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Appeals court blocks parts of Alabama immigration law

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court Friday temporarily blocked Alabama from enforcing part of its tough new law cracking down on illegal immigrants but allowed some disputed portions to remain in effect. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, granted the Obama administration…

Civil rights leader Shuttlesworth dies

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) – The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a major leader in the civil rights movement who was beaten, bombed and injured by fire hoses, died in Birmingham, Alabama on Wednesday at age 89. Shuttlesworth passed away at the Princeton Baptist Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Dodd told Reuters. Martin…

Jail or church? Some Alabama offenders will get to choose

MOBILE, Ala (Reuters) – Starting on Monday, nonviolent offenders in Bay Minette, Alabama, will get to choose whether to serve their sentence in a jail cell or a church pew. Municipal Judge Bayless E. Biles is launching “Operation Restore Our Community,” intended to function not only as a diversion program…

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