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.

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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.


On The Campaign Trail: With Instagram

Oct 17, 2012
Originally published on October 17, 2012 11:37 am

I'm not normally one for politics, but after following several photojournalists on Instagram, I've become fascinated with what's happening on the campaign trail this political season.

Instagram, the free photo-sharing app, has become far more than a place for people to upload photos. It's also become a way to document ongoing stories — and photojournalists on the campaign trail are doing just that.

Using hashtags such as #aponthetrail, #RNC2012, #DNC2012, #campaign2012 and #2012unfiltered, photojournalists are sharing the story of the campaign, both through traditional news-style photos, as well as more off-beat imagery.

(Note: All captions appear as originally published on Instagram)

The app gives photojournalists and reporters a unique way to produce visuals without the pressures of deadlines or nailing a specific shot. It is also a more personal way to share photos than through the news wires.

"It's a great way to start a discussion about photography and the process of how we do what we do," says Charles Dharapak, a staff photojournalist for The Associated Press.

Chip Somodevilla of Getty Images has been working on a diptych series of behind-the-scenes photos of volunteers, the press and others working on the edge of the campaign. As he explains, the images he makes with his iPhone 4S are "the unusual periphery surrounding the political campaign."

Some of the photojournalists transmitting via Instragram use digital filters and effects, while others, including Dharapak, play it straight (tagging their photos #nofilter).

"Even though I am carrying thousands of dollars of high-end DSLR cameras, I like using this photographic tool with limited ability [the iPhone] and making it 'work,' " says Dharapak, who also cites the immediacy of Instagram as one of its appeals.

Ashley Parker, a print journalist for The New York Times, uses Instagram to reflect her up-close perspective on the trail.

"Take [for example] the photo of all the press scrambling down the beach behind Mitt and Ann Romney," she said. "The photos that came out of that moment were largely of Mitt Romney and his wife, taking what looked like a romantic stroll on the beach. But what was most interesting to me was the fact that they were trailed by a huge gaggle of media, many of whom were huffing and puffing just to keep up."

"Sometimes I use Instagram as an escape from the boredom of endless hold rooms and security sweeps," says Josh Haner of The New York Times. "Other times, a photo screams out for sharing, like the one of Newt and Calista dancing."

A side effect of having alternative news photos on Instagram is that people who may not otherwise pay attention to the news can have a better understanding of what's going on in the world, or in some cases just on the campaign trail, simply by following a photojournalist's feed. And that is news worth sharing.

To see more photos from the campaign trail follow these photojournalists and reporters on Instagram:

Ashley Parker @ashleyrparker

Charles Dharapak @charlesdharapak

Chip Somodevilla @somophoto

Eric Thayer @ericthayer

Evan Vucci @evanvucci

Josh Haner @joshhaner

Justin Sullivan @sullyphoto

Philip Rucker @philiprucker

Lauren Rock is an intern with NPR's multimedia department.

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