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.


Football, Fandom and 'Friday Night Lights'

Nov 19, 2012

I understand why some people aren't into sports. They can be boring. There's a lot to keep track of. Worst of all, they can be heartbreaking. Yet, despite the ongoing potential for heartbreak, sports are a way of life for many.

I went to the (sometimes) illustrious University of Notre Dame. Its football team has become a sort of American entertainment institution.NBC Sports believes in the team's power to draw a viewing audience so much that it will air all home games until at least 2015. A pre-presidential Ronald Reagan portrayed a Notre Dame football player and earned himself a lifelong catchphrase.

And then there was the true story of 5'6" walk-on famously played by Sean Astin in the movie Rudy.

Notre Dame football has been a thing of cinematic drama for decades, and the current season has all the makings of a classic sports movie. At the beginning of the season, most people had written the team off. They hadn't been #1 since the early '90s. They hadn't won a national championship since before I was born. The Fighting Irish were, in a word, underdogs.

As if that's not enough, set aside an ailing team and focus on a major player: Manti Te'o, the senior linebacker and potential Heisman candidate who could have gone pro this year, but instead chose to stick with his team. A month into the season, his grandmother and his girlfriend died within hours of each other. Instead of sitting out that weekend's game against the Michigan State Spartans, he played. And won.

Fast-forward to this past weekend. Third-ranked Notre Dame easily defeated Wake Forest. Then everything fell into place for a classic sports movie climax: No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon lost, making the Fighting Irish the only undefeated team in the country. For the first time in the school's history, it was ranked No. 1 in the BCS rankings.

Enter the villain: the USC Trojans, Notre Dame's arch-rivals and final opponents of the regular season. They are the only team that stands between Notre Dame and a BCS championship bid. It's a classic face off between good and evil.

This Saturday will be a lot like an episode of Friday Night Lights. Coach Kelly, in lieu of Coach Taylor, will rally around the ragtag team of kids he whipped into shape. Instead of chanting "Clear Eyes. Full hearts. Can't lose," he will tell them each to "Play like a champion today."

I will be an absolute wreck.

My impending heart attack aside, this week I'm going to soak in the fact that right here, right now, we are No. 1. The end of this story hasn't been written yet. The good news: there are no spoilers. The bad news: even if we win, there's still the championship and several more weeks of stress ahead of me. I feel like I'm living in one of my favorite TV shows, and let me tell you, despite riding a days-long wave of adrenaline, it's a lot better than being on the other side of the screen.

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