MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities say nine people were treated for eye irritation after a Boeing 737 made an emergency landing in south Alabama when passengers complained of itchy eyes and difficulty breathing. The flight from Alexandria, La., to Miami landed around 6 p.m. yesterday at Mobile Regional Airport.
ONEONTA, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities are trying to find out who shot two pet zebras to death on a farm in the Oneonta area northeast of Birmingham.
Cindy and Blake Sherrod tell Al.com that their son found the two zebras dead with holes in and bleeding from the mouth. The couple isn't certain when the zebras were shot, but they say the animals were fine as of Thursday afternoon.
The family has had several zebras on the farm since 2000 after acquiring the original pair.
Few other details were immediately available Saturday afternoon.
3 of Bentley's opponents seek Alabama lottery
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Three candidates for governor are running on state lottery platforms.
Both Democratic candidates for governor, former U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith of Huntsville and Fayette businessman Kevin Bass, are proposing a lottery to pay for college scholarships. One of the Republican candidates, former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George, is advocating a lottery to pay for scholarships and several other programs.
To create a lottery, the Legislature must pass a constitutional amendment. Then voters must approve the amendment in a referendum
Republican incumbent Robert Bentley says he has no problem with the Legislature doing that, but that he would vote against the referendum. Bentley says he believes gambling is not a good way to fund education.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- About 70 members of an Alabama Army National Guard unit are headed to Afghanistan. A departure ceremony will be held today in Birmingham for members of Company B of the 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment. More than 21,000 members of the Alabama Guard have been called to active duty since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's Scenic River Trail will be getting signs altering boaters to navigation obstacles, takeout points, and locations for food, gas and lodging. Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded $80,000 for signs along the 2,500-mile trail of navigable rivers, streams and lakes.
Fla. man shocked when learning of Medal of Honor
MIAMI (AP) -- Melvin Morris says he fell to his knees in shock when the Army told him he'd be getting a call from President Barack Obama to discuss the Medal of Honor he would be receiving for his actions in Vietnam.
The 72-year-old Cocoa, Fla., man will be one of 24 veterans from three wars to receive the U.S. military's highest honor. They come after a congressionally mandated review of minorities who may have been passed over because of long-held prejudices.
In 1969, Morris was commanding a strike force that came under attack and a fellow commander was killed near an enemy bunker. Despite heavy fire, Morris retrieved the man's body and a strategic map.
Morris says he never realized that being black might have kept the Medal of Honor from him.
Florida baby in stable condition after CPR rescue
MIAMI (AP) -- A South Florida infant whose aunt used CPR to help save him on a busy South Florida's highway is in stable condition and smiling.
The 5-month-old baby was fighting a chest infection and crying in the back of his aunt's car Thursday on the Dolphin Expressway in Miami, when he lost consciousness. Pamela Rauseo halted her SUV, called for help and performed CPR on her nephew. A Miami Herald photographer who happened on the scene captured her efforts and those of other rescuers. The baby was whisked to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Jackson doctor Juan Solano said Friday the infant remained in critical care. The boy was born prematurely and already suffered respiratory issues. Solano hopes international coverage of the boy's rescue will prompt others to learn CPR.
Cuban lost while windsurfing to Fla. found adrift
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- The third and last Cuban migrant who disappeared while trying to windsurf across the Florida Straits has been found adrift.
Coast Guard officials found the man late Friday afternoon. He was barely able to speak. Coast Guardsman Petty Officer Third Class Alex Davis tells The Key West Citizen (http://bit.ly/1grZjWC ) the man would probably not have made it one more day. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is investigating and will determine whether the men will be taken back to Cuba.
The three migrants left Jibacoa, Cuba, on Tuesday. One made it to Key West more than nine hours later and told authorities that he lost sight of the others about 60 miles south of Key West. A second was found by a boater Thursday.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A Tampa woman is suing Wells Fargo after she was fired for bringing a gun to work. Thirty-seven-year-old Ivette Ros says she felt safer having the weapon with her. She has filed a federal lawsuit, alleging she lost her job as bank manager for exercising her constitutional right to bear arms.
3 dead in plane crash at airport in west Georgia
LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities in west Georgia have released the names of three people who were fatally injured in the crash of a small plane.
Police in LaGrange identified them as 60-year-old Vincent Michael Rossetti; 69-year-old Willy Lutz; and 53-year-old Jeffery Van Curtis. All three were from nearby Peachtree City.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the twin-engine Beechcraft Baron aircraft crashed at LaGrange-Callaway Airport in LaGrange.
The plane was registered to Executive Aircraft Storage LLC based in Peachtree City, according to FAA online records.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.
LaGrange Fire Department Lt. Chris Taylor told the LaGrange Daily News the plane nosedived into the ground at 2:07 p.m.
LaGrange is about 65 miles southwest of Atlanta.
CHILD SHOT WHILE PLAYING
Boy, 9, killed when rifle discharges while playing
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say a 9-year-old Georgia boy has died at a Savannah hospital after being shot in the head.
Effingham County sheriff's officials say the shooting happened Thursday evening at a residence in the county just northwest of Savannah.
They say that Landry Oliver, a student at Marlow Elementary, was shot with a .22-caliber rifle as he and an 11-year-old neighbor where playing in Oliver's backyard. The Savannah Morning News reports that the rifle had been in a shed.
Effingham County sheriff's spokesman David Ehsanipoor says the 11-year-old immediately told a 13-year-old inside the house, and the older child reported the shooting to adults who called 911.
Ehsanipoor said no charges have been filed, and there are "no immediate signs of foul play."
An autopsy is set for Monday.
High-wire walker sets sights on Georgia gorge
ATLANTA (AP) -- Daredevil tightrope walker Nik Wallenda is setting his sights on a new goal: the nearly 1,000-foot (305-meter) deep Tallulah Gorge in the northeast Georgia mountains.
The gorge holds special meaning for Wallenda, since his great-grandfather Karl Wallenda crossed it on a high wire in the summer of 1970.
The younger Wallenda says he's already visited the gorge near the Georgia town of Tallulah Falls, and he's considering attempting the feat within the next three years.
Wallenda spoke about his interest crossing Tallulah Gorge in an interview shortly after he successfully walked a tightrope over the football field inside the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Feb. 8.
For Wallenda, the Georgia gorge would add to accomplishments that include Niagara Falls and a gorge in the Grand Canyon area.
Eagle Cam update: Baby eagle born at Berry College
ROME, Ga. (AP) -- A live online video stream from a bald eagle's nest at Berry College shows the family of eagles has gained a new member.
One tiny gray hatchling became visible in the nest Saturday, alongside one as-yet unhatched egg. An adult eagle carefully snuggled against the eaglet and the egg, getting up occasionally to check on them.
The college has been live-streaming video from the nest, showing the daily activities of the two adult bald eagles, which have been nesting near the school's athletic and recreation center. One egg appeared Jan. 14 and another came two days later.
The public can follow the pair 24 hours a day at www.georgiawildlife.com/BerryEagleCam, as well as on Berry College's website (www.berry.edu/eaglecam ).