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.


Coast Guard Probing Tall Ship's Sinking; Captain Had Spoken About Hurricanes

Nov 2, 2012

There's word from The Associated Press that the Coast Guard "has ordered a formal investigation into the sinking of a famous tall ship off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy."

As we've reported, the HMS Bounty — built for the 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty and used in other films since then — sank on Monday. One member of the crew, 42-year-old shipmate Claudene Christian, died. The captain, Robin Walbridge, is still missing and the search for him has been suspended. Fourteen crew members were saved. There's dramatic video of the Coast Guard's rescue operation here.

Earlier this week, we posted that Walbridge's judgment was being questioned. Now, we see there's a video produced this summer in Maine in which he talks about how to safely navigate storms.

The video is a little more than 28 minutes long. Around the 10:25 mark, Walbridge is asked about sailing in rough seas. "We say there's no such thing as bad weather," he responds. "There's just different kinds of weather."

Then, Walbridge adds with a laugh that "we chase hurricanes."

He doesn't appear to mean that the ship goes in search of such storms. Rather, when sailing in such weather, he says, "you try and get up as close to the eye of it as you can ... [stay] down in the southeast quadrant" and try not to "get in front of it."

The Bounty set sail last Thursday from Connecticut and was headed for Florida. Sandy, meanwhile, was coming up from the Caribbean toward the East Coast of the U.S. On the ship's Facebook page Sunday, a message was posted that the Bounty "has now positioned herself to pass on the west side of Hurricane Sandy."

According to the AP, the Coast Guard's investigation "will consider whether any failure of equipment or personnel contributed to the crew member's death. ... The investigation is expected to take several months."

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