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.


VIDEO: Speed Camera Nabs Car Sitting At Red Light

Dec 13, 2012
Originally published on December 13, 2012 6:54 pm

When most drivers get a ticket from a speed-zone camera, there's little they can do but pay the fine. After all, the ticket often includes photographic proof that their car was over the limit. But a Maryland driver is fighting his $40 fine precisely because of what the photos show: his car, sitting at a red light.

The car's owner, Daniel Doty, received the ticket after driving in Baltimore, complete with a short video that purported to show his Mazda traveling at 38 mph in a 25-mph zone. Instead, the video shows his car idling at a red light, its brake-lights on, sitting alone at an intersection while traffic crosses in front of it.

Doty is due to appear in court Friday to contest the charge.

According to The Baltimore Sun, which posted the video of Doty's alleged infraction, the episode marks the seventh time a traffic camera in the city has "produced inaccurate citations bearing erroneous speed readings" — and the first time the car in question was stationary.

While the folks at Mazda might be tempted to see the episode as proof that their cars simply look fast standing still, we should note that Doty was driving the family-friendly Mazda 5 minivan, not one of the company's Speed coupes.

The Sun notes that while Baltimore police have policies that require a review of camera-generated tickets, "The department has said that a single officer can review up to 1,200 citations in a given day."

The city's traffic camera system is run by Xerox State and Local Solutions. A Xerox spokesman tells The Sun that Baltimore's photo enforcement program is under review.

Baltimore is among some 542 U.S. communities that currently use either red-light or speed cameras, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The institute's most recent data lists 27 states that do not use red-light or speed cameras.

In Washington, D.C., traffic cameras generated a reported $84.9 million in fines for the most recent fiscal year. As DCist reports, a single camera was responsible for $6.2 million of that total.

Maryland's traffic cameras were in the news earlier this week, when Gov. Martin O'Malley said that the contracting companies who operate red-light and speed-zone cameras should not be paid according to the number of tickets issued. Such an arrangement runs against state laws that govern automated enforcement, he said.

Traffic cameras won the ire of drivers and safety advocates in England yesterday, after reports emerged that 36 digital cameras that dot London's M25 freeway have not yielded a single speeding ticket — despite the road's use by some 500,000 motorists daily.

Legal and technical issues are behind the delay, reports The Telegraph, which notes that new agencies had sought the information to learn which cameras were the most lucrative. There had been no inkling that none of the cameras were actually working.

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