Baghdad, Iraq – An Alabama soldier has died in Iraq. The Army reports Staff Sergeant Robert Thornton Junior was killed Monday while patrolling Baghdad. His group was attacked with a rocket-propelled grenade. He was 35 years old. Thornton listed Rainbow City in Etowah County as his home, but a relative says he was raised in Guntersville. Thornton spent 14 years in the Army and served in the First Cavalry Division based at Fort Hood, Texas. Fort officials say he is the 99th soldier from Fort Hood killed in Iraq since the war began.
Mobile, AL – Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks says Africanized bees have been captured in Mobile County. They may be better known as killer bees. Sparks says there's no need to be alarmed, but people should remain cautious. The bees have spread from Texas into other states. The Africanized bees have less potent venom than other bees, but they are territorial and very aggressive. Sparks says during the last two weeks, four of the six bee swarms trapped in Mobile County have tested positive as Africanized bees.