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 29, 2013

Forecasters say cold air and warm air from the Gulf of Mexico will clash and create a chance for severe weather in Alabama.  The National Weather Service says severe storms with damaging winds, heavy rains and isolated tornadoes are possible beginning tonight in west Alabama and moved into central and east Alabama counties Wednesday morning and afternoon.

School Break-ins

Montgomery police believe they have solved a rash of break-ins at local public schools with the arrest of a 29-year-old man.  Police have charged Tarus Giles of Montgomery with ten counts of first-degree burglary.  Authorities said Giles is accused of burglaries at Carver Elementary; Pace Alternative School; Jeff Davis High School; Southlawn School; Peter Crump School; Lanier High; Forest Avenue School; Capitol Heights Junior High; Robert E. Lee High and Floyd Elementary Schools.  Tarus Giles is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under bonds totaling more than $142,000 dollars. 

Identity Theft

Authorities say a federal grand jury in Montgomery has returned an indictment charging a woman with aggravated identity theft and theft of government money.  Authorities say LaQuanta Clayton used stolen identity information to open bank accounts at the bank where she worked and then stole federal tax refunds that were deposited into the bank accounts. 

U.S. Attorney George Beck also announced Tuesday that separate indictments were returned against Scottie Alice Johnson of Montgomery and Lea'Tice Phillips, also of Montgomery, for engaging in criminal conspiracies to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. 

Presidential Meeting

An Alabama sheriff was among the law enforcement officials who were at the White House Monday to discuss gun violence with President Barack Obama. reports Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson told President Obama more needs to be done to address gaps in mental health needs that would include reporting mental health information to police agencies for gun background checks.  Amerson, who is president of the National Sheriff's Association, also told Mr. Obama that average citizens believe he wants to take away the right to own a gun.