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SELMA, Ala. (AP) -- Police have arrested the owner of a Selma barber shop after officers found a man shot to death inside the store. Selma police arrested 31-year-old David Johnson Friday night. Police say witnesses told them Johnson and the victim got into an argument about an appointment. Police say Johnson then pulled a gun and shot the man.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama pastor charged with killing his wife last summer has been released from jail after posting a $100,000 bond. Fifty-three-year-old Richard Shahan left the Jefferson County Jail yesterday evening. Shahan is charged in the July death of his wife, Karen Louise Shahan.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama State University is investigating reports that a woman was raped by several men in a campus dorm. The alleged assault occurred Nov. 1 in Card Hall. The director of the school's public safety department says five suspects are involved.

WRESTLING MAT DEATH
VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia regulators say a funeral home broke no laws when it used newspapers to stuff the body cavity of a Valdosta teenager found dead inside a rolled up gym mat at his high school last year.
However, the Georgia Board of Funeral Service also concluded using newspaper to fill space left by missing organs is not a "best practice" and other materials would be "more acceptable."
The Valdosta Daily Times reported the board relayed its findings to the parents of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson, who died a year ago. Investigators ruled his death a freak accident, but the family insists he was killed.
Johnson's parents had the body exhumed last summer for a second autopsy and were told newspaper was found inside. They filed a complaint with state regulators.

Granma newspaper editor leaves Cuba for Miami
MIAMI (AP) -- A high-ranking editor with the Communist Party newspaper Granma has left Cuba to live in Miami.
Aida Calviac Mora told America TeVe Thursday that she arrived in the U.S. through Mexico and plans to stay.
The former international news page editor criticized the state media monopoly and said there is a "crisis of credibility" in the relationship between the public and the Cuban news media.
She said whenever she approached the paper's directors with new ideas and different perspectives for news coverage she was told "it's not a good time" or "the enemy could use it against us."
Show host Juan Manuel Cao called her one of the most important Granma journalists to leave in recent years.
The 29-year-old journalist joins her husband in Miami, a former Radio Rebelde reporter.

APALACHICOLA, Fla. (AP) -- Two tons of illegally harvested oysters have been seized in northwest Florida.
The Tallahassee Democrat reports (http://on.tdo.com/1i9TOjN ) that Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers in Carrabelle issued citations Monday to five people for 20 misdemeanors and two boating infractions.
The oysters were harvested from areas off Apalachicola that are closed until summer. They were returned to the bay so that they could continue to grow.
Officials say poaching is another threat to an industry already struggling with low freshwater flows and other environmental factors.
Wildlife Commission Capt. Rob Beaton said Monday's illegal harvests were related to another oyster poaching case on St. George Island earlier this month.

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. (AP) -- Environmental advocates say a major Everglades restoration project that started operations last year is exceeding expectations.
The so-called C-111 Spreader Canal opened in January 2013. It was designed to plug an existing canal and keep millions gallons of water from seeping out of Everglades National Park.
Audubon Florida officials say the project has redirected water into a slough that leads through the park into Florida Bay, helping to rehydrate wetlands that had lost too much water to a flood control system and other development in Miami-Dade County.
The group's state director of research says the C-111 project is performing "beyond even the best expectations." Jerry Lorenz also says habitat for wading birds, fish and other Florida wildlife is improving in the bay, where salinity levels are dropping.

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) -- A southwest Florida couple says a "harmless" ghost is included in the sale of their historic home.
Natalie and Vander Wynn tell the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that they were alerted to the supernatural presence when they bought the Punta Gorda home in 2001.
The house was built in 1893 by businessman James Sandlin. His family was beset by a series of tragedies, including the 1909 death of his 14-year-old daughter in an accident with a gasoline-heated ironing appliance.
The Wynns and the home's previous owners have reported numerous encounters with the teenager's lingering but generally friendly spirit. Vander Wynn says the ghost "adds to the value of the house."
The Wynns have modernized the home and are selling it for $1.59 million.

EDGEWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Researchers say they've tracked a great white shark from the waters off Massachusetts to the Atlantic Ocean off central Florida.
According to the nonprofit shark research group, Ocearch, the 2,300-pound shark they've named Katherine surfaced Saturday morning in the Atlantic off Edgewater in Volusia County.
The group has been tracking Katherine since August, when the shark was tagged off Cape Cod, Mass. Researchers tell Florida Today (http://on.flatoday.com/1afns4N ) that thanks to Katherine, they're learning that great white sharks swim south much faster than previously thought.
Great white sharks migrate south in the late fall and early winter. Ocearch researchers capture, tag and release great whites to help gather more data about the large predators. Off-shore transmitters help researchers track the sharks by satellite.

Wood storks nesting in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- Wood storks are nesting in a southwest Florida sanctuary they had abandoned several years ago.
The endangered birds are nesting in the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary for the first time since 2009. Officials say storks have built about 160 nests so far at four locations in the sanctuary.
Sanctuary resource manager Mike Knight tells the News-Press (http://newspr.es/1mdSmdM ) that the number of nests may double or triple because the birds don't all start nesting at the same time.
The sanctuary once was the largest wood stork breeding colony in North America. The birds were forced to find other places to nest as their shallow wetland habitat declined.
Sanctuary officials say heavy rains during Florida's wet season helped improve conditions this year, but one good nesting season doesn't indicate a complete recovery.


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