News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press

News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press

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PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A grand jury will not bring charges against an Autauga County woman who shot and killed a knife-wielding burglar who forced his way into her home. The Montgomery Advertiser reports District Attorney Randall Houston confirmed the grand jury opted to take no action against the woman today. He did not release the woman's name.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A new report says the crime rate in Alabama went down 4 percent in 2013. The annual report from the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center says 173,916 crimes were reported by law enforcement agencies in Alabama in 2013. That was down from 181,752 crimes in 2012.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Two doctors are denying claims by a man who says his penis was amputated during a routine circumcision. A lawyer for the physicians says the allegations in a lawsuit filed this week in Birmingham by Johnny Lee Banks Jr. are untrue. Princeton Baptist hospital also says the claims are without merit.

HOUSTON (AP) - Former astronaut Henry "Hank" Hartsfield has died of complications following back surgery. He was 80. Hartsfield logged 483 hours during three trips into space and commanded two shuttle missions. The Birmingham, Alabama, native later worked in several NASA administrative positions.

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