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Authorities say parts of Alabama continue to weather an extreme drought.  The U.S. Drought Monitor, a weekly report tracking drought conditions nationwide, show the worst of Alabama's drought in the state's northeast corner.  The most serious situation extreme drought conditions continued in nearly all of Jackson County and large parts of Madison and Dekalb counties.  

Jurors in Alabama have convicted a middle school teacher on child pornography charges.  Eighth-grade science teacher Jeremiah Hunter was convicted in Mobile after just 10 minutes of deliberations.  Prosecutors claimed the one-time teacher of the year at Hankins Middle School sexted with multiple boys.  Hunter claimed he was only investigating suspicions that students were sending nude photos to each other.  

The Alabama Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate was six percent last month.  That's the same as the jobless rate from May, and it remains well above the national unemployment rate of 4.9 percent.  

Alabama Unemployment

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The Alabama Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate was 6 percent last month.  That's the same as the jobless rate from May and it remains well above the national unemployment rate of 4.9 percent.

Federal inspectors say an auto parts manufacturer in Auburn exposed workers to amputations, crushing and other serious machine hazards.  According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, permanent and temporary employees at Pyongsan America Inc. faced the dangers of being caught in machinery, hit by objects and possible amputations.  OSHA cited Pyongsan and Surge Staffing LLC for 11 safety violations.  Surge Staffing provided Pyongsan with approximately 50 workers.  The two companies now face a combined total of 106 thousand dollars in penalties

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An attack on a protest march by Afghanistan's minority Hazara community in Kabul has killed dozens of people, Afghani officials say.

Ministry of Health officials say that at least 61 people were killed and 207 were injured in the attack, according to The Associated Press and Reuters.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack through its Aamaq news agency. The purported claim was reported by SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant websites. It says two of the group's fighters detonated explosive belts and were targeting a "gathering of Shiites."

For These Cosplayers, Geeky Costumes Are The Cat's Pajamas

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This weekend, San Diego will be invaded by comic book characters, all 12 Doctor Who doctors and lots of Lycra. The normal sights of Comic-Con International weekend, of course. Many enthusiastic Comic-Con-goers opt to dress in cosplay — for the uninitiated, that's a mashup of the words "costume" and "play" — inserting themselves into their favorite stories.

Meanwhile, two cosplayers in Seattle are avoiding the San Diego heat, staying at home instead and refining their art.

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Summertime means college graduates are on the lookout for work and housing. For those eyeing big city life the trick to paying reasonable rent might mean downsizing — really downsizing.

In coastal cities, where space is scarce and demand is through the roof, there is a new housing trend developing: micro apartments.

Think dorm life, but a little more grown up. Small studio apartments, kitchenettes and beds that fold into the wall to make space.

The Uppermost Aristocracy of the Hoverfly Society

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You may have seen a hoverfly before. You also may have mistaken it for something else — a bee, or a wasp. They are masters of mimicry, imitating more dangerous insects to avoid predators.

Fredrik Sjöberg is not fooled by these disguises. He's spent the last thirty years hunting for hoverflies, and can distinguish between species based on tiny differences in antennae color or wing shape.

Sjöberg is an amateur entomologist, but a committed one.

"You want to know something that no one else knows," he explains, "you want to become the real expert."

When they make a transition to publicly presenting themselves as a different gender, transgender people face many challenges. Possible surgeries and hormone treatments are some of them.

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