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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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In Egypt, Political Rift Deepens, Anger Grows, Protests Continue

Dec 7, 2012

Detractors of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi breached the security perimeter of the presidential palace in Cairo today.

The Associated Press' Sarah El Deeb reports via Twitter that protesters reached the palace and some of them scrawled graffiti on its walls.

"Have some shame," one of the scrawls read.

Entering its third week, the rift between Morsi's Islamist government and the secular and young opposition has deepened. As we reported, during a national, televised address on Thursday, Morsi asked to meet with opposition leaders on Saturday, but his call was rejected.

At issue here are two things: A presidential decree that gives Morsi near-absolute power and a draft constitution that critics say is no improvement from the one the country had while Hosni Mubarak was in power.

Today, we're seeing dueling protests from supporters and detractors. The New York Times reports:

"Thousands of pro-government Islamists attended the funeral of two men killed in clashes on Wednesday outside the presidential palace, the site of continuing demonstrations by the opposition. "With blood and soul, we redeem Islam," they chanted, while calling opposition leaders "murderers" the Associated Press reported.

"Simultaneously, thousands of opposition protesters streamed in separate marches toward the presidential palace, gathering there to shout "Leave!, Leave," even though Mr. Morsi does not make his residence in the building. Speakers accused the Muslim Brotherhood, which Mr. Morsi once helped lead, of sparking the violence by sending 'hired thugs' to destroy a tent camp set up by the president's opponents, the news agency reported."

The Guardian gets at the big picture, here, by saying that both sides seem to be accusing each other of wanting to destroy Egypt.

On its live blog, The Guardian reports:

"Picking up on Morsi's black-and-white depiction of the clashes as 'the people' versus 'thugs,' the Muslim Brotherhood caricatures the opposition as a ragtag band of monkey-wrenchers out to undermine democracy.

"There seems to be little room, in the current rhetoric from the Brotherhood or the president, for the possibility that the opposition demands are legitimate, or that the opposition voice is an Egyptian voice, one that is out for something greater or subtler than the destruction of the state."

By late evening in Egypt, there was a sign that perhaps Morsi was trying to appease his opposition: The AP reports that his government announced it would delay the expatriate vote on the draft constitution, which was supposed to start tomorrow. The opposition had pointed to the vote as a reason why meeting with Morsi Saturday wouldn't accomplish anything.

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