Montgomery, Alabama – MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Officials at Mobile-based International Shipholding Corp. are monitoring the piracy incident off the coast of Somalia closely. The vessel is owned by Maersk USA and leased to International Shipholding, under what is known as a bareboat charter. The firm says it has had such relationships with Maersk for the past three to five years. Pirates took Capt. Richard Phillips as a hostage after an attack on the M/V Maersk Alabama on Wednesday. A standoff continues.
Birmingham,Alabama – (AP) - State Rep. Earl Hilliard Junior said Monday he would seek the 7th District congressional seat once held by his father, who in 1992 became Alabama's first black congressman since Reconstruction. The 39-year-old Hilliard announced his campaign for the Democratic nomination during a downtown kickoff attended by supporters including his father, Earl Hilliard Sr. The younger Hilliard, a lawyer and independent filmmaker, said he would be "my own man" as he tries to combat the crushing