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WETUMPKA, Ala. — A car full of teenagers collided head-on with a police car, killing three teens and an Elmore County sheriff's deputy, authorities said Monday.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A woman accused of firing a gun at her estranged husband and his two sons in what she said was self-defense took a plea deal in a case that first got attention because her attorneys used Florida's "stand your ground" law in its defense, arguing that she feared for her life before discharging the weapon.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure from President Barack Obama's Cabinet, senior administration officials said Monday, following a tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular foreign policy team.

FERGUSON, Mo. — A grand jury has reached a decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a spokesman for St. Louis County's top prosecutor said Monday.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have placed Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry on the non-football illness list after a mass was discovered in his chest following Thursday night's game in Oakland.

Two poultry slaughter plants in Tennessee — including Pilgrim's Pride in Chattanooga — are among the 10 worst in the nation for receiving citations from federal inspectors over a five-month period, according to two animal rights groups.

WASHINGTON — Michele Flournoy, formerly the Pentagon's policy chief and among President Barack Obama's more hawkish advisers, could be in line to become the first woman to lead the U.S. military after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's resignation.

FERGUSON, Mo. — Despite preparations for a weekend decision in the Ferguson shooting case, the grand jurors apparently need more time to deliberate, and the uncertainty just seemed to feed the anxiety and speculation Sunday in a city already on edge.

CHICAGO — On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone.

ATHENS, Ga. — Nearly 30 eighth-graders bend over laptops during Karen Farnsworth's Thursday morning math class, raising their hands for help as the teacher moves around pointing to their screens or providing video links.

ATLANTA — After being suspended for Cleveland's first 10 games, Josh Gordon had no trouble remembering how to play the game.

PHILADELPHIA — It took the Philadelphia Eagles just 13 seconds to wipe a terrible loss from memory.

CALHOUN, Tenn. — The mayor of Calhoun was arrested Saturday night on charges of aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000.

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian authorities released a British-Iranian woman on bail on Sunday, the semi-official ISNA news agency said.

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. — Authorities have discovered the body of a missing Lawrence County woman.

PHILADELPHIA — It took the Philadelphia Eagles just 13 seconds to wipe a terrible loss from memory.

ATLANTA — After being suspended for Cleveland's first 10 games, Josh Gordon had no trouble remembering how to play the game.

JERUSALEM — In a move likely to further inflame tensions with Israel's Arab citizens, the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved a bill to legally define the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

OPELIKA, Ala. — Authorities in Opelika, Alabama say a 3-year-old boy who was hit by a car has died.

CHICAGO — More than 30 horses died in a stable fire in suburban Chicago over the weekend, with distraught owners of the animals arriving Sunday to lay flowers at the site, a fire department official said.

BOSTON — An American priest named by Pope Francis as the Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor in September was among church officials who failed to report an abusive priest to law enforcement before the now-jailed and defrocked man committed other acts of sexual abuse, according to legal documents reviewed by The Boston Globe

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — A Russian capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy has blasted off for the International Space Station.

SYDNEY — A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn son who was allegedly abandoned in a roadside drain for five days before passersby heard his cries, police said Monday.

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya's deputy president Sunday denounced the killing of 28 bus passengers by Islamic extremists and said the nation's military responded by killing more than 100 militants in Somalia.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — First came the big storm, then the big dig. Now comes the big melt.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis canonized six new saints Sunday, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala, in a packed ceremony in St. Peter's Square.

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber blew himself up at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 45 people in the country's deadliest terrorist attack this year, officials said.

NASHVILLE — Civil rights champion the Rev. James Lawson says Marion Barry was among the pioneers of the movement and his activism was a bright spot in a troubled political career.

ATLANTA — The National Weather Service issued several tornado warnings as severe storms crossed Georgia early Sunday evening.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Banged up in two straight wins over SEC West bruisers, No. 2 Alabama took a while to overwhelm a lower-division team that wasn't supposed to be able to put up much of a fight.

ATLANTA — Jason Carter took an optimistic view of his 8-point loss to incumbent Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal during an interview last week in Atlanta, two weeks after the Nov. 4 election that delivered a blow to Georgia Democrats’ hopes of getting power back in a state they once dominated.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama's severely overcrowded prison system is going to have to change, say state officials. The unknown is whether the state will make the changes voluntarily or the federal government will force the state like it did in the 1970s.

KATY, Texas — A woman injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing who had several surgeries before having part of her leg amputated recently was discharged from a rehab facility Saturday and has vowed to run the race next year.

LOS ANGELES — A bighorn sheep escaped from the Los Angeles Zoo on Saturday and was struck by a hit-and-run driver before it could be corralled, police said.

NASHVILLE — A legendary Tennessee lawyer whose push for voting rights dated back to the civil rights movement died last summer, not long before a new federal report found evidence that he might have had a point about that state's voter identification law.

NAIROBI, Kenya — One gunman shot from the right, one from the left, each killing the non-Muslims lying in a line on the ground, growing closer and closer to Douglas Ochwodho, who was in the middle.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Derrick Henry rushed for two touchdowns and scored a third on a catch, all in the first half, to lead No. 2 Alabama to a 48-14 victory over Western Carolina on Saturday.

CEDAR GROVE, Tenn. — Donnie Moore and his sister Donna refuse to dwell on the past, choosing instead to celebrate their newfound future.

TOKYO — A strong earthquake late Saturday struck a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics, knocking down at least 10 homes in a ski resort town and injuring more than 20 people, officials said.

PARIS — Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco are expecting twins next month and the first one born will be the prince's royal heir.

NASHVILLE — Authorities say a Nashville insurance broker was found dead in his secluded rental home in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A man set his house on fire and then started shooting at responding police officers, firefighters and first responders Saturday, killing a deputy and wounding another one before he was shot to death by law enforcement, authorities said.

FERGUSON, Mo. — Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.

ATHENS, Ga. — Nick Chubb and Georgia took care of Charleston Southern early, looking to carry the momentum into next week's state rivalry game against Georgia Tech.

SAN DIEGO — A Marine who was left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday and walked using robotic leg braces in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, where he was awarded a Bronze Star.

SKUKUZA, South Africa — The rhino crashes forward, pounding the earth with its broad feet.

FERGUSON, Mo. — Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm Friday as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But it was unclear whether the panel was still at work or when it would render a decision.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Anyone who's grown up in Buffalo or even spent a few years here has stories of the big ones. Lots of us remember the Blizzard of '77 with drifts so high kids sledded off rooftops, and there was the 2006 "October Surprise" that flattened trees and killed power for a week.

WASHINGTON — United against President Barack Obama but uncertain how to stop him, outraged Republicans struggled for a response on immigration Friday that would check the president without veering into talk of impeachment or a government shutdown. Their remedy was far from clear.

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