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By: AP
By: AP

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) -- Acting State Finance Director Bill Newton says he's making it a priority to find a way to reopen the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia. Newton was recently appointed to the hall of fame's board, and he toured it for the first time Friday.

MIAMI (AP) ----The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will conduct an independent review of the investigation into the death of a teenager who died after being shocked with a Taser by police. FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said today the agency will review the Miami Beach Police Department's investigation into the death of 18-year-old Israel Hernandez-Llach.

Tampa Bay man killed after firing at deputies
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) -- Deputies shot and killed a New Port Richey man after he allegedly threatened to kill his wife and fired at a SWAT team.
Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the Tampa Bay area home Friday at about 9 p.m.
When a responding deputy arrived, 62-year-old Robert William Kaminski allegedly pointed a weapon in the deputy's direction. He then went back into the home. The man's wife had already fled the scene.
A SWAT team and crisis management negotiators arrived and began a dialogue with the suspect.
According to investigators, sometime before midnight Kaminski exited the house and shot multiple rounds from an AK-47 at deputies, who returned fire. Kaminski was killed.
Two deputies sustained minor injuries from shrapnel wounds.

GRASSY KEY, Fla. (AP) -- A dog may be man's best friend, but dolphins can imitate human actions, and even how they solve problems.
A recent study shows that when a dolphin has one of its senses blocked, it can use other senses to mimic a human's movements.
A bottlenose dolphin named Tanner was blindfolded and instructed to mimic the actions of a trainer in the water with him. When Tanner wasn't able to use sight to figure out the movement, he switched to another technique: emit sounds, listen to the echo and interpret the resulting sound waves. This ability -- known as echolocation -- allowed Tanner to replicate movements by the trainer.
The study, conducted at the Dolphin Research Center in Florida, expands on previous studies on how dolphins are able to imitate other dolphins while blindfolded.

Dolphins display memory better than elephants
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Forget elephants. Dolphins can swim circles around them when it comes to long-term memory.
Scientists in a new study repeatedly found that dolphins can remember the distinctive whistle made by another dolphin they haven't seen in two decades. The whistle acts as a name to the marine mammal.
A dolphin named Bailey hadn't seen another dolphin named Allie since the two juveniles lived together at the Dolphin Connection in the Florida Keys. Allie ended up in a Chicago area zoo, while Bailey got moved to Bermuda. Yet 20 1/2 years later, Bailey recognized and reacted to Allie's distinctive signal when a University of Chicago researcher played it on a speaker.
Other dolphins had similar steel-trap memories.

DeKalb County officer dies in traffic accident
TUCKER, Ga. (AP) --
A DeKalb County police officer died in a traffic accident early Saturday while trying to find a motorist who fled a traffic stop.
The motorist was later arrested on multiple charges.
Police said they've charged 27-year-old Gregory Lee Harvey Jr. of Stone Mountain with felony murder, reckless driving and theft by receiving a stolen vehicle.
Police Chief Cedric Alexander said Officer Ivorie Klusmann was responding to a call when his patrol car ran off the road and hit a tree at 2:45 a.m. Saturday. Minutes earlier, he had stopped a vehicle for a traffic stop and then the driver sped off. Another officer spotted the vehicle and Klusmann was responding to that when he wrecked. The driver got away, but turned himself in Saturday afternoon.

MACON, Ga. (AP) -- A 33-year-old Milledgeville man has been sentenced to two years in prison for posting a threat on his Facebook page about shooting someone at a school.
Prosecutor Steve Bradley said Steven Martin Michael pleaded guilty to one count of terroristic threats in Baldwin County Superior Court this week.
Bradley told The Macon Telegraph that Martin posted a message on his Facebook page last year that he wanted to be famous and he would do that by walking into a school and shooting someone. Officers searched Martin's home but found no evidence that he was planning an attack. But Bradley said authorities still took the posting seriously.
After completing the sentence, Martin must serve three years on probation, submit to a mental health evaluation and stay away from schools.


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