BP has agreed to pay upwards of $4.5 billion for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and has said BP will plead guilty to criminal misconduct, negligence and lying to congress about how much oil was actually spilling out of the well being drilled by the Deep Water Horizon oil platform. BP will be out nearly $20 billion in all including cleanup costs and helping local businesses around the Gulf of Mexico run ad promotions.
Police in Tuscaloosa, Alabama are reporting that they have one man in custody over the shooting at an Alabama bar, The Copper Top, where 17 people have been taken to local hospitals. The bar is about a mile from the University of Alabama, in which three students were also injured in the incident.
The suspect is a stocky white male, who is between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-9, the chief said. It appeared from surveillance video that he walked up to the bar, stood outside for a few minutes looking for someone, then began shooting a military-style assault rifle, Anderson said.
Airbus has announced that it will build a new assembly plant in Alabama where it will assembly its line of narrow body airplanes. The airplane manufacturer said it will employ about 1,000 workers at the plant which is expected to begin production in 2016-2017.
Airbus said it hopes to be able to roll out four planes a month by 2017, and that the plant will assemble its A319, A320 and A321; all of which compete against Boeing's 737 models.
A strong storm system hit the southeast U.S. overnight killing at least two and injuring many more and caused power outages to thousands. The storm crossed parts of Arkansas where is it thought a tornado touched down and damaged or destroyed homes, and killed two in Alabama before crossing in Georgia where the storm faded out.
In Arkansas at least one person is known to have been injured and about 40 homes in and around Fordyce, in south-central Arkansas, said Jim Johnson of the Dallas County, Arkansas, Emergency Management Office.
A woman, Kim Grice, had her face catch fire during a routine procedure to remove a cyst at the Okaloosa Medical Center in North Florida. The flash fire event erupted in the surgery room of the facility while Grice was having her outpatient procedure and the fire was limited to her face.
The patient’s mother can’t understand what happened. "I am in shock,” Ann Grice told the Crestview Bulletin. “This is not what happens with a routine outpatient surgery."
The brother and sister of Harold Wayne Lovell have thought for decades that their brother was one of the unidentified victims of John Wayne Gacy, but were recently surprised to find their long lost brother alive in Florida. Years ago, Harold left his home one day in Chicago in search of construction work as a contractor. That was also how authorities say John Wayne Gacy lured his victims, offering them construction work. Except that Harold had left Chicago for Florida because he was not getting along with his father and step-mother and did not tell anyone.
Atlanta, GA -
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta has blocked portions of Alabama's controversial tough new immigration law, considered to be the toughest in the nation.
After the Justice Department filed to block the law, the court blocked portions of the law that required schools to check the immigration status of students, and a part that made it a crime for immigrants to not carry documentation at all times, regardless if they are here legally or not.
Atlanta, GA -
The U.S. Justice Department has asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to intervene and block a controversial Alabama immigration law from taking effect calling it "a sweeping new state regime" and "That state regime contravenes the federal government's exclusive authority over immigration."
Birmingham, AL -
Federal District Judge Sharon L. Blackburn ordered the new immigration law in Alabama to be put on hold, blocking it from taking effect as originally scheduled on Thursday.
In her order to temporarily block the law from taking effect, she said she needed more time to examine it and did not address any constitutional issues at this time.