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 18, 2013

North, central and west Alabama are trying to get back to normal after a winter storm dumped as much as four inches of snow on the area.  Dozens of school systems, businesses and government offices plan to open late today to let roads thaw out after an overnight freeze.  The delays extended from the Tennessee line as far south as metro Birmingham.  The Alabama Department of Transportation reports some icy patches, especially on bridges and overpasses on roads in north-central and north Alabama.  Some roads are also harzardous in parts of west Alabama. 

MLK Parade

State Representative Alvin Holmes is passionate about Monday's holiday for civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.  The Montgomery Democrat said Dr. King will be remembered with several events in downtown Montgomery.  Representative Holmes said there will be a march from the downtown Montgomery Post Office to the State Capitol starting at 1 p.m. Monday.  Dr. King helped lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott in the 1950s. 

Welcome Home

A Welcome Home ceremony will be held today in Fort Deposit for 120 soldiers assigned to the 781st Transportation Company.  The Alabama Army National Guard outfit is returning from a year-long tour of duty in Afghanistan.  The ceremony will be held at the Fort Deposit  Municipal Auditorium. 

Soldier Identified

The Army has confirmed the identity of a soldier from Alabama who was shot and killed by police in Hawaii earlier this week.  The Army's 25th Infrantry Division says the soldier was 22-year-old Private First Class Gregory Gordon from Ashford.  Police say Gordon was shot early Tuesday in Waikiki after repeatedly ramming multiple police cars with his truck.  Several police officers were injured in the incident.