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.


Father Leo On How To 'Spice Up' Married Life

Dec 24, 2012
Originally published on December 24, 2012 1:56 pm

Mixing spiritual and culinary nourishment might seem like an odd pairing to some. But it all comes naturally to Father Leo Patalinghug. He's a priest of the archdiocese of Baltimore, and the author of multiple cookbooks. His latest is called "Spicing Up Married Life," where advice about strengthening your marriage sits side by side with recipes for romantic meals.

He tells NPR's Celeste Headlee on Tell Me More that it's important for couples to set aside time for themselves — and food is the best way to do it."Often times, the meal can recreate a memory," he says. And as an added bonus, he adds "Couples — If you're eating, one has to shut-up and listen because they're too busy chewing the food."

And while preparing meals for the holidays can be a hectic rush, Father Leo advises married couples that the food is just a means to the end. "It's a coming together and celebrating each others life and the gift that they bring because they're just here in the world."

Of course, not everyone is as handy in the kitchen as Father Leo, but he has some advice for that too — "If the food stinks at the end of it all, call carry-out. You can still celebrate each other."

Bacon and Butternut Squash Brandy Creamy Penne Pasta

1/2 lb penne pasta, cooked al dente
4 strips thick-cut bacon, cut into thin strips
1 cup butternut squash, diced into 1/8" cubes
1 small white onion, diced
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 cup brandy
1 Tbsp butter
2 tsp all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken stock
2 tsp Parmesan cheese, shaved or grated
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely minced

Boil pasta per instructions. When pasta is cooked al dente (translated: "to the tooth," describing the preferred texture of pasta, which is not mushy and slightly chewy), drain water completely, then add a light drizzle of olive oil. Toss pasta together, and set aside. Cook bacon in a large saute pan over medium-high heat, until fatty parts of the bacon become crispy. Remove bacon and drain oil, leaving about 2 teaspoons of bacon grease in the pan. In the
same pan, saute the butternut squash, unions, and garlic until squash becomes soft and onions become translucent, about 2 - 3 minutes. Add brandy and either flambe or cook away from an exposed flame for 2 - 3 minutes. Add butter and flour, and mix together, until sauce thickens. Add Chicken stock, and stir together. Return the bacon and pasta to the pan, and cook until sauce thickens. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and fresh minced parsley to finish the dish.

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