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Montgomery Celebrates Life and Legacy Kobe Bryant with Downtown Vigil

The city of Montgomery is coming together to remember the life and legacy of NBA legend Kobe Bryant. A vigil was held in Downtown Montgomery at the fountain at 1 Court Square Tuesday. Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and 7 others died in a helicopter crash Sunday morning in California. He was a five-time NBA champion, an 18 time all-star,…

NCAA: ‘Highly probable’ Congress passes athlete comp rules

NEW YORK (AP) – NCAA President Mark Emmert says it is “highly probable” federal legislation will be passed that sets national guidelines for how college athletes can be compensated for the their names, images and likenesses. Emmert says he is focused on figuring out how the NCAA and its member schools allow college athletes get that compensation. The issue was…

Bands Battle It Out at Alabama State’s Football Stadium

It was a battle of music, dance, and technique, as university and high school bands came to Alabama State University’s football stadium for the 2018 Battle of the Bands. Bands included Alabama’s Tuskegee University and Tennessee’s Bethune-Cookman University. High school bands from Tuskegee and Montgomery also participated. Hundreds of community members showed to enjoy the entertainment. ASU Band Director James…

California utility to sell Mississippi, Alabama gas storage

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A California company says it plans to sell underground natural gas storage facilities in central Mississippi and southwest Alabama. Sempra Energy of San Diego announced last week that it would sell its Mississippi Hub facility southeast of Jackson and its 91 percent share of Bay Gas Storage northeast of Mobile. The company says it also plans…

Uber May Face Fine Over Handling of Drunk-Driving Complaints

California regulators have recommended that Uber be fined $1.13 million for failing to investigate and/or suspend drivers who are reported by a passenger to be intoxicated. The state requires ride-hailing companies to have a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The order by regulators with the state Public Utilities Commission says investigators “found no evidence…

17,000 AT&T Workers in California and Nevada Go On Strike

A union representing AT&T workers says about 17,000 employees in California and Nevada have gone on strike. The workers install cable and phone service and work in call centers where customers can phone in with questions and problems. Union local official Sheila Bordeaux says AT&T is asking technicians who install cable to also work outside maintaining phone and cable wires,…

Starbucks to Test Coffee and Ice Cream Concoction

Starbucks plans to start testing concoctions that mix coffee and ice cream. The Seattle chain said it will serve “affogato” varieties of hot or cold coffee over ice cream at 100 stores in Orange County, California, starting Wednesday, with pricier versions sold at 10 locations with its “reserve” bars. Spokeswoman Holly Hart Shafer said the treats were first introduced at…

San Francisco Mayor To Uber: Quit The Self-Driving Car Rides

The mayor of San Francisco is demanding that Uber stop picking up passengers in self-driving cars as part of the ride-hailing company’s newly launched service in his city. Mayor Ed Lee says through spokeswoman Ellen Canale that his concern is public safety and he wants Uber to suspend the service until it gets permission from state regulators. Lee joins California…

US Appeals Ruling on Accessing Data in New York iPhone Case

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department is appealing a New York judge’s ruling that Apple cannot be forced to provide the government with access to locked iPhone data. The filing in Brooklyn federal court on Monday came a week after U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein issued his decision in a routine drug case. The New York case tackles the same…

Alleged Phony Priest Arrested for Pope Trip Swindle

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles police have arrested a man they say posed as a priest, officiated at Masses, funerals and even a wedding and sold thousands of dollars in phony tickets to see the pope. Erwin Mena was arrested Tuesday and remains jailed on dozens of criminal charges that include grand theft and committing perjury by filing a…