NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A federal judge has temporarily suspended BP oil spill settlement payments to businesses while he reconsiders the company's arguments against compensating those that cannot trace losses directly to the nation's worst offshore oil spill.
Judge Carl Barbier (BARB-yay) issued an order Thursday noting the claims office will continue taking and processing business claims but won't make final decisions or payments until the matter is settled.
BP is trying to block what could be hundreds of millions of dollars in payments to Gulf Coast businesses.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Barbier must reconsider BP PLC's arguments.
SHORTER, Ala. (AP) -- A Korean auto parts manufacturer will be opening in Shorter.
WAKA-TV reports that Taesung Alabama is building a new site near the closed Victoryland Casino. The firm will supply parts to Hyundai and Kia.
Macon County lost roughly 2,000 jobs when the casino closed. The new firm is seeking to hire about 70 people when it starts operating in 2015.
Gov. Robert Bentley praised the deal, saying that Alabama needs high-paying manufacturing jobs.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama teachers could be in line for another pay raise when the state legislature meets next year, but non-education state employees should not get their hopes up. Gov. Robert Bentley says he plans to propose an increase for education employees. But he says the state General Fund is too anemic to do the same for non-education employees.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida man is facing child neglect charges after allegedly leaving an infant in a locked car outside a Fort Myers strip club.
Police arrested 21-year-old Andrew Sosa after they found the infant in the back seat of a Kia Optima in the parking lot of the Lookers strip club. A bystander had flagged down an officer, who smashed a window to get the child out.
NBC2 in Fort Myers reports that the four-month old girl was sweating and covered in vomit. She was taken to a local children's hospital and treated for mild dehydration and is expected to recover.
Police say the infant was left alone for more than three hours while Sosa was inside the strip club. A judge set the suspect's bond on Saturday at $100,000.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Workers at a construction site for the new FBI headquarters in South Florida have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars in copper wire.
The three men work for a subcontractor at the site in Miramar, west of Fort Lauderdale. The Miami Herald reports that they added unnecessarily large amounts of electrical wire needed for the job, then got caught trying to sell the extra for more than $23,000.
A complaint filed in federal court says the FBI learned of the scheme through a confidential informant.
The three men were each granted $150,000 bail at a hearing this week and will be arraigned at a later date.
The new FBI building off Interstate 75 is scheduled to open in fall 2014.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will attend a memorial service for the late South African leader Nelson Mandela.
Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said that Carter will attend a memorial service Tuesday at FNB Stadium on the edge of Johannesburg's Soweto township.
Carter will travel as part of a delegation of "The Elders," a group of former world leaders founded by Mandela in 2007 to work for peace and human rights.
A spokesman for The Elders, Sylvain Biville, said it is likely that the group's chair, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and several members will also attend.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A Delta Air Lines flight from Seattle to Atlanta has been diverted to Spokane International Airport after a 16-year-old boy died on board.
Airport spokesman Todd Woodard says the teen suffered some kind of medical emergency on Flight 128 Saturday morning and passed away, reportedly of natural causes.
Delta spokesman Michael Thomas says there were 258 passengers on the Boeing 767. They exited the aircraft at Spokane, and some were being rebooked onto other flights to get to their destinations. Delta was flying in another crew Saturday afternoon to fly the remaining passengers to Atlanta.
CONYERS, Ga. (AP) -- Police accuse a mother in Rockdale County of sending her child through a doggie door to steal from a neighbor's home.
The victim told police that she noticed several items missing from her home over several months, including a handgun. She installed a video camera that sent pictures to her email account.
WSB-TV reports that after a late November break-in, the victim received pictures showing the neighbor's child crawling through the doggie door and unlocking the door. Police said the video also showed the child's mother of entering the house.
Police said they found the missing camera in the neighbor's home. The 25-year-old mother was charged with burglary.
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves are searching for developers interested in building retail stores, restaurants, apartments and condominiums outside a proposed stadium in Cobb County.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the baseball team sent developers a 60-page document outlining its goals for the planned stadium north of Atlanta.
One quarter of the 60-acre site would be earmarked for the stadium itself, leaving room for mixed-use development. Most of it would be centered along a pedestrian boulevard extending from Cobb Parkway to the ballpark.
The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted Nov. 26 to approve a deal with the Braves. It commits $300 million in taxpayer money toward stadium construction. The mixed-use development will be privately funded.