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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Feb 5, 2013

Relatives of the 5-year-old boy freed when FBI agents raided the underground bunker of a hostage-taker in Dale County say the youngster is relieved to be home and appears to be doing well.  After nearly a week, FBI agents determined that talks with Jimmy Lee Dykes were breaking down and they stormed the bunker and rescued the child Monday afternoon.  The 65-year-old armed captor was killed by law enforcement officers. 

MPS Employees Cleared

The Montgomery Public School System has cleared four of the seven employees who were placed on administrative leave after they were implicated in a grade changing scandal.  According to a press release from Hill Hill Carter, a law firm representing the Montgomery County Board of Education, three employees were cleared of any wrongdoing, a fourth employee was acting on the direction of a supervisor.  MPS officials said there is substantial evidence that two others were involved in improper grade changing and they face additional disciplinary action.  The statement said a seventh individual has resigned from the Montgomery school system. 

ASU Founders' Week

Its Founders' Week on the campus of Alabama State University.  Today is a Community Day of Service as students, faculty, staff and alumni volunteer to read at local schools across Montgomery.  The Founders' Week activities conclude on Friday with a Founders' Day Convocation at the ASU Acadome and the dedication of the new John Garrick Hardy Student Center. 

Ten Commandments

A handful of Republican Alabama lawmakers are pushing a bill to make it legal to display the Ten Commandments in any public building in the state.  The pre-filed bill is sponsored by Republican state Senator Gerald Dial of Lineville.  Dial says the bill, titled the Alabama Religious Freedom Amendment, could act as a safeguard for constituents who have expressed concerns over being sued for displaying the Ten Commandments in public places.  The bill will be read today.