shows tornado on the groundupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 22:08:00

Affiliate WDBD shot this video of a tornado on the ground near Jackson, Mississippi.

Justices to weigh whether inmate should die after mailroom snafuupdated: Mon Mar 21 2011 14:42:00

The Supreme Court will decide whether a mailroom mistake was sufficient reason for a death row inmate's appeals to be rejected.

DOJ: 'This is astonishing in scope'updated: Mon Oct 04 2010 16:04:00

Federal officials announce charges against 11 people in Alabama alleging corruption related to the state legislature.

11 charged in Alabama federal corruption caseupdated: Mon Oct 04 2010 16:04:00

Federal officials announced charges Monday against 11 people in Alabama as part of a 39-count indictment alleging corruption related to the state legislature.

Fortune: Alabama schools turn to bank loans to operateupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 10:10:00

Alabama schools have been having a rough time of it, and it only looks like it's going to get rougher. The Cotton State recently came in last place in the federal Department of Education's Race to the Top grant competition. And a steadfast global recession combined with the Gulf Coast oil spill this summer have put a severe strain on the state's tax receipts, the primary source of revenue for Alabama's education system, forcing several school systems to take out private loans just to make it through the year.

Up to 100 treated after ammonia leak in Alabamaupdated: Mon Aug 23 2010 14:47:00

As many as 100 people were treated Monday for exposure to an ammonia leak at a warehouse in Theodore, Alabama, an emergency management official said.

CNNMoney: Jobless claims slide in latest weekupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 09:18:00

The number of Americans filing for initial unemployment insurance fell last week, the government said Thursday.

Oil hits Alabama, Mississippi barrier islandsupdated: Tue Jun 01 2010 19:57:00

Rust-colored oil washed ashore on barrier islands off Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday, while more patches of crude offshore appeared to be moving toward those states' coasts, authorities reported.

Oil reaches Alabama beachupdated: Tue Jun 01 2010 19:57:00

CNN's Patrick Oppmann confirms that oil has reached Alabama's shores for the first time.

Voters could make history in Alabamaupdated: Tue Jun 01 2010 08:29:00

Three states -- Alabama, Mississippi, and New Mexico -- hold primaries Tuesday, and voters could make history in one of those states.

Feds close more Gulf waters to fishing due to oil spillupdated: Mon May 31 2010 20:02:00

The federal government ordered another 1,200 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico closed to fishing Monday due to the ongoing oil spill off Louisiana, extending the restricted zone toward the coasts of Alabama and Mississippi.

Oil wreaks havoc on Gulf Coast livelihoods before it arrivesupdated: Sat May 01 2010 22:36:00

As Gulf Coast residents wait for a huge oil slick to reach their shores, the spill and the massive response already have begun wreaking havoc on livelihoods in a region where jobs are largely dependent on two ocean intensive industries: seafood and tourism.

Time runs out for Alabama fishing townupdated: Sat May 01 2010 22:36:00

CNN's David Mattingly reports from an Alabama town that is facing a grim future after the oil spill.

Alabama gets snowupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 21:20:00

Mobile County, Alabama got hit with the snow storm that swept through the South. (no audio)

Ninth-grader fatally shot by classmate at Alabama schoolupdated: Sat Feb 06 2010 04:47:00

A ninth-grade student was in custody Saturday and charged with murder after he allegedly shot a classmate in the back of the head at their northern Alabama middle school, authorities said.

SI.com: IndyCar announces deal to add Alabama track in 2010updated: Tue Jul 28 2009 01:54:00

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- IndyCar racing is coming to NASCAR country.

Crew of Alabama says sailors jumped pirates to retake controlupdated: Sun Apr 12 2009 11:41:00

The battle for control of the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama began with a bold move by some of the crew to jump the pirates, crew members say.

Alabama mass grave may contain bodies from 1870s epidemicupdated: Tue Mar 31 2009 16:38:00

A mass grave unearthed Tuesday in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, is believed to contain bodies from an epidemic of yellow fever that swept the city in the 1870s, police said.

Alabama shooting spreeupdated: Thu Mar 12 2009 17:26:00

An Alabama man went on a shooting spree, killing 10 people, before committing suicide. Brooke Baldwin reports.

At least 10 dead in two-town Alabama shooting spreeupdated: Wed Mar 11 2009 01:05:00

At least 10 people were killed Tuesday in a shooting spree that spanned two small southern Alabama towns, state officials confirmed. The gunman, who turned the gun on himself, and the wife and child of a sheriff's deputy were among those killed.

