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.


Women Seen As Key In N.H, Both As Voters And As Candidates

Originally published on October 25, 2012 1:04 pm

The decisive role female voters may play in the key battleground state of New Hampshire hasn't been lost on President Obama and his political allies.

If Democrats sweep the swing state's major races on Election Day, New Hampshire would become the first state to have women hold its entire congressional delegation and the governor's office. Obama would also pick up four potentially crucial electoral votes.

"We have held hundreds of events targeting women voters," said Harrell Kirstein, a spokesman for the Obama campaign in New Hampshire.

These have ranged from "Women's Wednesdays" mixers to visits by fair pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. On Wednesday, Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, visited New Hampshire to kick off a multitown phone-banking effort.

Republican Mitt Romney also has made New Hampshire a focus of his campaign, both in ad spending and on-the-ground appearances. He has an event scheduled on Oct. 30 in Manchester, just a week before the election, and his campaign is focusing on a get-out-the-vote effort.

Romney also has used New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte as a prolific surrogate for Romney in the state. Ayotte, who at one point was discussed as a potential running mate for Romney, helped the GOP do well with women locally in 2010, when she was easily elected to the Senate.

"This is an important state. It's an important state in large part because of the state Legislature," Richards said.

It's no coincidence Richards makes that argument. During a rally in Manchester last week, Obama went so far as to suggest state politics might have a coattail effect — up ticket.

"You've got a state Legislature up here that sometimes acts like it knows better than women when it comes to women's own health care decisions," Obama said. "Well, my opponent's got the same approach."

In 2010, Republicans swept to 3 to 1 majorities in Concord. While members of the GOP stressed fiscal issues on the campaign trail, abortion and women's health care issues became flash points once they took office.

Republicans moved to block a state contract with Planned Parenthood and pushed bills to limit abortion. They also tried to undo a 12-year-old law requiring insurers to include contraception coverage in all prescription drug plans.

All of these controversies tend to get mentioned in the stump speeches of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan.

"What's important to understand is that we respect women, their ability to make their own decisions, and that's why we stay focused on the fact that this is just not a place where government should interfere," Hassan said.

The GOP nominee for governor, Ovide Lamontagne, supported a Human Life Amendment, which would give constitutional protections to fetuses, when he ran for U.S. Senate two years ago. For him, restricting abortion has been a longtime goal, but it wouldn't, he insists, be a top priority if he wins the corner office.

"I am not running to advance that agenda; I am running on a jobs and economy agenda," he said.

Even so, the most recent University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll showed big gender-gap edges for Democrats. Obama had a 23-point edge over Romney among female voters; Hassan led Lamontagne by 18 points with women.

Lamontagne's newest radio ad suggests he hopes to reduce that gap. It features Ayotte, the most prominent Republican woman in elective office in the state, who opposes legal abortion in most instances. The ad focuses on taxes, but it's called, tellingly perhaps, "One of Us."

New Hampshire's other U.S. senator is Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. In the state's House races, Republican Rep. Frank Guinta faces Democrat and former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter; and Republican Rep. Charles Bass faces Democrat Ann McLane Kuster.

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