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.


'Deadfall': Sibling Mischief In The Michigan Woods

Dec 6, 2012

Everyone gets roughed up pretty bad in Deadfall, a pop-Freudian thriller set in Michigan's north woods. But nobody comes off worse than the out-of-towners: Australian star Eric Bana and Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky.

The latter won the 2008 foreign-film Oscar for The Counterfeiters, a partly true story of a man who uses his criminal skills to survive Auschwitz and eventually leave Poland. In a sense, this movie's setup is similar: A pair of reprobate siblings head into a snowy forest, splitting up in hopes of crossing the Canadian border. (Never mind that Ontario isn't a particularly congenial place to be a fugitive from U.S. justice.)

If Deadfall is another survival parable, its wintry location doesn't provide for much man-against-nature struggle. Addison (Bana) and younger sister Liza (Olivia Wilde) are crypto-Faulknerian types from backwoods Alabama, but their down-home skills are limited primarily to shootin' and stabbin'.

In the opening sequence, Addison and Liza flee a casino robbery, only to be left vehicle-less by a devastating crash. Addison goes off-road, while Liza hitches a ride with Jay (Charlie Hunnam), an ex-boxer who has just gotten out of prison and is already in trouble again. Big brother has more transitory encounters, but rarely goes long without meeting — and often killing — some Michigander. A few of them seem to deserve it.

The heroes, villains and antiheroes of Zach Dean's script all share something besides guns and snowmobiles: daddy issues. Addison and Liza are — nudge, nudge — very close, and that intimacy is rooted in the way he protected her from their reportedly loathsome father; meanwhile Jay has been feuding with his pop and former boxing coach, Chet (Kris Kristofferson), since the kid won only a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics. (Yes, really.) While on his trek, the ruthless-but-fair Addison rescues a woman and her two children, who have been turned out into the snow by another abominable patriarch.

And then there's Hanna (Kate Mara), the only competent police officer between Battle Creek and Thunder Bay. She skillfully pursues Addison, but keeps being called back by the woman-cop-hating local sheriff (Treat Williams), who happens to be her dad. His hapless deputies must have learned from him all they know about police procedure, which is approximately nothing.

If there's hope for Deadfall's frozen universe, it doesn't sport an XY chromosome. In addition to Hanna, the good cop, there's June (Sissy Spacek), Jay's good mom. Even Liza, a self-serving seducer with a near-paranormal eye-widening ability, is teetering on the verge of goodness — although it's hard to believe that sullen, slow-witted Jay is the guy to save her.

The movie's violence, although gruesome, flirts with slapstick, and the story appears bound for domestic comedy when all the major characters sit down for Thanksgiving dinner at June and Chet's grand Victorian farmhouse. But the meal becomes more freak show than satire, as Addison's behavior — and Bana's performance — turns increasingly nutty. The guy has shown flashes of decency, but roast goose seems to bring out the B-movie psychopath in him.

For Ruzowitzky, Deadfall seems nothing more than work for hire. The thriller has a few narrative advantages, including the chilly terrain and the separation of Addison and Liza for most of the running time; cutting between the two siblings' progress nicely boosts the movie's momentum. Too bad they're not moving toward something more interesting than redemptive love and mom's apple pie.

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