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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say shoppers had their shopping cut short when Alabama's largest shopping mall closed 40 minutes early after a brawl broke out the night before Black Friday. AL.com reports that police and firefighters responded to the Riverchase Galleria in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover, Alabama around 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Video posted by Al.com shows a chaotic scene. Hoover Fire paramedics treated at least one person for minor injuries.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a man has died in a Montgomery fire _ the first fire fatality in the city this year. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the man was found in a bedroom of a home on Lower Wetumpka Road Wednesday. Montgomery Fire/Rescue Sgt. O.J. Whiting said the man was located in a bedroom and was confirmed a fire fatality. Whiting said a second person escaped the blaze, as relatives and neighbors were able to pull that person out.

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - A team of 21 scientists will conduct a study to estimate the number of red snapper in the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The Sun Herald reports that the panel of researchers from universities and state and federal agencies was convened by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, and awarded $9.5 million in federal funds.

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a head-on crash on an interstate in Alabama has killed three people. Al.com reports the crash happened on Interstate 459 in Bessemer on Friday between 12:30 a.m. and 1:00 a.m.

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