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Halliburton reaches $1.1B oil spill settlement

HOUSTON (AP) - Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The settlement, which is subject to court approval, will be paid into a trust until appeals are resolved over the next two years.

Halliburton was BP PLC's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf in April 2010, killing 11 workers and triggering the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

The deal will settle claims assigned to Halliburton as a result of BP's settlement in 2012 and punitive damages from the loss of property or commercial fishing activity resulting from the oil spill.


Highway crash kills 1 bicyclist, injures another

ANDERSON, Ala. (AP) - State troopers say one bicyclist was killed and a second cyclist seriously injured when they were struck by a vehicle on an Alabama highway.

Authorities say the crash happened around 8:30 a.m. Monday on Alabama 207, north of Anderson in Lauderdale County.

The TimesDaily reports that 40-year-old James Keith Green of Rogersville died at Athens-Limestone Hospital a short time after the accident.

Authorities say 39-year-old Mannon Heath Rogers of Sheffield was also was injured. He was taken by helicopter to Huntsville Hospital. Pam Sparks, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said Rogers was in critical condition.

A female cyclist was riding with Green and Rogers but was not injured.

Authorities said the two cyclists were struck by a 2008 Suzuki Reno.


Reward doubles in Rosa Parks apartment theft case

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - People attending a community gathering in Montgomery over the weekend contributed to a reward fund, doubling the amount offered for information about thefts at Rosa Parks' former apartment.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the reward fund is now at $2,000.

CrimeStoppers Regional Director Tony Garrett said everyone who attended the "Big Blue Event" on Monday was asked to contribute a dollar to the reward fund, which had been $1,000.

The Big Blue Event is an outgrowth of monthly community gatherings in and around Montgomery.

The thefts last month heavily damaged the apartment complex where Parks lived when she refused to give up her seat to a white person on a city bus in 1955. Several copper items were stolen during the crime. No arrests have been made.


Alabama man shot to death; Georgia man wounded

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the killing of an Opelika man in a shooting that also wounded a Georgia man.

Lee County sheriff's officials say the gunfire happened late Sunday evening, when 29-year-old Jertheaus Antez Williams was shot in the head and later died.

Authorities said 43-year-old Marcus Keith Byrom of Montezuma, Georgia, was shot multiple times in his left arm and torso. He was flown to Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia. Deputies said Byrom was in serious but stable condition Monday afternoon.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports ( that multiple 911 calls were made by people attending a poker party an address on U.S. Highway 431 North in Opelika. Deputies and police officers found about 12 people surrounding the two wounded men on their backs, a short distance from the roadway.


B-17 'Flying Fortress' to land in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - One of the best-known planes from World War II is scheduled to visit Montgomery in October, giving area residents the chance to fly in it.

The restored B-17 bomber, known as the "Flying Fortress," will be at Dannelly Field and available for tours and flights from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the plane is one of few remaining B-17s in the world that is still airworthy.

Stan Tew, president of the Montgomery chapter of the nonprofit Experimental Aircraft Association, said flights will cost $449. Ground tours of the aircraft will be $10.

Tew said some of the money will go toward the local EAA chapter, but the vast majority will go toward the maintenance and operation of the aircraft, which is extremely expensive.


Birmingham police identify woman stabbed to death

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Birmingham police have identified a woman found stabbed to death inside her home as Linda Allbritton, who was in her 70s.

WBRC-TV reports that officers believe a burglar broke into her home in the Avondale area around 6 p.m. Sunday, encountered the woman and stabbed her in the chest and neck.

Police said in a statement that a neighbor found Allbritton's body when she went to check on her at the residence on 39th Street South.

Detectives said Allbritton's vehicle, a tan Buick Park Avenue, was taken from the residence. reports that police later recovered the vehicle.

No arrests have been made.


Inmates tend to garden at Alabama county jail

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) - The Russell County Sheriff's Office has turned a half-acre of jail property into a thriving summer garden, tended to by a group of female inmates, with the crops going to area shelters, food banks and churches.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the garden got underway about six weeks ago, in a lot behind the jail that had been bare grass. Now that space is lined by rows of peas, okra, tomatoes, melons and squash.

Nine female inmates, overseen by a jail employee, till, plant, pick and maintain the garden each morning.

Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor says it's a chance for them to give back to their community.

The plan is to grow the garden year-round, with new crops each season.

Russell County is near the Georgia-Alabama line.

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