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.


Connecticut School Shooting: Confusion Over Suspect's Name

Dec 14, 2012
Originally published on December 14, 2012 7:40 pm

As details emerged about the tragic shooting deaths of more than 20 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school today, law enforcement sources first named Ryan Lanza as the suspected gunman. But that account, reported by NPR and other news outlets, was later called into question by reports that identified Lanza's younger brother, Adam, as the suspect.

Update at 7:28 p.m. ET: Suspect's Identity Confirmed.

Federal law enforcement officials have confirmed to NPR that the Newtown school shooting suspect is Adam Lanza, 20. Authorities are executing search warrants at the Lanza home in Newtown, the officials say. As we reported earlier, police say the assailant died at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Officials have not yet formally announced the suspect's identity.

Our original post follows:

At a 3:30 p.m. ET news conference, Connecticut officials declined to identify the gunman. Here's a look at how the confusion developed, and why NPR and others were left waiting for an official police announcement of the suspect's name:

The gunman's body was found among the dead inside the school building in Newtown, Conn., as Mark reported in an earlier post. Within hours, CNN, NPR and other news organizations cited police sources who named Ryan Lanza, 24, as the suspect.

Shortly after those reports were broadcast, the Facebook profile belonging to Ryan Lanza was deleted; in its place, many fraudulent profiles were created in the same name. And elsewhere, reports began to emerge claiming that Ryan Lanza's brother, Adam, 20, was actually the suspect whose body was recovered at the crime scene.

The question was also fueled by claims on Twitter from people who said they were friends with Ryan Lanza on Facebook — and that he had posted a simple declaration on his profile page in which he allegedly stated, "It wasn't me I was at work it wasn't me."

According to reports published by The New York Post and elsewhere, Ryan Lanza, 24, was questioned by police Friday. According to The Newtown Patch, Ryan Lanza "told friends that he thinks his developmentally disabled brother may have committed the crime."

We'll update this post with more information about the case; law enforcement are slated to give another update shortly after 6 p.m. ET. And Mark is following the story in the post he's been updating since the awful news emerged this morning.

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