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MIDLAND CITY, Al., (KNOE 8 News) - For nearly a week, he'd been held in an underground bunker by a man who shot and killed a school bus driver -- but today, a five-year-old Alabama boy is back with his family and playing with his toy dinosaur. Authorities aren't providing many details about just how they made the decision to rush the bunker yesterday, freeing the kindergartner and killing his armed captor.

WASHINGTON, D.C., (KNOE 8 News) - A Justice Department document says it is legal for the government to kill U.S. citizens abroad if it believes they are senior al-Qaida leaders continually engaged in operations aimed at killing Americans. The confidential memo, first reported Monday night by NBC News, provides a legal rationale behind the Obama administration's use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects. The 16-page document says that delaying action against individuals continually planning to kill Americans would create an unacceptably high risk.

WASHINGTON, D.C., (KNOE 8 News) - After a surge at the end of last year, gun sales may have leveled off. The number of federal background checks for firearm sales declined in January after reaching a 12-month peak in December. Still, the number of January background checks is still greater than in any other month last year. The surge in December came as Washington started to consider new gun control measures.

NEW YORK, NY., (KNOE 8 News) - Stocks are turning higher in early trading on Wall Street following a spike in home prices and strong earnings reports from Kellogg and other U.S. companies. The upturn comes a day after the stock market had its worst day of the year. Before the market opened, a real estate data provider reported that home prices jumped by the most in six and a half years in December, thanks to a low supply of available homes and rising demand.

 

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) - Slumping personal computer maker Dell is selling itself for $24.4 billion to its founder and a group of investors that includes Microsoft. It's the largest deal of its kind since the Great Recession dried up financing for risky maneuvers like this. The complex agreement announced today will end Dell's nearly 25-year history as a publicly traded company. The deal reflects Dell's desire to engineer a turnaround attempt away from the glare and financial pressures of Wall Street.

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  • Unrestrained driver killed In Lincoln Parish

    Unrestrained driver killed In Lincoln Parish

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:10:54 GMT
    RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A Marion man died this morning after a single vehicle accident in Lincoln Parish.Around 5:45 a.m. Saturday, Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a crash on Louisiana Highway 33 north of Interstate 20.
    RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A Marion man died this morning after a single vehicle accident in Lincoln Parish.Around 5:45 a.m. Saturday, Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a crash on Louisiana Highway 33 north of Interstate 20.
  • Second arrest made in April 2013 murder

    Second arrest made in April 2013 murder

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:00:56 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A second arrest has been made in the April 2013 murder of Steve Brown.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A second arrest has been made in the April 2013 murder of Steve Brown.
  • Teacher accused of having sex with 2 students

    Teacher accused of having sex with 2 students

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:53:04 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Riverdale Christian Academy administrators have fired English teacher Ashley Dowden following her confession to deputies that she had sex with a 16-year-old student.
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Riverdale Christian Academy administrators have fired English teacher Ashley Dowden following her confession to deputies that she had sex with a 16-year-old student.
  • Rayville issues boil water alert

    Rayville issues boil water alert

    Thursday, August 29 2013 11:00 AM EDT2013-08-29 15:00:09 GMT
    RAYVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Tests show the presence of E.coli Bacteria in the Rayville Water System drinking water. The system is alerting all customers to boil water prior to use.
    RAYVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Tests show the presence of E.coli Bacteria in the Rayville Water System drinking water. The system is alerting all customers to boil water prior to use.
  • Union Parish & LSP make two meth arrests

    Union Parish & LSP make two meth arrests

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-29 20:10:04 GMT
    UNION PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News UPSO) - Union Parish and State Police narcotics agents made two arrests Thursday on methamphetamine-related charges.
    UNION PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News UPSO) - Union Parish and State Police narcotics agents made two arrests Thursday on methamphetamine-related charges.
  • Board tells yoga training schools to get licensed

    Board tells yoga training schools to get licensed

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:35 AM EDT2014-08-29 14:35:35 GMT
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas state board says schools that train yoga teachers will soon need to attain a license.
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas state board says schools that train yoga teachers will soon need to attain a license.
  • 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL

    49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-08-30 01:30:05 GMT
    San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues.
    The San Francisco 49ers have been preparing for months to play on without Aldon Smith over an extended period.
  • KNOE tailgates with a ULM Grove legend

    KNOE tailgates with a ULM Grove legend

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:17 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:17:41 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)- Buddy Embanato is a familiar face in the Grove during football season.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)- Buddy Embanato is a familiar face in the Grove during football season.
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