US, Cuba Agree To Restore Diplomatic Relations

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The US and Cuba announced a historic shift in relations between the two countries yesterday, setting the stage for a restoration of ties between the close neighbors. The talks coincided with negotiations for the release of American Alan Gross, who has been held in Cuba for the past five years. Gross was returned to US…


Third Quarter Growth Revised Up To 5%

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The US economy had an even stronger third quarter than was previously reported. The Commerce Department revised growth for the July-September period from 3.9%, which was already an impressive number, to an astonishing 5%. It was the largest level of growth for the US economy since 2003. The economy took quite a while to dig…


Alabama Unemployment Rate Down To 6%

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Alabama’s unemployment rate has once again fell, and now stands at 6%. This figure is down from 6.3% in October. The state is still slightly above the national average of 5.8%. Roughly 126,000 people remain unemployed in Alabama. Overall, the national economy continues to grow, and unemployment continues to fall. While divided government in Washington…


College Football Power Rankings Week 15

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Championship weekend ended with few surprises, as most of the favored teams won their games. The playoff selection committee now has their hands full, as there are a couple of teams vying for that last playoff spot. By winning their conferences, Florida State, Alabama, and Oregon are virtually guaranteed a spot in college football’s first…


Heisman Finalists Named

Heisman Finalists Named

Three players are in the running for this year’s Heisman trophy, and one of them is a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Amari Cooper will travel to New York for the trophy presentation, joining Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon. The award will be handed out Saturday night. Mariota is…


Saraland Falls In 6A Title Game

The Saraland Spartans came up 5 points short in their quest for the 6A state title. Saraland lost to undefeated Clay-Chalkville 36-31 in a thrilling game that is not likely to be forgotten in the small Mobile County town. The Spartans finished their 5th varsity season with a record of 13-2. The game started slowly,…