Brain surgeon walked six miles during snowstorm for emergency operation

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Not a snowstorm, a traffic jam or a daunting six-mile walk through fresh powder could stop an Alabama neurosurgeon from getting to the hospital where he was needed for emergency surgery.

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Details emerge of mock bunker in Alabama hostage’s rescue

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As residents of Midland City, Ala., Tuesday celebrated the freeing of a 5-year-old Alabama boy held hostage for nearly a week, details emerged about the daring operation that freed him.

A law enforcement source close to the investigation confirmed to NBC News on Tuesday that federal agents practiced their intricate rescue plans not far from where the kidnapper, 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, held the little boy.

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Alabama high school teacher suspended for ‘fat butt Michelle Obama’ remark

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Alabama high school psychology teacher Bob Grisham has been suspended for 10 days without pay for a rant that included calling the first lady “fat butt Michelle Obama.” A student in Grisham’s class made an audio recording of the remarks, which also included derogatory comments about gays.

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'Greatest birthday' for boy rescued from Alabama bunker by FBI

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An Alabama boy is set for the “greatest” birthday of his life after being freed from a week’s captivity in an underground bunker, a pastor said Tuesday.

The boy, snatched from a school bus in a fatal shooting, was rescued after a daring raid by FBI agents that left his kidnapper, Jimmy Lee Dykes, dead.

The 5-year-old, who is recovering in hospital, turns 6 on Wednesday. 

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Boy held hostage in bunker after being snatched from school bus

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An Alabama man boarded a school bus, shot and killed the driver, took a boy hostage and was holding the child early Wednesday in an underground bunker, authorities and witnesses said.

Witnesses told WSFA, the NBC station in Montgomery, Ala., that the man was talking to authorities through a PVC pipe. The station reported that the child, age 5 or 6, was not hurt but that authorities were calling the situation delicate.

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Crimson Tide rolls over Fighting Irish for national title

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - No. 2 Alabama has stamped itself a dynasty.

The Crimson Tide scored touchdowns on its first three drives against No. 1 Notre Dame and rolled to a 42-14 victory in a BCS championship game that didn’t live up to the hype Monday night.

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Alabama dad ‘shocked’ by BCS Christmas gift

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For Alabama fan Don Buckhannan the Christmas gift of a fedora just like the one the legendary Coach Bear Bryant used to wear was pretty great — and then he looked inside the hat to find tickets to the sold-out BCS national championship. He and his son Daniel talk about the thrilling surprise.

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Mobile, Ala. hit by Christmas Day tornado

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A major winter storm pummeled large parts of the U.S. on Tuesday, dropping heavy snow on the Southern Plains and spinning off damaging tornadoes in warmer areas southward. Treacherous holiday travel was expected to become even more of an ordeal by the time the storm arrives in the Northeast later this week.

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Alabama boy turning 12 at 12:12 p.m. on 12/12/12

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When Kiam Moriya’s parents went to fill out paperwork for his birth certificate two weeks after he was born in 2000, something strange was brought to their attention. Kiam will turn 12 years old at precisely 12:12 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, which has made him a bit of a sensation online and in his hometown of Birmingham, Ala., since his story went public. For one minute on Wednesday, it will be dozens wild.

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Puppies kept lost Alabama boy warm in woods, rescuer says

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An Alabama man credits a dog and her four puppies for helping rescue a 10-year-old boy with Down syndrome who was lost in the woods for 18 hours.

“Those puppies kept him company, they kept him warm and comfortable,” Jamie Swinney of Hackleburg, Ala., told NBC News on Thursday. “We don’t know what would have happened to him had the puppies not been with him. And credit goes to the mother dog for leading me to the boy.”

Alabama man fights to keep wife buried in front yard

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Davis, 73, said he never expected such a fight.

"Good Lord, they’ve raised pigs in their yard, there’s horses out the road here in a corral in the city limits, they’ve got other gravesites here all over the place," said Davis. "And there shouldn’t have been a problem."

While state health officials say family burial plots aren’t uncommon in Alabama, city officials worry about the precedent set by allowing a grave on a residential lot on one of the main streets through town. They say state law gives the city some control over where people bury their loved ones and have cited concerns about long-term care, appearance, property values and the complaints of some neighbors.

— Reported by the Associated Press

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