The Boston Citgo sign, all 3,600 square LED feet of which has served as the backdrop to Red Sox games since 1965, is now officially a "pending landmark."

Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

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The middle of summer is when the surprises in publishing turn up. I'm talking about those quietly commanding books that publishers tend to put out now, because fall and winter are focused on big books by established authors. Which brings us to The Dream Life of Astronauts, by Patrick Ryan, a very funny and touching collection of nine short stories that take place in the 1960s and '70s around Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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.


Conservative Group Gets Jump On 'Primarying' Republicans In 2014

Feb 27, 2013

Live in a solidly Republican congressional district but think your member of Congress isn't conservative enough? Well, the Club for Growth has a new website for you. targets "moderate Republicans" who have "joined with Democrats to pass liberal policies that harm economic growth," the group says.

While many Republicans are actively looking for ways to expand the party by reaching out to a wider audience, the club is looking for ways to rid the party of those it believes have strayed too far.

Specifically, Club for Growth notes that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won at least 55 percent of the vote in 159 congressional districts but some of those districts are currently represented (in the club's view) by a "Republican In Name Only."

The site explains its rationale: "There's no reason a heavily Republican district should have a R.I.N.O. representing them in Congress."

The site already features nine House members, from Indiana's Larry Bucshon to Oklahoma's Frank Lucas to Idaho's Mike Simpson. The site devotes a page to each offending member, which details his or her transgressions (Simpson voted for the 2008 Wall Street bailout, the 2011 debt ceiling increase, and the recent "fiscal cliff" deal, for example).

Visitors are encouraged to recommend primary opponents for each of its featured members — and are also encouraged to submit new nominations for Republican lawmakers to be targeted, with the tease: "Why not my congressman?"

Oh, and visitors are also encouraged to donate to the Club for Growth Action, the superPAC that in November helped elect Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and helped defeat Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar in the Republican primary.

Of course, the winner of that Indiana primary was Richard Mourdock, who went on to lose in the general election to Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly. Which is why other Republican groups may be somewhat less excited to see such a formalized process for purging incumbent House Republicans.

S.V. Dáte is the congressional editor on NPR's Washington Desk.

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