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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man who shot a rattlesnake got a surprise when the headless reptile tried to bite him long after he thought it should be dead. Billy Forbus tells WSFA-TV he saw the snake when he was working in his garden and shot it. He later put it in the back of his pickup truck to go show his father and brother. Video posted to the television station's social media feed shows the animal attempting to strike at Forbus even though it didn't have a head.

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 600 members of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' church are denouncing him over the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has led to children being separated from their parents at the border. Members of the United Methodist Church from across the country wrote a letter accusing Sessions of child abuse, immorality and racial discrimination. Sessions also is being scolded by 75 former prosecutors who want Sessions to end the family separation policy at the border.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama musician who said on social media that he'd like to shoot immigrants attempting to enter the United States says he's losing work because of the post. Birmingham guitarist Phillip McCain said on Facebook that he doesn't have any sympathy for immigrants trying to enter the country, even those seeking asylum. In the same post, he called liberalism a "mental disorder." The post went viral. McCain tells he has since lost his job with a band, and three solo shows.

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama is balking at pledging money to help restart passenger train service along the northern Gulf Coast for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi have to commit almost $35 million total over three years by Thursday to be eligible for the same amount in federal funds that would let Amtrak trains run from New Orleans eastward to Mobile, Alabama. The Southern Rail Commission says Louisiana and Mississippi have both pledged money, but Alabama hasn't.

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