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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Loose Change

Jan 11, 2013
Originally published on September 19, 2013 10:10 am



Finally, what we've been waiting for. Let's bring back our winners to play the Ask Me One More final round. From Name that Candy Bar, Sarah Sheppard.


EISENBERG: It's All Squeak to Me, Stephen Kendall. Time to Turn off the TV, Dan Moren. Street Music, Steve Spinoglio. Celebrity Secret Words, Margaret Maloney. All right, Noah, how are we going to wrap this show up?

NOAH TARNOW: This is how. Today's final game is called Loose Change. For this final round, we'll give you the clues to answers that contain a U.S. coin or monetary amounts.

For example, if we said "former astronaut Steve Austin," you'd answer "The Six Million Dollar Man." By the way, just in case you're wondering, with inflation he would now be the 29 million 109 thousand 849 dollar and 46 cent man. But they haven't decided that has enough of a ring to make a remake feasible.

All right, this round is playing spelling bee style, so one wrong answer and you're out, unless everyone gets a wrong answer and then you've all survived and we move on. The last person standing is today's grand prizewinner. Are we ready players? Here we go. The network home of "Spongebob SquarePants?"

SARAH SHEPPARD: Nickelodeon.

TARNOW: That is correct.


TARNOW: The famous New Orleans neighborhood containing Bourbon Street?


TARNOW: Oh. The famous New Orleans neighborhood containing Bourbon Street?

DAN MOREN: The French Quarter.

TARNOW: That is correct.


TARNOW: Really cheap and common, like a carton full of eggs, once upon a time.

STEVE SPINOGLIO: A dime a dozen.

TARNOW: A dime a dozen.


TARNOW: The rapper whose major label debut album was "Get Rich or Die Trying."


TARNOW: 50 Cent.


TARNOW: He did not die trying. To come to a complete halt with great precision. To come to a complete halt with great precision.

SHEPPARD: Stop on a dime.

TARNOW: That is right.


TARNOW: M's secretary in the James Bond universe.

MOREN: Miss Moneypenny.

TARNOW: Miss Moneypenny.


TARNOW: The '04 film in which Hillary Swank received a best actress Oscar. Steve?

SPINOGLIO: "Million Dollar Baby."

TARNOW: Yes, that is "Million Dollar Baby."


TARNOW: A horrible means of execution by being dragged by horses and chopped into four pieces. Margaret?

MALONEY: Drawn and quartered.

TARNOW: Yay. Yay for drawn and quartered.


TARNOW: The title role for John Candy in a 1989 John Hughes comedy.

SHEPPARD: This is what I get for being born in 1988.


TARNOW: Okay, that's it. Let's move on. The title role for John Candy in a 1989 John Hughes comedy. No? We move on. The title role for John Candy in a 1989 John Hughes comedy. He looks confident.

SPINOGLIO: Uncle Buck.

TARNOW: Uncle Buck is right.


TARNOW: We're down to two. We're down to two. Margaret, the Kurt Weill musical that introduced the song "Mack the Knife."

MALONEY: "Three Penny Opera."

TARNOW: "Three Penny Opera."


TARNOW: An equine bred to run fast over short distances, usually a fourth of a mile. Steve?

SPINOGLIO: Quarter horse.

TARNOW: Quarter horse.


TARNOW: Steven King's scary devil clown from "It." Margaret?

MALONEY: I have no idea.

TARNOW: She has no idea. Steve, do you know?

SPINOGLIO: Pennywise.

TARNOW: Pennywise is correct.


EISENBERG: Steve Spinoglio, you are our ASK ME ANOTHER grand prize winner. Congratulations. And your grand prize, courtesy of Cristin Milioti, is two tickets to see the Broadway musical "Once."


EISENBERG: As well as a copy of the soundtrack. Congratulations. Our ASK ME ANOTHER grand prize winner for this week, Steve Spinoglio.

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