Airline warns pilots about runway after UPS crash
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The nation's largest regional passenger airline is advising pilots to avoid landing on the runway where a UPS cargo jet crashed in Birmingham.
ExpressJet Airlines issued the guidance after an internal review that followed the UPS accident last year. The alert was dated in September.
The analysis concludes planes come "dangerously close" to nearby hills if even a few feet too low while approaching Runway 18 in Birmingham. The company is telling it pilots to land on a longer runway at Birmingham's airport when possible.
The Atlanta-based ExpressJet declined comment. Birmingham's airport authority won't answer questions about the report.
Aviation safety expert John Cox says the runway is safe but that it's appropriate for ExpressJet to tell pilots to avoid the shorter runway when possible.
CROSS BURNING-KKK LEADER
Mental evaluation set for jailed KKK leader
DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge wants a mental evaluation for a former Ku Klux Klan leader who pleaded guilty to burning a cross in a black neighborhood in Ozark.
The judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation for 28-year-old Steve Joshua Dinkle after the man's lawyer said he is having hallucinations in jail.
The Dothan Eagle reports Dinkle's sentencing is current set for May 15, and the defense says the testing is needed before then.
Dinkle is the former exalted Cyclops of a Klan group in Ozark. He pleaded guilty in February to five charges related to a cross-burning in 2009.
The man's attorney told the judge Dinkle is on medications for hallucinations, but they aren't working.
The judge approved $2,4000 for an evaluation, which is due by April 6.
SUPREME COURT-LANDMARK LIBEL CASE
At 50, landmark libel case relevant in digital age
WASHINGTON (AP) - Singer Courtney Love hadn't been born and tweeting was just for birds when The New York Times won a landmark libel case at the Supreme Court.
But Love is just the latest person to lean on that 50-year-old ruling - and those that followed and expanded it. A California jury decided recently she shouldn't have to pay $8 million for a troublesome tweet about her former lawyer.
New York Times v. Sullivan stemmed from Alabama officials' efforts to hamper coverage of civil rights protests.
The decision made it hard for public officials to win lawsuits and large awards over published false statements that damaged their reputations.
Newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations were the primary means of publishing then. But the case applies equally now to Twitter, Facebook and blogs.
Walker leads No. 15 Texas A&M past Auburn, 86-54
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - Courtney Walker sank her first seven shots and scored 25 points, leading No. 15 Texas A&M to a runaway 86-54 win over Auburn on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Texas A&M will play No. 6 Tennessee in Saturday's second semifinal. Tennessee beat Texas A&M 76-55 on Jan. 26.
Karla Gilbert had 15 points and Courtney Williams added 12 for the Aggies (24-7), the defending SEC tournament champion.
Tyrese Tanner led Auburn (17-14) with 14 points. Brandy Montgomery had 12.
Texas A&M already held a comfortable 45-30 lead early in the second half before turning the game into a rout with an 18-0 run for a 63-30 lead. Walker had six points in the run and then sat out the final 10 minutes.
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