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Domestic Partners Accused Of Keeping Boy As Sex Slave

Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

Two men in Alabama allegedly held a 9-year-old boy captive as their sexual prisoner for eight months, according to Huntsville prosecutors. Investi...

One Happy Subway Customer Provides House For Homeless Manager With Cancer

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 09.11.2012 | Impact

Jessica, a homeless mother of two who has cancer, does not go to Ford's Chapel United Methodist Church in Harvest, Ala. But the church sure came to Je...

Mayor Tommy Battle Building a Sustainability Generation

Susanna Murley | Posted 06.19.2012 | Green
Susanna Murley

One of the key areas where cities can promote sustainability is on the streets. By narrowing roadways and increasing the width of sidewalks, they can encourage more walking, higher population density as well as slow down vehicle traffic and generally make their streets more friendly to multiple types of users.

Nearly 3 Dozen Reported Tornadoes Damage 5 States

Reuters | Posted 05.02.2012 | Green

* Storm spreads from Midwest to Southeast * Rescue crews search for more bodies By Susan Guyett INDIANAPO...

The Rise of the New "Frontier" Movement

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Tumlinson

The US space program is in the midst of a historic revolution. The White House's plan to hand over low Earth orbit activities to the rising US commerc...

Safest Driving Cities In America: Allstate Finds Fort Collins, Colo. Least Accident-Prone

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Allstate has determined that Fort Collins, Colorado is the safest driving city in America based on the frequency of auto collisions according to the c...

Redstone Arsenal Explosion: Army Base Blast In Alabama Injures 2

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — One of two contract workers injured in an explosion Wednesday while removing a propellant from rockets at Redstone Arsenal ha...

Colorado Cities Dominate Forbes's 'Best For Business' List: Find Out Who Made The Cut

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

This week Forbes released its list of the best cities in America for business. The list, which was calculated based on factors like business costs, l...

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Osborne

Griffith was always a Republican. That someone who boasts an astoundingly low seven percent progressive rating versus a 33% conservative rating has turned coat should be shocking only to a few cave-dwellers.

How temperature data was analyzed

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

— The Associated Press sought independent statistical analyses of global temperatures to determine if there is a true cooling of Earth's climate.

The AP contacted University of South Carolina statistics professor John Grego, a longtime reliable statistics source. In addition, the American Statistical Association sent an e-mail request from the AP seeking statisticians willing to examine certain sets of numbers and look for trends without being told what those numbers represented.

Three professors of statistics agreed: David Peterson, retired from Duke University; Mack Shelley, director of public policy and administration at Iowa State University; and Edward Melnick from New York University.

Each was given two spreadsheets, neither of which had any indication they were temperature data.

One spreadsheet was year-by-year global temperature changes from 1880 to 2009, adjusted through most of this year from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's ground measurements. The other was year-to-year temperature changes from 1979-2009 gathered by scientists at the University of Alabama in Huntsville from atmospheric measurements by satellite.

Tennessee man accused of killing wife, her kin

AP | KRISTIN M. HALL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A southern Tennessee man faces homicide charges in the slayings of his wife, her father, brother and teenage son, along with two other people in two states, authorities said Sunday.

The bodies of the relatives, along with a teenage neighbor, were found Saturday in two rural homes near Fayetteville in southern Tennessee, said the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. A sixth body discovered at a business about 30 miles south in Huntsville, Ala., has not been identified, and authorities have not said how the killings are linked.

Jacob Shaffer, 30, of Fayetteville in Lincoln County, faces six counts of homicide, his motive described as domestic, according to TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm. She identified the victims as as Shaffer's wife, 38-year-old Traci Shaffer; her son, 16-year-old Devin Brooks; her brother, 34-year-old Chris Hall; her father, 57-year-old Billy Hall; and a neighbor, 16-year-old Robert Berber. Jacob Shaffer was being held in the Lincoln County jail without bond and no lawyer for him was listed at the jail.

Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder said Saturday that his department was investigating three crime scenes and would not confirm the causes of death in what he called "horrendous" killings and "one of the worst crimes Lincoln County has seen." Autopsies were being performed Sunday.

Helm said the Tennessee victims were killed Friday night or early Saturday. Shaffer was sitting on the porch of one of the Fayetteville houses when authorities first arrived Saturday. Huntsville police said based on information from Shaffer, they found the sixth victim at Hall Cultured Marble Granite on Saturday morning.

Smaller Cities Avoid Consumer Lending Crunch

Wall Street Journal | DAN FITZPATRICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Consumer-lending activity has increased in numerous midsize cities in the U.S., a sign they are riding out the recession better than big cities and ru...