Tim Duncan, the long-time star of the San Antonio Spurs, announced today that he is retiring. He helped the team win five NBA titles since he joined the franchise in 1997.

Duncan's reserved personality kept him largely out of the spotlight, despite his consistently stellar performances with the Spurs, who made the playoffs every year that Duncan played for the team. Duncan was voted most valuable player five times, two of them regular-season M.V.P. awards and three others for his performances in NBA finals.

In an epidemic, health professionals often struggle to answer two basic questions: Who is sick and where are they?

There are innovative digital strategies to help answer these questions.

Researchers have investigated how a spike in Google searches (for example, "What is flu?") can help them determine if a disease is spreading and how many people might be affected in a given area.

President Obama on Monday called on Congress to revisit the controversial idea of providing a government-run insurance plan as part of the offerings under the Affordable Care Act.

What's been described as the "public option" was jettisoned from the health law in 2009 by a handful of conservative Democrats in the Senate. Every Democrat's vote was needed to pass the bill in the face of unanimous Republican opposition.

There are some big companies out there that you've probably never heard of, that know more about you than you can imagine.

They're called data brokers, and they collect all sorts of information — names, addresses, income, where you go on the Internet and who you connect with online. That information is then sold to other companies. There are few regulations governing these brokers.

Updated at 7:20 p.m. with details of the shootings

Two bailiffs were killed and a deputy sheriff was wounded in a shooting Monday afternoon at a courthouse in southwestern Michigan, according to Berrien County Sheriff L. Paul Bailey.

The gunman was shot and killed. The deputy sheriff is in stable condition. One civilian was also wounded.

According to Bailey, the shooting took place on the third floor of the courthouse in St. Joseph, about 40 miles from the border with Indiana.

At least 25 people have died in clashes between militants and the Indian Army in the Himalayan region of Kashmir since Friday, according to the Associated Press.

Most of those killed were protesters, who took to the streets after the death of Burhan Wani, the young and charismatic leader of the region's largest rebel militia, Hizbul Mujahideen. Wani was killed by Indian security forces in a shootout on Friday, according to the AP.

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Montgomery Prepares for 50th Anniversary

Jul 17, 2014

Major changes are in the works as Montgomery city officials prepare for the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march.  At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Mayor Todd Strange said more than a dozen dilapidated houses located on near the voting rights route will be torn down.  Around nine of the 14 dwellings are on Oak and Erskine streets near the St. Jude property.  The demolitions are slated to start within the next 90 days or sooner. 

Life in Prison

A Montgomery man likely will spend the rest of his life in a state prison.  Willie Johnson III learned his fate Wednesday after he was convicted of killing a man last year.  Montgomery County prosecutors said Johnson was sentenced to life in prison without parole in connection with the May 2013 shooting death of 24-year-old Courtney Lawery at a residence on Early Street in west Montgomery.  Authorities said the fatal shooting stemmed from a gambling dispute. 

Photo IDs

The secretary of state's office is getting ready to hit the road again to make free photo IDs for voters who don't have any other type of photo ID to show at the polls.  Secretary of State Jim Bennett says his office' mobile ID unit made 93 stops before the primary election and runoff.  The unit returns to the road July 22nd in Red Bay.  Other stops include Union Springs and Midway on August 22nd, LaFayette on September 15th and Dixons Mill on September 16th.  More stops are planned before the tour wraps up October 8th in Montgomery. 

State Tourism Awards

The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile will be recognized as Alabama's Attraction of the Year during the Governor's Annual Conference on Tourism this weekend in Auburn.  The battleship park will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.  Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange will received the Government Advocate award for his leadership in the redevelopment of downtown Montgomery and for preparing for the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march next year.  The tourism conference will be held Saturday through Tuesday in Auburn.