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.

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Jan 22, 2013

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has signed an executive order he hopes will improve coordination between various state law enforcements agencies.  Bentley signed the order Tuesday, which makes state Homeland Security Director Spencer Collier the state's senior law enforcement adviser.  Bentley says his plan would consolidate some administrative functions such as purchasing, fleet maintenance and communications. 

Legislator Dies 

Alabama lost one of its longest serving legislators Tuesday.  Former Democratic state Senate President Pro Tem Hinton Mitchem of Union Grove died at the age of 74.  He was first elected to the Albertville City Council in 1968 and then to the state House of Representatives in 1974.  After serving four years in the House, he was elected to the Senate in 1978 and in 1982.  He gave up his seat in 1986 to run in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.  He was unsuccessful in that endeavor but was re-elected to the Senate in a special election in 1987 and held the seat until 2010. 

Minister's Wife Murdered

The lawyer for an Alabama minister charged with murdering his wife and shooting his daughter says the pastor was caught up in a "perfect storm" of personal and professional problems.  Henry Lagman says the Reverend Terry Greer had a string of health problems before he was accused of shooting his wife, Lisa Greer and their 18-year-old daughter.  Lagman said Tuesday there also are other issues that may come out later.  The lawyer says Greer was in what he calls "a very dark place."  Greer was pastor at Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church.  He remains hospitalized after what police say was a suicide attempt  that followed the shootings on January 10th.  Police say he'll be taken to jail without bond after his release.