Alabama sheriff remembered as dedicated peace officer

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A slain Alabama sheriff was remembered Monday as a dedicated peace officer who loved serving the people of his county.

More than 2,000 mourners filled an auditorium for funeral services for Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams. Williams was shot and killed Nov. 23 at a gas station in the county where he served as sheriff. William Chase Johnson, 18, is charged with murder in the sheriff’s death.

Sometimes known as “Big John” for his towering frame, the 62-year-old sheriff was remembered as a selfless law enforcement officer who showed respect to everyone.

“He didn’t care if you were rich or poor. He didn’t care if you were black, white, green, purple.... John was going to treat you like family. John was going to do everything in his power to help you,” said Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor, who serves as head of the state sheriffs association.

Facebook tests tool to move photos to rival sites

LONDON — Facebook started testing a tool on Monday that lets users move their images more easily to other online services, as it faces pressure from regulators to loosen its grip on data.

The social network’s new tool will allow people to transfer their photos and videos directly to competing platforms, starting with Google Photos.

The company said it will first be available to people in Ireland and will be refined based on user feedback. The tool will then be rolled out worldwide in the first half of 2020.

U.S. and European regulators have been examining Facebook’s control of personal data such as images as they look into whether the tech giant’s dominance is stifling competition and limiting choice for consumers. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reacted by calling for new rules to address “data portability” and other issues.

Ghana bestows citizenship on 126 from the diaspora

GHANA — Ghana made 126 foreign nationals who have lived in the country for many years citizens as part of the country’s Year of Return celebrations.

Dressed in colorful traditional outfits and holding the country’s national flag last week, the group lifted their hands as they took their oath of allegiance and became the country’s citizens.

President Nana Akufo-Addo said those conferred with the citizenship join a generation of diasporans, including civil rights activist William Edward Burghardt “W.E.B.” Du Bois and American poet Maya Angelou who lived in the country.

The event is part of a series of activities lined up this year for Ghana’s Year of Return marking 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in North America.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

COMPILED FROM WIRE SERVICES

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