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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Dec 13, 2012

A former Montgomery police officer is facing illegal drug charges in southwest Alabama.  The Mobile County Sheriff's Department arrested former Police Corporal L. Rasavong Wednesday.  Montgomery police issued a statement that said Rasavong had been a police officer since 1998 and was assigned to the police desk.  The Mobile County Sheriff's office said Rasavong was charged in connection with an ongoing drug-related investigation. 

Possible State Take-over

Improper grade changing at three high schools prompted State School Superintendent Tommy Bice to inform Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Barbara Thompson that she must implement several steps to avoid a state takeover of the Montgomery County School System.  The article in today's Advertiser newspaper states MPS must appoint a monitor to oversee the secondary education system.  The paper also said the principal and assistant principal of Lee High School were among the sever administrators place on administrative leave this week.  The State Board of Education meets today in Montgomery. 

Woman Sentenced

A judge has sentenced a 43-year-old Elmore County woman to 10 years in prison for helping her husband rape a mentally disabled woman.  Sheila Sanders of Wetumpka received her sentence Wednesday in the Elmore County Circuit Court.  Sanders pleaded guilty to second degree rape after helping her husband Matthew have sex with the unidentified woman.  Officials say the victim was unable to consent to having sex because of her disability.  Prosecutors say Sheila Sanders wanted her husband to impregnate the woman so they could raise the child as their own.  Officials say Matthew Sanders is serving a 15-year sentence. 

Federal Lawsuit

A Native American tribe in Oklahoma has filed a federal lawsuit to stop the $246 million dollar expansion of a hotel and casino, saying the construction descrates ancestral and ceremonial land.  The Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma filed the lawsuit Wednesday against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Montgomery federal court.  Muscogee Creeks say Poarch Creeks excavated 57 sets of human remains and reburied them to develop a 20-story hotel and casino in Wetumpka.  Muscogee Creeks say the remains should be returned to their original places.  A Poarch Creek tribal official said the tribe will respond once they have reviewed the lawsuit.