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Musicians to perform during Athens instrument drive

"The Voice" competitor Johnny Hayes and the Loveseats will headline the Union Hall instrument drive concert on Saturday in Athens. Bring any instrument - guitars, harmonicas, drums, recorders, tambourines - and get free admission into the concert. Instruments will be donated to the Athens and Limest

DECATUR DAILY - 2017-09-20 21:15:00

Annual Athens Grease Festival around the corner

Yesterday, East Limestone High School band members turned out in togas, performing on the courthouse steps and providing the community a glimpse of what attendees can expect from this year's Athens Grease Festival on Sept. 30. Named as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast last year by the South

NEWS-COURIER - 2017-09-21 11:30:00

Police: Prank to blame for shooting scare at Madison County school

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Police say a prank is to blame for a shooting scare at a combined elementary-middle school in Alabama. Dozens of police arrived at the Williams School in Huntsville on Wednesday after police received a report of a shooting. A school spokesman says authorities initially believ

NEWS-COURIER - 2017-09-20 19:32:00

NAACP seminar to address financial, housing concerns

An upcoming seminar has the goal of educating North Alabama's minority community about a number of financial issues and pitfalls residents may not know about. The housing and financial seminar, hosted by the Limestone County NAACP, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Athens Public Li

NEWS-COURIER - 2017-09-21 15:28:00

A teacher's quick reaction saves lives in Illinois high school cafeteria shooting

The main entrance to Mattoon High School Wednesday afternoon after a shooting that left one student injured took place that morning. The suspected gunman was taken into custody by Mattoon Police.Keith Stewart MATTOON, Ill.-- Officials praised the quick reaction of a high school teacher who subdued a

NEWS-COURIER - 2017-09-21 00:37:00

Puerto Rico entirely without power as Hurricane Maria hammers island

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Hurricane Maria delivered a destructive full-body blow to this U.S. territory on Wednesday, ripping off metal roofs, generating terrifying and potentially lethal flash floods, knocking out 100 percent of the island's electrical grid, and decimating some communities. With sust

NEWS-COURIER - 2017-09-21 12:20:00

Neighbors yell 'he can't hear you' before Oklahoma City officer fatally shoots deaf man

Neighbors yelled "he can't hear you!" But the two officers kept shouting commands. Sgt. Christopher Barnes and Lt. Matthew Lindsey ordered Magdiel Sanchez to drop a 2-foot-long metal pipe. Instead, the 35-year-old stepped from the porch of the single-story house in suburban Oklahoma City, apparently

NEWS-COURIER - 2017-09-21 12:13:00

COLUMN: How the latest effort to repeal Obamacare would affect millions

At the end of July, the nation held its collective breath as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) looked poised to achieve his most formidable parliamentary accomplishment: the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. But Republican hopes were dashed by one of their own, Sen. Joh

NEWS-COURIER - 2017-09-20 21:45:00

Lack of flood insurance leaves Texans high and dry

A tow driver pulls a car out of flood waters on a feeder road on State Highway 249, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2017, after Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area. Kyle Phillips / The Transcript AUSTIN - Insurance may have covered only 25 to 45 percent of Houston houses flooded by Tropical Storm Harvey, but th

NEWS-COURIER - 2017-09-20 21:39:00

Former players in NFL concussion settlement may be victimized by predatory practices

PHILADELPHIA - With six- and seven-figure payouts from the NFL concussion settlement starting to circulate, former football players have been approached by several entities trying to get a piece of the court-mandated rewards. They include lenders, lawyers and even fellow players. In an exploratory h

NEWS-COURIER - 2017-09-20 20:30:00

Equifax may be happy to spend $1 per customer for their trouble

Equifax could get away with paying a mere $1 per person after failing to protect almost half of America's credit data. While the 118-year-old credit-reporting firm has been hit with more than 100 consumer lawsuits over its massive security breach, legal experts say there's room for a deal because ne

NEWS-COURIER - 2017-09-20 16:15:00

America's opioid problem is so bad it's cutting into U.S. life expectancy

Prosecutors in New York announced this week that an August drug raid yielded 140 pounds of fentanyl, the most in the city's history and enough to kill 32 million people, they told New York 4. Those numbers underscore the dizzying size of the current opioid crisis, and the report of the New York bust

NEWS-COURIER - 2017-09-20 11:32:00

Health care advocates urge legislators to vote against GOP health care bill

WASHINGTON - As Senate Republicans make a final stab this year at undoing former President Barack Obama's health care law, health care advocates are urging their legislators to vote against the measure. "We believe in protecting our neighbor," said Perry Bryant, president of West Virginians for Affo

NEWS-COURIER - 2017-09-20 21:57:00

Captain: Oklahoma City man killed by police was deaf

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City police officers who opened fire on a man in front of his home as he approached them holding a metal pipe didn't hear witnesses yelling that he was deaf, a department official said Wednesday. Magdiel Sanchez, 35, wasn't obeying the officers' commands before one shot

NEWS-COURIER - 2017-09-20 19:33:00

Raytheon workers picket, demand better benefits from billion-dollar corporation

ANDOVER, Mass. - Employees at one of the country's largest defense technology and innovation companies are making their voices heard in hopes of securing the benefits they believe they deserve ahead of an important deadline this weekend. Raytheon production employees, whose contract is due to expire

NEWS-COURIER - 2017-09-20 18:25:00

Government seeks prison time for Weiner in sexting case

NEW YORK (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner deserves about two years in prison for engaging in sexting with a 15-year-old girl despite his claims that he has been reformed, prosecutors said Wednesday. A Manhattan judge is scheduled to sentence the New York Democrat on Monday for transferring obs

NEWS-COURIER - 2017-09-20 18:12:00

Colorado cops search for poop-and-run jogger

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Police in Colorado are looking for a jogger they say is repeatedly interrupting her runs to defecate in public in one neighborhood. Cathy Budde says she was first alerted to the woman she's dubbed "The Mad Pooper" by her children, who caught the jogger in the act weeks

NEWS-COURIER - 2017-09-20 15:33:00

Trump: Mideast peace deal may be 'toughest deal of all'

NEW YORK (AP) - President Donald Trump says achieving peace between the Israelis and Palestinians may be the "toughest deal of all" he's tried to negotiate. Trump says his administration nonetheless is working "very hard" for peace in the region. He says there's a "pretty good shot" it can be achiev

NEWS-COURIER - 2017-09-20 15:31:00

Mexicans dig through collapsed buildings as quake kills 225

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Rescuers said Wednesday they have found a surviving child in the ruins of a school that collapsed in Mexico's magnitude 7.1 earthquake, one of many efforts across the city to save people trapped in under schools, homes and businesses toppled by a quake that killed at least 225 peo

NEWS-COURIER - 2017-09-20 15:30:00

Alabama man pleads to manslaughter in pastor's death

DECATUR (AP) - An Alabama man has been sentenced to three years in prison for manslaughter in the death of an 85-year-old pastor. The Decatur Daily reports a Morgan County grand jury indicted 36-year-old Justin Lee Moore, of Hartselle, last year. It stemmed from a two-vehicle crash in September 2015

NEWS-COURIER - 2017-09-20 15:26:00