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.


WVAS Local News

Jan 15, 2013

Weather conditions are a mess across much of the state today.  School systems in ten counties across northwest Alabama opened late because of the threat of icy weather and flooding.  Forecasters say temperatures are around freezing in areas, creating the possibility of road icing after days of rain.  Also, flood watches cover the state's northwest and northeastern corners, along with the entire western section of the state from Birmingham to just north of Mobile. 

Illegal Gambling

Alabama's attorney general will ask the Legislature to increase the penalty for operating illegal gambling machines.  Luther Strange said Monday that he wants the penalty to go from a misdemeanor to a felony.  He said the current penalty is a slap on the wrist compared to the large amounts of money that operators make.  Strange was in Hoover on Monday to talk to legislators about their upcoming regular session, which starts next month. 

Homicide Investigation

Three Montgomery residents were found dead inside a car along Interstate 85 near Atlanta.  A police officer found two bodies in the car Sunday morning along an exit ramp in Union City, Georgia.  He then opened the trunk and found a third body.  They were identified as 32-year-old Cheryl Colquitt-Thompson, 33-year-old Quinones King and 43-year-old Rodney Cottrell.  The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the case is being handled as a homicide. 

Tuskegee Airmen

The final salute to one of the original Tuskegee Airmen has included a flyover by vintage aircraft.  It happened Monday during the funeral in Denver of Colonel Fitzroy "Buck" Newsum.  He was among the Tuskegee Airmen who trained in Alabama as a segregated unit of black pilots during World War II.  They went on to become one of the war's most respected fighter squadrons.  Newsum was 94.