Alabama to link premium costs to workers' healthupdated: Fri Sep 19 2008 18:01:00

A new plan that would effectively fine Alabama state employees who don't monitor their health is set to start early next year.

Road trip retraces civil rights history in Alabamaupdated: Fri Sep 12 2008 15:47:00

A trip through sweltering Alabama to experience some of the civil rights movement's most important sites brought history books to life for my family and me.

Time.com: Ala. to Charge Obese State Workersupdated: Fri Aug 22 2008 17:20:00

Alabama, pushed to second in national obesity rankings by deep-fried Southern favorites, is cracking down on state workers who are too fat

CNNMoney: Restaurants' triple serving of recessionupdated: Wed Apr 09 2008 12:33:00

Jeannie Felts Buckner is caught in a recession triple squeeze.

CNNMoney: Diesel: The truck stops hereupdated: Tue Apr 01 2008 10:42:00

The kid who delivers your pizza may be charging you an extra buck for gas, but for the guy that trucked the tomatoes, hauled the dough or milked the cows, passing along the fuel increase isn't as easy as pie.

Military: 23 Marines injured in Alabama bus accidentupdated: Sun Mar 09 2008 19:37:00

A bus carrying members of a Marine Corps Reserve unit overturned at an Alabama military base Sunday, leaving 23 Marines injured, four of them critically, the military said in a news release.

4 secrets for a perfectly timed vacationupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 09:49:00

If you've seen one tourism brochure that refers to itself as a "year-round" destination, you've probably seen them all.

Store collapses around workersupdated: Mon Feb 18 2008 21:49:00

CNN's Kiran Chetry talks with a man who survived a tornado by taking refuge in a laundry room.

SI.com: Andy Staples: A look at the top prospects in the class of 2009updated: Fri Feb 08 2008 15:36:00

Sick of hearing about the class of 2008 after a few days of paralysis by analysis? Good. Now it's time to move on to the class of 2009.

SI.com: Andy Staples: Clemson lands impressive haulupdated: Wed Feb 06 2008 18:51:00

Life was pretty good for Tommy Bowden before Wednesday. The Clemson coach recently signed a seven-year contract extension -- after a flirtation with Arkansas -- that could pay him as much as $2.2 million a year. He already had defensive end DaQuan Bowers, the player some believe is the best prospect in the class of 2008, on campus and attending classes.

U.S. Supreme Court halts Alabama execution updated: Thu Jan 31 2008 19:55:00

The Supreme Court blocked a scheduled execution at the last minute, keeping in place a de facto moratorium on capital punishment while it considers the constitutional question over how lethal injection is administered.

SI.com: Andy Staples: Quick update on America's best uncommitted playersupdated: Fri Jan 25 2008 00:50:00

Players are committing earlier and earlier these days. How early? Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei quarterback Matt Barkley, one of the nation's top prospects for the class of 2009, already announced his commitment to USC.

Grief consumes familyupdated: Sun Jan 20 2008 21:47:00

As she and her family deal with grief and anger, the mother of four children thrown from a bridge speaks to the press.

Rare snow disrupts travel in the Southeastupdated: Sat Jan 19 2008 22:35:00

Rain and snow fell Saturday across the Southeast, causing slippery roads, triggering flight cancellations and setting the stage for icy conditions as temperatures continued to drop.

SI.com: Andy Staples: Assessing Looking at which teams are winning recruiting warsupdated: Tue Jan 15 2008 16:14:00

The easiest way to rank a recruiting class is to wait four years and add up a school's wins and losses. But where's the fun in that? With three weeks to go until national signing day, most programs have a pretty good idea how their class will look. And while it's a fruitless exercise to rank classes that aren't yet complete, it's not hard to figure out which category some of the nation's high-profile programs belong in at the moment.

CNNMoney: Gas prices hit working classupdated: Wed Nov 14 2007 07:02:00

Lower-income Americans spend eight times more of their disposable income on gasoline than wealthier residents do.

FSB: How do I start blogging?updated: Wed Oct 31 2007 10:17:00

Dear FSB: I run a newly established home-based travel agency. What is the best way for a small business owner to get started blogging?

FSB: How can I market on a shoestring?updated: Tue Oct 30 2007 12:36:00

Dear FSB: I own a small health and safety company, which I am financing on a tight budget. What is the best way to market our services in the local metro area (Columbus, Ga.) without breaking the bank?

Time.com: Alabama Picks a Bible Textbook updated: Mon Oct 22 2007 16:00:00

The state's school board is the first to approve a text for studying the Bible's influence on history and culture, which is not the same thing as Bible study. Will other states follow suit?

