PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — An east Alabama jury took just minutes to convict a man of beating and strangling his pregnant girlfriend to death.
The Russell County jury on Thursday found Curtis Durall Newsome guilty of murder in the June 2013 killing of Caneya "Candy" Webb.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that Newsome has said he "snapped" after learning that another man had contacted his girlfriend on Facebook.
Authorities say Newsome punched her so hard in the back of her head that she lost consciousness, then strangled her until she was dead, bound her ankles and wrists with computer cord and left her face-down in the bathtub of her Phenix City apartment.
Circuit Judge Al Johnson set Newsome's sentencing for Aug. 22.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police say a 59-year-old Georgia man shot his handgun inside his room at the Wyndham Ocean Walk Resort in Daytona Beach and a 12-year-old boy in an adjoining room was either grazed by the bullet or hit by flying sheet rock from the shattered wall.
He told police he noticed the pistol had fallen out of the holster and "squeezed the trigger," discharging the bullet that went through the wall on Thursday morning.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the boy wasn't seriously injured.
The man says he went next door to apologize but returned to his room when confronted by the boy's distraught mother.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood says he doesn't "buy the accidental discharge story," adding that the man was negligent and should be charged criminally.
CAIRO (AP) — Turbulent negotiations to broker a temporary truce in the Gaza Strip are continuing against the backdrop of fresh Israeli attacks on Palestinian militants.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met twice Friday in Cairo with U.N. chief Ban Ki-Moon and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri to try to nail down a deal to bring a week-long pause in the fighting and begin as soon as this weekend.
It's part of a plan to phase in a lasting cease-fire between Israel and the Hamas militant group in the three-week war.
Two diplomats close to the negotiations said a deal had not yet been reached but spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be named.
Kerry, Ban and Shukri were expected to brief the media later Friday.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center is expected to reopen for business on Monday.
The building has been closed this week due to a power outage caused by a malfunction in the electrical system. The U.S. General Services Administration says crews have worked since Saturday to restore power.
The building in downtown Atlanta houses twenty-one federal agencies, with nearly 5,000 employees. The GSA says it has worked with agencies to continue operating during the closure, including daily calls and providing mobile workstations and meeting rooms at another federal building nearby.
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. BLACK BOX FOUND AT SITE OF AIR ALGERIE CRASH
"There are, alas, no survivors," French President Francois Hollande says. "I share the pain of families living through this terrible ordeal."
2. TUNNELS ARE KEY FACET IN LATEST ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR
Israeli officials say Palestinian militants have dug dozens of underground passages from Gaza, which are meant to facilitate mass attacks on Israelis.
3. UKRAINE REPORTS OVERNIGHT REBEL ATTACKS
The Ukrainian army says that at one border crossing the insurgents were supported by artillery fire from the Russian side.
4. IN 8 DAYS, THREE PLANES DOWN
Aviation suffers one of its worst weeks in memory. Industry analysts and safety experts shake their heads at the seeming randomness of the tragedies, but say they see no common themes, and don't think it means flying is less safe.
5. CENTRAL AMERICAN LEADERS ARE CONVENING AT WHITE HOUSE
Obama is summoning his counterparts from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S. in a bid to stem the crisis on the border.
6. CAUSE SOUGHT FOR GUNFIGHT BETWEEN PATIENT, DOCTOR
Authorities are attempting to determine why Richard Plotts fatally shot a caseworker at a suburban Philadelphia hospital and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own weapon and wounded the attacker had concerns about him.
7. HOW OBAMA LIKES SUPER PACS NOW
For years, the president railed against the unlimited spending flowing into American political campaigns. Now he's embracing some of the same secretive elements of that system, drawing charges of hypocrisy.
8. WHAT BECOMES SYMBOL OF SOUTH KOREA'S CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE
Construction of the world's sixth tallest building near Seoul faces new doubts in a nation questioning its ethos of economic progress over safety after the ferry disaster that killed hundreds of teenagers.
9. "BRAZIL IS AMAZING, AND I WANT TO STAY"
So says one of the thousands of young Argentine men who came for the World Cup and still haven't gone home, much to their host's consternation.
10. WHO DOESN'T LIKE MARIJUANA? HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATIONS, THAT'S WHO
Marijuana and hemp join wacky paint colors and unsightly fences as sources of common neighborhood disputes facing HOAs.