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HOOVER, Ala | Suspect arrested in Alabama mall shooting; protests continue

HOOVER, Ala. — Authorities arrested a suspect in a Thanksgiving shooting that spread panic at Alabama’s largest shopping mall Thursday, but protesters said they would continue demonstrations over the police killing of another black man who was initially believed to be the shooter. Erron Martez Dequan Brown, 20, of Bessemer was captured in Georgia at … Continue reading HOOVER, Ala | Suspect arrested in Alabama mall shooting; protests continue

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. | New black officers, court officials rethinking US policing

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Veteran Alabama law enforcement officer Mark Pettway grew up in a black neighborhood called “Dynamite Hill” because the Ku Klux Klan bombed so many houses there in the 1950s and ’60s. Now, after becoming the first black person elected sheriff in Birmingham — on the same day voters elected the community’s first black … Continue reading BIRMINGHAM, Ala. | New black officers, court officials rethinking US policing

ATLANTA | Democrat Abrams files new suit in Georgia governor’s race

ATLANTA — Stacey Abrams’ Democratic campaign filed a federal lawsuit Sunday asking a judge to delay vote certifications in Georgia unsettled governor’s race by one day and to make officials count any votes that were wrongly rejected. If successful, the suit would prevent officials from certifying county vote totals until Wednesday and could restore at … Continue reading ATLANTA | Democrat Abrams files new suit in Georgia governor’s race

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. | Post-Michael Florida: Fear, frustration and life on the edge

MEXICO BEACH, Fla.  — Missing relatives and worries that looters are just outside the door. Dirty clothes. Hours-long lines for gasoline, insurance adjusters, food and water. No power, no air conditioning, no schools, no information and little real improvement in sight. Daily life is a series of fears and frustrations, both large and small, for … Continue reading MEXICO BEACH, Fla. | Post-Michael Florida: Fear, frustration and life on the edge

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. | Tears flow as Mexico Beach residents come home after Michael

MEXICO BEACH, Fla.  — With stunned faces and tears, residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach returned home for the first time Wednesday about a week after Hurricane Michael hit to find pieces of their lives scattered across the sand and a community altered. Nancy Register sobbed uncontrollably after finding no trace of the large camper where … Continue reading MEXICO BEACH, Fla. | Tears flow as Mexico Beach residents come home after Michael

PANAMA CITY, Fla. | Scope of Michael’s fury becomes clearer in Florida Panhandle

PANAMA CITY, Fla.— Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said Tuesday. That’s in addition to at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the South. The scope of the storm’s fury became clearer after nearly a … Continue reading PANAMA CITY, Fla. | Scope of Michael’s fury becomes clearer in Florida Panhandle

PANAMA CITY, Fla. | Death toll rises to 6 in wake of Hurricane Michael’s rampage

PANAMA CITY, Fla.— Linda Marquardt rode out Hurricane Michael with her husband at their home in Mexico Beach. When their house filled with surging ocean water, they fled upstairs. Now their home is full of mud and everywhere they look there’s utter devastation in their Florida Panhandle community: fishing boats tossed like toys, roofs lifted … Continue reading PANAMA CITY, Fla. | Death toll rises to 6 in wake of Hurricane Michael’s rampage

PANAMA CITY | ‘Changed Forever’: Florida Panhandle devastated by Michael

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — The devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael came into focus Thursday with rows upon rows of homes found smashed to pieces, and rescue crews struggling to enter stricken areas in hopes of accounting for hundreds of people who may have stayed behind. At least three deaths were blamed on Michael, the most … Continue reading PANAMA CITY | ‘Changed Forever’: Florida Panhandle devastated by Michael