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.


How Third-Party Candidates Fared

Nov 7, 2012

In a highly polarized electorate, there's not a lot of room for third-party candidates to make a strong showing. Still, minor parties did see some bright spots on Tuesday.

Maine elected an independent to the Senate, former Gov. Angus King, while Vermont re-elected its independent senator, Bernard Sanders.

Both those victories may have been "idiosyncratic," says Cary Covington, a University of Iowa political scientist, having more to do with the personal popularity of the candidates than pointing to any wider desire for independent candidates.

In fact, Covington argues, there are fewer third-party candidates who are capable of winning 2 or more percent of the vote than there have been at earlier points in American history.

Americans Elect, a high-profile effort to nominate a candidate online, managed to win a place on the ballot in a majority of states this year, but then failed to field a candidate.

Still, minor-party candidates had their effects this year — if only as spoilers. Gary Johnson, a former Republican governor of New Mexico, was the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee. Johnson carried 42,000 votes in Florida — nearly as much as President Obama's margin in the state, according to incomplete, unofficial returns.

"If it came down to Florida, then we might talk about Gary Johnson as the next Ralph Nader," Covington says, referring to the Green Party nominee in 2000, who helped cost Democrat Al Gore the election that year. "But it looks like Florida's going to be moot at this point."

Libertarian nominees also drew votes in Senate races where Republican candidates proved unsatisfactory even to many Republican voters. The Libertarian candidates in both Indiana and Missouri drew about 6 percent of the Senate vote.

"I have to wonder how many Republicans voted for [Libertarian Jonathan Dine] instead of for Todd Akin without knowing any details about him," says University of Missouri political scientist Marvin Overby. "Add his numbers to Akin's and you are closer to where other statewide Republicans are."

Libertarians can cheer the fact that their party gained qualified party status, or a guaranteed spot on the ballot, in five additional states.

"I'm pretty sure Gary Johnson will get 1 percent, which is sort of modest, but it will be tied with the previous best Libertarian setting," says Richard Winger, editor of Ballot Access News.

Minor parties in total appear on track to carry just under 2 percent of the national vote.

It's too early to tell how well minor-party candidates will fare further down the ballot, given the slowness of returns for state legislative contests. But Winger predicts the Green Party and other parties will pick up a handful of seats in New England and a few Western states.

In general, though, despite regular calls for voices not beholden to the Democratic or Republican parties, minor-party candidates aren't drawing big numbers in big races.

"It's because the [presidential] election is so close," Winger says. "The minor parties will have to take their showings from other races."

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