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Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

Jacobs thought that too, right up until she came to on the lot of a dark truck stop one night. She says she had asked a friendly-seeming man for a ride home that afternoon.

Jacobs says he gave her something in an old McDonald's cup — a drug — and as she was waking up the man announced that he was a pimp. Her pimp.

The Boston Citgo sign, all 3,600 square LED feet of which has served as the backdrop to Red Sox games since 1965, is now officially a "pending landmark."

Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

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Apr 4, 2013

Alabamians receiving emergency unemployment benefits will see their benefit reduced by 12.8 percent.  State Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees said in a statement the reduced benefits will start for weeks beginning April 28th through September 30th.  The Labor Department estimates that around 16,000 Alabamians currently receive federal emergency jobless benefits. 

Scottsboro Boys

The Alabama Legislature has voted to pardon the Scottsboro Boys more than 80 years after nine young black men were convicted by all-white juries of raping two white women.  The bill still must be signed by Governor Robert Bentley to become law.  The governor's press secretary said Bentley will study the legislation, but has said he favors the pardons. 

Gun Restrictions

The Alabama Senate started debate on legislation poised to ease some of the state's gun restrictions.  The Senate voted 26-7 Thursday to consider the bill.  The bill by Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale would allow workers to keep guns locked in their vehicles while at their jobs, and would allow people to get a lifetime permit to keep guns in their vehicles all the time.  The bill is supported by the National Rifle Association and opposed by some sheriffs and the Business Council of Alabama.

Identification Hacked

Some state employees and vendors who do business with the state are being notified that their personal information was accessed when hackers infiltrated a state computer system.  The state Department of Homeland Security announced that it was making the notifications, but wouldn't say how many state employees or vendors were affected.  The department says the hackers accessed personal information such as names, Social Security numbers and taxpayer identification numbers, but they didn't access taxpayer records or tax returns.  Department Director Spencer Collier says those affected will be connected with credit monitoring services, and an identity theft service company to help detect misuse of personal information.  The hacking occurred January 16th.