German chancellor Angela Merkel is continuing to push for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine, as the Obama administration considers arming Ukranian troops in their battle against Russian-backed rebels.

A new report by the Boston Consulting Group says that cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing labor costs down 16 percent.

Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples yesterday shortly after the U.S. Supreme court denied Attorney General Luther Strange's request to extend a hold on a federal judge's ruling overturning the state's ban on gay marriage.

In the investigation into the shooting of an 18-year-old Sunday morning, 18-year-old suspect Jesse Cook said he thought the gun was unloaded. The victim was shot in the chest and was treated at DCH Regional Medical Center for injuries that are life-threatening.

President Obama's expected request for new war powers to use against the Islamic State group could happen as early as today. Haggling between lawmakers is sure to follow, as some want wide authority to fight extremists and others worry that it could lead to another drawn out war.

Justice Clarence Thomas is criticizing his Supreme Court colleagues for refusing to block same-sex marriage in Alabama until the court resolves the issue nationwide in a few months. He said that the court's order could be seen as a signal that the justices already have decided they will declare that gay and lesbian couples would have a right to marry under the Constitution.

The Tuscaloosa Police Department has issued a release of public awareness stating that last December, a 37-year-old female said that she'd made internet contact with a while male who told her he was working with a "sexual Fear Factor" type show, where she could win a number of prizes for participating in deviant sexual acts. The woman performed the acts at a Tuscaloosa hotel room and later realized the man had lied to her and wasn't part of any show. While other reports are said to have been filed on the same individual, no charges have been filed because the sexual acts were consensual.