President Obama is expected to sign a massive tax package that will allow banks, retailers, commuters, and teachers to keep their temporary tax breaks for another year, which congressional estimates say would add nearly $42 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.

Thirty-eight-year-old Hiawatha Robinson was arrested yesterday on charges of murder and sodomy in connection with the death of Hiawayi his 8-year-old daughter, who was found on a deserted road in Prichard this September.

A 35-year-old man has been hospitalized with a non-life-threatening injury after he sat on a gun and accidentally shot himself outside the K-Mart in Tuscaloosa Monday night. The case remains under investigation.

Monday night, 46 educators in the Tuscaloosa City School System were honored during the Apple Awards, including Cynthia Blocker Smith and Levert Hedgemon, Jr., who received Alabama Teacher of the Year awards and Anita McKinstry, Amy Hilliker, and Beth Allaway, who received Jacksonville State University Teacher Hall of Fame awards.
Yesterday, seven Taliban gunmen stormed an army public school in Pakistan, where students were gunned down and some of the teachers were burned alive.The death toll is now 148, with more than 130 of those being children. A three-day mourning period began today.

Alabama has asked a federal judge to dismiss an inmate's lawsuit challenging the state's new lethal injection drug combination as cruel and unusual punishment. Lawyers for the state said courts in Florida have upheld the use of the similar drug combination.

Thirty-two-year-old Brandon Shane Pardue and 33-year-old Stevie Pardue have been arrested and charged with second-degree assault after a 23-year-old man was found bound, beaten, and unresponsive at a residence on Highway 216. He is being treated at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. The siblings were taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail.

The Los Angeles District Attorney's office said it will not charge Bill Cosby in connection with a 1974 molestation claim, which has surpassed the state's statute of limitations