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Police in Demopolis say they’re working to help identify a body that was pulled from a river yesterday. Information on the person’s approximate age and gender wasn’t immediately available, but the body will be taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for an autopsy.

Our 2014 election is shaping up to be much different than 2010, as statewide offices were crowded with big names three years ago and Republicans were fighting to end 136 years of Democratic domination in the Legislature.

The Obama administration says its rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the 1 million mark. The overall goal remains to enroll 7 million people by March 31.

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” was estimated to bring in $29.8 million over the weekend, with “Frozen” coming in a close second at the box office with $28.8 million.

On December 17, a son was born to Summer Steele of Andalusia, and she and her husband chose to name him after their favorite sports team. The infant’s name is Krimson Tyde, and Steele says that if people have nothing nice to say about it, they shouldn’t say anything at all.

Police departments in both Jacksonville and Piedmont say they’re considering outfitting officers with wearable cameras next year, as it’s becoming more important for law enforcement officials to have video footage of their work that can be used in court or review claims of abuse.

The new year will bring about a host of new laws that take effect Wednesday. In Colorado, marijuana stores will open, Illinois becomes the 20th state to legalize marijuana, guns in Connecticut that are considered assault weapons must be registered with authorities, and photographers who harass celebrities and their children face tougher penalties in California.

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