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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. CST

WHITE PLAINS, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say an Alabama man allegedly killed his son and daughter along with her fiancé before fatally shooting himself. Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade tells news outlets that 49-year-old Anthony Wayne Parker shot his 12-year-old son, 19-year-old Heather Parker and 20-year-old Brandon Roberts at his home in the White Plains community.

MADISON, Ala. (AP) - A mother and daughter survived after falling into a freezing Alabama lake after their dog ran onto it and fell through. Madison Fire and Rescue Capt. Michael Sedlacek says the mother and daughter were outside with the dog when it ran onto the lake and fell through a thin sheet of ice.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The park and museum at the base of Birmingham's giant Vulcan statue is merging with the Birmingham History Center to exhibit an expansive collection of artifacts from the Magic City. The plans were announced Thursday at Vulcan Park & Museum.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Southerners are waiting for a thaw that would end days of icy roads and broken pipes from the latest winter storm to move through the typically mild region. For a third night, state troopers warned of ice on roads as the snow that melts refreezes early Friday morning. At least 15 people have died from the snow storm that moved from Houston to the North Carolina coast Tuesday and Wednesday. But a major warmup is expected to begin Friday and continue through the weekend.

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