Alabama authorities say a home burglary suspect has died after police used a stun gun on the man.  Birmingham police say he resisted officers who found him in a house wrapped in what looked like material from the air conditioner duct work.  The Lewisburg Road homeowner called police Tuesday about glass breaking and someone yelling and growling in his basement.  Police reportedly entered the dwelling and used a stun gun several times on a white suspect before handcuffing him.  Investigators say the man was "extremely irritated" throughout and didn't obey verbal commands.

Montgomery Education Foundation's Brain Forest Summer Learning Academy was spotlighted Wednesday at Carver High School.  The academic-enrichment program is for rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in the Montgomery Public School system.  Community Program Director Dillion Nettles, says the program aims to prevent learning loss during summer months.  To find out how your child can participate in next summer's program visit

A police officer is free on bond after being arrested following a rash of road-sign thefts in southeast Alabama.  Brantley Police Chief Titus Averett says officer Jeremy Ray Walker of Glenwood is on paid leave following his arrest in Pike County.  The 30-year-old Walker is charged with receiving stolen property.  Lt. Troy Johnson of the Pike County Sheriff's Office says an investigation began after someone reported that Walker was selling road signs from Crenshaw County.  Investigators contacted the county engineer and learned signs had been reported stolen from several roads.

NPR Politics presents the Lunchbox List: our favorite campaign news and stories curated from NPR and around the Web in digestible bites (100 words or less!). Look for it every weekday afternoon from now until the conventions.

Convention Countdown

The Republican National Convention is in 4 days in Cleveland.

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NASA has released the first picture of Jupiter taken since the Juno spacecraft went into orbit around the planet on July 4.

The picture was taken on July 10. Juno was 2.7 million miles from Jupiter at the time. The color image shows some of the atmospheric features of the planet, including the giant red spot. You can also see three of Jupiter's moons in the picture: Io, Europa and Ganymede.

The Senate is set to approve a bill intended to change the way police and health care workers treat people struggling with opioid addictions.

My husband and I once took great pleasure in preparing meals from scratch. We made pizza dough and sauce. We baked bread. We churned ice cream.

Then we became parents.

Now there are some weeks when pre-chopped vegetables and a rotisserie chicken are the only things between us and five nights of Chipotle.

Parents are busy. For some of us, figuring out how to get dinner on the table is a daily struggle. So I reached out to food experts, parents and nutritionists for help. Here is some of their (and my) best advice for making weeknight meals happen.

"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.


6 Book Stories That'll Cast The Election In New Light

Nov 3, 2012
Originally published on November 6, 2012 3:43 pm

With plenty of election ennui going around, NPR Books dug into the archives for new ways to look at the election story. Here you'll find accounts of past campaigns gone wrong, an examination of the science and art of prediction and an idea of what happens when the pre-presidential storyline gets a dose of sci fi, fantasy and puberty, respectively.

'Pursuit Of Darkness': Beltway Bloodsuckers
Washington insider Jeff Gillenkirk mixes politics and the supernatural in an election novel that imagines a world in which vampires have controlled American politics for more than 200 years. Despite its fantastical facade, Pursuit of Darkness presents a picture of Washington that feels frighteningly familiar. (Book Review, April 3, 2012)

'Signal' And 'Noise': Prediction As Art And Science
In an election year, with numerous polls being taken on a daily basis, it's impossible to avoid predictions, but statistical analyst Nate Silver says humility is key to making those predictions accurate. Silver writes the New York Times' FiveThirtyEight blog, named for the number of votes in the Electoral College. In The Signal and the Noise,, he looks at the explosion of data available in the Internet age and the challenge of using those data to come to thoughtful prediction. (Fresh Air interview, Oct. 10, 2012)

Can't Get Enough? Books To Feed Your Election Fix
Are you experiencing political addiction? Signs include an obsession with the electoral map, overuse of the phrase "game changer" and a trancelike fixation on Election Day. If this could be you, then we have three books to feed your habit, from a look at the 1988 presidential race to a high-stakes high school campaign. (Three Books ... Oct. 6, 2008)

Changing The 'Game,' But Not For The Better
Speaking of game changers, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's 2010 account of the 2008 presidential election, Game Change, made headlines with some of its revelations, among them that John McCain's aides didn't think Sarah Palin was fit to be vice president. Critic John Powers wonders whether the book really deserved all that attention. (Fresh Air book review, Jan. 29, 2010)

The Thomas Eagleton Affair Haunts Candidates Today
Joshua Glasser's The Eighteen-Day Running Mate delivers a real-life story of one of the worst things that can happen to a presidential campaign: In 1972, Democratic candidate George McGovern chose the young Sen. Thomas Eagleton as his running mate. Just 18 days later, revelations about Eagleton's mental health history forced him to drop out. The incident forever changed the way presidential candidates pick their No. 2's. (All Things Considered interview, Aug. 4, 2012)

'Taft 2012': A Presidential Time Warp
Elections ain't what they used to be, and Jason Heller proves it by resurrecting a president of yore and putting him in the middle of a 21st century election cycle. The result is a satirical take on contemporary politics through the eyes — and tweets — of William Howard Taft. (Morning Edition interview, Jan. 23, 2012)

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