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 17, 2012

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has asked the state Alcoholic Beverage  Control board to reject VictoryLand casino's application for a liquor license.  Strange made the request in a letter Friday.  The AG said VictoryLand has a long history of violating state laws on illegal gambling.  VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor said last week that he plans to reopen the casino in Shorter before the end of the month. 

Officer Recovering

Authorities say an east Alabama police officer who was shot after a triple killing and a two-county chase is improving.  The Heflin Police Department says officer Jackie Stovall was removed from a breathing machine on Sunday and is stable.  Cleburne County Sheriff Joe Jacks says authorities are still trying to verify the identities of three people shot to death Saturday in a mobile home in eastern Alabama.  Jacks says the man believed responsible for the slayings led officers on a chase that left Stovall severely wounded and the suspect dead about 25 miles away. 

Family Murdered

Police in Homewood, a suburb in Birmingham, continue to investigate a triple slaying involving a mother and her two young sons.  Homewood Police said in a new release that they received a call about noon Friday from a man who said he had returned home from work and found his wife and their two young sons, ages four and five at their apartment.  Homewood police said the man is being held in protective custody. 

Kennedy Remembered

Representative Yvonne Kennedy was remembered as a dedicated educator, activist and leader.  Kennedy died December 8th at age 67.  A rousing funeral was held for her Saturday at the Mobile Convention Center.  The funeral was attended by Mobile Mayor Sam Jones and Governor Robert Bentley.  The Medal of Valor was bestowed upon Kennedy at the end of the service. 

ASU Online

About eight years ago, Alabama State University began adding an online instructional component to its curriculum.  Dr. Kenley Obas, associate vice-president for academic computing, says the offerings have expanded from the doctorate in transitional physical therapy program to three additional programs and multiple courses.  ASU now also has 50 undergraduate and 30 graduate courses available online.