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Elena Kagan, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, will visit the University of Alabama School of Law to deliver the Fall 2013 Albritton Lecture. The October 4 event will begin at 10am and is open to the public. No registration is required, but seating is limited.

Remember the case of Jason Glen Thomas, the former Tuscaloosa police sergeant who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in May 2011? Well, in April, Thomas pleaded guilty to violating the woman’s civil rights, and he has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. He’ll also pay a $100 fine and serve time on supervised release after his sentence. The victim’s civil suit against Thomas is still pending.

Today, Governor Bentley will discuss statewide economic development issues with members of Manufacture Alabama.

Lawmakers are proposing changing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by keeping surveillance on terror suspects who travel to the U.S. if they’re already being monitored overseas by the National Security Agency.

Nissan is recalling nearly a million vehicles worldwide because of an accelerator sensor problem that could cause the engine to stall.  So far, no accidents have been reported that are related to the problem. Most of the vehicles being recalled are in Japan, but some are in North America.

Survivors of a major earthquake in Pakistan are digging through rubble to find food. The death toll from the 7.7-magnitude quake has risen to nearly 350.

South Africa’s president says former leader Nelson Mandela is responding to treatment at his home, where a team of doctors is caring for him.

Terrorist group al-Shabab is warning authorities to be prepared for an abundance of blood if Kenyan troops remain in Somalia. This comes in the wake of the storming of an upscale mall in Nairobi.

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