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.


Morning Shots: The Books You Like Are Probably Bad, And World Series News

Oct 25, 2012
Originally published on October 25, 2012 12:13 pm

I feel very much like the radio lady at the beginning of Singin' In The Rain when I say "rumor has it," but rumor has it that Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone might be starring in something written and directed by Cameron Crowe, and that's actually good enough news if true to make me want to put aside those worries. (Dignity, always dignity.) [Deadline]

Also from Deadline, the series ABC just bought really, really sounds like Entourage by Zach Braff, and that's sort of a terrifying thought. [Deadline]

Tim Goodman is a Hollywood Reporter television critic, but he's also a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan, and you might enjoy his rather overheated and overjoyed discussion of last night's World Series Game 1. [The Hollywood Reporter]

If no one has sent you the video of Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei doing "Gangnam Style," you probably aren't on the internet to read this, either. But in any event, such a thing exists. [Slate]

Arthur Krystal is out to prove to you that genre fiction really is different from literary fiction, and along the way, he will discuss all sorts of cultural theories he has. I'm not sure it's really possible to believe the repeated insistence that he means absolutely nothing negative about genre fiction when he says things like his assertion that it "stick[s] to the trite-and-true," but boy, he's trying. Well, he's trying up until the part where he says "good commercial fiction is inferior to good literary fiction." [The New Yorker]

On quite a different note, Michelle Dean argues that commercial/genre/popular/whatever books have their own pleasures and their own challenges, and points out that none other than David Foster Wallace felt the same. [The Rumpus]

The rumors about Idris Elba possibly playing James Bond fly around periodically, but they're back yet again. And to me, they will always be welcome. Because I enjoy Daniel Craig, but: yes, please. [Huffington Post]

TODAY'S LEAST ESSENTIAL NEWS ITEM: Jessica Biel wore a pink dress when she married Justin Timberlake. Not blush; pink. Really pink. What someone you don't like would excitedly call "peeeeeeeeeenk." [People]

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