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.


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Nov 16, 2012

U.S. Air Force officials have reversed an earlier proposal and no longer plan to relocated C-130 Cargo planes assigned to the 908th Airlift Wing at Maxwell Air Force Base.  In February, cuts to the Defense budget prompted the Air Force to announced it would retire older aircraft, which could have included seven of eight C-130 planes.  That decision could have affected more than 500 employees.  A statement issued Thursday by 2nd District Congresswoman Martha Roby of Montgomery said the development is a positive one for central Alabama, but she added that the decision is not final. 

Diabetes Increasing

The nation's diabetes problem is getting worse, and health officials say the biggest changes have been in a number of Southern states.  The diabetes rate in Oklahoma more than tripled over 15 years, and also boomed in Southern states like Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky.  Most cases are the kind of diabetes linked to obesity.  Health officials believe extra weight explains the increases in the South and Southwest.  The diabetes rate more than doubled in several Northern states, too.

Unemployment Rate

Alabama's unemployment rate has declined for the second straight month to 8.1 percent.  The State Department of Industrial Relations announced  today that October jobless rate is down from a revived rate of 8.2 percent in September.  Nearly 9,000 more Alabama residents were working in October than in the prior month.  Among the state's 67 counties , Shelby County recorded the lowest jobless rate at 5.4 percent.  But counties in the Black Belt remain mired with high unemployment numbers.  Wilcox at 17.6 percent, Bullock at 16.2 percent and Dallas County at 14.8 percent.

BP Claims

Members of Alabama's congressional delegation say the Obama administration should continue pursuing BP over the Gulf oil spill.  The company has agreed to pay $4.5 billion in criminal penalties, but many civil claims over the 2010 oil spill aren't resolved.  Senator Jeff Sessions of Mobile says he hopes the Justice Department continues pursuing BP under the Clean Water Act and the Restore Act. The spill fouled miles of Alabama's coast more than two years ago, and tar balls are still washing ashore in places.