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The American Idol Audition Bus Tour is coming to Tuscaloosa on August 21, reports our daily. While specific locations and other details of the stop aren’t available, hopefuls can submit audition videos online at www.americanidol.com.

Republican Representative Jim Barton of Mobile says he’s resigning from the House to take a lobbying job in Montgomery. Barton is currently the chairman of a House budget committee.

Authorities in Dallas say one person has been arrested in two shootings, where at least four people are dead and four more are wounded.

In Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai is asking the Taliban to stop the war and join the political process.

There were three winners in last night’s $448 million Powerball drawing, two in New Jersey and one in Minnesota.

NBC reports that a 13.67-pound baby has been born in Spain, the biggest baby ever born naturally in the country.

Tonight, the the doors of Central High School will open for Tuscaloosa County chapter of the NAACP’s political forum for Tuscaloosa City Council candidates, which begins at 6:30.

House Speaker Mike Hubbard says he has no plans to stop session-opening prayers, despite a legal challenge to the practice in a New York town.

The city of Birmingham says more than 100 companies, churches, and other groups have signed on to sponsor the city’s “Empowerment Week” Sept. 11-15, which coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the bombing of the 16th St Baptist Church.

The White House has canceled next month’s summit in Moscow between President Obama and Vladimir Putin, as Russia granted asylum to American espionage suspect Edward Snowden, and the two countries can’t agree on how to respond to the civil war in Syria.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the Chevy Cruz, the Chevy Sonic, and the Volkswagen Beetle have “marginal” safety ratings, while the Nissan Sentra, the Kia Soul, and the 2014 Kia Forte are rated as “poor.” Only the Honda Civic has earned a “good” rating in front-end collision tests of small cars.

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