When the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union last month, the seaside town of Port Talbot in Wales eagerly went along with the move. Brexit was approved by some 57 percent of the town's residents.

Now some of them are wondering if they made the wrong decision.

The June 23 Brexit vote has raised questions about the fate of the troubled Port Talbot Works, Britain's largest surviving steel plant — a huge, steam-belching facility that has long been the town's biggest employer.

Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Cairo, completing the penultimate leg of its attempt to circumnavigate the globe using only the power of the sun.

The trip over the Mediterranean included a breathtaking flyover of the Pyramids. Check it out:

President Obama is challenging Americans to have an honest and open-hearted conversation about race and law enforcement. But even as he sits down at the White House with police and civil rights activists, Obama is mindful of the limits of that approach.

"I've seen how inadequate words can be in bringing about lasting change," the president said Tuesday at a memorial service for five law officers killed last week in Dallas. "I've seen how inadequate my own words have been."

Mice watching Orson Welles movies may help scientists explain human consciousness.

At least that's one premise of the Allen Brain Observatory, which launched Wednesday and lets anyone with an Internet connection study a mouse brain as it responds to visual information.

The FBI says it is giving up on the D.B. Cooper investigation, 45 years after the mysterious hijacker parachuted into the night with $200,000 in a briefcase, becoming an instant folk figure.

"Following one of the longest and most exhaustive investigations in our history," the FBI's Ayn Dietrich-Williams said in a statement, "the FBI redirected resources allocated to the D.B. Cooper case in order to focus on other investigative priorities."

This is the first in a series of essays concerning our collective future. The goal is to bring forth some of the main issues humanity faces today, as we move forward to uncertain times. In an effort to be as thorough as possible, we will consider two kinds of threats: those due to natural disasters and those that are man-made. The idea is to expose some of the dangers and possible mechanisms that have been proposed to deal with these issues. My intention is not to offer a detailed analysis for each threat — but to invite reflection and, hopefully, action.

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.

It can be hard to distinguish among the men wearing grey suits and regulation haircuts on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. But David Margolis always brought a splash of color.

It wasn't his lovably disheveled wardrobe, or his Elvis ring, but something else: the force of his flamboyant personality. Margolis, a graduate of Harvard Law School, didn't want to fit in with the crowd. He wanted to stand out.

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 Montgomery-ed.org

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.


Checking In Again With The '7 Up' Kids

Jan 3, 2013

The participants in 56 Up, the eighth installment in a series that began in 1964, want to talk mostly about two things: family and the documentary itself.

The project, which checks in periodically with 14 kids who were once deemed representative British 7-year-olds, is "a complete fraud," says John, and based on assumptions that "were outmoded even in 1964."

And yet here they are again: the working class and the posh, the aimless and the motivated, the emigrants and the stay-at-homes, most of them now grandparents.

"It's like reading a bad book," says Suzy. "I'll still see it through."

If 56 Up isn't the series' most interesting chapter, it's far more compelling than a bad book. It offers a few insights, and fascinating updates on the most compelling characters. Most lives are fairly settled by age 56, though, so there are fewer surprises and breakthroughs.

Conceived for British television, the Up series has been directed ever since the second episode by Michael Apted, who was a researcher on the original 7 Up. He's a relatively unobtrusive interviewer, although of course he must prune the material until the participants wonder, as Nick puts it, "That's all there is to me?"

When the series began, the subject was open-ended, but one theme was fixed: class. That's why John calls the undertaking a fraud. It assumed that the children's future paths were set by their social and economic status.

But that judgment seems to have proved largely correct. John was one of two overdressed boys who predicted at 7 that they would be lawyers; both are lawyers today. Meanwhile, the lower-class kids (two of them from an orphanage) hold such jobs as cabbie, forklift operator and maintenance man. The last one, at least, lives in sunny Australia rather than the gloomy Britain of his youth.

Suzy, surly at ages 14 and 21, became an upscale housewife, and seems happy with that. She shares an interview with Nick, who moved from a Yorkshire farm to the University of Wisconsin, where he teaches electrical engineering. The two were not friends as kids but formed a bond later.

It was Suzy's idea to do a joint interview, and it's a good one. More such juxtapositions would help the film, which reintroduces too many people who have merely gotten older and acquired grandkids since the last time.

The only one of the 14 who's missing this time is Charles, who hasn't participated since he was 21. Returning after a three-episode absence is Peter, who decided to participate so he could publicize his country-rock band, the Good Intentions. A teacher turned civil servant, he dropped out of the series after his 1980s anti-Thatcher remarks caused a furor in Britain's right-wing tabloids.

With the U.K. in a long-term recession, several of the other interviewees have things to say about politics this time. Tony Blair and David Cameron join Thatcher on the list of people who have, supposedly, undermined the nation's education and social-welfare systems. Only the kids who grew up to have country homes seem to have ecological concerns.

Veteran series-viewers will want to know about Neil, the most troubled participant — at times homeless and wrestling with mental-health issues. As previous installments showed, he eventually pulled himself together and became an elected official, representing Britain's third-largest party, the Liberal Democrats.

His is not exactly a success story, but neither is it as grim as once seemed likely. Among the many ex-7-year-olds who followed a predictable path, he's proof that not every life can be so easily charted.

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