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

Feb 6, 2013

A pay raise for school teachers, giving local schools systems more control, defending gun rights and repaying the Alabama Trust Fund were among the issues discussed Tuesday night by Governor Robert Bentley in his annual State of the State speech.  Governor Bentley also said his administration remains focused on creating jobs.  Bentley also called for the expansion of Alabama's pre-paid kindergarten program. 

Tax Fraud Sentences

The U.S. Attorney's office in Montgomery say eight people have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in a tax fraud and identity theft scheme.  The Feds said Barbara Murry, owner of a Montgomery hair weave shop, conspired with her daughters who ran a tax preparation service to steal multiple names they could use the file fraudulent tax returns.  Prosecutors said Murry's daughter, Veronica Temple and Yolanda Moses stole personal information and the three recruited others to open bank accounts they could funnel the money into.  Murry, Temple and Moses were each sentenced to 57 months in prison and ordered to pay more than 1.9 million dollars in restitution.  Five others received prison term, probation or home detention. 

Bombs Found

The FBI said bomb technicians found two explosive devices Tuesday on the property of Jimmy Lee Dykes.  Dykes was killed Monday when agents stormed an underground bunker and freed a five-year-old boy who had been held hostage for nearly a week.  FBI special agent Jason Pack said in an email that one explosive device was inside the bunker and the other in a plastic pipe that was used to communicate with the suspect.  Pack also said Dykes engaged in a firefight with agents before he was killed.  The boy named Ethan is reported doing well at home.  Today is his 6th birthday. 

ACJI Hacked

The state Department of Homeland Security is launching an investigation into the hacking of the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center's public website.  The agency released a statement Tuesday confirming that an unauthorized document had been posted on its website.  Agency officials say the document was removed Tuesday.  Details on the document's content were not available.  In late January, state Homeland Security officials launched an investigation into hacking at the state Information Services Division.