Time.com: 3 Soldiers Dead in Ala. Copter Crashupdated: Wed Sep 12 2007 16:00:00

An Army helicopter on a training flight in foggy weather struck a power line and crashed in northeast Alabama, killing all three soldiers on board

SI.com: Jets: The Sweet Life of Swinging Joeupdated: Tue Sep 11 2007 04:32:00

This story was originally published in the Oct. 17, 1966 issue of Sports Illustrated

FSB: Four states working to fix insuranceupdated: Tue Aug 14 2007 21:11:00

A range of remedies to help homeowners and businesses.

Time.com: Alabama Town May Vote Itself Dryupdated: Tue Aug 14 2007 11:00:00

A measure to end the sale of alcohol in Athens, Ala., is up for a citywide vote, a rare instance where voters could overturn a previous vote to allow sales

Bus, SUV collide in Alabamaupdated: Fri Jul 27 2007 08:43:00

Bus, SUV collide in Alabama

CNNMoney: Most ruthless foreclosure statesupdated: Mon Jul 23 2007 01:58:00

In Alabama, late-paying homeowners can lose their properties to foreclosure at breathtaking speed - as little as 30 days after a delinquency notice is published.

Time.com: Rove Named in Alabama Controversyupdated: Tue Jun 05 2007 10:40:00

Bush's adviser was cited in efforts to get the Justice Dept. to pursue Siegelman, according to a newly disclosed affidavit

SI.com: The deep endupdated: Tue May 15 2007 15:16:00

Anyone who follows college football recruiting knows that it's a cyclical business.

Train carrying shuttle rockets derails updated: Wed May 02 2007 15:09:00

A train carrying reusable solid rocket booster segments for the space shuttle derailed in western Alabama Wednesday, leaving at least two people injured, a NASA spokeswoman said.

SI.com: Mad as hellupdated: Fri Apr 27 2007 12:28:00

SI.com's experts weigh in with their predictions for this Sunday's race in Talladega, Ala.

SI.com: Rights of springupdated: Tue Apr 24 2007 10:58:00

This much we now know beyond the shadow of a doubt: Americans love their spring football.

SI.com: Take twoupdated: Fri Apr 13 2007 00:07:00

Last Monday, I published a column about new Alabama coach Nick Saban that mentioned how he abruptly skipped out on our scheduled interview during my recent visit there. That little nugget was never intended to be the centerpiece of the column. It was part of a larger description of what I observed there -- all of which illustrated a larger point that Saban's "jerkish" ways would ultimately be good for Alabama's long-struggling (and often loosely run) program.

SI.com: Changing of the Tideupdated: Mon Apr 09 2007 09:50:00

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- New Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn't have time for you. Or me. Or anyone that's not one of the 85 or so football players he's trying to turn into champions (or the prospective recruits he'd like to add to those 85). Thus, he treats the rest of his world -- assistants, support staff, the media -- accordingly.

SI.com: Turn of the Tideupdated: Thu Mar 08 2007 17:05:00

ATLANTA -- They came within one basket of the Sweet 16 last year, returned four starters, and were ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation in December. And now the Alabama Crimson Tide will wait for a call from the NIT.

SI.com: Too good to pass upupdated: Thu Mar 01 2007 09:38:00

It's a Mata-Matta world -- in that order -- at the top of the regular season's final Power Rankings.

Storms across U.S. kill at least 11updated: Thu Mar 01 2007 08:40:00

Storms stampeded throughout the central and southeastern United States on Thursday, leaving at least 11 people dead.

SI.com: The 10 Spot: Feb. 1, 2007updated: Thu Feb 01 2007 10:07:00

1. Sweat shirt size of the week: The XXXXXXL sported by 7-foot-9, 370-pound Chinese center Sun Ming Ming for the Maryland Nighthawks of the ABA. Naturally, Sun (or is it Ming Ming?) complains that the garment is too small. Indeed, it's so hard to find a good tailor (or schneider, for you Yiddish-speaking readers) these days.

SI.com: The 10 Spot: Jan. 5, 2007updated: Fri Jan 05 2007 10:02:00

It's the first Friday of the month and thus time for the latest all-reader-submission edition. Thanks as always for the entries. Please check back with the 10 Spot next week when we will be on location in Glendale, Ariz., for the BCS Championship Game, including a live running diary posted throughout Monday night's game.

Deep South headed for deep freezeupdated: Thu Dec 07 2006 09:09:00

A powerful cold front headed for the Deep South on Thursday, bringing the lowest temperatures of the season to many parts of the United States.

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