• An unidentified man walks past a Confederate monument in Linn Park in downtown Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. A legislative committee is considering a proposal that would make it more difficult for local officials to remove Confederate memorials like the obelisk, which the city park board has voted to take down. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

    Bill would stop removal of Confederate, historic markers

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Confederate monuments first erected after the Civil War to honor Southern soldiers have increasingly been targeted by civil rights activists who say they are offensive to blacks and should be taken down. An Alabama legislator wants to make sure that doesn’t happen without state lawmakers’ approval.

  • In this Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 photo, a woman stands in the doorway of then new Historic Colored Entrance at the Lyric Theatre, in Birmingham, Ala. Preservationists had to decide whether to keep reminders of The Lyric’s discarded color line before they unveiled an $11 million restoration of the 102-year-old theater, which had been closed for decades. In this case, they chose to highlight the history, installing a glass door with the etched words “Historic Colored Entrance” in the lobby wall so patrons can peer into the past. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

    What should be done with architecture of white supremacy?

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Growing up in the 1950s, William Bell had to enter Birmingham’s segregated Lyric Theatre though a side entrance, marked “COLORED,” that was walled-off from the elegant lobby. He climbed a dimly lit stairwell to watch movies from the steep balcony where black patrons had to sit for generations.

  • Sam Hunt: Playing Super Bowl blends love for music, sports

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — As a kid, Sam Hunt dreamt of playing in the Super Bowl. And he was on the right path as a quarterback for both Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

  • UAB coasts to 104-67 win over Florida Atlantic

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Chris Cokley scored 14 points to lead seven Alabama-Birmingham players in double figures for a 104-67 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday night.

  • Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott, right, scores his side's first goal of the game against Norwich City during the English Premier League soccer match at Villa Park, in Birmingham, England, Saturday Feb. 6, 2016. (Nick Potts / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

    Norwich in relegation zone after losing to Villa

    BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Last-place Aston Villa looked determined to take Norwich down to the second-tier, beating the visiting Canaries 2-0 Saturday for its third Premier League win of the season.

  • Norton scores 15 points, UAB holds off FIU 74-69

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Nick Norton scored 15 points and Alabama-Birmingham held off Florida International 74-69 on Thursday night.

  • West Ham United's Cheikhou Kouyate, right, battles for possession with Aston Villa's Micah Richards during the English Premier League soccer match at Upton Park, London, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (John Walton/PA via AP)    UNITED KINGDOM OUT    -   NO SALES    -   NO ARCHIVES

    Struggling Villa finally makes a signing – in the boardroom

    BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — English Premier League struggler Aston Villa has finally made a big-name signing – in the boardroom.