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.

Pages

Week In Sports: NFL Playoffs Taking Shape

Dec 29, 2012
Originally published on December 29, 2012 5:38 pm

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer. And it's time now for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

WERTHEIMER: The year is almost over and so is pro football's regular season. There are just two unclaimed playoff spots left and a handful of teams that are scrambling to make sure they are still playing when the ball drops on 2012. For a look at this weekend's stakes and a little philosophical waxing on the waning year, I'm joined by NPR's Tom Goldman. Good morning, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hi, Linda.

WERTHEIMER: Now first, the must-watch game tomorrow, certainly in our house, NPR's team, America's team, the Dallas Cowboys, takes on the capital's team, the Washington Redskins. And the winner is headed to the playoffs. Who has the edge?

GOLDMAN: Of course, a perfect Sunday, Linda, for Washington, D.C. is the Redskins win and there's a deal to avoid going over the fiscal cliff.

WERTHEIMER: Well, the Redskins win and the Cowboys lose.

GOLDMAN: We may just be able to bank on a Redskins victory. They are a hot team right now. They've won six in a row. Part of that streak, they beat Dallas in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. The Cowboys are missing several starters on defense, which could hurt against a Washington offense that, as you know, is so versatile behind rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. And speaking of him, he has not played like a rookie this season; so calm, so accurate as a thrower. ESPN's stat team shows that RGIII is completing 50 percent of his long passes - 20 yards or more - and that's best in the league. So, there's reason to think that Washington does win this game, and its first NFC East division title since '99. And, as you say, knocks out the archrival Dallas Cowboys from the post-season.

WERTHEIMER: Now, a couple of other teams are playing for survival this weekend.

GOLDMAN: Yeah. There's an NFC North battle in particular interest - Green Bay at Minnesota. The Packers are in the playoffs but would love to win this and get a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The Vikings are trying to win this game and get into the post-season. And then, of course, there is the story of Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson. We have talked about the amazing season he's having, coming back from a devastating knee injury last season. He could cap this season tomorrow by becoming just the sixth player in history to gain at least 2,000 yards in a season. And if he has a really good game, he could become the all-time single-season rushing champion.

WERTHEIMER: Wow. Now, the New York Jets are decidedly not in the playoff hunt, but that has not seemed to stop their quarterback controversy. Who starts tomorrow?

GOLDMAN: I think I do, naturally. So, we better wrap this up. No. It's back to Mark Sanchez, who had been benched for third-string quarterback Greg McElroy, not second-string quarterback Tim Tebow. Turns out, McElroy, who got pounded by San Diego last week - sacked 11 times - he had a concussion and didn't tell his coaches until his headaches got really bad late this week. Head coach Rex Ryan said he was stunned by the news. After finding out he talked to his entire team about concussions and the importance of telling the truth so they don't risk worse brain injury.

WERTHEIMER: Looking back at 2012, we've heard other stories like that from NFL players, statements that are at odds with the league's official position on concussions.

GOLDMAN: Yeah. The NFL, as we know, has talked a lot about the issue. It's changed rules. It continues to penalize players for hits deemed against the rules to protect offensive players. Yet McElroy's admission simply is the latest challenge to those efforts. This year, you've had a couple of other high-profile players say that they'd hide concussions in order to play. And it shows with all the tough talk and the league wants to give the impression that it's on top of the issue, it's a hard thing to police. It's hard to minimize injury if the players aren't cooperating.

WERTHEIMER: NPR's Tom Goldman. Thank you very much.

GOLDMAN: You're welcome. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.