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 9, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next month in a case that challenges two provisions in the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  According to the Montgomery Advertiser, State Attorney General Luther Strange recently filed a legal brief supporting a lawsuit brought by the Shelby County Commission.  Strange said Alabama has a new generation of leaders and they do not discriminate against minorities participating in the elections process.  Shelby County wants the high court to throw out sections of the Voting Rights Act that requires Alabama to get federal approval before making any changes to state and county election laws.  Justices are scheduled to hear arguments on February 27th. 

Fire Fatalities Investigated

The State Fire Marshall's Office is investigating fire fatalities in Pike and Houston counties.  Authorities in Pike County say an elderly man died Monday night when fire raced through his home in the Hamilton Crossroads community.  The victim was identified as 82-year-old Floyd Senn. 

The State Fire Marshal is also investigating a deadly fire in Dothan that left two children dead, a 4-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl died when fire gutted their residence off Highway 84 West.  Three adults were injured. 

School Security

Security at Alabama schools will be discussed by members of the House and Senate Education Policy committees today.  The hearing will include Alabama Homeland Security Director Spencer Collier and state schools Superintendent Tommy Bice.  Officials have said they expect various ideas for protecting students and teachers from school shootings will be discussed and possible legislation proposed.  Today's meeting was scheduled after the recent school shootings in Connecticut. 

PSC Meeting

A report issued in October by an independent research group found that the ranges of return for Alabama's three utilities were "well above" the national average.  That report added fuel to Public Service Commissioner Terry Dunn's belief that the financial returns of the companies may be too high.  His spokesperson, David Rountree says Dunn will push for a formal review of the rate of return on equity the PSC set for Alabama Power, Alabama Gas and Mobile Gas decades ago.  Rountree says Dunn has tried to reach out to PSC President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh to discuss his proposal to no avail.  Cavanaugh opposes a formal review and wants to continue with informational meetings between commissioners and the utilities.  She says those sessions would be open to the public.  But Rountree notes those type meetings aren't formally recorded.