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.

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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.


After Sandy: The Most Highly Evolved Compassion Of All

Nov 1, 2012
Originally published on November 1, 2012 5:48 pm

Like millions of others, I've been heartsick this week at the loss of life and destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy, especially along the Jersey Shore near where I grew up. Among the few bright spots have been the selfless acts of rescuers. To the police, firefighters, Coast Guard, nurses and doctors who deservedly earn our gratitude, I'd like to add animal rescuers: people who are rushing this week, as they did after Katrina, to aid animals in need (see here, here and here for examples).

Thinking about the energy and empathy our species invests on behalf of other animals when disaster strikes resulted in a collision of two thoughts:

1.) If, as the Dalai Lama suggests, the pinnacle of evolved human empathy is the desire to help those different from ourselves, isn't helping other species the most highly evolved compassion of all?

2.) What if we applied this energy and empathy in daily, sustained ways to create new kinds of interactions with animals? These "new ways" could range from restoring natural habitats to passing legislation to help the hundreds of chimpanzees consigned to hellish lives in biomedical laboratories.

Anthropologists like Pat Shipman argue that we've become the human by interaction with other species around us — via hunting, animal domestication and thinking symbolically with animals. Could it be that new types of interactions with — and for — animals may propel us toward a new evolutionary future?

OK, maybe the idea of morphing into another creature based on our care for others is best left as a thought experiment. Any good biological anthropologist knows that we can't predict future environments accurately enough to specify how a species may change over time.

It's challenging also to see how the sort of emotional-cognitive shift that I'm envisioning might cause a speciation event, a biological process that would require reproductive isolation of some human populations from others.

But it's a symbolically powerful image, Homo empatheticus, isn't it?

You can keep up with more of what Barbara is thinking on Twitter: @bjkingape

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