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Bench trials for two former Athens High School students and a Toney woman arrested following an April 10 ruckus at Athens High School have been moved to Aug. 15, court records show.

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TOKYO (AP) — A man screaming "You die!" burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked anime fans across Japan and beyond.

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Eighteen-month-old Emmaline Maher, left, does her best to follow along Wednesday as Deputy Stephen Young of the Limestone County Sheriff's Office reads "The Gum-Chewing Rattler" by Joe Hayes to her and her sister, 4-year-old Anna Grace Maher, during Storytime at the Visitors Center. The Athe…

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Differences in city versus county building practices were discussed at Tuesday's Athens Planning Commission meeting as residents voiced concerns about a new housing development being constructed just inside the city limits.

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In North Alabama each year, more than 1,000 births end with an infant staying in the Huntsville Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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• Revival. Peace Missionary Baptist Church will host a revival series 7 p.m. today through Friday, July 17–19, at the church, 1214 Plainview Circle, Athens. Guest evangelist is Leroy Elliot of Chicago. Various choirs will furnish the song service each night. More information: Mike Bailey, 25…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer mock commando raids to test nuclear power plants' defenses against terrorist attacks. Fewer, smaller government inspections for plant safety issues. Less notice to the public and to state governors when problems arise.

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GENEVA (AP) — The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after the virus spread this week to a city of 2 million people.

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Newly released federal data shows how drugmakers and distributors increased shipments of opioid painkillers across the U.S. as the nation's addiction crisis accelerated from 2006 to 2012.

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On any given day, there may be dozens of opportunities on your calendar to recognize a hobby, a food, an occupation, or a cause near and dear to someone’s heart. From National Oatmeal Month to National Houseplant Appreciation and National Pharmacist days, it would be difficult to keep up wit…

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A summer afternoon at the beach quickly became a scramble to save a pod of disoriented pilot whales, with vacationers joining lifeguards and state wildlife crews in the water trying to keep roughly 30 of the large marine mammals from beaching themselves on the Georgia coast.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Officials in West Palm Beach are hoping a continuous loop of children's songs played throughout the night will keep homeless people from sleeping on the patio of a city-owned rental banquet facility.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been sentenced to life behind bars in a U.S. prison, a humbling end for a drug lord notorious for his ability to kill, bribe or tunnel his way out of trouble.

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Citing a growing population and increased responsibilities, Limestone County's top law enforcement officials on Monday asked the County Commission for more money for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

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While households are expected to spend more than ever on school supplies this year, parents and guardians can get a little extra for their money during the sales tax holiday this weekend.

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• VBS. First Union Baptist Church will host vacation Bible school 6–8:30 p.m. today through Thursday, July 18, at the church, 18356 Edgewood Road, Athens. "In The Wild" will feature classes for prekindergarten through sixth grade, with games, food, fellowship, crafts and Bible story time. Tr…

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NEW YORK (AP) — The gravitational pull of Amazon Prime Day is so strong on shoppers it's benefiting other retailers as well, according to an early analysis from a key data group.

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Dozens of immigrants lined up Tuesday at a major Mexico border crossing, waiting to learn how the Trump administration's plans to end most asylum protections would affect their hopes of taking refuge in the United States.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO's "Game of Thrones" slashed its way to a record-setting 32 Emmy nominations Tuesday for its eighth and final season, leading HBO back to dominance over Netflix, the streaming service that bumped it last year from atop the increasingly crowded television heap.

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Obituaries

Funeral for Antonio Derelle Parker, 30, will be noon Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Peoples Funeral Home. Burial in Thatch-Mann Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-7 p.m. Friday and one hour before the service at the funeral home.

David Larry Newton, 72, of Athens, died Monday, July 15, 2019 at Athens-Limestone Hospital. Mr. Newton was born June 21, 1947, in Limestone County. He was a member of First Independent Methodist Church of Athens, a retired welder, and a member of Athens Masonic Loge No. 16. Funeral will be 2…

Funeral for Marilyn Dean Holt, 64, is noon Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Peoples Funeral Home. Visitation is 6-7 p.m. Saturday. The body will be in the church one hour before the funeral. Burial in Thatch-Mann Cemetery.

Funeral service for Pearline Ratliff, 89, will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Peoples Funeral Home, Athens. The Rev. Jeremiah Gardner officiating. Peoples FH directing. Visitation noon-12:30 p.m. Thursday at Peoples FH. Burial in Thatch-Mann Cemetery.