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 17, 2013

After days of rain, parts of the South now face the prospect of snow.  Forecasters have issued a winter storm watch for much of north Alabama and central Mississippi.  Parts of both states could get one or two inches of snow.  Forecassters say north Georgia could also get ice and snow on today.  According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm advisory for north-central and northeast Alabama will remain in effect until 7 p.m.    

Multi-Vehicle Crash

State Troopers are investigating a four-vehicle crash south of Montgomery hat left two people hospitalized.  Authorities says the crash occurred just before 4 p.m. in the northbound lanes of U.S. 231.  Troopers said a Montgomery County school bus carrying five people, a pick-up truck, an 18-wheel car hauler and a box truck collided.  The driver of the pick-up was entrapped and was later hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the box truck was also hospitalized.  Authorities said none of the students on the school bus were injured. 

Life Sentence

A 38-year-old Montgomery man will spend the rest of his behind bars for a June 2009 shooting death.  Montgomery County Circuit Judge William Shashy sentenced Adrian Stewart to life without parole for killing Cornelius Thomas at a residence on Conti Lane.  A jury convicted Stewart of two counts of capital murder in December.  The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said Stewart was already on parole for a prior murder conviction in 2005. 

Rose Supper Club

The future of the Rose Supper Club could be at stake today.  The club's liquor license will be the subject of a hearing today when the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board decides whether to permanently revoke the license.  The ABC Board is expected to hear from the club's owner as well as local law enforcement officers.  The Rose Supper Club's liquor license was suspended in December following a December 3rd shooting at the business that left six people injured.