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.

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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 veggies 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.

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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 Strong V.P. Debate, Campaigns Look Ahead

Oct 14, 2012



With only 23 days left until the presidential election, the race is heating up. Thursday, the vice presidential candidates duked it out in their only debate of the campaign season. This Tuesday, President Obama and Governor Romney will face-off at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, for the second of three presidential debates. NPR's Ari Shapiro is on the road with the Romney campaign. Hi, Ari.

ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Hi. How are you doing?

HEADLEE: So let's look back towards the vice presidential candidates first. There was real no clear winner in the polls, at least. They seem to have been split. What's the Romney campaign said about Paul Ryan's performance?

SHAPIRO: Well, they're very happy with Paul Ryan's performance. I mean, they say that there was one person on the stage who looked respectful, who was calm and composed, who you would want to be with in times of crisis. Of course, they point to Paul Ryan as that person.

Whereas the Democrats are really thrilled that Vice President Biden did what they thought they needed to do, getting the base revved up, strongly rebutting Paul Ryan's points on the stage. And so both sides are declaring victory with some legitimacy, I think, frankly, on each side.

HEADLEE: Well, let's look ahead now to the presidential candidates. President Obama is taking the weekend off from campaigning to prepare for Tuesday's debate. What's Governor Romney going to do? Are we going to expect a similar performance from him as we saw last time?

SHAPIRO: You know, it's interesting. Governor Romney has a pattern of doing his best when people are starting to count him out the most. So the question is now that Romney's virtually tied with President Obama in the polls, will he be able to turn in the same kind of grand-slam performance that he turned in when he was lagging behind and people were already writing obituaries for him?

HEADLEE: Well, as I said, we're 23 days away. That's just about three weeks. That's pretty close. How much could the race change at this point before Election Day?

SHAPIRO: Well, in the last month, it changed dramatically. I mean, in the last week, it changed dramatically. And so with three weeks left to go, any number of things could happen, whether it's a stellar debate performance by one or the other of the candidates, a huge gaffe, some external event that nobody anticipates. There's a lot that could change in three weeks.

Right now, the race is a much more intense competition than it was going into the first debate. You know, all these polls show that President Obama and Mitt Romney are basically tied. For the first time, Mitt Romney is inching slightly into the lead in some of these swing states, but it is such a small lead that it's really only safe to call this a tie and nothing more at this point.

HEADLEE: That's NPR's Ari Shapiro keeping his eyes on the campaign and on the road with Mitt Romney. Thanks, Ari.

SHAPIRO: Good to talk to you. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.