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.



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Finally, it's what we've all been waiting for. Let's bring back our winners to play the Ask Me One More final round. From Misquoting Mark Twain, Gregory Guity.


EISENBERG: From Agrarian Maps, Jonathan Corbblah.


EISENBERG: From Let's Get Randy, Jen Midura.


EISENBERG: From One or More, Ileen Roos.


EISENBERG: And from Soft Rock Café, John Woods.


EISENBERG: Art, take us out.

ART CHUNG: Ophira, our final game is called Fifty/Fifty. Contestants, we're going to ask you a series of questions where you have to pick between two choices. For example, yield or stop, which traffic sign is shaped like a triangle? You'd answer yield. Pretty easy, right? Don't worry; they'll get much harder.

We're going to play this spelling bee style, so one wrong answer and you're out. You'll only have a few seconds to give us the answer. The last person standing is our grand winner. Are you ready?


CHUNG: Gregory, John Adams or John Quincy Adams, which president was the son of the other?

GREGORY GUITY: John Quincy Adams.

CHUNG: That is correct.


CHUNG: Jonathan, Home Depot or Lowe's, which store's logo is primarily orange?


CHUNG: Correct.


CHUNG: Jen, Foo or Roo, which one is a friend of Winnie the Pooh?


CHUNG: Roo is correct.


CHUNG: Ileen, Halloween or Thanksgiving, which holiday takes place on the same weekday every year?

ILEEN ROOS: Thanksgiving.

CHUNG: Correct.


CHUNG: John, Bert or Ernie, which Sesame Street Muppet is yellow?

WOODS: Bert.

CHUNG: Correct.


CHUNG: Gregory, an oak tree or an apple tree, which one grows from the larger seed?

GUITY: Apple.

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. You're out.


CHUNG: Thank you, Gregory. Jonathan, Matt Damon or Ben Affleck, who was picked People's Sexiest Man Alive first?


CORBBLAH: Matt Damon.

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry. It was Ben Affleck.


CHUNG: Jen, radius or tibia, which bone is in your leg?

MIDURA: Tibia.

CHUNG: Correct.


CHUNG: Ileen, "Mork and Mindy" or "Starsky and Hutch," which of these TV shows was a spinoff of "Happy Days?"

ROOS: "Mork and Mindy."

CHUNG: Oh, "Mork and Mindy."


CHUNG: John, Florida or Pennsylvania, which state currently has more electoral votes?

WOODS: Florida.

CHUNG: Correct.


CHUNG: Jen, American Eagle Outfitters or American Apparel, which clothing retailer was founded by a Canadian?

MIDURA: American Eagle.

CHUNG: No, I'm sorry, American Apparel. Jen, you're out. Thank you.


CHUNG: We're down to Ileen and John. Ileen, Lil Kim or Lil Wayne, which rapper is taller?


ROOS: Wayne.

CHUNG: Lil Wayne is correct. He's 5'5". Lil Kim is 4'11".


CHUNG: John, you need this to stay in the game. Venezuela or Bolivia, which country is north of the equator?

WOODS: Venezuela.

CHUNG: You are correct.


CHUNG: Ileen, the Jacksonville Jaguars or the Cincinnati Bengals, which team's cheerleaders are known as the roar?

ROOS: Jacksonville.

CHUNG: You're right.


CHUNG: John, Illinois Avenue or Kentucky Avenue, which square on the standard Monopoly board is more expensive?

WOODS: Illinois.

CHUNG: You're right.


CHUNG: We only have a few more.


CHUNG: Ileen, Charlotte Bronte or Emily Bronte, which sister was born first?

ROOS: Charlotte.

CHUNG: That's right.


CHUNG: John, Billy Wilder or Alfred Hitchcock, which filmmaker never won an Academy Award for best director?

WOODS: Hitchcock.

CHUNG: You're right.


CHUNG: All right, we're going to have to go to a tiebreaker. You've gone through all our questions.


CHUNG: Here's your tiebreaker. Alvin, Simon or Theodore, which of these animated chipmunks wears glasses?


CHUNG: Ileen?

ROOS: Simon.

CHUNG: You're right. You win.


EISENBERG: A big round of applause for John Woods, who came in second. Ileen Roos, you are our ASK ME ANOTHER big winner. Your prize is not only a signed copy of "The Guttenberg Bible," we have also given you the start of your Guttenberg film collection.


EISENBERG: Your own copy of "Diner", "Police Academy", "Three Men and a Baby" and "Three Men and a Little Lady."


EISENBERG: Congratulations. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.