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.

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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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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

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A Queens Chronicle That's A Little Too Lifelike

Dec 13, 2012

The O'Haras don't talk much about what's wrong, but the members of this biracial Queens family — the central characters of Yelling to the Sky -- are bedeviled by alcoholism (dad), mental illness (mom) and adolescent defiance (the two daughters). Indeed actress-turned-director Victoria Mahoney barely explains her characters' circumstances, which makes the movie obliquely intriguing. But whenever the story comes into focus, it's revealed as fairly conventional.

At first, all four O'Haras get roughly equal attention, with an emphasis on Ola (Antonique Smith) and her younger sister, Sweetness (Zoe Kravitz, daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet). The siblings stick together fiercely in the opening sequence, in which they're attacked by a gang of neighborhood bullies led by the formidable Latonya (Precious star Gabourey Sidibe). Ola doesn't let her pregnancy get in the way of clobbering her sister's tormentors.

Then the girls' mother (Yolonda Ross) vanishes without explanation, while their volatile, sometimes abusive dad (Jason Clarke, a featured player in the upcoming Zero Dark Thirty) "comes and goes." And Ola takes off with her boyfriend.

Left more or less alone, Sweetness talks herself into a gig with the working-class neighborhood's principal benefactor, a chivalrous drug dealer played by Tariq Trotter. Also, with the enticement of a joint, she turns two of Latonya's followers into her own posse. (They're played by Shareeka Epps and Sonequa Martin; the former appeared in Half Nelson, a more artful treatment of some of this movie's themes.) Sweetness even has a friendship of sorts with her high school's principal (Tim Blake Nelson); it's a relationship that leads to some of the movie's less convincing moments.

Gradually, the other O'Haras drift back home, Ola bringing an infant daughter. By this time, Sweetness has built herself a new life — one that will likely lead her to jail. Pulling her back from the edge is the concern of the script's third act, but there's not much drama to it.

To make her first feature, Mahoney has drawn on some elements of her own life. (Like Sweetness O'Hara, the writer-director is a biracial woman with an Irish surname.) That may be why the film's best moments are vignettes, mostly wordless, that convey mood more than narrative. The most tender is an after-the-storm scene in which Dad returns home from a brawl and Sweetness holds two mirrors in place so he can stitch the gash in the back of his head.

Shot with an overly restless handheld camera, Yelling to the Sky sometimes oversells simple domestic moments; one shot tracks across half-eaten sandwiches as if they were sacred relics. Yet Mahoney captures well the tribal antagonisms of the 'hood — which has a suburban appearance but an inner-city vibe — and stages action scenes with zest.

The movie includes several fistfights, a shooting and a drug bust, plus a shoplifting montage that crackles with teenage recklessness. Like the hip-hop tunes that punctuate the alt-pop and faux-classical soundtrack, these moments provide lively counterpoint.

They also foreshadow showdowns and comeuppances that never quite arrive. Perhaps the clearest evidence that Yelling to the Sky is based on Mahoney's own life is that the movie lets its most troubled characters off pretty easy.

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