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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Saying humanity is waging war with the planet, the head of the United Nations isn't planning to let just any world leader speak about climate change at Monday's special "action summit."

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ANDALUSIA (AP) — People often tell Dean Jacobs that she smells like cake. The lingering sweetness of her bakery surrounds her and the women she employs at Dean's Cake House in Andalusia — but they're so used to it that they hardly notice the smell anymore after a long day in the kitchen.

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Last night, my mom appeared in one of my dreams. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Friday announced it will deploy additional U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Donald Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the S…

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The News Courier encourages letters to the editor. Submissions should be no more than 400 words and include name, address and telephone number for verification. Submissions that do not meet requirements are subject to editing. Writers are limited to one published letter every 30 days. Send l…

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The Tennessee Valley Authority STEM Classroom Grant Program sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority and Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated, a TVA retiree organization, is now accepting applications. 

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Two people were killed in a multi-vehicle crash Saturday morning on Alabama 53 near Pinedale Road, according to Limestone County Coroner Mike West. 

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State prosecutors and attorneys for Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely are seeking protection for people listed in more than 20,000 documents collected in the theft and ethics case against the sheriff.

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The Athens Middle School color guard performs during the Athens High School homecoming parade Friday afternoon. The parade drew hundreds of people to city streets as it made its way from the high school to the library. Athens High was scheduled to play Hazel Green Friday night.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has had an outpatient procedure after being diagnosed with cancer.

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HOUSTON (AP) — Emergency crews in the Houston area took advantage of receding floodwaters Friday to begin to assess the damage from one of the wettest tropical cyclones in U.S. history, a storm that led to the deaths of four men and displaced hundreds of people from their homes.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California and 22 other states sued Friday to stop the Trump administration from revoking the authority of the nation's most populous state to set emission standards for cars and trucks.

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Friday after struggling to gain traction in a sprawling field of candidates.

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DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A company that's facing lawsuits and public scrutiny over pollution from a north Alabama plant says it's suspending some manufacturing work because of environmental reasons.

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BIRMINGHAM (AP) — A federal judge says a liberal advocacy group has a First Amendment right to call a Christian ministry a hate group for its opposition to homosexuality.

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Members of Limestone LEAD, the Limestone County Chamber of Commerce's youth leadership, participated in Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful's "One Bag Challenge" during a team building day Sept. 10 at the Athens Sportsplex. Students cleaned up Kids Dugout and surrounding areas, met with KALB Exe…

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Athens City Council members are expected to vote on a $31.5 million budget for fiscal year 2020 when they meet Monday. But, they would still have to decide how to hire seven new police officers should they choose to do so, as well as which groups should receive appropriations in the coming year.

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It's been 13 years since Lonna Nicolle lost two sons to smoke inhalation from a house fire, and she and close friend Diane Adams have made it their mission to prevent other families from losing loved ones, too.

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CHINA, Texas (AP) — The slow-churning remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda dangerously flooded parts of Texas and Louisiana on Thursday, scrambling rescue crews and volunteers with boats to reach scores of stranded drivers and families trapped in their homes during a relentless downpour that dr…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, trying to seize the agenda on a top consumer issue, announced an ambitious prescription drug plan Thursday that would allow Medicare to negotiate prices for seniors and younger people.

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TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's campaign moved to contain a growing scandal Thursday after a yearbook photo surfaced of him in brownface at a 2001 "Arabian Nights" costume party and two other similar incidents came to light.

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• Old-fashioned day. Grace Senior Social Ministry will host old-fashioned day program 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Grace Missionary Baptist Church, 549 W. Elm St., Athens. The Rev. Willie Byrd, pastor, will speak on "God's Been Faithful" from Psalm 37:23-25. Everyone welcome to the event, …

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Tommy Battle on Wednesday officially launched his campaign for a fourth term as mayor of Huntsville.

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Alabama growers interested in applying to grow hemp in 2020 will have to wait a little longer, officials with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries announced recently.

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Ron Harville, of Killen, passed away July 6, 2019. He was born Jan. 10, 1936, to Jewel and Verna Harville and was a 1954 graduate of Athens Bible School. Ron is survived by daughter, Cindy Radtke (Jeff); sons, Keith (Becky) and Greg (Tammy); sisters, Jan Harville and Gwen Moran (Alton); brot…

Funeral for Jewel Dean Amerson, 74, of Athens, will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at McConnell Funeral Home. Burial in Limestone Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at the funeral home.

Visitation 6-8 p.m. Friday at McConnell Funeral Home in Athens, Alabama. Visitation and funeral Sunday, September 22, at Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Visitation in Kentucky will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and funeral at 2 p.m.

73, died Sept. 16, 2019, at her residence in Elkmont, Alabama. Visitation will be Sept. 19, 2019, from 1-3 p.m. at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Alabama, with funeral service immediately following. Burial in Gatlin Cemetery.

Funeral service for Eunice Louise Benford Collier, 97, will be noon Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Peoples Funeral Home. Visitation is 6-7 p.m. Friday, September 20, 2019, at Peoples. Burial in Thatch-Mann Cemetery.