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.


Can Windows 8 Bridge The Gap Between Tablet And PC?

Oct 25, 2012
Originally published on October 26, 2012 9:50 am

For better or worse, Microsoft has now shown its hand. The company Thursday showed off its new operating system, Windows 8, which will either mark a new era for the software giant in a hyper-competitive market, or spell its downfall.

For a company under siege by three fierce competitors, the change is not just incredibly risky, but necessary. As NPR's Steve Henn reported earlier this week, Google, Amazon, and Apple are winning in a new battle fought not with devices, or communication services or media, but technological ecosystems. In his latest story for All Things Considered, Henn reports that the radical Windows redesign is rooted in a need to make the software "about more than work."

"It's safe to say almost no one wakes up hoping to find a better spreadsheet application under the tree on Christmas morning," Henn reports. "With Windows 8, Microsoft executives hope they've created software that will power devices consumers actually desire."

Beefing up its music, video, and gaming services for the Xbox is part of that effort, Henn reports.

But this move is mostly about increasingly lucrative tablet and mobile realms.

Windows 8 is designed with those devices in mind. But as Bloomberg News technology commentator Rich Jaroslovsky told NPR's Renee Montagane on Morning Edition, there's a delicate balance to be struck between innovation and loyalty to existing Microsoft users.

"It's sort of a Hail Mary pass in that what they're trying to do is create a completely new interface for Windows that is more at home in a world of tablets and touch screens," he says.

At the same time, Jaroslovsky says, Microsoft is "trying to not shock Windows users and to maintain compatibility with the huge universe of software that has already been written for previous versions of Windows."

While the software has received rave reviews for its graceful integration with touch technology, there's speculation that design might alienate Windows computer users, the long-standing backbone of Microsoft's business.

Case in point: Windows 8's new home screen. Rather than Windows' iconic "start" button, the gateway to the new operating system is a series of brightly colored tiles, alive with automatically updating information. What was once a stationary, straightforward portal to Windows' functions now operates more like an app. This format, Jaroslovsky says, is not immediately intuitive for those unfamiliar with handheld devices.

"It will be very disorienting at first because people are used to turning on their computers and seeing a certain something. In the case of Windows that certain something for 20 years has been a desktop environment," Jaroslovsky says. "Now suddenly that desktop environment isn't there anymore. There aren't the icons, the folders, the files, the things we're all used to in Windows. There are these colorful tiles and they have to know how to get from those tiles to the desktop where they can do their productive work."

The reviews are out, but not entirely conclusive. Most have noted that the new tiles, known lately as "Modern UI," are a bit hard to love right away. The Guardian's Charles Arthur says that's especially true when trying to change something as basic as the date on your computer, which is not available there, but instead through the "Start screen," located amongst the "Charms" on the side of the screen. Navigating this, Arthur writes, is like "you're in HG Wells's Time Machine, and have come away from the happy Eloi above, in their big-tiled world, and discovered the Morlocks labouring away beneath."

Even Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen found some "puzzling aspects" of Windows 8, including confusion when opening two versions of the same application as part of its bimodal user experience.

But others, including Wired's Alexandra Chang, didn't think the learning curve was "too steep" and found the new operating system fun, without sacrificing functionality. But she admitted that until users discover the route from the Modern UI to the desktop, there will be some unhappy customers.

That they ultimately find that portal is the essence of Microsoft's gamble.

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