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 31, 2013

The storms that ripped through the Southeast have claimed at least two lives.  They were killed by crashing trees in Georgia and Tennessee.  Wednesday's tornadoes and dangerous winds destroyed homes and flipped cars.  Residents in northwest Georgia say no traces remain of roadside produce stands that are a common sight on back roads.  Emergency management officials across Alabama say powerful wind gusts are too blame for a majority of the storm damage Wednesday in several counties. 

Standoff Continues

Dozens of police, sheriff's deputies and FBI agents remain parked outside a bunker-type shelter near Midland City, Alabama, where authorities say a gunman is holding a 5-year-old boy.  Jimmy Lee Dykes allegedly snatched the boy off a school bus Tuesday afternoon, after shooting the bus driver several times.  A reporter in Midland said residents are now calling the dead bus driver a hero for trying to protect a school bus full of children. 

Robbery Suspects Jailed

Three robbery suspects are in jail today.  According to Montgomery police, the trio has been charged in connection with the Tuesday holdup at the Sundown East restaurant on Atlanta Highway.  20-year-old Tacques Washington, 35-year-old Antwoine Giles and 24-year-old Stefranio Hampton, all of Montgomery, each face a first-degree robbery charge.  Police alleged that Hamilton was an employee at the restaurant who set up the robbery.  Lt. Regina Duckett, a police spokeswoman, said the three men are in jail on bonds totaling $60,000 dollars each. 

Medicare Price Cut

Medicare is announcing a price cut.  Diabetes testing supplies now average about $16 dollars a month for beneficiaries.  That's going down to around $4.50.  Savings are also coming for many patients who rent home oxygen gear, hospital beds, wheelchairs and other equipment.  Medicare deputy administrator Jonathan Blum said Wednesday its due to competitive bidding making inroads against wasteful spending.  Starting July 1st, diabetes patients will get blood sugar testing supplies through a new national mail order program.