A top al-Qaida leader is claiming responsibility for last week's attack on a Paris newspaper, which they considered to be an insult to Islam. However, Charlie Hebdo's first issue since the attack has already sold out even though more than 50 times the usual circulation was printed.

House Republicans plan to vote today to overturn President Obama's executive action that provides temporary deportation relief to some 4 million immigrants in the country illegally. They also want to undo his 2012 work permit policy in a bill to finance the Homeland Security Department throughout the rest of the budget year.

The Alabama House re-elected indicted Rep. Mike Hubbard as speaker in the newly-elected Alabama Legislature's organizational session, which began yesterday in Montgomery.

Our daily reports that Jan. 27 through Feb. 10  will be the qualifying window for  the special election required to fill the unexpired term of District 1 Councilman Burrell Odum. The election is set for March 24. So far, his widow is the only person to announce candidacy for the seat.

Stocks were up yesterday morning, despite another drop in the price of oil. Technology stocks led the gains. The Dow was up more than 200 points after the first hour of trading.

President Obama is renewing his call for Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation, a push that comes after the Twitter and YouTube accounts for U.S. Central Command were taken over by hackers Monday.

The U.S. Supreme Court says homebuyers don't need to file a lawsuit but may simply write a letter if they want to back out of a mortgage because they claim their lender violated the federal Truth in Lending Act.

Today will likely be the final day of the Alabama Legislature's organizational session. Lawmakers have to finish work on operating rules they will use for the next four years, and legislative leaders have to announce appointments to legislative committees.

According to our daily, yesterday the Tuscaloosa City Council approved a rezoning request for a tract at the intersection of Hargrove Road East and Skyland Boulevard, which may become a new home for Tuscaloosa Hyundai.