• Today is the American Cancer Society's 37th Great American Smokeout, where smokers are encouraged to either use the day to make a plan to quit or to have planned in advance and quit smoking today, one step towards a healthier life.

 

  • Tonight, the University of Alabama School of Music will present "University Chorus" at UA's Moody Concert Hall. The free event starts at 7:30.

 

  •  Governor Bentley is calling for an expansion of the pre-K program for 4-year-olds, and officials are looking to see where money can be shifted to expand the program, which the governor considers a priority on his education agenda.

 

  • US homes are said to be entering the foreclosure process at a rate that's 8% slower than a year ago. 

 

  • More college graduates are said to have a chance of getting a job in the coming year, according to an annual survey by Michigan State University, and demand for graduates with associate's degrees is expected to increase by about 30%, compared to last year's study.

 

  • According to Tuscaloosa Police, 19-year-old Corey Rashadi Ruffins was arrested earlier this week. Ruffins is accused of sodomizing a 14-year-old male, who'd been reported as a missing person. Ruffins was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail, pending a $30,000 bond.

 

  • Birmingham's public library has received letters written from prison by Robert Chambliss, one of three Klansmen convicted in a deadly church bombing in which 4 little girls were killed during the civil rights era. The letters were opened for public use yesterday.

 

  • Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says he knows of no other senior US military officers being linked to the sex scandal that led to the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus. Panetta also says he retains confidence in General John Allen, the US commander in Afghanistan being investigated for emails he sent to a Florida socialite linked to the scandal.

 

  • People Magazine has named Channing Tatum its 2012 "Sexiest Man Alive."