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: NBC's Surprising Success And Louis C.K.'s Next Gig

Oct 22, 2012

From my beloved ex-hometown: The Minnesota Orchestra put on a show Thursday night, in spite of the fact that they're currently locked out in a contract dispute. [The Star Tribune]

If you want to feel better about being a person who doesn't read a lot, you might enjoy Joe Queenan's discussion of his reading habits, which makes reading a lot of books sound like a terrible decision leading to a very unpleasant life. [The Wall Street Journal]

It's real: NBC, of all the networks, is actually winning the first few weeks of the fall season in the much-discussed 18-to-49 demographic. Think The Voice, football, Revolution, and lots of flops elsewhere. [New York Times]

If you like satellite television and zombies, you may already know this, but Dish and AMC managed to settle their dispute yesterday in time for Dish subscribers to see The Walking Dead. And, presumably, in time to save the rest of us from any more snarky reminders that Dish subscribers can't see AMC programming. [Variety]

I haven't gotten to read all the pieces in the New York Times discussion of reality TV, but they've lined up some interesting commentators, including some who actually know something about reality TV, which isn't always the case with such debates. (The intro under the photo, comparing Shirley Temple to Honey Boo Boo and the Up series to the Kardashians is the usual apples-oranges sniping that's less helpful.) [The New York Times]

I'm not sure why Louis C.K. thinks hosting Saturday Night Live is a good idea, to be honest, but he's doing it anyway, on November 3. [The Hollywood Reporter]

If the combination of the terms "Andy Serkis" and "Animal Farm" fills you with happiness, then you have come to the right place, because there is news! [Galleycat]

The entire trailer-for-a-trailer phenomenon strikes me as symptomatic of something troublesome, but if you enjoy 18 seconds of not really anything, there's 18 seconds of not really anything about Iron Man 3 to enjoy. [The Hollywood Reporter]

TODAY'S LEAST ESSENTIAL NEWS ITEM: Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel got married in Italy. You may now return to going about your business. [E! Online]

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