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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Jan 7, 2013

Montgomery police made separate arrests in two killings that occurred within a two hour period over the weekend.  Police say 21-year-old Cordarrius Woodall and 20-year-old Leonard Reese got into an argument at a birthday party about 1:40 a.m. Saturday morning.  Reese pulled a gun and fired it multiple times at Woodall in the 900 block of Boyd Cooper Parkway.  Woodall was pronounced dead at the scene and Reese was charged with his murder.  The Montgomery man is in the county jail with bond set at $75,000 dollars. 

Another homicide occurred on Phillips Street just before midnight Friday.  Officers found 26-year-old Terrance Murphy had been shot several times in a vehicle.  They charged 31-year-old Mario Cobb with capital murder because Murphy was inside a vehicle when he was shot.  Cobb is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility without bond. 

Guilty Plea

Federal prosecutors say a 32-year-old Montgomery man pleaded guilty to bank robbery and one count of using firearm during a violent crime.  The U.S. Attorney's office said Darrin Bell walked into a Community Bank and Trust branch on October 5th, pulled a gun from his duffel bag and demanded money from a teller.  Authorities say a teller handed Bell about $15,000 dollars and he fled the scene on a motorcycle.  Bell could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine  for the bank robbery.  No sentencing date was announced.

Homemade Explosives

A high school student in Russell County faces an attempted assault charge after authorities says he planned to use homemade explosives in a terrorist attack on fellow students at his school.  Authorities say 17-year-old Derek Shrout, a student at Russell County High School in Seale, will appear at a court hearing this afternoon.  Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said a search of Shrout's home found several tobacco cans, all with holes drilled in them and containing pellets.  The sheriff said the devices were just "a step or two away from being ready to explode."

Weekend Accident

Students and teachers in Tallassee are mourning the death of a middle school prinicpal who died in a car crash over the weekend.  Alabama State Troopers say 49-year-old Alan Thompson was killed in a two-vehicle crash Saturday evening at the intersection of Alabama 14 and Cherokee Trail Road.  He was in his first year as principal of Southside Middle School in Tallasseee.  Superintendent Kenneth Varner said Thompson made an impact on the school and on the community even though he'd been in town for a relatively short period of time.  

Tax Refund Cards

The more than one million Alabamians who are likely to get a state tax refund this year now have a new way to get their money back.  State Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee says they can choose to get the refund on a Visa debit card rather than by direct deposit or check.  Magee says the change should reduce the number of checks that are stolen from mail boxes and fraudulently cashed.