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   Multiple tornadoes touched down in Alabama during the past weekend according to survey teams from the National Weather Service. So far officials have confirmed seven tornadoes in four counties. Three twisters reportedly touched down in Lee County alone, near Pepperell Parkway in Opelika, near Smith’s Station and near Crawford. Two more have been confirmed in Marengo County and one each in Barbour County and Pike County. All of the tornadoes to this point have been classified as EF-1 or EF-0 in strength.

Storms Leave 19 Dead in the Deep South

Jan 23, 2017

A severe storm system that spun off apparent tornadoes, pulverized mobile homes and scattered other destruction around the Southeast has claimed at least 19 lives on a two-day assault on the region. At least 14 people were killed Sunday in Georgia as the intense, fast-moving storms tore across the state throughout the day. Four people were killed Saturday in Mississippi. The deadliest toll came before daybreak Sunday when an apparent tornado blew through a mobile home park in south Georgia — about 60 miles southeast of Albany — killing seven people.

Local YMCA introduces Food Mobile

Jan 18, 2017

The YMCA of Greater Montgomery announced the operation of it’s first-ever food mobile on Tuesday. The food mobile, called “The Brown Bag Bus”, will provide fresh, healthy meals to communities facing hunger. President and CEO of the Greater Montgomery YMCA, Gary Cobbs says the mobile initiative will serve as a nutrition education and food assistance outreach hub. The bus features seating for 30 children, pull-out tents and chairs for outside eating and a kitchen for nutrition education.

President-elect Donald Trump has met with one of the judges on his short list for potential Supreme Court nominees. Judge William Pryor, an Alabama-based judge on the 11th U-S Circuit Court of Appeals, reportedly met with Trump in New York Saturday, according to the Associated Press. Trump said last week that he would select a candidate to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia within his first two weeks in office. He has promised to seek someone in the conservative's mold and said he is working from a list of 21 people, mainly conservative state and federal judges in their 50s.

Former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Sue Bell Cobb is considering making a run for governor in 2018. Cobb said she is getting encouragement to run by supporters, but has not made a decision. She is not the only Democrat eyeing a run. Saying they refuse to cede the state without a fight to the GOP, a number of prominent Democrats are weighing their options in 2018. That includes former congressman Parker Griffith, who unsuccessfully challenged Bentley in 2014 and outgoing House Minority Leader Craig Ford of Gadsden.

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The Trump administration is pushing forward on plans for two major oil pipelines in the U.S., projects that sparked nationwide demonstrations and legal fights under President Obama.

The White House hasn't released the details of paperwork signed today by the president, so it's impossible to know what specific actions, if any, they call for.

"I never thought I can make a film for Oscar!" says Khaleed Khateeb.

Khateeb is a volunteer for the Syria Civil Defense forces, rescuing those caught in the crossfire of the civil war. He began filming scenes of the rescue missions and posting them on YouTube.

When filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel decided to make a documentary about the group, he got in touch with Khateeb, gave him training and better camera equipment and told him to keep on filming.

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., tried to test whether President Trump's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget believed in facts or "alternative facts" in a confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

With the incoming Trump administration repeating falsehoods about the size of crowds at the president's inauguration, Merkley asked Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., to look at two side-by-side photos — taken at roughly the same time during former President Obama's inauguration in 2009 and Trump's just last week — to gauge which, in fact, was bigger.

Israel says it plans to build 2,500 more homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank.

This is the second such announcement this week, after Israel approved permits for 560 units in East Jerusalem. President Trump, who took office on Friday, is widely expected to be more supportive of settlement expansion than his predecessor.

Ayelet Waldman is a real handful; as people would have said once upon a time in my old New York neighborhood, "she's got a mouth on her."

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With so much focus in the early days of the Trump administration centered on GOP plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, it's easy to forget that Republicans are planning another ambitious goal this year — overhauling the entire federal tax code.

Hopes are dwindling that anyone trapped in an avalanche-buried ski resort could still be alive after six days, as multiple news reports said the death toll has risen to at least 15.

Rescue workers facing "extreme conditions" continue to dig through the rubble, searching for the 14 people still said to be missing.

The world is a mess.

I'm not referring to politics or the state of the society, here. When I tell you the world is a mess, I mean the physical world we apprehend with our senses.