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.

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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.


'Morning Edition' Salutes Those Working On Christmas

Dec 25, 2012
Originally published on December 25, 2012 9:42 am



We hope that you're spending this holiday around the people who matter most in your lives. But not everyone has the day off. And we wanted to hear from people who are working today. So, we called out on NPR's Facebook page and we heard back from hundreds of people - from soldiers to snow plow drivers. We called a few of them up and put together this audio portrait of people working today. We're calling it Christmas on the Clock.

LAURA PARKS: Really busy.

BUTCH TRAYLOR: And very hectic.

MATTHEW STEVENS: It is one of the busiest days for movie theaters.

WENDY WILKINSON: It's a really busy time for us because we make custom pies.

ALLISON LANDES: We're going farm for Christmas - feeding the ponies, cleaning the stalls, keeping warm.

MARK WILKINSON: I am an Episcopal priest. We have the two services Christmas Eve and the one on Christmas morning; two services the following Sunday and we have a New Year's Eve service. It's a lot of services.

STEVENS: This is my 10th Christmas working on a movie theater. Oh, and today is also my birthday.

TRAYLOR: I'm the UPS guy here in South Georgia. If we got that package, we will get it there one way or another.

SUE DAVY: I'm going to be working at the animal shelter. We've got a couple of Christmas trees, Christmas music playing all the time. We let all the cats run around the hallways.

RACHAEL FARMER: I'm a mother-infant nurse in Flagstaff, Arizona. This season, I'm going to be putting a little red and white Santa hat on top of each newborn's head instead of the typical pink or blue hat.

SAMANTHA CHAPA: My name is Samantha Chapa. I'm a specialist in the Army and I'm a deployed soldier to Qatar. We get many care packages. People knit hats for us. They send us Christmas cookies. Little presents, little toys and everything. It does bring, like, a sense of home being away from home, especially when there's sand all over the place.

DAVY: Do I mind? Oh, my gosh. Not at all.

TRAYLOR: Everybody's glad to see you on this day.

GEORGIA DAVY: A lot of people come in and ask everybody I can't believe you have to work on Christmas.

TRAYLOR: Customers give us fruitcakes and homemade fudge.

PARKS: Everybody's pretty nice for the most part. And every now and then, someone will walk by and drop in a $20 bill in the tip jar. And it's amazing. It really makes Christmas for us.


GREENE: That was barista Laura Parks in San Diego; deliveryman Butch Traylor of Valdosta, Georgia; and Sue Davy of Petaluma Animal Services. We also heard from nurse Rachael Farmer in Flagstaff; Allison Landes on a snowy farm in Chesterfield, Idaho; the Reverends Mark and Wendy Wilkinson of Virginia Beach; Matthew Stevens, who's working on his birthday, at a Colorado Springs movie theater; and Army Specialist Samantha Chapa, who called us all the way from Qatar. Thanks to all of you who wrote in. And if you want to let us know what you're up to this Christmas Day, send us a tweet @MorningEdition or @NPRGreene.


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