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9:03 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Violinist Ray Chen In Concert

Arts & Life
8:27 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Mental Evaluation Done, Updyke Free from Custody

Harvey Updyke
Credit AP Photo/Opelika-Auburn News, Vasha Hunt, Pool

The Alabama football fan charged with poisoning Auburn University's landmark oak trees is free from custody following the completion of a mental evaluation.


A Lee County judge has released Harvey Updyke into the supervision of his daughter in Louisiana now that the psychiatric testing is done.


The Opelika-Auburn News (http://bit.ly/QtiQwJ ) reported Friday that the judge scheduled a competency hearing for Updyke for Dec. 10 in Opelika. Prosecutors requested the hearing.

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Arts & Life
7:01 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Mobile to Host National Barbecue conference

Credit blogs.babble.com

The city of Mobile has been chosen to host the 2013 National Barbecue Conference and Trade Show.


Al.com reported Thursday the convention runs between Feb. 19 and 23 at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel.


Officials say a rich culture, paired with a community of barbecue professionals and enthusiasts, make Mobile an ideal city for the convention.


The event is run by the National Barbecue Association, which is based in Louisville, Ky.

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Arts & Life
10:29 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

A Life's Ministry Springs From A Dilemma Over AIDS

The Rev. Eric Williams and his colleague Jannette Berkley-Patton visited StoryCorps in Kansas City, Mo., where they discussed a funeral that shaped Williams' future.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 6:05 am

For more than 20 years, the Rev. Eric Williams has educated people about AIDS and helped those who suffer from the disease. But the focus of Williams' ministry isn't something he could have predicted back in 1991.

In those days, Williams was a young pastor who had only recently taken charge of his own church — Calvary Temple Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo. He had been ordained in 1988.

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Arts & Life
5:41 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

WikiLeaks Suspect Bradley Manning: 'I Thought I Was Going To Die In That Cage'

U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning is escorted as he leaves a military court in June.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 10:16 pm

Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of leaking a massive cache of classified information to WikiLeaks, testified for the first time since he was arrested in May 2010.

According to CNN, Manning said at one point during his military custody, he considered suicide. CNN adds:

"He first discussed his arrest in Iraq and his transfer to Kuwait where he was held for a nearly two months before being transferred to the brig at Marine Base Quantico in Virginia in July 2010.

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Arts & Life
4:43 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

In Wake Of Recession, Immigrant Births Plunge

A new report finds the U.S. birth rate has dropped to its lowest level on record. It's fallen twice as much among the foreign-born.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 5:45 pm

A new report finds the U.S. birth rate has dropped to its lowest level on record, led by a dramatic decline in births among immigrant women. The trend has been visible at La Clinica del Pueblo, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that holds a weekly neonatal clinic.

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Arts & Life
4:37 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

A Bet Or A Prediction? Intrade's Purpose Is Debated

Ireland-based Intrade lets users bet money on all manner of predictions — like if a particular film will win an Oscar. The site is ceasing operations in the U.S.
NPR/Intrade screen grab

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 5:02 pm

The popular website Intrade allows its users to bet on the odds of almost anything — like whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will get ousted by a certain date, or whether the movie Argo will win best picture at the Oscars.

This week, Ireland-based Intrade announced that U.S. users will have to unwind their bets and shut down their accounts by the end of the year. That's after the Commodity Futures Trading Commission sued Intrade for operating an unregistered exchange.

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Arts & Life
4:16 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Yet Another Shift In Facebook Policies Raises Privacy Concerns

Joerg Koch AP

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 4:37 pm

Facebook has a long history of upsetting its users by suddenly announcing a change to its privacy settings. In 2009, as a way to quiet the critics, Facebook set up a system for its customers to vote on changes. If enough of them were unhappy, the company would back down. Now, Facebook wants to get rid of the voting.

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Shelby Drug Grant
4:09 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Ala. County Awarded Anti-Drug Trafficking Grant

Gov. Robert bentley has awarded a $140,000 grant to Shelby County to fight drug trafficking.
Credit http://dtf.shelbyal.com/ / Shelby County

Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded the Shelby County Commission nearly $140,000 to fight drug trafficking.


The  money will be given to the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force.


The task force performs undercover operations to bust meth labs, and helps investigate violent crimes.


The unit includes authorities from four law enforcement agencies and a prosecutor from the Shelby County District Attorney's Office.


Officials are particularly concerned about heroin trafficking in the county.

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BCS Viral Video
3:55 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Ala. Man Gets 2 Years In Jail For Nasty BCS Video

An Alabama man has recieved two years for a nasty video he made after the BCS national title game.

An Alabama man got a dressing-down and two years in prison for rubbing his genitals on an unconscious LSU fan in a Bourbon Street burger restaurant after the BCS national title game in January. A video of the incident went viral.


State District Judge Karen Herman told Brian Downing of Smiths Station, Ala., that he's a bully who has permanently damaged someone else's life.


Downing declined to say anything before the judge sentenced him as part of a plea deal.

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Arts & Life
2:44 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Tastier Winter Tomatoes, Thanks to A Boom in Greenhouse Growing

The taste of Mock's tomatoes starts with the seed. He uses only organic varieties, including cherry and several heirloom varieties.
Allison Aubrey NPR

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 7:36 am

It may sound like an oxymoron: a delicious local, winter tomato — especially if you happen to live in a cold climate.

But increasingly, farmers from West Virginia to Maine and through the Midwest are going indoors to produce tomatoes and other veggies in demand during the winter months. "There's a huge increase in greenhouse operations," Harry Klee of the University of Florida tells us.

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Arts & Life
2:21 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Turning Up The Volume On The Electric Blues

Joe Hill Louis, B.B. King and Rufus Thomas appear on a new multi-disc compilation of electric blues, Plug It In! Turn It Up!
Bear Family Records

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 6:12 am

Blues is so much a part of the fabric of American music and American culture — not only as a defined musical form, but also as a springboard for all kinds of creativity — that it seems crazy to try to encapsulate it in any way. Bear Family Records, though, has just released a 12-disc survey of electric blues called Plug It In! Turn It Up! that does a great job of illuminating one particular aspect of the blues.

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Arts & Life
1:59 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Former NBC Chief Jeff Zucker Taking Over At CNN

Jeff Zucker, who's going to CNN.
Robert Pitts Landov

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 3:56 pm

"Veteran news producer and former NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker will become the president of CNN Worldwide in January," CNN confirmed earlier today.

The Associated Press writes that:

"Zucker will be based in New York and report to Phil Kent, who runs all of the Turner networks for parent company Time Warner.

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Arts & Life
1:06 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Does Anybody Have More Fun Than Joe Biden? Check These Photos

"No, this really is Joe Biden!" (He borrowed a Costco employee's phone to say hello to someone.)
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 5:46 pm

Yes, he talked about the negotiations over taxes and spending cuts. Yes, it was a holiday photo op. But what really struck us about Vice President Joe Biden's this morning to Washington, D.C.'s first Costco store was how, once again, he just seems to have so much fun.

We think a picture gallery is in order.

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Arts & Life
12:44 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Ambassador Susan Rice Is Financially Tied To Keystone Pipeline Company

Susan E. Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, attends a U.N. Security Council meeting in August.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 5:47 pm

The United States' ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, has been the subject of much criticism from the GOP.

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