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.

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

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.

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NASA has released the first picture of Jupiter taken since the Juno spacecraft went into orbit around the planet on July 4.

The picture was taken on July 10. Juno was 2.7 million miles from Jupiter at the time. The color image shows some of the atmospheric features of the planet, including the giant red spot. You can also see three of Jupiter's moons in the picture: Io, Europa and Ganymede.

The Senate is set to approve a bill intended to change the way police and health care workers treat people struggling with opioid addictions.

My husband and I once took great pleasure in preparing meals from scratch. We made pizza dough and sauce. We baked bread. We churned ice cream.

Then we became parents.

Now there are some weeks when pre-chopped vegetables and a rotisserie chicken are the only things between us and five nights of Chipotle.

Parents are busy. For some of us, figuring out how to get dinner on the table is a daily struggle. So I reached out to food experts, parents and nutritionists for help. Here is some of their (and my) best advice for making weeknight meals happen.

"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.


Gay Marriage On Ballot In Four States; Obama Endorses Measures

Oct 26, 2012

Six states and the nation's capital have recognized the legality of same-sex marriages, either by law or by court order.

But over the past decade and a half, each of the 30 states to consider constitutional amendments that would outlaw such unions has adopted the ban — from Alaska in 1998 to North Carolina earlier this year.

That may change on Election Day, when voters in Maryland, Washington, Maine and Minnesota — awash in money, messages and advertisements from both sides of the issue — will make their decision on whether to recognize gay marriage.

It will be the first major test since President Obama in May became the first president to publicly state his support for gay marriage.

This week, Obama also personally endorsed ballot measures in Maine, Maryland and Washington state that would legalize gay marriage; he has previously expressed opposition to efforts in Minnesota to pass a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage.

Advocates of same-sex marriage say they believe that the president's endorsement and backing from the NAACP has helped boost support among African-Americans, who have long opposed gay marriage in larger percentages than whites or Hispanics. Blacks may prove a key in deciding the ballot issues — particularly in Maryland, where nearly 30 percent of the state's voting population is black. The national average is about 13 percent.

"We believe, with the president completing his journey and the NAACP following suit, there has been over the past year a pretty significant increase in support from African-American voters," says Marc Solomon, national campaign director for Freedom to Marry. "Obviously, having the president's support is important."

A national Pew Research Center poll taken in July, however, two months after the president announced his support for gay marriage, found that 51 percent of blacks surveyed said they opposed gay marriage, essentially unchanged from a Pew survey the month before Obama's announcement.

While those numbers suggested that support among blacks had not increased since Obama's announcement, opposition among the group was down from 63 percent in 2008 and 67 percent in 2004.

Among other groups surveyed in July, 50 percent of Hispanics approved of gay marriage, and 39 percent opposed; 48 percent of whites approved, while 44 percent opposed.

Deana Bass of Maryland Marriage Alliance, which opposes legalization, said voters can support the president but still believe he's wrong on the marriage issue.

"People will definitely vote for who they want to vote for," she said. "But I think people certainly understand that it's possible to be tolerant of the rights of others without redefining marriage."

The Maryland Marriage Alliance has featured black preachers in its ads, and a note opposing gay marriage written by a niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. appears on the organization's website.

Polls suggest that the contests will be extremely close, with Maine, whose voters in 2009 rejected legalizing gay marriage, currently seen as the state most likely to pass one authorizing the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The other contests, in Maryland and Washington, where voters will decide whether to uphold existing state laws legalizing same-sex marriage, and in Minnesota, are considered too close to call.

The Election Day votes come as the issue of gay marriage, in the wake of a significant appeals courts decision, appears certain to land at the U.S. Supreme Court.

A series of lower courts have found the federal ban on gay marriages unconstitutional. And an Oct. 18 decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the latest to rule that the federal Defense of Marriage Act violates the U.S. Constitution, said the act discriminates against gay Americans in a way that requires "heightened scrutiny" because of its potential grounding in bias against one group of people.

The Catholic Church, including the fraternal group Knights of Columbus, has been a major funder of the anti-gay-marriage efforts, particularly in Minnesota and Washington state. A national poll taken earlier this year showed that nearly 59 percent of Catholics support gay marriage, but that church members living in the Midwest are about evenly divided over the issue.

Supporters of same-sex marriage include New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has committed $750,000 to efforts in the four states.

Whatever happens Nov. 6, or in the courts, advocates will continue their effort to legalize gay marriage state by state, says Freedom to Marry's Solomon.

"We know that the Supreme Court never likes to get too far out in front of where Americans are, so we'll just try to keep racking up wins," he said, adding that his group would advocate for pro-gay-marriage legislation in Delaware, Rhode Island and Hawaii.

"Those are all real possibilities in 2013," said Solomon. All three states already recognize same-sex civil unions.

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