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

Alabama House Republicans have a legislative agenda that could put the state at odds with the Obama administration.  One measure aims to slow down federal efforts to stiffen gun control regulations through federal laws or executive orders.  Another would allow Alabama employers to opt out of parts of the federal health care plan. 

Alabama Democratic Party

The Alabama Democratic Party is opening a field office in Birmingham.  The party has its headquarters near the Capitol in Montgomery.  But party Chairman Mark Kennedy says it will have a field office in downtown Birmingham next to the Harbert Center.  A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday with Birmingham Mayor William Bell.  Jefferson County and Montgomery County were two areas where the party did well in last November's general election. 

Army Officer Charged

An Army officer from north Alabama facing child sexual assault charges in Colorado and Alabama is also a suspect in Texas.  Police in Texarkana, Texas said Wednesday that DNA from First Lt. Aaron Gregory Lucas matched DNA in a 2009 kidnapping and indecency case there.  The 31-year-old Lucas is an artillery officer assigned to Fort Carson, just outside Colorado Springs.  He is being held without bail on suspicion of sexual assault and other offenses including kidnapping.  Lucas also faces charges of child enticement and sexual abuse of a child younger that 12 in Madison, Alabama. 

ASU Marching Hornets

The Mighty Marching Hornets are returning to Mobile for the second straight year and will be featured in this month's Senior Bowl half-time activities. reports the Alabama State University band, the Honey Bees dance group and the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders will entertain the crowd.  This year's Senior Bowl will be played January 26th at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile.