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.
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.
State law officers probe officer-involved shooting
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is continuing to probe a shooting that involved an Opelika police officer.
Opelika police on Friday identified the officer as Phillip Hancock, a seven-year veteran with the department. He's been placed on administrative leave with pay while the investigation is ongoing.
The Opelika-Auburn News reports that police responded to a report of a shooting involving an officer shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday along the northbound lane of Interstate 85.
One person was wounded and taken to East Alabama Medical Center following the gunfire. Hancock was not injured.
The name of the wounded person had not been released, and few other details of the shooting have been shared by police.
As of Friday, no charges had been filed.
Davidson cruises over Samford 77-54
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - De'Mon Brooks scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as top-seeded Davidson cruised by No. 8 seed Samford 77-54 in the quarterfinal round of the Southern Conference tournament on Saturday.
Jack Gibbs added 14 and Jordan Barham 10 for Davidson (20-11) as the Wildcats extended their win streak to 13 games.
Davidson never trailed against Samford (13-20) and jumped to a 28-8 lead, led by 12 points from Brooks during the opening spurt. The Bulldogs were unable to recover and trailed by double digits the rest of the way.
Brooks scored 17 in the first half as Davidson held a 42-26 lead at halftime.
Both teams shot above 40 percent from the field but Samford had 15 turnovers compared with seven for Davidson.
Jordan Capps led Samford with 14 points.
Davidson will play in the semifinal round on Sunday against No. 5 seed Western Carolina.
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