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.


Sick Of Valentine's Day? 6 Book Stories To Soothe Your Soul

Feb 14, 2013

This Valentine's Day, if you're feeling lonely, heartbroken, or just a bit jaundiced, we've got some archive treasures for you — tempestuous relationships, cartoon heartbreak, and a few books that may make you feel less alone — plus a bonus playlist from our good friends at NPR Music.

3 Biting Books For Those Bitter On Valentine's Day
For some people, Feb. 14 is not all hearts and candy. Without a sweetheart, the holiday can be dreary — and you might not want to make it worse with books about star-crossed lovers and hopeless pining. For those not in love this year, author Alex Gilvarry prescribes three books that will cure the worst of those Valentine's Day blues. (All Things Considered review, Feb. 13, 2012)

Archie Broke My Heart! Now What?
The Archie Comics website shows Archie on the cover of issue No. 600 down on bended knee proposing to ... Veronica! After 67 years, it appears the carrot-topped Archie will marry va-va-voomy rich-girl Veronica instead of girl-next-door Betty. That has many fans angry, but their pain is nothing compared to what Betty is going through. Commentator Amy Dickinson has some advice for the heartbroken blonde. (All Things Considered commentary, Aug. 19, 2009)

Cartoonist Sees Bad Relationships In A Funny Way
The divorced artist behind a relationship advice column has a new collection of his work. Nick Galifianakis' drawings, originally done to accompany his ex-wife's column, evoke a side of relationships that doesn't really fit the romantic mold. "I try to put myself in the intimate context of the relationship," he says, "and then think, 'What is true — but often inappropriate?' " So, a word of warning: If you give this book to your sweetheart, you may find yourself spending Valentine's Day alone. (Weekend Edition Saturday interview, Feb. 12, 2011)

Defining Joy And Heartbreak In A 'Lover's Dictionary'
In The Lover's Dictionary, young adult author David Levithan defines the good, bad and ugly moments of a relationship, and tackles the grownup material of love and squalor, piece by piece, in a dictionary format. Over the course of the novel, the small details about two lovers combine to create a heartbreaking (and often uplifting) whole. Levithan says the book began as part of his tradition of writing a Valentine's Day story for friends and family. (All Things Considered, Feb. 14, 2011)

Six-Word Memoirs: The Valentine's Day Edition
Can you sum up your love life in exactly six words? Hundreds of famous and not-so-famous authors rose to the challenge for Smith magazine's Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak. The results are sometimes romantic: "He sees the me I don't." And sometimes devastating: "For the children, I remain his." (Talk of the Nation interview, Feb. 11, 2009)

History, Heartbreak And The 'Chemistry Of Tears'
The hero and the heroine of Peter Carey's new novel are separated by 150 years — and are brought together by an enormous, 19th-century mechanical duck. As the two narratives unfold, the duck becomes a swan, and many of its inner workings are revealed. But that's not exactly true for the difficult, mysterious characters who populate the book. The Chemistry of Tears is the 12th novel by the Australian-born, two-time Booker Prize-winning author. (Weekend Edition Sunday interview, May 13, 2012)

Musical Bonus: So, Your Tiny Black Heart Is Broken
These five songs are for those wishing to wallow in Valentine's Day's sheer, soul-wrecking brutality. Each has been carefully selected to provide a vivid soundtrack for those moments when alcohol isn't even necessary, so drunk is the listener on his or her own misery. (Songs of Love and Loathing, Feb. 12, 2008)

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