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 veggies 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.

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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.

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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.


'Heights' Scaled: A Savage Take On A Classic Tale

Oct 5, 2012

Taking her tone from the sensuality of nature and the rawness of the Yorkshire moors, British director Andrea Arnold charges straight for the cruel heart of Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte's sole novel. Peeling away much more than the story's annoying framing device — there is no musical score, and definitely no Kate Bush — Arnold, a director of uncommon originality, attacks our very notion of what a costume drama should look like. The result is neither dainty nor remotely refined: It's an animalistic, mud-splattered howl of torment.

But those familiar with Arnold's unflinching films (Red Road, Fish Tank) already know that to her, passion is rarely pretty. Opening with an unnervingly lengthy scene of Heathcliff (played as a child by Solomon Glave and later by James Howson) bashing his head repeatedly into a stone wall, the film flashes back to the boy's windswept introduction to his adoptive family. Found on the moors by Earnshaw (Paul Hilton), a middle-class farmer, and dragged home because "it were the Christian thing to do," young Heathcliff is immediately despised by Earnshaw's jealous son, Hindley (Lee Shaw). Daughter Cathy (Shannon Beer, then Kaya Scodelario), wayward and willful, has a more visceral reaction: She spits on him.

That contempt doesn't last, though the undercurrent of racism that the action signifies is a constant. By making Heathcliff black (which the gypsy of the novel quite probably was), Arnold adds an extra layer to the brusque callousness of the Earnshaw household. Virtually ignored by the hardworking adults, the youngsters run wild in the deserted landscape, their emotions as elemental as their surroundings. "How can you leave this?" Cathy asks her adoring companion at one point, while Robbie Ryan's bitingly raw cinematography fixes on bird feathers and animal carcasses, and the tactile sweep of a horse's mane. Her attachment to Heathcliff and the land are one and the same.

Captured with ravishing naturalism — from eye-straining candlelight to painfully harsh daylight — and a hand-held camera, the film has a melancholy, sinister atmosphere only partly explained by its lashings of rain and banks of gray fog. Seemingly intent on highlighting the stone-cold realities of an era where disease and toil and childbirth killed off most people before they hit 40, Arnold has created a world virtually divorced from affection. Slaughtered or abused animals litter the screen, and when Hindley and his wife have sex — in a field, at a distance from the camera — they might as well be pigs rutting. Even a simple baptism feels like an assault.

So powerfully minimalist is the film's first half that, by the time we meet Edgar Linton (a barely noticed James Northcote), Cathy's future husband, the film's aversion to exposition becomes difficult to sustain. Consequently, Heathcliff's rapid and uneasy rise in status may confuse anyone unfamiliar with the story, though the reasons for Cathy's choice of "handsome, rich and pleasant" over her intense adoptive brother are crystal clear.

Sexual in a purely bestial way — when Heathcliff is brutally flogged, Cathy languidly licks the wounds on his back — this Wuthering Heights presents a brilliantly pagan reading of a story without heroes, least of all Heathcliff: A glum, brooding presence with vivid hints of viciousness, he lurks outside doors and windows, peering in at everything he cannot have. By confronting the character's vengeful sadism, Arnold — the anti-Merchant Ivory — has made a film that's not just faithful to the text but deeply attuned to the savagery of its emotions. I can still smell the sweat. (Recommended)

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