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From the Athens News Courier

NEW YORK (AP) — The gunman who fatally ambushed two police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental …
NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement …
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on Sunday, officials said.
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland.
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of regular gasoline nationwide has dropped another 25 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, to $2.47.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know …
HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he …
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" …
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Electricity bills. Speeding tickets. Dentist records. Money order receipts.
KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — A tumultuous year all but behind him, President Barack Obama set off for his annual winter getaway in Hawaii hoping for one thing: Quiet.

From The Decatur Daily

ATHENS — After spending almost $70,000 to study the merits of turning Athens State University's Carter Physical Education Center into a civic center, the project has been pushed to the side for …
Police reports 12/20/2014
DECATUR: Katlyn Marie Delacruz, 23, 1873 Bethel Road, Priceville; possession of drug paraphernalia and delivery or sale; remained in Morgan County Jail Saturday in lieu of $2,500 bail. (Morgan …
Christmas Closings 12/20/2014
Christmas Closings
ATHENS — Friday was standing room only at the Birdie Thornton Center's Christmas program.
Leslie Ramsey was enjoying Christmas with her two sons last year when a phone call interrupted their celebration.
Police reports 12/19/2014
Remington Circle Southwest, 2400 block; personal items, electronics and antique coin collection; $1,032.22nd Avenue Southwest, 1300 block; electronics; $672.Herbert Road, 100 block; firearm; $550.
News briefs 12/19/2014
Expect a few more inconveniences as work continues on the Wilson Street project.
November unemployment rates in Morgan and Limestone counties dropped from November 2013 levels, according to data released today by the state Department of Labor.
Area Briefs 12/18/2014
St. Ann school principal resigns
Police Reports 12/18/2014

From Huntsville Times

The bands from Athens and Ardmore high schools are among 40 marching bands from 16 states who are playing in either the Outback Bowl or the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Bill Dukes, a long-time Decatur mayor and former state representative, died Thursday in Decatur at the age of 87.
Jonathan Royce Courson, 35, faces a first-degree rape charge. Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said the case first came to police attention after the CAC interviewed a 9-year-old witness. Police say …
Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks was grand marshal of the 2014 Reliance Bank Christmas Parade held Thursday night.
Jamie Alan Bowman is accused of stealing from a school band fundraiser. Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely reports Bowman confessed to the theft on Tuesday and was charged with first-degree theft. …
Artist Carole Foret couldn't believe anyone would really steal from a Christmas tree. But someone did.
"We're very pleased with this outcome, that Mr. Pigg finally took responsibility for killing his grandmother," Brian Jones said.
An Athens man charged with torturing and killing 22 kittens, including some he bought from Craigslist, is set to appear in Limestone County Circuit Court today.
A warm day with temperatures in the mid- to upper 60s is forecast across the Tennessee Valley today.
Martha Elizabeth Allen Newby, 92, of Athens, a beloved teacher, died on Thanksgiving Day.
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