MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court is throwing out a decision that gave $124 million to lawyers who handled a complicated lawsuit. A decision released Friday says a Jefferson County judge wrongly granted the money to lawyers before people involved in the suit had a chance to properly object. The legal dispute dates back nearly 20 years and involves the Birmingham-based MedPartners Inc. and its corporate successor, CareMark RX. A judge gave lawyers 40 percent of a $310 million settlement.
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) - A convicted cop killer who sued Alabama over its lethal injection method was put to death, but not before he cursed at the state and said: "I hate you." As the procedure began Thursday night, 40-year-old Torrey Twane McNabb raised both of his middle fingers in a show of defiance. McNabb's attorneys had unsuccessfully sought to stop the execution since he was one of several inmates in an ongoing lawsuit challenging the humaneness of the state's lethal injection procedure.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state says Alabama's unemployment rate has matched its all-time low. The governor's office says the preliminary, seasonally adjusted jobless rate for September is 3.8 percent. That matches the state's lowest recorded unemployment rate set in April 2007. It also means Alabama's jobless rate is below the national rate of 4.2 percent last month. Shelby County in metro Birmingham has the state's lowest jobless rate at 2.4 percent. Wilcox County in western Alabama is highest at 8.9 percent.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard says the amount of oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana's coast last weekend is substantially higher than initial estimates. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says oil spewed out of an underwater fractured pipe Saturday in the Gulf of Mexico about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of Venice, Louisiana.
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