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Donald Watkins sentenced to 5 years for scamming Charles Barkley, others

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — A lawyer convicted of swindling NBA star Charles Barkley and using the name of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to bolster an investment scam has been sentenced to five years in prison.U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre also ordered Donald Watkins to pay about $14 million in restitution during a hearing Tuesday.Prosecutors were seeking a prison sentence of 17½ years for the 70-year ...

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Some migrants allowed to cross on first day of asylum policy

By ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press Nearly two dozen immigrants were allowed to cross the U.S.-Mexico border to seek asylum on Tuesday, the day the Trump administration planned to launch a drastic policy change designed to end asylum protections for most migrants who travel through another country to reach the United States. The administration announced the plans a day earlier, reversing decades of U.S. polic ...

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Search in Smith Lake hindered by standing underwater timbers

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports ARLEY — The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) continues the difficult search for a missing boater on Smith Lake. The search for 26-year-old Kelsey Nicole Starling has been hindered by deep waters and underground rough. Crews have been looking for Starling since a July 4 evening boat crash. Sonar images made in the range of 150 - 225 feet show large standing timb ...

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Apollo 11 astronauts returning to launch pad 50 years later

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 11's astronauts are returning to the exact spot from where they flew to the moon 50 years ago. NASA has invited Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A on Tuesday. They will mark the precise moment — 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969 — that their Saturn V rocket departed on humanity's first moon landing. Miss ...

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3 Alabama officers cleared in shootings that killed 2

By the Associated Press WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) — Grand juries have cleared three Alabama police officers in a pair of unrelated shootings that killed two men in January. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that a recent grand jury in Elmore County didn't return charges against two sheriff's deputies in the fatal shooting of 70-year-old Johnny Burney of Eclectic. Authorities say officers saw Burney with a handgun ...

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Police: 21,000 child porn images found in Alabama man’s home

By the Associated Press MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama musician has been accused of possessing and intending to distribute more than 21,000 child porn videos and images. News outlets report 30-year-old Logan Brent Maughon filed a "not guilty" motion Monday. He was charged last week with possession and dissemination of child pornography. Mobile Police Representative Charlette Solis says police received an on ...

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Judge to sentence father, son convicted of investor fraud

By the Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — On Tuesday, a federal judge will sentence an Alabama attorney and his son who were convicted of defrauding investors and a bank out of millions of dollars. Prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence of 17½ years Donald Watkins Sr. and 6½ years for his son, Donald Watkins Jr. A jury convicted the men of bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy in March. Prosecutors ...

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Boy, 3, dies after falling into restaurant grease trap in Rochester, NY

By the Associated Press ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy has died after falling into an underground grease collection tank behind an upstate New York fast-food restaurant. Rochester Police Investigator Frank Camp says the boy fell through a plastic cover into the grease trap behind a Tim Hortons restaurant Monday morning. Witnesses pulled the unidentified child out and administered CPR. Camp says the ...

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The Latest: Barry overwhelms sewage systems on Alabama coast

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Barry (all times local): 9:50 a.m. Authorities say rains from Barry overwhelmed sewer systems on Alabama's coasts, causing more than 250,000 gallons (946,000 liters) in spills. The Alabama Department of Public Health says more than 180,000 gallons (680,000 liters) of sewage spilled in Baldwin County, located across Mobile Bay from the city of Mobile. An estimated 125,000 gal ...

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The Latest: Louisiana governor ‘grateful’ storm wasn’t worse

By the Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's governor says he is "extremely grateful" that Tropical Depression Barry did not cause the disastrous floods that had earlier been forecast. In a news conference Sunday evening, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Barry's rains could have been much worse. He says the state is now better prepared for future storms. Edwards says more than 90 people have been rescue ...

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