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.

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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.

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Mice watching Orson Welles movies may help scientists explain human consciousness.

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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.


Long Lines At TSA: Maybe Not a Good Omen For Spring Break Travel

Mar 4, 2013

The Transportation Security Administration today would not confirm there were any unusual delays in air travel caused by budget cuts.

But Salt Lake City resident and business traveler Ryan McCammon was happy to photograph and discuss his experiences. The frequent flier said that when he got to Salt Lake City International Airport this morning, he was stunned by the long, snaking lines of travelers trying to get through security check points.

"It seemed like a typical Monday until we got to security," he said. And then he and his fellow travelers stood slack jawed — "amazed" — to see huge lines of people eager to pull off their shoes, empty their pockets and get through the screening machines.

The lines were so long that the escalator had been turned off to allow people to back up on to the steps and then wrap back and forth through the building, he said. "Normally it would take me 15 minutes, 30 tops. And it took us over an hour" to clear the security check point, he said.

He took pictures and posted them on Facebook. Those photos led to a phone interview with NPR.

He said he asked TSA workers what the problem was, and they told him and other travelers that workers who normally would help relieve the Monday morning crowds were not on duty because they could not get overtime pay, thanks to sequestration.

After he made his way to the gate area, "there were a lot of people running around, obviously late for their flights," he said. He said the scene would discourage him from booking more flights until he knows more about what happens next with sequestration. "If a trip was non-essential, I'd postpone it," he said – saying the words airlines dread.

TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers said she could not comment on McCammon's experiences in Salt Lake City, or confirm there were any problems. But the agency put out a statement saying that as budget cuts settle in, "travelers can expect to see lines and wait times increase as reductions to overtime and the inability to backfill positions for attrition begin to occur this month."

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