PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Jameis Winston threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left and No. 1 Florida State beat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 to win the last BCS national championship game on Monday night. Winston struggled much of the night but was near perfect when the Seminoles (14-0) needed it most, going 6 for 7 for 77 yards on the game-winning 80-yard drive. A pass interference penalty on Auburn's Chris Davis gave Florida State a first-and-goal at the 2 and on the next play Winston hit his big receiver for the touchdown.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Frigid temperatures are being reported in northern parts of Alabama, where forecasters say residents can expect sub-freezing temperatures and severe wind chills early this week. The National Weather Service said temperatures plunged into the 20s before dawn Monday. It was 23 degrees in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, with 25-degree temperatures reported in Auburn and Anniston. In Montgomery, the mercury hit 29 degrees. Wind chill and hard freeze warnings were in effect throughout much of Alabama as a severe winter weather system moves into the region.
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle is calling Boeing a significant community partner after the city lost its bid to build the company's new 777X jetliner.
Huntsville was among more than 50 sites in 22 states whose leaders tried to convince Boeing to open its $10 billion assembly plant in their communities. Al.com reports the manufacturing operation will support an estimated 8,500 jobs.
That manufacturing plant will be located in Everett, Wash.
Alabamians trying to start small businesses in a tough credit market may soon have a new method that will allow them to raise small amounts of capital from many Alabama investors.
Republican state Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur says he will sponsor a bill in the upcoming legislative session to allow "crowd funding." It would cap investors at $5,000 each and would limit crowd funding to $1 million per business.
Alabama vehicle owners can now pre-order new distinctive license plate designs online.
State Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee says motorists who want to help an organization acquire the necessary number of pre-sales for a distinctive license plate no longer have to go to their county tag office. The new process allows motorists to go a website (https://precommit.mvtrip.alabama.gov ) and pre-order. The commissioner says the computer site will be easier and quicker for motorists.
A bill planned for the upcoming session of the Alabama Legislature would legalize a substance derived from marijuana that is believed to help control seizures in children.
Republican Rep. Mike Ball of Madison told al.com that he plans to sponsor the bill to allow parents of children with certain neurological and epileptic disorders to possess cannabidiol. He says it doesn't produce a high and has no street value.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the South. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says Alabama's 6.2 percent rate for November is better than all neighboring states. Florida measured 6.4 percent, Georgia 7.7 percent, Tennessee 8.1 percent, and Mississippi 8.3 percent. Mississippi's rate was the highest rate in the South. Alabama's rate was also lower the Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina. Virginia, which traditionally has the lowest rate in the South, did it again in November with 5.4 percent.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Public Health has closed all shellfish growing waters in Mobile and Baldwin counties. State Health Officer Don Williamson issued the order Thursday because of possible bacteriological contamination of oyster beds from recent rainfall. The health department says it will continue monitoring bay waters, and the harvesting can resume as soon as areas meet acceptable biological criteria. The closing includes Cedar Point, Portersville Bay, Grand Bay, Heron Bay, Dauphin Island Bay and Bon Secour Bay.
Advocates of early childhood education are expecting another expansion of the state's pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds, and they are waiting to see how much the governor will propose when the Legislature convenes Jan. 14.
Gov. Robert Bentley says he will recommend an increase, but he's not saying how much yet.
The Alabama School Readiness Alliance, the Alabama Partnership for Children and others are seeking an increase of $12.8 million for the upcoming school year.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — People thinking about running in Alabama's 2014 elections will now have to make a decision two months earlier than they thought. Alabama's chief election official, Secretary of State Jim Bennett, announced Thursday that qualifying for major party candidates will end Feb. 7 rather than April 4. Bennett says he reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to move up the deadline to make sure there is plenty of time for county absentee ballot managers to get ballots to Alabama military and other Alabamians living overseas.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Bitterly cold temperatures are expected across much of Alabama in coming days as a strong cold front is expected to usher in a blast of winter weather. The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather advisory early Thursday that projects much colder-than-average temperatures lasting into early next week. By early Friday morning, wind chill values are expected to drop into the single digits in much of northern and central Alabama. It is expected to get even colder early next week.