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Judge sets trial date on Alabama abortion law, extends injunction

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday set a May 19 trial date to determine whether a new Alabama law requiring doctors who perform abortions to obtain hospital admitting privileges poses a significant impediment for women seeking an abortion. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson scheduled a non-jury trial to examine if the law, which was passed last year by the Alabama Legislature, violates the constitutional rights of women who want an abortion.

Legal challenge to Alabama abortion law will go to trial, judge rules

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday ordered a trial to determine whether a new Alabama law requiring doctors who perform abortions to obtain hospital admitting privileges poses a significant impediment for women seeking an abortion. Since abortion clinics typically use traveling physicians, the law could cause the closure of three of Alabama's five facilities, a potential constitutional violation, abortion supporters have argued in court.

Alabama candidate takes shot, literally, at Obamacare in ad

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - A congressional candidate in Alabama is taking aim - literally - at the federal statute known as Obamacare in a new campaign advertisement in which he fires rounds from several weapons into a paper copy of the healthcare reform law. Will Brooke, a Birmingham businessman, is one of seven Republican candidates seeking to replace U.S. Representative Spencer Bachus, who is retiring.

Activists arrested after protest at Alabama immigration facility

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - Seven immigration activists were arrested in Alabama on Monday after blocking the entrance to a facility where the federal government houses immigrants it plans to deport. The activists chained themselves to the front doors of the Etowah County Detention Center in Gadsden, Alabama, to protest immigrant deportations, according to an immigrants rights group, the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice. Dozens of other protesters gathered at the detention center.

Preview: Arkansas at Alabama

Every coach hopes their team hits its stride just as tournament time arrives, and Mike Anderson’s Arkansas squad arrives at Saturday’s regular-season finale at Alabama winners of six in a row. But more importantly is the way the Razorbacks have relied on a high-caliber offense during the streak, scoring 80 or more points three times and throttling Mississippi for 110 points and 17 3-pointers on Wednesday. The Crimson Tide will have their work cut out for them to avoid losing for the ninth time in their past 12 games.

Kentucky 55, Alabama 48

No. 24 Kentucky 55, Alabama 48: Julius Randle had 12 points and 11 rebounds as the host Wildcats defeated the Crimson Tide to halt a two-game losing streak. Kentucky (22-8, 12-5 SEC) boasted a 41-27 rebounding advantage – including 15 offensive boards – to overcome a woeful 32.7 shooting percentage. The Wildcats were just 5-of-28 from 3-point range while posting a season low for points.

Alabama 73, Auburn 57

(Updated: CORRECTS Randolph rebounding total in Synopsis and lede.) Alabama 73, Auburn 57: LeviRandolph had 24 points and nine rebounds to help the Crimson Tidewin their third straight at home. Trevor Releford contributed 16points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals for Alabama(12-17, 6-10 SEC). Retin Obasohan added 13 points off the bench forthe Crimson Tide.

Lawsuit challenges Alabama's ban on gay marriage

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - A civil rights group sued Alabama on Thursday on behalf of a gay man challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage, arguing he should be able to claim the estate of his husband who died in a car crash. Paul Hard, an associate professor at a university in Montgomery, is seeking to be recognized as the beneficiary of proceeds in a wrongful death case, but Alabama does not recognize him as a surviving spouse. The couple married in Massachusetts.

Florida 78, Alabama 69

No. 4 Florida 78, Alabama 69: Scottie Wilbekin led five players in double figures with 16 points as the Gators pulled away from the visiting Crimson Tide for their 15th consecutive victory. Casey Prather collected 15 points and a team-high six rebounds while Michael Frazier II scored 14 as Florida (21-2, 10-0 SEC) extended its school-record home-winning streak to 29. Will Yeguete matched his season high with 12 points and Patric Young added 11 for the Gators, who shot 62 percent from the field.

Preview: Alabama at Florida

Fourth-ranked Florida looks to continue its impressive stretch of stingy defense while extending a pair of winning streaks when it hosts struggling Alabama on Saturday afternoon. The Gators have won a school-record 28 consecutive games at home and 14 in a row overall, averaging 51.3 points against in the last seven while allowing 38.4 percent shooting for the season. The offensively challenged Crimson Tide dropped five of their last six games, including a 68-62 loss to Florida at home Jan. 23.
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