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.

It wasn't his lovably disheveled wardrobe, or his Elvis ring, but something else: the force of his flamboyant personality. Margolis, a graduate of Harvard Law School, didn't want to fit in with the crowd. He wanted to stand out.

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.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: This Is Your Life, And TV Pool Knockouts

Nov 30, 2012
Originally published on November 30, 2012 11:23 am

Fortunately, Glen is back this week after two weeks away, and if you don't check out his mother's ceramic goose dressed up for Thanksgiving, you're just not living right.

Look, we know that you already heard that the Lindsay Lohan vehicle Liz & Dick, about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, wasn't very good. But we watched it, and we felt the need to tell you about it, and we felt the need to use it for good. So we talk this week about what makes a good biography project in film. What do you have to do with the performances? The story? The caftans? (That might just be this one.) Glen brings Mummenschanz into it, by the way, and he wasn't the only one. I went with a more television-true reference.

After that, we'll update you on what's happened since we made our fall television predictions. Once again, my effort ended badly, but this year, I had a teammate in terrible-ness! (Note that Stephen's pick has fallen off some since I last looked at its ratings, it seems, and my assertion that I thought its ratings were "fine" was a little optimistic, so Stephen is in trouble, too.)

And finally, we talk about what's making us happy this week. Glen is happy about Maria Bamford's latest endeavors (even if he does say "bite me Christmas" in the process of saying so). Trey is made happy by perhaps the greatest and most wig-tastic recap of Liz & Dick you'll ever read, plus this great article by Emily Nussbaum about Ryan Murphy. Stephen is happy about rediscovering David Mead's terrific album Indiana, while ... driving through Indiana. (To completely editorialize, my favorite off that album is one of the songs he mentions, "Queensboro Bridge," which is a stunner.) The first thing that made me happy was Les Mis-rolling Stephen, but the second is an excellent documentary for the football fan and non-football-fan alike.

Please keep in touch with us — you can find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter: me, Trey, Glen, Stephen, Jess, and our producer emeritus and music director Mike.

If you don't follow us on social media, you won't have seen it on our Facebook page yesterday, but we have some fun news. We're doing a live show!

NPR is having a Warehouse Sale and very nifty community event at our DC headquarters on Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15, where you can get great stuff and also meet plenty of NPR personalities (more on the scheduling to follow). And on Saturday afternoon, December 15, at 2:00, Team PCHH will be appearing to do a live show and a Q&A and whatever else we can think of that seems like a good idea between now and then. We'll have more details as it gets a little closer.

If the show isn't enough to brighten your weekend, there will be raffles (win an autographed Carl Kasell pillow!), hot cocoa and treats for sale, and the opportunity to grab plenty of NPR Shop merchandise. (Wouldn't your relatives love some nifty mugs? Shirts? CDs? CARL KASELL PILLOWS?)

Come one, come all. We'll see you there.

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